gwynhefar: (Chaos Theory)
Ok, this is less a holiday update and more of a stuff-you-may-have-missed post.

First-off, for those of you keeping up with the Liath story, there were two new bits posted. Just click on the 'liath' tag at the bottom of this post to get everything written there.

Secondly, for those who missed my original post last week, I am officially hiring myself out as a genealogical researcher. Caveat -- I have no official training in this area. I have a subscription to Ancestry.com that I have been using for myself for almost a year. And I have a Master's degree and several years experience as a librarian, so I'm good at research in general. I've done some trees for some friends and they've all been quite satisfied, but it's a time-consuming process, so I figured I could do something I enjoy and earn money at the same time.

If all you want me to do is look up a name or two and get information on them, it's $5 per name. For more complex genealogical research, including actual trees, I'm charging $20/hour. I'll need full names and at least approximate dates for you, your parents, and your grandparents at least back to 1920 or so to get started. I can make no guarantees on what I'll be able to find and the more information you can give me the easier it will be. I'm also pretty good at knowing when a tough nut will crack with just a little more work and when a dead end is simply beyond my ability to get past. If you prepay me for a certain number of hours and I hit a dead end before the time is up, I will refund any unused time and let you know what resources I exhausted in case you want to take it further with someone else. Just let me know.

In addition, I'm going to try to get back to my jewelry making and start posting stuff to sell - probably on a separate journal or at least under a filter. Let me know if you want to be included in those posts. I also take design requests, assuming I have or can get the requested materials.
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.

My weekend

Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:24 am
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So I took Friday off for Samhain, did the grocery shopping, carved a pumpkin, roasted the seeds, made two pumpkin pies, and built a fire in the fireplace from scavenged wood felled by Gustav (I did the same with Katrina wood in 2005 - feels appropriate) all while listening to my now-traditional Samhain CD - Loreena McKennitt's The Visit. Did my now-traditional mini-ritual at midnight. Also spent some time reading old Due South fic to get me in the winter mood (works every time).

Spent most of Saturday lounging around and catching up on my TV watching. Also watched the movie Friends & Family, which is *hilarious*. If you haven't seen it - basically it centers around Stephen and Danny, a gay couple who work as high-ranking enforcers for the mob in New York. Stephen's parents call up and tell him they're on the way for a surprise visit, which throws the couple into chaos, because while Stephen's parents know he's gay, they think he owns a catering business. When he explains his problem to the Don he agrees to help them maintain the illusion by having his people stand in for the fictional catering business (after all, he says with stereotypical mafia exuberance - 'you two are Family!') Thus begins the preparations for a party in honour of Stephen's parents, with the Don's two effeminate sons doing the cooking and the decorating (one wants to be a chef and the other an interior designer) and the Don's security forces taking lessons from an old queen on how to act 'gay', and the Don hiring drag queens as entertainment. The whole thing is brilliantly funny and I'm half-tempted to buy it just so I can keep watching it over and over.

Sunday I went over I.'s place and got introduced to the addictiveness that is MySims Kingdom. *sigh* If only I had my own Wii.

This morning I found a roach in my shower (while I was in it, no less). Quite a rude wake-up, but it's finally getting cold around here, so I should have expected I'd be seeing some soon as they try to find warmer places to live. Bugs in the South suck.
gwynhefar: (Ireland)
Happy St. Paddy's Day!!

Meme

Feb. 7th, 2008 12:59 pm
gwynhefar: (Default)
Just because.

My Valentinr - gwynraven
Get your own valentinr
gwynhefar: (Default)
So, I'm back from Maryland. It was a great trip. The folks and I got along fine. My dad even took me to the Library of Congress one day, which was his idea, not mine, and thus proves that he both knows me better than I thought and can be incredibly thoughtful. I'd never been, so it was an incredible experience. We took the tour, and got our readers cards so we could actually go in the reading rooms. I even requested the 1724 edition of Captain Johnson's A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates from the rare book room and got to actually touch it and see the original engravings and everything. It was a book-geek's dream.

My brother and I ended up giving each other the same thing for Christmas -- a 'gift certificate' for lunch and a movie. So we had two days of lunch and a movie together, which was very nice. He and I get along great now, and I wish I could see him more often.

