wow look at the time

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:00 am
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I had no idea who Ed Sheeran was or why there was this giant kerfluffle over him being in Game of Thrones. Now I know who he is and what he looks like and y'know? Those are some adorably round cheeks and cute red hair. He can be eye-candy in Game of Thrones all season long. (No spoilers please, I actually haven't seen season seven yet, I'm just catching up on season six.)

Wow it's been since 29 May when I saw the nutria crossing the road that I last posted. I guess I did dream about posting about KWHSS! I SAW [personal profile] tatterpixie there!!!!! IT WAS AWESOME AND SHE HAD THE BESTEST SCRIBAL SET UP AND NOW I NEED ONE for heraldry, not scribery, because yeah, my art's pretty rough, but I can do straight lines for heraldry. HOWEVER I did get not too bad at painting pre-prints. And I can probably work on making a scroll out of the Mamman embroidery. I'm not a scribe. I'm a herald (even with a H!) but I can learn some stuff! (It will probably take a light board. My drawing skills are not really all that great, mostly because my brain-hand coordination isn't wonderful. Thanks, brain damage!)

KWHSS was SUPER. I got to see a lot of people that I'd wanted to see (and some that I'd only been able to talk to online). I CREATED A SERVICE AMOEBA. IT OOZES AGAIN IN THE DEBATABLE LANDS. AMUCK!
I also went up to Sneferu and told him that he was right and Bruce was wrong. Which yes, it's a big thing. But we do need a ruling on something from Cormac Wreath. Can pantheons be tertiary charges?

I have become the Heraldic Webminister for Gleann Abhann's CoH. I am looking forward to teaching my Ruby deputy all about transferring letters in OSCAR because that means she'll be super ready! We even have figured out a screen-sharing software for that.
Bloodstone Herald has been suggested for Webminister job. Probably because it's like trying to get blood out of a stone to get stuff turned in for that sort of thing. I think I'm going to make a pendant or something with glitter. Glitter vinyl, not actual pouring glitter.

I am considering making myself bookplates for my gaming hardbacks. Brent bought me a new one - 'Horror Adventures'. He also picked up the last part of 'Strange Aeons'. I have all six of them! YAY! But I need to stick nameplates in mine. I have a sticker maker and a lot of time. :D

MASTER CONALL MADE ME A BEAUTIFUL RENDITION OF MY NAME IN CYRILLIC. I can't wait to turn it into an SCA business card. I told a friend that I was looking forward to being one of those 'one name people', like Cher, Bono, those sort of people. I will be Skaia, Herald.

:D

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ETA: Logged out and gone to sleep. Good night, all!

I'm going to be trying to figure out what city I should be setting my urban fantasy in. (Or at least, what it should be an analogue to, geography-wise.)

I'll be on Discord for a couple of hours, if anyone wants to join me:

https://discord.gg/w9PK3Yg

(This time I'll remember to edit the post to say when I log off Discord!)

Reading: The Saltmarsh Murders

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:41 pm
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I picked up Gladys Mitchell's The Saltmarsh Murders in the Oxfam bookshop, because I'm always interested to try new-to-me 1930s detective stories, and grabbed it off the top of my to-read pile last week when I was looking for an easy read to follow To Lie With Lions.

The Saltmarsh Murders is the fourth of 66 detective novels featuring Mrs Beatrice Lestrange Bradley, psychiatrist and amateur sleuth. In this novel, she turns her attention to the death of a young woman who has recently given birth to an illegitimate baby (and the disappearance of the baby) in the South Coast village of Saltmarsh, where she was paying a visit when the murder was discovered. She is aided in this by Noel Wells, the slightly dim curate of the village. Noel also narrates the novel in a first-person style which clearly owes a lot to Wodehouse, who he mentions being a fan of.

I wasn't sure the Bertie Wooster-esque narrative was a natural choice for a detective novel, and Noel is a very sloppy narrator, with events coming out of sequence in a way that made it quite hard to follow the plot at times. The book also features a black character and contains the kind of period-typical attitudes to and language about race that are pretty hard for a modern reader to stomach, as well as some period-typical attitudes to class and a couple of incidences of painfully rendered yokel accents. Most of the characters felt very two-dimensional, with the only one who really took on any life at all being the village madwoman, Mrs Gatty, and I didn't actually find the mystery plot particularly compelling. I don't think I'll be seeking out any more of Mitchell's books (although I think I might have at least one more that I bought as a Kindle bargain years ago...).

