aria: ([avatar] appa and toph)
( Jul. 15th, 2014 05:40 pm)
i. My parents were in town ... last week? Two weeks ago? I am terrible at linear time! Anyway, it was a particularly pleasant visit -- we walked all around the city, and the next day drove out to Walden Pond, which has swiftly become one of the top reasons I regret not having a car; I would love to be able to drive out there on any free summer afternoon and have a swim. My parents' visit was also short, which was lovely; we had enough time to catch up and remember how fond we are of each other without much time to also remember all the ways we drive each other up the wall. A+ mini-vacation, would do again next year.

ii. The other night, our entire D&D group went on a LARP pub crawl/scavenger hunt around Camberville. It was kind of amazing?? I think we collectively walked five or six miles over the course of about five hours; we had several drinks, and several boffing weapon fights (though these were mostly with the elder gods of Chaos and Justice, instead of with opposing teams, so we died without losing our loot), and sang the Clash for fake diamonds, and solved riddles, and learned somewhere in the dead hours past midnight that our team had won. (TYRANNY!) It was an Experience, and one I'll happily repeat next year. So that's a completely ridiculous fun thing I can cross off my bucket list.

iii. [personal profile] verity showed me the first two episodes of s4 Teen Wolf on Friday. I ... may have to go back and watch 3b and then keep up. GODDAMMIT IT'S SUCH A TERRIBLE SHOW. There have to be good shows out right now, right? But somehow SHIELD was the thing I stayed caught up with these last few months; I'm a season behind on White Collar and a season behind on Orphan Black and whoa I should prioritize at least one of those over Teen Wolf. But, y'know, sometimes what you need is attractive young people wearing weird prosthetics and doing everything to a dubstep soundtrack! Teen Wolf it is.

iv. The apartment of Gondor has a cat!! She is a very recent acquisition, from this Saturday. The shelter basically begged us to take her, because she's a sweetie they all loved, but also kind of a problem cat: terrified of being there, liable to hiss and swipe at you if she gets overwhelmed, so she couldn't charm anyone into taking her. She's very curious, and very tiny (despite being about five years old), and after exploring the whole apartment she's mostly stayed under Polaris' bed, getting used to New Things. We're calling her Luthien, because obviously a cat in Gondor has to be called something Lord of the Rings-related and we liked that best.

Several cat pictures beneath the cut! )
aria: ([misc] cocoa)
( Dec. 21st, 2013 10:49 am)
i. Christmas tree! )

ii. Visiting my parents was, as usual, a weird mix between my increasing frustration with their tolerant amusement re: issues I feel strongly about (though they will at least actually listen and ask questions about queer stuff), and the ability they both have to make me cry laughing because they're ridiculous people. I also mailed myself a bunch of stuff that was still in their house (very important stuff! like Beanie Babies!) and brought up some of the remainder of my clothes and books. It felt like getting a lot of new stuff for the holidays, even though it was mostly old stuff, because brains are cool like that.

iii. I continue to be the sort of person who goes out for drinks with coworkers and dresses up to go to work holiday parties and things? The work holiday party was pretty delightful, actually! Nothing of note happened or anything, but I did stand around in a room full of people and talked to them for three hours without wishing I was somewhere else, and I enjoyed myself, so SUCCESS.

iv. I saw the Hobbit earlier this week! It held together a lot better than the first installment, I was only cranky with one bit they left out, and I continue planning the edits I want to do in order to make a Just The Book (+ maybe some other parts I like??) cut when all three films are out. I kind of wish I had more feelings, but instead I just keep having lots of Avengers feelings, and resurgent due South feelings as Housemate A and I make our way through season two, and that's a pretty comfortable place to be, fannishly.

v. I just really like this time of year. We had so much snow, and then most of it melted, and though I'd love to have snow for Christmas, this is really nice too. I'm spending good time with people, and there are so many lights everywhere in the city, and ... I'm happy right now. It feels important to catalogue when I'm doing okay, so yes: I've spent the morning wrapping presents, and I made bacon and eggs-in-a-basket for myself and Housemate A like a goddamn adult who can cook meals, and I'm about to start my second cup of tea, and I'm happy.
aria: ([white collar] burke family)
( Nov. 29th, 2013 10:03 am)
Yesterday was lovely! We had Hanukkah food for lunch, and Thanksgiving food for dinner, and a silly lazy day in between, inventing new rules for dreidel (eat one of your coins every time you get nun! and that, kids, is how we ate two entire bags of gelt right after lunch), and making a found family vid show.

