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08 July 2014 @ 08:28 pm
Fuck Yeah, LJ!  
First off, thank you EVERYONE for all the warm, wonderful birthday wishes! I will try to thank everyone eventually, but in the meantime, know that you are all amazing and starlight and every good thing in life, and you have made me a happy, happy person! KISSES ALL AROUND!

Now, on to business ganked from sexy mob boss, tebtosca:

Hello, lovelies! As you might have seen going around your flist, it has been decreed (by very important people, surely!) that today will be "Everybody go post something random on Livejournal because that is still our community, dammit, and we want to take it back Day".

So with that in mind, here is a picture of what I did for my berfday:



This year was a rather auspicious (and potentially traumatizing) birthday, so my husband took us all to Portland, Maine to celebrate and eat lobster, and I got something I've always wanted: a tattoo. Yeah, yeah, I know, they're not for everyone. But I've always wanted one and finally bit the bullet. It's nothing fancy, but I truly ♥ it. Blackwork, my fam helped me pick out the font, it hurt far less than I thought it would (hardly at all, really), and the studio and staff couldn't have been more professional and just plain awesome. Scott Bruns of Sanctuary Tattoo did the honors.

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Me and my new g-spot. HAR.


Now I want more. It's true what they say; they are addictive.


Before that (and Hurricane Arthur), we went to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to soak up sun and sand. I think I must live by a coast someday, instead of the dead center of Ohio. Yup.

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Now, obligatory pet pics. Zoey and Maddie, respectively.

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Now YOU all go post your own random something or other, and then come back to spam this post here with pictures of your pets, or haikus about how excited Jared is about Director!Jensen today, or what you decided to eat for lunch!
(Me: a salad from the Lucky Cafe in Cleveland. After all that travel, I needed a salad. TMI? Sorry, kids.)
 
 
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Current Music: 'Home' - Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros
 
 
 
Kallielkalliel on July 9th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures, all! I love the tattoo. <33 And THE COAAAAST. I've never been to the East Coast, but I'm definitely pining for my ocean. <3 I love the Midwest, I truly do, but I truly believe I have a serious medical condition that requires I touch or see coastline on a regular basis, lest I go into anaphylactic shock.

And happy birthday again! It sounds like it was phenomenal, which is only proper for such a fabulous gal. <3
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
I've only been to the West Coast twice and didn't stay very long, but I looooove the light out there. It's so saturated. The East Coast tends to be less so, but there are a bazillion shades of gray, so it's lovely too. I must live on a coast as some point. MUST. It's not that I dislike the Midwest--Ohio has great folk and lotsa casual weird--but I've lived here nearly all my life, either in Ohio or WV or Minnesota (with brief interludes in Wash DC and Florida.) I've done it. Eventually, I'll need a change of scenery that involves ocean.

I had a great time! But DANG am I glad to be home. Thanks, lovely!
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cassiopeia7cassiopeia7 on July 9th, 2014 12:36 am (UTC)
This year was a rather auspicious (and potentially traumatizing) birthday

Happy 21st birthday, lady!! Lookin' good! And the tat is luverly!

The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
I love you, Deb. You complete me.
YohkoByohkobennington on July 9th, 2014 12:39 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you had a nice birthday.You're so freaking adorable :3
That's a really nice tattoo, love the font. And yup, once you get a tattoo you just want more ( I got five already *cough*)

I grew up in a beach country, so I don't see myself in any state where I can't drive down to the beach tbh.

XD why do cats sleep in such a weird positions? They are a pair of cutiepies. How old are they?
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
I have my next two tattoos planned already. Now, to find a local artist I like...

Cat-wise, Zoey is...eleven, maybe? Twelve? (I'm kinda kitty-sitting her for a friend who can't have pets in her current apartment. Some day, she may leave...or not. ;)) And Maddie is five-ish. They don't much get along, but nor do they fight constantly. They just try to ignore each other as much as possible. I suspect they get along much better when we're not around, to vie for attention. The stinkers.
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Yes, tattoo talking! - yohkobennington on July 9th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Yes, tattoo talking! - quickreaver on July 9th, 2014 02:20 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Yes, tattoo talking! - yohkobennington on July 9th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
comachomaisky on July 9th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
Love the pic of the coast and pets and most of all your TATTOO!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
I AM SO PLEASED WITH MYSELF! *puffs chest* Thank you, sunshine. :D
Chill McGundear_tiger on July 9th, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
Ah dammit, I was eyeing that notice about your birthday for two days and missed it! Happy belated birthday! That's a fabulous gift to yourself, and yes, tattoos and awesome and addictive. And yours looks amazing :D

OMG, cat pictures, so cuuuute! Does Zoey just sleep like that, like a person? O.o Or is it one of those cat moments (like with Maddie, clearly), of having rolled around and landed that way?
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
Pfft, no worries, but thank you!

