It's finished!! I can't tell you how excited I am to be posting this. It's been months of downloading and converting video files, months of planning this vid out, and about two weeks working on it. The actual vidding would have gone a lot faster if my computer would have stopped crashing all the time though. *sigh* Stupid Adobe Premiere. So frustrating.

Anyway. Like I said, I've been wanting to vid to this song for months now, but then the finale happened and there was all that Impala love in it, and I just had to redo the whole plan. So here it is, the first video I've made in a year (which meant I had to relearn everything I learned before. Especially when it came to things like aspect ratio, exporting, codecs and converting. Gah. What a pain.). Hope you like. :) Credits at the end of the vid.





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Yesterday I went to the GI doctor. After giving her a list of symptoms as long as my leg and the entire story of my life for the past year, she took one look at my lab (either the TTG or the IGG, I'm not sure. I've had so many blood tests done that I can't even keep track anymore) and told me I probably do have Celiac's disease. Wonderful.

She's running a full Celiac's panel just to sure, as well as food allergy IGE (there's another five tubes of my blood for the hospital to play with) and we've scheduled an upper endoscopy for next Wednesday. So I guess we'll know for sure by then.

Part of me wants it to be true, simply because then I'll know what is wrong and I can start getting my life back (actually, I'm told that you get Celiac's disease from the first time you ever eat gluten, so if it's true my health will be better than it has have been. I wonder what it would be like to have energy. Huh. ) but most of my is praying that it isn't, because I really love flour. I love bread, and cookies and brownies and breaded chicken, and I was looking at lists of candy that have gluten in and there's a horrible amount of my favorites in there.

(Reese's minis? How will I survive without them?)

My doctor told me not to cut back on the gluten while we wait to find out, because that could make the test a false negative, so I've been gorging myself on it. There is, in fact, and open bag of Reese's minis right beside me, and yesterday I went out to eat at O'Charley's (I love their rolls. I'll miss them.) and the other day I went and ate at the Olive Garden. I'm planning on eating pizza the night before my endoscopy, because I know that ordering pizza when I'm hanging out with my friends will be something I really miss.

Oh my god. I just realized. The fried onion flower? You know, my favorite food item in the world, the thing I posted about when Writer's Block asked about our choice of last meal, the thing that I totally got excited about when Spike started going on about this "onion thing" in the later seasons of Buffy because I loved it as much as he did? Yeah. It's breaded. With flour.

Oh god. If this test is positive I'm never going to get to eat it again.

*whimper*


In an unrelated note, I've been rewatching a few season 1 Veronica Mars episodes today, and you know who I'm starting to ship a little? Veronica and Meg. I don't read a whole lot of femmeslash, but sometimes the idea will really stick with me. (For instance, Buffy and Faith. Despite my usual fanatic OTPness when it comes to Spuffy, whenever Buffy and Faith are in a scene together I can't help but ship them, and I was totally feeling it season 3.) Anyway. I love Veronica and Meg together, even just as good friends. Which makes what happened in season 2 all the more sad.

It's funny how much I like Alona Tal in Veronica Mars, considering how much her character Jo annoyed me in Supernatural. I don't know, her wannabe hunter act was a little annoying, and I always thought she seemed far too young for Dean. (Jo and Sam, however? I could actually see.) Of course, I absolutely loved her in her one episode in season 5, thought her character seemed a lot more grown up--more hunter than wannabe hunter, so I'm not happy about the end of that episode, considering she had just started to be awesome.

Speaking of those rare female Supernatural characters, I've been creating .avi clips to edit with (I'm vidding again! Yay! And I am so excited about what I'm working on right now.) and at the moment I'm working on season three.

Can I just say again, how much I love Ruby in that season? I mean, I realize that love for Ruby seems to be an unpopular opinion in this fandom, but I thought she was awesome in that season. Totally badass, with her confrontational attitude and her witchcraft and the way she kept saving the boys' life. I didn't trust her then, but I wanted to. And I thought she was totally more believable as the good-demon-with-regret than in season 4, where I thought her manipulation was more obvious.

