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Oct. 23rd, 2014 10:48 am
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Last night my sleep was frequently interrupted by all of her snuggling, purring, and pettin's-demanding.

Today she's following me into every room, meowing and purring and cuddling the second I sit down.

It's like she's happy to be home or something. :)

She didn't eat as much last night as I wanted her to, but she probably ate a bit before Will picked her up from the vet. Hopefully she eats better today.

Giving her some medicine was... fun. Not as bad as it could be, but the next few days should be entertaining. xD

I'm feeling paranoid and extra careful with her right now, but also way more relaxed than I have been. It's so good to have her home and healthy. She's back to her energetic, sassy, misbehaving self.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Unsurprisingly, sold out of everything bagels by the time I got here. Next time!

The opening menu for @bagelsaurus13.

Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:22 pm
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost The opening menu for @bagelsaurus13.

Just One Thing! (23 October 2014)

Oct. 23rd, 2014 07:35 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing that you've accomplished in the past 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange, or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

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Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:56 am
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Thoughts on the recent Agents of SHIELD episode (2x05, "A Hen in the Wolf House"):

Spoilers! )
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[personal profile] liv
So [personal profile] azurelunatic posted adorable Pacific Rim fan jewellery to Tumblr. And I appear to have thinky thoughts about a work of fanart.

drift compatible )

Saw Elise; the cat is doing better

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:00 pm
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I had talked to [personal profile] elisem on Monday about getting together again today, and last night she proposed that we both go visit Soren, as we had on Monday. He said "any time after noon," though I was skeptical after getting an email from him this morning that he had sent at 3:30 a.m. Nonetheless, I took the bus up to his neighborhood, had clams at Ivar's, and then walked over to his apartment. No answer; since the doorbell is hooked up to the phone, I left a message. Then I heard from Elise; Soren had told her "not feeling well, give me an hour" more than an hour earlier. She was worried, and a neighbor let me into the building, so I went up and knocked, loudly. Soren was sleepy and not up for company, but there was nothing seriously wrong, so I got back on the bus and met Elise in Fremont. We hung out a while in a burger restaurant while she had lunch and I drank iced tea, then walked for a bit, back to where she is staying. There was good conversation, again much of it about Velma ([personal profile] roadnotes.

Also, I posted about Velma's death and notifying people on the "I need a hug" section of the Friends of Captain Awkward site, using real names in the post because it was easier than inventing pseudonyms. I got a PM this morning from someone who knew Velma from a fountain pen forum, asking "I hope not, but is that the same Velma?" I've also gotten a Faceboorequest for Soren's email address from someone who says he's an old friend of theirs—I replied and asked him for a non-Facebook address Soren can reach him at—and a very ill-timed FB friend request on Sunday from an ex of hers, which I hope is coincidence rather than some sort of vulturine response to the bad news.

Meanwhile, our cat [livejournal.com profile] julian_tiger has gotten very good at not taking pills, and had almost no appetite yesterday. (He was trying, but after a few nibbles of chicken sausage he had that "I want to be hungry for that" look.) This morning I tried him on bell pepper (again, he ate a little and clearly wanted to be hungry for more) and then plain yogurt. He was happy to lick some off my finger, then licked the bowl, so I gave him another tablespoonful. Then, on a hunch, I offered him some peach jam. Happy cat! He asked for seconds, and thirds, and fourths.

I found clementines at the supermarket this morning, and he was happy to help me with one. OK, he wants soft/moist things, and we're back in "orange food for orange cats." I bought salmon and a sweet potato for dinner. He was very happy to help us with them, in larger quantities than we would normally give him, which is a relief, because the vet confirmed that he can't live on just yogurt and fruit, he needs protein. Rationally, "orange food for orange cats" is as silly a basis for a menu as basing it on blood type, but everything there except maybe the peach jam is something I already knew he liked. We are much more optimistic than we were 24 hours ago, and I have at least enough cooked fish left to give him healthy treats tomorrow.

Promises, promises

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:33 pm
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A) I am job hunting in serious ways. This is scary and serious and awesome.

