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a sinner & a cynic
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a sinner & a cynic
27 June 2017 @ 01:35 pm
If anyone is coming to my journal to read my fanfiction, here is a masterlist so you don't have to page through dozens of entries to find what you are looking for. At the moment it is mostly Gossip Girl, with an occasional Glee and Battlestar Galactica fic thrown in for good measure. Enjoy, and I'll try to keep this as updated as possible.

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a sinner & a cynic
21 October 2012 @ 12:58 pm

In September and the first part of October, the area near where I live was threatened by not one, but three wildfires. Luckily, although some people were evacuated, nobody was hurt and no homes were damaged. The fires, however, did impact the lives of every single person living in the area regardless of whether their homes were under a potential threat for some simple reason: smoke. It consumed everything. With the exception of a couple days with some much needed wind, the air was stagnant and the smoke hung over the entire valley like an oppressive cloud. It was so thick that at times you couldn't see to the end of the block and the air quality was hazardous. We were advised to stay indoors and wears masks if we absolutely had to go outside. For those weeks, it felt like my hometown had been transformed into some apocalyptic future in which the environment had been decimated whenever we ventured outdoors. My words don't really do justice to how bad it was, but hopefully this picture from local photographer Lynette Smith will give you some idea:



Needless to say, the smell of smoke was all pervasive. It was like living inside a campfire. I usually like that smell as I associate it with memories of camping with my family as a child. When it became impossible to escape the smell, however, it quickly lost its appeal. I can't even explain how excited I was when my Bzzkit for the Glade Expressions Collection arrived. If the products worked as I hoped they would, I wouldn't have to deal with the overwhelming stench of smoke any longer. I rushed off to my local drugstore to pick them up almost immediately and tried them out as soon as I got back home.

The first product I got to try was Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist. It's the first refillable fragrance mist from Glade and comes in four scents: Cotton & Italian Mandarin, Fuji Apple & Cardamon Spice, Lavender & Juniper Berry, and Pineapple & Mangosteen. As I really like clean scents, I decided to go with Cotton & Italian Mandarin and I was not disappointed. One quick spray of this stuff was enough to eliminate all odors and it smelled very fresh. One thing I especially liked about this was that I could remove the label from the holder making it more inconspicuous and easier to incorporate into your decor. This is definitely worth trying, and as Glade offers a money back guarantee if you don't like it, it's also a product you can try risk free!

The second product I got to try was the Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser. This is a non-electric oil diffuser and is supposed to deliver three times more fragrance than Glade's Solid Air Freshener for thirty days. This comes in three scents: Fuji Apple & Cardamon Spice, Lavender & Juniper Berry, and Pineapple & Mangosteen. I was a little bummed that I couldn't get this in the same scent as I could the Fragrance Mist as they don't offer that, so I settled for Pineapple & Mangosteen. I figured it would be the scent I'd like best of the three and unlike the other two, the holder it came with resembles bamboo as opposed to plain white plastic. Once I got it home, it was really easy to set up and the holder actually looks more like a tiny piece of decorative art than an air freshener. The smell reminds me of a piña colada and is not overpowering at all. I'd say this is more for smaller rooms as when I tried it in the living room, the smell seemed to disappear. As with the Fragrance Mist, Glade offers a money back guarantee if you try this and are not completely satisfied.

*Disclaimer- I'm a BzzAgent and I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent, for my review. All my opinions are one hundred percent honest and true. Your opinions may differ.*
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a sinner & a cynic
30 September 2012 @ 09:33 am


I love the idea of UNREAL candy. Haven’t heard of them? Don’t worry. I hadn’t either, but their catch phrase is unjunked junk food. I’ve been trying to be healthier this year and more aware of the foods I am eating, so this was right up my alley. No artificial colors or flavors, no hydrogenated oils, no corn syrups, no preservatives, no GMOs? In a candy? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! Sign me up! Where can I get them? Let me at them!

I was so eager to try this, but the question of where I could find them became a bit of a difficulty. I knew they were sold at Walgreens, but I couldn’t seem to locate them in the first store I went to and none of the salespeople seemed to know what I was talking about when I inquired about it. I checked another Walgreens and after scanning and rescanning the candy section, finally managed to locate UNREAL on an end cap in clearance. As I had never heard of UNREAL and assumed it was a newer product, I was a bit shocked to see it in clearance.

I ended up getting UNREAL 8, a chocolate caramel peanuts nougat bar that is basically the equivalent of a Snickers. While I was really impressed that it had almost half of the sugar of a regular Snickers, my positive feelings ended there. I really wanted to like it, but something about the texture of the product seemed off. The nougat was sort of gritty rather than smooth and it left an odd taste in my mouth. I don’t allow myself treats that often so when I do, I want them to feel and taste like treats. This didn’t really do either. Next time, I think I’ll stick with the Snickers.

*Disclaimer- I'm a BzzAgent and I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent, for my review. All my opinions are one hundred percent honest and true. Your opinions may differ.*
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a sinner & a cynic
24 April 2012 @ 10:43 pm


I like to tell people that I am a stereotype in the making because I work at a library and live in a house with not one, not two, but FIVE cats! Granted, only one of the cats belongs to me, but for the most part the stereotype of the cat lady librarian holds true. Because of all the cats in our household, however, I was super excited to get a chance to try Hill's Science Diet Ideal Balance cat food through BzzAgent. If there ever was a house that could use more pet food, it is ours! The food has chicken as the first ingredient and doesn't contain fillers like corn that are common in a lot of other pet foods. Science Diet is also one of those brands that I've seen at vet's offices, so I think of it as a higher quality brand and something that's going to be good for my pets.

