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Apr. 21st, 2019 09:52 pm
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I still haven't made those phone calls in spite of having good intentions. I'm going to set an alarm to remind me to call my grandmother tomorrow. I'll see if I feel up to calling my father after that.

Easter dinner with Scott's sister's family and her in-laws turned out to be pretty laid back. I didn't expect it to be. I think that part of it is that my SIL has realized that the tremor and the arthritis mean that she really doesn't want me carrying her china or helping prepare food in her kitchen. I'm an accident waiting to happen even when I'm the only one in the kitchen. The odds of trouble go up with more people crammed in there.

I wrote an exchange treat over the weekend. I didn't make progress on my actual assignments, but I wrote about 2500 words and got polished enough to post. Maybe I'll be able to get my words moving this week. I'm at 29K words for the year which is pretty good but not even remotely comparable to where I was at this point in 2017 or 2018. I'm tracking it, but I'm not particularly fussed.

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Apr. 21st, 2019 09:05 am
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I'm alive!

Between RL stuff and not feeling much like writing fic or blogging about fandom, I just haven't posted much. Some good things have been happening in RL, though!

I'm going to be participating in Remix Revival, Unconventional Courtship, Yuletide, and IntoABar (if it happens).

Anyway, I'd like to start getting into the fic stuff again, so if you're so inclined, leave me a prompt in comments and I'll (try to) write a fic if I'm familiar with the fandom/characters.

Entry #46: Action

Apr. 21st, 2019 01:11 pm
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 I need to take action to get myself out of the various messes that are causing me distress.

The problem is, I am very scared of taking action. I need to be very brave.

Some of this I will have to tackle alone. Some of this I will have to ask for help for. I don't know which is scarier.

These are my most pressing concerns.
  1. My car's MOT expired at the end of February. I wasn't even aware of this until I checked it online today. I need to book it in for an MOT and hope that it passes. I don't have any money to pay for repairs. Also, if it fails, I won't be able to take the car away with me due to the fact that the MOT has expired.
  2. I need to speak to the bank about my missed loan payments and set up some sort of plan to pay it back slowly over a longer period.

Sephardic Charosets

Apr. 20th, 2019 08:35 pm
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I mentioned this recipe in the Yuletide discord and there was some interest in it so I thought I'd write it up. It's quite the change from the typical apple, walnuts, sugar and wine recipe that I (and many Ashkenazi Jews) grew up with but has become a staple at my seders since I got it 26 years ago when in college. I usually double it so there's plenty for the seder and to give to people to take home and I still have some left to eat through passover.

1/2 lb pitted dates
1 C dark currants (or double the raisins)
1 C raisins
1/4 C pitted prunes
1- 1 1/4 C sweet wine (grape juice will work too)
1/2 C chopped walnuts
1/4 C ground almonds

1) Soak the fruit overnight (either coarsely chop the fruit before soaking or whir with an immersion blender once in the pan the next day). 2) Drain but reserve the liquid. 3) In a heavy pan combine the fruit, 1 C wine and 1 C of reserved liquid (if doubling do NOT double this). 4) Cook over med-low heat 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally (until the liquid is absorbed) and the mixture is thick. 5) Cool. 6)Stir in nuts and more wine if it's too dry.

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Apr. 20th, 2019 09:58 pm
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My in-progress grand unified theory of superhero films suggests that any movie that not just reflects but actively courts and relies on heteronormative tropes and toxic masculinity is going to be at the bottom of my list. The Incredibles II had all of about two good scenes and both of those involved Edna. The rest of it was filled with family and gender dynamics that I hated. Even things that I theoretically liked about it re: discussion of the impact and casualties of large superhero fights I disliked because I wound up disliking the movie and the relationships so much.

Grand unified theory wants a film where the final climax is about de-escalation of violence and finding non-violent solutions to superhero problems.

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Apr. 20th, 2019 06:50 pm
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Somehow, Scott and I ended up staying up past midnight last night. It was mostly due to Scott not coming to bed until past 12:30. I didn't even notice how late it was because he doesn't stay up like that normally. I woke at 6 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep.

Part of the not getting back to sleep is that Scott opened the blinds when he did the work on the ceiling fan last weekend. Since we get up at 5:30 on weekdays, I hadn't really noticed, but I definitely noticed this morning. The other parts of not getting back to sleep were the usual culprits in terms of the Halcion and painkillers having worn off and in terms of my body being unable to make up its mind about being warm or cold.

I need to make some family phone calls this weekend. There have been three birthdays in the last week, and I completely forgot. I wished my sister a happy birthday on Facebook, but that seems like more of a failure than missing it altogether.