B) I do not exist on LinkedIn. Do I need to exist on LinkedIn?

C) Do you know of an amazing job for someone with fundraising, volunteer management, logistics, and event management experience? How about a position focused on worship and the work of sacred spaces? No geographic limits.
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[personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry
 Here is consequence, folding its wings
on the fence. Here are your chances. After years
of moving whatever you do
from one place to another in the manner
that constitutes your work, you have to admit
you know what you think. About tonight
not so much fallen as struggling to its feet, gorgeous
in spite of what it's done to you. All
is forgiven. The loneliness composed on the road, after hours,
off-shift, out of it, or left behind, the vindictive
clairvoyance of local law enforcement, protracted
incidents represented by lacunae in your resume,
strategic negotiations pursuant to the project
of getting the fuck out of there, or making
the best of being stuck where you were,
in those rooms now creaking in a forest of outlived rooms
recalled as eras are recalled, their outmoded fixtures
and period costumes, motes afloat
in parallelograms of windowlight. Who are you?
What of you persists? Your life is built on intervals
the way a chord is, on changes that alter you
by thirds, by fifths, in silences the progression climbs
to where each song ends, and the next begins.

There's analysis of the poem here.
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First off, and entirely unrelated to the rest of this post: I keep hearing good things about Jane the Virgin (new domestic show), despite its horrific title. Worth checking out, Y/N?

After vaguely guessing how many manga series I'm collecting these days, I decided to go through and actually tally them up. It's slightly more than I was thinking, although I have to add the caveat that some of them come out so infrequently that it's not surprising that I don't usually remember them all.

The lists here do not include the several series I've bought a few volumes of and then stopped buying until such time as I actually read the purchased volumes to see if I want to continue. I'd estimate there are at least five of those. Maybe more. (Probably more. Maybe ten?) And then there're the couple of series I've bought in their entirety but haven't started reading yet (Sailor Moon, Saiunkoku Monogatari)...

the main list(s) under the cut, with a couple of domestic titles )

Updates on previous post

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:04 pm
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[personal profile] sophia_sol has posted an attempted interpretation of Oolon Colluphid Was Right! You should all go there and join the conversation so that I can continue to cackle unhelpfully in the corner.

Also, the breakaway hit from the list of bunnies in the previous post (which I am continuing to add things to, btw, as the odds of me actually winning the challenge go down....) was "Avengers Go To A Drag Ball", because apparently for some reason people think I, would, like, do it justice? ahah. ahahaha. hahahaha.

Here, for you edification, is 100% of everything I have done with that idea in the past three years, since I first came up with it (file last edited Jan 2013):



IIRC Tony's drag name was going to be Lady Natasha Touchamy, because he enjoys living dangerously. (and the Natasha is canon of course.) (Natasha's was, uh, something like Tony Tinydick? I think.)

Misposted from Monday

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:21 pm
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Today's assignment is to run 2.5 minutes, walk 2.5 minutes x 5 repeats It went pretty well, and I ran after dinner. I'm hoping that I ran early enough that it won't impact my sleeping *crosses fingers*. It was really enjoyable, and I feel good that I was able to make it through all of the intervals without stopping early!
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Worth Waking Up For (4749 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: POV First Person, Adopted Sibling Incest, Explicit Sexual Content, Pre-Canon, Canon Disabled Character, no series knowledge required

Summary:

"Given some of the less-pleasant things you've dragged me out of bed for, I'm not gonna complain about you waking me up and begging for sex." I grinned. "Some things are worth losing sleep over."

The teasing resulted in George tackling me as hard as she could--which wasn't that hard, since I was already on my back. She landed half on top of me with her hands on my biceps, like she could keep me pinned.

I smiled up at her, knowing she'd take my amusement in stride. Long, hard-won experience said that if she'd been trying to seriously wrestle me she would've planted a knee in my gut, and George's knees and elbows are sharp. I appreciated the restraint, even though the odds were she'd only refrained because knocking the wind out of a guy doesn't tend to do much for the mood.

And lo, there was smut.

Set a few years before Feed.

