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layout blather + fandom + random + LIFE!

New layout! I was going to change the colors from the default pink and black, but I think I'll let 'em stay for now. Will also fix up header later. (B, are you thinking of a certain love letter? ;D)

I've been talking to jandjsalmon about the dgficexchange, and I'm thinking I'll help mod the spring exchange! Exciting stuff.

A friend sent this to me, and I'm sharing it b/c I think it's pretty neat, and kind of funny: How to Read a Person Like a Book!

I had Chinese over the weekend and came up with these 2 fortunes from my fortune cookies:

Energy spent now preparing for tomorrow is sure to bear tasty fruit,

Finish your works on hand. Don't be greedy.


In light of it being FINALS WEEK this week and the next, I find them very apt. B/c not only did I not study over the weekend, but I started writing new fic for fun instead. ALWAYS! Always when I have finals/papers, I write other crap instead. And I'm like...2/3s done with a fic. And 0/5 pages done on my final piece. And I have 2 finals on Tuesday and Wednesday. O JOY TO THE WORLD.

Also I saw The Golden Compass this weekend. It was enjoyable! I rate 6/10. Excellent acting in The Golden Compass + fantastic effects - editing/plot :( Still, it was entertaining. I think I just didn't expect much; I have low expectations when it comes to good book --> movie.

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jiayi
Dec. 11th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
YOUR LAYOUT! So pretty!!! XD

And good luck with your finals!! 加由★★!!!
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, J! I wasn't feeling my last layout - I mean, I liked the template buuut my header sucked and I changed it to bad colors. I kind of suck at color coordinating :P

THANK YOU! I will need all the luck I can get. Especially for stats :X And I feel so good that I can read that HAHA.

That's Jake G from Jarhead, right? LOVE the icon. SEXYBACK INDEED!
jiayi
Dec. 11th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Color coordination is not easy. I always find myself refreshing each time I change something to see if it looks good. UGH. Also you know how LJ lets do that CSS layers stuff? OH MY GOD, I can't do it. Easy my ass!!!

It's a huge accomplishment whenever I can read something in Chinese or decipher enough to understand the sentence. SO YAYYYYYYYY, JIA YOU!

I've shown you Jake's sexyback, now I shall show you CEVANS' sexy FRONT. :D :D :D
streetscribbles
Dec. 11th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
HAHAHA JIA YOU! JIA YOU, JIA YOU! I had a psuedo handheld Nintendo thingy my uncle got me from China that would shout that at me when I played with it.

JIA YOU!

. . . seriously, I'm kind of on crack right now, but everything easily amuses me. And I got really proud when I saw that I understood what that meant. :D
jiayi
Dec. 11th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHA I get excited when I can read a store sign too!!! Or when I recognize characters on a menus, combine it with the English and then POOF I get Chinese! So yeah JIA YOU JIA YOU!!!

OMG, Y'ALL. Target VMars Season 3 @ USD$29.99; FNL Season 1 @ USD$17.99. And they have a special deluxe edition of OotP @ USD$24.99. I'M SOOO THERE.
streetscribbles
Dec. 11th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
I LOVE TARGET. I LOVE their crafts and their knock off brand for all the big names and I LOVE LOVE LOVE their clothes/shoes. :D
jiayi
Dec. 11th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
If I were a scrapbooker, I'd live at Target. XD
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
HAHAHA BETTY. I was so excited when I could read it too. Except I was going to write pin ying "Jia yo."

So thank god I didn't so you wouldn't make fun of me about it! THWARTED!
streetscribbles
Dec. 11th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
AHAHA, L:

Except I was going to write pin ying "Jia yo."
FIRST OFF. PINYIN!1! AND, second of all, Jody had it right with "you," = correct pinyin spelling. I think you're just going phonetically. HAHAH ♥
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
I can't figure out LJ layouts at ALL. And then they changed the customize journal page and it's even MORE CONFUSING! I used to know how to tweak generator layouts, but then people started offering codes for AWESOME layouts and I just got lazy. cartonage does AMAZING things with lj layouts, but I find them kind of hard to use, too narrow/whatever.

I can't even type in Mandarin on my laptop! Never mastered typing in Mandarin. It was SLOW going, and writing paragraphs was ughhh never again.

