littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
Fourth year running (with partners) my law firm!

Lots of fun travel this year:
--MJ2015 in Boston was absolutely wonderful
--Visited my sister in Manhattan feat. some chemical-enhanced Magic Mike XXL viewing
--Saw TSwift in Jersey with her and @eloiserummaging \o/
--Visited Daufuskie Island with my bff, her husband, and some of their friends
--Lots of time with my parents and my sisters in my hometown

Great concerts, too:
--TSwift in Toronto with @eloiserummaging as well as the Jersey one
--One Direction in Toronto with @cantarina and in Buffalo with my sisters
--Tove Lo in Toronto with my friend A.
--Years & Years in Toronto with @cantarina, where I actually got to meet and chat with the band and be front and centre for the show :D

Lost Reggie, who was my first "adult" pet--I moved in 2008 so I could get a cat. He was a really good cat, y'all
Lucy, my dog, keeps getting better and better with time and work <333
Grimmy, the kitten (now probably to be referred to as "the cat") gets fuzzier and calmer every day

Knit less than in many prior years, but still a round half-dozen pairs of socks and some accessories
Managed one of my smoothest Christmas seasons ever, early gift-buying and all
Still on and off with guitar but still motivated to learn

Started a tumblr about Clean Bandit's violinist, because no one else had and that was a tragedy ;)
Wrote 150K of fic, including my longest one ever (54k)
Generally an up-and-down fandom year, but Star Wars (TFA) and Hamilton are new and exciting to watch develop

Intentionally slowed down my reading but still read 112 new books (and a lot of rereads)--found four new all-time favourites, my best year ever. Quality over quantity worked!
83 of them were library books (BLESS OVERDRIVE) and my year-on-year book spending dropped by 87%!
In fact, my year-on-year "shopping" spending dropped 71%, and I managed to save 56% of my take-home income. :D

Biked to work at least three or four days a week all through the warm season, which was awesome and had a remarkable and immediate impact on my gas consumption

Finally starting to get competent at some cooking in a way that lets me put together actual meals \o/ and sometimes even do mildly fancy things
Started writing down (in June) three "nice things" from each day ("took the dog to the park twice, had dinner with M., practiced guitar"), which has been lovely
In many ways felt like this was the year of establishing better habits and just inhabiting them: a half-hour dog walk first thing in the morning and first thing after work, bringing lunches to the office, making coffee, getting up at 5:30 on Sunday mornings to do laundry, etc

This is ridiculously long, considering I thought it was sort of a status-quo year! My status quo is getting better and better as I age <333333
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
Third year of running (with partners) my law firm
Hired a fantastic law clerk--we're about to make her full-time
Expanding to a much larger office where we can add up to three new associates
Managed the office when Partner S took a three-week trip
Got all my shit DONE for our holiday closure despite trial pressures

Argued two and a half trials totalling 15 days
Won the two complete ones
Won an order that still makes other family lawyers say "wait, WHAT?" from one trial
Innumerable motions and conferences as ever
Took on my first Hague Convention case
Filled in as staff family lawyer at my old clinic for most of the summer
Improved my efforts to bond with local lawyers--even got a holiday-party invite from one

Took a three-month part-time course in Dispute Resolution
Took a two-week course in Family Mediation
(Spent a goddamn fortune on the above)

Spent some fantastic time with my wonderful kid sister
Great family time in general: long weekend in a cottage near Kingston, Saturday in a hammock in my parents' backyard, wonderful Christmas break

Started seriously saving for retirement
Got serious disability insurance
Changed car insurance companies
Bought a dining table and chairs
Generally did a bunch of "aw shit I'm a real adult" things

Made another attempt at learning guitar (well, two more attempts) (I think it might stick this time)
Had a burst of sweater-finishing energy and can now wear several former WIPs
Managed the awards and trophies for the dog club
Volunteered with the literacy program for a spring and a fall session
Assisted a few dog classes

Read 175 new-to-me books and reread a few favourites
Attended my best friend's wedding
Spent a lovely weekend with her and her new husband in DC
Dated a dude for a while O_O that was a strange interlude in my life
Saw a Nine Inch Nails concert (did I mention the strange interlude?)