That being said, I was a bit worried that not all the cats would eat it. The cats here range from a very kittenish 2 year old hyper as heck furry hellion to a sixteen plus year who I swear has forgotten that she is in fact a cat and not a dowager duchess in an expensive fur coat. Some of them will eat whatever is given to them, and others will stubbornly refuse to try anything new. To my compete and utter surprise, the former was true with Ideal Balance for all of our cats. They loved it! A couple of them were even trying to get into the bag before I had even opened it because they could smell it and wanted it! If only mealtimes with the kitties were always this easy! The only real drawback I saw with the Ideal Balance food is the price. $12.99 for a 3.5 pound bag of food is pretty steep compared with other brands and with as many cats as we have, I'm not sure it's something we could afford. However, if you are interested in trying it out, there is a rebate form available on the Hill's Pets website that will let you try a bag for free.

*Disclaimer- I'm a BzzAgent and I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent, for my review. All my opinions are one hundred percent honest and true. Your opinions may differ.*
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a sinner & a cynic
06 March 2012 @ 04:02 pm


So I've been checking out this site called Smarterer. Basically the site offers a ton of tests on all kinds of different subjects, skills, and hobbies and then compares your score to everyone else who has taken the test. There are different levels (beginner, familiar, proficient, expert, and master) on each test that you can achieve and badges you can put up on your website or blog for bragging rights. Because the tests are crowd sourced, new questions are constantly being added, which theoretically should keep things interesting. Also, as more and more people discover Smarterer and take the tests, it's possible to be "bumped" out of the upper levels if someone scores higher than you as only 5% of users are allowed to have the master rank. It adds a competitive element to the tests, but while it's a fun way to kill some time, I quickly lose interest. I also felt like the tests weren't necessarily an accurate representation of your knowledge or skills. Each question has a time limit, which increases the stress of the test taker and the likelihood of mistakes, and once you finish reading the question, the time allotted to it is almost up. The speed component definitely skews the results; the faster you can read, the better you're going to do.



*Disclaimer- I'm a BzzAgent and I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent, for my review. All my opinions are one hundred percent honest and true. Your opinions may differ.*
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a sinner & a cynic
23 January 2012 @ 09:19 pm
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Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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a sinner & a cynic
07 April 2010 @ 09:41 pm
38 - Battlestar Galactica (Kara, Hera, Chief, Six, Baltar, Boomer, Leoben)

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31 March 2010 @ 05:15 pm
20 - Battlestar Galactica (Kara Thrace) for bsg_20in20 

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a sinner & a cynic
28 March 2010 @ 10:34 pm
So earlier this week at ontd_skating there was a post alerting the comm to the existence of a novel that strangely enough had an unusual number of similarities to a certain figure skater's personal life and career. Intrigued, I bought the book, read it this weekend, and decided I would share my impressions. So without further ado, I present a rambling review bursting with SPOILERS (because you really can't talk about this book without them) of...

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a sinner & a cynic
19 March 2010 @ 11:32 pm
20 - Battlestar Galactica (Kara) for scifi20in20

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a sinner & a cynic
12 March 2010 @ 11:24 am
20 - Battlestar Galactica (Kara, Kara/Lee, Kara/Sam, Kara/Kat, Kara/Laura, Kara/Leoben, Six, Sharon, Six/Sharon, Six/Sharon/Doral)

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4 - 24 (Dana Walsh)
5 - Glee (Will/Emma, Ensemble)
20 - Battlestar Galactica (D'anna, Kara, Kara/Lee, Six, Baltar/Six, Chief/Boomer, Kara/Six/Boomer)

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a sinner & a cynic
28 February 2010 @ 04:25 pm
Eight Battlestar Galactica drabbles written for the 2nd annual One Hot Drabble Contest at [info]bsg_kink featuring Kara, Hotdog, Kara/Leoben, and of course Kara/Lee. 

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a sinner & a cynic
26 February 2010 @ 12:34 am
20 - Battlestar Galactica (from the episode "Scar") for bsg_20in20

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a sinner & a cynic
19 February 2010 @ 11:12 am
There was a discussion over at thesovereignty today about elite icon challenge communities. I don't really feel one way or another about them, so I was just skimming through the responses. And then I ran across this little remark:

and really, i mean, they're livejournal icons. that's probably the most trivial thing on the internet to get all worked up over

Which was shortly followed by this comment:

Heh... don't get me started on the people who will hunt you down because you might have stolen their icon and used it as a base on an icon you made and did not credit them

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a sinner & a cynic
17 February 2010 @ 08:44 pm
51 - Battlestar Galactica (Kara, Kara/Laura, Kara/Lee, Kara/Leoben, Kara/Sam, Sam/Helo, Sam, Tyrol, Saul/Ellen, Cavil, D'anna/Six, D'anna/Baltar/Six, Centurions, Sam/Kara/Helo/Sharon)

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Title: Late Night Creature Feature
Author: cynicalshadows (a.k.a. Alicia)
Pairings/Characters: Kara, Lee
Rating: PG-13
Chapter: Oneshot
Word Count: 2188
Spoilers: None, pre-miniseries
A/N: Special thanks to my lovely beta scifishipper.

Summary: Lots of things can test the bonds of friendship. Going to the movies shouldn't be one of them.

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a sinner & a cynic
29 January 2010 @ 03:12 pm
20 - Battlestar Galactica (Kara/Leoben) for bsg_20in20 

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