[personal profile] batwrangler
I ordered a bunch of JW Pet rubber squeaky toys, all basically round and large enough to not get stuck under the coffee table, because Shine loves balls and Fezzik doesn't destroy them. They arrived today: Shine spent a good deal of time running around picking up a toy, squeaking it, putting it down in favour of another toy, squeaking the new toy, putting that one down to pick up either the first toy or different new one, squeaking it ... and so forth. It was quite amusing (and she took a nap before the squeaking got to be more than I could bear).

Reapers of rite, sowers of spring

Dec. 21st, 2014 03:26 pm
[personal profile] sovay
Happy solstice, all. It's snowing.

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Dec. 21st, 2014 01:50 pm
[personal profile] skygiants
I was supposed to do five favorite anime/manga for [personal profile] cinaed on the 14th, a full week behind on my December meme posts! I am shamed. :( ALSO this is a hard question to answer. Five? Only five?!

OK, I can muster up a pretty clear top five, but I refuse to rank them! REFUSE. Here goes:

- Revolutionary Girl Utena was not actually my first anime (that was Evangelion, about which I have now forgotten most of everything) but it was definitely one of my most ... confusingly formative. And it's so good! So often inexplicable, but so good! Just such an amazingly incisive and scathing condemnation of everything that is toxic about gender roles and savior complexes, wrapped in twelve layers of metaphor and boxing kangaroos.

- and Princess Tutu was my fourth anime! I started out strong, well done self. Perhaps part of the reason I love it so much is because it is in direct conversation with Utena, and not arguing with it exactly but providing a different slant -- a less brutal but no less incisive look at the kind of stories that shape people, and how they do it. Also it's SO ADORABLE. EVERYTHING IS ADORABLE.

- meanwhile Fullmetal Alchemist, in a different category, is emphatically my favorite shonen. It's a theoretically straightforward quest story, which is actually a nuanced exploration of sacrifice, responsibility and loss, dealing solidly along the way with issues of genocide and national guilt and national healing. Also, Hiromu Arakawa is one of the most charming mangaka that exists IN THIS WORLD.

- rivaled only perhaps by Yumi Tamura, author of 7 Seeds! I am a little bit obsessed with 7 Seeds, a post-apocalyptic manga that manages to be incredibly brutal and incredibly optimistic and INCREDIBLY HILARIOUS all at once, because Yumi Tamura's character development is a beautiful, complex thing and Yumi Tamura's plotting and worldbuilding are like Jurassic Park on crack. "And then we found these things in the desert and poured water on them and it turned out they were DEHYDRATED DINOSAURS!"

- I don't actually know enough about Naoki Urasawa himself to know if he is charming? Anyway, 20th Century Boys is my other all-time favorite manga, about ... a bunch of people running around to thwart the apocalypse! This wasn't an intentional theme. Anyway what it's really about is the way that the things that absorb you as a child do and don't continue to affect you as you grow up, and the power of things like music and stories, for good and for ill (also perhaps a theme running through this list, OK, I never said I wasn't predictable.)

OK THERE THAT'S FIVE. Honorable mentions go to Baccano!, Gokusen and the first 200 or so chapters of Skip Beat! as well probably as several other things I am forgetting. (I can safely leave Twelve Kingdoms off the list though because I like it best as a light novel series. SO THERE.)

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Dec. 21st, 2014 10:32 am
[personal profile] cofax7
... so I'm mildly surprised that my flist did not inform me that the final episode of The Colbert Report was actually a Highlander crossover.

Flist, you have disappointed me!

Beautiful White Horses

Dec. 21st, 2014 10:21 am
[personal profile] rachelmanija
Sherwood and I are at Judy Tarr's horse ranch writing retreat in Arizona, writing and riding.

Judy has ten hours left in a Kickstarter to fund a novella (or two novellas if it hits the bonus threshold) about horses and magic in Arizona. Go fund the second novella!

Some images from the retreat are on LJ.

