paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (Default)
I had my first exam this morning! 8am on a Saturday morning, awesome. *sarcasm* And now I'm in the lab procrastinating on working on late labs. /o\

But enough about school! I want to talk about podfic, because apparently that's all I do anymore.

So, it's getting close to Christmas and my family has started to bug me about what I want. I'm not an easy person to buy for because there's not a lot that I want and when I do want something I generally just buy it myself. Really, what I want most for Christmas is podfic and it's not like I can ask my family for that.

But then I thought, why not? My dad used to read to me a lot when I was a kid and he's good at it. I would just have to find an appropriate (read: gen) fic and I could ask him to podfic it for me! When I mentioned this on twitter I got equal amounts of revulsion as my friends imagined their family reading them podfic and impressed kudos that I'm just that dedicated to podfic. :P

Last weekend when my mom bugged me again about what I wanted, I broached the subject with her. She kinda laughed at me but it sounded like she thought it was a good idea. Then on Thursday (after a panicked series of phone calls trying to ascertain my family members who attend Virginia Tech were ok) she asked me what Dad had said when I asked him to podfic for me.

I was kinda hoping she'd handle that side of things. :S And when I mentioned it, she said, no, I'd have to ask him myself. She then called Dad over to put him on the phone but I told her no because it's something I'd rather do in person.

I guess she mentioned it to him anyway though, because when I mentioned it to my dad yesterday he was all, "yeah sure." \o/ \o/ \o/

But then he asked me if it was my story, and how long it was through the ensuing conversation it became really clear he had no idea what he'd agreed to. When I said my mom mentioned the idea to him, I think it really was just a mention. Like, "Hey, Lindsay wants you to read her a story" which my dad misheard as "Lindsay wants you to read her story" which he interpreted as "Lindsay wants you to proofread a story she wrote."

Yeah, not quite.

When I properly explained what it was I wanted him to do he was a lot more hesitant so it may or may not happen. I think I might have to choose a different fic than the one I currently have in mind. I had wanted a Terminator gen fic (which I think my dad would actually enjoy reading) but it's almost 61K. Although the story is told from 3 POVs, so maybe if I break it down and only give him one POV and take the others it won't be as bad (she doesn't know this yet, but I want to ask [personal profile] nickelmountain if she'd be willing to take on one of the POVs if this happens, that way there can be a different voice for each POV). But I really really want this to happen. XD
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paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (Default)
So I'm in Mississauga this weekend for my oldest nephew's 3rd birthday. Apparently nephew #1 was teaching his brother how to make various animal sounds. It seemed to have worked well because later when they were walking outside nephew #1 pointed out some dandelions nephew #2 started roaring.

Now they're both sitting in deck chairs going "DANDELION!" "ROAR!" "DANDELION!" "ROAR!" back and forth. I want to squish them with cuddles. ♥

In the background their Papa and Daddy are building a "park" (ie. a play structure) in the backyard. They've been at it all day. According to the instructions it'll take 8 hours to build o.O
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paraka: Happy Gus (QaF-G-Happy!Gus)
I swear I will one day soon get back to actual updates but until that day, you're just going to have to indulge in this proud auntie. :D

We were all a little worried about how Ethan would handle having a new brother. He's really good at sharing his toys and things like that, but he's really possessive of his mother. So far, though, so good.

Cut for extreme cuteness )

2 MORE DAYS!!! I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
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paraka: Happy Gus (QaF-G-Happy!Gus)
And now I have pictures of him!!

Flist, I'd like you to meet my new nephew, William Sean )

Eeeeee! I can't wait to meet him!
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paraka: Happy Gus (QaF-G-Happy!Gus)
William Sean, born at 8:30 this morning, 7lbs 9oz.

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Best early Christmas present ever!

I can't wait to meet him on Thursday!

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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paraka: Dean smirking and the caption "Dean Winchester Made of Awesome" (SPN-D-Made of Awesome)
OMG People, today is a really exciting day. For two reasons. The first, and by far the most important reason, is that at this very moment, I have a nephew being born!!!!!!

I'm upset that I can't be there (the rest of my family is). To help comfort me though, and help get me through the waiting for any news, I'm excitedly watching [community profile] amplificathon's PodBang go live!