Mueller Report, Vol II

Apr. 20th, 2019 03:52 pm
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I want to read Volume II of the Mueller Report, not Volume I. I can't find any link to Volume II.

The pdf is a mess to get through on a small screen and does not contain Vol II and yet I'm seeing a lot of reporting referring to it. Vol II has all the obstruction narratives.

Anyone have a direct link to Volume II? Thank you.

Smallville fic: Forbidden Fruit

Apr. 20th, 2019 05:15 pm
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[personal profile] meridian_rose
Forbidden Fruit (288 words) by meridian_rose
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Smallville
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clark Kent/Major Zod
Characters: Major Zod, Clark Kent
Additional Tags: Season/Series 09, community: superhero-land, Community: trope_bingo

Summary: For the superhero-land prompt ""I thought our story was epic, you know? You and me." (Veronica Mars)
A season 9 au/what-if from when Clark was infected with red kryptonite.

For the [community profile] trope_bingo prompt "forbidden fruit"

At AO3 and below the cut
Read more... )

PSA

Apr. 20th, 2019 04:58 pm
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YMMV, but I would commend the recent "In Our Time" episode on "The Evolution of Teeth" to the attention of anyone who would like to experience some pleasant mild intellectually-stimulating body horror.

Features the term "skin-teeth". DID THE TEETH START IN THE SKIN AND MIGRATE INWARDS OR IN THE PHARYNX AND MOVE OUTWARDS. Also sharks. Lots of sharks.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003zbg or iTunes or your podcatcher of choice

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Apr. 19th, 2019 11:16 pm
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1. Impulsively cut my hair today. My hair celebrated by doing it's best floof. I feel better.

2. I'm worldbuilding and mapmaking for the D&D game I may be running. Making so many really great NPCs. I'm kind of in love with all of them.

3. My MiL realized this afternoon that tomorrow is 420 and she has plans with a friend so now my Easter plans are up in the air. ... Whatever.

Fannish nomenclature

Apr. 20th, 2019 01:52 pm
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[personal profile] vass
They should call "reverse bangs" gnabs.

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:40 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

"Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc is coming to Yen Press!" This is a set of three new Fruits Basket chapters that Takaya-sensei's doing about the Mabudachi Trio. ^_^ "This story takes place around the same time as the last chapter of Fruits Basket, so for those who haven’t read all of the manga, please proceed with caution!"

Via [personal profile] goodbyebird, "2019 PSO Atlantic Pole bronze medalist, Deadpool". [YouTube ~ 4.5 minutes]

"Tour of Duty: Journey back through each Marvel film that defined Captain America: EW visited the set of every movie as Chris Evans brought Steve Rogers to life. With Avengers: Endgame approaching, it's time to look back".

"Marvel's Kevin Feige Promises 'Major Storylines' for Disney+ Shows".

"Avatar: The Last Airbender's Writer Says a Possible Season 4 Was Sidelined for Shyamalan's Film". [io9]

"CinemaCon 2019: Turns Out The Cats In Tom Hooper’s CATS Are The Size Of Actual Cats".

"Manga Answerman - What Are The Best Digital Manga Services?"


Miscellaneous

"Farewell From The Establishment!"

"Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs: ASU study shows short-term fostering temporarily reduces cortisol levels and increases rest in shelter dogs".

"Bok Choy Isn’t ‘Exotic’: A young generation of Asian-American farmers is reclaiming Asian vegetables — and in the process, their own culinary heritage".

Via [personal profile] fred_mouse, "GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off". [CW: All kinds of medical stuff, focusing on things going un- or poorly-treated.]

"The pink lakes of Australia – in pictures".

"Peepshi: The Next Generation". "Spring is officially here, which means the birds are a-singin', the bees are a-buzzin', and everywhere you look, there are signs of new life. What better time to buy a crap-ton of delicious, squishy Peeps and murder them one by one?"

"‘Angels in America’ Audiobook Will Be Narrated by Full Cast of Broadway Revival".

"We Can’t Get Over This Amazing High School Production of Alien". [The Mary Sue]

A post? A post.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:30 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Right, posting is a thing.