Dec 21

Dec. 21st, 2014 10:43 am

and knowing we are not alone in fear

Dec. 21st, 2014 10:37 am
[personal profile] musesfool
I did not manage a nap yesterday, but I did beta 5 different yuletide stories AND revise mine to a state where I'm like 95% happy with it, PLUS I started a treat and scouted out a possible second treat, so I feel good about that. I hope my recipient likes it!

Today's December talking meme post is about writing, too, so let's just segue into that:

December 21: [livejournal.com profile] flaming_muse asked, Is there a story you'd like to write but can't, for whatever reason? Tell us about it!

Ahahaha, right now it's all of them!

But no, aside from the 5000 words of the MCU/DCU crossover that even with help I can't seem to finish because plot, I would really like to write the Veronica Mars/DCU crossover where Veronica, on the trail of what turns out to be a serial killer, comes to Gotham because she begins to suspect Bruce Wayne is her guy (he has the same taste in women, apparently), and Batman is just like, ugh, tiny blonde detective go away! And he sends Dick out to distract her (...yes, exactly like that) because he's so close to finding out who the killer is! But the story requires a killer and a plot smart enough to keep both Bruce Wayne and Veronica Mars guessing for a while and I am not that smart or that good at mystery plots. So it remains unwritten, but glorious in my head. I probably should just find a good serial killer movie and steal the plot from that. *hands*

Writing is hard!

***

So yesterday I sat down and watched the final *sob* three episodes of Legend of Korra. Outside the cut, I will say that I liked the first two seasons more than a lot of people did, though they're definitely flawed, but if you stopped watching then, please do yourself a favor and check out seasons 3 and 4, because they are simply MARVELOUS. I mean, some things were still rushed and some things never got quite the nuance I was hoping for, but overall, I would rate them very highly indeed, up there with AtLA season 3, which is the second best season, because nothing will ever match the heights of AtLA season 2. The Ba Sing Se arc is among the best arcs of television I've ever watched, but really, the whole season from "The Blind Bandit" through "Crossroads of Destiny" is brilliant.

ANYWAY.

spoilers )

So some people might consider that full of fan service, but if so, it was fan service done right for this fangirl! And the future is wide open for many more adventures, even though the creators have said they're done with the Avatar universe.

(Funnily enough, after all the Clone Wars watching I've been doing - I've finished the series and kind of want to just start rewatching it right away, and I'll be posting a lot of thoughts, because, well, I'm very impressed with what they managed to do on that show (they made me feel really bad for Anakin! Even though he is the king of bad decisions! I don't know what to do with these emotions!) - but anyway, in the Korra opening, when Tenzin is like, "Earth. Fire. Air. Water. Only the Avatar can master all four elements and bring balance to the world," I keep thinking he's going to say "bring balance to the Force" now. And that just makes me want a Star Wars/AtLA crossover somehow. Not just because Iroh needs to talk some sense into Anakin AND the Jedi Council, but just because now I'm thinking about the avatar world and benders as people who connect with the Spirit World (in essence, the Force) differently from the Jedi and how they'd respond to that. Like, with the avatar world being off-limits until they have spacefaring technology of their own, but then joining the Republic and how the Jedi would dismiss the Avatar because they don't use the Force in the approved Jedi way [not even the Air Nomads anymore, who would be closest, pre-genocide, to the Jedi way of life], but they're not - Unalaq aside - using the dark side. Someone should totally write this for me.)

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Dec. 21st, 2014 09:50 am
[personal profile] kass
OMG y'all y'all y'all

I just finished Eleanor and Park

I am honest-to-god crying

I can't even

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

"Day is done, gone the sun"

Dec. 21st, 2014 12:20 am
[personal profile] rosefox
COME BACK SUN ALL IS FORGIVEN

That's about all I've got in me for solstice vigil and ceremony. Are the dark days always so very very dark? It seems really awful this year. (Emotionally and psychologically, I mean. The weather's actually not been too bad.)

But we made it through to the turning of the year. January will be no worse than December, and then February will be terrible but short, with improbable frost-defying buds on the trees--I always fear for the magnolias, and they always come through just fine--and then spring spring spring.

and one for the road

Dec. 20th, 2014 11:21 pm
[personal profile] yhlee

Bwah.