Saw One Direction two nights in a row ... again
Stayed obsessed with Nick
And with Harry and Zayn
Kiiinda dropped the other three
Developed a truly glorious love for Taylor Swift and her harem of pretty, pretty ladyfriends
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
Dear techy people on my dwircle, I have a question!

I just bought a bluetooth keyboard to use with my phone. I turned on bluetooth, typed in a number code as instucted by my phone, and then started typing. And it worked beautifully!

... WHICH IT SHOULD NOT HAVE. Why? Because I type Dvorak, not Qwerty. Which I had completely forgotten when I decided to buy a keyboard. The iPhone doesn't have a Dvorak setting, last I checked, and I certainly don't have one set up.

So. HOW DID IT KNOW. I just typed this whole post on the keyboard, and believe you me, I am not accidentally typing Qwerty. Surely this keyboard is not programmed for a keyboard layout that very very few people use? I AM SO CONFUSED. HELP ME. It's kind of scaring me a little tbqh, so some explanation other than "it read your mind" or "the salesperson has been stalking you" would be GREAT.

... on the plus side I bet I'll write way more fic now.
littlemousling: Dog in a dinosaur costume (dinosaur dog)
I am in the middle of writing a long (maybe 25-30K) Harry/Nick, though I admit I've stalled and could use a cheerleader, if any Harry/Nick people are in the mood.

Job continues to be wonderful (after the much-needed restorative break I took in September). Short issue trial set for this upcoming week, very exciting. Haven't done a trial since the spring!

Turning 27 on Monday--which I guess is tomorrow, actually, now that I think of it. WEIRD.

Oh, and ...

I got a dog! )

Best day

Jan. 24th, 2012 10:07 pm
littlemousling: Cropped photo of four colorful hacky sacks (juggling)
Today I had the initial interview with my first real new client--not brought over from Evil Old Firm, but just mine. And apparently the referral to me, from a lawyer I know a little, was INCREDIBLY glowing; her exact phrase was "he went on for ten minutes about you!" which I'm certain is an exaggeration, but STILL. And then I got another call, ANOTHER new client--two in two days!--saying a different source had recommended me highly. You guys, I think this "owning my own firm" business is ... actually going to work.

On top of that, our landlord FINALLY came through with all the stuff he's been promising; he got the lights, electricity, and heat working in our fourth office, replaced all the office carpets with lovely new ones, and otherwise spruced up the place (or, okay, brought in workers to do those things). AND Bell and our phone guys came, and now we have phones and a fax line and internet that isn't stolen!

And even more than that, I had a wonderful last date with M., who again managed to make me smile even while she was telling me she's too busy to keep dating me. It's not my best break-up ever ([personal profile] mistresscurvy holds that title forever), but it was definitely the loveliest dumping I've ever had. And she's keeping me in her phone book--maybe someday!

And THEN I went on OKC and messaged a couple of cute girls, and one got right back to me and is a fangirl and totally spotted my ~subtle bandom references, and all my partners called me from our brand-new phone line and left an adorable message on my phone, and basically: life is wonderful.
littlemousling: Photo of Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith with a heart drawn between them (Spencer/Brendon)
I have done victory arms with Panic! at the Disco. My whole life after this point is just a bonus. (KIDDING.)

Getting there )

Meet and Greet! )

Foxy )


Spencer Smith is a hotass )

Overall, it was just a fantastic show. As I found out in Saratoga Springs with MCR, being on the barrier makes shows feel MASSIVELY longer, in a good way, and this was a LONG show anyway (3.5h), so it was just absolutely wonderful. A+++, WOULD SEE AGAIN.


