quinnavyre: (Faberry Prom)
Just came across this quote and wanted to share it. It's so true, and so beautifully expressed!

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” ~ Anne Lamott
quinnavyre: (Glee Quinn Bad Romance)

Although this journal isn't exclusively Friends Only, some of my posts are friend-locked. If you'd like to be added, just leave me a comment!
quinnavyre: (Muppets Magnifico)
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Is it bad that when I saw the subject for this one, I immediately sang "Heart, don't fail me now, Courage don't desert me..."? Gotta love Anastasia though! ;)

Okay, now, comfort foods. Chocolate's my main one. (I know it's cliche, but hey, sometimes things are cliche for a reason.) I also like pie. And cake.

Other things that help me feel better are music, and tv shows. (Usually while eating chocolate. ;))

I actually have a playlist called "An Upbeat Bouncy Mix." It features: "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!, "Suddenly I See" by KT Tunstall, "Fascination" by Alphabeat, and "Birdhouse In Your Soul" from Pushing Daisies (Kristin Chenoweth and Ellen Greene). I like Suddenly I See and Fascination because of fun fanvids for two of my favourite tv shows.

Which leads me to shows that make me happy: Wonderfalls, Firefly, Chuck, Daria, Glee, Pushing Daisies, Kristin...


Nov. 19th, 2010 09:02 pm
quinnavyre: (Muppets Magnifico)
via [livejournal.com profile] eilidh23 

If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.
quinnavyre: (Ever After Just Breathe)
There are five principles I live my life by. (Not in this order. :P)

1. You can never have too many peas. (Depending on what you're making, of course.)

2. Never leave the house without your keys and your iPod (you never know when you'll need music).

3. Quoting is always fun, even if you're the only one that gets it. (It's awesome when people DO get it; the rest of the time, the weird looks tend to make up for it.)

4. Always be accepting of other people; you never know how you might come across to others, so you might need to hope that they'll accept you in return. (But really I like to be accepting regardless. Except in regards to absolute bitches, or haters - I can't like them.)

5. Always try to be hopeful, no matter what. Solen says it best: "Perhaps there are times when it seems there is no alternative to surrender, but while we breathe, there is hope." (Darksong)

And while I'm at it:
"We have to have hope. It is the least we can do." (Elspeth, Ashling, 314-5)

"It's only hopeless when we've given up hope." (Elspeth, Ashling, 315)

"I am a fool to hope, I know, but that is one of the few saving graces of human beings." (William, Scatterlings, 43)

Also, I thought this was relevant, given I haven't posted in so long:

From here - http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/ I love the ALOT, especially alot of fire. http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html
quinnavyre: (Wicked Defying Gravity)
How do you all recover from a bad mood?

I find that what seems to work best for me is to rant a bit, then sing loudly along with music. (Is singing when bad-moody weird?) I especially love singing along to the Next To Normal soundtrack to help me get over being angry. I think it's partly because a now-ex-friend of mine sent me a really hateful email around the time I got the Next To Normal soundtrack, so I was listening to the soundtrack on repeat as I wrote the reply I never sent, and for a change really appreciated the swearing. (Although I still don't say the f word when I sing along. It just doesn't feel right to me - stupid upbringing. :P)

Here's a few bits I especially love singing along to when I'm pissed (off): )
quinnavyre: (Glee Quinn & Mr Schue)
The word of the week I used is from this entry.

Title: Christmas
Fandom/original: Glee (SPOILERS for the whole first season – but not enough to ruin the plot, I think. Partly because the plot isn't great anyway. :P)
Characters: Quinn Fabray, Quinn's sister, (mentions Judy & Russell Fabray)
Rating: PG?
Word count: 481

I've always loved the scent of pine. It always reminds me of Christmas. It's the one time when my family seems happy and together. My mother always seems to drink less, and my father to be less concerned with his public profile. The atmosphere was always just lighter, and my sister and her husband have always helped with the mood.

This Christmas, that all went to hell. )
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I love it when one thing needs to another, but then you have to go back and think about how things got where they are, and where it all started. 

This feeling happens with real, important events that can affect your whole life from that point, but sometimes it’s only small things that make you feel like you’re falling down a rabbithole.

In this case, I’m talking about a song.

It all started with Warehouse 13. )

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Last week I went on an overnight trip to Mount Buller with my family, and went skiing. It was awesome! I'd been three times before, but we'd been meaning to go again for years. (Dad's from Canada, so he misses it.) We mostly went on the green (easy) slopes because the others were really icy, but on the second day I started going out of my way to go down steeper slopes and practice cornering, and had a few runs down a blue slope around midafternoon. It was so much fun, and I only fell a few times (mostly on the blue slope, which was steeper and had a few slushy bits, and moguls (bumps)). I did have a rather dramatic fall near the end of the day - I'd built up a fair bit of speed when suddenly one of my skis got stuck in slushy snow. It spun me around 180 straight onto my knee, then practically threw me onto my face and I slid a short way down the slope. Twas fun! :P My knee was actually pretty good the next day, probably in part because of the snow I held against it for the next half hour or so...