(The Little Schemer is a very fast read after having done Structure and Interpretation of Computer Program in Dylan, Yet Another Computer Language No One Has Heard Of. Especially with the LISP-style syntax. God, I remember how buggy NOODLLE was.)

Still on the look out

Dec. 20th, 2014 10:12 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
For F&SF full cast audio plays. Podcast or radio archives.

Working my way through Nightvale but I am not sure it's my sort of thing.

Hee

Dec. 20th, 2014 08:35 pm
[personal profile] telophase
Toby, while playing Assassin's Creed: Black Flag just now: "I'm a white dude. Cultural appropriation's a kind of hobby."

(I'd just accused him of looting cultural property when, as a sidequest, his character discovered and dug up something identified as a Mayan Stone.)

Sent from my Apple ][+

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Dec. 20th, 2014 06:17 pm
[personal profile] jhameia
Alive! Slightly awake.

Watched four movies on the plane: The Hundred-Foot Journey (loved it!), Guardians of the Galaxy (liked it all right), How To Train Your Dragon 2 (better than I expected), and Hercules (it was okay, but I agree with all the critics that it was hella white).

When I got into Incheon I made a cot out of two chairs and passed out for three hours. Still waking up. Need a shower quite desperately. Then I'll go get some food. There's a transit hotel lounge here which does a mean buffet spread that has never disappointed me. And I'll read. See you on the other side, internet!

Dragons to Give Away

Dec. 20th, 2014 02:56 pm
[personal profile] chomiji
I can't do this the usual way because I'm on my iPad mini and copying and coding HTML is a pain.

But if you go to my lair, all the hatchlings (and in case they grow up shortly, that includes the green-range wildclaws) are up for grabs. Just send me a Crossroads request for 1 T.

Ayala, green-range Imp lady, is up for grabs too.

http://flightrising.com/main.php?p=lair&id=41219

Poop Bandit

Dec. 20th, 2014 12:40 pm

THE CLASH OF THE GAMES

Dec. 20th, 2014 11:05 am
[personal profile] yhlee
More xkcd spam:


HA HA HA HA HA

Yeah, if all those white pieces were go stones, even I could tell that white is in a ludicrously bad position (snapshot, anyway).
[personal profile] veejane
Say, you ever heard about how burns involving steam or liquid are much more serious than burns involving things like open flames or a hot burner? Because despite the sexiness of open flames, your brain is smart enough to jerk your hand away from a stationary hot object or location, but steam and liquids get on you and stay there till you wipe them off, transferring their heat all the while?

Yeah. Don't over-nuke soup, try to pick it up and scald your hand with the steam, and then in an act of slapstick glory pour it all over your other hand (and the desk). We hate that.

signed,
the blister on my pinky knuckle and several red spots on the sides of my fingers.

P.S. judicious application of ice -- actually a series of soda cans, rotated in and out of the fridge as it warmed up in my hand -- reduced the steam burn quite effectively! But it's hard to balance a soda can on your pinky knuckle.
[personal profile] malkingrey
...if you live in a cold climate and are stingy with your heating (as we have always been, first because we were heating with a wood furnace, and willingness to put up with lower interior temperatures directly correlates with unwillingness to move large heavy logs from woodpile to furnace several times a day for an entire winter; and second because when we finally got tired of heaving logs around we dropped back to the electric baseboard heat, which is like burning dollar bills to keep warm):

  • Footstools weren't just ornamental. They were to keep your feet off the cold floor, so that what warmth you could pull around yourself didn't leak out through the soles of your shoes.

  • Shawls and caps and fingerless gloves weren't just fashion statements. They kept the drafts off the back of your neck, and kept heat from leaking out through the palms of your hands and the top of your head.

  • Lapdogs weren't just frivolous pets. They were self-propelled organic personal space heaters for people who could afford the cost of feeding an otherwise unproductive household critter. (Cats and small terriers could also fulfill the "space heater" function, but escaped the "silly rich woman's toy" stigma by also catching household vermin.)

[personal profile] musesfool
Ugh, I woke up at 4:45 with some verbiage to add to my yuletide, and I have been up ever since. I'm waiting for CVS and the laundry place to open so I can go run my errands before everyone else is awake, and then I can continue revising, and also do the betas that are waiting for me.

