littlelotte: (Metamorphoses - fly)
I need a list, otherwise I'll forget.

-Post Office to mail off invites. It's kinda cool that they're going out exactly two months to the day.

-Wasserstrom's, a restaurant warehouse. We need a handful of things for the bar for the Buffett concert pre-party on Wednesday and Buffett Day on Thursday. Basically, we get an extra two days of busy-weekend sales because Cincinnati is the birthplace of the Parrotheads and they like to party. The concert this year was sold out seconds after tickets were released to the public. A guy this week told me a story about how he had the Navy atomic clock up on his computer ticking down the seconds, he hit the buy button the second it clicked to the time, and the screen loaded to a Sold Out message.
--Store 'n' Pours
--SnP flat lids
--Can opener
--Wine keys, multiple, because the last time I bought only one it disappeared within days
--Wine bottle stoppers

-I was going to go to the title office downtown to get an Ohio title. I just realized that insurance is unique to a state, so I'll probably try to do that at some point tomorrow instead of going to the title office. I have a temporary plate that's valid through August 30th, so I can do the title next week instead.

-Haircut! Wedding style haircut which means I will have bangs again. Granted, they're shaggy and layered bangs, but still...I haven't had any form of bangs since I was 16...lol

-Dress alterations. Eek!

-Go over catering contract with Dan, sign, and send off a check.

-Harry Potter in IMax 3D! Yeah! This will be the first one I'm seeing in IMax. I really wish I had made myself see the last one in IMax (it was sold out the first time I tried, and I just never really got a chance after that) because I think that last scene would have been phenominal in 3D.

-Grocery shopping.

...that's all I can come up with for the moment. I hope I'm not forgetting anything!

...

Aug. 2nd, 2009 03:54 pm
littlelotte: (Lolita - Hopelessly Poignant)
Have I ever mentioned on here (I think I may have) how beautiful and fantastic Henryk Gorecki's "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" is? Because it is. And Dawn Upshaw is amazing. I'm so angry I was working while she was singing with the Cincinnati Opera in Ainadamar in June :-(

As much as I would love to start ballet again once the wedding is done and paid for, I think I need to get back into singing and take real voice lessons for once in my life. I miss really singing.

hehehe...

Aug. 2nd, 2009 02:33 pm
littlelotte: (Actress- Hamlet)
I'm apparently in an opera mood right now, so I'm watching things on YouTube. I randomly remembered this hysterical little short I'd seen on PBS way back when I was in high school and thought I'd try to find it. Of course I found it! It's called "All the Great Operas in Ten Minutes" and it's rather amusing:

littlelotte: (Metamorphoses - fly)
Oops...I posted this in my personal journal and I meant for it to go in a planning community. Sorry, guys!

Question: A female cousin is getting married in mid-August. My invites are going out early August. I'm assuming I should use her current name on the invite rather than what her married name will be, even though she'll be married come the time of my wedding?

Also, a little bit of petty rant for a second. My FI's cousin addressed our invite to her wedding in May with both his and my full names. My cousin addressed mine to me and guest even though she has easy access to my FI's name (our Save the Dates and Facebook) and we've been together and engaged for even longer than she's been with her fiance. *sigh* Silly and petty, I know, but it's just yet another detail in the "My dad's family pays no attention" novella that's driven my mom and me crazy for years.

blah!

Jun. 11th, 2009 02:01 am
littlelotte: (Lindsay reading)
I keep telling myself, "Oh, I need to make a list of all the wedding-related appointments to make before we go to Kalamazoo in July!" I keep telling myself all sorts of things that need to be done...have I yet? Of course not! *headdesk* I so need a vacation. Too bad my last one was wasted on my restaurant closing and moving and my next one will be the wedding week :-P

Also...I think Dan was going to call about the building we want to do the reception at (the former Kraftbrau building). I know they're trying to get their liquor license by the time of our event. I am currently staring at a piece of paper with the following written on it:

liquor license

120

100


Can I dream that that means $120 for the event if they have a liquor license and $100 if not? I'd be so ridiculously ecstatic you wouldn't believe. I've been praying to find a place around $500, and I know that's being crazy-optimistic. At his cousin's wedding last month I told him, "When we open our own restaurant we HAVE to open up a banquet facility simply so that we can offer people a nice reception venue with great food and drink options in the way they want for a reasonable price." I'm so tired of this stuff :-P

Okay...bedtime! Tomorrow entails more fighting with my invite design and my printer. I WILL get this right by Friday. Speaking of...it's been six months since I treated myself to a massage (after doing it on a monthly basis for the previous six). Tomorrow I need to set an appointment up to get one Friday. My back has been screaming at me for months now.

hehehe...