Additional notes:
--Beta work by [personal profile] wildpear.
--Content note: Georgia and Shaun are around 20 in this, but it also refers back to some experimental rough sex in their late teens.

You can also read the fic under the cut )
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PAZIO is hiring female developers for the Pathfinder RPG staff..




Read it. Think on it. If you've ever picked up dice: read it.


Now some of you might be wondering if I'm going to apply.

No. While this is the lifetime opportunity I was hoping for, this is in my way.

Job Conditions
Office located in Redmond, near Seattle, Washington—applicants must be local or able to relocate in short order. Telecommuting is not an option.


There's no way I can pay off this house in time to sell it and pack up to move. Not in a year which is what most companies give you if they really really really want you.
Hell if I could collect up $85K in a year to pay off my house - I'd just create my own game company. If I had someone reliable willing to take the payments off my hands, I'd consider because I would LOVE to move back up north and I love the climate of Washington state.

But if anyone here wants advice, I am a legacy gamer. Been a gamer since the 80's. I'll be happy to help any one here applying. I will help you achieve your dream.

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:25 pm
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Diana is home <3
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AFRAID? Of whom am I afraid?
Not death; for who is he?
The porter of my father’s lodge
As much abasheth me.

Of life? ‘T were odd I fear a thing
That comprehendeth me
In one or more existences
At Deity’s decree.

Of resurrection? Is the east
Afraid to trust the morn
With her fastidious forehead?
As soon impeach my crown!

Not impossible

Oct. 22nd, 2014 03:32 pm
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In job news, it turns out that hiring cycles for Quality Jobs™ are actually quite long. Jobs with December start-dates are calling for applicants now, which makes a short-notice "turn my life around and go somewhere to do something" type Hail Mary...interesting.

[picspam] mooooooore Kew

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:09 pm
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The shot I was most pleased with from last trip in early October: three lilypads in a row, in different colours.


Another seven photos. )

And my absolute favourite shot, from the oak walk (where I was very excitable and very pleased by ALL THE OAKS), is light through oak leaves:

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:11 pm
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 Okay, I am putting away Tumblr, reading the latest Catwoman (when she becomes the mob boss of Gotham!) and then EPing Tybalt.

Novelty / routine

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:38 pm
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So, Monday I followed [personal profile] moreteadk's example and tried a new route. A colleague (who is a serious runner who regularly runs marathons) said that he often goes for training runs down a certain minor road, 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back. I hadn't registered the road as an option because from the end it just looks like a residential cul-de-sac, I didn't realize it went on for miles. It's about a mile of almost exactly perfect running road, tarmac'ed actual road but with almost no traffic once you get past the first handful of houses, since it just goes to a farmhouse. And it's along the brow of the hill so although not perfectly flat, it's not nearly as much downhill (forcing me to run uphill on the return leg) as my usual route. However, after a mile it turns into this kind of farm track thing, which is a public footpath (yay), but is muddy and uneven and uphill (boo). I'm guessing my amateur runner pal must do a fairly big cross-country section to take it to 20 minutes.

I think the best plan is going to be to run to the end of the road part and back, and finish the last mile or so by running along the first, relatively flat, section of my previous route (which starts from only 100 metres up the road from the end of this new road). This does mean a slightly awkward stretch running through a the busy village centre and across a multi-road junction, but that section is short, and the combined route would also allow me a full 5K without having to run along the side of a busy road or more than a few metres uphill.

I basically wasn't running at all in the middle section along the farm track, just kind of scrambling through the mud. It wasn't impassable, just you have to figure out where you can safely put your feet, which is obviously really slow. And even the nice flat bit along the ridge I didn't take very fast, partly because it's a new route, and partly because it was on the edge of too cold for my lungs and I wasn't doing brilliantly with breathing. So I only made 3.3 km overall in half an hour, but at least I've discovered a new and possibly better route for future runs.

