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So there's a fitting at 7pm on our actress, which means Noel and I are stuck here with nothing to do. Until, of course, I find an interesting musical meme on [ profile] phillyexpat's journal.

Songs from 1994 )

Well, that killed five minutes....
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Not because I've been tagged - as we should all know by now that I don't respond to tagging - but because when [ profile] sheryll did the meme, her hands fell on the papers from Convention Alley, and lo and behold she ended up quoting from the Peter Paper that [ profile] webbapettigrew and I wrote. Therefore:

The Page 123 Meme

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5.Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

A pile of books waiting to be released through BookCrossing - the top of the pile was Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.


"Was he scared?"

"They had him doped up...."

Not so interesting, I'm afraid.

The good news is that my cell phone finally arrived and is working. The bad news is that my apartment complex is stupid and that the sooner we move out of here, the better. There's one of the access systems to get into the building - you type in the code for the apartment and our phone is supposed to ring so that we can buzz you in.

The problem is that it doesn't work. I mentioned this to the leasing office when we moved in; they said that we needed a phone line.

Okay. We tacked on a Cox Communications phone line, and happily went to test the buzz box to see how it worked.

And you know what? It didn't. So when I stopped by this evening to pick up a package, I asked them about it. "Oh," says the leasing office, "you need a Verizon phone line to make it work."



This brought to you from the people who STILL can't manage to get me on the lease, despite it being a month now that we've lived here. Nitwits.
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Ended up staying up somewhat late last night; I saw that High School Musical was on AFN and since it's also on the NetFlix list, I figured I'd give it a go. Oh man, was that a horribly corny updated version of Grease. Entertaining, though. I giggled most of the way through it. I certainly don't remember bursting into song and dance when I was in high school, but it looks like it might have been fun to try.

Then, I was also raised on musicals, so maybe I'm just predispositioned to like them. Bill would have hated it; anytime someone bursts into song, his face goes into contortions like a cat's just jumped on his lap.

Anyway, the only bonus to staying up late (because the movie ended at 12.30) was that right before I fell asleep, two words just popped up into my head, and now I've got a title for the O.S. I wrote them down, just in case, but they're still there, although I don't know that I like them quite as much in the harsh light of day as I did in the dark corners of the night. They still work better than anything else, though, so I'd say the O.S. is for all practical purposes, titled.

Hoo and Rah.

In other news, I am amused how this meme turned out, particularly as I said that the most attractive mutant was Wolverine, and I was under the impression that Cyclops and Wolverine hated each other.

You Are Cyclops

Dedicated and responsible, you will always remain loyal to your cause.
You are a commanding leader - after all, you can kill someone just by looking at them.

Power: force beams from your eyes
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I know I shouldn't poke fun, but GEEZ, people. Americans who live overseas are supposed to register with the local embassy or counsolate so that in case of emergency or mass evacuation, we know who to get out of the country. One of the side bonuses is that if you have email, you get Warden Messages:

This warden message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens that there are
factory demonstrators outside the White House as of 11:00 today. There are
no road blockages and the demonstration is peaceful. It is unknown at this
point how long the demonstration will last. Therefore, American citizens are
advised avoid the area around the White House during the course of the day.

Recently, we've been getting on average one message per week. They usually sound exactly like this - there's a demonstration. It's peaceful. They're all hanging around, eating plov. It's all good. But regardless, stay far away because OMG they might decide on spur of the moment to take over the White House.

(Hey, it's possible. Happened twice in the last fifteen months!)

One of these days, I'm going to find the following in my inbox:

This warden message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens that there are
wild yak wandering the streets outside Tsum. Reports say that the yak are
peaceful so far, but should supplies of bootleg Gucci purses run out,
the yak could become violent. Therefore, American citizens are advised avoid
the area around the White House during the course of the day.

1 Actual Warden message.

What was I Doing When )
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gacked from [ profile] here_be_dragons

How many times has someone on your friends list posted about something and you were really confused, but you didn't want to ask because you felt you SHOULD know? How many times have you felt 'guilty' asking a close LJ friend a question that should be 'obvious'?

Well, here's your chance.

If you think you might've missed a few things, or are just confused or curious about anything, ask me. I'm not allowed to get even slightly irritated at any of the questions, so go ahead and ask!

In the original, there was the provision that you could even ask where I lived, but The Powers That Be won't let me name my location beyond initials, so I've taken that out. I would put the standard clause that you should only ask what you want to hear, because if I can I'll give you the honest truth, but there are some things I just can't answer. (Very few things, though. Doesn't hurt to try.)
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All-Around Smart

You are all-around smart. Essentially, that means that you are a good combination of your own knowledge and experience, along with having learned through instruction - and you are equally as good with theoretical things as you are with real-world, applied things. You have a well-rounded brain.