Fun with my phone camera )

In other news, yesterday I managed to trip over a heater. Even though I had JUST walked past it, I turned around and slammed right into it and knocked it over. It's big, solid, and very heavy, and is always in the same spot - sometimes I astound even me! I myself did not fall over - even though I trip over, walk into things and drop things on a regular basis, I rarely actually fall over, and often manage to catch the things as they fall - I guess it's a coping mechanism for the unco-ness, or more likely just all the years of practice... :P

Either way, hopefully I've reached my unco-ness quota for this week. *crosses fingers* At least I managed to entertain my parents - they had a lot of fun laughing at me, although they were also rather astounded!
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I was just listening to a couple of favourite songs I've (re)discovered recently, and really listening to the lyrics. I love beautiful songs with poetic lyrics, but they always seem to be sad or tragic or depressing. But they're so pretty I can't help but listen to them. I hope that doesn't make me masochistic. :P (Actually, now I wonder if they do affect my mood...)

So, has anyone got any songs with lovely lyrics that aren't sad/depressive?

My playlist (with commentary) and the meme... )
quinnavyre: (Ever After Just Breathe)
I'm not sure how this happened (the stress and resultant avoidance of uni work may have been a contributing factor!) but in the past couple of years I've become a rather avid fangirl. (You may have noticed. :P)

But it didn't start there. I was on an icon-hunt recently, and came across an icon that took me back to the first film that I had a fangirly reaction to - Ever After.

I first saw the film at the cinemas with my mother, and we both loved it. We had a great crowd - everyone laughed in all the right places, and even cheered when Danielle punched Marguerite, when she shouted "I would rather die a thousand deaths than to see my mother's dress on that spoilt, selfish cow!", and again when Jacqueline said she was only there for the food.

At the end I stayed through the credits while everyone left. I claimed I wanted to see the filming location for the ruins at Amboise, but I was also listening to the song, plus I secretly didn't want the film to be over.

I wanted to see it again, but we couldn't, so I looked it up online and found a site on Geocities. I had no idea how the internet worked at that stage, but I downloaded a wallpaper collage I still use ocassionally, and found a fan-written adaptation of the film with the title "A Tout Jamais". I basically memorised it before the video came out, and I have it to this day. (I used to go swimming in a local lake and imagine I was Danielle.) I also made a few attempts to draw the characters. One drawing of Danielle remains one of the best people I've ever drawn. I even wrote a story set when Danielle was about 14 - my first attempt at fanfic. I still quote the film.

I recently found the soundtrack secondhand, and I love it! I continue to find Danielle de Barbarac inspirational and beautiful, especially for her inner strength, and still feel that Prince Henry was cute but too often had a puppy-dog look. :P

Some of my favourite quotes: )
quinnavyre: (Ever After Just Breathe)
A few random thoughts I had lately and couldn't help but share - mostly on random acronyms...

FML - When I first saw FML, I thought it meant f*** myself laughing, and didn't get it. Then I thought maybe it was a reference to situations where you laugh because the only other option is crying. (I still think this kind of makes sense, but I know what it actually means now. :P)

OTP (One True Pairing) - This one's more a question, relating to people talking about their OTP(s) in fandom.* Can you only ever have one OTP, or at least, only one at a time? Or can you have different OTPs for different things? (Because wouldn't the latter defeat the purpose of having a ONE true pair?)**

I have to confess, I kind of love acronyms, although there are only a few I use, and sometimes just for fun. My favourite one currently is TMI (too much information).

* I really like the word "fandom" - I think it's because it could be the name of some faraway land. (I maybe perhaps should be in bed...)
**This point may or may not have been influenced by Prince Henry's ramblings about fate and true love in Ever After...
quinnavyre: (Glee Dianna)
And I do mean juggling literally! I never would have thought juggling would be such a workout! Yesterday I was hanging out with my best friend, and we saw a free circus skills workshop advertised at Fed Square. (Mondays from 12-2, until March 22. [/pimpage])

It was so much fun! I still can't get a proper 3-ball cascade going, but I'm so much closer than I've ever been (I've been trying to learn to juggle for years). I can't believe how sore my legs are today, though! Clearly I dropped the juggling balls way too much. :P

I am more determined than ever that by the end of the year I WILL be able to juggle properly.

Oh, and how to judge a true friend - they stick by you even when you're obsessing over something they're not as interested in. :P (Poor thing - I just REALLY wanted to get it working!)

Aside, I love that "sore" is a mood. :P
quinnavyre: (Community Jeff/Britta)
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My LJ username actually came from a story I wrote years ago. It was a fairly lame, not very well-written story, but it had these creatures that I really liked that looked like a cross between a horse and a dragon - basically a horse with scales and awesome bat wings and telepathy, because, well, I could. :P Zanthlay was the name of the main one in the story.