And I got to see [livejournal.com profile] danorsong, who I hadn't seen in years!

I'll have to do a separate post later detailing some of the cool stuff I got for $WINTERHOLIDAY.
gwynhefar: (Seasons)
Happy Beltane to all who celebrate.
gwynhefar: (tori -- never change)
Despite all the stuff going on at VT and everything he's been through he still remembered my birthday yesterday, sent me a card and a present, and called me to wish me happy birthday. And while we were talking we got on the topic of parents accepting their gay children (his girlfriend's older sister is a lesbian) and he said that even if mom and dad had trouble accepting me or my future girlfriends he had no problem with it, and hey, this way, he and I could go out girl watching together :)

I have the coolest little brother ever!
gwynhefar: (Default)
I could use some cheering up.

My Valentinr - gwynhefar
Get your own valentinr
gwynhefar: (pagan)
Haven't decided what I'm going to do to celebrate yet. But I'm doing something. Oh yes.
gwynhefar: (Ireland)
So focused was I on the presentation I'm giving at work today that I totally forgot today was St. Patrick's Day until I was halfway to work. Which means I didn't wear my traditional St. Paddy's Day shirt this morning :-(

Happy St. Pete's Day!!


(Throat feeling better btw. Thanks for the good thoughts.)
gwynhefar: (father)
I'm here in Baltimore safe and sound, despite plane delays. More detail will come later :)
gwynhefar: (white wolf freedom)
So tonight I lit my very first fire in the fireplace, in honour of Solstice.

And as I elected not to use one of those newfangled fire-starter things, it took forever to get the damn thing to actually burn. But burn it eventually did.

Still, in the early stages, when I was still trying to get it to light using tightly balled handfuls of dry grass -- it was kinda smoky. This tapered off once the wood lit, and it was never so bad that I was worried the smoke detector would go off.

However, the snake aquarium is near the fireplace. This didn't occur to me until I looked over and Hamlet is laying full length in his water dish with only his head sticking above water.

Makes sense -- when a forest dweller smells smoke that doesn't bode well for survival unless he can get to water, but it was quite odd to see, and made me remember how even many-generations worth of domestic breeding still leaves behind wild instincts.
gwynhefar: (pagan)
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Tis the season to be jolly
Don we now our gay apparel
Troll the ancient Yuletide carols

See the blazing Yule before us
Strike the harp and join the chorus
Follow me in merry measure
While I tell of Yuletide treasure

Fast away the old year passes
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses
Sing we joyous all together
Heedless of the wind and weather









Happy Solstice everyone!!!
gwynhefar: (Shakespeare Unicorn)
New Orleans. You drive down the interstated toward New Orleans and it's like this progression of destruction. First it's few branches down, then it's a few trees down, then it's lots of trees down, then the trees down outnumber the trees still standing. Saw a house on its side 20 feet from its foundation. It's clear the emphasis has been on getting things up and running not on making things pretty. Stores are open but their signs are lying in several pieces in their parking lot.

A man on horseback on the side of the road. Guess he couldn't afford a car.

[livejournal.com profile] docorion. I approve.

Time with [livejournal.com profile] shadesong and [livejournal.com profile] yendi and Elayna. Very wonderful.

Time with [livejournal.com profile] harkalark. Also wonderful.

[livejournal.com profile] museumfreak and [livejournal.com profile] kires.

We Love Katamari. Must get a PS2 sometime soon.

TIVO envy.

Incredible food. Including an orgasmic chocolate tart.

Rent. I quite liked it, but then I've not seen the play. I'm told it wasn't a good adaptation. To say the least.

Title of the Song. D00d.

Creme Broule.

The Princess Bride.

Really good conversation.

Great people.

Lots to be thankful for.

BTW

Oct. 31st, 2005 08:11 pm
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Not a single trick-or-treater. C'mon folks! I know there's kids in this complex. Where are they all?
gwynhefar: (Default)
Pumpkin carved, candle lit, jack-o-lantern out on the front porch.

4 more hours until midnight and I'm running out of things to do.

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