--Until about a week ago, my phone (which will be...three years old this summer?) lived in a case with a cover that flipped shut. It now has a just-covers-the-back-and-edges case. There are benefits to this, like remembering that notification lights are a thing and I can tell if I have email without actually turning the screen on! How clever! But so far my literal grip on the thing still feels tenuous, and my slightly-germophobic brain has yet to come to a decision about whether I should lay the phone face-up or face-down by my bedside (or on other surfaces), because the cats walk over the surfaces that the phone face is touching when face-down, but the cats could also at any moment walk on the screen if it's face-up, and I know where those paws have been, friends. *wry*


--Crocuses are starting to just poke up in the front yard, so I guess soon we'll find out whether the manymany bulbs we planted out back a year and a half ago mostly failed to produce flowers last year because it takes two years or because something went wrong. Here's hoping it's the former.


--Sea is moving away disconcertingly soon. It feels like she just got here! (And she did, really. But the Nova Scotia job market lived down to its reputation. >.<) It's weird and sad to think of her being gone, even though it's not as if we'll never see her again. And in the meantime, efforts are ongoing to make sure she gets to eat ALL THE SEAFOOD, 'cause there's no ocean where she's going. :/


--The entire weather forecast is made of rain or showers. This would be less aggravating if rain hadn't resulted in scheduled work not being done on our townhouse this past Monday. (Non-urgent, but we're looking forward to having it done.) It's been rescheduled for this Tuesday, and so far the forecast only says "showers", so here's hoping things can proceed.


--[personal profile] scruloose and I need to start making solid plans for being in Toronto this year, and awkwardly, the trend of my "I really want to go and will enjoy being there, but holy crap, does the planning exhaust me" feeling getting more intense is continuing. Also, 2019 is likely to be a bit expensive in general, so I want to at least look into cashing in some of our heap of Aeroplan Miles to get to Toronto this time around, but the fact that it's one province too far away to count as a short-haul flight is just irritating. The thought of spending 25,000 miles to get to Toronto (the number needed to get anywhere outside "short-haul" range in continental North America) when 75,000 is enough to get to China or Japan is harsh.


--Speaking of money, we have an appointment with our accountant next week--when the company called to see if we were going to be coming in, he literally had one spot left this month. Oops. So this weekend has to include tallying all of my freelance income and deductions to hand off to him. I am very fond of roads and schools and all such things, so I'm philosophically on board with paying my taxes! But oh, the actual paying of them (and paying for his services, but we've plainly established that [personal profile] scruloose and I should not be left to our own devices on this front) is gonna sting.

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Apr. 19th, 2019 09:14 pm
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I was stuck in a car for six hours today, since I'm joining Pat on his monthly trip to see his kids. I spent most of that time writing up a post on history and culture explaining why white people smile awkwardly and say nothing when someone commits a social faux pas. I've gotten some pushback on how I'm only describing the behaviour of a small subset of all white people, whose experiences get generalized to everyone in the same ethnic group, but that's... kind of a feature, IMO, not a bug. The sooner we can demonstrate that racial constructs are artificial bullshit, the better.

I feel so tired though. I worked the two days before this, and did other important stuff like decluttering my stuff in preparation for packing and applying to a job I really want.

The newspaper headlines in southern Alberta are all jubilant. The UCP won the election and the Flames are in playoffs; what more felicity could be demanded from the world, this early in the year?

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Apr. 19th, 2019 08:43 pm
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Writing is still going very slowly. I'm still having days when I write nothing at all. Given two assignments with due dates looming, it's a little worrying. I've passed minimum word count on one of those two, at least, but it still doesn't fulfill the conditions of the exchange. The other story has been sitting, untouched, for a while because it's not ready for writing yet. The due dates are a day apart, so I figure I'm good as long as I'm making progress on one or the other.

Cordelia didn't have school today because of Good Friday. She's very confused about that but happy to have a day off. The local schools do spring break in March without connecting it to Easter. I'm pretty sure that, when I was a kid, it usually floated to follow Easter.

I got a load of laundry done today and cooked some fish. I also put together my pillboxes for the next week. I have seven that are meant to be a week of storage and use one for each day so that I can open the bottles once a week instead of every day. I'd have liked to do dishes, but I couldn't manage that on top of the rest. The pills were hardest. Those run into both the osteoarthritis and the tremor, so I keep missing the compartments. I try to do the boxes when Scott and Cordelia aren't watching. I'm not sure why given that they know I have those issues.

The pillboxes are very helpful, though, because I can look at them and know whether or not I've taken today's dose of whatever goes in that compartment. There are things I really don't want to miss taking or double up on. Now I just need a way to track the take as needed stuff.