I miss Katie Cassidy's Ruby. She rocked.
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( Jun. 25th, 2010 09:04 am)
I need new music. You, my Flist, should rec me some.

Pretty please?
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Day 08 - A show everyone should watch

I have already gone on about how everyone needs to watch Boston Legal, and I don't think, as much as I love Supernatural that it's for everyone, running havoc with mythological and biblical storylines like it does. (I know the few bits of episodes my mother watched seriously offended her.)

I would love to say that everyone should watch Buffy, simply because it's good, but I know not everyone appreciates it's quirky sense of humor, nor do they have a taste for cheesy puns.

So instead, I'm going to go with:



Doctor Who

Sure, it's SciFi, and not everybody is into it, but it's just so much fun. And it's been on so long it's a major part of TV history now. Plus, if a person decides one Doctor isn't to their taste there's always another one they can watch instead. Also, like Star Trek, Doctor Who (or at least New Who) is so hopeful about mankind. We're tiny and insignificant compared to the rest of the universe at this point in time, but we're growing, expanding and learning, and have the protection of a member of the oldest and most intelligent races out there.

But mostly, it's just so much fun. Watch it. :)

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Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show



Spock's Brain. Yeah, I don't have much to say about that one.


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Health Update: I've been sleeping like, twenty hours a day here lately. Or rather, lying in bed dosing in and out for a few hours, then sleeping about fifteen hours straight, before waking up and dosing again. My mother is freaked out and is insisting on getting me admitted to the hospital so they can figure out what's going on faster. I'm not really down with this plan, but it looks like I'm going to be dragged there against my will.

Oh, and I slept through my alarm Monday, and consequently, my job interview. So that's not happening now.
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show

That would be The Devil in the Dark.

I've always loved that episode. I don't know, it might not be the most exciting one, what with Kirk and Spock just searching through mine tunnels looking for some mysterious killing rock blob, but I love it.

I love Bones complaining about not being a bricklayer, I love the slight discord between Spock and Kirk (to kill the thing or not?) I love the perfectly circular eggs, I love how creative the creature was, how it was silicon based rather than carbon and how it could apparently move through rock as easily as we can air, and of course, the whole "No kill I" scene gets me every time.




The creature was just so sad and a little pathetic with it's bad grammar that it made this weird rock blob strangely adorable.



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So I haven't watched any Supernatural since the finale, nor have I, thanks to my new obsession with Merlin, read a lot of fic for it either. But this morning I got a real craving for both, specifically season 2 stuff. I ended up watching What Is and What Should Never Be and there's this bit of dialogue when Sam gets in the car with Dean and insists that whatever Dean is doing he's not doing it alone that I found familiar.

Dean: I don't understand. Why are you doing this?

Sam: Because you're still my brother.


Now, compare this to the scene in Point of No Return where Sam frees Dean from the handcuffs and tells him that he's going with Sam and Cas to rescue Adam.

Dean: I don't get it, Sam, why you doing this?

Sam: Because you're still my big brother.


HEE. &hearts


Maybe I'm slow and everybody realized this the minute they saw this scene, but it made me happy this morning and I thought I'd share. :)


Also, was Dean's aborted attempt at a Bitch/Jerk moment in WIWSNB the last one we see on the show? 'Cause if so it's been far too long and I really think there needs to be another. Come on, Sera, bring the Bitch/Jerk back.

And maybe some Winchester hugs. I was really disappointed we didn't get one this season.
Hey, all.

I know I've been absent on LJ here lately (And right in the middle of my 30 Days of TV meme. See I told you guys I wouldn't be able to keep up with that thing every day.) but it's been a real stressful few weeks.

I've had like, six doctor's appointments in the past two weeks, my blood drawn for tests four times, an adrenal stimulus test and an MRI.

