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Let it be known throughout the land that [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green and I continue to use Groupon for awesome.

Today's adventure: sailing. Twice we've gone whale-watching out from Cape Ann, but this excursion a) was a lot closer to home, b) also BYOB :D, and c) involved a lot fewer people (12 passengers and 2 crew in total). Also, the boat we went out on is called a ~*friendship sloop*~. It was definitely the best possible use of our Sunday afternoon.

At some point in the future, we're going to take sailing lessons. )

EDIT: I should mention that Karen and I did NOT coordinate our outfits beforehand, so it was happenstance that we were both wearing blue tops and jean bottoms (pants for her, skirt for me). Oops.
brilligspoons: (mr. b)
Last night [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green and I went to a painting class at one of our favorite North End restaurants (The Living Room, where we discovered St. Germain's liqueur for the first time) and had an excellent time trying to recreate a painting of the Boston skyline and accompanying harbor. Uh, so much so that we've decided to do two other painting classes in the future? I mean, there was drinking and good music and really enthusiastic instructors - one of them was French and had a handlebar moustache - so all in all, not a bad way to spend an evening. Also, while our finished products were nowhere near perfect, they weren't, you know, horrible. Doug even knew what the painting was of before I could tell him. :D?

Anyway, this is mine:

BKwFwfbCQAAtIRo

Basically everyone there was like, "Rough day, huh?" WHATEVER. I DON'T FEEL I NEED TO EXPLAIN MY ART TO YOU.

Anyway. I'm tired and annoyed with everything today, so after work I'm going home and cooking and watching TV and reading fic and cleaning out the back porch so our landlady doesn't yell at us anymore.
brilligspoons: (black cat)
Hey, internet. So Monday's bombing happened, and it was terrifying, and then today was spent in lockdown, which was also terrifying. But the good news is they caught the second suspect and, fingers crossed, that will be the end of that. Also I'm 98% certain the trouble I've had breathing all day is because of my allergies.

Anyway. I'm having [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah and [livejournal.com profile] metonymy over tomorrow afternoon to watch North & South, and it'll be good to have hangouts. I may beg hugs from them. WHO KNOWS.

Now it's time to pass the fuck out. <3
brilligspoons: (jem is totally outrageous!)
This weekend we had Florida (a.k.a. [livejournal.com profile] momebie and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers) visiting, and despite the fact that I was exhausted and cranky from the last few weeks of work, I ended up having an AWESOME time. We did brunch at this cafe/bookstore on Newbury Street on Saturday morning (decent food! friendly waitstaff! books! I would definitely go back there at some point!), and then I went home to nap and do some work things.

Yesterday morning I met up with [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery, [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green, [livejournal.com profile] metonymy, [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash, KL, and Lisa at Park Street where we embarked on our own special version of the Freedom Trail, which was dubbed Jerk Tour. Becca spent a lot of time editing the Freedom Trail guide to fit our particular brand of humor, and she did a kick-ass job of leading all of us jerklings around the city. If you follow any/all of us on Twitter, you were probably inundated with quotes and pictures for four and a half hours as we wandered through Beacon Hill, the Common, a couple graveyards, Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market, and other places. It was excellent times, all around, let me tell you.

Some favorites -

"The unicorn IS Boston?"
"No, the unicorn OF Boston."
"Okay. I had some issues with that metaphor."
"We're horny and a little mythical."

~

"I'm really concerned about these tombstones three deep."
"They had OT3s back then too, guys."

~

"Fuck you, hungry poor people!"
"You're in America now--you pay full price."

~

"Iamanoppressedcolumn dot tumblr dot com."

~

"'There were so few slaves left in Massachusetts that slavery was abolished.' We got rid of slaves...ery!"

~

"I said 'erected,' Margaret. You had one job to do!"
"Sorry, I was singing Brick House."
"I'll allow it."

~

"::points to circle on ground:: This is the site of the Boston Massacre."
"::everyone immediately steps inside it::"

~

"Not the last time the phrase 'baby I need your underwear for America' got a girl out of her pants."

~

And so on. :D

But now we're back at work, and everything is terrible. I have a metric fuckton of stuff to do today and no will to do it. I have to call some number this afternoon after 3 to find out if I actually have to show up to jury duty tomorrow. REALLY hoping I don't, but preparing for the worst. (Yes, I know this is my civic duty. But it's super inconvenient, okay? And I'm allowed to complain about it. Whatever.)