L. and I had a really nice dinner last night, with much less wine than usual, so I probably could have written when I got home? But instead, I chose to do this:

December 20: [personal profile] ladyscribe said, tell me about Henrik Lundqvist, your goalie boyfriend.

Henrik Lundqvist... How do I begin to explain Henrik Lundqvist?
Henrik Lundqvist is flawless.
He has a Vezina trophy and a restaurant in Tribeca*.
I hear his glove hand is insured for $10,000**.
I hear he does underwear commercials in the US ... and shampoo commercials...in Sweden.
He's the best-dressed hockey player in New York.
One time People Magazine voted him one of the sexiest men alive.
One time he played "Sweet Child o'Mine" on Jimmy Fallon***.
One time he sprayed Sidney Crosby in the face with his water bottle... It was awesome.

*(Sadly, he has yet to raise the Stanley Cup, but I hope he gets there someday soon. ♥LET'S GO RANGERS♥ NB: I don't know if he's still part-owner of Tiny's.)

**(This is completely made up. Well, the photo is real.)

***(He apparently does actually play the guitar. Man, how are you even real? HAIL TO THE KING, BABY.)

Seriously, though, he is an amazing goaltender, and he is on my team! And I hadn't had a goalie boyfriend since John Vanbiesbrouck, and the Rangers keep trading away my favorite position players, so why not ride the hot goalie? Ahem.

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Dec. 19th, 2014 10:30 pm
[personal profile] jhameia
- Woke up at 9am today, with only 6 hours sleep. Had to wash my hair.

- Ate just a noodle for lunch in anticipation of a dinner at some hotel with a new friend.

- Did some last minute cleaning, left the apartment at 2pm, caught the 2.25 bus downtown to the train station. It had to be re-routed because of some closure on Uni Ave.

- Train line was super long, because one of the machines was damn finicky and of course I got it. Took me three tries with all my available cards.

- Sat close to a chatty senior undergrad who, idk, had "rube" written all over her forehead, to hear her tell the ish she'd gone through the entire quarter. Tried to explain what I did, and she was enthused but started talking and I'm not sure I understood her sentences from start to finish. And I'm usually pretty good at deciphering these sorts of things.

- The Flyaway to LAX took almost an hour with the traffic. I kept texting the friend over and over, because I couldn't remember which hotel we were going to meet at. Couldn't check in early so I had to lug my luggage with me to wait for the shuttle.

- I got onto a shuttle that serves two hotels but didn't understand it. Didn't matter because the friend had thrown his back and couldn't make it down.

- Determined to make the best of it anyway. Ended up at the Westin. Had shrimp, a glass of wine, some fries, a brownie. Had a very nice waiter. A very expensive dinner.

- Caught the shuttle back to LAX, checked in, went through security. My cookies went through! So... now waiting for the flight. Developing a headache. Really want to sleep. Not looking forward to 13 hours of sitting. Too much sitting. Sigh.

some things

Dec. 19th, 2014 10:21 pm
[personal profile] thistleingrey
* I'd been waiting to see whether Flight Rising does anything with all of those gathered items---crafting was rumored. Nothing so far, and as of 12 Dec I've discontinued daily check-ins. I haven't been breeding dragons for interesting color combinations for at least six months, nor running them through combat for items; it's been fourteen months since account creation. (All I do most days is feed dragons, gather, and visit Pinkerton's Pile and Swipp's Swap.) Sunset, with 55 familiars and 520 points.

weaving )

two failures, one TMI )
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
Isn't to bound through the cat door but to check to see if I have unlatched it yet, which as it happened I had not.

Hee!

Dec. 19th, 2014 09:50 pm
[personal profile] telophase
We just finished watching the Korra finale, and Toby is texting back and forth with a friend of ours who watched it earlier and has been DYING to talk about it, apparently. XD

Rot13.com for spoilers:

Xbeenfnzv SGJ!

Sent from my Apple ][+

LOLOLOLOL

Dec. 19th, 2014 09:49 pm
[personal profile] yhlee
Sorry, it's a night for xkcd:


*falls down laughing*

I'll stop now.

