Eclipse versus storm

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:22 am
impy: Lorelai Gilmore making her forks fight with the text 'Take That!' (take that)
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Yeeeeeeeeees. My Nanea order has shipped. Or has had the info set to FedEx. Whatever, the point remains that it has begun the process of being on its way to meeeeeeee. If I happened to be a more patient person, I would've waited for a sale or free shipping and gotten myself basically another $20+ or so worth of actual product and not, y'know, paid that in shipping. But because I feel like I've been waiting FOREVER and partly because I wanted to let the company know that dammit, Nanea is awesome and releasing stuff for Melody is also awesome, I made my order. I regret pretty much nothing about it. I wish I'd had more money to throw at this release because if I do a round-up on stuff I actually want from this, the whole thing, I'm going to cry at how much money it'll take. Might literally cry. If only they'd take Paypal, because it looks like the money I've set aside for the Halloween release on Saturday isn't going to be quite as needed.

Let's shift gears to the eclipse, eh? So I didn't have the glasses which was a bit of a bummer but really, I should've gotten them months ago. Or something. Also, it wouldn't have made a HUGE difference because while it was sunny for awhile, about the time people started shrieking, "Hey, you can really see it happening!" the clouds started rolling in.
No interesting pictures contained within. Just clouds and shadows. )
It was basically a showdown between the eclipse over my part of the parking lot and the storm rolling in on the other side of the parking lot. When I'd look back over to the fountain, I'd see lightning arcing from one cloud to another, so I wasn't feeling super great standing out in the parking lot as I watched the sun disappear.

Every so often there would be a break in the clouds and you could see the partial eclipse moving closer to totality, which was probably not the best for anyone looking without glasses but then a cloud would drift over and cover things back up which probably did help. Even if I'd wanted to really try to capture a picture of the eclipse proper, it wouldn't have happened because just as we hit totality and the light outside slipped away, causing all the jerkass teenagers who literally ran down the street moments before to start screaming like they were in a low budget horror flick... a cloud blocked the view. Completely.

But it was still interesting to be standing outside and watching it progressively get darker and darker and then the street lights clicked on (who knew the one right by our house started off green?) and Mums came out because she figured it must be getting close to show time.

Then darkness sort of descended, the shrieking started, and I just kind of looked up at the cloudy mess overhead. Slowly the light filtered back a bit but it was honestly hard to tell because the storm was intensifying. Yeah, the storm raged for the rest of the afternoon.

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Aug. 21st, 2017 09:25 pm
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impy: Pretty Little Liars Emily holding a coffee mug, looking super sweet. (PLL: Emily Sweet)
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I'm sorry the picture sizes are all so weird. Turns out they didn't break up the release (sometimes it's nice to be right) or at least didn't break it up completely. Wellie stuff, Truly Me, and Nanea stuff not included though all of that is on the site as well. This way was easier and also pretty much all ~new~ shinies.

So many pictures. )

I didn't see anything for Josefina but it's possible I missed it. This release was/is pretty big, after all. Oh, and there was the game of dueling banjos between the eclipse and the thunderstorm. That was fun, lemme tell you.

Countdown to eclipse shenanigans.

Aug. 21st, 2017 12:06 pm
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Guys. Do you any of you live in the path of the total eclipse of the heart? Do you have enough tourists crawling through your city/town/state that you kind of want to crawl into a hole and not come out until after Labor Day when EVERYONE has gone home? Or is that just me?

It might be just me.

Soooooo... over the weekend work was slammed and we're down to a skeleton crew again because people quit or moved or transferred or something else entirely. For reference, usually there's a dip in traffic about an hour into my early shift and then another around one until the bars close. The dip in traffic did not happen until 3. I kept getting calls all weekend asking about eclipse glasses (no, we never got any, no) and I saw so many sunburns.

So many people. I work overnight to avoid people. This was a neverending stream of them and I had so many things to do!

Let's see. Eclipse, eclipse. I'm going to post this soon because they're pretty much expecting outages once the fun starts this afternoon.

Made my Nanea order because again, eclipse craziness. I wish they had the new BF stuff on Amazon but they don't so I gave Mom the extra money to cover the goddamn taxes and shipping and called it good. I am going to be so pissed if this stuff goes on sale within a week, just fyi.

Anyway, it's noon and the madness begins in about an hour. Woo?

Ahahaha... it's getting cloudier by the minute. I can't tell whether I'm annoyed that my view is going to be terrible or amused as hell because SO many people slammed the city and this, this is what they paid for.

AG preview: holiday 2017

Aug. 21st, 2017 01:11 am
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Grr. I hate it when people find the item codes for new AG stuff and don't share them but instead just share the pics. I'd understand if they were doing because they didn't want AG shutting down the links, but dude. This is AG. Half this stuff is going live tonight anyway and the other half, well... you've seen their IT issues. They aren't prepped to shut things down. :P

I wouldn't mind half as much if they'd just keep the file names the same so I could go all tricky that way but either they change them or the service they upload them to changes them so there goes that. I'm also too lazy to want to go and do all this hard work for something that'll be done for me in *hopefully* a few hours.

Not going to do the Nanea stuff just yet in case they actually show up on the site sometime in the next hour or so.