I thought it might be nice to reproduce the vid show here, so I've written up the playlist. I am not entirely happy with it as a found family show -- I tried to make it mostly gen, but there are some shippy vids; I've overrepresented a couple vidders and don't have any vids by several more whose vids I love; I wish it included things like Buffy and Sleepy Hollow and Star Trek, all of which I have lots of found family feelings for but couldn't find appropriate vids. So this is not prescriptive at all, and I would love additional recs.

16 found family vids under the cut! )
i. I went to my cousin's wedding last week! It was ... well, I'm glad I went in the sense that I don't get to see my extended family that often, and there's always the possibility that whatever time it is might be the last time I see my grandma, so it was good to see them all! But, as I explained coherently once and much less coherently other times when trying to relay the feeling of that particular family gathering, I feel as though most of them definitely have inner lives, but they are inner lives I have no way of accessing or relating to, which means we do polite small talk and then have nowhere to connect and go forward from. I suppose this is fine! But it meant a lonely weekend; and when I heard that my friends and housemates were having good hangouts and adventures (and apparently breaking everything in the Shire in Lego Lord of the Rings) I felt so homesick, and then really happy? Because there is a place that is home! And I want to be here! And there are all these lovely people with whom I am really happy to be found family! So that's lovely.

(Of course there was also the wedding itself, which gave me the reminder -- that I hope I won't need too many more times -- that I might want to stay away from earnest straight het religious weddings? Like, the nice Presbyterian priest opened his mouth and one of the first things out was something like "We are gathered here for the purpose for which God created man and woman" and I wanted to NOPE NOPE NOPE off into the sunset like that one octopus gif. So, y'know. Whatever works for your ceremony! But I need to stop going to ones that make me feel like someone is firmly and politely slamming a door in my face.)

ii. No but I'm just really happy to be here? I had an entirely typical workday today, in that I got up, had breakfast, cheerfully made people coffee for most of the morning while chatting with the regulars, didn't have much time to talk with my coworkers even though many of them are awesome to hang out with (whee Sundays are BUSY), made my way through a bit more Temeraire over lunch, nabbed discount cider on the way home, hung out with A drinking said cider and nattering for hours before playing Dragon Age, and watched Elementary with both housemates. Like. I am happy? And my stresses feel like normal dealable-with non-world-ending stresses?? IT IS PRETTY GREAT.

iii. DRAGON AGE, GUYS. In which I go on about a specific version of a stupid video game, so cut for length and self-indulgence and also spoilers. Anyway I played Loki the Bad Decision Blood Mage all the way to the end. )

iv. The Avengers fic: now officially longer than any one fic I have ever written except the Harry Potter Fic That Shall Not Be Named that I wrote from the ages of thirteen to fifteen (which clocked in at 130k). But yeah! It hit 50k! It's longer than the Doctor Who season projects! It's halfway done! Aahahal;sdkfd. Trucking along on part five, still going to do my best to have a complete full draft by the end of the month, oh godddd. \o/
A list of things that are currently making me really happy:

+ Housemate A continues phenomenal. She is a degree of tidy that makes me really happy -- we had a cleaning session with blasting music the other day -- and she brought home the most adorable geeky posters from Otakon. She also, of all horrors, bought an Xbox this weekend, as well as Dragon Age: Origins, so ... that's what we've been doing. A is doing a round as a city elf rogue, Polaris as a casteless dwarf rogue, and I have discovered that I have a really bad attention span for video games, so I am [a] a human mage (named Loki because fuck you of course I'm playing as Loki, GONNA BE A BLOOD MAGE JUST TRY TO STOP ME) and [b] a forest elf rogue and nothing else yet but I really also want to play a dwarf warrior maybe? Comparative gameplay!! Curious about how soon I will burn out and wander off, but so far it is a delight.

+ I finished The King of Attolia! I don't know if I feel fannish about the Queen's Thief books? although obviously I'd be happy to be talked into feeling fannish about them. I do know that somewhere in the third book Gen tipped over from "someone I enjoy reading about" to "someone I will clutch metaphorically to me screeching about how great they are" because I just ... am so easy for people who are heartclutchingly good at what they do while not liking themselves nor what they need to do very much, so sdkldsfjdfs. I suppose I should read A Conspiracy of Kings next, but, well, we've been mainlining Hornblower and I keep on having all these Thor/Loki feelings and then wishing astolat had written more fic, so OBVIOUSLY the solution is to reread His Majesty's Dragon. (I tapped out of those books at the beginning of Empire of Ivory last time for reasons of having a Thing about plagues, and specifically not wanting to read about them, but I think I'm going to give it another go.)

