sandmansister: (GIR spin)
Just popping in to share a few highlights of life as of late:

  • High expectations on a high-focus project + nigh impossible deadlines = ‘splody me. Developed eLearning overview + 5 job-specific modules on a new workflow/queuing tool in about than 3 weeks... one that was still changing up to 9/14 (which meant almost daily rewrites). It’s done (and so am I). No one died... though at one particularly low point, if the Powers That Be told me to either 1) do that day over; or 2) get Boobonic Plague again... well, I would have had to think hard about my choice ('cuz hell, I know I can beat friggin' cancer...) But things are better now. : /

  • I can tell autumn is arriving. My Inner Betty Crocker is stirring (ha! Food pun FTW!) and I’m mostly content to let her. Made a Tex-Mex goulash based on [livejournal.com profile] wyckedgood’s family recipe, and cobbler last night thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divalace. Felt good after the last few hectic weeks to do something domestic (and let [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool handle the dishes – lulz).

  • Performed w/QAL at a retirement home on Friday. What a gratifying gig on all levels! The facility is lovely, and the residents really seemed to enjoy (which only egged us on to perform even better). Plus, the acoustics were fab so we could add lots of dynamic contrast without oversinging. I even helped a little old lady—OMG 90 next month!—who needed help escaping the clutches of the metal folding chair.

  • It really is a small world after all. Got the lovely smoked whitefish that MM* sent from the Lixey Fish Market. As we signed for the package, the postman noticed the return address in Oscoda. Guess where he is from?!?!?!!!! He left in 1969, though… didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was just being born…

  • Kids dancing = teh funneh. Kids trying to breakdance and/or stage their own dance battle? HIGH-larious! (Looked a lot like my GIR icon *points up*, in fact.) [livejournal.com profile] jojo_qtpie’s ceremony and reception were lovely, but that bit almost literally took the cake IMHO.

  • Speaking of wedding, I loved that the bride and groom arrived to the space in which they were to wed at the same time. Subtle and powerful symbolism there. Me rikey. And knowing what the Family Welch has endured these last few months, seeing her father walk with her, give a toast, and dance with her was even more schmooble-inspiring than usual (though the original tune written by her uncle for their first dance moved me to tears, too).

  • So sad that I missed Oktoberfest this year. Had rehearsal on Thursday for the aforementioned gig, and a 9am call on Friday got moved up by 30 minutes… had to put on the damned big girl panties. Friday was a friend’s 50th and though we were home at a decent hour, I was fork-in-me done after the work week. In bed before 10pm and slept solidly until 8:30 the next morning. However, there was sausage and kraut and red cabbage of joy at the wedding, so that seemed to balance things a bit. Plus, still have a gift certificate for Bavarian Grill… oms and noms!

  • QAL is heading back to Dunn Bros in Addison on November 7th (see QALace.com for details coming soon). We’re taking up a collection for RESCU, which is particularly timely since we recently heard about Mikael the Mime’s leukemia diagnosis. Hope we can contribute something to help him and other folks in need. We’re also headed back into the studio soon, so there will be *ahem*
    A NEW QAL CD NEXT SPRING!


    More highlights as I think of them… hope you all are keeping yourselves well and in just enough trouble to make life fun.

    * Michigan Momma (a.k.a. my birth mother)
  • sandmansister: (GIR spin)
    Just popping in to share a few highlights of life as of late:

  • High expectations on a high-focus project + nigh impossible deadlines = ‘splody me. Developed eLearning overview + 5 job-specific modules on a new workflow/queuing tool in about than 3 weeks... one that was still changing up to 9/14 (which meant almost daily rewrites). It’s done (and so am I). No one died... though at one particularly low point, if the Powers That Be told me to either 1) do that day over; or 2) get Boobonic Plague again... well, I would have had to think hard about my choice ('cuz hell, I know I can beat friggin' cancer...) But things are better now. : /

  • I can tell autumn is arriving. My Inner Betty Crocker is stirring (ha! Food pun FTW!) and I’m mostly content to let her. Made a Tex-Mex goulash based on [livejournal.com profile] wyckedgood’s family recipe, and cobbler last night thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divalace. Felt good after the last few hectic weeks to do something domestic (and let [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool handle the dishes – lulz).

  • Performed w/QAL at a retirement home on Friday. What a gratifying gig on all levels! The facility is lovely, and the residents really seemed to enjoy (which only egged us on to perform even better). Plus, the acoustics were fab so we could add lots of dynamic contrast without oversinging. I even helped a little old lady—OMG 90 next month!—who needed help escaping the clutches of the metal folding chair.

