Thursday, August 25th, 2016 01:10 am
Things I absolutely need to write posts about:

- Getting married
- NineWorlds
- [personal profile] sholio visiting
- Star Trek DS9 up to mid-season 6
- Books I have read recently
- Qualifying as a teacher
- Being terrified about properly starting my teaching career
- All the writing I have not done
- Moving house
- Many SEN thoughts
- Knitting

This is not one of those posts, as you can clearly tell. I've been so untalkative lately! Tell me about a book you read recently that you'd rec to me?

Anyone know where to find good DS9 icons?
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 04:41 pm
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Thursday, August 25th, 2016 08:36 am
Am I the only person left in the world who prefers physical maps to GPS?

Went to a friend's house the other day, and discovered that my Melways (standard Melbourne roadmap) is out of date and doesn't have her street. I mentioned this to a few people - and they all looked puzzled and asked "But... don't you have a GPS?"

Yes. Yes I do have a GPS. And, thanks to my silly Melways, I had to pull out my GPS, dust off the cobwebs, find her street, and trust my GPS to guide me there while I blindly submitted to its knowledge, rather than knowing where the heck I was going.

Call me crazy, but I think there's something to be said for looking at a big piece of paper, and thinking "I am HERE, and I want to be THERE." It makes me feel much more in control. Especially since my GPS has been known to randomly go insane and decide I should be driving down a gravel farm track rather than the freeway.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 10:56 pm
I finally figured out how to get my iPad/phone to let me say "fucking" and "fuck" without duckifying it.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 10:01 pm
Went to a free swing dance class down at the Jam Cellar with [personal profile] greenygal tonight. I liked it, even though I had a lot of trouble remembering what steps went when and not backing into the walls. I may go back, or look for classes closer to home.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 06:22 pm
There's an Eevee nest somewhere in my area, but I'm too lazy to go and find it.

On the plus side, I have essentially located two other spawn points for rare and semi-rare Pokemon in my area, so that's nice.

I also intend to make some proper Pokemon GO icons, but that may take a while.

In not entirely unrelated news, here is the story of how my brother proposed to his girlfriend, and how she proposed back :D
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 09:34 am
I decided to make a LiveJournal account, which is [ profile] anotherheathers.

This will still be my primary journal, but I will read comments in both places. ♥
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 09:01 pm
1. My father has not emailed or successfully called me for nearly a year. Some international or phone-card number has tried a few times to connect; since most calls I receive are spammy fakes anyway, I don't pick up unless I recognize the number. Anyway, no voice messages.

2. The other day, a small box arrived from a country in South America. Read more... )
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 08:31 pm
 This is just for fun I might post them for all my RP pups I don't know.  Though I'm posting the rules that I'm going to be using just in case anyone else wants to do this.

  1. You cannot put the name of the person the letter's for, nor precise times you're talking about in this. These letters are supposed to be anon about who it's for.
  2. Letters should be at least 300 words
  3. You can use these as starters for RP, or a longer work, this is just to get into the character's head
  4. Remember this is a letter you're afraid, it doesn't always have to be about something bad.  Have fun with it.
  5. Feel free to leave the posts open for people to respond to it.
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 06:25 pm
I tried the basic yeast bread recipe from The Tassajara Bread Book today. It made two loaves, so I made one plain, and made one a stuffed loaf with mushrooms, olives, wilted chard, and cheese. We'll see how it turns out.

Definitely this makes too much bread, so I'll have to cut the recipe in half from now on. Except maybe the kolache recipe. Kolaches for everyone! (and everyone will have to eat one, since the recipe makes about 24 of them!)
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 01:46 pm
Every time I see someone reference "ye olde days of LiveJournal," I laugh a little bit. In the grand scheme of fandom, LJ wasn't that long ago. I can reference ye olde days of Usenet, and there are plenty of fans I know who go farther back and further offline for their ye olde days of fandom.

I would have my ye olde days be offline, but. Try being in fandom when you don't have the internet and with a misanthropic, introvert mother who won't take you to cons because it's a waste of money and also people might try to talk to you there and we don't want that. At best, I would get to go to the gaming store because she would be able to wait in the car and not have to talk to anyone.

On the other hand, I can talk about ye olde days when your only hope of finding a tabletop gaming group was copying down a number on an index card at the gaming store, calling it to see if they were still meeting and at a time you could make it there, and hoping to hell that you didn't get hit on during character gen this time.
Monday, August 22nd, 2016 12:19 pm
Facebook is the devil, and I rue the day I ended up with so many... friends of a certain ilk.

Today's tidbit, which I only saw because someone liked a post of someone I'm not friends with (seriously, FB, just show me my actual friends' god damn posts and stop stuffing my news feed with crap they "like" and "comment on"), was about women drinking.

Which they only do because, obviously, men are evil and life is hard as a woman and they refuse to stand up for themselves and are therefore pathetic, horrible creatures and sober, strong women pity and mock them. As you do, when you want to, you know, support your gender, right? Right.

I don't drink a glass of wine on my back patio while knitting or whatever because I'm stressed or don't have enough me time or feel like men are evil. I have that glass of wine because... I like wine. I know, shocker, right? That can't be right! I'm making a *choice* based some on what I *want* and *enjoy*. Certainly not! It can't be! I'm a women, therefore, society, men, evils, blah blah blah.

Look, I get it. There are sexist people out there. It's true. I'm an engineer, not exactly the most "feminine" of fields. I deal with construction workers, which you think would be (based on stereotypes) the least equal-minded.

And yet who do I get the most nasty, judgemental comments from?

Yeah, you guessed it. Women.

I'm not doing enough to fight for equality! (Except, you know, living it) I'm too fat! (Fuck you) I shouldn't like cooking/crafts/girly things! (See: fuck you) I shouldn't like football/guns/cars! (I think you know where I'm going here)

Old-school women who think I should be at home having babies. New, strident feminists who think I'm not vocal or mean enough about the evils of men. Women who judge my hair, my clothes, my body.

Are men judging me? Probably. It's human nature to judge. But oddly, they're not the ones I see/hear the most.

I talked to a guy in line at the grocery store the other day. Perfectly nice chat about nothing, just passing the time. Woman at the grocery store today, eying me up and down and turning away with a sneer (so I look a little frumpy in the ritzy part of town, sue me).

So I'm sorry I won't jump on that bandwagon, I can't handle that much vitriol in my life. I really thought living my life and *showing* that I was equal was enough. I thought making choices that were right for me (because it's about choice, right?) was enough. Apparently, I was wrong.
Sunday, August 21st, 2016 09:41 pm
Apparently I forgot to do duolingo yesterday.

Thank fuck for streak freeze, is all I have to say.

(620 and counting.)