agt_spooky: (Rainbow flower)
It’s a great day! First, it’s my Friday at the office because I’m off tomorrow to take another trip through the park district to go zip-lining at Zip Chicago (http://www.zipchicago.com). Then my new TV is being delivered this afternoon. Then a new comic book store opened up around the corner from my house. And it’s our quarterly bonus day (the one I automatically get & don’t have to fight for) and finally we had breakfast delivered in for my co-worker’s birthday. Not bad for a Thursday! :-)
agt_spooky: (Colored pencils)
Sometimes I love being a graphic designer, especially went it comes to freelance jobs my co-workers frequently come to me for. Case in point - a gal at the office is getting married in three days and just now realized she was missing all of this signage she needed for the reception, thank you cards and a poem for her father. She came to me in a panic, wanting to throw money at me to do everything for her. “Whatever you want to charge me! I don’t care! Can you do this??” One day and $150 later, she had it all. And I’ve got extra spending money in my pocket! Win-win!
agt_spooky: (Tenderheart Bear)
Happy 5th Birthday, Bean! You were the runt of your litter and the only one not adopted at the shelter because you were tiny and a bit sickly. But when you reached through the bars of the cage and grabbed the brim of my hat, you grabbed my heart. And now look at the pretty, healthy girl you are, causing us plenty of mischief on a daily basis! :-) And you finally grew into those ears! LOL!





agt_spooky: (Rainbow flower)
And here are some photos from the four days I spent in Vancouver, Canada after coming back from the Alaska cruise. We did a hop-on-hop-off trolley tour, went to Stanley Park and Prospect Point, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain (where I went zip-lining!)















agt_spooky: (Rainbow flower)
Hey guys! I’m baa-aack! Did ya miss me? :-)

My cruise to Alaska was AMAZING! Simply breathtaking. Now I understand why everyone who goes just loves it. I would go back in a heartbeat!

I barely had any internet connection the entire two weeks, so I couldn’t get anything posted here, so here are some of my favorite photos from Alaska I went dog sledding, took a floatplane ride and a canoe trip out to the base of a glacier, among many other things!

















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agt_spooky: (Rainbow flower)
In preparation for tromping all over God's green earth in Alaska next week, I've been a walking fool lately, especially at work. My desk is on the 4th floor so I've only been taking the stairs all day. Then I've been walking around the lake (in my snow boots to break them in, looking like an idiot in 80 degree weather ) and on my trek last tonight I came across this very happy, colorful rock laying on the side of the path! I took it home to take a picture and tomorrow I'm going to put it out on a different part of the path to make someone else smile. 😃

Fresh meat!

Aug. 9th, 2017 08:32 am
agt_spooky: (SN icon - Laugh!)
 Ohhhh, my! We have a new employee in my department as of today and holy cow is he good looking! LOL! Young guy, late 20’s-early 30’s, tall, fit, short dark hair, a bit of stubble, great voice. And we’re a department of ALL women. This poor guy! LOL!
agt_spooky: (Tenderheart Bear)
 Last night I got myself and the hubby booked for two more trips through the park district. In September I'm off to do some zip-lining at Zip Chicago. Woot! (http://www.zipchicago.com/) I'm doing this one myself, so it'll be weird to be on the bus without John. But then in October we're off to Starved Rock State Park (http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/) to take a trolley ride through the park to see the gorgeous fall colors. I haven't been to Starved Rock in probably 20 years, so I'm definitely looking forward to going back. Have I mentioned how much I love my park district?
agt_spooky: (Castle (Writer))
Hey all! If anyone’s interested - I wrote fanfic!



Title: The Journey
Author: agt_spooky
Pairing: Michael Stonebridge/Damien Scott
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 45,080
Disclaimer: I don’t own them, more’s the pity. Just borrowing!
Notes: Three things intrigued me about the first episode of season four: First, Damien was sporting a new tattoo on his inner forearm. Second, Damien’s statement to Michael in the plane: “It was always the plan to come back to Twenty, right Mike?” and third, the California Highway Patrol officer’s statement to Michael and Damien: “You’ve got traffic violations in six states from here to Alaska!”. So it got me to thinking about what could have happened during that long road trip…
Summary: Two soldiers. Two motorcycles. Six states. One road trip that will change Michael and Damien’s relationship forever, bringing them closer than they ever imagined.