UGH

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:20 am
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My body is falling apart this week. I'm on my period, so I know my asthma is worse. And it got hot again, which isn't hasn't been doing much of. And though I try to pretend I am not allergic to the world, I am. It's not something you can handwave away.

Which is all to say I've had four asthma flare-ups and one bad attack, all in the last four days. Two of them were on Monday, just walking to work. NOT COOL.

Last night, 5 of us from the department went out to a new restaurant in town. It was a marvelous evening, we all had such a good time. The library is a frozen tundra lately (also probably a contributing factor to me), so we asked to eat outside. I should not have decided that. But it was warm without being hot, and it was quite nice out there! And then I ordered a goat cheese flatbread. I ate very little of it, as unicorn J had ordered us five appetizers and we wanted the ice wine lemon dessert, but still, I am allergic to cheese. (It was good, though.)

And the dessert was amazing. J and I split it, which was perfect, and totally shared moments over it's deliciousness. It was quite funny. And then two of the Js walked back to the library, and unicorn J and I took our favorite winding way back. And about 3/4 the way there, I actually had to take a break and lean against a tree to try and breathe. And then I made it to a bench outside the library, to take my inhaler and get my breathing back. And then had to sit at the library. And then got dizzy in the bathroom. It was awful. I think I scared J. I let her drive me home, and I turned on the a/c for the first time all summer and read while drinking warm tea. It took hours to stop being shaky and get my breathing back under control.

I emailed in last night that I'd come in late so I could rest. Today is our gardening program, and it's so important to me to go. But it's hot and a bad air quality day, so I am having to plan carefully. A bottle of water, not cold. Spray bottle of water, cold. Damp fabric to breathe deeply through occasionally. A hat. My coolest dress. Driving all this week, no more walking. Finding chances to sit. Keeping my inhaler with me. Driving home straight after and resting.

I do not do well as the sick person. I much prefer taking care of people. I hate having to carefully plan my outdoors. Limits not decided by me suck. And I'm disappointed that there's no way I can see Field of Dreams outside on the big screen this week. I knew I'd be taking a risk with mosquitoes, a big allergy trigger, but with the high grass pollen and my response last night to being outside for two hours, I just can't. And I'm sad about that. :(

Also, I think I really scared J last night, and I feel bad about that. But man, I am SO GRATEFUL she was there. I would have gotten through it okay, but it would have been so much harder and so much scarier to be alone. A would have driven me home after I'd made it to the library, but there would have been waiting and stress and J was a very calming influence. And all that after she paid for our entire bill, all the apps and our dinners and our pitcher of sangria. I need to buy her her favorite gummies, and try to win the fight of buying the next few meals. I'll sneak them in somehow!

Time for some self-care yoga, totally non-strenuous or taxing. Because that's how I roll these days.

I just discovered...

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:25 pm
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Sword and Sorceress anthologies are still being published.

Now I must resist the desire to submit to the next one.

Green Thumbs

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:17 pm
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I MADE A BUTTERFLY.



Four, to be exact; I planted dill this year, and one by one captured and interned five caterpillars that research determined were black swallowtails:



They eat plants in the family that includes dill and, fortunately, common-midwestern-weed Queen Anne's Lace, so I was able to keep them happy without having to sacrifice all of my dill. As it turns out, they get a little restless right before Caterpillar Puberty; I came home one night to find one making a break for it into the living room and only three still in the vase of QAL, and a day or so later two more were gone and turned up some six feet away trying to abseil to freedom down my stack of blocking mats, so I built them a caterpillar Supermax facility:



And the four remaining subjects spun themselves linesmen's harnesses and pupated:



(One of these days I'm going to find a dead caterpillar or butterfly in a corner of the studio, unless it went the other way into the living room and Ren ate it...)

