Nov. 1st, 2008

Halloween [Journal Entry]

We had beautiful weather last night, and it was fun to just sit out on the porch with Mike and hand out candy. We didn't have too many trick or treaters, but we had a great time carving the pumpkins and roasting the seeds and catching up with friends and neighbors.

I remember that big Halloween party back in high school, and I think Mike and I had sneaked out early... not that anyone was (or is, now that I'll admit it, ha!) likely surprised by that. But even with all the things that had happened that year, and the years since, I'm glad we moved back here. It's home really, more than Indiana ever was, I think.

Thanksgiving will be here soon, and both sets of parents will be visiting, hopefully Dennis and Jennifer too, maybe even more friends from Chicago. And anyone who might like to have dinner with us in town will be welcome too.

Aug. 6th, 2008

[Journal] Busy Bees

I suppose it much better to be very busy, if not overworked, than bored from inactivity, but a bit of a breather would be nice. It's been almost two months since my birthday, and the amazing gift Mike gave me, and things are coming along so nicely. Come next spring, the new stables will be finished and that much closer to being a self-sustaining farm, crops and all. I've already got a space planned out for a large vegetable garden, a big strawberry patch, and we'll be donating whatever food we don't consume or can or make into preserves.

Mike's been making more progress too, and it's nothing short of fantastic. I can't get my hopes up about some things, but he's safe and healthy and home, and it doesn't get any better than that. I'm hoping we might be able to go somewhere for vacation this winter, just the two of us, and relax on a beach somewhere. I can dream, can't I?
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Jun. 14th, 2008

Ellie's Diary: Birthday

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Jun. 3rd, 2008

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May. 11th, 2008

Ellie's Diary: Contemplating some alternatives

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May. 1st, 2008

Waiting until Mike was settled into bed for his afternoon nap, Ellie quietly made her way into the room that served as their business office and began to unpack in earnest. It was long overdue, though there really hadn't been any free time to do it. Keeping Mike on schedule for therapy and medication outweighed arranging and decorating the room, but she couldn't put this off any longer than she already had.

Mike's framed diploma was the first thing she put up on the wall, swapping it with an old, faded landscape print her aunt had bought simply as filler, nothing more. She could remember Aunt Maggie's monthly search for a painting that would accent the room just so, but that piece of art never did catch her eye and demand that she take it home and hang it here. His membership certificate from Phi Beta Kappa was next, taking up residence on the wall by the window. Some of his awards, both from college and the Navy were next, arranged underneath that certificate.

After an hour's worth of brisk work, she was almost finished constructing by what all appearances could be taken to be a shrine to Mike's intelligence and accomplishments. Ellie wanted it to be a daily reminder to him just how accomplished and brilliant he really is, and hoped he'd find it encouraging and supportive.

Her own diploma and certificate were left in the box, sealing it up with heavy packing tape and marking the contents for the attic. I don't want to see them, maybe not ever again. I should've been with Mike, not at school. Since it was almost time for Mike to wake from his nap, she set the box back in a closet, making a note to take it up to the attic the next chance she got, or to ask Mark to help her with it once he came back to work.

Apr. 19th, 2008

We spoke to my parents yesterday, and everyone is fine after that earthquake, thank God. They're still checking out the barn to make sure nothing needs shoring up or replacing, but so far so good. One fence post needs to be replaced, but that's not too bad considering what happened.

I think I'm going to be out in the barn today, myself...

Mar. 20th, 2008

Happy birthday, [info]shibarichoirboy!!!

I have lots of things planned for you! :D

Mar. 9th, 2008

Ellie's Diary: It's beginning to look a lot like a life (NSFW)

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Feb. 20th, 2008

Ellie's Diary: The good and the bad

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Feb. 6th, 2008

Ellie's Diary: Recovery

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Jan. 20th, 2008

OOC: Central_Nowhere App

Player Name (or nickname): Artemis/Aristoboule/Elliemun/HEY YOU

Character Name(full): Elise Masterson Anders

Nickname (what they like to be called): Ellie

Fandom (series of origin): Original character

Age: 27

Sexual Preference: Heterosexual.