The Journey: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11739021
agt_spooky: (Colored pencils)
 Bought one of those GoPro cameras for my trip to Alaska, for the dog sledding, zip-lining, whale watching, helicopter & floatplane rides. Spent a good part of yesterday messing with it, trying to choose the right video resolution, using the head strap, the chest harness, etc. Got my exercise wearing it and riding my bike around the lake multiple times for test runs! But I've got it all figured out now and I'm ready for the cruise! Just two weeks to go!
agt_spooky: (Castle (Writer))
 My Strike Back fanfic story is officially out of control. 45,000 words! Holy crap! The good thing is, I will be typing THE END today, putting a stop to the madness. :-) I had no idea it was going to get so long, but it felt great to write something just for fun. I’ve already got an idea how to finish another one I started years ago. :-)
agt_spooky: (Tenderheart Bear)
 Stopped on my way home from work yesterday and bought a cup of lemonade from two adorable little girls standing on my street corner. They told me it was $0.50. I gave them a $5 bill and told them to keep it. You should have seen their faces! LOL! Hey, it's darn hot out and I used to do the same when I was a kid. They deserved it. ☺️
agt_spooky: (SN icon - Dean (thumbs up))
Flipped my calendar over this morning to August and there written in big, red letters is ALASKA just three weeks from today! Can’t believe it’s been about a year since we booked the trip and it’s nearly here. Finally! LOL! My excitement pretty much knows no bounds at this point. I know this is going to be one of those “trips of a lifetime” and I can’t wait for it to start!

Snore...

Aug. 1st, 2017 12:52 pm
agt_spooky: (Rainbow flower)
 You ever sleep so much you actually feel worse the next morning instead of feeling refreshed? Been walking around like a zombie all day. Ugh. And of course it's a day when I'm swamped at work. [sigh] Is it time to go home yet?
agt_spooky: (SN icon - Laugh!)
 Sometimes funny things do happen at work and it’s not all misery. Being one of the first two people in the building each day, the very first parking spot has been “mine” for years. This morning, out of the blue, my other early co-worker parked there. I was like WTF, Tim?? When I turned my computer on I had this email from him: “Sorry I took your parking spot. I had a bicycle in back to give someone so I parked close. LOL It won’t happen again.” I laughed so hard! Do my co-workers know me or what? It actually turned out to be a funny start to the day. :-)
agt_spooky: (Television)
I'm currently caught up in a Norwegian online young adult soap opera called SKAM. Season three features Isak and Even, the first gay couple on the show. These two young men are beautiful together and their new love for one another and the struggles that come along with it have captivated me. I have 2 eps left and I hope these boys get the happy ending they deserve.


agt_spooky: (AgtSpooky artist pallete)
 Hi all! Yes, I’m still alive. :-)
 
Many thanks to those several of you who have dropped me notes over the past couple of months to check up on me. I greatly appreciate you thinking about me and your concern. You’ve given me the nudge to get on here and post an update.
 
Things at the end of May weren’t too bad. I was quite busy, actually. I worked several police volunteer events, which I always love doing. Then I had five days off for the Memorial Day holiday, and I was on the go with John, running around and having fun. I was also deep in the midst of my new ebook releasing, which occupied all of my spare time with marketing and promotion. Oh, and I also started up yoga classes again.
 
Things started to fall apart in June, in regards to work. I was completely and utterly betrayed by my two oldest friends of 15 years. They lied to me, stabbed me in the back and when I confronted them about their lies they turned it all around on me. We haven’t spoken since. I was utterly devastated. Then another blow came at work as well, right on top of this and and slipped into a long state of depression.
 
I tried to rally around mid-month, for my 23rd wedding anniversary with John. Only to find out our favorite French restaurant where we were having dinner, was closing the next week. So that didn’t help my mindset!
 
Things perked up a bit at the end of June. At work, I’ve reconnected with a gal who I’ve known for ten years and we’ve become quite close. It’s been nice to have a good friend again. I had friends from Fort Wayne in visiting for three days, who I hadn’t seen in many years, so it was a great reunion. I also worked another high-profile police volunteer event (a DUI roadblock) and it was a fascinating, amazing experience.
 
I took several days off around the 4th of July and went out and did several activities with John, which was really nice. I also went to the Styx / REO Speedwagon concert with my best friend Chris. What a fabulous night! And then just last week I saw the Queen concert with Adam Lambert, which was also fantastic. Had last Friday off of work and John and I spent the day together, then Chris came over on Sunday so that we could do our on-line check-in for our cruise to Alaska next month.
 
I should have known that things were going too well for me and looking up for a change and I received three bad blows in the last few days (two work related, one writing related) that have knocked me on my ass. So after this update I might be disappearing for awhile again. But I wanted to at least jump on and let you guys know what’s been going on with me lately.
 
Thank you all again for your concern. That really touches me. I’ve got a lot of great friends here. :-)
 
I hope all of you have been doing well these past couple of months. Let me know what you’ve been up to! I’ve missed chatting with all of you!
 