Whereas today it was definitely too cold and I didn't get away from work before it was starting to get dark, so I dragged myself to the gym and put in 5K at 7.2 kph on the treadmill. Fairly easy, again the main impediment was boredom, in spite of the Zombies, Run! podcast. This time the background music in the gym was less loud, which did help, but I think also my real problem is not so much that I can't hear the dialogue as that I can't hear the specific voice actor who plays Archie, and she was a central character in the previous episode. I couldn't hear her in this episode either but I could hear everybody else, so was much better able to follow the plot.

That gave me a time of 41'46'', and reasonable confidence that I'll be able to manage 7.5 kph on the treadmill soon, even if it takes me a few tries.

Engage smug-mode. Smug-mode engaged.

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:51 pm
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*beams*

I did it. Today I ran for 30 minutes non-stop. Never EVER in my entire life have I been able to do that before. Now I just need to do that two more times and I have officially completed the program. Husband says I'm now entitled to purchase my kitchen machine. In reality, though, I'll wait a few months and see if I can get one marked down a little in the January sales. I mean, there's no reason to actually waste money if I don't have to.

So 30 minutes. That was tough, but I didn't feel like collapsing and dying in a ditch somewhere afterwards.

I don't really have anything else to say about it, really... I ran. It was running. Some of it was relatively fast for me and a lot of it was quite slow. I think what I'm going to try to do is to try today's strategy again. A bit faster for the first bit, slow in the middle and then faster again for the last bit. It'll be a bit like the running/walking bits, I think, and I can gradually make the slower bit shorter. I think that'll probably happen automatically, really.

I tried to keep an eye on landmarks today, so that I can listen to whatever I like without needing something to time me. The run started and stopped at easily recognisable places, so for the next few times I'll have to pay attention to whether I'll stop at approximately the same spot each time. Otherwise, I'll have to pick a spot to stop and start walking. Not a big deal at all.

I've measure today's approximate running distance and it was only actually 4K, but I think it's time now to start working a little more with distance rather than time, so I'm okay with that. I can adjust further to make it longer as/if I get quicker.

Just One Thing! (22 October 2014)

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:39 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing that you've accomplished in the past 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange, or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!
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For some reason I can't stop thinking about this. It occurs to me that even when you don't bring gender into it, "screaming like a kid" is belittling to children since the whole trope is meant to make the big strong character seem weak for laughs. Kids aren't weak nor are they a punch line.

I think instead I will just describe the shriek and not use similes at all.

Still, I kind of like "he screamed like misogynistic expectations".

Tybalt head canons

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:11 am
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Drove in today while listening to my Tybalt playlist since my iPod lost contact with Audible and, thus, couldn't log into finish my current book, Croak. This, of course, caused ideas since driving at high speeds for long periods of time seems to be great for my creativity.

Behind a cut for spoilers... )

OK, time to get the DE up.
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Posted by Mr. Homegrown

stambler

Mark Stambler was baking bread at home and selling it at local shops, until a knock at his door one day from the health department. Rather than get angry he got the law changed and the story of how this happened is the subject of this week’s Root Simple Podcast. During the podcast Mark mentions:

You can find out more about Mark and his bread at stamblersbread.com.

If you want to leave a question for the Root Simple Podcast please call (213) 537-2591 or send an email to rootsimple@gmail.com. You can subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store and on Stitcher. The theme music is by Dr. Frankenstein. Additional music by Rho. A downloadable version of this podcast is here.

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:05 am
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My girl's coming home today!!!

Unfortunately the timing makes it so I can't be there to pick her up, but Will's going to go and talk to the vet and find out all the details. I have a feeling they never did figure out what happened... that's just my guess, though. But if she's healthy now, and happy? Then I'm okay with that. I'll keep her going to regular check-ups and keep a close eye on her from now on.

But when I get home from therapy, my baby will be home! I'm so happy right now. I'm gonna give her tuna and cuddle the hell out of her. :D

Ancillary Sword

Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:02 am
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I finished reading it on Tuesday, and have more thoughts that can be contained on one post, and they're all getting in each other's way so I can't decide what to write first.

