leighblack: (Food - Yummy Cupcake!)
Hi there. I used to post here. A lot, actually. Those were the days. I always wish I had time to post and then real life happens. Or I just don't have really have anything to talk about. Like now.

So here, have a photo from my niece's 1st birthday party yesterday. She kind of loved her cake.
leighblack: (Pinto - Zach Reads Fic)

and heeeeere's the completely finished blanket! ALL DONE!! so happy about that. now I just need to box & wrap it for Sunday. I think I can handle that part.

since I'm done with this, I've been completely overdosing on reading fic this week. I think I deserve it. next week I plan on getting my iTunes whipped into shape. I do the most interesting things in the world, indeed.

speaking of interesting things, last Saturday we went to the Travie McCoy show, in which Black Cards was one of the opening bands. they happen to be Pete Wentz's new musical endeavor. kind of pop/dance/reggae. ngl, I kind of adore their music. and I had a good time dancing to their show! and then afterward, we hung out and got photos with Pete & Bebe.

clicky, clicky )

so, fun night! I definitely want to see them again.

since I have this new fancy camera now, I'm going to do Project 365 again starting tomorrow. I think I'm going to post the photos via tumblr. I don't really want to use flickr or Facebook, so I guess tumblr is my best option. friend me there if you haven't already? I'm shelikeshairbands. it will be weird to have my blog be something besides photos of Chris Pine.
leighblack: (Capt Fine - Rebel Without a Cause)
OMG. Like OH. MY. GOD.

clickity-click for moar deliciousness! )


yeah, I see myself owning a couple copies of this magazine.
leighblack: (Butch - Rocking Out)
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy

Hmmmm. I don't want to be completely predictable and post another Karl Urban photo. Although he does make me very happy. So let's go with this one instead. It's tiny, I know. But it's the best I can do here at work.

Let's go over all the things that I love about this photo:
1) jean shortalls with the straps hanging down
2) spandex capri pants
3) another pair of spandex capri pants, under jean shorts
4) leather jacket with no shirt
5) the fact that I vividly remember this photo hanging up in my bedroom

And that's all, right? Can't be anything else that's amusing about this. Oh wait...


Ha ha ha ha ha!! Poor Butch. I know he hates this stuff, but seriously. I still love Southgang. Kind of a lot. And I make no apologies for it.
leighblack: (Trek - For Science)
I have to leave for work in a few minutes, so this will be short.

Last night's Motion City Soundtrack show was fantastically awesome! Even with equipment failure and Justin forgetting the words to entire songs. Heh. The crowd was SUPER rowdy! It made for a lot of fun, although I was very glad that we got our usual spot along the railing above the pit. Because I had no desire to be in that mob. It's been a very long and stressful couple weeks and this was exactly what I needed!

And I am very glad I decided to change out of my skant dress. It would have been way too hot for the show.

Anyhow, photos from work yesterday! behind the cut )

And now off to a nine hour (GROAN) shift at Hallmark, in my other Star Trek uniform!
leighblack: (GDL - Teen Beat)
well, most of them. I'm still missing a photo with Gareth. Hopefully I'll get it tomorrow. I'm trying to be very polite in my emails, but it's been 5 weeks since the convention and I want my damn photos.

Anyways, photos behind the cut )

I'll post my second Gareth photo whenever I get it...
leighblack: (GDL - Ianto's on a Smoke Break)
OMG YOU GUYS! We're rather having a blast here! Yeah, it really sucks that John Barrowman isn't here, but he was hilarious on the SkyChat link we had with him. And Scott walked into the webcam shot wearing a bright pink speedo as he brought JB some water. Yum.

I'm never going to remember everything that's being said to give a proper recap, but I have these two tidbits for now. Someone asked Gareth what song he thinks would be Ianto's theme song. He answered with 'The Final Countdown by Survivor'. I couldn't let that go, so I shouted 'No, The Final Countdown is by Europe'. He looked and pointed at me and said 'yeah, yeah, you're right! It's Europe. Survivor did Eye of the Tiger. That's the #2 song then.' I SCHOOLED GDL ON HAIR BAND MUSIC. ;)

And then when we were getting autographs, I handed him my Ianto mug to get signed. He looks at it and says, 'hey, that's like the one I use on the show!'. Yes sweetie, it is indeed.

Seriously, he's so nice and awesome and I kind of want to keep him for myself. But his fiancee probably wouldn't be too amused by that.