0% applied intelligence
0% learned intelligence

Take this quiz at

I'm a little concerned about that "0% learned intelligence, 0% applied intelligence" bit, but whatever! I just find it amusing that no matter the test I take, I always come out average. Argh.

Here I am, your ho-hum average individual, who has woken up on an average day in an average country, whose favorite average grocery store was averagely burned down during your average revolution. I will have an average cup of pineapple juice as an average breakfast, head out for an average part-time job at an average place of work, and then head home for an average afternoon with two average cats and think about making an average dinner. I'll do a little average writing on an average story, and prep some average pictures for an average web page, and then have an average dinner with my average husband. Yup, just another average day....
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On the laptop, updating virus whatevers, and have a bit of time to kill. Lou has decided to attack the trash can (used Kleenex, you see, and Lou loves Kleenex). Abby has decided to stalk Lou. Fun ensues.

Attempt number three at Ginger Beef worked out marvelously for dinner last night. Go me. Now I just need to write down the darn recipe before I forget. In other cooking news, I made chocolate chip muffins with the milk chooclate/caramel chips that Noel sent. They came out super yummy. I made a double batch so I'd have enough for the guard staff. (It's always good to hand out treats to the people who stand between you and someone who wants you dead.)

Disclaimer: Not that anyone here wants us dead. But let's face it, Americans are not number one on the world's popularity scale by any stretch of the imagination. Please don't send me "OMG are you okay" emails. I'm trying for a JOKE here, people.

In the meantime....random memage.

The Television Show Meme )
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I know I've seen this one floating around, but I haven't seen it very lately and I'm curious. Thus:

Oh, Lurkers, I'm looking at you

If you lurk here - and that means you read this journal without leaving commentary within, regardless of whether or not you have this journal friended - tell me how you found me and why you're sticking around and what you're hoping to see.
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1. NetGrocer, for all its coolness, does not carry the feminine products I prefer. Luckily, Amazon does. Unluckily, Amazon won't ship them until November. Luckily I have enough to see me through then. I hope.

2. There's a very odd reality show in Croatia. Starring sheep.

3. So apparently the president of the university I attended is being investigated for monetary issues. He sort of used university funds without permission for things like, oh, say, paying for a trip to Nigeria and his son's engagement party and my personal favorite: $44,000 on alcohol for a DRY CAMPUS. Whoopsie. Anyway, Bill linked to one of the Post articles from his journal and lo and behold, they linked back. We were amused, anyway. My theory is that they've got something that tells them when someone links to an article, which is why I'm not giving that link to you - although you can get to it from the one above.

4. I find the news reports about the parliamentarian who was recently killed here extremely funny. They're calling him a businessman - John Gotti didn't get such good press, poor fellow!

5. The Cow Research Report was so well received, I shall be doing another one. I think the next one will be on Telephones.

6. And now, a Meme.

Chances are people you don't even know are being introduced to your journal every day, either randomly or through someone else. In addition to recent entries, people can get to know you better by what you posted in the past. With that in mind post a link to your entries on this day three months ago, six months ago, nine months ago, a year ago, and two years ago. If there was no entry on that day, link the closest date.

The results are in )
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Stolen from so, so many of you....

First, write down the names of 12 characters. Then read and answer the questions.
You can't look at the questions (or click on the cut) until you write down the 12 characters you're going to use.

1. Trevor the Toad
2. Errol (the Weasley's owl)
3. Pigwidgeon
4. Hedwig
5. The Giant Squid
6. Aragog
7. Fang
8. Fluffy (the three-headed dog)
9. Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback
10. Fawkes
11. Crookshanks
12. Mrs. Norris

Hey, animals are characters too. Heck, Trevor's got his own storyline.

The questions, and my obviously rather disturbing answers )

Well...that was disturbing. Remind me not to do that with animals again.
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gacked from [ profile] here_be_dragons. Because if I am all nice and fan-girly, maybe she'll tell me what she got me for Christmas.

Three Things Meme )



[ profile] lordofthechaos, because I am evil.
[ profile] wolf_cat, because I want her to try to think of two people who aren't What's-His-Face.
[ profile] sassyredmiss, because I want to see if she's paying attention, and she also owes me. Which of course I plan on riding for as long as it's worth. *grin*
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You scored as Age 13-19 years. Yeah, you're cool! Live life like you'll be 18 forever! WHOOP!


