...in short patches, at least. It's been ALMOST FOUR MONTHS. I will tell more later, but I'm worried that I might exceed my typing quota for the day. Suffice to say that I've been MISERABLE. I'm doing strength exercises with a soup can now. YAY!

...as sung by 11-year old Brenda Lee. Dang.

roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Nov. 1st, 2011 11:13 am)
I am done! I am now 120 lbs, down from 140! And just in time for tomorrow's anniversary binge! After that, I'll get back on the diet until I've lost whatever I gained that day, but then I am done!

It hasn't been bad, really. I've eaten a lot of good stuff and I finally incorporated an exercise routine into my life, which I will maintain. I will also keep eating pretty much the same my hubby (who's still on the diet) is eating, though with more carbs, partly to maintain this weight and partly to make dieting easier on him. But I can have sugar now! SUGAR! *squeals*

Halloween was awesome! Except for one kid who didn't bother to wear a costume and still nicked TWO candy bars! Gross. 
More later. I have pictures!<3

roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Oct. 28th, 2011 04:07 am)
 2.5 lbs left!! November 2nd is the 11-year anniversary of when hubby asked me to be his girlfriend. 11 years. 11. It doesn't sound likely, but there it is.

Anyway, November 2nd we go out to indulge ourselves. I've been extra strict this week, because I want to reach the 120 mark by Saturday. Not sure it's going to happen at this rate, but we'll see. I will then have lost 20 lbs. 
roily_rogue: (Default)
( Oct. 20th, 2011 10:52 pm)
Dijon brussel sprouts are AMAZING.
roily_rogue: (Default)


( Oct. 19th, 2011 10:36 pm)
 I've been without Internet for DAYS! Our modem died and the new one finally arrived. After 2 hours on the phone with various tech support people, it finally seems to have started working on its own. I'm excited.

I'm also a complete psycho and need to somehow learn how to finish a drawing without tearing the paper to pieces and throwing the materials across the room. Seriously, is there therapy for this kind of thing? It's a genuine problem. 

I made this the other day, and we had it with steak. It was lovely. However, if you don't have access to wasabi-strength radishes handpicked on an organically grown farm (which we didn't), I recommend you add pepper. Next, we will make this.

I've had my very first French macaron (yes, on a day when we went off the diet). They are now all I can think about. They dance before my vision. Especially the pistachio flavored kind, but I know there are so many more! I want sugar, have I said that? SUGAR. Gah. Only 4.5 lbs left.:(
roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Oct. 9th, 2011 03:37 pm)
 I now weigh 124.5 and that's the least so far on the diet! Only 4.5 lbs left to my goal and then: SUGAR! *salivates* I meet so many people who say that sugar, they can take or leave, but they couldn't handle living without pasta. I can't relate. I want pastries! I want chocolate! I want candy! Swedish candy! Salty, sour, sweet and the kind of spicy that burns a hole in your tongue. Green, baked pistachio sweets by the pound, Geisha chocolate and Polly and Turkish Pepper and Jungle Roar and Dumle and Pigall. 

There are several sites out there that sell and ship Swedish candy abroad, but when I signed up for one, filled my cart and proceeded to checkout to calculate shipping, FOUR ITEMS cost $50 to acquire! $50!! 


But, in brighter news, fall is here! I bought a purple pea coat and a purple hat! I'm ridiculously excited about all of this. Oh, and I have a curling iron now. Which I'm slightly afraid to use. 

I have tomorrow off. I will celebrate by temporarily going off my diet and buy pastries and sugar. Yes.

PS: I want to live like this. I mean look, just look. More here.
We would totally ruin that place with our neglect in no time, though. Sad, but true. Oh well. Maybe after we grow up.

roily_rogue: (cuddly)
( Sep. 14th, 2011 09:59 pm)
 So, last week and a half dragged by like knee-deep in mud. I re-gained 6 lbs from PMS and threw a fit, but have since lost it, thankfully. The 6 lbs, that is, not my sanity.

I've been tired, tired, tired, with the cats waking me up over and over again, mornings and nights, by scratching at the carpet underneath our bedroom door. I spent one work shift being dizzy and had to go sit down repeatedly. Water just made me nauseous. Still not sure what was going on there. No, I'm not pregnant.

I did buy two pairs of boots for $50 combined, got a haircut, bought a lovely sweater and a big planter with wine red mums, to shield my pieris from the sun and wind (of course I didn't get around to that until after the end of the heatwave - you go, girl). It's finally getting cooler. I'm more than ready for fall.