I'm still exhausted all the time, and I generally feel like crap, but my Endocrinologist says my thyroid levels are as perfect as they are going to get, so all my doctors (and I have several, now) are exploring what else could be wrong. My cortisol was low (1.5. I think my doctor said the normal levels for people were like, 6-10) so I took the adrenal stimulus test to see if my adrenal gland would respond to an injection of ACTH. Basically, they were looking for Addison's disease.

Well, my adrenal gland did respond, but my ACTH was low so they're looking for a possible tumor (benign, most likely) in my pituitary gland that could be stopping it from working properly. That's what the MRI was for, though I haven't gotten the results of that yet.

My vitamin B12 was very low as well, and I guess they ran a test of celiac's disease (a disease that stops your body from absorbing nutrients from food, and makes it so you can't tolerate gluton) which was positive, but they won't know if I actually have it until they scope my small intestine. (Yikes!)

Vitamin D is still low, and whatever test they run for possible food allergies was positive as well.

So basically, I have a bunch of stuff wrong with me, but we haven't found the underlying cause yet.

I feel like I'm on a House episode. Only, I hope my life doesn't run the same course as one of the episodes--I don't feel like going through A) cardiac arrest B) anaphylactic shock or C) paralysis before they finally figure out what's wrong with me.

Or any of those weird pysch symptoms either. I can do without the hallucinations, thanks.


Anyway, my life is kind of sucking right now, and I have a job interview later today but I'm not sure how I'm supposed to work eight hours a day, five days a week (no matter how good the pay is) when I can't stay awake for more than five hours straight without falling asleep where I'm standing.

I want this job, because I want to get on with my life, but I don't know if I can do it.

*sigh*


Oh, and that waiter guy I went out with? Yeah, that's not going to happen. Came on WAY to strong, what with the 200 text messages he sent me within the first FIVE days of knowing him, and the three phone calls a day, and how if I didn't text him back within the hour he'd send me more text messages apologizing for saying something wrong, and the fact he started contacting my friends to figure out gifts to give me next time he saw me--all within the first week of knowing him. All of this happened the same time as all the health crap, and it really just stressed me out, so I had to end it.

Unfortunately, the guy can't seem to take no for an answer. He keeps calling and texting me. All. The. Time. He's driving me up the wall.


Well, that's your update on my life, Flist. I have been trying to keep up with my friends list, though I haven't been commenting much, I'm afraid. I've just felt kinda blah here, lately, you know what I mean?
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( Jun. 9th, 2010 09:42 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] amyxaphania made a post with some pieces she had written as a kid, including an extremely creative children's book she had made for her sister.

So I though I'd share some of my really old stuff. Most of the stuff I wrote as a really young kid is gone now, thrown away along with the notebooks they were written in. However I did managed to find an old story I typed up. Reading through it I'd say I was either eleven or twelve, based off of the obsession with Egypt and the slight resemblance to Aladdin and the King of Theives. Also, the name Akasha, which I use in it, was taken straight from Anne Rice's novels, and I read them sometime around sixth grade.

Anyway, without further ado:

Caught! A story by a very young Aisalynn. )
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aisalynn: (Default)
( Jun. 8th, 2010 04:25 pm)
I have a date tonight. :) Hopefully this will go much better than the last first date I went on.

Oh, and my parents are pissed because I decided to meet the guy there rather than have him pick me up. They really wanted to meet him, but I'm not sixteen, and I don't need to have my father shake his hand, looking him square in the eye and tell him to have me home at a decent time or any such crap. I'm nearly twenty-two, and in my rules parents don't get to meet the guy until after I decide if it's going anywhere. So suck it up parents.

Also, I don't like the idea of getting in a car with a stranger. If I had known him a little before he'd asked me out sure, but since I've known him for less than four days, excuse me for wanting to be safe and drive my own car. Call me overcautious, but that's just the way it is.
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( Jun. 8th, 2010 01:00 am)
It's past midnight, so it's late, but it still could be worse.