Oct. 26th, 2011 09:14 pm
littlemousling: Street sign from Toronto's gay village (Church and Wellesley)
So I have never had a car before, nor did I grow up in this province, and those two things combined to mean that I completely failed to update my registration when it expired on my birthday.

I was pulled over for that ... and then I didn't have my most recent proof of insurance in the car.

Obviously I'll be getting the registration and my proof of insurance and going to traffic court with them, but I still feel like an absolute idiot.

The good news is, I have a burrito, rum, and ice cream. The better news is, the woman I went on a lovely second date with on Monday called just as I was coming in the door, and we had a fun, funny 20-minute conversation which went a long way towards improving my mood. I really very much like this woman, I must say.

So! If you have some fluffy bandom you would like to rec, I would love to read it. Old stuff is especially appreciated; other than the very very well-known fics, I haven't read much that wasn't produced this (calendar) year.
littlemousling: A long joke about kiwis the bird and kiwis the fruit being the same thing. (kiwi)
SUCH a lovely lovely birthday. It's a bit too easy to get down at the mouth while I'm jobhunting, but today was a great reminder that I have wonderful, fun, supportive friends and family, and that makes all the difference in the world.

I met my mother in Niagara Falls (splitting the distance between us, although she had to go through customs), and we had a lovely lunch, a great walk around, and then some decadent desserts. It was just the kind of simple, relaxing day we both needed, and I'm so glad she suggested it.

And we took lots and lots of photos, of which I will only subject y'all to this one, in which my most-recently knit Bohus sweater makes an appearance (I'm rather proud of it, and it kept me nice and warm). Photo! )

I also had a nice long phone chat with my best friend, and I'm sure I'm about to have some sister phone calls as well.

And all of that was MORE than enough happiness for one day, but then on my way back to Toronto I got a notification in my email that a certain awesome ex of mine had sent me a gift story (yay AO3!), based on a conversation we had the other day about how awesome a story about non-sexual Frank puppyplay, where Jamia takes care of him alongside the (other) dogs, would be. SPOILER ALERT: IT IS INDEED AWESOME. Here it is: Dog Days, by the always-fantastic [personal profile] mistresscurvy. <33333 You're the best, bb.
ETA: aww and she posted this, too. BEST.



Oct. 14th, 2011 06:44 am
littlemousling: Flyer of a spinning wheel with the phrase "spinning yarns" above it (spinning)
I'll be at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival until Tuesday, pretty much sans internet. Talk to y'all later!
littlemousling: Black square with "DO IT NOW and DO IT LOUD" written in white (MCR)
You guys YOU GUYS. You remember that time I met Ray Toro, and he said he recognized us from the barrier?

Well NO WONDER. Because we were ridiculous(ly awesome).

This video (well--better to think of it as audio, really) is us reacting to the FIRST FREAKING NOTE of Scarecrow* (and to the lyrics being brought out to Gerard).

(*yeah, yeah, insert all-caps and slashes here)

I'm told (I was watching Gerard) that Ray gave us a fairly incredulous "who ARE you people?" look, which, you know, I believe, because WHO ARE WE INDEED.
(Answer: awesome)

ETA: Today is a day for paretheses. Many, many, many parentheses.
littlemousling: Still of Patrick Stump from the Spotlight music video (PStump)
Last night I saw Patrick Stump perform at the Mohawk in Buffalo, and it. Was. FABULOUS.

The Venue, Like the Man Himself, Is TINY. )

First Opener: Rocky Fresh )

Second Opener: Wynter Gordon )

PStump Performs! )

After they finished the encore he came through and HIGH-FIVED THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE. SERIOUSLY.

Post-show: Surprise Meet & Greet! )

Set List )

Seriously, y'all, if he's playing near you, GO. It will be AMAZING.
littlemousling: A long joke about kiwis the bird and kiwis the fruit being the same thing. (kiwi)

My interpretation of the gif's meaning: Life is wonderful! Have fun with it! No fear!