Oh Willy Ley No

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:10 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
"Not quite half a millennium ago, Man began to break out of his original home, comprised of Europe, Asia, and Africa."

The Martian

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:11 pm
[personal profile] lightreads
The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Through a freak set of circumstances, an astronaut is abandoned on Mars when the rest of his NASA crew departs. Now he has to survive.

Ahaha, okay.

Things this book doesn't care about: Doing the omniscient POV well; doing epistolary well; giving characters anything more complex than the most obvious, primary-colored emotions; the actual psychological experience of being left alone on Mars to die.

Things this book cares about: How to extract hydrogen and create your own water molecules from scratch OMG.

This was a lot of fun, and compulsively readable in places. But let's get real here: I can see exactly why this book was self-published for lack of an agent, and simultaneously why Crown later acquired it (though I am baffled as to why, during the editing process, they didn't sit Weir down and have a long, firm talk with him about how jaw-droppingly terrible the last few paragraphs of the book are. Seriously, they're seventh-grade essay about the nature of mankind bad. It's like telling someone their fly is unzipped – it's embarrassing, but someone has to do it). Anyway, this is a cool space survival piece with loving (and fascinating!) descriptions of growing potatoes on Mars and orbital mechanics calculations sprinkled with occasional quips, and really disinterested or just incompetent everything else.

Basically, I really dug this. But I actually bet myself halfway through that this was going to be made into a movie, and yep, I was right. Starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, which, uh-huh. And I just . . . look. Being able to spot a book that a major studio is going to snap up for adaptation? That isn't actually a compliment. That usually means the book is a good adrenaline vehicle with only cut-outs of human beings in it, where the emotional arc – such as it is – can go comfortably down in one small swallow and be immediately forgotten. And . . . yeah.




View all my reviews

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Dec. 19th, 2014 06:53 pm
[personal profile] rushthatspeaks
Ugh, I don't mean not to have been writing here, but my brain keeps on either not coming up with anything to say, or else coming up with things which are long thinky essays that I would like to write but simply do not have the mental space for at this point in time. I will I am sure get to some of them eventually, but in the meantime, well.

I did have an experience regarding one of the usual dinners I make the other day, which caused me to remember that it's not a dinner I've seen many other households do, and so I thought I'd mention it.

For many years of living with Thrud, one of our default dinners was best describable as antipasto, and it's a really good dinner for a day one has been shopping. You get a loaf of bread, baguette or pain batarde or something of that sort, from the grocery store bakery department, and you get the best tomato you can possibly find in the store, organic if you can swing it; also fresh basil; also the kind of mozzarella that is high-quality enough to come in salt water, but not the ludicrously expensive kind. And you can get a jar of green olives, or of black olives, or of green olives stuffed with garlic, depending on what people like, and a jar of marinated artichokes, and maybe a jar of sun-dried tomato spread, or you can take these jars out of the fridge if you do this frequently enough to have them there. Then you wash the tomato and basil and put everything on plates with serving implements, and everyone takes what they like, in the combinations that they want it, and ninety-five percent of the work was in the shopping, and it is a delicious dinner, good enough for company and reasonably healthy. You can even make other people cut their own tomato and basil. This is of course also especially useful if you need to cause dinner for an unpredictable number of people two minutes after walking in the door, which is a thing that happens around Thrud.

So I was grocery shopping recently at the time of day where when you get home the last thing you want is to make dinner, you just want it to magically appear from the heavens, preferably within thirty seconds after you sit down, and consequently I was shopping for antipasto. But it is the dead of winter, and they did not have any fresh basil. Which is fair. All right, I thought, we just won't have fresh basil this time. Then they didn't have any reasonable mozzarella, i.e. anything other than shredded, which while all very well in its own way is not really mozzarella and does not work for this. And I despaired a little, because I did not want to think of another dinner on no notice at all standing in the grocery store.