I Skyped with my grandparents! They were so cute! My grandmother made sure to point out, though - as she will every single time -  that they're old now. Just in case I missed it. But oh! I'd so missed her shrill voice and Grandpa's baritone and they were so excited to see me.<33
I've also Skyped with my dad, whose wife has moved away because she has trouble dealing with his Aspergers. It's only supposed to be temporary and they'll be seeing a counselor, so here's hoping. I really don't want Dad to be alone again.:(

In other news, I ordered three Astrid Lindgren books in English! I'm extremely excited. Astrid Lindgren...how do I even put into words what she meant to me and most other Swedish kids growing up...she's written so many stories, created so many little worlds which all ring bright and true. Some worlds are darker than others, but she has such a firm grasp of all her characters and their humanity, that they never get TOO dark - (even when the protagonists DIE in the very beginning). Her stories can be hilarious, gruesome, dramatic, sad, idyllic and bittersweet, but they're always memorable. 
 My vocabulary results!

I'm pretty proud of myself.
roily_rogue: (flower)
( Aug. 22nd, 2011 03:40 pm)
Long rant about my cat under cut. )

Oh well. Other than that, I'm merely tired and have links to share for anyone who's bored:


Wonderputt - a golf game. Perhaps the cutest, loveliest, most brilliant golf game that ever came for free. There are frogs and submarines and torpedoes and cows being abducted by UFOs! Let your cursor hover over the ball and you get an arrow that you can spin around in whatever direction you want. Pull the cursor back and the arrow will widen and turn red - the wider and redder the arrow, the more force in your putt. After you've played the first 18 holes you unlock the "Wonder Mode", where you have to complete a rainbow by hitting every rainbow colored drop on the course. You can also win achievements as you go. Have fun!

Tanooky Tracks - Tanookys are mischievous little spirits that like to hide in objects that resemble themselves. This house is infested with them! Find the hiding spots of all twelve Tanookys and lure them out by either attracting them or repelling them. A hint book is provided, with riddles for each Tanooky, designed to give you a clue.  (Here's a walkthrough if you get stuck).

Vision - one of the most gorgeous escape-the-room games ever created, and a well-made game, too. It's just stunning from start to finish. (Here's a walkthrough, just in case.)  

This is just because...do I really need to explain myself? :
Adam Savage as Gollum sings "I will survive".

Oh, and have a kitten.
Now: I will draw.

Also, I Skyped with my mom! It was lovely! She's tanned and blonde and looked so happy and pretty. I miss her!

I am supposed to spend at least 5 hours on my days off in the studio, drawing. I have spent, at most, an hour and a half and I am currently NOT in the studio drawing. Bad Roily. Bad.

OK, so I'm not actually DRAWING, but INKING, which is something I'm really not good at. It's HARD and it looks like crap and I'm messing up and I'm just letting myself, thinking "no one's gonna see this no one's gonna see this etc." Because no one is. But I will get better. Goshdarnit.

I better go do it now, though.
roily_rogue: (Icon of Disapproval)
( Aug. 5th, 2011 02:05 pm)
Not feeling eloquent, just want to crawl back into my low-carb hole and not emerge until there's 20 lbs less of me. But here's a brief status update:

- Yes, I am dieting. Me and hubby both.
- I think maybe I might not have arthritis after all.
- There's really no difference between Madagascar Vanilla and Regular Vanilla.
- There is, however, a difference between Regular Vanilla and Sugarfree Vanilla.
- *cries*
- *wants cupcakes*
- I got a webcam!
- I will start drawing again!

There. Out of steam now. Later. Have some Maru, to inspire:

roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)


( Jul. 31st, 2011 01:29 pm)
My dear 82-year old Grandpa has gotten a new computer and started using the Internet! We've already emailed each other back and forth several times!<3  He's also started using Skype! Skype!

                                                                     HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [personal profile] kyrenekyorl !!

roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Jul. 20th, 2011 08:11 pm)

We got something extraordinarily beautiful and new! I'll show pictures later, but for now, I just wanted to flail about it. It's new! And amazing! And gorgeous! It was there when I came home from work last night, hubby and his buddy had gone 50/50 on it and now it's ours!

roily_rogue: (Joe the Saint)
( Jul. 17th, 2011 12:00 pm)
The other night, I broke down crying at work from stress (and lack of sleep). Embarrassing.
Yesterday, I made a fool of myself cashiering and some customers rolled their eyes at me. Then I found a curtain, neatly folded like a flag.