Big Bang length podfic! Lots and lots of them!! I submitted two, but so far only one has been posted:

Fic: In From the Cold by [info - personal] ladyjanelly
Fandom: SPN RPF
Pairing: J2
Readers: [personal profile] paraka (as Jared), [personal profile] diurnal_lee (as Jensen) and [info - personal] kronos999 (as Jeff and Mackenzie)
Summary: One thing about working in a free clinic, Jared thinks, is that work is never boring. You never know what'll come in from the cold on a night like this. (Homeless!Jensen fic)
Link: MP3 at my webspace, MP3 at the Archive, Podbook at the archive

Reader's Notes: I have loved this fic ever since I read it. It's just one of those stories that resonates with you long after you finish reading it. The way [info - personal] ladyjanelly tells her story is amazing and heart breaking and uplifting all at once. It also threw me because it was never what I expected. I can't say too much on it without giving away massive spoilers, but I will say this is a really moving fic that was able to show a side of humanity we often don't pay enough attention to and I will always love it for opening my eyes. Seriously, even if you don't like podfic or find my voice annoying or something, I still highly recommend your read the fic (hell, even if you aren't into J2, it's an AU, so can totally be taken as original fic).

I'd also like to take this time to thank [info - personal] ladyjanelly once again, for being so awesome and letting us record her story.

And I'd like to thank [info - personal] digitalwave for allowing us to use her beautiful art as a cover for the fic.
paraka: A line drawing, blinking twice then making a scary face going "Boo" (NF-*blink**blink* BLAH)
Mom: Did you see what your father did to my tree?
Me: What tree?
Mom: The one outside.
Me: *headdesk*

I love my mom. Really I do, even if sometimes we have issues communicating.


Unrelatedly, I think I might kind of like Stargate Universe. I can point out all the things that annoy me about it and can't quite say what it is I like but I find myself wanting to watch it...
paraka: Black and white photo of Don with his eyes closed (N3-D-Eyes Closed B&W)
So my mom just called with an update on my sister. She hasn't lost the baby. Yet.

Apparently there's a bleed between the placenta and her uterus. There's nothing the doctor's can do, but there's a chance her body can fix it. She's going to have to take it easy for the next few days and basically hope that her body can fix it. The baby is looking healthy at the moment, but there's only so much it can take.

Thank you to everyone who's been sending positive thoughts our way. If you could continue to do so it'd be much appreciated.
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paraka: Black and white photo of Don with his eyes closed (N3-D-Eyes Closed B&W)
So much going on tonight, of which I'll write about later, but first:
Hopefully (Oh please god let me be wrong) Pointless Panicking )
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paraka: Cameron holding onto John's sweater while they look at each other (SCC-J/C-Close)
Just got back from Dairy Queen. My mom randomly decided we should go out for ice cream. And I can hear her making cupcakes. I feel like a giant 5 year old, but she'd making them so I can bring them into work. For my birthday. :P

I was saying to [personal profile] raxhel today that it doesn't really feel like my birthday, since normally June is so busy we don't have time for anything. Except I haven't really been busy this year. I guess I took that statement to heart, because suddenly my schedule is looking pretty full. Tomorrow for my actual birthday we're just going to do a quiet night at home. But on Friday I'm going out with [personal profile] lilithilien and we're going to go to a concert. Saturday I'm going to go furniture shopping with my mom (20 days 'til the house is *mine*). And Sunday is the [community profile] ottawa_slashers monthly meet up but I'm going to have to leave early since we're having my family birthday party Sunday afternoon.

Yesterday I met up with [personal profile] seanchaidh and we went out for dinner, and then headed over to a Starbucks for a write in. Often when I go to write ins, I spend more time distracting people than anything else (yesterday wasn't really an exception) or I'll bring my computer and work on editing a podfic or possibly a vid. Yesterday though, I just brought a note book and pen, and actually *wrote*. I restarted a Terminator fic I'm working on. I've also fleshed out a lot more of the idea. I'm really happy with the little I have down, so hopefully I'll keep writing, and eventually have something I can post. Right now, the working title is "Sex Bot Fic" to give you an idea what it's about :P

And because I haven't done one in a while: Vid Rec.

Title: Red
Vidder: [personal profile] obsessive24
Song: Red by Elbow
Fandom/Pairing: Merlin - Arthur/Merlin
Why I Love It: This is just such a *pretty* vid. I love all the slow motion shots, and views of red, especially of Arthur's cape. This vid really showcases how pretty the source material is (and totally makes me want to vid in the fandom, even though I have no *time*).
It's also a perfect song for Arthur, his mentality and life. "You burn too bright, you live too fast" "You're a tragedy starting to happen" I mean, isn't that just Arthur?
I love how the vid starts off with Arthur and his father; like an explanation or build up as to *why* Arthur lives this way. To show all the pressure Arthur is under.
Then the vid moves onto Merlin and shows an almost envy within Arthur. And it shows how hard Arthur fights for those around him. But then we get to see how Merlin also fights for Arthur too. Even if sometimes it's in the background. It really bring home that message of them being two sides of the same coin, and I love the ending shot, of Merlin holding Arthur above the water. Such a powerful vid.
paraka: Severus Snape is having a bad day. (HP-S-Bad Day)
I know I've made little whiny mentions that I want to move out of my parents house, but I think I've finally hit the end of my rope. I am so angry right now I'm crying.