In the meantime, I started assembling a reaction gif post, which has turned into an illustrated chapter by chapter recap. /o\ This is going to take forever.

a brief, only mildly spoilery example )

Wednesday: Basic Instructions

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:49 am
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Man it's a 2 frap morning. My damn "snoring" kept waking me up. It's not true snoring, I make a noise when weight is pressed against my vocal cords as I breathe out. Also, my sinuses were acting up so the bubble gum like POP of mucus in my freaking head kept jolting me awake.

I'm very tempted to sneak out tonight and sleep on the couch because Kevin doesn't deserve this every night (so far this week).
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... to be titled "This didn't annoy me.", with possible subcategories of "this book only annoyed me a bit" and "this annoyed the shit out of me but to my bafflement I still appear to extremely impatient for the sequel to come out".

Brought to you by once again finding myself describing Max Gladstone as "not annoying", when it might be more informative to say "he's writing about trans stuff and recovery from serious injury stuff and he just keeps getting it right to the extent that I had to reread to be sure I'd correctly understood the entire lack of awful, and then I burst into tears on the celeriac".

Nerdery

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:04 am
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[personal profile] liv
Work is a bit politically frustrating at the moment, so have some silly links:

[tumblr.com profile] joannas found the personality quiz I've been waiting for all my life: What kind of protein are you? I am a transcription factor, which considering how much of my work has in fact been on TFs, is a particularly pleasing result. It means that I implement decisions by switching genes on and off, thereby delegating other proteins to go off and do useful things. Which sounds about right for someone who spends her non-research time teaching baby doctors and switching them on to go and cure people.

ETA 1: If you're getting a result like "analyst" or "nurturer" you need to scroll up to the top of the picture to see what kind protein you actually are. Yes, it's very bad UI design, I hadn't realized that it was making the descriptions more prominent than the actual result. Sorry about that!


There was an XKCD with biochemistry; there's no point linking to XKCD really cos just about everybody follows XKCD. And that strip isn't closely related to my work, but it's the chemistry a couple of levels under what I do, so it made me feel loved.

All the academics on my Twitter feed are linking to this silly Guardian article about why academics have a bad dress-sense: because we're not alienated from our labour, apparently. It's a charming thought, and there is a serious point buried in the article, which is that many female academics work just as hard on coming across exactly the right degree of nonchalant about appearance as they would on being impeccably presented if they worked in a sector that expected that. Me, I dress badly because I can't be bothered to spend time or money on clothes, and because I'm fat enough that there's no low-effort way to look good. But it's nice to pretend that it has something to do with Marx or feminism or something.

ETA 2: [personal profile] redbird absolutely nails the analysis that's missing from the article: "Even without choosing to dress that way for Marxist or feminist reasons, you can make those choices without a lot of stress in part because of your specific work and class situation." Yes, that. That's the conclusion the article should've come to, thank you [personal profile] redbird for fixing it so succinctly.
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vass ~$ su
vass # apt-get update
vass # apt-get upgrade --what-the-hell-is-up-with-bash
vass # apt-get upgrade -f --no-seriously-it-is-trying-to-upgrade-to-4.3-9.2
vass # apt-get check --but-the-current-stable-package-is-4.2+dfsg-0.1+deb7u3
vass # apt-get update --so-where-is-it-getting-4.3-9.2-from

vass # vim /etc/apt/sources.list

# wheezy is not trying to break your system
# please do not give wheezy a sock
deb http://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/not-our-fault wheezy main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/that-your-system-is-broken wheezy main contrib non-free

vass # apt-get dist-upgrade --wait-is-this-the-problem
vass # cat /etc/debian_version
7.7+no-it-isnt

vass # asdfkjsad;lfjk

vass # shutdown -r now

adventures in the voice recognition

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:00 am
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Settings > my device > language and input > google voice typing > settings > uncheck block offensive words.

Mother fucker.

How I Do Antiquing: Old Disney Toys!

Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:18 am
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Posted by Jen

Some people go antiquing for the history or the treasure. I go for the toys.



Vintage Orange Bird & baby Donald!
Yes, they're filthy. But Donald is from 1984, was only a dollar, and c'mon, BABY DONALD. Orange Bird was $15, but he's kinda rare, and I love him. (I'm guessing he's also from the early 80s.)