But, before that, we went to IKEA and bought two shelves, which I will put pretty things on. And I got Dark Shadows in the mail, which may be my favorite Blade of the Immortal volume for the Anotsu/Magatsu conversation. Emotionally repressed boys saying goodbye!<3

PS: Did you guys know I spilled blueberry drink (from IKEA!) on the carpet yesterday? Did you know I actually GOT the stain OUT? Kneel, please.

roily_rogue: (Default)
( May. 18th, 2011 02:12 pm)
The sun is shining. First I will go and pick up my new glasses(!!), THEN we'll start digging up the plants in the front yard!  THEN we will buy new ones (and mulch and such) and plant them! Please let this turn out well. Please let this turn out well. PLEASE, and so on.
roily_rogue: (Hug!)
( May. 14th, 2011 02:12 pm)
I'm excited! See, I've come to a decision: I'm going to dig up and throw away the two rhododendrons in the front yard that have been giving me grief, plus the poor spirea. I will replace one of the rhodys with a new one (red!) and where the spirea and the other rhody was, I shall plant this. Isn't it gorgeous? Things will be on their way to being beautiful! I think.
roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( May. 4th, 2011 01:14 pm)
Today will be awesome.
roily_rogue: (Smirk!)
( Apr. 30th, 2011 01:46 am)
I bought a hula hoop. At work, at first - one of the toy ones, for kids. I thought "Hey, $3 exercise equipment!", came home and discovered that a kid's hoop is useless for adult exercise. But, hooked on the idea, I got myself a grown-up, weighted one for $17 and hey, I can actually use this one! Here's to losing weight!

Today, at work, a lady asked me if we had lens cloths. I told her that last time we did, they were down in Electronics. She shook her head.
"NO," she spat. "They're for cleaning GLASSES".
"I know," I said, "but they're also for camera lenses and stuff. I bought some, myself!"
"No. Forget it. That's a stupid place to put them."
"Uhm. OK?"

To be perfectly fair, she was using a walker and might have felt miffed she had to walk all the way down to the end of the store? Still.
Btw, the lens cloths in question look like condoms in their square little wrappers. I always love pulling one out in public.

Other than that, I have been cranky. I dunno.
roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Apr. 24th, 2011 11:38 pm)
- I made key lime & white chocolate cupcakes! They taste as splendidly as you might suspect.

- I randomly found a blog post with an adorable little girl. It was her birthday party and it was all a big success (even though she had ordered a blue cake and got a green one instead - blue food coloring's hard to find in Sweden, I've noticed).

- Markus the Cat is a smooth, conniving little sociopath! We feed our two cats separately, due to Busy getting crystals and needing a special diet. Markus is overweight, so he gets a small amount of diet food twice a day. Busy's a snacker with an overactive metabolism, so we've taken to feeding him several times a day. Sometimes Markus happens to be in the room when this happens, even though he's not supposed to be. Like today. He was aware, of course, that he wasn't allowed to eat out of Busy's bowl, and keenly aware that we were right there, watching him. So he sat himself down next to Busy, staring at him snacking away for a while. Then he very, very gently and politely stretched out a paw, and fished out a piece of food onto the carpet, where he devoured it. While we gaped, he repeated the process.
He got into trouble, alright, but it's hard to be mad at someone that cheeky.

- Oh! Easter baskets! I got a huge Easter basket with candy from my hubby! He also included sugar snap peas and chips with guacamole dip! I got him one, too, with smoked oysters and cream cheese and Trisquits and candy and a chocolate bunny with a little storybook where you can read the tale of the bunny you just bit the head off. <3

- And I made stuffed game hens! (Take a look at Elsa's blog, btw - it's mainly in Swedish, but she and her blog is gorgeous. Someone even started a tumblr for her!)
roily_rogue: (Hug!)
( Apr. 21st, 2011 12:16 am)
I've had an awesome day! My new boots are amazing - comfy and gorgeous and perfect - and we got some money, so we went out to eat and went to town and Bath & Body Works had this buy-3-get-3-free deal, so I splurged and came home with two fragrance mists ("Carried Away" and "Country Chic"), two shea cashmere hand creams (same), one shower gel ("Country Chic") and one body lotion ("Dancing Waters")! Oh, and I bought a most pleasant issue of Wolverine.<3 Also: blackberry lemonade.