Day 05 - A show you hate

I can't think of any dramas or sitcoms I actively hate, but I generally dislike reality TV shows. With the exception of So You Think You Can Dance, which I watch with my mother and sometimes I watch the America's Next Top Model marathons with my little sister. I don't care for all the drama, but I like the challenges they are given and to see the photographs at the end.

But one reality show I absolutely hate is:



I Love New York


I don't know if this is even still on, but I hated that show. Loathed it. And my roommate last year watched it ALL THE TIME. It drove me up the wall. I think this show and all others like it are stupid, petty and obnoxious. And of course there is always going to be second one or a third, because they obviously care more about getting a renewal of the show than finding "true love" or whatever crap they are trying to sell in the advertisements.

Shows like this make me want to shoot myself. And the TV.

*shudders*


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Edited: "I generally dislike reality TV shows in general." *snorts* Way to be redundant, Sarah. That's fixed now, though I left it like that for an embarrassing amount of time.
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( Jun. 6th, 2010 06:35 pm)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

So, I was having a hard time deciding between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural. I fell in love with the characters of both shows, both inspired me to write more than any other show, and I got seriously into both of shows--talking to the TV, jumping up and down when something great happens, crying when something sad happens. But the thing is, I've just recently discovered both of these shows, and am still riding the high that comes with falling in love with a show (and with a fandom), I don't now if my love for Buffy will fade with time (I doubt it) or if my passionate obsession with Supernatural will stop soon after the series end. (I hope not.)

So I'm not going to pick either.

Instead, I'm going to talk about a show I grew up with, and have loved all my life and that love has never faded. I seriously doubt it ever will.




Star Trek (TOS)


I have SO much love for this show. I love the cheesy music and the dramatic lighting. I love the way Shatner pauses in his speeches and how the camera will close up on him all the time. I love the Styrofoam sets and how all the rocks Kirk picks up for weapons look like they way less than a pound. I even love how Kirk finds and abandons a love interest almost once an episode, and I love how ridiculously easy his shirts ripped.

I especially love the ridiculous alien costumes. Like this one, for example:




But most of all I love how, in contrast to other sci fi stories like Star Wars or The Matrix, this show is hopeful about the future. It's not about how the human race ruined itself and the earth, or about how another species took over and enslaved them, or how corrupted the government became. It's about the human race surviving long enough to go out and explore the universe, not to conquer it but to understand it and to make peace with all the other planets and cultures out there. The crew of the Enterprise are always meeting a violent culture that hasn't developed yet and trying to help them grow (either by leaving them alone to do so, or trying to impart some wisdom to them) or coming across a race of people far more advanced than the human race and then leave with the hope that humans will get there too at some point.

I think that in a time when everyone is stressing out about war and racism and global warming and denied rights, its a good show to rewatch just feel hopeful that, yeah we'll get through all this somehow.

And that's my more optimistic side. I don't show it very often, but Star Trek always puts me in that kind of mood.


Also? This show is ridiculously slashy. I mean, it was like, the start of slash fanfiction. And it's no wonder when you watch Spock and Kirk together. Or Spock and McCoy, or McCoy and Kirk. Just. Slash abounds.



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Tonight was a perfect example of bad day gone awesome.

Went to my brother's graduation, went out with friends afterward because I needed a drink after crazy family and long ass speeches.

The waiter was cute, and obviously interested in me. (Like he'd really care about my brother's graduation or how my home town was a farming town otherwise.) Casual flirting turned into him asking for my number, then texting me to see if it was actually mine, turned into lengthy conversation turned into his manager telling him he needed to actually do some work instead of just talking to me.

He wrote You are very pretty on the cheque. I feel like I'm in a fluffy meetcute fanfiction. :)

He said he'd call after he got off work tonight. He's already texted me to see if I still want him to call.

Yeah. This grin on my face? Not going away any time soon, I don't think.


