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Charlie, at almost 20, is much less demonstrative in his affections. As a child, he would hug me, and say 'I love you too', but now I don't get a hug unless I hug him first, and he tends to not want to say 'I love you too' unless pressed.

But I know he loves me. Yesterday he asked me if I wanted him to go with me to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, as we'd seen it together, or if he should see it with his BFF. I said that while I would love to see the movie with him, should he and his friend decide to see it together, I wouldn't mind.

A few minutes later I heard him tell his friend that he could see the movie with him.

The fact that Charlie checked with me, and would have been willing not to go see the movie with his friend, had I said I wanted to see it with him, shows me in a way a mere hug never could, that he loves me.

Televison

Apr. 19th, 2017 12:01 pm
charliesmum: (pic#600771)
So who else really likes the new companion and is really sad that apparently she's only going to be in this series, and also Capaldi is leaving and that's also sad?

Dave (my husband, for anyone who might not know) and I are watching this show that ran on Channel 4 called The Windsor Dynasty or something, I forget. It's a documentary about the Windsors starting from when they changed their name to Windsors basically up through to the present. It's funny watching it, having watched 'The Crown' just to see where that show stayed faithful to the actual history and where it diverged. I have to give The Crown props, actually. Mostly faithful.

Except I'm really annoyed with how they ended the first series because they made it look like Margaret couldn't marry Peter because Elizabeth said so. Truth is she totally could have, she would just have to give up her allowance and her royal title. Which she didn't want to do. The real Peter is quoted as saying 'The weight of me was too much for her.'

Also the way The Crown focuses so much on the men surrounding Elizabeth sometimes I want to scream.

We also watched the show about Queen Victoria, which got confusing since we watched it at the same time we watched The Crown. Doubly confusing since Doctor Who actors are in both.

This is a rather meaningless post, but whatever. I'm bored at work.
charliesmum: (pic#600772)
My father's brother passed away last year. Today we were talking and my dad casually mentions he's been seeing his brother a lot lately.

The dead one.

My dad is not one for flights of fancy, so I tend to believe him. Also my uncle is exactly the type of person who, if he discovered he could visit his brother as a ghost totally would. He'd think it was cool.
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Welp, I deleted my LJ account. Not that I'd been using it much anyway, but with the whole TOS thing, it was something that had to be done.

Thank goodness I could move everything here, though. I started my blog in 2003, and a large hunk of my life is recorded on these digital pages, and I didn't want to lose that.

On the plus side, maybe LJ's decent to the darkside means we'll all start blogging again here.

If so, I really need a new 'Charliesmum' icon, because he's way more grown up now.
charliesmum: (Dr Horrible commentary by predudices)
So today at work I was talking to someone in the 'cube' near me. She's fairly new, just started with the HR group. She's in her early thirties, married, with a 2 year old child. She mentioned that paychecks where scheduled to hit on Christmas day, and was wondering if it would go in the day before or the day after. I said something along the lines of how I keep forgetting when paychecks happen. She said something like 'I wish I could do that.'

It was then I realised, once again how very lucky I am right now. Ten years ago I would know when I was getting my paycheck, and hoping I could make it until then. There was a time when money kept me up at night, cause friction in my life and my marriage, and stressed me out beyond belief.

Now I'm married to someone with a good, stable, job. I don't have to worry about when or if the electric bill will be paid. If my car breaks, I can afford to fix it. My paycheck, which isn't much, is there for me to be able to buy presents for family and friends at Christmas. I'm safe, and cared for, and stable.

I don't say this to brag, or anything. Just to say how very grateful I am to be where I am now. To be with a man who loves me, who is there for me, and who makes me feel safe and secure.

My life for so many years was fraught with fear, and uncertainty an unhappiness. I know there is no guarentees, but for now I am safe and happy and very, very grateful for everything I have.
charliesmum: (Castle by poisonyoulove)
Yeah, still not posting like I said I would.

I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year. I thought it might help me jumpstart my sequel to Strange Business. It actually did help. I'm about 15,000 words in, and a vague plot is taking shape. So yay.

Poor Charlie is still looking for a job. His bus boy gig ended when the restaurant folded. Very sad. I worry he will take after me and never hold a job for long. I mean, logically I know I'm being silly, but ya know. Worry.