How are all of you, friends? Everybody still in one piece? Hopefully?

<3!
brilligspoons: (jem is totally outrageous!)
This weekend we had Florida (a.k.a. [livejournal.com profile] momebie and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers) visiting, and despite the fact that I was exhausted and cranky from the last few weeks of work, I ended up having an AWESOME time. We did brunch at this cafe/bookstore on Newbury Street on Saturday morning (decent food! friendly waitstaff! books! I would definitely go back there at some point!), and then I went home to nap and do some work things.

Yesterday morning I met up with [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery, [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green, [livejournal.com profile] metonymy, [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash, KL, and Lisa at Park Street where we embarked on our own special version of the Freedom Trail, which was dubbed Jerk Tour. Becca spent a lot of time editing the Freedom Trail guide to fit our particular brand of humor, and she did a kick-ass job of leading all of us jerklings around the city. If you follow any/all of us on Twitter, you were probably inundated with quotes and pictures for four and a half hours as we wandered through Beacon Hill, the Common, a couple graveyards, Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market, and other places. It was excellent times, all around, let me tell you.

Some favorites -

"The unicorn IS Boston?"
"No, the unicorn OF Boston."
"Okay. I had some issues with that metaphor."
"We're horny and a little mythical."

~

"I'm really concerned about these tombstones three deep."
"They had OT3s back then too, guys."

~

"Fuck you, hungry poor people!"
"You're in America now--you pay full price."

~

"Iamanoppressedcolumn dot tumblr dot com."

~

"'There were so few slaves left in Massachusetts that slavery was abolished.' We got rid of slaves...ery!"

~

"I said 'erected,' Margaret. You had one job to do!"
"Sorry, I was singing Brick House."
"I'll allow it."

~

"::points to circle on ground:: This is the site of the Boston Massacre."
"::everyone immediately steps inside it::"

~

"Not the last time the phrase 'baby I need your underwear for America' got a girl out of her pants."

~

And so on. :D

But now we're back at work, and everything is terrible. I have a metric fuckton of stuff to do today and no will to do it. I have to call some number this afternoon after 3 to find out if I actually have to show up to jury duty tomorrow. REALLY hoping I don't, but preparing for the worst. (Yes, I know this is my civic duty. But it's super inconvenient, okay? And I'm allowed to complain about it. Whatever.)

How are all of you, friends? Everybody still in one piece? Hopefully?

<3!
brilligspoons: (stiles)
I'm participating in [livejournal.com profile] teenwolf_bb, which I feel is an excellent use of my time. I've even managed to plot out most of the story, and I'm SUPER excited for it! It may or may not end in Lydia/Stiles/Derek - the way I've got it set up, it could very well turn out to be gen? So we'll see how THAT goes.

*dances*

Tonight we're going out for dinner and drinks and generally making the other patrons of Sunset Cantina hate us, and tomorrow I'm meeting up with Brenda for dinner and seeing Bourne Legacy. Saturday and Sunday will most likely be spent sleeping, cleaning, doing laundry, and/or writing.

Speaking of - are any local folks interested in meeting up for writing group on Sunday? Possibly in Harvard or Central, or even Porter? I am flexible with the location and time, of course. Let me know!
brilligspoons: (stiles)
I'm participating in [livejournal.com profile] teenwolf_bb, which I feel is an excellent use of my time. I've even managed to plot out most of the story, and I'm SUPER excited for it! It may or may not end in Lydia/Stiles/Derek - the way I've got it set up, it could very well turn out to be gen? So we'll see how THAT goes.

*dances*

Tonight we're going out for dinner and drinks and generally making the other patrons of Sunset Cantina hate us, and tomorrow I'm meeting up with Brenda for dinner and seeing Bourne Legacy. Saturday and Sunday will most likely be spent sleeping, cleaning, doing laundry, and/or writing.

Speaking of - are any local folks interested in meeting up for writing group on Sunday? Possibly in Harvard or Central, or even Porter? I am flexible with the location and time, of course. Let me know!
brilligspoons: (catastrophe)
Blah blah blah foot injury! )

Also I am savoring my first coffee since Friday. :D :D :D :D

I started playing the Mists of Pandaria beta on Friday night! I went with the new race/class combo like 99% of the other people playing, and I'm REALLY enjoying it so far. I only made it to level 4 before the server started kicking me off, but my preliminary feelings about the pandarens and the monk class are mostly positive. Obviously there are TONS of issues that need to be worked out. For example, the first quest chain involves you burning the Edict of Temperance (I wasn't paying attention as to why really), but a) there were THOUSANDS OF PLAYERS TRYING TO DO IT AT ONCE, and b) there was nothing blocking out a space in front of the edict, so you couldn't get anywhere near the fucking thing in order to complete the quest. I ended up grouping with a bunch of people (after 30 minutes of trying on my own), and like a minute later it worked and I could move on to the next thing. Ugh.

