Bates Motel 3.07

Apr. 21st, 2015 07:46 am
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This one has the ominous title "The Last Supper", but the supper in question actually turns out to be...

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Daily Happiness

Apr. 20th, 2015 10:33 pm
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1. Well, I didn't make the tenpura today (gonna save that for tomorrow), because we went to the store and decided to get some of their delicious fried chicken instead (seriously Ralph's has like the best chicken I've ever had).

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.
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 Went for my annual Mothers Day camping trip (well pre, but mom will be South America on Mother's day).

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.
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Death in the land of the Midnight sun

Title: Death in the Land of the Midnight Sun
Writer/Reader: fresne
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairings: Sherlock/John
Series: Variations on an Equation series, this is a series of Omegaverse stories that AU each other. Each story is a variation on a gender pairing of Sherlock/John as male, female, alpha, omega, beta. This particular story is FemaleOmega-Sherlock/Other-John. Setting 1700s Russia, St. Petersburgh.
Rating: PG
Size: 3.1, 8:57
Warnings: Omegaverse. Although, really...
Music Credit: Congress of Vienna Waltz, Brassworks
Summary: Death was announced to the long ballroom as the Grand Duke John of the West, which was interesting as choices of names went. Death wondered sometimes what people saw on the card, or the letters of invitation, or the stone tablets before that.
A tall thin Omega woman in a black wool dress leaned against the gold trimmed wall as if she was doing it a favour. The Omega, Sherlock, because Death knew her name, Death knew everyone's name, was holding a white cloth clutched in her hand flecked with red. She said, "I am not going to die tonight." That was true.
She really was the most interesting human Death had met in a very, very long time.
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from beneath you, it devours

Apr. 20th, 2015 09:01 pm
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Today I spent two hours trying to de-rat poop the garage and the basement. I now understand something deeply in my soul that I did not truly understand before. I mean, if you had said it to me, I would have agreed, but I didn't know it. And that thing is: whatever you do not clean will be dirty.

God. Think about all the parts of your house that you don't clean. Under the stove. Behind the refrigerator. The cracks in the windowsills. The space under the sink. The gaps where things don't quite meet. The rot under the plywood, the crumbling of the foundations. Think of the dirt collecting there. Think of the silverfish and spider eggs and black mold waiting there to diffuse out into the air you breathe. It turns out we have never mopped the garage floor and as a result parts of it are made out of humus. There were parts so dusty I went to mop them with my 10% bleach solution and it just beaded up and ran off. Waves of spiders ran from me. I didn't even get to it all, because I would have had to move the 50 lbs of old paint cans that the previous owners left us. I am never going to feel clean again, I am never going to feel safe in my house again, and I kind of want to secede from my skin because it's been touching everything around me.

I can't believe a Rabbi wrote this

Apr. 20th, 2015 08:22 pm
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"The higher truth is that our experiences are absolutely fitting for each of us." I thought the Holocaust would prevent any Jew from letting that pass their lips, much less committing it to writing in a "spiritual" book.

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.

daily gratitudes

Apr. 20th, 2015 04:38 pm
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  1. something resembling progress wrt my dev environment at work
  2. I am coping reasonably well with the 9am start time at work
  3. Jane Hirshfield on revising poetry
  4. gorgeous spring rainstorms
  5. kitten autoscript

Welcome to Night Vale in Oakland?

Apr. 20th, 2015 07:28 pm
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Tomorrow, Welcome To Night Vale is coming to the Fox in Oakland, and I have an extra ticket -- [personal profile] mirabile can't attend, but I would love to.

Ping me? I've screened comments so you can talk freely, but you can also mail my handle at the Big G.

And now, the weather...
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[personal profile] seperis prep for Avengers 2, which Child and I are going to watch on the thirtieth. He's now six feet tall and can squish anyone who gets in our way. Sure, I already reserved our seats, but that's just for fun.

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.

Spice and Wolf question

Apr. 20th, 2015 08:38 pm
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Explicitly asking for a spoiler:

Does the wolf-girl get a happy ending? I can't watch sad animal stories and this one's already breaking my heart a half dozen eps in. WOLF-GIRL ENDANGERMENT NO. D:

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Apr. 20th, 2015 08:04 pm
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When it comes to stupid plot twists on OUAT, I've gotten over the hump. Yeah, what's the sad backstory for this villain? Awesome! But here's where I draw the line: it's the 1920s when Cruella's mother locked her up, and it's the 1920s ten(?) years later when the author takes Cruella to a nightclub. But it's also the 1940s because they're all swing dancing. SLOPPY.

(*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.

I Want Something That I Want

Apr. 20th, 2015 09:05 pm
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Title: I Want Something That I Want
[ profile] twentysomething 
Reader: [ profile] reena_jenkins 
Coverartist: [ profile] reena_jenkins 
Rating: PG-13
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

Length: 01:15:25

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, paraka, for hosting me).

Points: (1+5+5+5+5+10)x5 = 153 points

Odds & Ends

Apr. 21st, 2015 12:35 am
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Man, I'm doing a terrible job blogging this trip! Unlike when we travel on our own, at our own pace and also Geoff enjoys an afternoon siesta which is typing time for me, on this trip they're keeping us really busy dashing here and there, and the hours yesterday in the airport and on the plane, when I had vaguely planned to write some things up, I ended up being exhausted and staring blankly at some very pleasant fic I'd loaded up before leaving instead of putting my brain in gear. But I have twenty minutes now before we have to be in the hotel lobby to catch the bus to whatever we're doing today, so! )

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).

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Apr. 20th, 2015 08:39 pm
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[personal profile] snarp
Photo of the items listed below laid out around a poorly-repaired pair of glasses.

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.
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[personal profile] tassosss
Today is uhg. Just ugh. I've had an emotional hangover all day from Stuff and a boring day at work and am carrying around an imaginary 10-foot pole to hit anyone who gets too close. It's one of those days. I kind of hate everything right now.

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 [personal profile] tinypinkmouse  for [community profile] 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]


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