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2nd-Apr-2011 08:32 am - I'm not dead

Really. I'm not. I just suck at updating this thing and hope that a live journal app for my iPad will lead to more updating from me. Current I'm on a trip with my Graphic Design Club (a college thing) and am sitting in the hotel room. As the trips been interesting I thought it might be fun to write a post about it.

Lots and lots of frantic. I worked on this until I thought my eyes would bleed. Got it done enough for the portfolio show, though.

We went to the college to pack up and go at seven am. It was way too early. And then we drove from Rhinelander to Milwaukee. The ride was shockingly goos, considering it was nine people jammed in a van. We went to the Milwuakee public museum(pictures once I'm home) and saw an IMAX film about mummies.IMAX is okay. Made me a touch motion sick, though. From there it was to the hotel to check in. The room Jessica and I drew is awesome. I have my own bedroom.

From here we start the first real adventure of the trip, as five of us decided to take out pre-dinner downtime as an outing to "historic Brady street". It's just a collection of shops and bars. On the walk though Aaron started picking up trash. Not in the socially responsible way, but the "oh, that's neat!" way. He threw nasty baseball pants on Haley. I ended up finding a business card case and a neat old cigar box.

As we started to leave to meet up for dinner Aaron vanished. It turned out he decided to have a bigger ear stretcher thing out in. I dint understand that guy sometimes. We made it to dinner, even Aaron. We had Italian,family style. It was fun, and the food was pretty good. Afterwards Aaron suggested an outing to this mall he'd heard of. So, we ended up running (literally, I have a shin splint now) six blocks to miss a buss because Aaron had the stop wrong. Once we found the correct bus we also found the mall. Most everything was already closed, but, it worked out. Adam, Blain, Jessica and I ended up separated from Haley and Aaron. We didn't find each other until the we got back to the hotel.

From there I prepped and got everything last minuet ready for the show.

Happening of Saturday will follow on the conclusion of Saturday.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPad.

25th-Jun-2008 08:58 pm - Readin' Stuff
"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you really love (and strikethrough the ones you hate!).
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
25th-Jun-2008 10:09 am - Sharrah Reiyn
I figure since I'm gonna talk about her a lot, I should drop some information.


Name: Sharrah Reiyn
Player: Kelly K. Mihalko (duh)
Race: Half-elf
Alignment: Unaligned (In 4th alignments changed)
Deity: Ta'rion (Church of Battle)
Age: 25 Years
Height: 5 foot 9 inches
Weight: 155 Pounds
Class/Level: Wizard/1

A pale skinned woman with slightly pointed ears. Her hair is silver-blond and bound into hundreds of tiny braids that reach past her shoulders. Her eyes are blue-gray. She dresses in robes of silver edged in black. The shoulders are worked with the image of the sword-and-scales of the Church of Ta'rion.

Born of a warrior maternal line and a clerical paternal one, her arcane obsession makes her the black sheep of the family. Her training experience have led her to the insistence on enjoying a more comfortable than standard lifestyle than the Church of Ta'rion encourages. She is easily annoyed by that which gets int he way of her desires.


I should have some sort of a writeup about the session itself soonish.
24th-Jun-2008 02:56 pm - 4th Edition Campaign World
In amongst all the wedding prep and borderline panic attacking, I've been distracting myself with the new D&D campaign that Paul is DMing in the shiny new fourth edition.

The first is a qoute from a quasi-character of mine who I use as a voice to get D&D Related thoughts out of my head sometimes. The following two belong to Sharrah Reiyn, the daughter of Aeri Reiyn (my psychopath Church of Battle Paladin).

"The wizards of the Church of Battle are a peculiar lot. They can fight like dragons when they're cornered, but might sever you tea once the battle is done. They do most of the Church's handling of the nobility and other inconveniences (that is what they call them), leaving the focus on fighting and war making to the clerics, paladins, and other warriors."
-Sameth Zare; Scholar, Citystate of Verpomis

"Being an adventurer does not mean I should forsake all comfort and civility. I did a year of that for the Church's Youth School. It wasn't work it. Dungeon Delving does not mean camp should have to be a wet and cold place. Yes, sometimes Timbuck 2 is a pain, but if you behave I'll share a cup of tea and a few tales from the days when I still had Timbuck 1."
-Sharrah Reiyn, Church of Ta'rion

"Mikhial and I fight a lot. It's because we've known each other too long and aren't alike enough to reconcile all our differences. He's the sort of person my mother wanted me to be. I still remember the look in her eyes when I told her I'd been picked up by the Wizard Academy. Whenever Mikhial is ready to go in all blades-a-kimbo it makes me want to Magic Missile his eyes out. But I'm a wizard, So i call him Rasp and we argue for awhile and then both forget the whole thing."
-Sharrah Reiyn, Church of Ta'rion

And... For the record... Mikhial is pronounced like Sieg Heil. I give you one guess the sorts of jokes that are flying at our gametable...
I know I'm a wimp. I never did talk about exactly what happened to Chip before he passed away... And it's well overdue based on something that I'll talk about at the end of this entry...

The first morning... Chip and I were hanging out on the Couch. I was on my laptop, and he was curled in the blankets next to me having a nap. Suddenly, he makes a little noise, and starts seizing. I still have no idea how Bumblebee (my Laptop) managed to end up on the couch instead of the floor with how fast I was on my feet and focused on him so quickly...