Regardless! The new zone is SUPER PRETTY. I'll have to take more screencaps next time I sign in. Also I am loving the pandaren design a LOT, oh my god:

Screencap! )

ISN'T SHE BEAUTIFUL? Her name is Arynna, and I love her. I'm still trying to puzzle out some of the aspects of the monk class, but the fighting style is really quite lovely to watch. Yes, I am much more likely to comment on how pretty things are instead of how functional they might be. One of these days the two will meet. I think.

Didn't play Saturday or Sunday on account of how awkward it was to elevate my foot while sitting at my desk. Actually, I didn't do much of anything beyond mainline season 1 of NCIS (and start season 2 yesterday). I edited one of the BBs a little? But I didn't write any new words. Bah. >:\

ANYWAY. How are you all doing? Anything good/bad going on, friends?
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BOSTON FRIENDS. Is anyone interested in seeing Melancholia at the Coolidge Corner Theatre with me? It's going to be there until January 12 (next Thursday), and I'm pretty much free to go whenever. Obviously I have no problem going on my own, but I thought I'd extend the offer in case anyone was on the fence about it. It looks like tickets are $9 for adults, which is not bad at all.

Let me know!
brilligspoons: (weird pony thing)
FRIENDS, FEEL FREE TO LINK THIS ENTRY AROUND. ALL THE SIGNALS BOOSTED, OR WHATEVER IT'S CALLED, IDK, WOULD BE NICE.

So here's the deal. I need two new roommates to move in at the end of August/beginning of September. I thought I had one lined up, but she backed out yesterday, and now I'm starting to panic a little bit. I have a craigslist ad posted right here with most of the details, but if you'd rather read this entry and get more information than you ever wanted, here you go:

The lease goes from September 1 2011 through August 31 2012. Rent is $533/month per person, and they ask for first and last months' rent up front. The apartment is located in the Oak Square area of Brighton, MA. It's the first floor of an older house; there are 3 bedrooms, and the two that are open are on the smaller side but have mad closet space. There's also a TON of storage space both in the living room/sitting area and in the basement. The kitchen is HUGE and has a pantry, we have our own washer and dryer (and they're free) in the basement, and there's also a three-season porch in the back of the house for our use.

Trust me, it's awesome. I'll post pictures down below.

All utilities except water are our responsibility. Gas and electric never get crazy expensive, unless we leave all the lights on and cook every night, and internet is also affordable. All told, you're probably going to end up paying less than $600/month between rent and bills.

The only big expensive thing about the place is that it's oil heat. The tank gets filled 2-3 times during the winter, and the last time we had it filled it cost us $285 per person (the price fluctuates, obviously). I am being completely up front about this because I know it's not an ideal situation.

There're 3 or 4 different bus lines that run by us, not to mention the express buses that go right into downtown and Government Center. There are also 3 grocery stores and a Target in the area, all within a 10-15 minute drive, if that (all are also accessible by bus).

THIS IS IMPORTANT: the landlady does not want any pets. It sucks, I know, but that's how it is. Also no smokers, but if you're going to, I trust you'd do it outside and clean up after yourself. I've lived with smokers most of my life, so I personally don't care as long as it doesn't happen inside.

I'm not comfortable living with men, so I'm looking to live with women. Uh, pretty much if you're willing to help keep the common areas neat and tidy, I'm cool with you.

About me - I'm a twentysomething fangirl, I work downtown, I'm an awkward turtle, and I like video games and reading and music and movies. Also: wine. I'm quiet and respectful. Occasionally I'll have a friend or two over, and maybe I'll have a larger party once in a blue moon, nothing crazy. All in all, I'm pretty chill. I can provide character references if you want.

...that's pretty much it. Feel free to email me with any questions, or if you're interested at all in rooming with me. Please use my non-fandom&friends email address for this; it's margaretmjr@gmail.com. <3

Here, have some photos of the place: )

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