Month: February 2011

The “Return to Sender” Meme

The Queen’s Meme

1. When is the last time you returned a library book?
First week of January. I haven’t been to the library in a long time. *all the sadness*

2. Is there anyone you’d like to see return to your life?
Yes.

3. Have you finished your income tax return?
No. Still waiting on a couple 1099s.

4. Do you ever return things to the store for refund, credit or exchange? Have you had a bad experience with customer service over this issue? Tell us your story.
I very rarely return stuff, but I’ve never had any problems returning stuff when I’ve done it. Kohl’s is the best, though. So easy and hassle-free.

5. You would like to see your favorite movie named The Return of __n/a__.

6. Is there something you’re still waiting to be returned to you?
Yes. An ARC of LINGER that I lent a friend almost a year ago. :o In all fairness, I haven’t seen the person who has it in several months.

7. You are in a canyon. On the other side stands your beloved. You stand and shout something to him/her making a large echo. What do you want to hear in return?
I love you, too!

8. If you could turn back and go in the reverse direction in your life, making things better for yourself and those you love, how would your journey begin?
I would go back to March 17, 2008, and bring Aidan to Chicago to live with me.

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Hearts To You

This post is dedicated to all you guys I met and communicate primarily with online. ♥

I’ve been posting on Plurk for almost three years now. In those few years, I’ve managed to become a part of a core group, and my days feel empty if I don’t get into some shenanigans with them at least once every day. We’ve developed this little circle, and it’s awesome. We have our own words and initialisms, we have inside jokes, and sometimes we Skype. Some of them met up last September for the TOA–the Tour of Awesomeness–in San Francisco. I remember when they were talking about it as an abstract thing, and then when it actually happened? Yea, freaking cool. I missed out on that, but I am holding out that the next TOA will take place in Chicago.

We do video memes (which I am really behind on, oops). We send each other Christmas cards. One year we made mix CDs for each other. (I still owe Sun one, actually.) We’re all different races. We have different backgrounds and different professions. We’re all over the U.S. and the world. And yet, we all just mesh. And it’s good. I adore them all.

I have friends in all sorts of pockets on the Internet. I have friends who love American Girl like I do, and we talk dolls. Well, they talk dolls and crafts, I mostly listen/read and soak it all up. I have friends who I play FarmVille or Cafe World with. That’s the main thing we have in common, but I’ve seen so much generosity from people from a little flash game on Facebook. That blows my mind.

Even though I’ve been laying low on the writing front (although that’s changing with a quickness YAY), I am still very passionate about and involved with the kidlit world. It’s hard not to be, being married to an author. I met Adam indirectly through an online friend/critique partner (who is now an agent and an author). It’s also hard not to be, when I am as passionate about books and reading and teens as I am. I know that once I get back to pursuing publication, I’ll be surrounded with a lot of support from people in the industry, because that’s just how the kidlit world works.

My favorite, though? Is when fandoms cross over into personal friendships. It’s pretty easy, I mean, you KNOW you have at least one thing in common, right? Why else would you be part of that fandom? I’ve met people on the Disney World community whose weddings I ended up attending. I met a dear friend from American Girl message boards, and ended up celebrating Valentine’s Day and my birthday with both of our families. (And it’s been way too long since I’ve seen her and I miss her a LOT!) Some people I met because we started a comment thread on another person’s blog and realized we had a lot in common and a lot to talk about. The Internet has definitely made the world smaller.

I’ve known my friend Ivy since 1997. It all started because she was searching for someone who had SINGLE, NOT LOOKING at a relationship status in his or her profile on AOL. She emailed me, and we’ve been friends ever since, and she was a bridesmaid in my wedding in 2008. Because of people I have met online, I’ve had the chance to travel to places I thought I’d never go. My first trip to Disneyland was because of my dear friend Amy, who felt I needed a pick-me-up when I was going through some hard times. I’ve been to San Francisco and San Jose to visit people I have met online. And if I find myself going to a city where someone I’ve met online lives, I try to meet up with that person, even if it’s just for lunch, and a lot of them have done the same for me.

I’m always finding new and interesting people online. I read and comment on their blogs, @reply them on Twitter, and sometimes end up developing some really neat relationships because of it. So, to all of you who are funny, kind, creative, insightful, and best of all, open to making new friends online, hearts to you. ♥ You’re part of what makes the Internet so fun.

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Good Things About Winter

This is hard for me to do, because anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows that I *HATE* winter. HATE. There is a nice spot reserved for me to the left because I hate winter so much. I hope the left is warm and sunny.

To help me through these last few weeks of winter, I decided to try to devise a list of ten good things about winter.

1. The neighbors in the back don’t go outside to smoke and talk every 20 minutes all through the night, therefore keeping me up and making me cranky and tired.
2. The neighbors next door don’t leave their dog outside to bark for hours every evening.
3. No mosquitoes, flies, or other assorted icky/annoying flying things.
4. Smaller likelihood of thunderstorms.
5. Aidan’s birthday and Christmas.
6. …

So wow. I could only think of five. Well, that’s something, right? :o

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Saturday 9 (1)

1. How does your day usually go on Monday?
I wake up, get ready, and take the Blue Line to work. Usually I have to stand, but sometimes I am lucky enough to get a seat. Once at work, I fill up my purple water container, check my email, and fill out the task board. Then there is a meeting. And then work. And more work. Depending on how hungry I am, I may or may not take a lunch. If I skip lunch, I leave early provided we don’t get swamped with work at the last minute. I take the train home, change into some lounging clothes, and relax!

2. Who was the last band you saw live?
Tricky Pixie ♥!

3. When was the last time you purchased something over $50?
Yesterday.

4. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?
Not in the slightest.

5. Do you wish you were someplace else right now?
I always wish I was at Disney World. I also wish Aidan was here with me.

6. Tell us about the last wedding that you attended.
It was mine! July 27, 2008! :)
Ronni & Adam In Love

7. What’s annoying you right now?
NOTHING! :)

8. What is your best skill/ability? Why?
I am a darn good proofreader.

9. If someone asked a friend of yours, “Hey, what is one thing your friend is exceptional at?”, what would they say about you? Why?
They’d probably say “She’s a really great proofreader.”

* Saturday 9

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I Am Happiest When…

Intentional Happiness

Bad Mommy Moments !!! Momalom !!!

♥ I’m home with Aidan, Adam, and the cats, and we’re all simply relaxing and being together.
♥ Helena is lying on my legs and purring and purring.
♥ I’m at Disney World.
♥ I have a huge pile of books I can’t wait to read, and not being able to decide which one to start with first.
♥ I’m laughing my head off over the most ridiculous stuff.
♥ Aidan is cracking up at something on YouTube or something I said.
♥ It’s Saturday morning and I don’t have to get up early.
♥ It’s payday and rent’s not due.
♥ I’m getting a hug.
♥ I discover a song that gives me chills from the inside out because it’s so good. (Last song that did that for me was Run by Air.)
♥ I look through my Flickr photostream and remember how blessed and lucky I am to have all those memories, and the opportunities to make more.

Since most of the snow is gone, I no longer hyperventilate when I go outside. Friday, I wore pink to work, and I wore my hair in two braids. I’m starting to feel closer to myself, and I know that as the days keep getting longer and the Equinox approaches, I’ll only get better. Just… please Baby Jesus, don’t let us have another blizzard. Or any more days when the temperature drops below 25F. I’ll be able to (sorta) tolerate the rest of the winter if those two things are in place.

121 days until the Summer Solstice!

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