HELLO, HOTTIE! CHRIS EVANS!!! I FINALLY saw him in The Nanny Diaries! Oh my god. guhadsflkj. He's just so...hot. AHH I still love Phonebooth :P
whirligigged
Dec. 11th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Aaack I'm reading The Golden Compass right now. Um, is it blasphemous to say that I'm really bored with it? The only thing that's truly interesting me currently is the concept of the daemons/being severed. I want more Roger, I liked him. I've had enough of Lyra. XD I have a feeling this is one of those books where I'm going to have to read the sequels in order to actually appreciate what's going on in this one? So I kind of can't wait to be done and move onto the Subtle Knife instead.

I really adore your layout. I need to return to Draco/Ginny sometime soon. I miss those crazy kids. ;) (Also, "set fire to the third bar." That song, um, it makes me cry. I'M LAME, SHUT UP. IT'S A NICE SONG.)
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 01:12 am (UTC)
Hhaa, no of course not! I agree, I think the climax of book 1 is when you find out what intercision/a severed child is. I got CHILLS when I read to that part with the "ghost" in the shed. With Lyra - I totally relate. She really irritated me in the beginning, I thought she was kind of stupid and annoying, BUT - she totally won me over by the end of book 1. It was sort of a gradual thing, which I really appreciated. The sequels definitely have their interesting concepts and stuff,

Thank you! Oh, I hope you DO return to D/G soon! I totally associate you with my early D/G experiences. SO NOT LAUGHING AT YOU! I ADORE that song. So, SO inspirational for writing.
whirligigged
Dec. 11th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
When Pan was straining toward the bear and yet he and Lyra couldn't be separated, that strong image of a "tie" between them was what made me make the connection between the daemons and the fact that people kept talking about "severed" children. I was like OH SHIT NO. Aaand now I've totally skipping ahead to find out what happens with the daemons. I think I have a fascination with that level of attachment to another being. It's such a cool thought, and I'd been wondering ever since I found out a daemon died with its human, what would happen the other way round? Now if only the entire rest of the book could be as intriguing as this. :P (I'm so so happy to find out both Lyra and the books get better, haha.)

Oh, dude, I totally associate YOU with my D/G experiences too! I just remember being like, good Draco/Ginny = applecede. I think you were the beginning of my trend to actually be picky about what fic I read. (And, um. I also remember being madly in love with your version of Blaise. He was so DARLING.) So yeah, I'm totally ready to hop aboard the Spring Ficathon train right now. It'll be good timing, what with being after midyear exams, and since it's senior year, NOT WORRYING ABOUT FINALS YAY.
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
Mm, I agree, the attachment with the daemon is one of the most interesting things in the story. I don't remember if they specifically addressed this but...I'm thinking killing the daemon will kill the human? B/c when people grabbed the daemons, the humans felt the pain. Haha well I don't know about the books getting better - they just bring in so many more details that are really interesting to contemplate. Personally, book 1 was my favorite. BUT there's like, a lot going on in the other books too! It definitely gets more intriguing in book 2 though.

HAHA AW thank you! Nicest thing ever! ♥ I definitely remember you as being one of my first livejournal friends, back when LJ seemed so HUGE and intimidating. And spring - let the senioritis kick in and just COAST :D
streetscribbles
Dec. 11th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
HAHAHAH "URABOOK.rar"

Sorry, I'm easily amused. I think I will download!

I ALSO SEE THAT YOU'RE REPLYING TO THE COMMENTS MEANING YOU ARE ONLINE! TTYS!?

I also forgot to ask you - what kind of Chinese did you get?

And yay for mod-ing the exchange again - that's YOUR baby! :D
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
HAHAHA twin, I knew of all people, you'd appreciate the title :D :D ♥

I got: beef lo mei and General Tso's Chicken! WHICH I LOVE! I LOVE TO DEATH General Tso's Chicken! > sweet and sour chicken/pork.

<333 I'm excited about participating in fandom again! It's been TOO LONG! I forgot how fun it can be!

P.S. LEXUS RX BABY!
geewhiz
Dec. 11th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Yaye for you modding! I think you and Jess (and other Jess if she's around too) will make a good team. I will pimp like mad thing once sign-up happen and all that fun stuff.

That first fortune is SO TRUE! Yet even knowing this, I often say 'meh, I'll do that paper tomorrow.'