Anyway, here's a quick tip: If you need to clean toys like Donald, which is soft & rubbery like a squeak toy, then grab one of these bad boys:



Yep, Magic Eraser works wonders at taking off old stains, crayon marks, and even pen ink from soft plastic. Check out the difference!


The blue pen line down the side of his face is completely gone!

Just be careful when scrubbing, since Magic Eraser *will* take the original paint off. It's basically a spongey form of sandpaper.

(And no, this isn't a sponsored post.)

Magic Eraser works well on harder surfaces, too, of course. Here's cleaned-up Orange Bird:



Did I mention he's a bank?

I'm debating touching up his paint, and possibly re-painting Donald all together. (Although those 80s pastels *are* kinda rockin'. Hee.)


I also picked up this tiny purse for $5, because the inside is ridiculously cool:


I'm a sucker for anything small with "hidden" compartments, and LOOK:


That circular screen pulls out to reveal a powder puff & powder compartment, and I guess the other sections were for lipstick and... money? Maybe? They're both suuuper tiny; the lipstick compartment is about 3/4 of the size of a Chapstick tube.

And THEN, there's another section under the mirror!

 SO COOL. 

It doesn't look like the purse was ever used, but the exterior suede/velvet was crumbling off in my hands. I'm hoping to redo the whole thing, maybe make it usable for a steampunk outfit or something. [brain storming]

And finally, our big splurge: $30 for this amaaazing "Baseball Clock" that sold at the World's Fair during the 1930s:

 
Fun, right? I've never seen another clock like it! (It winds in the back.)


If you're ever looking for good/cheap antiquing here in central Florida, check out the Orange Tree Antique Mall (my favorite), or the Flea Market and outside areas at Renningers in Mt. Dora. (The inside vendors are too pricey for me, but it's still fun to look.)


Oh, and speaking of funky clocks, stay tuned....


'Cuz I'm working on one last Halloween thing. 

[evil grin]

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My pretty dream of getting fic posted before work today was, in retrospect, hilarious. (Instead, I was a good freelancer and put in some work on a script before heading to Casual Job.) And it's sure not getting done tonight, or tomorrow morning (tomorrow morning I'm due at the office around 9 AM, as opposed to today's 2 PM. In fact, I should already be in bed). But hopefully tomorrow evening. Yes.

(I realize this isn't a huge deal in general! *g* But [name redacted because I don't wanna spread other people's plans around]'s plans mean that getting it posted in the next few days would be convenient for them. So that's the goal.)

This morning I attempted to buy Maggie Stiefvater's Blue Lily, Lily Blue in the name of first-week sales and all, even though I haven't read the first two books of the Raven Cycle yet. As I mentioned to someone on Twitter, if this were the final book, I'd hold off until it's out in paperback so it'd match my copies of The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, but it's the second-last book in the series, and I don't plan to take that long to start actually reading the books.

Alas, the key word in the previous paragraph is "attempted", because Amazon.ca and Chapters/Indigo both claim that the book isn't available until November 1. >.< And when Bakka-Phoenix posted their list of releases for the week, it wasn't listed there. But it's out in the US, and even more confusingly, it's available at the Kobo store...which belongs to Chapters/Indigo. (I didn't bother checking Kindle.) I am very confused, and also grumpier than is justified, given that heaven only knows when I'll actually read the book anyway.

Publishing is WEIRD. But this is not news.

At any rate, I did order vol. 3 of Hawkeye (which reminds me that I still haven't read vol. 2) and Beware the Wild, which is a debut novel about which I've heard good things. It will go on the to-read...bookcase. >.>

(Somehow when I stopped buying nearly as many manga titles--I think I'm now at about seven or eight, including Evangelion, which has only one more volume--I switched to buying many more novels. Which isn't a bad thing, but also wasn't exactly intentional, since I've always been a heavy library user.)
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Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn



Kitty is attending the first International Conference on Paranormal Studies, in London, UK. In fact, she will be the keynote speaker, assuming she ever gets her speech written. Of course, Ben goes with her, as does Cormac (who may actually have permission from his parole officer to leave the continent). Joseph Tyler, one of the military werewolves from Kitty Goes To War(Dreamwidth) is also going. As are a few surprise guests.

