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I kept telling people that I was heading to Kansas for my Grandfather's 97th birthday, and they'd get this precious look on their faces like, "awww, family, yay!" Each time I'd have to pause and correct them. Not all family birthdays are joyful occasions. the long and the short of it is )

See the image of my Grandfather shaking noisemakers as proof.

Since then I've felt like I was in recovery from the slew of events and visits and trips and airplane flights. I've had low-grade depression making certain types of motivation, including writing motivation, very difficult. I think part of it has been that I haven't had weekly place to be/things to do (either social or school-related) and have been largely lonely. I've mostly puttered around the house and watched a lot of TV.

And cleaned every day or every other day trying to get rid of a flea problem - apparently the fleas in my area over the last several years have developed immunity to the normal flea prevention drugs that I have the dog on. According to the vet, they've developed immunity to Frontline and Revolution both. And I had to have the "are you cleaning enough?" conversation with three vet techs, a vet, and two different pet supply store workers/owners. It reached ridiculous levels after the second conversation. Because apparently what you're supposed to do to get rid of fleas is clean ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME: your dog. And any loose cloths that can be washed should be. And vacuum your couches (under cushions and everything). And mop your floors. And clean your drapes. And baseboards. And do it every day so that the eggs that can stay live up to two months will be picked up as they hatch. And spray with anti-flea spray. And spray your dog with organic anti-flea spray. So I've tried to do that, mostly. Washed every scrap of cloth that could be taken down at the laundromat. Cleaned every day, when usually I only do that once a week. It only takes a couple of hours, but it's ridiculously tiring to do it every day.

It's made it hard to motivate about a lot of things, one of which is Summer of Giles, which is celebrating it's 10th frigging year. And sadly right now needs sign ups like crazy.

These last couple of days I've been able to start the day with translating, which is so so good. And do other things.

But I have been walking the dog, despite her itchy problem. That's the best part of my day as of late - getting out into the sunlight and walking the dog. The tough part is that every day it's a little bit of a mental struggle to get myself together and do it, but every time I'm glad I do.
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It's my last year as moderator, it's the 10th year it's been going, it's time again for Summer Of Giles! Yes, you read that right, it's summer again (or becoming summer in this hemisphere) and it's time to dust your favorite stories of Giles off, your favorite media of Giles out, your favorite music of Giles playing, and pick a day (or two).

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if you haven't signed up, days are still available! check it out at [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles!
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Well, i didn't actually mean for it to go this long in between postings, but I suppose all that prepping for the end of the year just got the hell away from me. Things, in bullet(ish) form:

- we finished with our end of the year presentations today! mine was yesterday, and it went fine (not perfect, but when is anything ever perfect? and i was one of the few people who got two questions with her presentation, so that's good). today the other half of the school went. and now all we have to do is show up on friday to get our final evaluations and then have the school party. getting tipsy with our Senseis. hee.

- i have done a lot of shopping and not so much with the packing. i will be doing a final round of going out and getting stuff tomorrow, and pack over the weekend, because i get on an airplane on MONDAY OH MY GOD. yeah that's just never not going to be crazy.

- we got taken out to dinner last night by one of the guys who is a member of the agency that funded our tuition and it was like a seven course meal. pretty awesome. i can't describe any of it. no, wait, ok, one course was an entire grilled fish. the fins were salted and crunchy, and the asparagus and pickled shoot (sorry, it was some veggie, but i have no idea what) that came with it was ridiculously tasty. fine japanese dining - they bring you little courses spread over two hours. first was pickled veggies, then sashimi, then a rice/mushroom thing, then grilled steak, then the fish, then watermelon (and i think i'm forgetting something). MMMM.

- now i'm making myself hungry.

- my computer is on the fritz (which is ok since it's made it all the way here). i can still use it, but anything that is 'black' on the screen has little red lines running through it. either the screen itself is going out or the connection to the screen is going out. i hope to get it fixed in the states. did NOT want to have to try to get it repaired here!

- i looked great in my suit for the presentations. (sorry, forgot to mention that part!)