Since I think the MyAG stuff is set for later in the week, I'll go ahead and share these and we'll discuss the annual holiday travesty. :p

MyAG new stuff. Ooh. Ahh. )

Eee, mail love!

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:37 pm
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I believe I promised pictures, no? Yes. Thursday, in addition to being Lease Day and the birthday of he I would like to kick in the kneecaps even all these years later, was also a good mail day. :D I found a package outside my door and for a moment I was really confused. I knew Lori was sending me books (Mmm. Christopher Pike) but this didn't feel like books.

I opened it and yup, not books. So I worried that maybe there'd been a mix-up and asked her and nope, these were for me after all. :D *happy dance*
Pictures! )
Thank you so much, Lori!
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Scrivener session target

Here's my progress (and adjusted goal - down to 250K from 1 billion) for Consigned to Oblivion. I finally finished the rough draft of the next chapter today, so there should be a new one going up sometime soon... depending on how painful the editing is.

I'm slightly horrified to be inching closer to 50K with Miroku and Sango still enemies. This could end up being ridiculously long.

Apparently after A Divine Conspiracy, that's my thing. Sigh.

Oh, AC, why have you forsaken me

Aug. 19th, 2017 08:20 am
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Hrmm. Pictures might have to wait til tomorrow. Our AC conked out yesterday (it still works, just... not well?) and I'm trying to get to bed before it gets stupidly hot. If I'm asleep before then, I'll likely sleep through the hottest part of the day. If I'm not, I'll never sleep again. :P This means I'm trying to keep as many lights off as is possible to keep the temp inside down. Also, I forgot to buy the batteries for the camera even though I remembered that I needed to get... something.

But while we wait for the Benadryl to kick in, let's discuss some toys, shall we? We shall!

First up, CYO AG dolls are starting to roll in. The first one I saw was... a classic mold. *facepalm* Not a classic mold with a pixie cut or any of the really different wigs because that I could get. Nope. This is basically #39 with a slightly different wig. I... why would you pay $200+ bucks for a doll that a) you already own and b) you could get said lookalike for much, much cheaper? Seriously I don't understand. o_O If you plunked this doll down and I didn't see the bottom of her foot with the little One of a Kind tattoo they do for these dolls and said, "Look, isn't #39 gorgeous?" I wouldn't be able to say "wait, that's not 39!"

Not even the pretty dark blue eyes! WHY. Universe, gift me with this person's money so I can make more interesting life choices, dammit.

Luckily, the next one I saw was more interesting. She chose a light Sonali mold with the black wavy hair and gray eyes. This doll is ridiculously pretty. I linked to her flickr account (I'd have linked the first but she uploaded directly to the board, I think) so you can peruse if that's your thing. She's also got pictures of the box the customs come in, the outfit, the accessories... it's a pretty thorough report, really.

I'm tempted to keep a folder of the various CYOs I see in the world for science.

I will say that people are being very strange about the CYO line. They keep acting like the dollmaker is going to be 100% accurate as to what the actual doll will look like. Um, no. That thing is rigged to make all the doll molds fit in the same general area which means that somehow the classic mold's mouth got super squished and it did something funky to the Jess mold as well. I'm thinking maybe it was optimized for the Addy mold or maybe that mold just happens to resist the scaling down moreso than the others. *shrug*

Anyway, they've also been losing their minds over the Jess molds on display at the various stores and... I think I've seen exactly one that I would agree is something to be wary of. But not a single person has commented my concern (that the eyes seem to be looking down and it's just disconcerting) so I'm not sure if they're all seeing something I don't or what.

This IG has a few display pictures with "I'm worried" kinds of comments. If you scroll to not!Kanani Jess, you'll see the one I'm wary of. But that's one doll out of however many. However, it's possible that there's something to the worry about the Jess molds since all the CYO Jess molds were on immediate backorder.

Moving along, Nanea's officially coming out Monday and I am ready, ready, ready. Since we're not at the official release yet, we're still lacking full promo pictures for a good chunk of her collection but since we need PR, there are articles with pictures coming out to help us along.

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Nanea at her market. Behold those shoes. Apparently the market has all the shoes in her collection. :P I will be needing this dress, kthnx.

If you're a rewards member and want the points, check your email to see if they sent you this. If you click and watch from that, you'll get 10 points. This vid also gives a bit more of a look to the market but since every time it's mentioned someone screams, "It's $250!" I just let my eyes glaze over. I don't think I'd fall in love even if I did pay close attention but we don't need to find out the hardway, y'know? Also, that thing is not worth $250.

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Swimsuit and fishing pole on the far left. Cute!

I believe the Benadryl is kicking in so here's my already typed up Scentsy blather to tide you over:
Ooh. Ahh. The Scentsy Halloween flier is out. Let's pick this sucker apart, shall we?

First, the fall stuff because yeah.
Scentsy pictures and blather follow. )

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Aug. 18th, 2017 05:55 pm
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
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Quick update to say I liiiiiiiiive although I feel like the universe has kicked my skull in so live is a relative thing.

A big thanks to Lori to providing me with mail the last two days! ♥ Pictures of the cute tomorrow maybe, if the skull doesn't actually explode.

Tomorrow we might also discuss Nanea's stuff, Scenty's take on Halloween, and world domination.


Aug. 17th, 2017 09:06 pm
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...for Femslash Exchange 2017.