kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
I picked this one because I loved the artist's editorial commentary on his drawing style...and then it turned out to be a two-fer on the challenge topic!

kshandra: California custom license plate reading ♥KOOSH (Koosh Plate)
One of the things that has kept me from making a "driving to BRC" playlist is that there are too many songs that I want to be first. This is one of them.

kshandra: The stylized 7 sigil that featured in the "New Moon On Monday" video (Duran Duran)
backdated to the point where I was lying in bed last night and realized I'd forgotten to post...

I'm going to try not to duplicate acts too often, but there was really no other choice for this one.



It's been a decade since our last date. It's been at least five years since the last good email address I had for him started returning not-found errors. I said some incredibly hurtful things to him at one point that I've regretted for years, but I quite literally don't even know if he's alive at this point (the men in his family tend to have abbreviated lifespans).

If you're out there somewhere, tiger, I hope you're happy.
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Nothing in particular about the lyrics, but it just feels to me like a song built for cruising the main drag with all the windows open on a blistering hot day.

kshandra: The stylized 7 sigil that featured in the "New Moon On Monday" video (Duran Duran)


(sadly, this is the best copy of the video I could find...)
kshandra: A spoof of the Guitar Hero logo, featuring a home karaoke machine (Karaoke Hero)
I should really be catching up on work, but you know how it is.

Courtesy of [personal profile] bkwrrm_tx, who posted it on FB. I'll start with the questions in this post, then get caught up with Days 1 and 2 later.

  1. A song you like with a color in the title
  2. A song you like with a number in the title
  3. A song that reminds you of summertime
  4. A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget
  5. A song that needs to be played loud
  6. A song that makes you want to dance
  7. A song to drive to
  8. A song about drugs or alcohol
  9. A song that makes you happy
  10. A song that makes you sad
  11. A song you never get tired of
  12. A song from your preteen years
  13. A song you like from the 70s
  14. A song you'd love to be played at your wedding
  15. A song you like that's a cover by another artist
  16. A song that's a classic favorite
  17. A song you'd sing a duet with someone on karaoke
  18. A song from the year you were born
  19. A song that makes you think about life
  20. A song that has many meanings to you
  21. A song you like with a person's name in the title
  22. A song that moves you forward
  23. A song you think everybody should listen to
  24. A song by a band you wish were still together
  25. A song you like by an artist no longer living
  26. A song that makes you want to fall in love
  27. A song that breaks your heart
  28. A song by an artist whose voice you love
  29. A song you remember from your childhood
  30. A song that reminds you of yourself
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This post and this strip are one right after the other.
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Load-in for BayCon starts on Thursday, and over on the Book of Face I'm starting to see desperate pleas from friends looking for people to work in their departments (including one person who, despite every attempt to avoid same, found out at the final staff meeting that they are running their department).

And I'm torn between feeling bad for my friends and wanting to help out...and schadenfreude that I got the fuck out when I did.

GPOY

May. 13th, 2017 10:38 am
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I actually went out to the bar Thursday night. It was Bruce's birthday, and I've missed so many other important nights there (I'm still kicking myself for not going to his wedding reception) that I decided that I WAS going, come hell or high water.

And then Captain Paranoia reared his ugly head and tried talking me out of it.

So I whined a little bit about this on FB, and one of my friends/playa village-mates told me precisely what I needed to hear: "That fucker has the best timing. Kick him in the balls, and then go sparkle like the god damn princess we all know you are."

"Princess," I thought. "I can do that."

Selfie taken outside King of Clubs 05/11/17
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Because it's been a while, and I've picked up some new friends since the last one:

I was introduced to Jamberry Nails in 2015 by a dear friend. I'd always been a fan of my awesome friends' awesome manicures, but I gave up trying to maintain my own years ago - I'd spend all the money on having them professionally done, and I'd screw it up before I even got home from the salon (seriously, I dinged two nails beyond recognition once just getting back into my car). But after doing Jamberry's 7-day challenge, I was a convert.

The company has grown by leaps and bounds in the past two years, successfully landing license agreements with Disney/Marvel, the NBA and NFL, and DC (as a tie-in to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie). I'm reaching the halfway point in my current virtual party, and I could use a push to get to the next reward level.