Tired. Nap now.
  • I just ordered these! My left foot has been swimming in rain water for too long. To add insult to injury, the shoe stores have decided that real ladies don't need boots at this time of year while the weather says that yes, you really do. So, online I went. I never ordered shoes online before. I'm a little nervous, but hey, free return shipping!
  • I'm also on AO3 now! Maybe there will actually be more than one story there at some point, who knows? Seriously, my output is pathetic. I need to stop wallowing in my own inadequacy and start producing.
  • My cat Busy has started stinking these past couple days. It started as a cloying, musky-sweet smell and turned fishy-cheesy after that. I suspect there's something wrong with his anal glands, so off to the vet he goes as soon as the next check rolls in and here's hoping it won't ruin us again. Sigh.
  • I've gained weight and had to get new pants.:(
  • I sniffed B&BW's new perfume Country Chic and now I want it. I want it bad. Although I wonder how they managed to cram "bright spring woods" in there.
  • I just got Carla Speed McNeil's Finder graphic novel "Voice". It's a strange, dark, but absolutely fascinating coming-of-age tale and you all need to get it and read it. That is, if you're not allergic to being confused now and then, because the Finder world is so rich and detailed, Carla's in the habit of adding footnotes for every page at the end of every volume. But the pay-off is so worth it. Nothing in Finder feels predictable or cliched. It's a bizarre world that also makes a frightening amount of sense, and at its core is a bunch of well-rendered, believable characters. Read it, please. Support good work! She has an uncompleted sequel to Voice up on her site, un-inked, but very readable.
roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Apr. 6th, 2011 11:17 pm)
So, after finishing the fic, I kind of...dropped. I didn't want to write anything at all, really, so I just curled up in my shell with a bunch of chocolate and games. I've had worse weeks.

Hubby will be too occupied to cook the coming week, so it will be up to me! Meaning, lots of vegetables. I have so much I want to try! I fried up some carrots with ginger, sweet chili sauce and some cream the other day and had it with Polish sausage. Yesterday I discovered that turnips go well with shrimp. I want to make a fennel salad with pears and...something! Green beans with something lemony! Bake tilapia with tomatoes and onions and cream! Make these mashed potatoes! I want everything to be magnificent!

Also: I got a 25 cent raise and a very good work review! The standard raise is apparently 20 cents. I called hubby and he greeted me with flowers after work, as well as two napoleon pastries and strawberries covered in chocolate.<33



Message not to self:

I have today off, y'all. It will be spent right here, in a haze of caffeine-induced creativity. 

Also, I bought a watch at work yesterday for $4. A co-worker deemed it "badass". It is.
roily_rogue: (Hug!)
( Feb. 27th, 2011 02:53 pm)
The check came! The big one! So yesterday, we went out to eat and splurge a little. My Valentine's Day present was my very first M.A.C lipstick - "Capricious". I'd post links to swatches of it, but I have now learned that they are absolutely unreliable, so I won't. I also came home with books! I found Ghost Towns of the American West and "Ghost Towns of the West" (link to come once I have the time and energy to look for it) for cheap. We took the bus home with my boxed leftovers leaking out of the bag and dripped our way home in the cold. Then we spent the rest of the night reading, eating fancy chocolates and drinking water out of heart-shaped straws while the cats were tearing stuff up around us.<3

Am happy.

roily_rogue: (Default)


( Jan. 30th, 2011 05:16 pm)
I don't have anything fun to say or add, so here is a pic spam of my cats instead, because I love them so very much:

Cats under cut! )

And now: work! Gah!

roily_rogue: (Icon of Disapproval)
( Jan. 24th, 2011 04:01 pm)
I must immediately cease looking through the blog of Color me Katie and her adorable cat and start editing!
roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Jan. 23rd, 2011 04:29 am)
Know what word I just wrote? FIN.

Know what that means? A heck of a lot of editing, but also: the story is pretty much DONE.

*screams mindlessly*

I am very happy to have managed to work both corpses and cookies into the epilogue.

It might be time for bed.

Oh yeah. Also: I applied for a second job.
roily_rogue: (Default)
( Jan. 14th, 2011 04:56 pm)
I'm writing! I'm writing like a crazy person! I'm having coffee and I'm WRITING. *happytear*
roily_rogue: (subtext)


( Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:18 am)
I've started writing again! I'm starting to think that my block was partly due to wanting to write something I really didn't want to write. Does that make sense?
We are seeing Inception on Saturday.
roily_rogue: (cuddly)
( Aug. 20th, 2010 03:29 pm)
We got some money in!! So we went out and celebrated our birthdays by eating out at Mother's! And the next day I went shopping!! Eeeee! I bought a leatherette jacket! And a hat! And two crazy cheap t-shirts (which I showed to my hubby by opening my jacket and going "I got two of these!") . And then I ordered a couch cover, because our couch is horrible and the old cover is all torn apart by cats. And we're going to get a TV stand! And I got hanging plants, these beautiful Wandering Jews and one of them is all purple and silvery and supposedly they're really hardy, so they might actually survive! My home! It's starting to look like a home!

My yard, however, is not looking much like a yard. I'm completely in the dark when it comes to gardening, it seems. I bought fertilizer, but I can't fertilize the roses at this time of year and expect flowers before next spring. And the rhododendron...apparently watering it is not a remedy against sunburn. I'm bummed. And it needs to be pruned, but you're apparently supposed to do that in the winter. Is there anything I can do now to make it look better? Apparently not. SIGH.