A new start in blogging

•9 August, 2016: Tuesday • Leave a Comment

So its been a while since I posted. Story of my life.

I’ve been busy the last 2 years, and started a few blogs to focus my brain. As you know I do a lot of things. From reading, sewing, signature tags, online scrapbooking, gaming, cooking, writing and my family & pets I have a lot of interests and do a lot of things in my life.

My blogs are as follows:

My Book & Movie (occasional TV show) reviews can now be found on my review blog Left At the Door. This is probably my most active blog although it’s only updated when I watch a movie or finish a book.

My Tags & Tutorials for Photoshop & PaintShop Pro can be found on my Tagging blog Liadan Tagged Me.

My scrapkits that I make & Sell will still be on Scraps by Liadan. This is my least active blog right now as I am not doing kits but plan to start again sometime.

 I will try to update this at least once a week as I sort through my thoughts and post updates on my writings (until I start a full time author blog lol).

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New Family Member

•6 October, 2014: Monday • Leave a Comment

So back in August, my hubby and I got a Pembroke Welsh Corgi that we named Leia. She was born on July 2nd, and we got her at just 6 weeks old due to her dame passing.

 

We are absolutely in love with our pup. She has her own facebook page that you can see what she’s up to if you want.

 

www.facebook.com/leiacorgi

 

Anyway here are some of her puppy pictures.

 

When I first came home:

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Here she demonstrates the classic Corgi sleeping position: belly up.

 

 

 

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At about 9 weeks her ears started to perk upLeia8

Once they started to perk up, it was only a few days before she had her Corgi ears fullyLeia9

Resting after a happy frapping session. (FRAP = Frantic Random Acts of Play)

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Here I am more than double the size of when I came home, and now a happy 3 month old pup.Leia11

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The evolution of an online nickname

•19 March, 2011: Saturday • Leave a Comment

I am often asked how I came by the nickname Liadan online. I again was asked this recently and it got me thinking, how did I end up with Liadan.

I first found the name Liadan in a book by Juliet Marieller called Daughter of the Forest possibly the second book in the series Son of the Shadows. I read the fist book while I was a senior in High School.

At the time I read the book, I never thought of using the name as a nickname. At that time I had one email with Yahoo a_hug_and_kiss_4_u and one with hotmail baby_doll_tm. I was going by the nickname of Asian’s babydoll (one I had picked up in High School) because I had a habit of getting crushes on Asians. In September of 1998 I met the man who would become my husband online by answering his Yahoo Personal ad for a penpal. We met in December, and when he came to visit me in February for Valentines day he got Tivo for me (and my family) so that we could chat online as I was in College, and we didn’t have online service at my house.

Well Tivo’s chat rooms (AOL) wouldn’t allow for a name as long as Asian’s Babydoll so I shortened the name to Babydoll. I used Yahoo Chat as well and shortened my name there as well for consistency.  When my husband and I married, I was introduced into MSN Chatrooms when Yahoo’s Chatrooms and AOLs were taken off line due to increased fears of lawsuits for the ease of children accessing porn sites. Porn Bots had become the new wave of advertising in Chatrooms, and there were more bots than live bodies in chatrooms. Shortly after joining MSN Chatrooms I was given the opportunity to volunteer with them and host. Unfortunately they thought that Babydoll was too suggestive of a name for a Host, and again I shortened the nickname to •Doll™• as Doll was in use, and it had been suggested as an alternate. It was now early 2001. In late 2001 our System’s Op who managed the hosts retired, and we were assigned a new Sysop manager. The new manager refused to allow me to continue using •Doll™• as she didn’t like alt code characters. At this time I had been interested in Egyptian Mythology and was allowed to change my name to Isis as I was unable to get Doll and by that time Babydoll had been taken by another.In early 2002 I quit hosting as the new Sysop was overbearing and stressful and since I wasn’t paid for the time I put in, I moved on. I had discovered MSN Groups by this time, and joined the site of a gal named Mystii who introduced me into one of my big hobbies today Sig Tag making. In MSN Groups i found I could change my name back to •Doll™• to which I had grown attached to and since I was hosting by Isis I added the name to become •Isis•Doll™•

It was shortly after this that my husband introduced me to a second of my hobbies in life, Online Gaming. I was a fan of the games The Sims and they were releasing an online game The Sims Online. I was admitted into the private beta, and Doll was taken as was Isis and so I used Liadan for the first time.  The Beta for TSO finally went live, and many of the issues we had reported hadn’t been fixed, and my husband moved to Asheron’s Call 2. I stayed with TSO for about 3 more weeks, while logging into his AC2 account and playing a character on his account (Liadan). Eventually we got me the game and I left TSO for AC2.

Since I had Liadan on my husband’s account I created Isis. We played for 6 months and made many friends, and a few acquaintances in a group known as The ShadowKnights who had come from Asheron’s Call. I would PVP with this group often especially Goddess, Alexander Egan and Pepper Potts. After 6 months the game came to a grinding halt as they had never resolved the issues with the chat, and it made gameplay nearly impossible as you couldn’t communicate with friends or groups to plan anything.