The next couple of days turned into pure hell... at first it looked like he was probably just epileptic, and with some time and medication we'd have things under control... But that was not to be... on the 8/9th... That evening... It was a night of absolute torture. He was having seizures almost continually, and Paul and I spent the night up with him... Taking care of him... The on call vet (who was not Doctor Goodroad, our normal vet), claimed he wouldn't need to be seen until morning.

I took him to the vet as soon as it opened... IE: I got their just as they unlocked the doors. I spent most of the day (the part of it I didn't work) with him there. Doctor Goodroad and his Staff were wonderful, just working around me in the recovery room where he was staying. The cat who lives at their office, Weber, sat with me. For an animal who has every right to hate and despise the human race, he's an incredible animal who shows compassion and kindness to any who need it. Someday I'll take the time to go into Weber's amazing story, but let me just say that he's a priceless animal and I'm grateful for the comfort he provided.

Chip was hospitalized overnight, but despite everything that was tried bring them under control the seizures continued. the remaining possibilities were all terrible, terrible things. Parasites of the brain, Congenital Neurological Condition, Blastomicosis, or a few other more obscure things... A thousand dollars easily just to DIAGNOSE the specific problem, and the prognosis was always fatal... The best of the lot was "a few months to live, before the TREATMENT finished destroying his kidneys".

On the 11th, he did the only thing we could do... We brought Crash with, and had a few final moments as a family to say goodbye. We stayed with him after he got the shot... He couldn't leave him alone for that...

For the year and a half we had him... I always complained that I never got to pee in peace... The first time it happened, I cried. I still cry over the weirdest thing... The Frisbee that was under the stove, for example...

But as they say... Life goes on...
Chip's father, Joey, is a Poppa again.

See the one in the middle of the pile? The big guy with the beginnings of little tan eyebrows? I have to introduce him as...

Sir Theodoric the Cocoa Puff "Teddy"

Life goes on... They say...
He might not be taking Chip's place... But he'll have a spot of his own in my heart soon enough. Okay... So he already does...
6th-May-2008 04:53 pm - Marriage...
Chip's Face
I haven't mentioned this recently.
I've realized why: I don't fucking care.

I live with Paul.
I love Paul dearly...

But I don't give a damn about our wedding. Whether we go with the panic-attack-inducing hugeass crowd or little group... I don't care...

Chip is gone.
Crash can't come to the reception.
D&D isn't on the games list...
Bumblebee (my Laptop) isn't on the guest list.

Instead of hanging out with the people I like on July 5th, it will be hanging out with the people I like, plus my family (who aren't bad), plus Paul's family (who also are not bad).

Thus far Paul has planned pretty much everything... and I haven't cared but about what was going to happen since we worked out the whole "not going to be a panic attack for Kelly" part of the deal. I'm not entirely sure that he even noticed that the whole planning process is something I don't care about until today, when My Mom Called and I told her the date and she said she wasn't sure that would work for her I walked into the living room where Paul (and a group of our friends were) and announced in a clear and confident voice "I veto weddings", dropped the phone on the coffee table and walked from the room.

That's right. I Vetoed weddings in general today.
And I stand by this choice.

They are nothing by a cock-waving, dick-measuring contest to try and show how much you love your beloved. Aside from about 10 minuets spent before an ordained person of some sort, there isn't even any religious value in the majority of it.

Waste of time.
12th-Apr-2008 07:35 pm - A Heart Shttered
Chip's Face
The 11th was the day from hell... I'm not quite ready to document it yet... But I will.. and the few days before it...

A single moment.
A heart-shaking moment.
A heart-shattering moment.

Exuberant spirit, Exuberant boy.
Summerland's Call, come far too soon.
Darling heart-thief, Handsome boy.
Summerland's Call, to tear you from me.

In a single moment.
In a heart-rending moment.
In a soul-crushing moment.

Chipped heart, Shattered heart.
My boy, my darling, my handsome.
No words for the moment of my terror.
A mother's heart has been broken.

In a single moment.
In breath-stealing moment.
In a heart-breaking moment.

A mother's heart has been broken.

Rest in peace, my darling boy...
I... I just... I miss him already...
I missed him the second that his heart stopped...
I could swear mine stopped, too.

Enjoy every moment. There aren't enough of them yet.

Rest In Peace
Chip Off The Chocolate Block "Chip"
20 November 2006 - 11 April 2008
May it never snow in April again, Handsome.
29th-Mar-2008 04:14 pm - . . .
Gold Dragon
I killed the party...

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24th-Jan-2008 10:22 am - Trust...
Gold Dragon
11th-Dec-2007 09:31 am(no subject)
Stolen from ofstarstuff.

Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.
Click random article again; that is your album name.
Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

Revolt of Ghent - Paul Alverdes

1. Patriarch Theodosius I of Constantinople
2. Maksym Khvorost
3. Grover Rees, III
4. Bali Ha'i
5. 2006 Currie Cup
6. Eberhard Zangger
7. Brandon Larson
8. Leszkowice, Lower Silesian Voivodeship
9. Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative
10. Stephy_Fantasy
11. Arthur Woodcock
12. Nimzowitsch Defence
13. Tonya Edwards
14. Robert Rollock
15. Mr. Monk Meets the Playboy
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