Then it occurred to me that most major European cuisines have appetizer-y courses or light meals centered around bread, and there is no reason it has to be, specifically, antipasto. So I bought a jar of hearts of palm, and some of that Portuguese farmer's cheese that is exactly halfway between mozzarella and ricotta in taste and behavior, and some sliced linguica, and a hummus mixed with tapenade, and it was just as good. I could have gotten a jar of white asparagus, and a curdier farmer's cheese, and quince paste, in a vaguely Spanish direction; or a Brie and the fancy European butter and some bitter chocolate and some anchovy paste, in a French one; or even, I suppose, black bread and mustard and sauerkraut and some pickled mushrooms, if I'd been the only person in my house eating it, and called it vaguely German.

This may or may not mean that we have this dinner more often. But it is certainly a useful revelation given the vagaries of season and grocery store.

language leisure-learning

Dec. 19th, 2014 03:40 pm
[personal profile] yhlee
Poll #16259 hard decisions
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


What language should I focus on trying to learn?

View Answers

Japanese
7 (43.8%)

Latin
8 (50.0%)

ticky box goes tick-tock
3 (18.8%)

something else that I will explain in comments
2 (12.5%)



ETA: If you want to talk to me about your vote, or rec resources, please feel free! :D

Explanation:
- Korean is not listed as an option because (as near as I can figure out), as it was my first language, it's the single language I have to learn by immersion rather than through textbook methods. I'm ordinarily good with textbooks and I have bounced out of repeated textbooks.

- Japanese is a good choice because I watch anime, so there would be some exposure to the spoken language, and it's one of the countries Joe wants to visit again so there would be additional motivation. The difficulty here is the writing system; the kanji and the katakana are killing me flat dead. I don't anticipate the actual grammar being all that bad. I do have some months left on a subscription to WaniKani for learning the kanji/vocabulary, but really need to crack a text for some grammar fundamentals.

- I did very well with first-year Latin (Wheelock) and would essentially be reviewing Wheelock, hoping eventually to work up to Brian Beyer's War with Hannibal: Authentic Latin Prose for the Beginning Student (Eutropius). (After that, I would love to someday be able to read Caesar's Gallic Wars in the original, but I don't think that is a realistic goal. I read these accounts of genius historical figures who manage to teach themselves Greek and Latin out of books, and mostly feel too stupid to live.) Here I would have the advantage of having taken a class in the past (albeit years ago), plus answer keys for the exercise books so I can check my work.

I don't know, I find doing language exercises soothing. I don't expect to attain any real fluency with self-study; I mainly want reading comprehension, certainly not conversational.

and then of course there's complex analysis; I should bring the book to read on the airplane. Math is an excellent way to pass airport waits.
[personal profile] yhlee
BPAL:
Strawberry Sufganiyot
A sugar-dusted pile of sufganiyot, trickling bright rivulets of strawberry jelly.

In the bottle:
This has that weird sugary cake mix smell and I hope that it smells less floury on me.

Wet:
Oh thank God. The sugariness recedes a little, ditto the dry cake mix quality.

Drydown:
Yes! I smell like a succulent jelly doughnut! I bought two bottles of this on a gamble because my one bottle of Strawberry Moon (a partial bottle obtained years ago) is running low. Now I have another strawberry option! Granted, this one definitely has a more foodie quality to it, but it's bright and cheerful and exactly what I needed.

ETA: Well, this one's a success, OMG I CAN'T STOP INHALING MY WRIST LOL.




Sword Art Online II through ep. 23. Read more... )




I have been binging on xkcd. Current favorite:
[personal profile] musesfool
My bosses are gone for the weekend (well, one is gone until January), and I just wrote the world's dullest action scene. I put myself to sleep with it. But it can be fixed in post! Er, after the deadline, with judicious editing! 1900 words and on to the emotional climax!

(Whoever is writing for me, since I don't have a gift yet, take heart! We're all in this together!)

*

ETA @ 5pm AND POSTED. WHEW. I mean, it's still in need of a lot of polishing, but I wouldn't be embarrassed completely if the archive were to go live tomorrow. Editing commences tomorrow. Whew. /eta

*
[personal profile] malkingrey
Another grey day -- cold and clammy and overcast. The only up side to weather like this is that it isn't as cold as the clear-blue-sky days. But right now I think I'd trade this weather in for some sunshine, especially if I had someplace to be that was well-heated. Like my fantasy apartment in the World Without Shrimp, which I'm thinking about a lot these days.

