desertvixen: (Initial D)
So....

 Yuletide recs may not make it up before the reveal, and I haven't had time to read anything in Yuletide Madness.

 I have stuff for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking to knock out.

 We got back early this morning after waayyy too long in the car.

 Still have Christmas gifts to open.

 I'm getting ready to serve the final dinner of the year (homemade spaghetti sauce).

 The furballs have decided not to be mad about their temporary lack of people so no kitty cold shoulder.

 DV
desertvixen: (bride)
Brian is still here, running out to change over the laundry like a nice husband.

We had a nice dinner on the 23rd at Benihana (site of the Question) where it was apparently "Bring your kids to Benihana for the first time ever" night. Brought home extra fried rice for lunch the next day at work. A little of the ginger sauce got spilled into it, but not bad.

Our Christmas Eve was relatively quiet. I had to work during the day, but the Evil W did not make an appearance. It was great. Then, after 2 trips by Brian to the store for supplies, I alternately a) made my homemade spaghetti sauce for dinner (and a few days of work-lunch) and b) did prep for my part of Christmas dinner. We watched Pride and Prejudice for his first time, and it went over well. I do like the miniseries, what can I say?

Christmas Day was nice and relaxed. We slept in, and then opened breakfast. Some of my gifts are apparently still being shipped from Amazon, however. Then we lazed around and relaxed, and naturally, read. We went to a dinner party with some of our friends/co-workers and stayed out until almost one.

Today... today we shopped a little. Surprise, surprise, bought more books.

DV

Ahem...

Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:34 pm
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Brian is here. Don't expect much online activity for the next few days.

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to everyone.

DV
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Funny how the rest of the week can drag out, but the 2 days I am off just fly by. :)

The den is neat and tidy and awaiting the arrival of the husband. Well, almost. I have a little tidying up saved for tomorrow after work. First, I'll have to fit the 20 minutes of language time that I still need to accomplish in somewhere. Maybe I can sneak off for 20 without W noticing my absence. Probably not. Since I'm not in the AF, my hours didn't get cut in half for the month.

Yay!

Dec. 20th, 2004 10:00 pm
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I'm writing again. I finished up a partial chapter of Electra that has been cluttering up the place. Of course, my beta is on vacation. Guess everyone will just have to wait...

Hopefully the writing will continue going.

The tree is up, and looks very cheerful, with its lights and ornaments and presents. It's sort of a Charlie Brown tree, but hey... it needed a home. Gifts from Mom arrived, and I am expecting the arrival of a box from Dad's elf named Amazon.

Impatiently waiting on the husband to arrive. Thursday seems very far away now.

DV
desertvixen: (Adri)
Ah, the sweet bliss of an authorized day off. Nothing like sleeping in and realizing that none of the problems that will happen at work are actually my responsibility.

I finished up my giftwrapping, now just need to get the tree. Since I dislike fake trees, this involves more work than last year, as the nursery we used closed.

The Holiday Ball was more and less fun than expected. We got seated at a back corner table (you'd think with an O-3 we'd have better luck, but no dice) and the dining room sound system was... inadequate, to say the least. The only thing worse than a boring speech is a speech you can't even hear. We were also seated all the way across the room from our battalion's other tables, for some reason. However, at least we didn't get shushed during the evening. The drinks were also quite reasonably priced. It was worth the price of admission. I also did get comped on Friday, so I managed to get stuff accomplished.

I did have my annual on Friday as well, and got a woman this time. Much nicer. I don't really have an objection to men, but they seem to forget that cold metal + warm moist flesh is *very* unpleasant. Everything is well, however.

Thanks to surreal_phantast, I ordered the box set of Keen Eddie on DVD from Columbia House. I'm blaming her, because she's the one who was all on to watch Boston Legal because the (very yummy) Mark Valley is in both.

I haven't been writing much, partly because work has been driving me crazy, and I haven't been able to get out of psychotic-homicidal mode easily enough. I got yelled at about my section's behavior, as we have two people who always manage to be not working at the wrong moment. The wrong moment is usually pretty easy to find, as the moments when they are working are few and far between. At the same time, I can't ride them for all 8 hours, because there are just too many other things that need to be done. I have a few solutions in mind, but they all involve hundred-mile-an-hour tape, and I am sure the AF would frown upon me solving my problems that way.

Brian will be here from the 23-28, which is a) too far away and b) not nearly long enough. This is another reason why I am so desperate for a class date. Strange as it may sound, I married my husband because I wanted to live with him. I knew they wouldn't station us together because of the language differences (Russian and Arabic linguists are not often stationed together) but I didn't realize they would make it so difficult to get out of my MOS into another one that is understrength. A class date of March means promotion in July/August, depending on how long it takes them to get me in the system as my new job. Time is *my* money, people. Could we hurry the logistics along just a bit, thanks?

Enough whining and bitching. I'm sure tomorrow will go relatively smoothly, if nothing else because TSgt G will be there and if W causes issues, G can deal with him b/c he's got the rank... and I am losing my patience.

DV
desertvixen: (bride)
Feeling much better, up to about 90 percent and no longer miserable.

I have been giftwrapping for charity this week, for a grand total of twenty-plus hours, and many satisfied customers. My most entertaining thing to wrap: golf clubs.

I'm also doing my giftwrapping, as I would like to ship stuff on Tuesday or Wednesday. Much must go out, although I am saving some "local" stuff to wrap later. I like it, what can I say?

This week is going to be busy. Helping with the battalion holiday party for kids on Wednesday, and going to the ball on Friday. Brian will be here with me in just 11 days, so I am a happy little elf.

However, my Army charlie-foxtrot for the week is the fact that according to the schools system in the computers, I am supposed to be in the 96B class that started on Thursday. Pity they didn't tell anyone else. We're trying to find out WTF the problem is, and get it *fixed*. Maybe this is why no one has said anything about a class date for me, they already gave it to someone.
I also still have not been paid the 243.00 they owe me for back FLPP (foreign language proficiency pay) for terminating it when my test was valid due to paperwork issues. Corporals need their money, what can I say?

In unexpected news, my grandfather sent me a late wedding gift. A large late wedding gift. A check for far more dollars than expected. I was quite surprised, as my grandfather is not so good, anymore, at keeping his promises. Brain damage inflicted by fifty years of hard drinking will do that to a person. I had to sit down when I opened the card. It reminded me of being a little girl, when he was good at keeping his promises, and spoiling his granddaughter.

Completed a train-the-trainer course, so now I have a nifty new chain to wear at work. And a whole promotion point.

DV

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