Naturally I was out of town when all the Butterfly Hatching Action happened :( , but Mum kindly took some beauty shots:





What she did not do whilst I was gone, however, was keep an eye on the cucumber patch:



This, ladies and gentlemen and decline to answer, is the after picture once I'd hacked a pathway to the garden faucet around the edge of the planter...

Doctor Who (and St. Trinian's)

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:59 am
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The best part of the Doctor Who casting announcement is that it opens up EVEN MORE amazing possibilities for horrifyingly beautiful St. Trinian's crossovers.

"Oh, Beverly!" called Miss Fritton from her office, leaning over and waving one hand. Beverly could see one her out of the corner of one eye.

"Yeah, miss!"

"What's that little knobbly thingummy you're pointing at the door?"

"It's a sonic screwdriver, miss!"

"What's it for?"

"Nothing, miss!" There was Dalek invasion and the First Years were busy lobbing explosives from the tower while Beverly - the Doctor, really, but she'd been undercover for years and thought of herself as Beverly still - remodulated the alarm system to broadcast a frequency that would short-circuit their disruptor beams. The Daleks, not the First Years.

Though Beverly privately thought the First Years infinitely more dangerous to let loose upon the human race than the Daleks, but she did have standards after all, and centuries of enmity with the Daleks to uphold.

"So what you're saying," said Miss Fritton, appearing in her doorway with an empty bottle of vodka in one hand, "is that we're out of vodka and you forgot to stock up, is that it?"

"Get the gin, miss," said Beverly, holding back a sigh.
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I went with [livejournal.com profile] ipleasance and [personal profile] greenygal to IKEA today, and finally used the gift card my sister gave me for Christmas 2015. I got two KALLAX units, which I now have to put together, but which will give me a whole lot more shelf space when I'm done.

The last hour or so there I just hit a wall of 'too many people, too hot, here too long', so I'm going to finish eating a round of the Greek bakery's pita and go sleep. I have to be on point tomorrow, since I'm the only person working in my sub-department, now that the permanent employee has gone on her month-long vacation overseas...

Okay then

Jul. 16th, 2017 01:03 pm
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Last weekend ended up exhausting and totally awesome. I went to my colleague's wedding, as planned. I got there just before 3pm---and stayed until 10pm. My mother kept texting, How was the wedding? And I kept answering, Still here! And I was actively social--talking and chatting and telling stories and singing Broadway numbers (White Christmas, Sound of Music, etc)and storytime songs with the others, plus lots of comic book and movie debate. I think it would have been perfect if I'd left around 9 instead, when I was still feeling good, rather than at 10, when I'd crossed over into dizzy and nauseous from exhaustion and collapsed right into bed upon returning home, ha. But it was a good day.

It was a lowkey, chill affair in coworker unicorn J's backyard, officiated by her husband. Half the guests were the grooms' friends from college, and the other half of us were from the library, ha. Half the librarians were Hufflepuffs and half were Slytherins, it was great. J and I walked to the liquor store at one point and got several compliments because were were both in yellow, which is not a common sight! And no, no family members of the grooms--there was some resistance from both families, for a variety of reasons, including that my colleague is trans. Families were told after the ceremony and brief honeymoon, so we've all been waiting to post our pics until the okay is given. But we all looked cute, especially the grooms!!

H cried the entire time, which he wasn't expecting. F is a lovely, very relaxed guy who was fun and easy to talk with. Both wore flower crowns and matching silver waistcoats with their bowties being their respective house colors (green for H and blue for F). One of the guests was on a 30s kick and showed up in a 30s skirt suit she had sewed herself and was amazing. I had one drink the entire time, a Lavender Brown special with lavender lemonade and whiskey, and it was utterly delightful.

I spent most of it with library staff, but not even the ones I would have assumed. I even had a great time with A there, which was a surprise. There was definitely work gossip, as I shared some stories we'd protected parttimers from for years, and A shared current info about our disintegrating IT department. And the aforementioned singing. Really, lovely day.

But then I went from crashing, into work on Sunday. I gave myself Sunday morning off with no expectations, reading with coffee and classical music and coffee, and that helped. I was able to be as on and sparkly as I needed at work, and then did nothing on Monday, too. It was necessary recharging time.