It was around this time that StarWars Galaxies was released. A huge community of the AC2 players moved to the game. My husband and I moved as well. I kept the name Isis here.  We happened to choose Eclipse as our server, and went Imperial (who doesn’t love to play the bad guys?) well we had a few friends who moved with us, and a few went to other servers. One of our friends got us into a guild, and as those who game know that Drama is fairly prevalent in online games, well that’s what happened. Drama ensued. My husband and I left the guild. As chance would have it a few days before I had run into none other than Mr. Alexander Egan and became acquainted with the SK Members. We joined SK which would be my home for many years. I had also created a character on Flurry named Liadan (At this time I wasn’t aware you could have characters on different servers with the same name in Video Games).  I hooked up with old AC2 friends an joined a group called MeS. I switched between the 2 servers and for a long time, I was content, but I had more fun playing Liadan than I did Isis, and eventually Isis was set as a dance bot for SK, and I played Liadan on Flurry.

As the story goes, all games come to an end, and SWG was no different. Sony released what they called Combat Upgrade 1, and it was so bad that the people left en-mass for other games. SK and MeS went to EverQuest 2 while my husband and I moved on to Final Fantasy XI. At this point I’d been using Liadan for 3 years, and my newest character in FFXI was a tarutaru named Liadan.

It was at this time that © became an issue in Groups,  Mystii’s group closed even though it had been pixel dolls, and I joined a copyright compliant group run by Donna. My MSN was now •Liadan•Isis•Doll™• and it was a bit long. About this time as well GILD was formed and paid tubes became a part of tagger’s lives.

It was about this time also that I dropped Doll. I kept Isis for about another year, but MSN was the only place I really went by the nickname, and I had joined another group where there was an Isis. She didn’t like that I too went by the name, and after a bit of drama I dropped Isis going by Liadan only.

Well shortly after this MSN Groups closed their doors. I was happily playing FFXI, and I had just started making scrap kits. I made a friend of Amanda Kelleher aka Tantrum. I created Scraps By Liadan. I was creating, gaming and happy. After about 6 months I was hit again by Drama, this time, the designer of the store, stole money from the gals who sold as he felt that since we were doing so well he deserved more money for hosting the site. We each paid $15 a month in rent, as well as a 20% commission + Paypal fees to the store to sell there. He got the 20% as his fee. He took all of our profits, changed the store’s paypal account’s password, closed the store on us, stopped answering emails, and left us feeling rather defeated. I didn’t have the heart to continue making tags, or scrapping at all, and went solely to gaming. I played FFXI for many happy years, and eventually moved on to World of Warcraft with my hubby, again keeping Liadan. We moved servers and I took on Talene a name from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Series. I however loved Liadan and ended up going by Liadan in chats.

We played for about 2 and a half years, and I found it was time for me to take a break. At this time I started getting interested in sig tags and scrapping again, and met one of my dearest online friends Anna Weir. Many MSN Groups had regrouped in forums and yahoo groups and although I had tried out many of the forums with older friends, I had lost my heart and left. Anna had recently moved her Yahoo group to a forum site, and I joined up. I refound my heart in tagging, and scrapping, and as things go Anna found she liked Yahoo groups better. We moved back to her Yahoo Group, and I joined her. I still go by Liadan, and who knows where my next adventure will take me, but in it I plan to go by Liadan or just plain Heidi.

Vegitable Pie with Chicken

•21 December, 2010: Tuesday • Leave a Comment

This is an altered recipe I originally found on For the Love of Cooking blog.

I’ve analyzed the recipe for 4 servings.

Amount Per Serving
• Calories                        483
• Calories from Fat         243

% Daily Value*
• Total Fat 27.0g            42%
• Saturated Fat 12.7g   63%
• Cholesterol 97mg        32%
• Sodium 631mg              26%
• Total Carbohydrates
16.7g                         6%
• Dietary Fiber 3.9g        15%
• Sugars 7.1g
• Protein 44.3g

• Vitamin A 46%
• Vitamin C 124%
• Calcium 73%
• Iron 13%

Nutrition Grade B+

* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

 

What you need:

 

Olive Oil (Extra Virgin)
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Sweet Basil Crushed
Salt
Ground Pepper

• Crust

3 Medium Zucchini shredded.
1 cup mozzarella shredded.
1 cup Pepper Jack shredded
2 Eggs

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• Topping

1 Green Pepper chopped in about 1/2 inch pieces
4 oz of Mushrooms sliced
1 bunch of Green Onions sliced
2 Tomatoes cut into cubes
1 large chicken breast cut into cubes
1/2 cup  Mozzarella/Pepper Jack Cheese Mix
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

Pat the Zucchini dry and mix with cheese
Beat the eggs and mix with Zucchini/Cheese mixture
Add in about 2 tsp Salt and 1 TBSP pepper and mix well
Add garlic powder and onion powder to taste (I like about 1 tsp each)

Cook in Oven at 400 for 10 minutes
Remove and pat excess moisture off

You can generally cook everything that goes on top of the Zucchini crust while the crust bakes.