Hopefully he'll take after his step-dad in the long run.

Other than that, not much else is going on. It's a good thing. I like have a stable, boring life. :)

Hullo

Oct. 28th, 2015 10:53 am
charliesmum: (Book Kermit (Slammerkinbabe))
My work is trying to go all out for Halloween this year, with a company wide costume contest and all. I don't know that I'm eligible, as I'm not part of a 'team' (we're a call center, so each team works for a different health insurance company) but I'm probably going to dress up anyway. I'm planning on wearing my Susan, aka the Doctor's granddaughter, dress, so probably only one person will know who I am. Maybe.

Charlie is feeling a bit down about not having a reason to celebrate Halloween this year, for some reason, which makes me sad. I really wish he would find a group in college so he can have friends and do college-y things, but I can't do it for him, and I know he'll find his own way. He seems happy enough overall, so all I can do is hope he finds something soon. Meanwhile he's decided to go to my sister's house and take his young cousins trick-or-treating so he can dress up, so he's at least found a way to be involved in Halloween. I shouldn't worry so much about him, maybe.

It's hard, parenting someone who is technically a grown up. I can't do the mum things I used to be able to do to try to smooth life's bumps in the road. I know he needs to learn to do it on his own. That goes for any kid, but doubly I think for one with specical needs, because I really want him to be able to adult on his own someday.

I do hope he gets another job soon. Right now he just goes to school, only talks to his one friend, and then is home in the basement on video games the rest of the time. He needs to get out. He's trying, at least. Keep your fingers crossed.
charliesmum: (zombie shakespeare)
My BFF's daughter asked for my help on an essay she has to write for her college class. This is a class she had to take because her writing skills didn't pass the wonderful standardised testing students have to take (eye-roll). She already failed it once.

I'm only pointing that out because I kind of helped her by adding to her essay, instead of telling her to do it herself, and some people think I shouldn't have done that, as she needs to learn to do it herself. Which - yeah, probably, but I was helping her via TEXT mostly, which is not the most conducive way to tutor someone, she was right up at her deadline, and I felt kind of responsible, having been the one who gave her the essay topic in the first place.

In her defense (and mine), she did what she was supposed to. She had an opening paragraph, three main points that she proved with examples, and she sited her references. What she didn't do was expand on her points enough. Mostly what I did was add to what she had so her points were stronger.

If there was more time I might have just said 'you need to expand on this, here are some ideas' but there wasn't. And truth be told I had a blast working on it. I love writing essays. I'm pretty good at it. I used to help my sisters when they were in college, and they turned out okay, so I don't really think I've robbed anyone of their education.

The topic was 'Romeo and Juliet was not a love story'. Her three points were 'Romeo was more in love with love than anything', 'Juliet was too young to really get love' and 'the whole thing took less than a week'. Also I told her to point out that Shakespeare very deliberately made a point of the timeline in order to show how impulsive R & J were. Which is totally true. The time of day is mentioned in the beginning of the play, and then it's emphisised that it's Monday the day Tybalt is killed. Which was basically the day after R & J met. It's really fascinating when you read the play with that in mind.

I'm rather hoping her teacher is impressed with the topic, because I don't think it's one that many people get. And now SHE knows, so she did learn something, actually, thank you very much.
charliesmum: (Dr Horrible commentary by predudices)
Been having allergies/asthma all weekend. No fun. I don't really get attacks that often, but when they happen they really suck. I am at work today because I don't feel quite bad enough not to come in, but I can tell it's going to be a long day.

So, I'm really sort of annoyed at Charlie's former place of employment. While logically I know there are probably sound reasons behind this, we went to eat there on Saturday and it was PACKED. And there were bussers. Why didn't they hire Charlie back? I want to know. It just made me affronted on his behalf. Charlie doesn't seemed too fussed, though.

Saw a production of Henry V on Saturday. It was the American Shakespeare Company, and they are a professional group, and were quite good, but I wasn't completely sold on the Henry. I have very high standards for that role. I wanted to get chills down my spine when he did his big rallying speeches, and I didn't. He didn't do them badly, and he had a decent amount of charm and charisma, but it just didn't quite get to the level I was hoping. He was young, though. There was this other actor who was basically the chorus who would have been SO much better as Harry.

