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11 February 2007 @ 12:17 am
Blair came over tonight, and I made us Kielbasa & Kapusta for dinner. It was most yummy. I cannot cook too many things, but what I can, I do well. I suppose the same is true for most other things as well.

She brought me flowers. Tulips, which I adore. It has been so long since anyone gave me flowers. Goddess, I can still blush. It is a nice feeling. The blushing and the flowers both.

After dinner we settled on the couch to watch The Call of Cthulhu (thank goddess for girls who are geeks! cthulhu) I have seen it about four times now I think, and I still love that movie. Doing it as a black and white, silent film was such a brilliant idea. In fact, the featurettes on how it was made are as fun as the film itself, the what the actors are actually saying in the parts where there is dialog ("Rats, hundreds of them! And they wanted more from me than just companionship!")

Then I gave her a massage. As sometimes happens in that situation, things progressed. I was not really planning that. This is just our second date after all. But, I guess when the mix is right, it is just right, and that is all there is to it. Maybe it was my new pomegranate body spray. In any case, no clothing came off, but it was still intense. Enough for her to orgasm. Nice to know I can still make someone do that.

We are going to have dinner next Tuesday. Our plan is to celebrate Valentino's Day (that is the holiday coming up with all the hearts and chocolate right?) one day in advance, to avoid the rush of people going to restaurants on Wednesday. Since I picked the place last time, I made her choose where to eat this one. So we are doing a Middle-Eastern restaurant near her home. I think I will get her something chocolate, since she said she likes it.

I have to say, it is going pretty well so far *fingers crossed*.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: The Rockets - Desire
07 February 2007 @ 05:26 pm
I am in the middle of watching Westworld (thank you Netflix), and early in the movie they make the statement that the resort costs $1,000 a day. That got me thinking... Is not that less than people typically pay for a typical resort-style vacation today? Like going to Hawaii and staying at a beach-front hotel, eating in restaurants for all your meals, doing 'touristy' stuff like para-sailing, etc...?

I am not really sure, since I have never been on a "real" vacation. My day-trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is the nearest I have come to that in adulthood. For those people who do go on resort-trips, what does it normally run you, all together?

In any case, it was obviously supposed to sound like an awful lot of money, and probably did back when the movie was made. It is another one of those cute examples of how sometimes films can show their age, like with the tape-driven computers lining the walls of Westworld's mission control, or the monocrhome monitors...
04 February 2007 @ 02:55 pm
I think I have the flu. I have been sick since last night. So bad that I called in this morning. I am starting to think I may have to tomorrow as well. I was in bed for 13 hours last night, but I could barely sleep, and today I just feel exhausted.
03 February 2007 @ 07:20 pm
Well, I bought new hair today. I am not sure if I like it though. It is significantly longer, and while longer is what I wanted, I think it is making my face look more angular. It was only $40, so at least it did not cost me much if I decide to not wear it after all. It take some getting used to, having hair this long again. I am not used to it falling down in my face whenever I lean over, especially when brushing my teeth.

Hmmm, I just tried both again, and the new hair definitely makes my face look more angular. So I am just going to stick with the old hair.
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: Blue Oyster Cult - Black Blade
30 January 2007 @ 08:56 pm
Saturday I went out to dinner with Blair, a woman I met online. We had Thai, which was yummy, and came back to my apartment afterward to hang out. She stayed longer than she had originally intended, which I take as a good sign. I like her. She is bright, a nerd (she is was a role-player, likes HP Lovecraft, and has already described me a Sith Lord) - all good signs), and a Witch.

Of course I told her I was trans beforehand, and she still wanted to have dinner with me. She says it does not matter to her. Riiight. She obviously has some experience with trans-folk however, because she has not once asked me a single question about it, and some of the things she has said reflects a level of knowledge that far beyond that which most people have about trans-ness.

Sunday she said she wants to get together again. Maybe we will do a movie this time. So maybe this will go somewhere.
Current Music: Angels And Airwaves - The Adventure
15 January 2007 @ 01:56 pm
A few weeks ago I watched my step-father frying up the shrimp we had for dinner later that night, and I started thinking that I could do that. I am sure that seems like no big deal to most of the people reading this. However, you have to understand that I did not inherit the cooking gene, my brother did. I can do pizza rolls and chili from scratch, I even made cheesy potatoes once, but that is the extent of my culinary skillz.