Kitty and her crew are staying, via Alette's arrangement, with the Vampire Master of London. Emma, Alette's descendant, who we met in Kitty Goes To Washington(Dreamwidth) is also staying there (the Master himself is an interesting character and of course Kitty immediately starts pestering him for stories about the eras he's lived through). And it seems that, in addition to the official conference the master vampires of a lot of cities from around the world (ancient vampires for the most part) are also going to be in London, having a little conference of their own. Discussing, among other things, one Dux Bellorum (known to Kitty as Roman) and the Long Game he has been playing. Will Kitty get involved in that discussion (you wouldn't ask that question if you've been reading the series so far).

Also, considering the trouble Kitty has had with the Fair Folk in the past, what will happen when she's in their homeland?

So this is still a good series but I kinda felt at the end like the "Roman" subplot either needs to take over completely or go away. It's becoming one of those stories where lots of stuff happens but it never goes anywhere; at the end it's still in the same place it started from. I would be perfectly happy to see the conflict come to a head, and have Kitty and her allies take down the Dux (and I realise that the process of forming those alliances is going on at a realistic pace (or as realistic as you can get in a story about werewolves and vampires) but I don't demand perfect realism here; I want a series that's interesting to read. And this one is heading away from that) or to have the whole thing be forgotten and we get back to Kitty and Ben and Cormac and their extended family of werewolves (not to mention more of Kitty's family). Maybe I ask too much?

Still recommended.
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As a species, we are dedicated
to post hoc rationalisation:
the tidying away of inconvenient emotion
the reduction of the self
to an ordered
             sequence
                     of steps.
If this, then that. Well, no:
everything happens for a reason.
The reason, though, does not come carved deep into stone
(every conceivable dictator
being characterised by sublime indifference):
but is rather what you make of it.
This is what it means to tell the story of your life:
to take your whys and somehow give them form.
This is the solid ground of poetry:
two roads diverged; think, two things, both at once:
and every meaning you create is true
or true enough for now. Is this about...?

Yes. Yes, it is.

If only for this moment, we
are mirrored mirror twins.
I only wish I'd any clue
along which lines I'd break.

Grumpy day

Oct. 21st, 2014 06:04 pm
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Grr argh.

I need chocolate, in copious quantities, NOW. I don't even know why I am so grumpy, but I am. GRR ARGH. KARA SMASH.

C is bringing home dinner, and I will eat and rest for a bit, watch SHIELD and then hopefully write a bit. Book 3 is coming along, now that I've fixed some of the issues. I shall work on it daily even if it's just a few words, and hopefully it'll be done before the end of November.

I am...emphatically not going to officially participate in NaNo. That said, I am planning on bringing my laptop along on the cruise, and I imagine there will be opportunity for writing. I mean, one can only lay outside in the gorgeous sunshine or sit on the balcony and watch the ocean drift past for so long. Right?

Heh. I jest. But I do think I will need the battery-recharging time to sit and write and live in my elven world. Because there will be a lot of people in small spaces, and I am not into that. AT ALL.

Anyway. Returning to the present, we are also hopefully going to take the puppy for a walk and enjoy the gorgeous day we have outside. Perhaps that will get rid of this grumptastic mood that's clinging to me.

I am going to go off and get ready for C to be home. Because food and hugs and stuff. Be well, everyone!

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Oct. 21st, 2014 01:49 pm
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Things I will never do if I ever actually finish a story that is not fanfiction, use a variation of words to suggest a character screamed like a little girl unless they are in fact a little girl. I am tired of the phrase, “He screamed like a 7 year old girl” and its ilk. You can say the exact thing without bringing gender into it. “He screamed like a 7 year old” still works cause let me tell you, 7 year old boys have just as a high a voice.

This being besides the point that little girls kick ass and implying someone screaming like one is unmanly or such like is complete bull shit.
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