I'd always wanted to see a live performance of Henry V though, so I'm happy. It was a well done production. My old director from the Shakespeare company I was a part of basically stole their production ideas and used them with us, so it made me a bit nostalgic, too.

That's about it for me today. How are you?
charliesmum: (laughing doctor by Not-So_Trendy)

Last night I dreamt I took the TARDIS back in time to meet Richard III. He was taller than I expected. Then I was chatting with Anne, his wife, while she was drawing some kind of portrait, and she mentioned her year-old daughter, and I was sad because I knew the daughter was going to die.

Did Richard and Anne have a daughter that died in infancy? I've no idea. I may have to look that up.

Not sure where the Doctor was during all this, but I was hanging out with Clara, so he must have been somewhere.


charliesmum: (charlie's mum)

But I don't want to fall back into the habit of not posting on LJ so here I am.

Oh, actually, I do have something interesting to write about!

I follow Ken Levine's blog - he's a television writer, and he's very interesting. Anyway, he'd written a play, and had documented as this small theatre in LA did it. I said something on his blog about how cool it would be if my local theatre did it, and he actually responded and said 'omg yes.' Long story short, he gave me his email address, and that of his agent, we talked, my theatre decided they wanted to do it and so now we're doing it!

And the coolest thing is, he's going to fly out to see it!

Yes, I am going to give him a copy of my book.

He actually knows the guy who is currently ghost-writing the Castle books. He'd mentioned this guy on his blog once, and I'd made an educated guess at one point what I thought the name of the actual writer was, so I said 'oh is he that guy?' and he deleted my comment. I asked him via email if it was because I guessed right, and he said yes. He said the people in charge are keeping it mostly a secret until the show goes off the air.

Which will probably be at the end of this series, if the new showrunners have anything to say about it. They are determined to hit every 'the changed it now it's ruined' trope possible this year, I think. Sigh.

charliesmum: (Dangermouse Crumbs)

So the first two episodes of Doctor Who were part of a two-part story. Castle did the same bloody thing. And we - that is my husband, my Brilliant Friend [livejournal.com profile] kirathaune and myself - have been watching Jonathan Creek (blame binge-watching QI) and the episode we watched yestereday was a 2-part one. And then Bloody Doctor Who went and did it again with this week's episode. Arugh! I hate waiting.

At least this week's Castle wasn't a 2-parter. Although I'm less than thrilled with the whole story-arc thing. Still, the episode was fun, so I'm not too fussed.

In non-television news, unfortunately Charlie got laid off from his first ever job. I hope he's not taking after me in this case. The place he was working is very new, and they just can't afford bussers at the moment. I'm unsurprised, because he was only working 1 night a week. I have a feeling they kept him as long as they did because they liked him.

Fortunately Charlie's been working a couple days a week a my office. I quite enjoy having him around. It made me giggle a bit to myself, remembering the times I had to take him into my places of work for various reasons, and now he's here again, only this time as a grown-up!

Hopefully he'll find a new job soon. He's looking. He likes working. I know he likes having his own money.

Oh, I got my first royalty payment. Less than $20, but still. Go me.

charliesmum: (Miss Piggy (by brinshannara))

I've watched the first two episodes of the new Muppets and, while I don't hate it, it just mostly makes me want to watch the original Muppet Show.

The old show was for the inner child. Actual children could watch it, and get it, and enjoy it, sure, but I always felt it was for grown-ups who wanted to indulge their childish side. The humor was subtle, it worked on two levels at once, for the children and for the adults.

This new one is focusing on 'oh, look, Muppets for grown ups' and forgot to put the heart into the show. It's probably impossible to do, given that Jim Henson has been dead these past 25 years. The 2012 movie managed to capture some of his essence, I think, but I believe that's because it was more of a homage to Jim H and the original Muppets, rather than a 'reboot'.

My biggest complaint is Miss Piggy. In the show, and the original movies, she behaved like a 'diva' but she wasn't actually the big star she thought she was. The other characters indulged her because they loved her, deep down, but her antics were (mostly) harmless because she didn't have the power she thought she had, and wanted to have.

In this new one she IS the star, and now her behavior is just grating and unpleasant. There's no charm in this new Miss Piggy. Miss Piggy with the power she used to only think she had is no fun at all.