  • It really is a small world after all. Got the lovely smoked whitefish that MM* sent from the Lixey Fish Market. As we signed for the package, the postman noticed the return address in Oscoda. Guess where he is from?!?!?!!!! He left in 1969, though… didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was just being born…

  • Kids dancing = teh funneh. Kids trying to breakdance and/or stage their own dance battle? HIGH-larious! (Looked a lot like my GIR icon *points up*, in fact.) [livejournal.com profile] jojo_qtpie’s ceremony and reception were lovely, but that bit almost literally took the cake IMHO.

  • Speaking of wedding, I loved that the bride and groom arrived to the space in which they were to wed at the same time. Subtle and powerful symbolism there. Me rikey. And knowing what the Family Welch has endured these last few months, seeing her father walk with her, give a toast, and dance with her was even more schmooble-inspiring than usual (though the original tune written by her uncle for their first dance moved me to tears, too).

  • So sad that I missed Oktoberfest this year. Had rehearsal on Thursday for the aforementioned gig, and a 9am call on Friday got moved up by 30 minutes… had to put on the damned big girl panties. Friday was a friend’s 50th and though we were home at a decent hour, I was fork-in-me done after the work week. In bed before 10pm and slept solidly until 8:30 the next morning. However, there was sausage and kraut and red cabbage of joy at the wedding, so that seemed to balance things a bit. Plus, still have a gift certificate for Bavarian Grill… oms and noms!

  • QAL is heading back to Dunn Bros in Addison on November 7th (see QALace.com for details coming soon). We’re taking up a collection for RESCU, which is particularly timely since we recently heard about Mikael the Mime’s leukemia diagnosis. Hope we can contribute something to help him and other folks in need. We’re also headed back into the studio soon, so there will be *ahem*
    A NEW QAL CD NEXT SPRING!


    More highlights as I think of them… hope you all are keeping yourselves well and in just enough trouble to make life fun.

    * Michigan Momma (a.k.a. my birth mother)
  • sandmansister: (GIR spin)
    Just popping in to share a few highlights of life as of late:

  • High expectations on a high-focus project + nigh impossible deadlines = ‘splody me. Developed eLearning overview + 5 job-specific modules on a new workflow/queuing tool in about than 3 weeks... one that was still changing up to 9/14 (which meant almost daily rewrites). It’s done (and so am I). No one died... though at one particularly low point, if the Powers That Be told me to either 1) do that day over; or 2) get Boobonic Plague again... well, I would have had to think hard about my choice ('cuz hell, I know I can beat friggin' cancer...) But things are better now. : /

  • I can tell autumn is arriving. My Inner Betty Crocker is stirring (ha! Food pun FTW!) and I’m mostly content to let her. Made a Tex-Mex goulash based on [livejournal.com profile] wyckedgood’s family recipe, and cobbler last night thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divalace. Felt good after the last few hectic weeks to do something domestic (and let [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool handle the dishes – lulz).

  • Performed w/QAL at a retirement home on Friday. What a gratifying gig on all levels! The facility is lovely, and the residents really seemed to enjoy (which only egged us on to perform even better). Plus, the acoustics were fab so we could add lots of dynamic contrast without oversinging. I even helped a little old lady—OMG 90 next month!—who needed help escaping the clutches of the metal folding chair.

  • It really is a small world after all. Got the lovely smoked whitefish that MM* sent from the Lixey Fish Market. As we signed for the package, the postman noticed the return address in Oscoda. Guess where he is from?!?!?!!!! He left in 1969, though… didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was just being born…

  • Kids dancing = teh funneh. Kids trying to breakdance and/or stage their own dance battle? HIGH-larious! (Looked a lot like my GIR icon *points up*, in fact.) [livejournal.com profile] jojo_qtpie’s ceremony and reception were lovely, but that bit almost literally took the cake IMHO.

  • Speaking of wedding, I loved that the bride and groom arrived to the space in which they were to wed at the same time. Subtle and powerful symbolism there. Me rikey. And knowing what the Family Welch has endured these last few months, seeing her father walk with her, give a toast, and dance with her was even more schmooble-inspiring than usual (though the original tune written by her uncle for their first dance moved me to tears, too).

  • So sad that I missed Oktoberfest this year. Had rehearsal on Thursday for the aforementioned gig, and a 9am call on Friday got moved up by 30 minutes… had to put on the damned big girl panties. Friday was a friend’s 50th and though we were home at a decent hour, I was fork-in-me done after the work week. In bed before 10pm and slept solidly until 8:30 the next morning. However, there was sausage and kraut and red cabbage of joy at the wedding, so that seemed to balance things a bit. Plus, still have a gift certificate for Bavarian Grill… oms and noms!