Grade level or staff position: n/a at this time (but if needed, she could help out with Art, Art History, or PE).

GPA (if applicable): n/a

Description of original canon, or link to wiki/other source: The bio of the original Ellie character is here, and [info]shibarikitten is her alt. [info]puissance_ellie, both here and on LJ, had been the original MAHS alt.

Short Bio: Ellie graduated from MAHS and then followed Mike, who's older by a year, to Ohio State University. She studied Art History there and got married to Mike after her Junior year and right after he'd graduated from college. After a short, week-long honeymoon, Mike left for boot camp and then additional training (including flight school) in the Navy. It wasn't until next May that she was able to live with him again, and the time they spent together was sporadic at best as he spent the majority of his time on active duty and overseas.

Working initially at temp jobs and then as an assistant at an art gallery, her life drastically changed the day she was notified that Mike had been in a serious accident -- his jet had crashed and he had sustained some serious injury. Though the crash hadn't been his fault, he'd been given a medical discharge from the Navy and now it was up to her to help him recover. Shuttling him to doctor's and physical therapy appointments was going to be her full-time job now.

In a strange and tragic twist of fate, her aunt and uncle had been killed in an accident shortly after Mike's accident, and the Masterson farm had been left to both of them. Deciding to return to Middle Area to make a fresh start, they're going to be struggling to make all of this work and hopefully still find time to keep their marriage from falling apart from all of the stress.

Appearance (and/or link a photo): Reese Witherspoon

Player Contact (email or AIM): aristoboule @ insanejournal DOT com or aristoboule on AIM. I'm usually only logged into AIM on my phone, so it might take me a few minutes to type a reply!

Sample narrative rp (a short, third person narrative scene): It had been a series of unusual and freakish events that brought her back to Middle Area, now almost ten years after Ellie had graduated from high school. However many times she'd promised herself and her family, she'd never even made it back for so much as a visit, not even for her aunt and uncle's funeral after the accident. Her parents had reassured her that staying with Mike would be the best thing for everyone involved and that there wasn't anything she could do that they couldn't do without her help.

But what if all those broken promises had resulted in this? First Mike's crash, and then the mysterious deaths of her aunt and uncle not even a week later? Was her tab with Middle Area past due and need of immediate payment with not just her presence, but Mike's as well? The world certainly worked in mysterious ways, and she and Mike now found themselves the sole owners of the Masterson Middle Area Horse Farm. Would they be able to handle this drastic new change in their lives and rebuild, and do it here?

Gathering her thoughts as she cooked breakfast for both of them, she knew she had to keep it together and ask for help if she needed it. Caring for Mike during his recovery and keeping the farm in working order was going to be no small feat, and taking deep breaths and promising herself that it'd all work out wasn't going to accomplish it alone. After breakfast, she promised herself, she'd start looking up their old friends and hopefully get reacquainted... if they even still remembered them.

Sample Character Journal Entry (short, first person entry the character would make in their journal): What a whirlwind of a day. I'd love to crawl into bed next to Mike right now, but I want to make sure I keep track of his progress, as well as the state of the farm. Mom and Dad are planning to come out to help us in the next few weeks, though they've got a number of things to handle themselves in Indiana -- if I could help them, I'd be going there instead.

I feel awful for Mike and hope I can help him with whatever he wants or needs. It's horribly selfish of me, but I hope he still loves me and wants me by his side. He's got a long and painful recovery ahead of him, but I'm worried that he'll lose interest in me, or what we have, and will go off on his own path when he's able. But he's alive, isn't he? And that's more than I could've ever hoped for when I got the news. It's amazing that he's still alive, in one piece, and able to communicate and I hope that everything can be just like before, maybe even better. Okay, that's being rather greedy of me.

Positive thoughts, right? Once it warms up a little, I'm hoping he'll want to visit with the horses and barn cats. Some of Tabitha's kittens are still here, all grown up and it was good to at least have something familiar to come back to here. Here's hoping for rehabilitation one step at a time, no less than he needs and no more than he can handle.

Goodnight Mike, goodnight farm.