Today, this gif represents: How great my day at an amusement park with my sisters was, even though there were no balloons filled with glitter (and indeed no Gerard Way).
littlemousling: Photo of rainbow-organized bookshelf with text reading, "Confirmed book addict." (books)
1) I did not need to arrive 90 minutes early. Boy did I not. That said, I ended up with a fantastic seat.

2) There appeared, briefly, a very cute ferret.

3) There turns out to still be a poster of Gerard Way at 14th St station, at the 7th Ave&14th St entrance.

4) When the credits rolled, the twentysomething next to me turned to her friends and said, "my childhood is over!"

5) While waiting for the movie, I finished the audiobook of His Majesty's Dragon. On my way back from the movie, I finished reading Holding Still As Long As Possible. Combined with the movie, that was quite the emotional rollercoaster and I think I am going to drink some bourbon and watch sitcoms now.
ETA: instead I finished Soldiers of God (wrenching graphic novel) and am probably going to read all of Snow Queen's Shadow (the emotional rollercoaster started on page three). At least I'm drinking the bourbon?
littlemousling: Photo of apples with flowers behind them (food)
So my kid sister has a cool work event tomorrow, and for that event she's baking delicious things at my apartment. Only I don't so much have baking things (of any kind), so we went to Gristedes.

And then this happened.

Cut for fat shaming and general WTF-ery )
littlemousling: Photo of a Thai Wat with "Wat." written underneath. (wat)
Lol, so. I went and saw David Cook perform at a Best Buy today. I don't think I would have gone to this if I'd known what it would be like? But then again people say that about childbirth.

... yes, I just compared a "Live @ Best Buy" performance to the creation of life. WHAT OF IT, INTERNETS. COME AT ME.

Here's the short version: I stood in a line for two hours to get a wristband for the performance; I stood in a crush of people for two hours in advance of the performance; and I stood in the same crush of people for another hour for autographs.

The actual performance ... was fifteen minutes long.

No but really )

Anyway, had a great view, like the new songs, he's quite an attractive man, generally pretty fun.

Couple of very poor photos )
littlemousling: Street sign from Toronto's gay village (Church and Wellesley)
So I have managed to be traveling or otherwise tied up (er ... not like that. Maybe next year!) for every single Pride in every city I've lived in since I've been an adult.

Last year I was in North Carolina, ffs, at the straightest wedding on the planet. The year before that I was in a car all day, and the year before that my parents were in town (and I accidentally ended up sitting with my mother inside a pub with the dyke march almost visible through the windows, which was ... slightly awkward. #nudity #andmymother #justsaying).


And I got to go with [personal profile] amazonziti and [personal profile] mistresscurvy, who are basically the best possible people to do anything at all with. This also meant that, yk, I was basically attending this gay event in the most lesbian way possible: with my ex-girlfriend. ::bows:: Oh, and she ran into an ex-girlfriend from college, because THAT IS HOW THE QUEER COMMUNITY ROLLS, MOTHERFUCKER. \o/

Okay, pictures! Just imagine 90% of these with "Born this Way" playing in the background, because holy shit did that terrible fucking song get played over. And over. And over. One of the times I did a little dance of joy because I thought they were playing Madonna, but, of course, it was not.



In conclusion:
BEST SIGN: "NY said Yes." Simple and lovely!
BEST T-SHIRTS: "Our next march is down the aisle"--there were a million of these, and they all said "Marriage Equality June 2011" on the back. Those were either printed in hope or very, very fast.
BEST FLOAT: Definitely the one for The Door, which had a phenomenal DJ and got the crowd dancing and going wild
BEST GROUP NAME: The Flaggots, an awesome flag-dancing troupe
littlemousling: Cropped photo of Bebe Rexha, showing her (hotass) torso. The word "please" has been added. (bebe rexha)
So, uh. It actually turned out not to be all that hard to find a nice woman (or in point of fact, two) to consensually hit me a little (lot) bit.

Bit weird, definitely--not sure play parties are really my thing? But for now, it hit the spot. Pun intended.

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