I was very sad to receive my First Speeding Ticket yesterday afternoon on my drive from Madison to my parents' house. The cop was sitting up on top of an overpass gunning cars like a jerk. I mean, yes, I was speeding, but still. I went no more than 5mph over the speed limit the whole rest of the way home, and was passed by at least 80% of the cars I encountered. I do intend to show up at court and contest the ticket. Most people never do this, but you can generally get the fine lowered, and less points taken off your license. Read my friend Gordon's extremely length post
if you don't believe me.
What the hell, I have so many new LiveJournal friends reading my blog/LJ (same posts in two places) that I can't refer to people like that! People new to the blog can feel free to check out a list of people in my life and what they're like
, although I'll point out that it hasn't been updated in two years. My boyfriend, Antoine, isn't even on that list at all. At some point, I will update it. Really. I promise.
Speaking of new LiveJournal friends: I've made a lot of new friends and joined some new communities after going to Wiscon, and I'm having trouble keeping up with everything, so I've been taking some people of my LJ friends list. It doesn't mean that I hate you, and if you still have me on your list, I'll probably still check on your journal anyway. It's just been...really hard to keep up, and I like to leave comments, and yeah.
So, the ticket made me sad, but life otherwise has been pretty good. I felt sad walking around Wiscon realizing that I had never read anything by any of the authors who were there, so I've made an effort to rectify this. Some of their books are really cheap at Half-Price Books! I bought Walk to the End of the World
by Suzy McKee Charnas and Thomas the Rhymer
by Ellen Kushner while picking up presents for Fathers' Day, Mothers' Day, Olivia's Birthday, and my brother-in-law Kevin's birthday.
Last night, Kristy, Chad, and I watched "The Queen"
over at Kristy's aunt's house (she and Chad are house-sitting while the family is away). The movie was very well-done, and good. Kristy's aunt/uncle owned a dog that was missing one of its front legs. Apparently, it had been shot in the leg and left to die in a forest when the Humane Society (or something?) found it, and Kristy's aunt adopted it. WTF, how can people be so mean to animals? It's such a friendly and good-tempered dog, and it gets around just fine.Familial Birthday Loot:
Otherland, Volume 1: City of Golden Shadow - Tad Williams
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie DVD
Dead Poets Society DVD (I've never seen this; hopefully it's good? It sounds like something that would make the King sisters cry.)
George Foreman grill!
$20 from my aunt/uncle, which I think I told my mom I'd be some Horatio Hornblower DVDs
with, but am strongly considering getting a Revolutionary Girl Utena boxed set
That's right, I got an mp3 player! Not an iPod, because I am not a brand name whore. It holds two gigs, and is cute. It also has a radio, so I think that with this device my brother-in-law is giving to me, I can make it play in my car. Also, I hadn't needed one that played video files, but this one does. I think it's too small to read any anime subtitles, but I could probably put BSG or something on it anyway. Yay, music! Still, a random question: WTF, how do people go jogging and make the ear buds stay in their ears?