May. 31st, 2009 09:39 am
littlelotte: (MA - indulgence)
So we're working on the whole "registry" thing even though I'm really not thrilled with the idea of people getting us gifts just because we decided to make the whole thing legal and we want them to come and watch...

I came across an absolute gem, though: http://www.bottlenotes.com A wine registry! Amazing! Really I think once we set something up (as we inevitably will given that we love wine) it should be more of a wine wish list for all future birthdays/occasions/etc...kind of like an amazon.com wish list (before Amazon started selling things like housewares and set up registries of their own).
littlelotte: (Default)
New home :-D



LOTS of photos below! )

And now to get ready for a 13-hour day at work...yay! :-P

rofl...

Mar. 22nd, 2009 07:56 am
littlelotte: (Default)
So I started reading Penny and Aggie ages ago (I can't remember if it was through Something Positive or Queen of Wands). It's high school, and silly but really serious, and it's one that I've stuck with on my "Daily Reading" list for a couple of years now. Since then I've kept up on their other projects (I also read through Cool Cat Studio which was good, but lost me at times when it spun out into a couple of SFF storylines, and I tried to read another one that one of them is involved with but it just didn't click with me). They started a project called Menage a 3 at some point last year, and it is just so silly and so absurd that I finally had to share. It rarely fails to make me laugh hysterically, and I think I may have kept with it simply because I just have to see what they'll come up with next. Warning: Ma3 is VERY not work safe.

Okay...time to get ready for work now!
littlelotte: (Lindsay reading)
...does anybody have any idea how Bella is unaffected via her shield by all "talents" except for Alice's, Jasper's, and Renesme's? I just don't get it. "You can't read my mind, I can't feel her fire, but I'm soothed by him, and she can see my future." The only thing I can come up with works for Alice's alone--she may just be able to see Bella through other people's futures. And maybe Renesme's works since it's her daughter. Jasper, however? No sense.
littlelotte: (Default)
I had a random person IM me on AIM. They asked me the following question, and I would really actually like to see my f'list answers to it:

What makes a relationship a relationship, besides sex? How is it different from a friendship?

I was asleep when the IM came, so I never responded, but once I'm finished with my current streak of "stuff to get done ASAP for work" I'll probably piece my own answer together.
littlelotte: (Childlike Empress)
This is quite possibly the most amusing of the set, and from [livejournal.com profile] vox_diabolica.

Relocation
I am always torn between whether I love it or I hate it. I understand that largely my relocations have been for the better (excepting the Sterling Heights relocation...I was not happy there in any way, shape, or form), and they advance who I am and what I want to do. Aside from moving to Michigan with my family when I was 12.5, this is my biggest move right now, and Dan's, too. I see this is a major opportunity for what I want to do with my life, and I've always wanted to live in a real city. Even though I've spent most of my life in smaller towns I never feel more alive than when I'm driving into a bigger city. I like being able to walk everywhere if I want to, and I like the variety of places and things to do. I am certain this is not where I will stay, but I think it's the right next step for both Dan and I, and so I'm embracing it. The apartment thing sucks, though, as those of you on my Facebook are probably getting thoroughly annoyed with ;-) The apartment I have not found yet will be the sixth apartment I'll have lived in in the past two years (and that's not including all the long-term hotel stays).

Beards
I hate beards and facial hair...HATE them--just ask Dan. When he first had to grow one for the Shakespeare Festival I wanted to cry (and laugh...he's German blond hair/blue eyes, but he's also Scottish and his beard grows in red...it's a very amusing dissonance). Every winter after that, until this past one, he always liked growing it out. Now that he has realized how ridiculous it is to have one in his line of work I am ecstatic.

Girls in ties
I'm indifferent, probably because I've actually worked in a restaurant where I've had to wear ties, and I've seen it in so many restaurants that I don't even think twice about it. Dan always got a kick out of my uniform when I worked at that restaurant because suddenly I had to learn how to tie a tie and wear one after he had been forced to wear them throughout his high school years. I don't mind wearing them, and I think when done correctly they can look really cute on girls. I love my Ravenclaw tie, of course, but that's something different entirely--HP house pride because I'm obsessed like that ;-)