ANYWAYS. Read more... )
leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
Yesterday, my brother was at my parents house when I got there and I asked him if he was going to come over today to see the new dog. He said he wasn't sure and that he'd heard she was a midget Riley. I told that to my sister, she loved it and the name's kind of stuck.

So, introducing Midge! (uhh, we think - it might change yet, I guess) ETA: Already changed to Annie. We'll see if that sticks.

more adorableness behind the cut! )

So yeah, she's pretty adorable. And so tiny for a Scottie! She's a little hard of hearing and has cataracts, but otherwise she's in good health. She LOVES to eat. In fact, we were already calling her Midge the Mooch because she wouldn't stop begging around the table and following people around the kitchen. I was the one giving her treats because I was trying to get her to learn how to use the doggie door, so she stuck close to me a lot of the night and all through dinner.

She & Earl mostly ignored each other. I think they'll be okay. But she's tiny enough to fit under the bed and that's always been only Earl's territory. I don't think he'll be okay with sharing with her. We'll see.

The first family also got a new dog this weekend! The only thing I ever liked about Dubya was his awesome dog Barney. But this one is pretty cute too.

In other news!
We had a little meeting of the minds last night and came up with a plan for CONvergence. We're going out dressed up as a group for the Saturday night parties and everyone is welcome to join us! We'll be doing the Zombie Pirate Pub Crawl Cabana Shamble. Brilliant, eh? I can't wait to start getting my costume together! Aaarrrrrrrrrrbrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaains! By a unanimous vote of arrrrrrrrrrrrs, I'll be heading up this yet-nameless ship of Zombie Pirates as Captain Legend, I suppose. It's going to be so much fun!

Henry joined us last night since he'll also be attending CONvergence for the first time this year. He took a real shining to [livejournal.com profile] wilowisp. He still mostly just stares at me. In fact, he would look around the group and be giving everyone a huge smile and then completely drop it he when he looked my way. =/ I swear, I've never pinched him or anything.

Oh Bret...really? That girl?? :sigh:


Mar. 9th, 2009 11:16 pm
leighblack: (Butch - Butch + Wine = OTP)
Ummmm. I kind of have no idea where to start this. YOU GUYS! I MET BUTCH FUCKING WALKER!!!

photographic evidence )

Soundcheck was fantastic. The show was AMAZING! My favorite Butch show ever! And it was at the Varsity, which really makes everything better. [livejournal.com profile] seimaisin and I camped out at the front of the stage, while [livejournal.com profile] carleton97, [livejournal.com profile] sister_wolf and Andy elected to hang out at a table. There were so many amazing moments during the show. And then he finished off "Canyons" RIGHT in front of me. As in, I was staring at his knees.

seriously close )

I have about 6 gigs of photos and video to try to dig through, so I'm not really sure when I'll get it all posted. I'm going to start uploading to YouTube tomorrow. And I really will write up better concert reviews. Sometime.

I can't believe it's all over


Mar. 8th, 2009 11:55 pm
leighblack: (Default)
So yeah, hi. I'm home. That was the most brutal drive home from Michigan ever. DO NOT WANT blizzard. Also, I've pretty much lost my voice. Good thing Butch Walker is worth it!

I'm sure I'll try to write some jumbled, disoriented trip review at some time. But not tonight since I'm exhausted. Have a couple lovely photos instead.

Buuuuuuutch )

We have one more Butch show to go - tomorrow night! And we're getting into the soundcheck/meet & greet! I'm a little freaked out about it, but it'll all be good by tomorrow.
leighblack: (Aretha Hat - JB)
All of my Rock Boat photos are now uploaded on flickr and Facebook. That means I got all my photos and videos posted within 5 days of returning from vacation. So there!

Now I can go back to collecting Aretha Hat icons.
leighblack: (Cobra - Reading Fanfic)
I'm kind of spammy today, I know. But I want to make sure I get these videos posted! Who knows when I'll get a recap of the trip to Madison posted? Until then, here's some video from Empires!

Anywhere and Under the Bright Lights under the cut )

Also, there's this photo:
Project 365 (129/365)
Wisconsin: for all your porn, fireworks, guns & cheese needs!
leighblack: (Kasey - The Sun Would Shine)
I've been trying for the past three days to write up a summary of the weekend with no success. It sucks when I have to actually do work while I'm at work! =/ But I should have some actual free time today. Maybe.

Friday night was the Great Big Sea concert. I like them, but certainly not as much as some of the other peeps on my f-list. But I'm still happy to tag along, especially since they're pretty fucking awesome in concert. And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] seimaisin's fantastic ticket fu, we (including [livejournal.com profile] sister_wolf) were in the second row! Practically sitting in Sean McCann's lap was not something any of us were going to complain about.

