[livejournal.com profile] anywherebeyond is so fab I think my brain broke. Seriously, look at what she sent me in the mail today!

Thing of Awesome )

And the timing was perfect, too. Thank you so much, S.!
Got two fantastic packages in the mail today, just in time for Christmas.

First, a lovely calendar from [livejournal.com profile] avarill full of wild animal photographs, which my kids were very impressed by -- all the more so when I told them "Aunt Sylvia" took the photos herself!

Second, a ginormous box from [livejournal.com profile] cesario, which was full of FANTABULOUS BOOTY including at least three kinds of homemade fudge (NOM NOM NOM), a copy of Writing Down the Bones, a canister of fancy tea (Ginger Peach, YUM), her old CD player (since she overheard me lamenting that mine had died) and -- AND AND AND --

Cut so I don't EXPLODE all over your Friends Page with the sheer unadulterated squee of it -- oh, and because there are pics, too )

Seriously, I am overwhelmed. Thank you SO much, both of you!
I got a bicycle for my birthday! A shiny new bicycle from my husband, who is wise in the ways of cycling! Yay! I think this may be the first new bike I've had in my life. And it's certainly the first one I've owned in over fifteen years. *huggles it*

My other birthday present: spring weather! It was positively mild today, and the snowbanks are rapidly shrinking. Dare I hope that by next week they will be gone?

In other news, I fail at writing today -- only 572 words so far. But my head feels like it has been stuffed with cotton wool, and I just can't seem to get my thoughts to cohere. So I have been using the time to do character maps, timelines, and other useful things. At least that will keep me from feeling completely unproductive.

It's embarrassing to admit how hard I have to think to do a timeline, though. I'm constantly counting things on my fingers with my tongue stuck out one side of my mouth, trying to figure out how much time has passed between on event and another -- and even after I've done my best, I'm sure I've got it wrong. Why do numbers hate me so?

I also fail at intuition. I really thought that by now I would have some word from Agent E. about Knife. However, no news is at least potentially good news, right?
March Break is turning out to be a remarkably unproductive week for me writing-wise, but I've got quite a bit of household and family stuff done. Last night we painted the walls of our dining room a rather fetching new shade )

Look closely. Can you see something -- or someone -- hidden in the picture? Here she is close up )

And finally, here she is again, in her proper place of honor on my bookshelf )

Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] cesario!

P.S. Yes, I know that bookshelf is scary. Nevertheless, only two of the volumes it contains are not mine. Guess which?

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Jan. 16th, 2007 10:25 pm
rj_anderson: (Saffron Cake)
I had a bit of a creative discouragement today, but as though to make up for it, I received two lovely packages.

One was a gorgeous calendar by [livejournal.com profile] avarill with pictures of her Nunavut trip -- thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] avarill!

The other was a lavish basket of fruit, cheese, chocolates, nuts and other goodies, which my husband received as a perk for speaking to a professional organization. I must say, this is quite the nicest one he's come home with yet.

*munches chocolate to fend off creative Dementors*

*did not get her 750 words written today, however, so is good thing I am not actually signed up to [livejournal.com profile] novel_in_90 yet*
[livejournal.com profile] sannalim, I received your delightful Christmas card/picture and message today -- thanks for the lovely thought and the kind words!

I am going to try to write something today. We'll see how far I get. I'm afraid to even mention what I'm writing lest I jinx the whole process, but I had something of an epiphany about a certain fictional character last night just as I was drifting off to sleep, and it was far too cool for me to just ignore it...

(Hint: The proposed title of the fic is "Galatea". See if you can guess the fandom and the characters just from that.)
...is this (S). Or this (18m).

So. cool.

But seriously, the wishlist thing? Link me to yours in comments, please. I'd like to see what I might be able to do for some of you who brighten my LJ days, even if it's just sharing some music love or hammering out a drabble or something.

Also, I think from now on LOST should just be the Locke and Eko hour. I would so watch that.
[livejournal.com profile] stmarysalice, your package arrived today, and I am truly touched and awed by your generosity. The sleeper, the teddy bear, the books, the bug apron... all of it brilliant stuff, the boys love it, thank you so much!