Phantom of the Opera
I first heard the soundtrack to the ALW musical the final choir class of my freshman year of high school. Fast forward a little under a year and I became OBSESSED. I learned what the show was and bought the soundtrack. My best friend in high school and I would read phanphic online (I didn't have a computer at that time, so she'd print things out for me to read), and I discovered it was a book, too! I read the Leroux novel and fell even more in love with the story. I tracked down other versions of the story (oh, I adore Susan Kay's, still). I went to see it in Toronto for the first time when I was 16 with a family I babysat for, I watched movies based on the story. I think I love it so much because of a lot of things. I identified with Christine's solitude and loneliness, and there's something about obsessive love that stirs me, especially in this case because he heard potential in her voice and took her under his wing as teacher/student. I liked that their story wasn't perfect, I liked that the characters were all so deeply flawed, and I loved the passion and the intensity and the simultaneous innocence and horror that played so well against each other. I'd always loved the Beauty and the Beast stories, and I'd always loved the Persephone and Hades stories, and this was a wonderful rendering of the same idea. Like every obsessed high school soprano I really wanted to act/sing the role of Christine onstage someday. I know that it would be terribly unlikely to happen now, but that's okay.

Godzilla v. King Kong
I can't answer that because I actually don't know anything about either. I've never seen the movies, I really don't know the stories. Sorry!
littlelotte: (Default)
Same as the last, only this time from [livejournal.com profile] diatryma:

Greek things
I've been really interested in Greek mythology ever since I was a very little girl. I always felt very close to Athena, especially, and I've also always had an attachment to Persephone (even though I've never really been able to put my finger quite on why...but I think I may have recently figured it out), and I just always searched more stories out. When I was younger and identified as Christian I just couldn't accept that the people who had once followed the Olympians (and by association any other non-"God" religion) were actually wrong. Even when I was eight I knew that other religions had been around earlier, and it blew my mind that people could see them as "wrong." Luckily, I grew up with fairly agnostic parents who were not opposed to me learning about other religious beliefs. In the way that life works out, I ended up discovering neo-paganism, and eventually (after much trial and error, I guess you could say) realized that the Olympians were the god/desses I belonged to. I think I originally believed that I couldn't belong to them because of my ethnic backgrounds, and so I tried to find something closer to my bloodlines (plus, the majority of the neo-pagan/Wiccan stuff is heavily focused on the Celts so it's hard to find other info). After I got into archaeology I started focusing on classical archaeology, with a personal focus on classical Greece--I started learning about their cult practices and their daily practices and ohhhhhh their festivals!

There's a story involving one of my favorite plays that helped lead me to that moment where the Olympians figuratively beat me over the head and told me I belonged to them, and I realized that I would finally be able to stop searching because I had found my place. I also tried for a long time to think that Athena was not actually my patron, probably because it was another "but She's so popular and so many people claim Her as their patron that I would be just another silly girl to hope that She could possibly think I was special." She had to appear to me in a dream (as a very large owl) to convince me that I was, in fact, one of Hers. I still sometimes don't see how I deserve Her, but She always finds a way to remind me that I am deserving of Her gifts and that I am still Hers. So...long answer, and really still not all of it, but...a fair explanation.

Business of restaurants
More the business of hospitality, I think. I just enjoy the restaurant aspect more than, say, the hotel aspect because I love sharing the experience of food and drink with others, and helping them to celebrate special times in their lives, or supporting them during difficult times. You touch more people more often in restaurants. Also, restaurants are more direct interaction with the people you are giving to. Many career hospitality people will tell you it's a calling of sorts. It really is. It's not that I want to serve, it's that I want to share.

The Absurdists, though you are the only one I've kept even loosely
I still actually keep in touch with a fair number of them. Most of them are on my LJ and/or Facebook, and I last saw Lissa a few years ago when we went to see POTO together--her and I were very very close online, though, and even though we don't talk often I consider her as part of my core group of close friends (ditto Alley--and yes I still call her Alley, though I've finally grown accustomed to occasionally using Stacey...lol). I really love how we all met. We were all interested in one thing, it brought us together in such a unique way, and now we've all grown up and we're all so different and yet so much the same, and I don't think that a single one of us is still really involved in the things that brought us together. I also like knowing deep down that it's almost ten years down the road and I still know that we could all get together again and it would be like not a day went by since our FAnAFAS meetup in Naperville, and that it will probably always be that way. We were exceptionally lucky to be a part of that, and all of you will always be a part of me and who I am and where I've come from.

High school, because that is where I was then
I don't like talking about high school. I try to forget it ever happened, really--though that is where most of us were then. Mainly, I did a lot of theatre in high school, and I spent a lot of time online. That's the only part of it that matters.

Things of beauty
There is so much beauty around us every day. I try really hard to always find it in the smallest things, even when in my head it seems like there can be nothing beautiful. I am exceptionally lucky to have found the love I've found in this world--and not just the love of Dan. I have such unbelievable amounts of love from friends and family, and that is the most beautiful thing in the world. I know that I am loved unconditionally by so many people, and I love them the same way. I miss theatre and ballet because there was such beauty in the art and creation of it. I would love to go on and on about this one, but my eyes are starting to droop, so I think it's bedtime.

