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Since the new ToS here are creepy, I'm following friends out the door. You can find me at I might even write something there!

I am DONE.

Sep. 26th, 2010 03:08 am
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Gaaaaaaah. Had a lovely visit with my mom and my brother over Labor Day. He was funny and friendly and nice, and we were getting along... and now I just realized that he's dumped me off Facebook again (I only noticed because today is his birthday, and I didn't get the usual reminder) and he hasn't answered my emails in the past month. I don't know what I did to piss in his Cheerios this time, and I do not fucking care. I blocked him on Facebook, I am not answering if he calls, and I won't read his emails. Fuck him, and fuck this bullshit. I have been NOTHING but nice to him, I do not deserve this passive-aggressive shit.

Now, how to talk to my mom about it... she became estranged from her sisters decades ago. She is brokenhearted at the thought of my brother and I not having a relationship. I cannot talk to her about this, it tears her apart. She knows how he is, but she can't accept that I can't keep dealing with this crap. Not just can't, I won't. I am done with this.
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Happy holidays, everyone! Save travels for anyone on the road or in the air or otherwise traveling. I hope your holidays are relaxing, peaceful, and very, very happy!
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My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
sarcasticah goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Zombie ninja pirate.
amelia_eve tricks you! You get a dead frog.
bingo_mcdingo gives you 1 teal lemon-flavoured gummy bats.
casey98 gives you 8 red cherry-flavoured pieces of taffy.
crickwooder gives you 4 mauve cola-flavoured gumdrops.
derspatchel tricks you! You lose 8 pieces of candy!
joannemerriam gives you 2 dark blue peach-flavoured wafers.
llcoolvad gives you 19 mauve mint-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
p_j_cleary tricks you! You get a toothbrush.
rawrin gives you 9 dark green blueberry-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
saraastruc gives you 1 brown pineapple-flavoured pieces of taffy.
sarcasticah ends up with 36 pieces of candy, a dead frog, and a toothbrush.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
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Jeff and I will be participating in the ALS Association's Walk to Defeat ALS again this year, on October 4th. ALS research is a cause close to my heart, since Jeff's family is one of the 5-10% to have Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (FALS) -- the disease has devastated his family. This year's walk will be especially important, as his cousin Michelle was recently diagnosed, and is already struggling with the disease.

We're hoping to raise at least $2,000 -- the more, the better. You can donate to our team here: (if the link doesn't work, go to, click on the Support a Walker link, and choose Gilson Family Tree FALS).
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Take a picture of yourself right now. Don't fix your hair... just take a picture. Post that picture with no editing. Post these instructions with your picture.

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That episode? SUCKED. I watched the credits waiting for someone to pop up saying "Just kidding! This was a spoof of LiveJournal fanfic, ha ha!"

So. Awful. I am actually pissed off that I lost an hour of my life to that episode.


Jun. 27th, 2008 10:13 am
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Adopt one today!

Looks like a KoL-type game...
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Laughing llama, originally uploaded by sarcasticah.

I love this picture so much -- especially because I took it from way, way across the llama pen, with the sun glaring off the viewscreen of the camera, so I really had no idea what I was going to get. The picture I got cracks me up every time I look at it.

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Snow leopard, originally uploaded by sarcasticah.

At the Stone Zoo this past Sunday.

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What're YOU looking at?, originally uploaded by sarcasticah.

A very happy goat, napping in a tub at the Stone Zoo this past Sunday.

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... sort of freaked out by people from my high school finding me on Facebook. Especially because most of those people hated me in high school.


Mar. 12th, 2008 11:45 pm
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I went home early from work today, because my throat was killing me, and I felt dizzy and woozy and generally awful. My tonsils were the size of golf balls, and my throat was red and angry. Got home more than an hour later (thanks, MBTA!!) and collapsed into bed for a nap. When Jeff got home, he took me in to Urgent Care in Cambridge (the only place I can go for speedy medical help, argh) and, after a long time sitting in the waiting area with a guy who was in serious pain -- some sort of stomach thing, he was NOT well -- I have a likely diagnosis of strep throat. Greeeat. I haven't had strep in years. I forgot how much it sucks..
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The rules:

1. Pick 15 movies you know/like/love.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.

1. Before you could say 'gypsy scum' we were knee-deep in dog muck, thieving kids and crusty jugglers. -- Hot Fuzz, [personal profile] alphabetically

2. My mum always said: "It's a dog-eat-dog world, son. You get them before they get you. Eat your greens. Stop embarrassing me in front of the neighbors. Maybe it would best if you leave home and never come back!"

3. We take Pete's car, we drive over to mum's, we go in, take care of Phillip - "I'm so sorry Phillip". - then we grab mum, we go over to Liz's place, hole up, have a cup of tea and wait for this whole thing to blow over. -- Shaun of the Dead,[info]llcoolvad

4. I aim to misbehave.  -- Serenity,[info]llcoolvad

5. He can do plenty of things... He can make somebody's will so airtight you can't break it. You count your blessings and stop complaining, both of you. Thank your stars he has the sense to act his age. -- To Kill a Mockingbird, [info]crickwooder

6. Well they're not moon burns, goddamnit. -- Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 
[profile] p_j_cleary

7, Vice, Virtue. It's best not to be too moral. You cheat yourself out of too much *life*. Aim above morality. If you apply that to life, then you're bound to live life fully.

8. Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat - a Studebaker.  [info]fletch31526-- The Muppet Movie

9. I'm not sure I agree with you a hundred percent on your police work, there, Lou. -- Fargo, [info]livingdeb

10. Anyone who isn't dead or from another plane of existence would do well to cover their ears right about now. -- Dogma, [info]crickwooder

11. We? What 'we'? We didn't read that book, I told you not to play around with that thing, didn't I tell you not to play around with that thing? -- The Mummy, [profile] drgnflydreaming

12. I want you the hell out of my life. You are never to touch me, ever again; I am done with you. If you ever come within six yards of me, I will flatten your sorry ass and I'll enjoy doin' it. -- Waitress, 
[profile] greydruid

13. They went up there alive and came back down dead! Did you notice that? The difference, I mean: alive, dead, dead, alive, that sort of thing? It wasn't difficult to spot. He killed them both. -- Shallow Grave, 
[profile] p_j_cleary

14. What do you mean there's no government? There's always a government, they're in a bunker or a plane somewhere! -- 28 Days Later, [profile] drgnflydreaming

15. Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria. -- Ghostbusters,[info]llcoolvad
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1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?

2) What was your dream growing up?

3) What talent do you wish you had?

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?

5) Favourite vegetable?

6) What was the last book you read?

7) What zodiac sign are you?

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.

9) Worst Habit?

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?

11) What is your favourite sport?

12) Do you have a Negative or Optimistic attitude?

13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?

15) Tell me one weird fact about you.

16) Do you have any pets?

17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?

18) What was your first impression of me? (hmmm...careful!)

19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?

20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?

21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

22) What color eyes do you have?

23) Ever been arrested?

24) Bottle or can soda?

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?

27) What's your favourite place to hang at?

28) Do you believe in ghosts?

29) Favourite thing to do in your spare time?

30) Do you swear a lot?

31) Biggest pet peeve?

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?

34) If you could live anywhere in the world where would you chose?

35) Do you believe in God?

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
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On the twelfth day of Christmas, sarcasticah sent to me...
Twelve crafts drumming
Eleven cavies piping
Ten books a-leaping
Nine beads dancing
Eight tus a-bitching
Seven browncoats a-sleeping
Six mythbusters a-knitting
Five gu-u-u-uinea pigs
Four polar bears
Three knitting socks
Two liberal politics
...and a tolkein in a serenity.
Get your own Twelve Days:

Ten things

Aug. 24th, 2007 02:54 pm
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[profile] mswhatsit  has bestowed upon me the task of listing ten things I love that begin with the letter P. (Post a comment and I'll give you a letter!)

Pigs! I love our guinea pigs! They're cute, and funny to watch, and very snuggly.

Left to right -- Sam, Cesar, and Wilbur.

Rufus, helping Jeff record a podcast. Speaking of...

Podcasts. They make the commute back and forth to work bearable. My favorites are (no links because LJ is just not posting the links, damn it -- Google 'em, you'll find them) Cast On (knitting), This American Life (stories), Radiolab (science stuff, but not boring!), and of course, the fabulous Carter Gilson Report, which is recorded by my lovely husband. With assistance from the pigs.

Damn, thinking of things that start with P is hard.

Um... purling! Heh. And knitting! I pretty much always have some knitting with me -- a sock-in-progress in my bag, at least.

Pandas! Come on, who doesn't love pandas?

And penguins!

The Pixies. Love, love, love the Pixies. I finally got to see them live last year, and it made me very, very happy.

Okay, this is hurting my brain. I'm stopping at six. Unless I think of more later.
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So, Jeff and I will be walking in the Walk to d'Feet ALS (stupid name, I know -- but it's to raise money for ALS research.) (ALS = Lou Gehrig's Disease.) in October and we need a team name. I cannot think of a single stinking idea. So, my LJers, name us!
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Jeff had preordered the new Harry Potter, so I was giddy when I woke up this morning -- I got first dibs on it, because I read faster. And also because if he read it first, I'd drive him mad constantly pestering him to tell me what happens. So -- I got up, and asked Jeff if it was here yet, and he said it wasn't. Sadness! Especially since it was after noon! (Hey, we went to the late showing of Order of the Phoenix on Imax last night -- I stayed up WAY too late!) But just then, there was a banging on the door, and hurrah, the book was here! With perfect timing!

I spent the entire day on the couch reading -- first rereading most of The Half-Blood Prince, to refresh my memory -- and then the Deathly Hallows. Started book 7 a little after 7 o'clock this evening, and fiunished it about 15 minutes ago. And it was very, very good.

And now, I go to do a little dance and sing "I know how it ends!" at Jeff, who has just started reading. Wheeeeeee! 
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