Check out http://bit.ly/GGJamsSample for free samples to start your own 7-day challenge. If we're friends on Facebook (or willing to be), the party is here, and there's still plenty of time to get in on the games we've been playing.
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
After the miserable side-effects roller coaster I was on with the metformin, my doctor set me up with some samples of Januvia. I'm tolerating it well, and it seems to be helping at least somewhat, so she submitted a prescription to my pharmacy. Which got bounced because my insurance wouldn't cover it. So I called the doctor's office back, and they started the process to get a prior authorization for it.

I got a letter in the mail over the weekend saying the authorization had been approved, and I finally had thirty seconds to call the pharmacy this morning to see if they'd received a copy - which they had not. The tech put me on hold while she ran the claim...

...and when she got back on the line, she confirmed that it had been approved, but that I was still going to have a $290 copay for a one-month's supply.

What. The actual. FUCK.

I've checked GoodRx, and the price difference is sufficiently negligible that the hassle factor of transferring my script to the lower-priced pharmacy negates the savings. I downloaded a coupon from the manufacturer's website, but if I'm reading it correctly, that's only going to cover half the copay.

And this is with the Affordable Care Act still in effect. Fuck only knows what it'll go up to if ACA is repealed.

I am seriously glad right now that my doctor's office gave me as many samples as they did.
kshandra: "DONE!" written in purple stencil-font lettering at a 45 degree angle (Done!)
It's been a while since I pimped out theSkimm here, but I've added a few new people to my circle since the last time, and I'm still loving it. Founded by two friends who are former producers at NBC News, theSkimm is a daily e-mail newsletter that gives you everything you need to start your day. They do the reading for you - across subject lines and party lines - and break it down with fresh editorial content. It's short, it's snarky, and I'm feeling more informed about the world around me than I have in years.

New to the website this week is a section where they do their best to break down exactly WTF is going on with Russia - no mean feat. Earlier this year they did an amazingly informative feature on immigration. Do check it out.
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[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is a community celebrating this site and everything it has to offer. To quote from the introductory post in the community, back in 2010:

Anything that you choose to create and offer for this festival is with the understanding that it be posted only on Dreamwidth for three weeks from the date you post it, with the intent of stimulating conversation and connection here at home. After three weeks, you may post the content anywhere you wish. During the time that the festival is running, you are free to post other content anywhere you like, converse and interact with people, and do exactly as you would normally do, except as regards content you have created specifically for the Three Weeks for Dreamwidth Anniversary Festival. Only content created for and entered in this fest must remain on Dreamwidth.

With the influx of people escaping LJ's New Russian Overlords™ this is a perfect way to get to know more of the people and places on the site. JoeBob Koosh says check it out.

(crossposted to [community profile] 2017revival)
kshandra: Sinfest character Slick sits at his laptop, poking the keyboard; the words "refresh refresh refresh" hover over his head (5-Minute-Refresh)
Joined an Expanse community - [community profile] rocinante - earlier this morning, and fell in love with the journal style so completely that I had to steal it for myself. ;-)
kshandra: Composite image of a sprig of white jasmine and the word Jasmine on a golden background (Jasmine House)
So the new sari I ordered on Monday arrived today.

OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS THING. )
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
It had started out as such a promising day, too - the top I ordered and the sari pleater both arrived at work, and I was excited to play with them all when I got home.

And then I pulled my sari out of the costuming box when I got home today...and it needs to be at least a yard longer if I'm going to have a hope in hell of actually pleating it properly.

So now I have to try and match that material, on top of making/buying a petticoat to go underneath it. I appear to have found a longer sari in a similar color palette on Amazon, so I'm back to just needing the petticoat. But damnit, this was more money than I was hoping to spend on this...
kshandra: Composite image of a sprig of white jasmine and the word Jasmine on a golden background (Jasmine House)
So I've got this dark-red saree with silver sequins.

Who's going to help me put together an Avasarala costume for Baycon? (Amusingly, Baycon ten years ago was the last time I wore said saree, for a friend's Firefly-themed room party.)

In my dreams, I'd basically be wearing this outfit with the color scheme reversed. My hair is long enough for the braid to look right (it'd be great if I knew someone who could hook me up with the coronet, instead, but I'm not holding my breath). If I can figure out WTF is wrong with my sewing machine this time, I can make a black petticoat to go under the saree. I need a snug-fitting black top, 3/4 or bracelet-length sleeves (the one black blouse I currently own isn't the right style by a long shot). And then I need ALL the jewelry.

Any takers?

EDIT: This top will do nicely if I can find the money to order it in enough time, and [personal profile] feyandstrange has noted that I can probably find wedding jewelry for cheap in Berkeley if I can get up there.

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