And then I finally sent A the break-off text. She was really sweet about it, said she'd thought that was where I was heading, she was about to do the check in text, and thanked me for initiating the hard conversation. But she also said she was disappointed and sad because she'd really liked me, and she needed to think about the possibility of becoming friends instead. Which in turn made me sad, because I think she would be a good friend, and also I really hate disappointing people and making nice people sad. :(

So, not quite sure what to do now. I guess return to okc? But so many matches live in the city, and that's really just not going to work for me. I need cool ladies in the suburbs. But not the suburb I live and work in, because that sets my privacy/boundary senses tingling. There wsa a bi ladies meet up group that had a meeting at the bar down the street a few times earlier this year, I guess I am hoping that they schedule another one there.

It's hard. I want to put myself out there, but also I don't, and why can't this be easy? LOL I know, life doesn't really work like that. It's okay.

At the wedding, H asked if I had even a flash of wanting to get married during the ceremony. She had, to her surprise. I didn't, really. I was super happy for them. It made me imagine a wedding, but that's really just the big party. I would, at some point, like to have a big party. But not necessarily a marriage.

Field of Dreams is playing in the park next week after work, and I really, really wanted to go to that. But I really wanted someone to go with me to that. My one coworker agreed, but then backed out to see another movie at the planetarium instead. I guess I will try another. It would have been a fun date with someone, though. If only things with A hadn't started a week or two later? Or earlier so I had a chance to meet someone new, ha. Oh, well. We'll see what happens!

Hello, Doctor!

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:29 pm
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Well, I had plans for this weekend. It's my second full weekend off this month, which never ever happens. I was going to be productive! Tackle my car trunk, turn on my old computer and figure out how to backup iTunes, check the emails that won't load on this new one for some reason, build my terrarium, go see Spiderman. Instead, yesterday, I read two books and sort of watched The Knick, which my assistant manager highly recommended. (Wasn't quite my style, but I was fascinated by the 1900 medical procedures and the women.) I walked down two blocks to pick up my prescription and some milk and ended up dizzy and exhausted. Thanks, period. I still want to see Spiderman today, but I have some fears that my period could make me very sick, and I'd hate to be 1.5 miles away and have to walk home. So I guess we'll see how that goes.

Today's productivity got a bit derailed when I slept until 10 (10!!!!) and then realized that Wimbeldon was over and the 13th Doctor had been revealed. Like, actually with almost perfect timing. I hopped on my computer to see when it would be over and the news had been released six minutes earlier.

It's no surprise that my dream had been Hayley Atwell, and that I'd been excited by a few other of the rumored people: Olivia Coleman, David Harewood, etc. But when I saw the headline, "The new Doctor is a woman," my heart stopped. I honestly thought it was a joke. I'd wanted it, there had been such a push for it, but they wouldn't really do it, would they?

They did. And my God, I am so giddy. I just keep randomly grinning and refreshing twitter and seeing such cute fanart of our new Doctor and getting more giddy. I'm a huge fan of Broadchurch, and I am thrilled with Jodie Whittaker's casting. She's such a great actor, and I think she's going to bring so much to the character. I can't wait to see her costume. I can't wait to see her in action.

I remember being at work for Matt Smith's casting, refreshing websites constantly, waiting for the news to break. I remember being downstairs at my parents, watching the BBCA special that ended with Peter Capaldi coming out for the announcement and instantly feeling that he was my perfect Doctor. I'm a little sad Jodie didn't get the same sort of welcome, but honestly, just the news is enough.

I really am going to miss Capaldi--I've loved him in the role, even if I haven't loved all the stories told. But I am so excited for what is to come. And I'm so excited that it's an actress my mom knows--she says she's actually looking forward to watching the Christmas special with me! Normally I either have it on and she whines and complains even as she gets sucked in, or I have to go watch alone in another room. But this year she says we'll make popcorn and tea. She also loved that 50th anniversary tv movie about the launch of Doctor Who and is looking forward to seeing David Bradley as the First Doctor again. It's going to be so awesome. <3

So, yay! Happy fandom times. It's also the one year anniversary of the new Ghostbusters, so there's been a lot of fic and a bit of a graphics resurgence on twitter, which is fun. I signed up for h/c bingo, and think I can manage a GB series out of it, which will be fun. Still waiting to hear if femslashex will go on this year with a new mod.