So when I saw shrimp on sale last week I bought some. Catfish fillets too. Last night I was daring and fried up the shrimp, using a cornbread-based breading I bought with the catfish. It came out good! I was munching on shrimp all day. I was most triumphant!

I used up all my olive oil making the shrimp however, and I really do not feel like going out today to buy more oil to fry up the catfish, as was my original intent. I thought about making it later, but well, it has been in the refrigerator all week, and it is starting to become rather pungent. So I decided to change plans and bake it instead.

I used the last of my breading on the fillets, covered them with a layer of basil, rosemary, and cracked pepper. I saw several recipes saying to put cheese on fish too, so I put some colby-jack on half of them to see how that would turn out. It is baking in the oven right now, and (hopefully) yummage will shortly ensue.

This is amazing. I am actually cooking for real.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Vodoo Child
10 January 2007 @ 07:20 pm

I just love this picture...
Current Music: Led Zeppelin - In The Light
05 January 2007 @ 10:29 pm
As I have previously mentioned, I have been watching the old tv series Kolchak: The Nightstalker. Well, tonight's episode was Youth Killer, co-starring none other than Cathy Lee Crosby, who played a Greek Witch (possibly Helen of Troy) that was killing people with magic and using their life energy to sustain her youth and beauty. Guess what deity she invoked to do her Witchcraft? Yep. Hekate.

She (Hekate, not Cathy Lee), must have a pretty good agent, to appear in so many tv shows and books...
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: 10,000 Maniacs - Eat For Two
01 January 2007 @ 02:17 pm
Saturday I went around the local stores and after much deliberation I bought a HP Pavilion a1646x. I remember when I used to do tech support for the Pavilions, back when HP first started making them. I guess I am really dating myself with the statement that I did tech support, since no American companies have tech support in the US anymore.

This one only has a 1.8 ghz Core 2 Duo, and no IDE controllers on the motherboard at all. On the other hand, it came with a 200 gig sata drive, and I had hung on to the 300 gig sata drive I had bought last week, thinking it would be the only one sata drive I would have in the Tiger Direct comp. So now I have plenty of room to hang on to my dvd rips and image files. I was also surprised to find that the dvd burner does not use a pata IDE interface (which as I said, the comp does not have any controllers for). Instead it is a sata drive. I had no idea they made sata dvd burners. Though it makes sense that they would start doing so, seeing how much faster the sata bus is than the pata. The HP also supports Dual Channel memory, which is nice, and came with a gig of DDR2. It still has two memory slots left open, so I can add more later.

One thing that really surprises me is how quiet it is. I cannot hear any fan noise at all (and the fans are all working, I checked!). The only thing from the Tiger Direct stuff that I hung on to (and actually worked), was the Nvidia 7600 GT video card. So I still have good video. Very good video.

I spent all of Saturday and part of Sunday just installing things or copying them from my old comp. The latter was accomplished by starting up the old one, and then pulling out the monitor, keyboard, and mouse plugs and putting them in the new one, but leaving the network cable still in so it was still on the network. Windows would not allow me to the Windows or Docs and Settings folders from another computer, so I had to switch cables back and forth to copy over things like my mouse cursors and more importantly, things like my Firefox and Thunderbird extensions and past emails.

Sunday night I had the chance to install Neverwinter Nights 2 and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and see how they run. I could not even create a character in Oblivion on my old comp, and while I was able to do so in NWN 2, actually playing the game was impossible. Both ran fine, with all the graphics turned up to their hightest levels. YaaY!

All in all I am very, very happy with my new HP. I have named it Prytania, and the two drives Medea and Kirke.
Current Music: Belinda Carlisle - Leave A Light On
29 December 2006 @ 11:17 pm
Well, the parts for my new comp are all going back tomorrow. None of them frelling work. I wasted all day finding out. I am so frelling pissed.