You will saute the Pepper in about 1 tsp of olive oil (Just enough to barely cover the bottom of a 5 inch pan) cook until tender and starting to brown then set aside in a bowl

Green Onion in about 1 tsp of olive oil season with large pinch of onion powder and garlic powder. Once the onion starts becoming translucent add mushroom and cook until they start softening but before they start to sweat. Set aside in bowl

Take a large pan (approx 10 inches) put in about 2 tsp of olive oil (enough to cover bottom barely) and saute the Chicken with 2 pinches of Garlic Powder and 2 pinches of Onion Powder. Add sweet basil about 1 pinch

You want the chicken to be cooked white on the outside and almost fully cooked inside but not dry and not completely finished.

Once the crust comes out of the oven and has been patted dry, add the peppers, mushroom and onions, then the tomato and chicken. Cover with cheese & basil across the top so that it covers all the cheese on top and place in the oven again for 25 minutes at 400.

You can get about 8 small servings or 4 large servings out of this.

Enjoy!

Random Thoughts

•26 September, 2010: Sunday • Leave a Comment

I’ve been absent recently, and I guess I’ve missed blogging. Now I can’t promise I won’t go absent again, but I will be on and off as I feel like it.

I’ve had a lot of time recently to think, and I’ve had some adventures.

Recently my sister and I took a trip to England for 2 weeks. We had some trouble getting there… Our first flight was delayed, and the delay was such that we would miss our next connection. The airline transferred us to another airline who would get us to the same destination via a different route about an hour and a half later than our original time to land in London. While waiting for our flight, we walked up and down the different terminals. on one of our trips, we found this little old lady who was lost. If it had not been for assisting her, we would have not known there was a whole terminal we didn’t know about in the airport, but more importantly she would have missed her flight.

We finally caught our plane (after an 8 hour wait), and we were off. We landed expecting about an hour to our next flight, only to find out that due to technical issues our flight had been delayed another 9 hours.

When we got to London we had missed our train, and ended up spending the night in St. Pancras Train Station. It was during the 6 hours waiting for our train to Yorkshire that we started talking about our trip. With all our delays, we had met several people heading to London. Some were going via Philadelphia, Some via New York, others via Houston, and others still North Carolina, Canada, Mexico and even California. My sister made the observation that this is like our  journey here on Earth.

We all chose to come to Earth. God told us, It won’t be easy, we said, I want to go really bad!!! Please send me.

God told us, you’ll have trials, delays and the journey will be hard, again we told him I want to go, Please send me. I know it will be hard, I know I’ll have delays, detours, and I know the journey will be worth it.

So we came to earth. Each of us has our own journey, but our final destination is the same. No one journey is better than another, and there is no right way to go. There is just the experiences we have, and we can either choose to enjoy every minute, and learn what lesson we are supposed to, or we can let our delays, detours, and trials spoil the ride.

I am so grateful for my sister’s insights. In this she taught me a lesson, and one I am so glad to have been taught.

For those wondering, I enjoyed my trip, and am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to explore England and Jersey in the Channel Islands. Not only did I learn about where my family came from, I learned more about who I am. I also got to discover some beautiful places, and enjoy the scenery along the way.

I’ve always said, God allows bad things to happen, so that we can make the good things more beautiful. Make the choice to enjoy the ride, instead of allowing the delays, detours and trials spoil the trip.

Top 10 Reasons to fire your Web Developer

•3 January, 2010: Sunday • Leave a Comment

I figured for the new year, I would try blogging again. I decided to start out with a list of the top 10 reasons to fire your Web Developer that I wrote.

10. He put the wrong banner on your site
9. He misspelled the name of your company
8. He posts links to all the cheap Viagra sellers on your links page
7. Your site’s Message of the day reads:
Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
If you want to make Money
This site isn’t for you
6. The Developer’s blog is written solely in Hexadecimal
5. Your invoice for his services includes the price of his trip to the Bahamas for having to log into his email while on vacation
4. When you call him, he answers his phone with ‘Bugger Off’
3. When your customers log into the site, the greeting reads ‘Welcome Rich Bastard.’
2. The link to your forums actually sends users to the competition’s website
1. Your developer rates your competition’s product as better than yours.

Have a safe and happy new year.

Victory!!!

•7 December, 2008: Sunday • 1 Comment

So, after a few months of telling my husband that I would be putting curtains up in the office, I finally went out with my mom & sister while he was working on Saturday, got the curtains & hardware and put the curtains up in the office. Nothing outrageous like pink, green or brown, just a sheer white with a little texture in the fabric.

Needless to say, Dill wasn’t thrilled about coming home to the curtains, but its nice to allow light into the room without having everyone who comes up or down the stairs be able to see into the office.

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