God.

So I just had a fight with my family.
As I've mentioned before, I have a cat. I almost didn't move back home because of the cat, but in the end, my parents said to bring her. And, everyone fell in love with Tigger. My dad and sister adore her, and my mom, who hates cats, has been caught snuggling her. Despite all this, I'm the one who has to do all the work to take care of her. If she throws up or something (she's getting old, so it happens), they'll leave if for me to clean up, even if I'm not there when it happens and everyone else in the house is. My mom, who I think is delusional, is always harassing me to clean her littler box, because she thinks it stinks, even if I just cleaned it the other day. About the only thing I don't do is feed her, but that's just because other people seem to do it before me. I used to it all the time, but, well, Tigger loves food, and it's the fastest way to her heart.

The thing is, she's kind of loud. Especially in the morning. The thing is, normally you just leave her to it, or snag her into bed and snuggle her, and she's quiet in no time, but the rest of my family isn't patient. They got into the habit of feeding her whenever she meows in the morning, and now, it's one of the only ways to shut her up. I am not a morning person, so days I get up and let her out of my room while still asleep, other times I sleep right through it. Often it's my little sister who gets annoyed enough to go do something. But she bitches about it endlessly. God, I hate her whining more than Trigger's. She'll come into my room and sit on my bed and snuggle with my cat, which can be quite distracting, and then complain to me about how annoying she is.

Well apparently she's taken it up one level, and now my parents are blaming me for it. There is nothing I can do in the morning to stop Tigger, not really. But they're saying if I don't get her to stop they're going to have her put down.

Over my dead body.

So yes, I think it's time I moved.
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paraka: Rodney looking sad and the caption "Oh Canada" (SGA-M-Oh Canada)
Ok, I'm not sure how many of you heard about that *huge-ass* storm that swept through the North Eastern US and South Central Canada, but Ottawa, where I live, was right in the middle of it, and we're still digging out. Last week, we got about 80cm of snow (that's 31.5" for the Americans on my flist), which is crazy. Worse yet, we've already had a huge amount of snow this winter, and it's not going away. So far this winter, we've had more than 4m (over 13 feet) of snow. We're something like a foot away from breaking the record for most snow.

pictures, for those interested )

These pics were from the weekend, we got more today, and none of it seems to have melted. It's really scary driving around corners, because you just have to go slow, and hope that no one's coming; there's no way you can see around the snow banks.


Also, you know how sometimes Canadians and Americans have different words for the same thing? This is the reason why Canadians have March Breaks, and not Spring Breaks, because chances are, it's not spring when we have our week long breaks from school in March.

Grrr

10/3/08 22:21
paraka: Hermoid with the caption "Not amused" (SGA-Hermiod-Not Amused)
Do you want to know why I download the shows I like?
It's not so I can watch them over and over again.
It's not so I can vid with them.
It's not because I hate watching commercials.
It's not because I don't want to pay for specialty channels.
It's not because I suck at remembering when shows are on, or being home at the right time.

No, it's because you can't watch TV in peace in my house. First of all, I'm damn lucky if I can get some time in front of the TV, my mom knows how to find Law and Order 24 hours a day. I'm not even joking. Then, if I *do* manage to get a chance to actually watch TV, I have to put up with everyone else in the house talking while I watch. Walking through the room, having entire conversations, and sometimes even arguments while my show is on. Plus, I don't have the best hearing, especially if there is background noise (and I'm sick right now, and my ears are blocked so it's even worse), so I have to turn it way up to be able to understand what they're saying, and then the commercials come on, blaring at twice the volume.

That is why I download all the shows I like, and watch them on my computer. I just finished trying to watch New Amsterdam, and I'm pretty sure it was a good episode, but I really can't be sure, because I missed most of it. :(

God, I want to get my own place. Anyone in Ottawa looking for a room mate?
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paraka: Don smirking at Charlie (N3-D/C-Tease)
So, a few weeks ago, my dad got really sick. My dad hardly ever gets sick, but this time, it was a really back cold. He sounded so bad, that every time he'd cough, I'd kindly tell him "Don't die!".

He's mostly better now, so he has decided to pass his cold onto me. Bastard.

It started off yesterday, with a weird feeling in my throat. Then my lungs hurt when I was running to a late appointment. Now, I can't lie down without feeling like my lungs will collapse. I was coughing up a lung earlier today, and have only stopped now because I took my asthma medicine (which is expired, since it's been about a year and half since I've needed it), but now I'm feeling all jittery.

This sucks.