- i found back issues of the SF magazine that I'm doing research on for 500 yen a piece (roughly $5) and bought like 20. now i have to find a way to mail them home. but i'm going back to the same place that i bought them tomorrow to see if i can get the ones i'm missing first. tomorrow is going to be errands day.

- japan is (once again) awesome: when you cancel your electricity/water/gas they send a guy out to turn it off ... and you can actually just pay your final bill to that guy! no mailing a bill to another country, no muss, no fuss.

- my [community profile] summer_of_giles ([livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles) day was today! I just posted! Movie posters! they're Giles + a bunch of characters doing his debonair thing in a Film Noir kind of way. Directly inspired by film noir movie posters (and for at least one, using it as the base for a manip). Check 'em out?

teasers:
ThirdManIcon ShortCut-icon
on lj l on dw
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wow, so I forgot to post my [livejournal.com profile] summer_of_giles artwork in my own journal (cuz I am clueless). SO, here, without adieu... Giles! Lots of Giles!

I have below a bunch of images with some of the awesome lines Giles said (ok, one that was said about him, but I couldn't resist)

this way to the sexy fuddy duddy )

I pulled a couple of words that seemed to me to be sort of descriptions of Giles, and you get graphics!

charming, stylish, sorrow, scoobie, watcher )

teasers:
Alt AttheSameTim3e

liked any of the images from before? cool! here are icons made from those! )


Oh Giles, he is a man of many words, but few absolute definitions )
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stolen from [livejournal.com profile] chosenfire28 (even though she was doing it for an awesome challenge....

TOP 10 FANTASY CHARACTERS

in all their glory )

ETA: Totally screwed up the meme as it was fantasy and I read fictional. *i am such a dork*
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for the first part I went classic - classic Giles.  I have a couple of reworked images and some icons of what I consider my favorite Giles-y pics. 

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cuz no matter if it's black, white, or color, he looks good )

Then I started on the pairings.  These are designed as movie posters / book covers and are kind of character studies of Giles through the early seasons (1-4)!

oh giles, you are awesome, every season )

Finally, I'm doing this series of moments when I felt like Giles had great chemistry with another character.  One of my favorite comes from Bad Girls, when Wesley first arrives, and Buffy and Giles are in perfect accord.  Just thinking about that scene makes me smile.

so i give you 'please' )

The second actually comes from a moment that makes me tear up just a little - it's from the musical, when Tara and Giles are both acknowledging that they can't continue their relationships with two other people in the same form - because that's destructive for them both.  The staging of this scene is so beautiful it breaks my heart.  I always wondered what might happen if they were able to comfort each other, even just as friends.

And so I give you... 'stay' )

For Giles & Wes though, it's not so much one single moment, but instead a series of them standing just too close to each other, looking so cute in their suits and cleaning their glasses together.  The way Wes is so absolutely silly and Giles is so sardonic just makes me grin. 

So i give you 'The Two Watchers' )

[personal profile] polly1esther 's hilarious vid The Odd Couple totally reminded me that for a brief moment (well, sorta half a season) Giles & Spike lived together as uneasy roommates.  There was teasing, and blood drinking, and some astonishment at the guitar playing.  

So I give you my version of the odd couple )

And finally... there are very few times when Giles and Oz directly interact (though I can think of some fairly fraught ones pertaining to Oz getting to his cage on time in highschool). But there's this one moment in Season 4 in Harsh Light of Day where Oz says what he says in the poster below, and Giles almost stops what he's doing to listen to an album, when they're in perfect accord. And I LOVED that moment.

So I give you 'Music Men' )

Hope you like!

and again, you are welcome to use these images in any capacity you like (even to make new artworks of them!). All I ask is that you a) credit, and b) let me know what you do so I can see what you made :D
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The really nice people who bid on me probably didn't think they'd have to wait until June to get what they bid on, but at least I did them eventually!  And yes, there are still a couple outstanding but I'm done with the bulk of them and wanted to post about it!