I've been a Muppet fan since I was a toddler, thanks to the fact Sesame Street came out when I was around 2 years old, and I loved the Muppet Show when it was on in the 70's/early 80's. I liked all the movies to varying degrees, although the only one I really loved post-Jim Henson was the Christmas Carol one. (I did love the new 'The Muppets' but, again - I felt it really captured the heart of what the Muppets were)

I wanted to love this new show, but I don't see it happening.

And yes, I took Miss Piggy way too seriously in this post, didn't I?

charliesmum: (HM the Queen - kirathaune and me)
I had an exhibitor's booth at the Collingswood Book Festival yesterday. I even sold a book to someone I didn't know! And I sold a few books to people I do know, so I left with fewer books than I started with. I consider that a win.

My Brilliant Friend [livejournal.com profile] kirathaune made me these great business card things that have information where people can find the book, and my Facebook page and all that. She also made me the beautiful sign you see in the photo. My publisher sent me mints and pens I could use as a giveaway, so I felt ever so professional.

It was a good day overall. Tiring, but fun. I'm really glad I was able to do the festival. It was a definite accomplishment. Next stop, being
charliesmum: (Ryan Roll Kirathaune)
On Facebook I follow a Castle Feed. Not sure it's official, or what. They posted this article interviewing the new showrunners, who basically said that they are 'rebooting' the relationship to make it 'interesting' or something. I made this comment:

One thing I always liked about Castle is the writers and showrunner never felt like they had to 'reboot' the relationship to keep it interesting, and therefore Castle and Beckett always acted like real, grownup people. I'm a bit unhappy that the new showrunners are doing the classic 'oh, we're going to make it like the first seasons again.' We don't NEED the first seasons again. We've seen that already. If I wanted first season Castle and Beckett I'd watch my DVD.

So far over 50 people have agreed with me.

Makes me sad, because Castle was so good at not falling into the so-called Moonlighting trap. The relationship progressed naturally and logically, and they never insulted our intellegence by breaking them up for stupid reasons. I was happy when Castle got renewed for one more year, because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to it, but I should have worried when I heard the original showrunner was leaving.

It's too early to call, so I'm hoping they will turn it around, but I think Castle might be another in a long line of good shows that stayed too long past their sell-by date.

I'm also not sure I like the new Muppets, but that's a rant for another post.
charliesmum: (charlie's mum)
So our full day, by which I mean the day we weren't loopy from jet lag, we went to St Paul's, and did a wander around London proper. It was a good day. We hit our favorite spots - Millennial bridge for Charlie, The Globe for me, and the Tower Bridge for Dave.

Charlie and I were going to go to the top of the Shard, but it cost SO much money! 30 pounds, or something. Totally not worth it, so we didn't. I'm sharing this photo of the Shard cause I think it looks all clever and artsy. And a couple of family photos in front of the bridge.



The spot where we took those photos is another favourite of mine in London. It's a lovely area, even though the open air pub/bar thing that's there now inexplicably has fake palm trees. Still, it was a nice, warm day, people were all milling about, and it was good fun.
charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
I said yesterday I'd start my 'travelogue' with Bath, but I changed my mind. Our first full day was spent in London, actually, so I should probably start there. Problem is I have about a million photos of buildings and suchlike, and I have to leave for work soon, so instead I decided for this post, in the grand tradition of this blog, I would show you a photo of Charlie.



There was an art instillation by St Paul's, where one could actually play a guitar. Charlie's been playing for a couple of years now, and, being Charlie and having no compunction about doing something in public, he played a song. I forget what song.

People walking by stopped and watched him. No one gave him money, though. :)
charliesmum: (Anglophile (by katiethewriter))
Right. So I realised I was quite remiss in telling LJ about our most recent trip to the UK. Mostly because I'd been neglecting LJ. But, with the attempt at a resurgence here, I thought I'd make a post. Possibly more than one. Because it was a long trip. And was awesome.

This time we actually rented a flat rather than staying in a hotel. It was, in part, a cost saving measure, as we would be able to buy food and eat in, rather than do restaurants all the time, but mostly it was so I could pretend like I lived there.

The flat was great - it was in Paddington, right near the station, so super easy to get places, and it was two floors! You would enter the door, go up a flight of stairs to get to the first floor, which held the kitchen and the lounge. Up the 2nd set of stairs was the two bedrooms, bathroom, and washer and dryer! Also a bonus as we didn't have to pack so many clothes.

