2. Considering I was for some reason super tired for most of the day and just sat at my desk barely staying awake, I actually managed to do a decent amount of translating, though of course not anywhere near what I had hoped I'd get done (but that never happens, so).
3. I brought home some expired Rice Krispies from work the other day and Carla made Rice Krispie treats today. :D
4. The new Mario Kart 8 DLC is coming out on Thursday! I thought it was going to be in May, so while I was starting to get excited about it, I was still thinking it was a few weeks away, but then we looked it up today and saw it's April 23rd! Eight more new tracks! Animal Crossing themed stuff! And also separate from the previously announced stuff, there's now going to be 200cc races! O_o We watched the video and that's kind of scary fast so I doubt I'm going to be doing those all the time, but it will still be a fun new challenge.
The water falls were lovely. Silver and gold. Water.
We both earned our castle badges (oh, fitbit and your gameification of walking) and hiking boot badges. 247 flights of stairs and 37k steps respectively. Mom the greater the achievement as she's 74.
We hiked and communed with nature. Each other. Listened to water falling and ciccadas in the trees. For much of the hike we were the only ones on the trail. Emerging thankfully to a vista where Mom almost lost her hiking stick, I didn't almost die retrieving it, and the end the stick was saved by a group of women, who retrieved the old hickory and we declared girl power. It was all terribly empowering. Except the last two miles of the hike. that was a slog.
Still, a lovely meal cooked over the fire. Conversation. Stars through tree tops. Smoke fading into memory, if still lingering on my towel.
Title: Death in the Land of the Midnight Sun
I find it personally, viscerally offensive. I can't live in a world where I chose or deserved, at any level, the terrible things that were done to me. Not as part of the Holocaust, but perhaps as a sort of backwash from it, since I was raised by people directly affected by it.
How could a Rabbi say that, one old enough that he might have been alive during the Holocaust? In a chapter about compassion and empathy, no less. Look someone in the eye and say that, someone with a number tattooed on them. Look at a photo of skeletal people rescued from a death camp and say that. Look at someone raped as a child and say that.
I was just writing with my aunt about her aunts and uncles, and she wrote, this one and this one and that one were assassinated in the Holocaust. (In Spanish.) They couldn't possibly have deserved that. Nor did my aunt deserve to grow up without extended family around her.
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And now, the weather...
Technically, I may not need it, but whatever, it's Marvel Time: I am watching all the Iron Mans, Thors, Captain Americas, and Avengers, but not Black Widow because hey, they haven't made her a movie. And Agents of Shield, because it exists.
( season one spoilers I guess? )
( brief contextual digression )
( Back to Other People )
Yes, that was indeed a lot of words.
Okay, I gotta ask: is there any May/Skye fic anyone would recommend? Gen/friendship or romantic or a slow burn starting with the first and going to the second by preference. I have no idea why it appeals to me, but it really, really does.
(*keeps watching* I guess that was on purpose? I'm never really sure with this show.)
(Whoa, this is the first origin story where the villain is just Bad without having been mistreated by a good character, isn't it?)
(This is a really tortured and stupid plot even for OUAT.)
I have a couch! Dad and Melissa took me all over the place and we finally found a loveseat that united price with cleanliness and aesthetic, so now I can sit in my living room and compute, watch tv, and/or sew. Now what I need is a floor lamp, because the kitchen light and the living room light are both in the wrong spots to let me sew at night.
Speaking of sewing, my Regency dress is almost done. I'm a little worried that the back of the skirt is too long, but other than the hem I just need to finish the ends of the sleeves and then put them on the bodice. But I'm not sure if I'm going to the ball because I can't find my passport anywhere.
Sunday I went back to the flea market because when we'd checked out their couch selection, I noticed a Regency romance on a shelf, The Ill-Bred Bride. I looked it up on Amazon and it's a trad with a poor aristocratic hero and a trade heiress, which is my jam. So I picked it up and a couple of things for Etsy (I should probs rename my shop or something, it has very little to do with sewing), and when I was looking through a basket of sheet music I found a Ladies Home Journal from 1911 in great condition apart from the cover. Then in the back there were a couple of small bins of antique/vintage ribbons and seam bindings, which I half-emptied (after I'd ordered ribbon for this dress, unfortunately).
Seem to have pinkeye in my right eye. :|
While I was walking after dinner I finally saw one of the trains go by. This seems like a stupid thing to care about but I hear them so often at night that it was bugging me that I had never seen one yet.
Over the past week or so, I've been emailing with someone from OKCupid. He doesn't seem like a creep or a weirdo, and we're going to have dinner sometime this week. I'm wary that I expect too much of a spark on first meeting, but our online conversation doesn't seem forced and it's not just a double-sided interview like you sometimes end up in. I remain optimistic.
Title: I Want Something That I Want
Fandoms: Bandom (Panic! at the Disco, The Academy Is..., Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy)
Pairings: Spencer Smith/Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross/John Walker
Warnings: Alternate Universe - College/University, Alternate Universe - Always the Opposite Sex, Alternate Universe - Fraternities and Sororities, Pining, Unresolved Sexual Tension, Resolved Sexual Tension, Romance, Adorable, Oblivous, Jealousy, Rush Week
Music: The Show, as performed by Lenka
Author's Summary: "Formal recruitment is still technically new to Spencer, but she's not a huge fan of it so far. Ryan had told her that getting to hold the basket is probably a compliment from Petey- "It means you're a hotass, Spence," is actually what Ryan said- but her feet sort of hurt and the house has gotten exponentially warmer in the last thirty minutes. Most of it's been a blur of faces and pretty inane conversation, but the next girl in the house smiles shyly at Spencer from behind bright red glasses, tucking her long, dark hair behind her ear, nearly tripping on the door frame."
Download Link: You can download this podfic as an mp3 right over here (thank you, , for hosting me).
Points: (1+5+5+5+5+10)x5 = 153 points
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Weirdly, Geoff is having a much harder time getting on line than I am, even though we have essentially the same tech and the same VPN. He can receive mail but not send it; I generally manage to do almost anything I want, though it may take a couple of tries (Nd there was that one time when I could only connect if the VPN was off, wtf).
Items needed to sorta-repair my glasses: super glue, scotch tape, paper, little screwdriver, three wooden skewers, needle and thread, microfiber cloth, my sun lamp, annnnnnd Sculpey.
I used the Sculpey to craft a little stand to hold the two halves in place properly while I applied the glue and let it set. I feel quite proud of this.
Also, a character detail for one of The 100 stories I'm working on just got Jossed in a tweet today and I'm gnashing my teeth trying to figure out how to fix it. I'm not coming up with anything because where this character comes into my story does not work with the new information. So much gnashing of teeth.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I hate writing things when I know they're wrong, and this story is small enough that it doesn't warrant it's own huge AU label (it's not the crossover) so I want to make it work.
But good things did happen today, so it hasn't been a total loss.
Not one but two! of my fics were podficced by tinypinkmouse for amplificathon . I am always blown away and grateful and touched whenever that happens.
Variations on a Square Dance [Haven]
Wish You Were Here [Haven/Criminal Minds]