Thus, I give you my [livejournal.com profile] help_japan graphics (hell, i'm gonna do a teaser since I'm so pleased to have done these!)
teaser:


let me know what you think - i was feeling a little psychedelic these last couple of days )
katekat: (giles - sharp dressed man (SOG08))
A weekend late, but still, happening! Please pimp to all your friends if you are so inclined!!


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katekat: (giles - SOG 2010)
Today I have for you a bunch of icons and banners. You'll note, the banners are square - they can also be used as images for iTunes if you're so inclined (I've been using them myself for albums that don't come with artwork of their own).

This set is the Giles-only and Giles+Scoobies artwork.

Giles - For as long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in all the world, a Chosen One...
Buffy - He loves doing this part.
Giles - Alright. The Slayer hunts vampires, Buffy is a Slayer, don't tell anyone. Well, I think that's all the vampire information you need. )

Here's set two out of three - this time Giles + all the men I like pairing him with (Xander, Spike & Wesley). Hope you like!!

Giles - Xander's taken to teasing the less fortunate?
Buffy - Uh-huh.
Giles - And, there's been a noticeable change in both clothing and demeanor?
Buffy - Yes.
Giles - And, well, otherwise all his spare time is spent lounging about with imbeciles.
Buffy - It's bad, isn't it?
Giles - It's devastating. He's turned into a sixteen-year-old boy. Of course you'll have to kill him. )

Finally, I have Giles + the ladies (my favorite lady pairings, Buffy, Faith & Tara). Again, thanks for all of the lovely feedback - you guys are awesome - and happy SOG!!

Giles - That's all he said? Fork Guy?
Buffy - That's all Cryptic Guy said: Fork Guy.
Giles - There are too many guys in your life )
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Calling all Giles Fans!

We're extending our sign ups until we open for the summer -- that means sign ups are extended for another two weeks, until May 31!

Just in case you feel like taking a second day and you haven't already, or you want to encourage a couple of your friends to drop by.  Even though we only have two *entirely* open days, we certainly have lots and lots of days with only one person signed up -- and we'd love to see two per day for all the days!

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If you love Rupert Giles (that lovely, smart, awesome Watcher from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), sign up! Keep the Giles!love alive! Even if it's a little drabble, or a couple of icons, or a couple of paragraphs of meta, or a picspam, we want YOU.


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All from my request post (and a post I did over at [livejournal.com profile] kradam_ai) a little while ago... and I still have lots more to work on, so expect them forthcoming soon!

I think the crazy part that I'm finding with these is that 1) they make me happy. 2) they're fun to do without killing my brain (sometimes I feel like wallpapers are too much space). 3) they seem to make other people happy too. Sometimes I think I should go back to making icons, but I'm sure I will again. Right now though? Movie posters all the way.....

Finally, all movie posters link to the fic -- so GO READ ALLREADY!

pretties? pretties anyone? )
katekat: (xander - excited)
So this other day there was a photo editorial with a bunch of models in cravats and long-waisted suits.  So what do I do?  Turn them into the Btvs boys, of course!

teasers:
 

“In his company, I am grieved to the soul by a thousand tender recollections.” )
katekat: (g/x - bw turn of the head)
It's confirmed, I'm addicted. 21 movie posters for 20 fics... there are so many Giles fics you might have reading material for the month (and they're from all different kinds of genres from angst to fluff, from crossovers to AUs).

So, this way, for fic you can find at a livejournal near you! )
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I've been going through my resource archives, and I have all these pics I really like of the btvs characters/actors.  So, here are my five favorite pictures (and my attempts to make them into pretty icons).  5 icons each of xAngel, xAnya, xBuffy, xCordelia, xDawn, xEthan, xFaith, xGiles

(you'll note I've done A-G... H-Z are forthcoming)

teasers:     

this way to the pretty )
katekat: (g/x - I love my Giles)
For the holidays this year I put together a couple of graphics for many of my favorite people.  Some are fic graphics, some are layouts, etc.  If you haven't taken a look at the fic they were created for, please take a look!!  Read!  It's my way of saying happy holidays to some of my favorite people.

teaser:


this way to the pretty )

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