Is this fic D/G? B/c I like your D/G! Especially your Ginny. Well, I like Draco/Ginny author's Ginny, b/c Ginny doesn't always get a good roll in D/Hr. I know, YOU'RE SHOCKED! XD

Is that letter from B? And here she is playing the role of Draco or Ginny? Make her Draco! She will be so pissed.
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, G! I think the other Jess, rarity, is too busy w/ RL stuff this round. A couple other ppl have volunteered to help out too, so I'm excited! I've DEFINITELY learned more about running an exchange from the first time I did it, and just following/participating in other exchanges :P I know I told Tara this, but I totally held dmhgficexchange as like, the model/bar to reach!

The crazy thing is, when it comes to procrastination, I'll be down to the final 24 hours before the deadline, and I won't sleep until I finish it because I'm deathly afraid I'll oversleep and then WHOOPS time to turn it in! So I feel like I've grown dependent on that time crunch...which sucks.

Yes, it is D/G! Surprisingly, because it's been really hard for me to write D/G lately. Thank you for saying that! Especially because I find Ginny hard to write. HAHA, SHOCKER! Hermione's role in D/Gs vary--she's either the really good friend, or the really annoying, nagging friend (this was more earlier on).

HAHAHA that letter...in A WAY IS TOTALLY FROM BETTY! What it is is--B had the only copy of this truly, TRULY BAD fic of mine, and she finally sent it to me a few days ago b/c I was thinking I might post it just for archive purposes, and that fic was just basically in letter form :P
pardonthelitany
Dec. 11th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
i like the pink and black :D. and i though i didn't noticeit before, i am relating the header to something else ;)

YAY for the exchange.

and since it is finals week, i will share my favoritest fortune ever:

DONT PANIC

my friend got that and i had to steal it. i know, selfish. but how douglas adams?!

anyway, good luck! <3
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
HAHA are you relating the header to 'something else'...that is 4/10?! :D:D:D

That's an awesome fortune. DON'T PANIC! Okay, b/c I'm panicking esp. b/c I woke up this morning with that funny feeling in my throat like I have a sore throat. which means if it doesn't go away in the next 24 hours, come Wednesday morning for my final, I'm gonna be FUCKED!

♥ Thank you, and GOOD LUCK TO YOU TOO!
pardonthelitany
Dec. 11th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
OH NO!. you cant get sick! being sick while taking exams sucks. i really really hope that it's nothing. just take care of yourself– drink lots of fluid and stay out of the cold.

LAST EXAM TOMORROW. :D i'll need all the luck i can get.

<3
applecede
Dec. 12th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
I know :\ I hydrated myself all day today, wore a jacket and a sweatshirt and a sweater, and it was only like...6 degrees, so...here's to hoping.

GOOD LUCK! omg, YAY last exam! It's almost over :)


P.S. The book says it's a "compiled html help" file? It works the same way your FAQ/Help files work on the computer -- well, as far as I know they work on PCs :\ I've never seen one on a Mac though.
pardonthelitany
Dec. 12th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
fucking pc's.

oh well.

Good Luck to you too darling <3
pardonthelitany
Dec. 11th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
hey, btw, what sort of file is that book?
jandjsalmon
Dec. 11th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
HEEE! YAY for the exchange indeed! I'm uber excited too!

That reminds me - MUST reply to your email tomorrow. ;)

Ideas on good D/G art for a new layout? The goal is a new layout every round.
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Ahh, I'm totally excited. The spirit of giving and stuff :P

Don't worry! Take your time w/ the emails; I'm into finals week now anyway and should probably be studying :X

Hmm, I saw twinklepug mentioned, I really love art by her. Or how about the art in the icon you're posting with now??
fadedsouls
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
The new layout looks great!!! :) And I want to go see the Golden Compass too. I'll probably ask my mom to go with me, since my friends look at the trailer like it's got fangs and is about to bite them. Strange little creatures my friends. :)
applecede
Dec. 11th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
ACEE! Thank you! ♥ Oh, DO go see it! I think you'd like it. It's definitely a fun trip; they were great at creating the fantastical world with the daemons :P
fadedsouls
Dec. 12th, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
I shall bring my mom, or possibly kidnap one of my friends. ;) Cause I really wanna see it!! And then I need to finish the last two books of the series. Only read the first on yet. Am slow... LOL.
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