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21 August 2009 @ 08:59 pm
Of kiwi birds and ficathons  

1. I am so glad this week is over. With salaried position comes getting to work an hour to 1.5 hours earlier than I had been. My body needs to get used to it. I have been quite the sleepy girl. I haven't been up at 7:30 in the morning since high school. It feels... weird, but I might as well get used to it. 9am is the standard and I've been coasting by on a later schedule that agrees with my night owl tendancies. 

2. As promised,under the cut are a few pictures of myself, Gus, eowyn_315, and my beloved plush kiwi bird that was the true impetus for my jaunt down to DC. You see, the National Zoo is the only zoo in the US that has kiwi's, so I had go visit. I like strange animals, what can I say? Besides, there's something so charming and pathetic about a bird that's nearly blind, has no wings, and has a fruit named after it. I have often wistfully expressed to Gus that I wished Kiwi Bird could have prosthetic Barbie arms and a jetpack strapped to his back so he wasn't so handicapped. I know. I'm as strange as my kiwi. 

Is he not the cutest friggin' thing you've ever seen!? Here he is on my lap and next to Gus as we sped down the New Jersey Turnpike in the convertible. Kiwi rides in style!


Here's me, Eowyn and Gus at a Mexican restaurant called Lauriol Plaza in Adams Morgan. E looks so darned cute here and I look... well, drunk. Kiwi was also drunk. He's not very good at holding his liquor though...


3. I want to thank everyone that voted for me at the Best of the Best round over at the Rogue Poet Awards. I'm always really surprised when I win a Reader's Choice vote since I never think of my work as being really popoular or widely read. Severed in Sewn is one of my favorite pieces, so thanks! Eowyn also snagged a few awards. Props to her!


4. I just signed up for the iwry_marathon and I have no idea what I should write. I'm going to stress out about it no doubt, but I was keen on participating again because I love my entry from last year so much. I'm not a huge Bangel shipper, but I respect the couple and I don't really write them too often, so it feels like realitively fresh ground for me. I hope that those of you who write on my flist consider contributing as well. chrisleeoctaves, the moderator, needs 30 participants - one person per posting day of the month and I think it's fair to say that the Bangel contingency of fans isn't really growing by leaps and bounds. If you feel game, you have until November to try your hand at the pairing and I'd be so thrilled to have a ficathon buddy to chat about my story with. Sign ups are HERE. Come join me and help keep fandom alive!

5. Guss how long it took me to create this entire post? Nearly an hour! My laptop is shit  *kicks it*  I'm off to do some judging. I'll pop back in tomorrow evening to finish off the last post for Writer Con. I am so behind. Fail.

slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on August 22nd, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm glad you made it down to DC and E got to go out and do stuff. Sounds like fun was had. :)
ClawofCat: good timesclawofcat on August 22nd, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Heh, I was going to drag her out one way or another. And we definately had a good time. It was so darned hot the we ended up hanging in her apartment for a few hours chatting and looking at scrapbooks and playing with her kitty. Then Gus came to pick us up and we drove to DC with the top down. Our hair was flying everywhere! I met up with my high school friend and his college buddy and we all ate and then heade back to his apartment, sat on his terrace, and drank win until about 11:30 or so. Hopefully, E will get to do much more exploring. Though meeting Gloria Gaynor is pretty cool, I have to admit. Perks of working with the music industry, eh?

I hope you're enjoying Alaska! My mom has been dying to takea cruise up there. Can't wait to see pics.
Rebcake: spottedrebcake on August 22nd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Contgrats on the a-ward! I think your kiwi is delightful. It's a good week when you get a pretty and a plushie!
ClawofCat: cracked outclawofcat on August 22nd, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Hee, I'm glad you like kiwi. I'm also thinking of buying an echidna plush. They're weirdos, too. Currently I have a manta ray, moose, armadillo and kiwi on my bed. A bit of a freak fest, really ;)
eowyn_315eowyn_315 on August 22nd, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Heee! You don't look that drunk... you haven't even taken your top off! Poor kiwi, though.

Eowyn also snagged a few awards.

I did? Nice. I haven't even written anything, and people still give me awards, lol. Congrats on yours!
ClawofCat: drunkclawofcat on August 22nd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Alright, so I was only a little drunk. I'm sure the 90 degrees and the sheen of sweat didn't lend itself well to me being the picture of sobriety either. Good thing kiwi was there to use as a hand towel to mop up my sweaty brow. He had passed out by that point.

Btw, we ended up leaving at 2:30 on Sunday. It was just too damn hot and we couldn't walk around. We ended up hitting minimal traffic and were back in NYC by 8:00. We made good time!
KSena: Spike Made a promise by stillamemptykseenaa on August 23rd, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
That kiwi is so cute! :-D Odd animals are awesome! :-D Congrats on the award to! You deserve it. ;-)
ClawofCat: spikesmilesclawofcat on August 23rd, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hee! *pats kiwi* He'll take the compliment. As for odd animals, I really wanted a plush echidna and a fennec fox. *is obsessed*