{{HUGS}}
 
 
 
 
agt_spooky: (SN icon - Highway to Hell)
 I know I don't really post about Supernatural much, but I do keep track of the ratings. Here's how season 12 ended up. Where did your favorite episode fall? 

BY AIR DATE:
 
Keep Calm and Carry on - 2.15 million (0.8)
Mamma Mia - 1.61 million (0.6)
The Foundry - 1.68 million (0.6)
American Nightmare - 1.84 million (0.7)
The One You've Been Waiting For - 1.69 million (0.6)
Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox - 1.80 million (0.7)
Rock Never Dies - 1.86 million (0.7)
Lotus - 1.73 million (0.6)
First Blood - 1.72 million (0.6)
Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets - 1.73 million (0.6)
Regarding Dean - 1.73 million (0.6)
Stuck Here in the Middle (With You) - 1.81 million (0.7)
Family Feud - 1.62 million (0.6)
The Raid - 1.63 million (0.6)
Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell - 1.49 million (0.5)
Ladies Drink Free - 1.71 million (0.6)
The British Invasion - 1.57 million (0.5)
The Memory Remains - 1.58 million (0.5)
The Future - 1.38 million (0.5)
Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes - 1.51 million (0.5)
There’s Something About Mary - 1.42 million (0.5)
Who We Are - 1.75 million (0.6)
All Along the Watchtower - 1.65 million (0.6)
 
 
BY RATINGS, HIGHEST TO LOWEST:
 
1.)  Keep Calm and Carry on - 2.15 million (0.8)
2.)  Rock Never Dies - 1.86 million (0.7)
3.)  American Nightmare - 1.84 million (0.7)
4.)  Stuck Here in the Middle (With You) - 1.81 million (0.7)
5.)  Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox - 1.80 million (0.7)
6.)  Who We Are - 1.75 million (0.6)
7.)  Lotus - 1.73 million (0.6)
8.)  Lily Sunder Has Some Regrets - 1.73 million (0.6)
9.)  Regarding Dean - 1.73 million (0.6)
10.) First Blood - 1.72 million (0.6)
11.) Ladies Drink Free - 1.71 million (0.6)
12.) The One You've Been Waiting For - 1.69 million (0.6)
13.) The Foundry - 1.68 million (0.6)
14.) All Along the Watchtower - 1.65 million (0.6)
15.) The Raid - 1.63 million (0.6)
16.) Mamma Mia - 1.61 million (0.6)
17.) Family Feud - 1.62 million (0.6)
18.) The Memory Remains - 1.58 million (0.5)
19.) The British Invasion - 1.57 million (0.5)
20.) Twigs and Twine and Tasha Banes - 1.51 million (0.5)
21.) Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell - 1.49 million (0.5)
22.) There’s Something About Mary - 1.42 million (0.5)
23.) The Future - 1.38 million (0.5)
agt_spooky: (Colored pencils)
Good gosh, is it Monday already? Ugh. I could definitely use another day to the weekend!

I had a long, long Saturday. I was doing more volunteer work for the police department, at the annual Just Play event from 9:30 am till 4:00 pm. I normally love working this, being outside all day, joking around with the kids who come up, free food, entertainment, etc.

Except this year it was absolutely miserable. It was really cold, very windy and for the first three and a half hours it just poured down rain. Thank goodness we were sharing a tent with the fire department this year so we didn’t get too wet. But we stood around and did nothing but get cold since no one was outside. I could barely feel my fingers to eat lunch from one of the food trucks!

The rain finally let up around 1:00 pm and while it was still quite cool out and the sun never did come out, people started arriving by the droves. I was insanely busy for the next three hours, getting about 100 kids in and out of the squad car, along with my other two volunteer friends. I ended up having a pretty good time! At the very end of the day I had my friend snap a pic of me….



By the time I got home I was utterly wiped out from being cold for 8 hours and then all the work with the kids. I think I was in bed by 9:00 pm!

I was an absolute slug on Sunday, barely mustering up enough energy to get out of my pajamas. :-) I watched TV, read a book, played on the computer. I definitely needed one day of downtime. I had an insanely busy week at work, then the volunteer event and I have another really busy three days ahead of me this week. Ugh. Really not looking forward to it.

So how was YOUR weekend?
agt_spooky: (Tenderheart Bear)
John and I donated to another animal charity and this time I got to pick the gift. :-) Even though it’s been up around 80 degrees this week, I chose this hoodie because it was adorable, and figured I’d wear it in the fall. Well it arrived yesterday and suddenly today it’s only 50 degrees! LOL! Guess what I’m wearing today. :-) Oh, and Bean highly approves of my choice!

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