(The fantasy apartment has excellent heating, and it's included in the rent.)

I continue to work on my writing/editing biz newsletter. It goes without saying that if anybody reading this wants to subscribe, they're certainly welcome to do so; there's a signup form here. Or I can add people manually if that doesn't work.

Advent calender, December 18

Dec. 19th, 2014 09:34 am
[personal profile] telophase
All right...TODAY. Did Toby get something exciting, wonderful, and awesome TODAY?

The suspense is killing me! )

Advent calendar, December 17

Dec. 19th, 2014 09:32 am
[personal profile] telophase
What did Toby get? Did he get more candy? Or did he get something wonderful?

cut for answer... )

dec memeish 5: parenting

Dec. 19th, 2014 07:31 am
[personal profile] thistleingrey
[personal profile] the_rck has asked about something that has surprised me about becoming/being a parent.

It continues to be an enormous relief that my generally-disliked-previously-by-small-children self has figured out how to interact with smallish children without baffling or frightening them (I mean the ones that aren't mine, i.e., accustomed to me).

My spouse, who can generally engage with and entertain children till everyone's worn out, still has not bonded emotionally with our child.

Y'all may decide which of those statements is the surprise per se. Both are true.
[personal profile] musesfool
Today's December posting meme:

December 19: [personal profile] escritoireazul asked, what do you look for when choosing new recipes to try?

There are a few things, I guess:

-whether it's something I would like to eat (or give away)

-whether I have all the ingredients on hand or can easily get them (or substitute)

-whether it requires equipment I don't have

-whether it requires space I don't have (I would love to bake pies, but I have nowhere to really roll out pie crust. the cutting board over the sink is not really satisfactory.)

-how fussy it looks - I have baked things that require a lot of bowls and a lot of fussing, but I have yet to find something that really felt worth it at the end, and again, it's an issue of space. If I had a dishwasher, I might not mind using every bowl and spatula in my arsenal, but having to wash them all by hand and either dry them or find a space for them to dry - not worth it.

Having conquered baking with yeast a couple of years ago (and meringues last year; well, sort of), there's not a lot that intimidates me from a baking perspective (cooking, otoh - I have no desire to learn to spatchcock a chicken, for example), but I understand the limitations of my space right now so I haven't ever tried, say, macarons (also, I am bad at making things pretty, so that is also a consideration there), but I would like to!

I also don't make fried things very often, because the smell lingers in my apartment, but I will be making riceballs on New Year's Eve, scent of stale grease and all. *hands*

Now I have to work on yuletide, because L. and I are having our annual Christmas dinner tonight, which usually involves a lot of wine, so I won't be able to work on it when I get home.

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Dec. 19th, 2014 03:00 am
[personal profile] jhameia
- I think I'm packed and ready.

- I baked cookies tonight for my dad. Sigh.

- Worms seem to be doing okay. I covered them with their cloth and I'm confident they'll be okay while I'm gone.

- Went out for dinner at Sushiya with some friends.

- Looks like the only reasonable train to Los Angeles is at 3pm, which means leaving the house around 2pm with my luggage. Bah! I'll get to the airport around 6pm. So unreasonable! I wonder if LAX has anything decent to eat. Maybe I should wander around Union Station for food first.

The 100, 2x08

Dec. 18th, 2014 11:39 pm
[personal profile] oyceter
Apparently I am watching all the CW shows, all the time now. (Well, not Jane the Virgin yet, but it's next.)

I wanted to write up a general post before this, but I got stuck, so maybe some other time.

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[personal profile] starlady
One of the cool things I did while I was in London was visit the Longplayer at Trinity Buoy Wharf[personal profile] seekingferret actually wrote a much better entry about it than I did! They're having an NYE get-together at The Lighthouse on the afternoon of the 31st; if you're interested in attending, PM me your email address and I can forward you the invite. Note: since it is in a lighthouse, it is most definitely not universally accessible.

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