It's been a good Friday

Apr. 19th, 2019 10:34 pm
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A few weeks ago it dawned on me that my walking shoes were starting to show distinct signs of wear and tear and that this was probably because they're pretty much the only shoes I'd been wearing since my foot injury last year. While that might have been a good helping-to-support-and-heal strategy originally, it's long past the point where I ought to be re-learning to wear other pairs of footwear. I've been wearing assorted boots and shoes for short trips out for a few weeks now but today the weather was far too warm for the walking shoes so I got my first trial of wearing a different pair of footwear for an entire day of ambling around outside.

I've had a lovely day of ambling from coffee shop to coffee shop, caught a lot of Pokémon, done some raiding, and spent the afternoon doing all of the above while nattering to [personal profile] keziath. My foot only got achey towards late afternoon and while it did need an ice pack when I got home I think the aches are of the this-foot-still-needs-to-build-up-strength variety rather than anything else. Progress of a sort. Plus I caught a shiny Buneary and got some exercise :)

Special Agent Kheldar has spent the day carefully replenishing his solar batteries and occasionally bouncing around like a cat half his age. He appears to be very much in favour of the arrival of spring.

Meanwhile, at work...

Apr. 19th, 2019 11:48 am
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Me [straightening up a very snuggly and in-your-face cat’s pen]: Who’s my favourite boy? Who’s my favourite boy?

Cat: Meeeee!

He is, but it’s also a trick question - they’re all my favourite boys and girls. SURPRISE. (I’m especially pleased for this young man, though, because he was so sick last week he had to go to the ICU and now he’s ready to head home!)

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Apr. 18th, 2019 10:34 pm
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We had a pretty good game session last night. It took us a while to figure out where we'd left off because it had been so long since we last met. Scott kicked off a major plot for us. Well, maybe 'kicked off' is the wrong phrase. He dropped different bits of it on different characters so that we had to put the pieces together.

We discussed character advancement. The other players seemed to have ideas. I just have this blobby sense that the things my character ought to be good at don't fit the available options unless I twist the names of the skills beyond recognition. Part of that is that I built her backstory to explain her being good at the sort of inference about worldbuilding/plot that I do automatically when I'm role playing or reading or what-have-you. I thought I might as well lean into it since it's not a thing I can manage not to. I can play as if my character doesn't know a plot thread is there, but it's less fun.

I think part of my problem is that, as defined by the rules, there are three skills that my character should be really good at. I want her to be good enough at them to have multiple specializations without necessarily being that good at the other specializations. Scott and I kind of work around this because he knows what I think she can do and agrees that my ideas of what she can and can't do make sense. She has a high sneak skill, but she would actually be terrible at, say, ghosting through the streets or walking silently in the woods. She's good at knowing where the holes are in surveillance systems, and she's good at acting like she belongs wherever she is.

We're still trying to get Scott's sister to tell us what she'd like us to bring to the Easter dinner. Even a general food category would be helpful. She's told us what other people are bringing but not what she'll be making.

Scott bought some new trousers online. One pair fit comfortably, but the other two are going back. I wanted to wash the keepers today, but my hands weren't up to it.

My hands gave up on working properly before Cordelia got home from school. I think a lot of that was me trying to disassemble things that needed to go into the dishwasher. The cold brew coffee making thing wouldn't come apart. I tried several times, with breaks, before just dumping it into the dishwasher still assembled. It kind of got clean, much moreso than I expected, but coffee grounds tend to get wedged in seams and corners when I wash it that way.

Ant-Man & The Wasp

Apr. 18th, 2019 10:10 pm
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New data for the unified theory of superhero films suggests being spoiled for stressful plot points increases enjoyment, but being spoiled for character moments and details decreases enjoyment. Data also suggests that there is a sweet spot between caring too much and caring too little. There is also stress with having the plot need to conform to an overarching storyline -- the Captain America: Civil War references stressed me the fuck out.

Overall: too much Pym, not enough Hope, no where near enough Janet, Ava is a character I want to read fic about but who didn't get the kinds of emotionally resonant scenes in the movie that I wanted her to have, Cassie got more to do and is great, loved the end credits, Luis and team remain my favs, and I am not sure which Scott pairing I like more: Scott/Maggie/Paxton, Scott/Agent Woo, or Scott/Hope. That's a lie, it's clearly some kind of communal living situation where Scott and Hope live in the same house as Maggie and Paxton and sometimes Agent Woo and Scott go out to dinner and Janet doesn't live there, but does have her own room that she stays in when she needs space from Hank. And Cassie has all the giant pet ants in the world.

I feel like I should have thoughts about how the movie explores people acting selfishly in ways that negatively impact those around them and how selfish quests endanger the lives of everyone else, but the movie didn't really stick the landing on that, so why should I stick the landing on analyzing it?