What I will complain about is the Asshole Attractant that Jaime & I seemed to be giving off once again. Even though there was only one row of people in front of us, they still managed to be completely annoying. Well, two of them were. The girl dancing a jig off in the corner was strange, but mostly stayed out of the way. Except when she started singing very loudly in a extremely off-key voice during one of the slow songs. But. Those two guys in front of us. ::sigh:: They were the typical drunk, bad white guy dancing (and I mean BAD), fist pumping, flailing, yelling at inappropriate times annoying frat-boy types. Except that they were well into their 40s and should know better. One of them brought his son along for his first concert and I'm sadden that this is the type of concert behavior that he'll see as being appropriate. Exuberance is fantastic. Being a jerk and pissing off everyone around you is not.

But other than that, the concert was wonderful! [livejournal.com profile] auroram, [livejournal.com profile] taylorea and their man candy were also sitting a few rows behind us, so we got to hang out and fangirl together during intermission. GBS played quite a few songs from the new album. And plenty of crowd favorites. There was lots of clapping and dancing and singing and everything else that makes a concert an enjoyable time.

I made sure to get my photos edited and uploaded within a decent amount of time, rather than letting them linger in a folder with all my other photos. You can see them here! Mostly Sean and Bob since I was on their side of the stage. I didn't have my good camera and the photos from Alan/Murray's side didn't really turn out.

Saturday was the joint birthday party for myself and [livejournal.com profile] taylorea. unfortunately, Henry wasn't feeling well since he's teething and managed to acquire a virus, so things were not quite as festive as they perhaps could have been. But it was still a lovely time. Sometimes it's just nice to chill out and play some games. Plus I got to spend most of the day with Bren, which is always lovely. I got a whole bunch of awesome T-shirts and other swag from my fabulous friends. It's nice to be loved, you know? =)

And then I got home and discovered FOB is putting a Pedobear furry on their album cover. WTF?

On Sunday we went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. The day was rather dreary and drizzly, but it was actually kind of nice since it kept the crowds away. And we managed to escape the festival grounds before the sky really opened up and it started pouring. We mostly ate our way from one end to the other, although many shiny things were also purchased. I stuck to my purchasing game plan. Mostly. I only bought one little extra thing, besides the things I had decided I could buy in advance.

Sunday night was mostly spent staring blankly at the TV. As normal.

Also this weekend, after buying some random pieces that didn't really fit together, I figured out something for my Halloween costume. Yes, by Sept 15th. I like to plan ahead! Especially since we're actually going out on Halloween. I'm going with an evil fairy look. I just need to make a red tulle crinoline for myself and perhaps find a new corset. Otherwise I'm all set! Fairy wand and all. =)

Sometime over the next two nights I need to pack for my trip to Chicago (YAY!!!), clean out my car, color my hair, upload like 15 6 albums, do a load of laundry and clean my bathroom. Oh, and go to The Cruxshadows show tomorrow night. I'm sure I can make it all work somehow.

NOTE TO SELF: Don't forget that Kasey Chambers is on Conan tonight!
leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
I haven't gotten a chance to write much here on my vacation. The other day my mom wanted to run a couple errands. And then we were gone for FIVE hours. And then Earl got pancreatitis again, so I spent part of Thursday morning at the vet and I've been helping her watch him. But I'm finally coming home tomorrow because [livejournal.com profile] seimaisin and I are going to see the Graham Colton Band. And then it'll be back to the harsh reality of work starting on Sunday.

But first! [livejournal.com profile] janevok asked for some photos from around the cabin, so I put together a whole flickr set of photos of the lake, the cabin and my parents house. Some of the better ones are behind the cut )
leighblack: (DW - Donna Gets Her Hug)
I had a pretty awesome weekend! I went down to the Minnesota Irish Fair all three days. Three days of FREE MUSIC! Okay, I had to walk for almost a mile so I didn't have to pay for parking, but it's not like I can't use the exercise. It's amazing to see how big the Irish Fair is, yet you can still run into people you know. Like [livejournal.com profile] f_o_n_y and [livejournal.com profile] cashbox, whom I chatted with a little on Sat.

A little rundown of the bands I saw:
Romantica - a local band that's sort of but not really Irish. They sounded lovely, especially on the bluegrass cover of "Hallelujah", but the lead singer needs some work on his between songs banter.