One of the greatest things was the fact that I got to see several 'internet friends', i.e . [livejournal.com profile] lizzyrose89, [livejournal.com profile] pinguthegreek, [livejournal.com profile] pookledo, and one friend from my college who lives there now and who is not, as far as I know, on Livejournal.

Lizzyrose gave us an insider's tour of Cambridge, which was super awesome. I even got to go for a pee in one of the buildings tourists are supposed to go in, so HA. Pinguthegreek helped us not lose at a pub quiz. That was so much fun, and Pookledo was amazingly kind enough to drive us all over the countryside. Because of her we got to go to Bosworth Field, a place we wouldn't have gone to otherwise. And we went for a curry with her and her SO, which was fun, and one of those 'terribly English' things I always wanted to do. And I got to see her allotment. Which made me really want to have a garden of my own. Then I got home and realised I really don't want a garden of my own. I'm not good at gardening.

Being able to see everyone In Real Life was just wonderful. I can't even tell you. Being able to put faces to names, and getting to know them in person was fantastic. (Although to be fair we did meet Pookledo back in 2011.) And it made me feel so much less touristy!

I think my most favorite place was the Midlands, but I think that should be a post for another day, since I've babbled enough for now.

Next post, I'll begin at the beginning, I think, and tell you about our trip to Bath. :)

Olden Days

Sep. 28th, 2015 11:35 am
charliesmum: (Dr Horrible commentary by predudices)
I was reading back through my LJ posts from 10 years ago, as you do, and enjoying the glimpses into my life back then. It had some really good moments, and Charlie was always a source of joy and pride, but I was really not happy then. Life was very uncertain, I kept losing jobs, we had no money, and my relationship with my husband was deteriorating fast.

Today, ten years later, I'm is a good place. It's really good to be be able to look back at the person I was and know I'm not that person anymore.

Charlie, of course, continues to be wonderful. He's just kind of a grown up now! Cheesy mustache and all.

Speaking of good things, I don't think I mentioned on LJ that we went back to the UK this past summer. It was super awesome and wonderful. I think I shall babble about that in another post.

I had to laugh, though - in one of my posts from 10 years ago, My three goals were 'get published, go to England, meet Sting'. Two out of three in 2015 so far!
charliesmum: (meme (by hiddengrotto))
Hi, all! Have a meme, courtesy of celandineb !

How this works:

You comment, I give you an age (please tell me how old you currently are - I don't know all of your ages, unfortunately, so I don't want to pick an age for you that is impossible) and you fill out the meme questions with what applied to you back then, and now.

[livejournal.com profile] slammerkinbabe gave me age 23

At 23...

I lived in

A tiny 2 bedroom flat in a converted Victorian type house with my friend from college in a town called Highland Hills NJ.

I drove:

A 1980-something Plymouth Duster. I loved that car, but it got totalled that New Year's Eve, because apparently I didn't turn fast enough at a stop sign. That was right next to a Dunken Doughnuts. Where a cop was. Karma.

I was in a relationship with:

My now ex-husband. He worked at the same place my flatmate worked, and she invited him to a party.

I feared:

Not succeeding as a grownup.

I worked at:

A place called Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation. I was the Admin for the sales group. It was a job that I hoped would lead to bigger and better things. (Spoilers, it didn't.) It was, however on Madison Avenue in New York City, so I could at least pretend I was living the glamourous life. The commute, via bus, was excruciating.

***

NOW! (48 years old)

I live in:

Pennsylvania, about 40 minutes outside of Philadelphia.

I drive:

2007 Honda Accord. And occasionally my husband's car, a 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

I'm in a relationship with:

My wonderful 2nd husband, my equally wonderful 18 year old son, and two cats.

I fear:

Losing the happiness and security I finally have.

I work at:

I work part time as the assistant to the sales VP in a call center company. It's not a career job, it's just a job so I have money in my bank. It's really nice not having to be the absolute bread-winner now. Also i just realised my 23 year old job and my now job are not dissimilar. How odd.

I want to be:

Gosh, I don't know. I'd like to be able to find moderate success as a writer. A grandmother one day, maybe. (FAR in the future)

Right so if anyone wants to give me an age, that'd be fun.

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