Update: Three hour long phone conversation completely free of awkward pauses? Yes. Let's just hope it's not one of those situations where we talk to so much at the beginning we run out of things to say.
aisalynn: (Default)
( Jun. 5th, 2010 04:29 pm)
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v. season)



White Collar

I love this show. It's funny and quirky and the characters are amazing. Also, it's like, the slashiest show ever. Seriously. The show slashes itself. I would give you proof through a description of the TOTALLY AWESOME FINALE, but I wouldn't want to give it away. ;)

What's more the fandom is awesome. Mostly because it manages to slash Peter and Neal without vilifying Elle, Peter's wife. (Who is just, SO awesome, everyone just can't help being in love with her.) I've never seen so many OT3 stories in a fandom before.

And if you don't like to slash? You should still watch it. Because the relationship between the guys is still awesome on a friendship level. And like I said before, Elle. Is amazing.

And so is Mozzie. I love him too. &hearts

If that stuff doesn't get you to watch the show than you should do so simply because Matt Bomer, who plays Neal, is gorgeous.




And yes, you do get to see him shirtless on the show. Twice. Just in season 1.

Interested yet?



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I was so tired yesterday that I just feel asleep around six in the evening without posting this. Oh well.

Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching.

So, I'm going to change this a little (Yes, I know, I never keep to the rules) and talk about a show I wish more people had watched. Because I really wish it hadn't been canceled, even if it did have five seasons (more like four and a half), but mostly because I just really want to talk about it.

Boston Legal





I love this show. My mother was the one who got me into it, she rented the first season and watched it and then tried to get me to. At first I just rolled my eyes and was all "Oh, great, another law show," but she pressured me into it, assuring me it was fantastically written so I gave it a try and I am SO GLAD I did.

It IS fantastically written, and the characters are ridiculous and awesome and so funny. The cases the show deal with range from serious and heart breaking to out of this world insane--and even then there is usually a twist that brings on the serious side. It was running commentary on social events and the mind set of people here in America, and a lot of the (admittedly, over the top) speeches that they (mostly the character Alan) gave really made you think. And the show is constantly breaking the fourth wall in the funnest ways--many times to bitch about the network it was on because they kept doing this to mess them up--and I love stuff like that.

But my favorite thing has to be the relationship between Denny Crane and Alan Shore (played by William Shatner and James Spader). Denny is a big time lawyer living off the memory of his glory days who might possibly have Alzheimer's (though he refers to it as the "mad cow"). He's constantly trying to prove that he isn't as gone as the rest of the firm believes he is while at the same time trying to be as weird and crazy as possible--sticking smoking cigars in his ears (keeps them guessing, he says), dressing up as a flamingo for Halloween, shooting people with paint ball guns, buying a custom made blow up doll in the likeness of his ex-lover and still friend Shirley Shmidt, and trying to sleep with just about everyone. His character constantly makes ridiculous statements, and it's hard to tell when he's being serious and when he's just being Denny.

Alan is Denny's best friend and only came to the firm because of him. He hits on just about everyone and in a really oily, lecherous way, and yet somehow this becomes an endearing quality, because despite his sarcasm and the way he is constantly at odds with everyone (besides Denny) he is a good person. He's usually the first to jump on a soap box and preach at the jury, and he often takes the seemingly stupid, ridiculous or hopeless cases and then argues them in a way that shows you how not stupid they are at all. He tends to befriend the weirdos in the firm-- the people who get put down and not taken seriously, and is always there to help them out or defend them. He's extremely passionate and very good at this job, though half the time it seems everyone at the firm hates him. (He's totally my favorite character. I LOVE him.)