I never cease to be amazed by the thoughtfulness and kindness of so many of my Internet friends. Even though in many instances we've never seen each other's faces, or heard each other's voices, or even know each other's full RL names, you've shown real, caring friendship, and spoken words of encouragement, and offered prayers and well-wishes, that have helped enormously to carry me through a dark and difficult time. I thank God for all of you, and thank each of you as well, from the bottom of my heart.

For the record, things are going quite well now. We're settling into a routine with baby Paul -- or as near a routine as one can have with a fast-growing, ever-changing newborn -- and I've been able to get a lot more of that much-needed sleep. The abdominal pain hasn't come back, I'm past the panic attacks and depression, the latest bout of thrush seems to be (for the moment anyway) beaten, and I've started to take over the household chores and baby care that I couldn't manage before. It feels good to be back in the game, though I'm still wary of pushing myself too hard (and so are my parents and husband, so they're encouraging me to take it slow and easy).

Off to make supper now, or rather warm it up (hooray for deep freezers!).
I have already told [livejournal.com profile] lizbee that her Totally Awesome Parcel arrived not just on the day, but within a mere two hours, of baby Paul's birth. Wombat photos will be had as soon as I a) have energy for same; b) have a baby whose lips are not purple (the sad side effects of gentian violet treatment) and c) can get my husband to return the camera. I will also repeat that the Graeme Base dragon book and Possum Magic, sent for the enjoyment of the other two boys, are brilliant and will, I'm sure, be long and well loved.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] lydaclunas, I got your parcel three days ago, but what with all the hospital stuff going on, it rather got lost in the shuffle. I opened it last night and was delighted -- thank you so much! Dinotopia I read today for the first time, and it is indeed very nifty. Simon has already fallen in love with "Froggy" and stolen it from his brother temporarily (along with Liz's stuffed wombat), but I'm sure it will make its way back to its rightful owner when Paul is old enough to appreciate such things. And the olive oil was a very nifty touch, too.

In short, you guys are the bestest. Thanks so very much.

[livejournal.com profile] stmarysalice, I will reply to your e-mail soon -- thanks!
[livejournal.com profile] mistraltoes, thank you so very much for your sweet gift of your leftover paid LJ time! What a lovely surprise!
Since the first part of what made it so awesome is non-fannish in nature, I'll put the details (and accompanying picspam) up on [livejournal.com profile] rjanderson_blog as soon as I get the chance. But for now suffice it to say I got a fabulous early birthday present from my husband and I'm very, very pleased with it.

Now for the second part. I got to see the pilot of the new Doctor Who series. I won't spoil any of the details for anybody, I just want to say that just seeing the opening credits gave me a big stupid grin all over my face, and by the time it was over my face hurt from grinning so much. I also jumped and clutched my husband several times, which is just the way Who ought to be. The dialogue's clever and snappy, Christopher Eccleston as the new Doctor is wonderfully Doctorish, there are some delightful tips of the hat to the original series, and I genuinely like Rose. The story has a few over-the-top goofy moments, but would it really be Who if it didn't?

Anyway, I can't wait until the premiere officially airs so I can a) watch it again and catch the stuff I missed the first time; and b) find out what everybody else thinks of it. I'm sure there will be some people somewhere who don't like it (again, would it be Who if etc.?) but on the whole I think it's a great way to pull in new viewers and a tremendously promising start to the series.

Oh, and speaking of new viewers, my husband actually liked it and said he wouldn't mind seeing another episode. That's a major triumph for a guy who avows that he hates "time travel stuff" and has never liked any of the Doctor Who episodes I've shown him before (including the TV movie).

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Jan. 11th, 2005 05:34 pm
rj_anderson: (JKR Snape doodles by lydaclunas)
The rumours of my delinquency when it came to giving anyone on my friendlist anything from their Christmas wish list in time for Christmas are, unfortunately, true. However, I do recall that a considerable number of you mentioned that you would like icons, and that is something that even in my current state of health*, I can actually do with some degree of enjoyment and success.