+ Work is SO GREAT, especially now that my boss has basically scheduled me opposite shifts as Difficult Coworker (because my boss: also really great). I don't have anything more substantial than that, just, I'm really enjoying my ridiculous life being a barista at an indie bookstore. Also I may have discovered that my ability to make good caffeinated drinks means I've become good at making mixed alcoholic drinks as well, although obviously this bears further investigation.

+ At the end of the month my cousin is getting married! I'm excited to see my family, especially my parents and my grandma, and my cousin's fiance is excellent, and ahhh what am I going to wear, I haven't figured this out at all! My dad told me to spike my hair (and to ... wear a collar? I think he's confusing queers with punks; that or he knows something about my personal life that I have never ever told him) and generally dyke it up, because he is a delightful human sometimes. Eh, I will figure it out.

+ So many delightful things are happening this fall!! Dessa is here in September, and Vienna Teng is here in October, and excellent boss is giving me off those closing/following opening shifts so I can 100% make those concerts. She is also giving me off October 10-12th, which means I can [a] GO TO THE NIGHT VALE LIVE SHOW ([personal profile] oliviacirce: the best fucking wingman ever, with tickets for us both) and [b] go to Friday New York ComicCon if I fancy. Still debating whether it's worth $50, but if you are going to be at NYCC, let me know! Having people to hang out with would greatly up my incentive to go.

+ I ... may have also been given off the close/open of November 7/8th for reasons of midnight Thor 2. HELL YES THIS GETS ITS OWN BULLET POINT. Okay, also in this bullet point I will say that my fic is trucking along nicely and I loooove it. Gonna be done in plenty of time for people to read it before Thor 2 Josses the hell out of it.

This list brought to you by, oh my god, this isn't even a list of things I'm being determinedly cheerful about, this is just genuinely how happy and excited about life I am today. :DDD
I have always possessed a weird sort of envy for those entries on my flist that say "You guys are all fired for not telling me about [x]!" I'm not sure why; maybe it's a weird mix of delight that my own flist does tell me when cool stuff is happening, and envy that this person's flist usually does the same. Or maybe it's just a great sentence! Either way, I finally have the opportunity to use it.

You guys are all fired for not telling me about The Ship's Closet. I distinctly recall at least a solid two weeks at the end of August when I would talk about almost nothing but Star Trek TOS and Kirk/Spock, and somehow I didn't come across this! The Ship's Closet is a YouTube show by [ profile] brittanyksduh; she goes through bits of TOS Trek, some of the films, and occasionally things Roddenberry has said, and analyzes them for Kirk/Spock. Now, some of the things she says seem self-evident to me, or she hammers a point home for slightly too long, but I will allow that this is because I have been queering the text for ages and she doesn't have to do a lot to convince me. She also has great comedic timing, made me repeatedly choke with laughter, chooses some excellent clips, and argued some points that I hadn't thought of before. Let's face it, my analysis was mostly limited to, "And then they exchanged another LOOK, it was AMAZING," whereas now the glass in Wrath of Khan is even more likely to get me to burst into tears, and all of Amok Time is even more likely to make me clutch at my face, because HANDS, guys, HANDS.

This has put me in a very good mood, compounded by the fact that we've just had a blizzard blow through, the world is gorgeous, and I have barely crawled out of bed all day. My mum called a little while ago to find out how much snow had come through; I ended up telling her that we've had about six inches and that I was watching someone explain the Kirk/Spock love story to me. I don't know if she thought this was a perfectly normal way to spend my evening because she knows me or because Kirk/Spock is self-evident, but either way, I'm ridiculously happy right now.
Tomorrow I am meeting my parents in Vegas -- VEGAS! I have never been; I fully expect it to be surreal and absurd -- and I am mostly delighted about this, though I still haven't quite regained my voice from the Adam Lambert concert. I can at least function for short bursts for things like calling a cab, but more than that is beyond me.

Yesterday's email from my dad, re: Heroes:
Just in case it matters (since you said you're bringing disks), I've gotten through episode 14 or 15 (of 23 in the first season) and am about to feed my addiction again tonight. Claire has just realized that her real parents are selfish pricks and Mohinder has just met Sylar in Virginia Beach and watched him melt a toaster. (Spoiler! To get their names right, I just looked on IMDB and discovered that Sylar appears in sixty episodes, which means that he's not going to die soon.) I expect that Vegas is a pit of decadence. And it doesn't help that lots of nasty things in Heroes happen there. But at least Zion will be nice.
Probably this email is only really great to me, but I love the fact that pretty much in spite of myself I write alarmingly like my dad does. Spoiler! The older I get, the more our nerdiness converges. Seriously, I expect this trip to be all about us talking at each other about Heroes and TOS and weird obscure bits of European history while my mum listens bemusedly.

