bunchofgrapes: (Emma - tongue)
Since I wasn’t around LJ much in the second half of 2012, I will give you all a year in review.

2012 – The Year of Home Improvements...and Honey Boo Boo )
bunchofgrapes: (Brass - Tilt)
Now that it's hockey season CSI gets bumped in favor of Caps' games. Thursday night I kind of wish I'd watched CSI over the Caps because they choked against Boston. Luckily, they found their game last night against Atlanta.

House of Hoarders and other stuff )
bunchofgrapes: (Moon)
I really can't wait for summer to end. I hate this season with a passion. The only redeeming thing about the season is farmer's markets (I have perfected my ability to choose a good watermelon) and all the fresh fruits and veggies. Other than that, I hate the heat, the humidity, the gnats and mosquitoes, and the annoying neighborhood children. Today I was outside putting some fresh mulch over the places that the work crew destroyed and suddenly the smell of wood smoke wafted my way. I love this smell. Despite that it was hot and very humid today, this smell is Fall to me. It takes me back to certain memories of my childhood: hay rides with my Camp Fire girl troop (my mom couldn't afford Girl Scouts), camping at the lake, a trip to Mountainburg, Arkansas to visit my stepmother's family in the Ozarks. I hate wishing for days to pass quickly because I'm older now and each day is, well, another day closer to the grave. But damn, I really can't wait for those cool, damp, fall days and the smell of wood smoke hanging in the air.

All the less sentimental stuff is under the cut. )
bunchofgrapes: (Brass/Catherine - searching)
Wow, I haven't done an LJ update since May 23rd? Say what?! This is definitely going to be a lot of catching up. It's funny because the other day I was thinking how many on my f'list seem to have disappeared (they aren't really gone; they just don't post any more) and here I'm guilty of the same thing. That made me wonder what changed? Were we all a lot less busy in previous years? Did we have more to say? Has the popularity of blogging declined? Has Twitter changed the way we communicate? No one has to tell me that priorities change but I do miss the days when LJ was popular and posting was prolific.

Since I haven't done an update in a while, this is going to be long but I'm going to do some fic pimping above the cut so even people who don't read behind the cut will see it. There aren't a lot of Brass fics out there and some of them quite frankly are dreadful. There are a couple though that I have to put in a good word for because they are excellent:

By Design by Sorsha711. I've pimped this one before and I'm at it again. It's an all hands on board casefile (serial killer) that is incredibly detailed and it's Brass and a very well-written OFC who stays nicely in the background and lets Jim be the heroic man. If you're looking for something to read over what's left of the long, hot summer, give it a shot. And if you're so inclined, leave her a review. It's pretty sad when fics not written nearly as well garner a lot more reviews. Oh, and while this hasn't been updated in a couple of months, I do know that she has every intention of updating. She had a little computer set back but once that's resolved, she'll be back at it.

Next up for fic rec's is an awesome Brass ficlet by [livejournal.com profile] scullyseviltwin. A while back she was looking for prompts, I tossed out Brass and hockey and she came up with this gem The Blue Line. It's short but packed full of amazing Brass goodness. Check it out.

Now on to all the other stuff.

Click here )
bunchofgrapes: (Annie Kramer - Uh huh)
I survived the trip to Oklahoma with little to no mom incidents.

I actually wish I'd stayed a little longer )
bunchofgrapes: (Paul G - teh hawtness)
This is me rambling about a variety of things plus, there's a Tucker update.

I sort of miss the daily blogging. Okay, not really. )
bunchofgrapes: (Randy and Earl - good times)
Really awesome meme pinched from [livejournal.com profile] insanityonline1. Oh, and it says "name a show" implying one but seriously, how can you name just one?

See what I mean? )
bunchofgrapes: (Miranda Priestly)
I have become addicted to two things this summer: Project Runway and Sex and the City.

I don't have HBO so I missed Sex and the City during its heyday but now with the help of Netflix I'm getting all caught up. I've wasted the entire day today watching S4, disc 2. Is that bad?

As for Project Runway, that guy Vincent totally freaks me out. He always looks like he's completely confused or something. Gah! Anyway, I did manage to work a shout-out to Tim Gunn into the next part of my fic, "Playing the Hero".

Oh, and is anyone besides me looking forward to Ugly Betty, the new ABC comedy coming out in the Fall? It has America Ferrera who was excellent in Real Women Have Curves.

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