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I am having some serious downerness lately, things that are almost too big for me to deal with and I don't really want to talk about. They're just depressing as hell. But there are a couple things that really help me get through it: friends and kitties. In the past couple days I've been able to Skype convo with morgandawn, go shopping with mlyn, get some really serious vidding help from killabeez and plan a get together so she can pimp me Primeval (yay!), talk at length with Katharine about the Escapade vidshow this year and get things hammered out a bit, and help kassrachel with exporting her vid (marvel at that for a moment, those of you who've spent so many hours helping me with my complete technical inabilities).

And the kitties, while still being terrible about getting along, have been beyond adorable the past few days, I don't know why, but maybe they just know I need extra cuteness doses. I gave them the last of the liver from feochadn's big liver fry-out last week on our midweek tv viewing night, and it was just such a pleasure watching them dive in and gobble it up, and I swear they were smiling.

But then I go back to thinking about all the stuff weighing me down. So, help me out -- tell me something that's helping you get through the days. I have my tax appt. on Wed night, and that's going to be even more depressing, so the more "things that make you happy" notes, the better.


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Jan. 28th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
xkcd.com makes me happy
and jonathan coulton
and paul and storm -- it's all kinds of silliness

saw the dvd to dr. horrible's sing along blog, and that made me super happy -- especially commentary! the musical.

the tv making me happy: life, chuck, eli stone, the tudors, and dr. who (also -- don't tell anyone -- 90210, which is horrible, but fun)

hooking up with old friends on facebook

hanging out with my kids, who are much more fun to be around and much less work than they used to be
Jan. 28th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Ya know what would make me happy (ier)? If we could get together sometime in the near future. I haven't seen you in yonks, and I realize now that I said I'd help you move over labor day weekend and I never showed up. I never freaking showed up. I totally forgot. I'm such a loser. I really need to get my shit together.

We should watch Chuck together or something sometime. I just got the first disc of the 2nd Tudors season and it was great fun. More discs to come! I'm thinking of possible even keeping Showtime, though I know I shouldn't, just so I can see the 3rd season without having to wait a year for the dvds.
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Jan. 28th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
{{hugs you}} Sometimes I think the Internets help us all keep it together, when we can talk to each other and talk each other through things.
Jan. 28th, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know why, but maybe they just know I need extra cuteness doses.

I so believe animals do this!

I do an altered version of Lamaze breathing. Didn't help with births that much, but has come in handy since then. At work I have a few postit notes around my desk that say ZEN in caps to remind me to breathe.

Do take care!!
Jan. 28th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
This morning, Olive came into bed with me and plunked her big fat butt down in my face and curled up and purred. It was a tad difficult to breathe with this giant furry haunch in my nose, but I think she figured I needed an extra special dose of contact. She doesn't really like contact except on her terms, so I'm assuming this comes from someplace else.
Jan. 28th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
You helping me with this vid is making me happy! As is the plain fact that I am vidding in the first place. (Which was about as unlikely as you offering tech support, except then it turned out to be very likely after all. :-) In a bigger-picture sense, there's this whole thing about having awesome friends, and the culture of generosity, and the fact that people make vids and share them in the first place -- I am all awash with new-vidder love right now.

Also: new LOST tonight! ::happy dance of new canon::

Jan. 28th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'm in the process of DLing right now, and I should be able to work on it shortly. Yay! I'm so excited!
Jan. 28th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
schmoopy fic
writing for the mary-sue-your-friends meme
callum's ridonculousness (you saw this kids-in-the-hall thing sonia posted, right?
my new mantra, "what would hugh dillon do?"
talking about callum in a skirt and hugh dillon in a fedora with sionnain
merlin (that show is the most sparkly thing i've ever seen)
my therapist (no, seriously, he makes me happy)
this book i'm reading about kitchen science called "what einstein told his cook"--he clearly thinks natural foods is a bunch of baloney but other than that it's FASCINATING
looking forward to my april con

::sends hugs and happy thoughts your way::
Jan. 28th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
and watching the "voodoo" video usually cheers me up, too
Jan. 28th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
that book about kitchen science sounds really cool! I want to hear all about it when we get together.
Jan. 28th, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
your cats probably *do* know you need extra cuddles just now; companion animals can sense our moods, and they love you lots, so cuddles ensue

things what make me happy:

the Obama Administration
sunshine (when it deigns to appear)
sillyfun TV shows (like Leverage)
smart people, such as I find on LJ
good coffee (and bacon, can't forget the bacon!)
Jan. 28th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
CUPCAKES!! Oh wow, and bacon. Yeah, definitely bacon. I will never be a successful vegetarian because of pork-based products. Especially bacon.
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Jan. 28th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Good iced tea is one of the great joys in life. I've been watching True Blood lately, and every time someone orders sweet tea at the restaurant, I whimper.

Yay Burn Notice! I need some icons, I think.
Jan. 28th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
My sweet birdies.
Watching the birds and squirrels in my backyard.
A comforting pot of hot tea on a cold day.
Shows like Burn Notice and Leverage, where super-competent men and women give scumbags their due.
Avoiding the news, if at all possible.
Kindred spirits.
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
I went birding with Alex a while ago (it's hard, because birders seem to be morning people for the best sightings, and I'm NOT a morning person) and it was really cool and fun. I'm thinking that one of these nights, I should stay up all night and go out with her at the crack o dawn to see more. Cold, though. Really really cold.
Jan. 28th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
That's cool! I know what you mean: I was forever getting up at the crack of dawn, freezing my ass off and helping L hump his video gear in the field, but now? Really not a morning person anymore, and cold temps are a big problem for me. The good thing is, birds are most active at sunrise and sunset, so late afternoon is an option, too.

The big reason I love my little yard is the variety of birds (including some pretty uncommon ones) that I get to see fairly close-up. And both grey and black squirrels, too.

Jan. 29th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
My books bring me great joy. I look over the shelves and they bring a smile my face - various titles and authors that I love.
Jan. 29th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
sunlight on the bed
being able to walk without too much pain (today)
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