On the funny side of things though, my parents dragged me to church this morning, and there was singing. They didn't have books, so instead had a power point projection on the wall with the lyrics. I always hate it when they just post lyrics, because it's hard to follow a new song without the sheet music. So I leaned over to my mom, and told her that I think it would be a lot more effective, if they had the lyrics projected on the wall Karaoke Revolution style. That way, even if people don't read music, they can seen when to hold notes, and when the melody goes up or down. And, they could mix in the DDR part, and have everyone dance too. My mom rolled her eyes, and said she'd be happy if they just played something cheerful (all the music had been long and kind of depressing before).
About 2 seconds later, the people at the front wrapped up the song they were singing, and a group of teenagers sitting in front of them all stood up and started clapping, and they break into this cheerful song. I turned to my mom, and told her "Looks like you got your wish" but the really funny part was, when I turned back, they were all *dancing*. Ok, it was more like lame actions to fit the lyrics, but still! How funny was that!? We both started laughing our asses off (as quietly as we could). I was laughing so hard, I went into a mini asthma attack and was practically crying between the coughing and laughing.

Then I glared at my dad, because I totally blamed him for the coughing part.
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paraka: Severus Snape is not paid enough for this. (HP-S-Not Paid Enough)
God, my sister is such a wimp. It's the last day before my parents come home, so I went out and bought a bunch of alcohol, and told her I'd make her some drinks, she's (practically) legal!

Now though, she's not drinking any! I made 4 different kinds and she's really only taken little sips from them. I made a chocolate drink, I made a fruity drink, I made an ice cream drink, and I made a sour drink, but she's being too much of a stick in the mud. She was totally behind the idea at the LCBO, but now she's all "whaa I don't like alcohol." God.

And now she's accusing me of being an alcoholic (yeah, right) and I think she might have implied I was drunk (after one and a bit drinks? I don't think so).

Also, I'm sorry for being so spammy today, this is like my fourth post of the day....
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paraka: The Fat Friar, would like a less insulting nickname (HP-FF-Less Insulting Name)
So, I'm fat )

Also, I really want to move out to my own place. Like now. I'm trying to save up for a house, but gah, I wish I could move today.
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paraka: Hockey puck with the Ottawa Senators' logo on it. (NF-Sens!)
So, I went to the first OTW chat, and really thought it was great. I was sad that the next two were at times when I was at work, so I had to miss them, but the Asian/Australian time zone one was on the weekend, so I didn't have to worry about it.

So. I got up this morning at 5:30 to go to the chat, only to find out it had been canceled since no one said they could make it. :(

In other news, we all had a huge panic attack yesterday since my pregnant sister and her husband got into a car accident yesterday. They're both ok, but they're missing a large part of the front-right side of the car. But they were able to drive it the rest of the way here. It's crazy, they live in Toronto, and drive on the 401 all the time, but they get into an accident on the 15 at 10 at night when it was statistically improbable that there would even be another car on the road! Which is actually kind of why there was the accident, since the other guy was trying to turn onto the road like there weren't any other cars on it (he was charged for failing to yield). Still, it's really going to suck trying to make the 5 hour trip home in their wrecked car.

Now, onto fandom stuff. I had done this meme a couple times before, but then the website that you had to do it through was taken down. But [livejournal.com profile] mercury973 just posted a new version of it, so I jumped all over it: Who comments the most on this journal? )

A couple things I find interesting about the results:
-Ah [livejournal.com profile] carr0ts1979, you're still my top commenter, even though we've hardly talked in years. I still miss you a whole lot, and you should be online more. You're totally awesome ([livejournal.com profile] itsjustkristen too, I miss you guys so much!).
-I was kind of surprised to see all the QaF people on this list. I suppose it only makes sense, since I was far more active in that fandom than I am in SGA, but it just seems so long ago for me (and I guess in my head this meme should only start from the last time I did it :P)
-I'm totally *not* surprised that the SGA people that made it into my top ten ([livejournal.com profile] maekala, you need to join [livejournal.com profile] paradise_city and I in one of our long ramble-y comment threads sometime :)
-It makes me kind of nostalgic, to see all the people I used to talk with all the time, but we've drifted apart. Sometimes because they've left LJ, sometimes since we've moved into different fandoms.
-I'm a bit amazed at the number of people on this list who I just have *no* idea who they are. I don't so much worry about the people who only left one comment (I'm a vidder, and have done a couple posts that have brought people from all over to comment), but some of the ones who have posted more than once (like 3 people in my top 50 who, I just don't remember).
-It also makes me a bit sad to see some of the people who gave me my fear of [livejournal.com profile] metafandom higher up on the list.

So, while we're talking about comments, I'd like to apologize for being a crappy commenter lately. I'm going to try harder (yeah, we'll see how long that lasts! *has no willpower*), so if I'm suddenly commenting more, it's because I've always wanted to, but have been to lazy in the past. *nods*

Also, *is excited* I'm going to a game tonight! *points to icon* With my brother-in-law, so I might actually be able to understand what's going on without the commentator's telling me! (Does that make me a bad fan?)

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