gwynhefar: (father)
Yes, this. All the time. Particularly from my father, and to a lesser extent, my brother.
"C'mon, Jen, it's just a joke."
"You're overreacting."
"You're taking this way too seriously."
"I have a right to my opinion."
"Why are you getting upset about this? I'm just trying to have a rational debate."
"You'd make your point better if you didn't take it so personal." And on and on and on and on.

"It's just words, it doesn't mean anything." But yes, oh yes it does. And then they wonder why there's a part of me that dreads every family visit.

The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Made
gwynhefar: (Default)
I love the Orphan's Thanksgiving. I love being here with my chosen family. I also love that everyone is so helpful with me being temporarily gimpy (pulled a muscle in my back and can't bend over at the moment). I love that people here *get* me. I really *really* want to find a job here in Boston.
gwynhefar: (did you know you could fly?)
It's amazing how life feels so much better when I'm with family. It's like a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders.
gwynhefar: (DW Fantastic)
I can haz a 'song!

I is in Boston!

gwynhefar: (hitchhikers guide)
We've been arguing on the difference between a 'geek' and a 'nerd'. Please indicate your opinions in the poll below. And remember, this is for posterity so be honest.

[Poll #1595876]
gwynhefar: (birds of a feather)

"Finally, I have detachable penis" -- [ profile] shadesong

"Years ago I gave you best cock on the block and I haven't given you anything since" -- [ profile] slipjig

"Sometimes a girl just wants to sit back and be corrupted" -- [ profile] shadesong

"No, I did not lose it because I was thinking about penises" -- [ profile] slipjig

"Now I'm thinking about how to speak Italian in LOLcat" -- Elayna

"I'll be gentle, I promise" -- Elayna

"I'm a first wave Polly Pocket" -- [ profile] gwynraven

"Hey, Adam?" -- everyone

"I just got hit with a mushroom stem" -- [ profile] slipjig, immediately followed by a hail of mushroom stems

"What is in my hair?" -- [ profile] slipjig

"Giblets are phallic. Thinking of you." -- [ profile] shadesong texting to [ profile] lbitw

"Mmm . . . dead flesh" -- [ profile] yendi
"Mmm . . . zombie Thanksgiving" -- [ profile] shadesong

And no, the guests haven't even arrived yet. There will more later :) I love my family!
gwynhefar: (Default)
The raven has landed. I am in Boston!

A big huge enormous eight-mile-wide thank you to all of you who made this possible.
gwynhefar: (father)
Ok, first you need to know some background. There is a country song called "26 cents." When I was in college, I heard this song on the radio and sent a copy to my mother, and it kind of became a thing for us. It tells the story of a girl leaving home for the first time and being given an envelope by her mother. She opens the envelope on the the bus to find it contains a note and 26 cents. The refrain (which is the text of the note) goes like this:

When you get lonely, call me
Anytime at all and I'll be there with you, always
Anywhere at all
There's nothing I've got that I wouldn't give
And money is never enough
Here's a penny for your thoughts
A quarter for the call
And all of your momma's love

This'll be important later, I promise.

It's been a crappy month for me. I've been sick with a miserable cold that won't let up. My computer is a broken mess, and I've spent way too much time on the phone with Dell trying to get it to work.

Today in particular has been bad for several reasons. When I went out yesterday, I apparently didn't close the door to my bedroom all the way, which means a cat got in and decided to express their annoyance at me not being around to pay attention to them by peeing on my comforter. Which meant that I had to sleep last night with just a sheet, as the comforter was in the wash. So I was cold all night and didn't sleep well. Today was boring and I was tired and couldn't seem to concentrate on getting any work done. Then I come out to my car after work to find that somebody left an advertisement flier on my car windshield *covering* my parking registration tag. As a result, I got a $30 ticket that I now have to take time off work tomorrow to go contest, since the parking office closed the same time I left work.

So all in all, I was in a pretty foul mood before I ever came home.

Then I came home, checked the mail, and found a card from my mother. It was an "I'm thinking of you" type card, and inside was simply taped a quarter and a penny.

So now I'm still having a bad day, only now I'm emotionally conflicted because I feel both warm and fuzzy from the card and also guilty because I haven't called her in almost a month which why she had to send the card in the first place.

I think I'm going to go take a nap. (yes, I've already called my mother)


My Weekend

Mar. 23rd, 2009 02:08 pm
gwynhefar: (Default)
Had a great weekend, although quite tiring. Isaac and I went down to New Orleans for the Palimpsest show on Saturday, got to see [ profile] shadesong, and Kyth, and [ profile] s00j, and bunches of other great people. The show was very good, although there was a little more bondage than I was expecting :)

Sunday Isaac and I went to see Knowing, which I think takes the prize as the creepiest disaster flick ever. It was very creepy. And nightmare-inducing.

Which brings us to today, where I'm home sick at least partially because I barely got any sleep last night because I kept waking up thinking that creepy blonde people with black eyes were in my room watching me.

The other part is my damn allergies/cold/whatever, which seems to kick in whenever I'm tired and run-down. Suddenly, in addition to being tired and run-down, I'm sniffly, sneezy, coughy, and itchy-eyed. Is very annoying.