Disney Expo really had some big news this year. I am utterly gutted at the loss of The Great American Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios, especially since it's being replaced by a Mickey and Minnie ride that isn't even classic. Epcot seems about to lose MouseGears, the biggest and best gift shop, as well as Club Cool with all the Coke flavors from around the world, and that royally sucks, too. I buy SO MUCH at Mouse Gears. The new rides sound fun, and the new look for Future Land does look nice and futurey, so I guess we'll see what ends up going where. Seems like there will be massive, massive changes almost everywhere for our next visit, in/after Dec 2018.

I am also intrigued by the Infinity War trailer reports, including Bucky fighting in the Wakandan Army. I am very glad he is awake, but I also feel like that should be a big plot point (much like his decision to enter cryofreeze should not have been a mid-credits moment), and it will probably also be glossed over. Unless he's in Black Panther? Also, you know, Cap in full beard. Bet Chris Evans loved that. It sounds really chaotic and wild, and I generally trust the Russos, so we'll see.

We finally, finally hit the midpoint of summer reading yesterday. I can't quite conceive that. I think that August is going to be a little painful. (We usually end around August 1. This year, August 24. Oy.) Programming continues to be delightful and fun and social justicey. I'm already having to be deep into planning October and November, which occasionally makes me confused as to where in the year I truly am.

Reading and work. I think that's essentially all I am doing right now. And yoga. Which means things can crosspost again, which is a side benefit. I won't lie, I miss comments, ha.

One of my coworkers has a Passion Planner, and I rather like its set up. Does anyone else use one? I printed off a few pages to give it a whirl before shelling out for an actual one, to see if I'll use it. I see it less for work and more for my personal life and therapy goals more than anything.

I guess I should start tidying, maybe build my terrarium. Next Spiderman is in an hour, which seems unlikely. But maybe the one after that? Or maybe I could finally choose a damn pattern for my Anne of Green Gables quilt--I've been super caught up in choosing The Perfect Pattern, easy but not too easy, period looking without being too fiddly and complicated for my skill level and also suiting my fabric. I'm thinking maaaaaaaaybe log cabin? Augh. I don't know. So many choices!

Oh, also, it is Christmas movie marathon week on Hallmark. Totally time to tune in and enjoy that. <3

Happy 48th anniversary...

Jul. 16th, 2017 01:04 pm
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... of the Apollo 11 launch!

More later, maybe.

things and a book meme

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:26 pm
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1. My average writing speed is... 1000 words per three hours. Spread over a few weeks. Oh, well. No one said I had to write longfics.

2. I really want to buy the new commemorative edition of HP and the Philosopher's Stone. But I already own a copy bought some 18 years ago. I got into HP in 1999. Hm.

3. Look, a book meme!

via [personal profile] oursin

1. You currently own more than 20 books: You mean the ones on my table. Yes.

2. You currently own more than 50 books: The ones on the floor. Yes.

3. You currently own more than 100 books: The ones on the shelves.

4. You amassed so many books you switched to an e-reader: Actually, that was for fanfic and school, but why not books as well, right?
the rest here )

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Jul. 16th, 2017 11:41 am
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I am assuming, from the amount of anxiety I'm currently feeling about who the new Doctor will be, that I am generally not as OK as I would like to think I am.

Wibbleage )
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A pint of blackberries, a pint of blueberries, a pint of shiro plums, a quart of mango doughnut peaches (my favorite!), a pint of shishito peppers, garlic cheese curds, dill & garlic quark, herb roasted beets, olives in honey, pita bread, tiropita, seasonal Greek stuffed bread, batard of whole wheat bread.

I've finished up the peach butter I started last night -- I was so tired I had to put it in the fridge and finish this morning -- and I'm planning on making blackberry jam this week. I'll probably make kimchi stew to take for lunch this week, as it's pretty easy and I do have fresh shishito peppers...