So, I am taking icon requests. If you'd like one, please leave a comment, and tell me:

a) what kind of icon you'd like (i.e. a particular fandom, character, pairing, subject, etc.) .
Feel free to put up multiple ideas for me to choose from, if you'd like a bit of a surprise; if you'd really like to be surprised, just leave it at "I'd like an icon," and I'll pick an interest off your User Info.

b) any other specifics you'd like me to incorporate
A favorite screencap, a particular line or snippet of text, a colour you'd like me to use (or avoid) -- if you don't supply any of these I'll just use my own discretion.

Go to it!

--
*No worries, it's nothing fatal, just inconvenient and wearisome. The lingering case of pink-eye doesn't help either.
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I have died, after all. Of ecstasy. Because [livejournal.com profile] sannalim's home-made cinnamon rolls just arrived by FedEx, and I have just taken my first bite.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

I am about a million miles out of the Zone right now. I would have to eat, like, a whole cow to get back in it. But you know what? I. don't. care. Because these rolls are absolutely amazing. My only hope right now is to find a lot of friends who love cinnamon rolls to come and save me from myself before I eat the whole dozen.

Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] sannalim. I've got your address off the box, and your GAME t-shirt will be in the mail shortly.

Did I say yum? YUM.

Ooh!

Nov. 4th, 2003 05:30 pm
rj_anderson: (Saffron Cake)
I just received the loveliest surprise in the mail -- a huge box from Cook's Corner which turned out to contain a gift basket consisting of a stoneware batter bowl, an ergonomically designed whisk, a tea towel, some yummy-sounding pancake mixes, two kinds of flavoured coffee, an antique-replica tin full of premium steel-cut oats, and a bottle of cherry-flavoured pancake syrup. Considering that I'd been feeling rather down and sorry for myself this morning, the unexpected parcel was just what I needed to brighten up my day.

The only thing is, there was no note in the box and no information as to the identity of the sender, so I'm not sure who to be grateful to! [livejournal.com profile] avarill, was it you? If so, thank you very much!

Oh WOW.

Sep. 26th, 2003 08:45 am
rj_anderson: (RJA Adult!Hermione)
Now I'm all flabbergasted. And touched. And grateful. Somebody sent me 12 months of paid LJ time.

Whoever you are, thank you, thank you, thank you!

And on my fifth wedding anniversary, too -- how felicitously timely.

No, I'm quite sure it wasn't my husband who paid for it.
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Aha! The mystery of how this Walt person got a hold of my address and sent me a wand is solved. My wonderful friend and beta Cally Perry, who is a gifts person extraordinaire (and far more good to me than I deserve) was responsible for this delightful and unexpected present. A little bird tells me she has been planning this since August (!).

*gives big hug to Cally*

Thank you so, so, so much.
An hour ago my husband came home from work and brought the mail with him, including one entirely unexpected, slim square package neatly labelled to "Miss Maude (sic) Moody", care of my address. On opening the package, I found a large quantity of fragrant wood shavings and, buried in the midst of it, a wand wrapped in a roll of parchment. The letter, which looks as though it were written with a quill or else a nicely scratchy fountain pen, read as follows:

Miss Maude Moody
Please find enclosed the replacement wand you ordered. It is Applewood -- 11 1/2 inches, with Griffon (Gyps africanes) in the main compartment, little owl in the personal compartment.
You did not specify a metal for the tips. Perhaps you were not aware that all Walter's Wands come with Yorkshire tips at no additional charge. So much more durable, you know. I called your home for specifics. Luckily, the gentleman who answered your fire was quite clear that iron was the only possible choice. As I recall his precise words were "like her vertebrae".
We hope this wand meets your complete satisfaction.
Use it wisely,
Walter the Wandmaker
-- Riven at Rivling
www.waltswanson.com

The wand is indeed very lovely, a smooth tapering cylinder of pale wood with a knob near each end, and about 2 cm of iron on both tips. To say that I was astonished to get it would be an understatement. I have the coolest readers... Walter the Wandmaker is obviously of a much friendlier disposition than Ursula March, but he is certainly no less generous. Thank you so much, Walt.
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