In other news, Amok Time by ee cummings. I will never get tired of the apparently million billion Trek pastiches lurking out there.

Time to pack! Fuuuuck, I have no hat or sunscreen.
i. Today I finished Mockingjay. Then I went searching for reaction posts, as you do, and was mildly pleased to discover that pretty much everyone had the same reactions I did, even unto the numbness at the end. Brief & spoilery. )

ii. Which means I am in need of uplifting things! Thankfully my brain is still full of Star Trek (and THEY ARE NOT THE HELL YOUR WHALES, which I think is my new cheering-self-up mantra); today's offer is Ensign Sue Must Die, a 32-page webcomic about Ensign Sue, mirror!Ensign Sue (who is omg SO EVIL), and the completely bewildered crew of the Enterprise. I came away from it with the strong desire for a plushie Spock in that comic's design.

iii. My father informed me the other day over the phone that he has a new TV show obsession! Considering that most of the TV my parents like has been introduced to them by me (namely Slings & Arrows, Life on Mars, Firefly, and in my mum's case White Collar; what they all have in common is that my parents enjoy the characters) I was seized by slight trepidation. The show? Heroes. Oh my god, I can't even. My dad reportedly loves Claire and Hiro, neither of which are surprising; he is always in the market for kickass blonde chicks, and he's obsessed with time travel. In the throes of Star Trek love, I asked excitedly if he'd met Sylar yet! What the hell, I don't even care about Sylar. I did tell him to stop watching after first season, but ... apparently when I visit my parents next week, I will be watching Heroes! How is my life so strange.

iv. In other things I am looking forward to: tomorrow [personal profile] were_duck and [personal profile] themeletor and I are going to see Adam Lambert in concert! I am mildly fond of Adam but mostly I feel like this is an ~important fannish experience~ and I am RIDICULOUSLY excited about it.

Hmm. This entry still feels kind of weird and disjointed, probably from the combination of Mockingjay and the suddenly cold cloudy weather. Still: webcomics! My father watching stupid telly! ADAM LAMBERT WITH FANGIRLS! I believe now is the time to listen to string quartet versions of Lady Gaga and un-numb myself.
Tonight I staggered in drunkenly and told my mum that I am kind of a lightweight. Mum laughed at me a bit and told me in turn that it takes her about a glass and a half of wine to be completely smashed. Aha! I said. Being a lightweight is genetic! THANKS, MUM.

Anyway, um, that anecdote is by way of saying that [a] we really can blame our parents for everything and [b] hi, I watched this week's Doctor Who while quite tipsy! I cannot promise coherency of thought, considering how many typos I have already corrected here.

5x08: spoilers love the decent, brilliant people. )
aria: ([slings & arrows] deal with that)
( May. 6th, 2010 09:34 pm)
sdlkdsfkfsd I love my parents. From a few minutes ago, over the phone:

DAD. So I'm thinking of coming to your graduation dressed as Darren Nichols.
ME. Really? Well, I have a belt that looks like one he wore in third season.
DAD. And I can borrow your mother's boa.
ME. And you already have the skinny jeans covered.
DAD. I have everything I need! Deal with that.
MUM. [dying of laughter]

...Yeah. :D
aria: ([yuletide] shiny!)
( Dec. 29th, 2009 06:14 pm)
Incredibly strange discovery du jour: my aunt, who I have not seen for a few years, looks really scarily like Stella Kowalski. Same haircut, same coloring, same lines around the mouth. I am slightly freaked out by this, but in the best possible way (& she is my favourite aunt, so I may accidentally like Stella better because of it).

Never mind that; before I dive into a round of belated Christmas and New Year's celebrations with the extended family, I am taking the time to post my Yuletide recs! I have probably passed over many undiscovered gems, but this is my list of favourites from the main archive.

34 recs: Anthropomorfic, Black Books, Calvin & Hobbes, Chuck, Dalemark Quartet, Discworld, Eastwick, Eddie Izzard, Enchanted, Graveyard Book, Hazards of Love, His Dark Materials, Hot Fuzz, Hunger Games, King of Shadows, Lilo & Stitch, Life on Mars, Love Actually, Pigeon Series, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Slings & Arrows, White Collar, Whip It, & Young Wizards. )

Next: look through the separate Yuletide Madness page! I was unsure at first, but I think I love the AO3's organization of the archive this year.