...I liked those. They made me think :-)
littlelotte: (Lindsay reading)
I'll do one more quick one before I grab a shower and head off to more apartment-hunting :-P

Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

Five from [livejournal.com profile] eriksangel15:

4.48 psychosis: This is completely the fault of [livejournal.com profile] bethofalltrades...well...after my Theatre History II teacher, Michelle. Michelle introduced me to Phaedra's Love which is quite a wild piece of shock theatre by Sarah Kane. I then proceeded to read Blasted, also in the same vein and in the book I had borrowed from the library, and then I found out that Beth loved Sarah Kane and had an extra copy of her complete works that she proceeded to send me to read. I fell head-over-heels for 4.48 Psychosis. Since then I've dreamed of one day being involved in a production of it. I would both like to direct it and act in it (though not in the same production). It's dark and twisted and honest and raw and wonderful. I have a director's book in constant progress for the play, and I pick it up and work on it every now and again when I get a bug to.

Arlene Hutton: Ha...you pulled from my interests list, and apparently I need to update them! I directed a play by Arlene Hutton my final year in college. I hadn't done any directing for a while, and I was really involved with other stuff for my archaeology classes, so it wasn't what it should have been, but the play is really dark and great. Like the above--very raw and real and fantastic. The play is called I Dream Before I Take the Stand and it's about a woman who was sexually assaulted (it never makes clear if she was actually raped or not), and she's having a dream (more like a nightmare) about the trial and interrogation before she actually takes the stand herself.

Mark Z. Danielewski: Oh, MZD, how I adore you! *coughs* Okay...so...MZD has written two of my personal absolute top ten novels ever--House of Leaves and Only Revolutions. HoL took him ten years to write, and OR took him six years. They are both extremely involved puzzles of books. HoL is mostly faux academia (which I'll go into below since it is also a topic) with a wild story woven in on top of it, and OR is a stream-of-conscious joy ride across history and across the country (and a love story to end all love stories--not nearly happily ever after, but kinda in it's own twisted way). I'm actually using a piece from Only Revolutions for my vows at my wedding--that chapter of the book made me cry when I read it...so beautiful and true. I've been to see him on book tour twice (once with [livejournal.com profile] peazgrl1545 in Chicago, and once in Columbus on my way from Cincy to Kalamazoo last year). One day I will get the OR symbol as a tattoo, and it will really be the perfect compliment to Dan's Ulysses "Yes" tattoo.

10th Kingdom: I saw The 10th Kingdom when it first aired on NBC in the spring of 2000! The whole damn thing. All five nights. I had seen the previews and knew I would love it so much that I started recording the whole thing from day one so I didn't have to wait for video of it to be released and in my hands. My friend at the time and I were hopelessly crushing on Wolfy, and we were quoting it all over the place, and we were writing silly fanfics about it...we were crazy about it! Nine years later I still get giddy and silly over it. I LOVE IT!!! "Love of my life, let down your lustrous locks!" And..."This meat is dangerously overcooked! When I say rare, I mean let it look at the oven in terror and then bring it out to me! *rawr*" hehehehe...I'm such a dork. It's the perfect real life meets fairy tale story, and it's such an adorable and adult version. I could still, to this day, sit down and watch the entire seven and a half hours in one sitting...I kid you not.

House of Leaves: MZD's first novel. This book tells the story of a house bigger on the inside than on the outside (to put it simply). There is a bunch of faux academia surrounding this part of the story, and you also get journal entry footnotes that go on for pages from the person who found the manuscript and is currently reading it (I love stories within stories). The story goes that anyone who has the manuscript is driven slowly insane...but I'm really over simplifying it. This book has grabbed so many people, and there is SO MUCH to the book, that there are grad level university courses on the thing. People obsess over the book. This book involves almost any subject of study you can think of...it's really wild, and it's not hard to see how it took ten years to complete.
littlelotte: (Default)
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I think that some of the writer's blocks lately have just been silly, and this is one of them.

I do believe in reincarnation and past lives, but I couldn't tell you at all what mine may have involved, and personally I don't really know many (if even any) who might be able to. My mom always called me an "old soul," and I'm sure that sparked my belief in such things (even though she's kind of defected and returned Catholic she believes in some random other things, too, and reincarnation is one of those things). I have met people in my life that I have relationships with that just can't be explained from this life...people that when I first met them, often even first saw them, I could already feel our relationship to each other. I am certain that these people are souls from previous lives that I've been lucky enough to be placed on a path with in this lifetime. Of my closest friends, only one did not feel like a previous connection. We didn't really click when we first met, but another friend was so certain we'd get along that he arranged for a second and more involved meeting--by the end of that day you'd have thought we had been best friends forever (and now four years later we've been close friends ever since that day, and she'll be the one standing beside me at my wedding).