Scythian - They were completely fun! Traditional Irish music with a nice kick. A good lead in to the next band...

Flogging Molly - Crowd watching for the FM fans was completely fascinating. Lots of mohawks and chains. Even a mesh shirt on one guy. We got the heck out of the crowd because I value all my limbs, and actually ended up listening to part of the show while we hung out down by the river. FM was great! Even though it's still kind of weird for me to reconcile Dave King of FM with Dave King of Fastway and Katmandu.

The Tannahill Weavers - More traditional music. They were good. The crowd seemed really into them.

Sweet Colleens - Another local, sort of Irish band. I do like them quite a bit.

The Fuchsia Band - I was so happy to see that they were on the schedule! I've seen them all three years they've been at the Fair. And they didn't disappoint this year. Máirtín was perhaps even more entertaining than in previous years. I think he said 'oh jeepers!' about 20 times. I totally love these guys!

Look, I even got a photo with them! )

The weather could not have been more perfect. It was sunny with a nice breeze, not too hot or cold. I don't even mind that I got a little sunburned on the top of my head and the back of my shoulder (which I apparently wasn't able to reach when I put sunblock on). A big improvement over last year, when we nearly died from the heat.

You know how sometimes you just have that perfect moment? Where everything is right with the world and you're exactly where you're supposed to be? That was exactly what Friday night was like. I was surround by awesome music and nine of my good friends and everything seemed perfect. I like those moments. =)

We actually remembered to take a group photo of us all together, but I don't have that uploaded yet. Instead, here's a really goofy one with some of us )

Best shirt I saw all weekend? 'Mom, Dad, I'm Gaelic' =)

Besides all that, I also went to see Idina Menzel on Sat night. I didn't really know what to expect and I was completely blown away. (plus, we were in the front row, which is completely fucking awesome) Holy cow, does that woman have pipes! She mostly did songs from her new album, and she threw in part of "Another Day" and a couple songs from Wicked. And something from the new musical Duncan Sheik is working on about Nero? Yeah, I don't know either. But everything sounded great and Idina is very, very entertaining to watch and listen to.

And I think that was about it for the weekend. Probably enough, eh? Oh, there was the important development that [livejournal.com profile] duckduck and I did decide to go to Chicago next month to see Kasey Chambers. OMG! I CAN'T WAIT! I ♥ her so much!
leighblack: (Me - Camera Whore)
I won't usually post my Project 365 photos here in my lj, but I wanted to post today's seeing as how it's the first.

Project 365 (001/365)

Starting off with a a photo of myself and my brother, DJ. Sadly, this will be the last appearance of my brother in my Project 365 for quite a while, as he's flying back to Korea in about 7 hours. =/

Don't forget! You can follow my Project 365 over at Legendary Photos, or at [livejournal.com profile] legendaryphotos! And if you're thinking about starting 365 yourself, join us over at [livejournal.com profile] year_inthe_life. We're going to try our best to keep everyone motivated throughout the year.

And I have one more photo, which is actually from last week. [livejournal.com profile] taylorea sent it to me today though and I wanted to post it. I make a really awesome chew toy )
leighblack: (Default)
1. You must take between 6 and 8 new photographs per day.
2. Your WITL must be consecutive. No skipping days.
3. You must post your photographs at the end of that day, some time after the last picture is taken.
4. Each photograph must have the time taken and a title, with no other explanation

day seven )

I enjoyed taking photos this week! So much so that I'll be trying to do Project 365 AGAIN (third time's the charm!) beginning Aug 1st. My support partner in this is going to be [livejournal.com profile] taylorea (amd possibly [livejournal.com profile] seimaisin)!
leighblack: (WWE - People's Champ Punk)
1. You must take between 6 and 8 new photographs per day.
2. Your WITL must be consecutive. No skipping days.
3. You must post your photographs at the end of that day, some time after the last picture is taken.
4. Each photograph must have the time taken and a title, with no other explanation

day six )
leighblack: (Dr Horrible - The Hammer is My Penis)
1. You must take between 6 and 8 new photographs per day.
2. Your WITL must be consecutive. No skipping days.
3. You must post your photographs at the end of that day, some time after the last picture is taken.
4. Each photograph must have the time taken and a title, with no other explanation

day five )
leighblack: (GDL - Gun Show)
1. You must take between 6 and 8 new photographs per day.
2. Your WITL must be consecutive. No skipping days.
3. You must post your photographs at the end of that day, some time after the last picture is taken.
4. Each photograph must have the time taken and a title, with no other explanation

day four )


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