Zoey actually does sleep like that, especially when it's warm out! And sometimes squarely in the middle of my chest, when I'm trying to read. She is a most inconvenient cat.
cracks in the facade: art - jensen catboydephigravity on July 9th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
I love the elegant beauty in the line work of your tat. I have two, both blackwork with eraser rub shading. I keep wanting to get another but not sure what to get. I do know I want a little color this time, but maybe just one color as an accent only. Someday!

Uber envious of that coastline. And your kitties are adorable!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh, Nick, the artist did such an amazing job with the tattoo. I wish he were here in Ohio, and not a two-day-drive away. I love the black, but I'm with you; eventually I might add just a smidge of deep cherry. We shall see...
balder12balder12 on July 9th, 2014 01:23 am (UTC)
Ooh, that tattoo is cool! Can I ask what the "G" stands for? I've thought about getting a tattoo from time to time, but I'm a total commitment-phobe, and I could never think of something important enough to me that I felt confident I'd want it on my body for the rest of my life.

North Carolina is just gorgeous, isn't it? My one regret about where I live now is that I had to give up living on the water. Tampa had many flaws, but that was a big plus.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
The 'G' is simply for Griffin, my last name. Just like you, I was having a hellaciously tough time deciding on a design I could live with, so I had to make a firm, fast decision. I wanted it to mean something. My family is super important to me...all my boys (the hubs and three sons.) Kinda trite, yeah, but I wanted my first tattoo to be for the family. They helped me pick out the font and watched the whole thing. It was cool.

But this has been in the works for, like, five years? It took me that long to be ready for it. I honestly think that has a lot to do with it. You just gotta be ready and feel like all the planets are in alignment, then it's easy. And feels right. A support system helps too; doing it alone is a bummer.

When it's meant to be, you'll know it. I think I also got to a point where I figured I had to shit or get off the pot. I won't be cute enough to carry it off much longer, heh! *cough cough*

I already have my next two planned out. ;)

I love coasts. All coasts. I will probably have to retire to a coast some day. *crosses fingers*
Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?: Jared Dallas Con laughtebtosca on July 9th, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
How fucking cute are YOU?!?!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 01:48 am (UTC)
OLD AND CUTE. LIKE A GOLDEN GIRL. ;) (In my defense, I started going gray in my early-twenties and just got too lazy to color. The skunk stripe, it is NOT a good look. So I said fuck it.)

PS...thank ya, babe!

Edited at 2014-07-09 01:49 am (UTC)
firesign10firesign10 on July 9th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
Thats fabulous!!!! I hear you - I got a tattoo last summer, in fact my son just reminded me it wa a year ago :-D I love how that looks! What does the G stand for?

I adore the Outer Banks. There was a period where I went every year for about ten years. I last went 3-4 years ago, I think. So beautiful!!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
My last name is Griffin, so the G is for my fam. :D
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on July 9th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
So what does the G' stand for?
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
Griffin! My last name. This one was for the family. The rest will be for meeeeeee. ;)
caranfindelcaranfindel on July 9th, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
Love the tattoo! What's the next one?
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 02:23 am (UTC)
The next one will be a peacock feather, for reasons known to me and monicawoe ;), and then 'Non timebo mala.' For reasons known to us all!
de_nugisde_nugis on July 9th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
YOUR CATS ARE SERIOUSLY, DANGEROUSLY ADORABLE.

I love upside down felines.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 02:28 am (UTC)
They certainly think so! (But I won't tell them, because they'll just get worse...) :)
soserendipity: SamDean_lightssoserendipity on July 9th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Congrats on the tattoo, it looks amazing! And that coast, wow, what beautiful colors. Sounds like you had a fabulous day :).

Zoey and Maddie are the cutest ever! Our pets are/were mostly outside animals but since I go nowhere without a camera, there are still plenty of pics. I can totally do a small picspam. Here you go!

This was my little girl, I still miss her like hell some days even though she's been gone for almost eight months now.

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This is a younger version of her with Gringo.

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She always loved being part of picture time.

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Probably because there were usually cuddles involved afterwards.

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But come snow, all etiquette was forgotten.

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Because seriously, snow! Best thing ever!

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Tazzie politely disagrees. That never kept her from tagging along, though.

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The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on July 9th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
Dogs + snow = ALL THE CUTE! But I'm so sorry for your loss. *hugs* Thanks for sharing, lovely!
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Icarus was a test pilot: Yosemitegalwithglasses on July 9th, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
Awesome tat....georgeous sky....glad vacation was good.
I'm Mulder, She's Scullyrunedgirl on July 9th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
Happy (slightly belated) birthday - love the tat! I was so happy when I got one, but it actually did hurt (ankles are sensitive I guess) so I think one is enough for me :)

Also, posting something random was surprisingly fun. Thanks for the heads up!