Denny and Alan are ridiculous together-- they take trips to a fishing lodge in Canada where they end up spooning, they wear matching Halloween costumes (flamingos!), they dance with each other in Denny' office, they go to the spa together and share a milk bath, they have sleep overs where they eat popcorn and smores and Alan ties himself to Denny so he won't get up and walk off the balcony in the middle of the night because of his night terrors, and at the end of every episode they sit together on Denny's balcony and drink scotch and smoke cigars. Their relationship sometimes seems like a father and son one, sometimes it seems like they're married, and sometimes they fight--over Denny shooting a homeless man with a paint ball gun, or whether or not Alan can sleep with Shirley, Denny's ex--but no matter what happens it obvious that these two love each other very, very much. Their devotion to and support of each other make this show, in my opinion, and put more traditional story line loves--the epic romance, for instance--to shame.




Flamingos. &hearts &hearts


So. Even though the show is no longer airing, you should still GO WATCH THIS SHOW.

And then write me fanfic.


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( Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:45 pm)
So it seems like everybody on my flist has been doing this, and I've really enjoyed reading every one's answers, so I'm finally giving in. Let's hope I manage to actually post every day.

Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled.




It was really hard for me to decide between Firefly and Veronica Mars since I loved both and believed neither of them should have been canceled, but in the end I had to go with Firefly. Mostly because Veronica Mars got three full seasons (even if the third season wasn't as good as the first two, in my opinion) and Firefly got one small season, that wasn't even aired in order. (Of course, it also got a movie, but when watching it it just made me more sad that the show got canceled--all that potential it had to be such a good show. *sigh*)


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Huh. I just realized that I don't have a Firefly icon. I'm going to have to fix that. But for now, the Castle icon with Nathan Fillion will have to do.
So I've spent the last few days working on coloring this Merlin portrait. I think it turned out alright, even though it kinda looks like he's pursing his lips, and I didn't mean for him to be. In any case, I like it better than the pencil version.


Preview:




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Or check it out on my Deviantart account.


Now, I just need to do one of Arthur. Possibly Morgana. And Gwen.
Bradley James is a Labyrinth fan, which, for those of you who don't know, is my favorite movie of all time. &hearts






Can I just marry him now, please?


So yeah, I might have spent too long today going through youtube videos of behind the scenes stuff from Merlin, but I have seriously fallen in love with this show, and I only wish that I hadn't gotten into it so soon, or that it was a summer show, because season 3 doesn't come until September so I now have to wait just as long for it as I do Supernatural.

*sigh*

That doesn't help the whole making-it-through-the-hiatus thing.
I think my mother is having some kind of OCD freak out. She's been vacuuming her room for two days now, and half an hour ago she had me vacuum her bed with the vacuum nozzle inch by inch, because she'd already done it twice and she didn't have an energy for a third time. Yesterday she was frantically stomping around the house with a bottle of Windex in one hand and a fly swatter in the other, and kept saying things like "There can be a thousand dust mites in just a dot the size of a pin! A pin!" Today she started screaming at my dad because he apparently didn't wash his hands well enough from when he came in from the outside and she could see the dirt he left everywhere. It took her the entire cupboard of cups to find one she could drink out of because she said every single cup was dirty even though I went and looked through them and there was nothing wrong with them.

She's rather scary at the moment and I've been hiding in my room or outside, and happily took the errand of running to get her a whole new set of pillows (because her old ones could have too many dust mites) just so I could get away.

She also keeps yelling at me for being tired all the time and dozing off every time I sit down--even though she knows that it's not my fault and it's not like I'm just being lazy. I can't help it, I'm tired all the time and the doctor refuses to up my medication. *growls in frustration*
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( May. 27th, 2010 06:50 am)
It's been a while since I've really drawn anything, that small sketch of Jensen not counting, and this took me a while last night. Mostly because I couldn't find my regular set of drawing pencils and had to use the small set someone bought me forever ago and it didn't have a pencil sharpener. Shading was a little difficult after a while.

Also, I still don't have a scanner, so I had to take a picture with my camera, which seriously reduced the quality. I enhanced it a bit in photoshop, so it's not too faded looking or anything, but it does look much better in real life. Sucky shading skills aside.

Anyway, here's a preview:




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