On the other hand, I'm getting lots of work done remotely, as there are fewer distractions at home. Although in a little bit I think I'm going to take my sniffly sneezy self and go take a nap, in the hopes that I will be rested and thus non-sniffly sneezy in the morning.
gwynhefar: (raxacoricofallapatorius)
Ok, so I made it back to Baton Rouge ok. My flight was delayed 2 hours in Atlanta, but considering some of the horror stories I heard from others in the airport, I think I got off lightly. I go crash now, and tomorrow it's back to work and more regular posting. Holiday update to come some time this week.
gwynhefar: (father)
I am in Baltimore. No problems with the flight, although my baggage got lost and only just now arrived. I'll be on here intermittently at best for the next two weeks, so if there's something I should know, email me.


Dec. 11th, 2008 02:42 pm
gwynhefar: (father)
I want to share my recent writing success with my parents. They were very proud when I got a short story in a youth magazine in high school and they've been encouraging me to actually finish something and submit for years. I guess I can send them the Floyd story, but I realized, shit! I can't send them the first one.

But if it ever does get published they'll want to read it. But damn it! It will violate the whole myth between parents and children that the children don't know anything about that sex stuff even in the face of incontrovertible evidence otherwise.

Crap. What to do, what to do?


Nov. 24th, 2008 11:55 am
gwynhefar: (Default)
I can has [ profile] shadesong! Or, more accurately, [ profile] shadesong can has me. I am safe and sound in Boston, well rested, and very happy. This is all.
gwynhefar: (Default)
So yesterday and today, suffering from a general inability to get any real work done, I've been ferreting out more of my family tree. Rutherford B. Hayes and Sigourney Weaver are now on my tree, as a 7th cousin 5 times removed and an 11th cousin once removed, respectively. I can also claim George W. Bush as a relative through marriage, but I won't. Rutherford and Sigourney now join Lady Godiva and half the royal families of Europe as the famous people I'm related to. Sadly, they are both once again on my biological father's side. My stepfather has famous relatives of his own. My poor mother, on the other hand, is not related to anyone famous that I can find. I think she feels slighted.


Sep. 24th, 2008 01:15 pm
gwynhefar: (Default)
Flogging Molly was *perfect*. I had my Flogging Molly buddy with me, and I could actually *dance* this time. Having [ profile] shadesong with me always makes it better because there is *story* behind some of those songs for us. And dancing to "Whistles the Wind" with her for the first time since my surgery meant so much because we've both been sick for so long and I think it's broken both our hearts to see each other that way, but I am better and she is better-than-she-was, and just in that moment it was all really ok.

And having S.A. there was brilliant because she and [ profile] shadesong totally hit it off, like I knew they would and it was wonderful seeing both of them just so happy and into the music.

Sadly I could not find [ profile] babysprite in the crowd, although he assures me he was there and had a wonderful time as well.

And I am *sore* today. I slept late, although some of that was waking up to protesting muscles and then getting back to sleep. My body just wants to lay in bed all day so we won't be doing much. But at least it is definitely a 'what were you thinking asking me to move *that* way?' muscle soreness and not a 'something's-wrong' kind of soreness. And *no* nerve pain, which is still astonishing to me.
gwynhefar: (Default)
I can has [ profile] shadesong!!!!!
gwynhefar: (WTF)
How did I not know the Tudors were originally Welsh?

I'm tracing back the Tudor line on my dad's side and I start getting all these Welsh names and Tudor begins to be spelled Tewdwr. Well, duh! So now I've got my biological father's line going back to (mythologically speaking) Odin, and my dad's line going back to Beli and Dôn. I've promised my mother I'll give her a call as soon as I find a royal and/or divine ancestor in her tree *g*

I am realising, as I go through all this stuff, just how very lacking my knowledge of British history is, however. I blame a strong American bias in my secondary history education, but I suppose I have no excuse for not learning more on my own. Must start doing that.
gwynhefar: (ancient and forever)
So, just like my biological father is descended from the Saxon Kings of England, my dad who raised me, and whose family I consider mine by adoption, is descended from Henry VIII and one of his mistresses :) Now I just have to find a royal ancestor for my mother and I'll be set *g*
gwynhefar: (Shakespeare Unicorn)
So in case you couldn't tell by my post last night, I couldn't sleep, and was up doing genealogy research. I guess it was inevitable once I hit the Norman aristocracy, but suddenly I found myself in the royal line. I am actually descended from Edward the Elder, the first King of England (he united the smaller kingdoms). Through him I am related to just about every Anglo or Germanic royal dynasty out there, including the Merovingian dynasty of the Franks and the royal families of Kent, Mercia, Wessex, Burgundy, Paris, Saxony, Austrasia, Thuringia, Lombardia, and probably others.

Oh, and as an aside note, the kings of Saxony in particular trace their lineage back to Woden/Odin and his wife Frigg. So with a little work I was able to put together the following pedigree connecting me to Woden through direct succession - no siblings or by-marriage connections at all, just child to parent. It's rather long, of course, so it's under the cut. Names of the living are indicated by relation for privacy purposes.

that's HRH the goddess Gwyn to you )
gwynhefar: (Default)
Oh yeah. This guy? Also an ancestor.

More about him


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