07 July 2014 @ 03:30 pm
Some of you might remember a little over a year ago when I posted about my adorable Mom, and what a huge Merlin fan she was. She celebrated her 92nd birthday in March with a big party that she planned herself. Even at that grand age she was super healthy, not even on any type of medication. I fully expected her to live to be 100. And then in April she was diagnosed with cancer. Multiple Myeloma. It was in her bone marrow, making holes in her ribs, and spreading very fast. She died on June 25th. The loss is so huge I can't quite get my head around it.

So that's why I haven't been around here lately. Been a bit preoccupied. Time now to begin to pick myself up and get on with life. That's what would make Mamma happy.
Current Mood: sadsad
27 May 2014 @ 04:12 pm

This prompts many questions in my brain. Where was he going? What is he reading? Does he do this often? And why do things like this never happen to me? ;)
19 May 2014 @ 12:54 pm
Hello, Live Journal. How have you been? I'm sorry I spend so much time actively avoiding you these days. But you make me kinda sad. You aren't what you used to be, and I'm not who I used to be, and I don't really know what to do with you any more. So let's just talk about where we are now for a bit, okay?

Shows I'm still into: Hannibal, Agents of Shield, Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Arrow, Elementary, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time. Also watching: Musketeers, Penny Dreadful, Castle, NCIS, CSI, Criminal Minds, Mentalist. Also Fargo, but not actually enjoying it very much.

As for movies and where my heart currently lies - I have completely fallen under the spell of the lovely Tom Hiddleston, and can't seem to get enough of him. Last night I watched The Deep Blue Sea, which is beautifully shot if not exactly a feel good piece. Tom is wonderful, even if his character is a complete dick. Rachel Weisz is superb. I didn't much care for her character either, although I could sympathize with her. I've experienced that kind of all-encompassing, feels-like-you're-drowning-in-it love, and it can be both amazing and horrible.

I needed a palette cleanser after, so I watched the most adorable short in the history of ever called "Friend Request Pending" staring Judi Dench. If you haven't seen it, do go look it up. Bonus points for the wee Hiddles cameo that had me all aflutter. ;) Here's a version with subtitles that's currently on youtube:

And can we talk about "Only Lovers Left Alive" for a minute? OMG. This movie pushed all my buttons. If you haven't seen it, look:

Also, here is a wonderfully thoughtful and intelligent interview with Tom on his role in the movie with bonus Loki discussion at the end. :)

So....who's still here? And what are you into these days?
14 February 2014 @ 11:45 am
I get a daily email listing from BookBub highlighting free books available from for Kindle. There are always several romances that I generally pass on by, but this one....this just screams to be a Merlin fic! Somebody should write it for me. I have a birthday coming up.... :)

What a Westmoreland Wants
By Brenda Jackson
From a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author comes this electrifying romance! To seduce Gemma, Callum hires her to decorate his new mansion — but getting her to stick around after work won’t be easy…. Over 110 five-star Amazon reviews.
Current Mood: flirtyflirty
14 February 2014 @ 08:49 am
02 February 2014 @ 06:23 pm
Richard Dean Anderson! Hurrah!
I totally fell off the world during the holidays. Sorry about that. I never even did a proper Christmas mail post. Suffice it to say, I received many lovely cards that made me very happy, so thank you sireesanwar, elistaire,kimberlyfdr,bethcarielle,talitha78,vertigo66,mahaliem,bittermint,kronette,pattyfeidt,noria, and loreley_se.

Now let me tell you about my fabulous, fangirly week in London! I flew out the night of January 3rd, and while I had been happy to have booked a seat in Virgin's premium economy, a nice flight attendant came up just as I was settling in and invited me to come sit in upper class! I had never flown first class before, and I kept expecting someone to tell me it was a mistake, and I had to go back. *g* But nope, I had a super cool little cubicle all to myself, where I was given wine and cocktails, excellent food and a bed where I was able to get some really good sleep. Best flight, ever.

Once in London, I stayed with jhava and her kitties for the week. There was shopping in Camden, which is my new favorite place in London. There was hilarious gay panto at the Above the Stag Theater with jhava and bigtitch followed by Indian food in a restaurant with double-decker booths.

Tuesday and Thursday jhava and I went to see Mojo, which is excellent of course. I really liked it a lot. Colin is fantastic, Ben is fascinating, Rupert made me LOL and Daniel Mays is brilliant. I'm sure by now you've all heard about the Skinny/Baby/Jukebox scene. I've actually found a couple of photos that somebody apparently snapped during the play - not me! I would never! But I've put them under a cut below just so you can get a wee taste. The third picture I did take. It's of the curtain from my seat in the second row. If you look closely, you'll see said jukebox through the curtain, so you'll know just how close I was to Colin's legs. :)

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On Wednesday, we met evildrem for lunch. She was going to see Matt Smith in American Psycho: the Musical, and was able to snag me a ticket! So not only did I get to see Colin in his undies, but I also got to see Matt in his undies. :D I really couldn't imagine what to think about this play, but I honestly liked it a lot, too. Completely bizarre! But in a good way! During intermission, I was kinda stuck in a corner, so I stayed put. evildrem popped out and got us programs, and when she came back and handed it to me she says, "apparently Bradley James is here!" Me: "WHAT?" I spent the next several minutes scanning the audience, and YES! There he was, pretty much dead center in the audience, with Tom Hopper next to him! GUYS. MY LUCK THAT WEEK WILL PROBABLY NEVER BE TOPPED.

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01 January 2014 @ 04:15 pm
And Happy Birthday Colin! I'll see you next week! :D