The 'Getting to Know You Meme'.
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The one which appears on my birth certificate. It's not short of anything. I haven't forgotten the 'h'. It's Katie with a 'Y'.

User/screen name and nickname given to me by my mum. It makes more sense if you know my middle name is Samantha.

Nickname which came about on a road trip I took with one of my rl!bffs back in 1999. At the time, Tristo (or more accurately, Tristan) was a player for our favourite sporting club, Melbourne Storm. A fictional conversation between Lisa and I, pretending to me Matty Geyer (another player) and Tristan Brady Smith, lead to me being called Tristo and Lisa being called Matty. For some reason, Tristo stuck. It could be because I often refer to myself as 'Tristo' in the third person. Or it might not. :) Even Lisa's three year old son, Ryan, and his three year old cousin, Campbell, call me Tristo. Well, Aunty Tristo. :P

I probably wasn't meant to be sharing this much detail, was I? Nevermind, I'm redefining the rules of this meme! Read more...  )

Dear Leverage,

this is getting ridiculous. Please be stopping taking over my life.

'K? Thanks.

Love Katysam

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Not too long ago I posted about creating stick figure Leverage characters while doodling in MS Paint.

Well, it turns out those little stick figures were destined for bigger and better things... )

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Dear Supernatural

I still love you best of all. You will always be my favourite. I promise.

Love Katysam.

☀ Here I am on Day 2 of my annual leave (not including the weekend) and all I've done is watch Martha Stewart, Ellen, The View, Ready Steady Cook, old episodes of A Country Practice, and the occasional episode of Leverage. *is being lazy*

☀ Victoria was on 'Fire Alert' again today because of the high temperatures and high winds expected. Around 300 schools across the state were closed as a precaution, including the school across the road from my house. *gulp* Can you believe it? While school kids across the other side of the world were having a 'Snow Day', kids here were having a 'Fire Day'. Luckily, it was nowhere near as hot as expected and the wind seemed to have less impact than expected.

☀ Speaking of wind, let me share with you this little bit of advice:
If it hasn't rained during the past 13 years and it's a really, really, really windy day, you probably shouldn't rely on a screen door. This is kinda gross but... )

☀ It's raining now and has been for the past four hours. \O/ I moved my car out from under the carport into the rain so it could have a shower. I'm hoping some of the dirt and grime that's accumulated on it will wash off.

☀ It's Tuesday but there's no Leverage. :( Is it June yet? Apparently they are filming the new season in in Portland, Oregon. Does anyone live in Portland? Can I come visit? Please?

☀ Once upon a time I used to watch another TV Show which starred two extremely talented guys, who also happen to be extremely hot, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padasomething.

It seems like only yesterday I looked up a new show called Supernatural on and said, to no one in particular,
"Hey, Jared, you're that dude from Gilmore Girls and Jensen... sorry, dude, I have no idea where you're from."
Hard to believe it was almost four years ago.

Today, I still watch Supernatural and I still talk to myself. Just ask work!bff. ;)
Jensen and Jared... Don't try to deny their epic romance. )

☀ Happy Tuesday!

Doodling in MS PAINT leads to this:

What Would Hardison Do? )

Also, I heard a rumour Eliot might be getting a hair cut. OH NOES!!!
Here's my silly little contribution to the cause against this tragic course of action. :P

Premium Hollywood interviews Christian Kane.

He talks mostly about Leverage (there's a casting spoilers for the finale), answers one question about Angel, and speaks, somewhat confusingly, about his music career.

He says he'll have a song out before they begin filming season two of Leverage in April but he can't talk about it because he's not on his own?!?!?

Awesome! If there's a song before April, I'll be happy as a lark but...

Huh? What?
Not on his own in the room where he's giving the interview?
Not on his own in Nashville?
Not on his own in the Studio?
Not on his own in life?
Not on his own because some intelligence organisation has 24/7 surveillance on him?
Not on his own because the rest of the team are only ever as far away as the other end of a comm?

If anyone can get anything more from that last paragraph, please share. LOL.

31 Animated Icons


As you can see from the previews, I've tried something a bit different with this batch of icons. I think some of them have worked okay but others I'm not sure about. Let me know what you think of them, 'k?

Oh, yeah. You'll notice they are all animated. :)

Don’t get mad but I may have spilled Slushie in your car. )

33 Icons.
(Including 11 animated.)


I'm kind of feel blah about this lot of icons but hopefully someone will find something they like. :)

No, he doesn’t oversleep. This guy sets an alarm to set his alarm. )

Resource post.
♥ Please credit.
♥ Please don't hotlink.
♥ Enjoy!

This video has been posted lots and lots of places but imma share it too. :)

Creator, Dean Devlin, pulls a con on the cast of Leverage to tell them their show has been renewed for a second season.

Their reactions are priceless; such genuine excitement and happiness. \O/

Highlights... )
★ Another Tuesday, another pig 'n a poke. \O/

★ Things have cooled down here in the last couple of days. Thankfully! Starting last Tuesday we had four days of over 43°C (110°F) in Melbourne. *dies* I've never been so glad to go to work, if only to sit in an air conditioned office all day.

Hot in the city... )

★ The battery in 'Dean the Green Machine' (my laptop) is dying. I had to order a new one today and those things are definitely not cheap. On a positive note, when fully charged, my new battery should last me 3-4 hours. My current battery lasts 40 minutes; if I'm lucky.