A few years later I was signing up for a fansite for my favourite author (Isobelle Carmody ;)) and decided I didn't want to go with a name from her books because that might be confusing. Zanthlay was (strangely enough) the first name that came to mind.

I now tend to use Zieria, which is the name I used for a pet chook (chicken) I had a few years back. :P It came from the scientific name for a white wildflower - I didn't want to be cliched and call it Snowy or Whitey or whatever, but I guess I unintentionally went for pretentious instead. :P Either way, the name stuck. :)
quinnavyre: (Kristin Alone2)
Pick 20 songs you never get sick of. They don't have to be in any particular order.

Pretty simple, huh?

1. Kryptonite - Three Doors Down
2. How to Save a Life - The Fray
3. Stand - Rascal Flatts
4. Path - Apocalyptica (also Farewell & Nothing Else Matters)
5. Don't Stop Believin' - Glee cast
6. Skin - Alexz Johnson
7. Play Doh Dreaming - James Dooley (Pushing Daisies soundtrack)
8. Blood Theme - Daniel Licht (Dexter soundtrack)
9. Snow White Queen - Evanescence
10. Birdhouse In Your Soul - Ellen Greene & Kristin Chenoweth (from PD)
11. The Song Remembers When - Kristin Chenoweth
12. The Eternal Vow - Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack)
13. Rí Na Cruinne - Clannad
14. Inara's Suite - Greg Edmonson (Firefly soundtrack)
15. Evacuating London - Harry Gregson Williams (Narnia soundtrack)
16. New Slang - The Shins
17. Dark Chest of Wonders - Nightwish
18. Zydeko - Cirque du Soleil
19. Defying Gravity - Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked soundtrack)
20. Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright (or something by Live or U2)

PS. I also love Fascination by Alphabeat and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham!, but I have been known to get sick of them after listening to them too much (especially Fascination :P). It was probably my own fault though - I was feeling down while trying to write my Honours thesis, and was listening to them to help pick me up. (They're so bouncy!) I have Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall in that same playlist - love that one as well!

PPS. For anything soundtrack or predominantly instrumental, there's a number of other songs I could have chosen from that soundtrack or by that same artist.

PPPS. As you can probably see, my taste in music is rather eclectic. :P (Note: I haven't chosen anything I've had for less than three months.)
quinnavyre: (Default)
I've made 36 icons and two banners from Kristin's appearance in Glee, as April Rhodes. I hope her character comes back!

See the rest below the cut )
quinnavyre: (Kristin Alone2)
Inspired by my current Glee obsession, I've made 40 icons from the 5th Glee episode, The Rhodes Not Taken. Most of them are of Kristin Chenoweth's character April Rhodes.


Click the cut to see the rest )
quinnavyre: (PD digby)
And this has nothing to do with Captain Hammer, if anyone was wondering :P (I'm sorry for the inevitable disappointment!). Lately I seem to have developed an obsession with cheese. I'm always examining cheese in the supermarket, and wanting to have cheese with everything. :P As a result, I'm also loving toasted sandwiches - they just make everything taste so much better - a plain cheese and tomato sandwich is infinitely awesome toasted!

This leads to my next point - has anyone got any good cheese recommendations? (Not just for in toasted sandwiches!)

BTW, is this reminding anyone else of the random cheese guy in the Restless episode of Buffy? :P
quinnavyre: (geeky)
I've been trying to read more lately, as I've hardly read any books this year. I'm currently reading Carpentaria by Alexis Wright, and I'm trying to work out if it's best to alternate between various genres, or to have a few in a row of one or another type of book. Anyone got any suggestions for what to read next? :)

Hehe, the moodtheme image for this post is just perfect! :D Here's a bigger version of it - (it's from Pushing Daisies, and the gif was made by xstillwaiting.)

Also, I've been watching Chuck lately and really enjoying it! Have any of you seen it? Very fun - about a nerdy guy who works at a Harvey Norman type store who suddenly finds himself dragged into the world of spies...

A quote

May. 8th, 2009 08:58 pm
quinnavyre: (geeky)
I wanted to share a bunch of snarky or amusingly condescending quotes as well, but then realised I didn't really have any that I can find easily. :P I do like this quote I just found recently though -

"Things are rarely just crazy enough to work, but they're frequently just crazy enough to fail hilariously."

I think I may need to use it somewhere - maybe next time I do something stupid and it goes amusingly awry - I'm sure that will happen! :P

BTW, I love my new moodtheme - it's just the cutest thing ever! :D And I finally started use tags - I love my tagcloud, although it does reveal what a nerd I am. :P Then again, the fact that I love my tagcloud probably indicates my nerdiness, huh? :P


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