  • QAL is heading back to Dunn Bros in Addison on November 7th (see QALace.com for details coming soon). We’re taking up a collection for RESCU, which is particularly timely since we recently heard about Mikael the Mime’s leukemia diagnosis. Hope we can contribute something to help him and other folks in need. We’re also headed back into the studio soon, so there will be *ahem*
    A NEW QAL CD NEXT SPRING!


    More highlights as I think of them… hope you all are keeping yourselves well and in just enough trouble to make life fun.

    * Michigan Momma (a.k.a. my birth mother)
  • sandmansister: (GIR spin)
    Just popping in to share a few highlights of life as of late:

  • High expectations on a high-focus project + nigh impossible deadlines = ‘splody me. Developed eLearning overview + 5 job-specific modules on a new workflow/queuing tool in about than 3 weeks... one that was still changing up to 9/14 (which meant almost daily rewrites). It’s done (and so am I). No one died... though at one particularly low point, if the Powers That Be told me to either 1) do that day over; or 2) get Boobonic Plague again... well, I would have had to think hard about my choice ('cuz hell, I know I can beat friggin' cancer...) But things are better now. : /

  • I can tell autumn is arriving. My Inner Betty Crocker is stirring (ha! Food pun FTW!) and I’m mostly content to let her. Made a Tex-Mex goulash based on [livejournal.com profile] wyckedgood’s family recipe, and cobbler last night thanks to [livejournal.com profile] divalace. Felt good after the last few hectic weeks to do something domestic (and let [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool handle the dishes – lulz).

  • Performed w/QAL at a retirement home on Friday. What a gratifying gig on all levels! The facility is lovely, and the residents really seemed to enjoy (which only egged us on to perform even better). Plus, the acoustics were fab so we could add lots of dynamic contrast without oversinging. I even helped a little old lady—OMG 90 next month!—who needed help escaping the clutches of the metal folding chair.

  • It really is a small world after all. Got the lovely smoked whitefish that MM* sent from the Lixey Fish Market. As we signed for the package, the postman noticed the return address in Oscoda. Guess where he is from?!?!?!!!! He left in 1969, though… didn’t have the heart to tell him that I was just being born…

  • Kids dancing = teh funneh. Kids trying to breakdance and/or stage their own dance battle? HIGH-larious! (Looked a lot like my GIR icon *points up*, in fact.) [livejournal.com profile] jojo_qtpie’s ceremony and reception were lovely, but that bit almost literally took the cake IMHO.

  • Speaking of wedding, I loved that the bride and groom arrived to the space in which they were to wed at the same time. Subtle and powerful symbolism there. Me rikey. And knowing what the Family Welch has endured these last few months, seeing her father walk with her, give a toast, and dance with her was even more schmooble-inspiring than usual (though the original tune written by her uncle for their first dance moved me to tears, too).

  • So sad that I missed Oktoberfest this year. Had rehearsal on Thursday for the aforementioned gig, and a 9am call on Friday got moved up by 30 minutes… had to put on the damned big girl panties. Friday was a friend’s 50th and though we were home at a decent hour, I was fork-in-me done after the work week. In bed before 10pm and slept solidly until 8:30 the next morning. However, there was sausage and kraut and red cabbage of joy at the wedding, so that seemed to balance things a bit. Plus, still have a gift certificate for Bavarian Grill… oms and noms!

  • QAL is heading back to Dunn Bros in Addison on November 7th (see QALace.com for details coming soon). We’re taking up a collection for RESCU, which is particularly timely since we recently heard about Mikael the Mime’s leukemia diagnosis. Hope we can contribute something to help him and other folks in need. We’re also headed back into the studio soon, so there will be *ahem*
    A NEW QAL CD NEXT SPRING!


    More highlights as I think of them… hope you all are keeping yourselves well and in just enough trouble to make life fun.

    * Michigan Momma (a.k.a. my birth mother)
  • sandmansister: (Hedwig - Follow my voice)
    Swiped this exquisite bit of beauty from several folks; it originated with [livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob and I would be remiss not to share with you lot that I hold so dear:

    Today begins the last half of this year, a year which has been full of ups and downs for many people, but particularly rough for my friends list. There have been lost jobs, lost loves, lost pets, lost family members, lost health, lost friendships, lost freedom, and lost sanity.