★ I may have already posted about this but Leverage has been renewed for a second season. \O/

Supernatural. Just thought I'd throw that in because I'm beginning to feel a little guilty with all the love I'm throwing Leverage's way.

★ It's 'Winchester Wednesday' tomorrow. Don't forget to send me a photo of your cat or dog or guinea pig if you want them to be 'Guest Pet of the Week'. :)

★ Happy Tuesday!

According to an article at The Futon Critic TNT has renewed Leverage for a second season. *twirls*

"TNT has ordered 15 new episodes of the popular, high-octane series, which stars Oscar winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, Nero Wolfe), Gina Bellman (Coupling), Christian Kane (TNT's Into the West), Beth Riesgraf (Without a Trace) and Aldis Hodge (Friday Night Lights).

LEVERAGE currently airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), with the second season slated to begin later this year."

The article is spoiler free and talks a lot about how great the ratings are and how awesome our show is. Like we didn't know that! :D

You know you love a show when you refer to it as our/my show. XD

*throws Leverage renewal party and you're all invited*
42 icons
(Including 9 animated)


These peaches aren't going to poach themselves, Parker )

♥ Please credit
♥ Please don't hotlink
♥ Enjoy!

For the first time in forever I made icons. In fact, it's been so long I'd pretty much forgotten how and it was a bit like starting all over again. *sigh*

30 Icons
(includes 7 animated)


We need an Etch-a-Sketch. Somebody in there likes to squiggle. )

Over at TNT, the network has ordered six additional scripts from its promising new drama series "Leverage," which premiered to 5.6 million viewers in Decenber[sic].

I know this doesn't actually say there will definitely be another six episodes, nor does it say if the six episodes will be part of the current season or the start of a season two, but... OMG!!! There might be more Leverage!!!


I'm definitely gonna need icons.
★ It's 11:30 o'clock at night and it's currently 31°c (88°f) Who lives where it's a 31°c at 11:30 pm? *sigh* It reached 39°c (102°f) today and the forecast for tomorrow is much the same. *melts*

★ I took Winnie to the vet this evening for a check up after her operation last week. The vet remembered her. Remembered her a little too well from the alleged chaos and injuries she caused when they tried to take her blood last week. He even went as far as to tell me she was the 'second worst cat he's ever treated'. o_O

My sweet little Winnie? Second worst cat he's ever treated? But she's only a little kitten... :(

Winnie's fourth trip to the vet... )

★ New episode of Kyle XY = FTW! It was so great visiting with Kyle and the Tragers again.

Flist, who else out there watches Kyle XY? I know [ profile] whimsywinx and [ profile] mel_b_angel do and I know Whimsy liked it. [ profile] mel_b_angel did you watch it yet?

★ New episode of Leverage tonight. If Kyle was the my big TV discovery in 2008 then Leverage is my TV discovery of 2009. It just keeps getting better; it's already come a long way from the pilot. I love how the characters have developed and their relationships with each other. *loves*

★ I think I had something else to say but I can't remember what. It couldn't have been that interesting so I probably just saved y'all 30 seconds reading time which you can put to good use else where.

★ Happy Tuesday!

“It’s an evolving thing. It’s so interesting to see how people have reacted to it … his fighting powers come from his hair … opponents are so dazzled by his pretty hair that they don’t see the punch coming…”

- Dean Devlin, creator of Leverage, on Christian Kane's hair.

We all knew Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) must have a trick or two up his sleeve when it comes to his ability to take down the bad guys but who guessed it involved a bottle of Pantene and a hair straightener? *g*

Dean Devlin was interviewed over at Cliqueclack and, among other things, he discusses the casting and development of each character, including why Eliot Spencer has that hair. Incidentally, it was Christian's idea. :) It's also interesting to hear what each cast member brought to to each character during their audition for the role.

The interview is mostly non-spoilery, however, towards the bottom there are 7 bullet points under the heading "A few little gems:" which do contain very minor and vague spoilers. They will be easy enough to avoid as you read the rest of the article.

My brother sent me the link to an entry on Wil Wheaton's blog and from there I found the Dean Devlin interview. Both Dean and Wil talk about a what they both refer to as the "Great Wheaton Hockey Scandal of 1991." On a side note, I used to read Wil's Wheaton's blog, WWdN: In Exile all the time and will be forever grateful to him for introducing him to one of my favourite bands ever, The Shins.

★ *ignores the fact that it's now Wednesday and posts Pig 'n a Poke post anyway*

★ On the train on the way to work today I was re-watching the first episode of Leverage and completely missed my stop! When I first watched the episode months ago I don't remember being all that fussed about it but this morning I was totally engrossed in it. All of a sudden it was dark outside the train and it took me a moment to realise we were in The Loop already. *facepalm* I'm totally blaming geeky!christian for that.

Can anyone tell me when the next episode of Leverage airs? Is it tonight? Or next Sunday or Tuesday? *is confused*

★ I filled up my car with petrol yesterday and only paid 99.9c per litre. \O/ It hasn't been that cheap in months. In October we were paying up to $1.50c per litre. It's so ace filling the tank and only having to hand over $40.

★ Wow. This is the post in which I talk about the price of petrol. This isn't going to go down as the most exciting post in the history of posts, is it? Sorry about that. *sigh*

★ Winnie is currently snoozing on my foot. I'm very grateful she's not biting it like she normally does but she goes from sleep to full power in less than 1.3 seconds so my toes are still facing imminent danger. ;)

★ Happy Tuesday!Wednesday... see you later today for Winchester Wednesday #2 :)




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