Age 13-19 years


Age 0-12 years




Age 36-70 years


Age 71+ years


How old is your SOUL?
created with

Well, that would explain the fascination with HP Legos.

Also, it snewed here last night. The world outside is all white and pretty and stuff. And we sort of don't have a scraper thing for the car...this could be a problem.

(Note: Please do not send us a scraper thing for the car. We are perfectly able to buy one here, we just have not done so as of yet. If you are desperate to send me something, send mac & cheese. Thank you.)
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Gacked[ profile] darkwitch666, methinks. Betcha [ profile] casapazzo steals it before the day is out.

If you joined a superhero group.. by Uberdude
What kind of powers would you have?
How did you get your powers?
You joined the team because...
The leader of the Team would be..lordofthechaos
The angsty loner with tons of psychological issueslacewing
The spunky mascotdragons_quill_
The well intentioned but volitile mad geniusdragons_quill_
The reformed supervillian 'turned-good'twinkle41
Your personal arch nemesissonofvulcan
The overwhelmingly evil and powerfull supervillianaleathiel
The pesky fan or reportersassyredmiss
Quiz created with MemeGen!

I would like to point out the following:

1. It is incredibly annoying that [ profile] lordofthechaos, as my husband, gets to be the leader of the team.

2. I want to know how [ profile] dragons_quill can be both the spunky mascot AND the volatile mad genius, when clearly, if anyone's going to be two things, it should be the aforementioned [ profile] lordofthechaos who is the volatile mad genius, as he is so anyway in real life.

3. [ profile] sonofvulcan is, in fact, my arch nemesis, as he's a Yankee fan.

4. [ profile] sassyredmiss would, in fact, make an excellent pesky reporter, if she wasn't in law school.

Otherwise, or perhaps because of, I'm highly amused.
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gacked from [ profile] here_be_dragons, the list of 100 most banned books. The one's I've read are in bold - the ones I've started but stopped for whatever reason are in italics.

Banned Books )
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As I said in someone’s journal (I think it might have been [ profile] here_be_dragons, the good thing about being on the other side of the planet is that your birthday doesn’t actually end at midnight. I mean, somewhere in the world, it’s still my birthday, and will be until later this afternoon at least.

But the best present so far: Bill got me a how-to book on creating a web page, and permission to actually go and get one.

Whoo-hoo! Permission to spend even more time online than I do now!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!

Right. So my first order of business is to come up with a domain name. I don’t want to use my full name for the website, and I’m unsure about using I mean, in 20 years, am I really still going to want to be known as ‘azriona’? Plus, you get the hassles of thousands of people telling me I’ve spelled it wrong. (Grr.)


[Poll #350881]

Complete non-sequitor – does anyone out there know how to create those moving LJ icons? Because I have a couple of ideas for a few that I want to try, but I don’t have a clue how to do it.

And lastly – because somewhere in the world it is still my birthday, and so you have to do this:

I want anyone and everyone who reads this to post in here something they would like to do with me someday.

Then post this in your journal to find out what people want to do with you.


Sep. 8th, 2004 12:15 pm
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Quizzes )

I am not feeling so hot today. I spent the morning in bed, reading, and trying desperately to ignore the painful throat I'm sporting. I'm praying - PRAYING - that the Times does not call, but I bet you dollars to donuts that they will in the next twenty minutes. I'm not sure if I will go in, or if I will plead illness and not go in. I COULD try to get them to email me a few files, but we'll see. I worry about viruses, but I'm also paranoid.

Tired. Warm. Throat scratchy. Back to bed with me - luckily, Bill got me a few books from the embassy library. There's an overwhelming number of thrillers there, and reading about death and murder and mysteries is kind of fun when you're sick and too woozy to see through the plot holes.
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This is what I want for my birthday. It’s released on September 7, so it’ll be a wee bit late (as in, won’t get here until October) but that’s okay. I can deal.

(And yes, it’s on my amazon wish list! And [ profile] casapazzo left a very nice little review for it, go her.)

Quizzes! )

I got a peek at the B embassy’s “library” last week. I put library in quotation marks because it’s a rather sad state of affairs: heavy on the criminal thrillers and smut books, less on the classical books you pick up over and over and over again.

And that led to the conversation Bill and I had over dinner last night: what one book needs to be in every library? (This, of course, led to reminiscing about the old American University library, which was famed for not having a copy of Charles Dickens’ “Tale of Two Cities”.

[Poll #336904]

If you have other books to add, of course, comments are always welcome.

Already on the To-Do list for when I next get to the States: stop buy a used book store and buy a bunch of good books to put in the library here!!!

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