    Therefore, with all that I am and with all the power that I possess, I claim the next six months to be a time of abundant prosperity and renewal. I claim new loves for those who wish them, new friendships, new opportunities, new jobs for those who are looking, financial gain for those who are open to it, and all around growth and fulfillment for those in need. I claim vitality and health for those who are sick or unwell in any manner. I claim justice and the prevailing of truth for those facing legal troubles. I claim peace and comfort for those who are hurting.

    I claim joy.

    I claim joy.

    I claim joy.

    I invite you to add your claim to mine, that we may stand in accord on this.


    Yeah, I'm especially claiming super-double-plus-good health. 'Cuz that would give me (and folks who love me) untold joy... and a good measure of relief/peace to boot. I'm for all of that. (Plus, it means I can enjoy all the joy properly!)

    On a related note: How is it that I don't know someone fabulous enough to have the brain and spirit to write such a thing? Sheesh! Add that to my intention for the second half of this year...
    sandmansister: (Hedwig - Follow my voice)
    Swiped this exquisite bit of beauty from several folks; it originated with [livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob and I would be remiss not to share with you lot that I hold so dear:

    Today begins the last half of this year, a year which has been full of ups and downs for many people, but particularly rough for my friends list. There have been lost jobs, lost loves, lost pets, lost family members, lost health, lost friendships, lost freedom, and lost sanity.

    Therefore, with all that I am and with all the power that I possess, I claim the next six months to be a time of abundant prosperity and renewal. I claim new loves for those who wish them, new friendships, new opportunities, new jobs for those who are looking, financial gain for those who are open to it, and all around growth and fulfillment for those in need. I claim vitality and health for those who are sick or unwell in any manner. I claim justice and the prevailing of truth for those facing legal troubles. I claim peace and comfort for those who are hurting.

    I claim joy.

    I claim joy.

    I claim joy.

    I invite you to add your claim to mine, that we may stand in accord on this.


    Yeah, I'm especially claiming super-double-plus-good health. 'Cuz that would give me (and folks who love me) untold joy... and a good measure of relief/peace to boot. I'm for all of that. (Plus, it means I can enjoy all the joy properly!)

    On a related note: How is it that I don't know someone fabulous enough to have the brain and spirit to write such a thing? Sheesh! Add that to my intention for the second half of this year...
    sandmansister: (Hedwig - Follow my voice)
    Swiped this exquisite bit of beauty from several folks; it originated with [livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob and I would be remiss not to share with you lot that I hold so dear:

    Today begins the last half of this year, a year which has been full of ups and downs for many people, but particularly rough for my friends list. There have been lost jobs, lost loves, lost pets, lost family members, lost health, lost friendships, lost freedom, and lost sanity.

    Therefore, with all that I am and with all the power that I possess, I claim the next six months to be a time of abundant prosperity and renewal. I claim new loves for those who wish them, new friendships, new opportunities, new jobs for those who are looking, financial gain for those who are open to it, and all around growth and fulfillment for those in need. I claim vitality and health for those who are sick or unwell in any manner. I claim justice and the prevailing of truth for those facing legal troubles. I claim peace and comfort for those who are hurting.

    I claim joy.

    I claim joy.

    I claim joy.

    I invite you to add your claim to mine, that we may stand in accord on this.


    Yeah, I'm especially claiming super-double-plus-good health. 'Cuz that would give me (and folks who love me) untold joy... and a good measure of relief/peace to boot. I'm for all of that. (Plus, it means I can enjoy all the joy properly!)

    On a related note: How is it that I don't know someone fabulous enough to have the brain and spirit to write such a thing? Sheesh! Add that to my intention for the second half of this year...
    sandmansister: (Hedwig - Follow my voice)
    Swiped this exquisite bit of beauty from several folks; it originated with [livejournal.com profile] apocalypticbob and I would be remiss not to share with you lot that I hold so dear:

    Today begins the last half of this year, a year which has been full of ups and downs for many people, but particularly rough for my friends list. There have been lost jobs, lost loves, lost pets, lost family members, lost health, lost friendships, lost freedom, and lost sanity.

    Therefore, with all that I am and with all the power that I possess, I claim the next six months to be a time of abundant prosperity and renewal. I claim new loves for those who wish them, new friendships, new opportunities, new jobs for those who are looking, financial gain for those who are open to it, and all around growth and fulfillment for those in need. I claim vitality and health for those who are sick or unwell in any manner. I claim justice and the prevailing of truth for those facing legal troubles. I claim peace and comfort for those who are hurting.

    I claim joy.

    I claim joy.