So...I drifted, but that's what I think on the subject in a nutshell.

:-(

Feb. 5th, 2009 02:22 am
littlelotte: (Lolita - Hopelessly Poignant)
For anybody who looks back on college like I do (in other words, fondly, with moments so clear and memorable...the drama and the beauty of it and all the lessons learned that were not in a classroom)... http://picturesofyou.smackjeeves.com/

I don't remember how I came across this, but I adore it. Of course I finally get the chance to catch up on it just as he decides to take a break before the next part (that's around when I first found it, too...right before a break between the first and second books).
littlelotte: (Default)
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Yes. Of course I do. If I didn't go out to dinner by myself at nice restaurants I wouldn't often go to nice restaurants. With the travelling I feel it's important to enjoy the places you are travelling in, and without eating at local restaurants I think you miss a large part of the place. Of course, depending on the restaurant, I also enjoy sitting at the bar more than anything--even when I'm with another person. I've met some terribly interesting people going out by myself. I enjoy the experience, actually. I also go to movies by myself. The first movie I saw in the theater by myself was Peter Pan (2003). I was rather happy I was by myself because it touched me so deeply. I was glad to have the personal time to reflect on it.

Books!

Jan. 17th, 2009 05:47 pm
littlelotte: (Lindsay reading)
Like all lovers, they had soon assembled (as on a revolving stage) the places where the scenes of their drama alternately took place: a little Ukrainian diner whose windows were always occluded with steam, where the tea was black and so was the bread; the Folding Bedroom of course; a vast gloomy theater encrusted with Egyptian decoration, where the movies were cheap and changed often and played into the morning; the Nite Owl market; the Seventh Saint Bar & Grill.

--Little, Big, by John Crowley

This is the sort of book that you just fall into. Very fantastical, but very real, too. I was suggested it by a person I didn't even really know, so I found myself surprised to actually pick it up at the library and fall for it.

This quote suddenly had me mentally assembling my own such places--the places I see when I envision a certain friendship or other relationship. Each person in the book my memory with their own little movies.

...obviously I've been reading and reminiscing too much lately.
littlelotte: (Chopsticks!)
MY ICONS.

default oldest newest
saddest happiest angriest
cutest sexiest funniest
fave ship fave fandom fave animated
best quote best textless best stolen idea
use the most favorite

HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: 64
OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICONS SPACES: 115
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: I already do.
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: Yes.
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Um...it looks like it's a tie between Harry Potter and Only Revolutions and Phantom of the Opera, maybe. I have lots of POE and lots of Peter Pan, too, but I don't use the Peter Pan ones very much...oh, and a handful of my college's production of Metamorphoses.
AND THE SECOND MOST: See above...lol
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: I don't really, but I guess I would have to say Sam and Hailey from Only Revolutions. Those are all the ones with the green and gold eyes on them. My favorite book--which I'm even taking my vows from.
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: No. I like making my own, though I do have a handful from others.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: Obviously.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: I think some are.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: Depends on the icon.

DO THE MEME.
Coding can be found here

More songs!

Jan. 1st, 2009 01:34 am
littlelotte: (Secretary)
So Dan and many of his friends really like Nick Cave--and by "really" I mean they're obsessed. There are songs of his that are incredibly intoxicating to me, but in general I'm not a huge fan. Dan made a mix CD for the trip up to Grand Rapids yesterday and I'm suddenly obsessed with this one:

Lovely Creature
Nick Cave

There she stands, this lovely creature
There she stands, there she stands
With her hair full of ribbons
And green gloves on her hands
So I asked this lovely creature
Yes, I asked. Yes I asked
Would she walk with me a while
Through this night so fast
She took my hand, this lovely creature
"Yes", she said, "Yes", she said
"Yes, I'll walk with you a while"
It was a joyful man she led
Over hills, this lovely creature
Over mountains, over ranges
By great pyramids and sphinxes
We met drifters and strangers
On the sands, my lovely creature
And the mad, moaning winds
At night the deserts writhed
With diabolical things
Through the night, through the night
The wind lashed and it whipped me
When I got home, my lovely creature
She was no longer with me
Somewhere she lies, this lovely creature
Beneath the slow drifting sands
With her hair full of ribbons
And green gloves on her hands

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