    I claim joy.

    I invite you to add your claim to mine, that we may stand in accord on this.


    Yeah, I'm especially claiming super-double-plus-good health. 'Cuz that would give me (and folks who love me) untold joy... and a good measure of relief/peace to boot. I'm for all of that. (Plus, it means I can enjoy all the joy properly!)

    On a related note: How is it that I don't know someone fabulous enough to have the brain and spirit to write such a thing? Sheesh! Add that to my intention for the second half of this year...
    sandmansister: (Kaylee Shiny)
    ... because I don't think I've ever used those two words together before... had to share teh happeh.

    Just bumped into a co-worker (not cow-irker) in the hallway. Brimming with genuine sincerity, she bubbled, "Amy, it's just so good to see you."

    She has always been a kind person, but that random statement just blew me away.
    sandmansister: (Default)
    ... because I don't think I've ever used those two words together before... had to share teh happeh.

    Just bumped into a co-worker (not cow-irker) in the hallway. Brimming with genuine sincerity, she bubbled, "Amy, it's just so good to see you."

    She has always been a kind person, but that random statement just blew me away.
    sandmansister: (Kaylee Shiny)
    ... because I don't think I've ever used those two words together before... had to share teh happeh.

    Just bumped into a co-worker (not cow-irker) in the hallway. Brimming with genuine sincerity, she bubbled, "Amy, it's just so good to see you."

    She has always been a kind person, but that random statement just blew me away.
    sandmansister: (Default)
    Thanks to one and all for the birthday wishes. I am feeling well and truly loved (and that's even before the referenced song came on).

    I would be remiss, however, if I didn't redirect some of that love to my birthday buddy, the radiant, sensual, warm and wondrous [livejournal.com profile] otterdancing! Cheers, beauty. May your celebrations be worthy of you.


    In other random news, been enjoying the MP3 player shuffle. Just heard "Pills of White Mercury." Of coures, I had the requisite pangs for harmony with [livejournal.com profile] cluegirl and [livejournal.com profile] hellocobweb. *le sigh* Good memories... miss you, schmoopsiepoo. (At least I get to see Cobweb at DDD events.)
    sandmansister: (Default)
    Thanks to one and all for the birthday wishes. I am feeling well and truly loved (and that's even before the referenced song came on).

    I would be remiss, however, if I didn't redirect some of that love to my birthday buddy, the radiant, sensual, warm and wondrous [livejournal.com profile] otterdancing! Cheers, beauty. May your celebrations be worthy of you.


    In other random news, been enjoying the MP3 player shuffle. Just heard "Pills of White Mercury." Of coures, I had the requisite pangs for harmony with [livejournal.com profile] cluegirl and [livejournal.com profile] hellocobweb. *le sigh* Good memories... miss you, schmoopsiepoo. (At least I get to see Cobweb at DDD events.)
    sandmansister: (Default)
    Thanks to one and all for the birthday wishes. I am feeling well and truly loved (and that's even before the referenced song came on).

    I would be remiss, however, if I didn't redirect some of that love to my birthday buddy, the radiant, sensual, warm and wondrous [livejournal.com profile] otterdancing! Cheers, beauty. May your celebrations be worthy of you.


    In other random news, been enjoying the MP3 player shuffle. Just heard "Pills of White Mercury." Of coures, I had the requisite pangs for harmony with [livejournal.com profile] cluegirl and [livejournal.com profile] hellocobweb. *le sigh* Good memories... miss you, schmoopsiepoo. (At least I get to see Cobweb at DDD events.)
    sandmansister: (Wee Me)
    Received this morning from Dad:

    "Sunday was the GREATEST birthday gift you could have given. REALLY enjoyed being with you and having the great dinner. You really seem to be in control and enjoying being in your own home. Can't tell you how proud we are of you and how much we love you.

    Love,
    Dad"

    *meltmeltgoosh*
    sandmansister: (Wee Me)
    Received this morning from Dad:

    "Sunday was the GREATEST birthday gift you could have given. REALLY enjoyed being with you and having the great dinner. You really seem to be in control and enjoying being in your own home. Can't tell you how proud we are of you and how much we love you.

    Love,
    Dad"

    *meltmeltgoosh*
    sandmansister: (Wee Me)
    Received this morning from Dad:

    "Sunday was the GREATEST birthday gift you could have given. REALLY enjoyed being with you and having the great dinner. You really seem to be in control and enjoying being in your own home. Can't tell you how proud we are of you and how much we love you.

    Love,
    Dad"

    *meltmeltgoosh*

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