Friday, January 20th, 2017 12:07 am
I only asked for one thing for Christmas—tickets to a Caps-Pen game—so I was pretty upset last Wednesday when I had a killer light sensitive headache the day of the game. (It was so bad I had the lights off in my office and I wore sunglasses.) I was able to resell my tickets via Ticketmaster.

This totally caused a lightbulb in my brain, I looked at the rest of the schedule for the week, and on Sunday morning I bought a pretty cheap, pretty good ticket for the 1 p.m. game against the Flyers. I went to lunch at b and I had a burger salad that was pretty decent.

The Caps had a pretty slow start (why is this a chronic issue? This is going on four years, guys. Start playing hockey from minute one) but they demolished the Flyers and chased Mason. Wo-oh wo-oh. Wo-oh wo-oh! As we hit goal 5, I realized I had made a strategic error. I was wearing my (second) Girl Gang cap (first Girl Gang cap, lost to bus travel, RIP), and two players had scored two goals. What would I do if a hat trick occurred? It turned out okay, no one scored any more, and the Flyers were practically in tears, so all was well.

Afterwards, I watched Fences, since the Phonebooth is right next door to a movie theater.

Troy is a really great role, but I feel like Denzel was a little bit indulgent in playing him. I'm just not sure that directing yourself in the lead role is a good idea. He was good, but with just a hint of scenery chewing. (To be fair, that was, like, 80% the character? Troy is one of those big people who sucks up all the life in a room.)

Viola Davis is a fucking national treasure and we do not deserve her. She was so great, with great passion and also great restraint. There were several beautiful reaction shots. She was very clear in communicating the relationship she had to each of the other characters and how she was feeling about her life at any given time. I really loved this performance and this role, and she so deserves an Oscar nod.

I'm not necessarily sold on the movie as a whole. I don't feel strongly about it one way or the other. I certainly don't regret going to see it, but it was mostly a story about a man's relationship with his sons, and my interest in that is limited right now, even for a black man.

So, the weekend was pretty great.

This week has been an ongoing trial. DC is being fenced in to prepare for the inauguration, and getting around near my office was getting more and more difficult. Tuesday, I saw the U.S. flag on the Capitol, and it felt like a threat. The bus I catch lost most of the DC part of its route on Wednesday, and I didn't get the alert, although some people on the bus said that they had gotten one belatedly. It lost all of the DC part of the route today. D: The fences make the Mall etc. feel like a cage. And today, there were all these god damn white people wandering around in fucking MAGA hats. Thankfully, my office is closed for the inauguration, because I would lose my mind if I had to go in for that bullshit.

I have comforted myself by reading volume 5 of Sunstone, which was great, but also the end of that story. /: I think I have to reread all five volumes to see how I feel about it as an ending, but it was great to sink into that world again and it was definitely as beautiful as the previous volumes. I feel like, even though the same face was still there, the faces were less same-y somehow. I can't explain, because they weren't exactly more expressive, just more distinct. I think I liked it. Sejic is promising more stories in the same world. I'll probably actually pick up Alan and Anne's story, because I like Alan, but I'm not sure about the other couples. Too much straightness.

Tomorrow, I'm going to catch up on my comics (I will finally deal with the nightmare that is Civil War II) and watch the new season of Voltron: Legendary Defender.
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
A few days late, but I got some really wonderful treats in my fandom stocking!

An Aeryn/John fic

A Bucky/Natasha fic
A Bucky/Steve fic
A Bucky/Steve/Natasha fic
Links to geeky crafts
Farscape and MCU icons
and Krem fanart

I managed to write two fics
Mornings Between Jobs - Leverage, OT3
Fuzzy mornings between jobs.

Iron Chef Enterprise - Start Trek AOS, gen
Cooking might not be big after the invention of the replicator, but there's no substitute for Iron Chef. Or, one of the many ways the crew entertains itself on the five year mission.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 10:11 pm

Boy, I sure did fall off the edge of the earth. In my defense, I've been so neck deep in reading about Roman Britain and badass ancient spies and Rome being too dumb to use them until an angry Germanic army showed up at their gates that I haven't had time to do much of anything in the way of fun or relaxing, and what time I have had for that has been spent replaying Black Flag. Gareis's (my narrative prof from last semester) kid's playing it for the first time, and he's in two of my classes and stoked about it, so he rekindled that fire and here we are.

I've been really good this week about drinking more water and less soda, and not eating chicken nuggets, so that's been a thing. I've also come to the conclusion that every last history major I know is a bitter, sarcastic asshole spoiling for a fight over their historical favs. It's somehow comforting to know I've found my chosen people, lmao.

This weekend I plan on catching up here and at least reading, so if I magically turn up in a post, that's why. All the time management in the world and I can't break free of the never-ending cycle of primary sources and textbook reading. And since there are classes on Colonial America and the Ancient Mediterranean in the fall, it doesn't look like that'll be changing anytime soon.

RIP all my free time for next year and a half, tbh.

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 09:24 pm
1. Anyone have any suggestions for dealing with ADHD? I'm hoping to see a professional later this year, once I have money in my HSA, but it's causing problems as I try to take on responsibilities.

I've been self-medicating with caffeine, and it works pretty well and I haven't noticed any side effects, but I always hear about the problems with caffeine addiction so I hesitate to use it much for that reason. (Never mind that using it daily for the months I was in the campaign, I didn't show any signs of addiction, even when I stopped.)

2. Also, while I haven't had the spoons to respond, I swear I've been running on the positive energy y'all are sending. So very much love, and I hope to have more spoons soon. (Both the bronchitis and sinus infection seem to be retreating FINALLY.)

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 04:50 pm
There is a stray guinea fowl hiding in the bushes by the fitness center of my apartment complex. It's a little weird to see exotic poultry just out about -- I suspect it escaped from someone's backyard coop -- but when I informed the housing office, they said animal control had already been out and had not been able to catch the bird. Of course not -- guinea fowl are much better fliers than chickens, and it just flew to the top of the building. I'm a little disappointed that animal control gave up; I really don't want to see a mound of feathers some day because the bird got hit by a car, or eaten by a local hawk, or just killed in a blizzard or by below-freezing temperature.
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 02:47 pm
One of the girls in my suite has her husband her with her and I was surprised at the jealous feeling I had when I saw them sitting together just quietly hanging out. Hopefully I'll find someone to do that with eventually, but I need to actually get out there and look and accept.
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 02:26 pm
Title: Surprise
Fandom: Legends Of Tomorrow
Characters: Mick/Len
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 500
Summary: Mick has a surprise for Len
An: Written for the slashthedrabble prompt: Expectations
An2: Also here at AO3

Here at slashthedrabble

legends of tomorrow )
Thursday, January 19th, 2017 11:02 pm

Hello everyone!

So now I'm back from holidays and my family have scattered. I did stuff... played games - must get hold of a copy of Splendor, great game, simple rules but somehow rather addictive. Made things with resin - I have a rather large backlog of items I need to photograph.

And I got myself a smartphone. )

So there you have it.

Who of you has an Android smartphone, and what do you use it for? What are your favourite apps?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 10:03 pm
Today and I were not pals, until the part where I came home from work, got into my PJs and crawled into bed in a room lit only by my iPad at 18:45.

I'm starting to feel better (introvert healing!) and have had some fun on twitter. Sleep soon.

Lately I've been trying to come up with three adjectives to describe who I want to be. I feel good in my choices of kind and fierce, but not sure what a good third is. Part of me wants something like "reliable", but it just doesn't fit.

...I typed that, and two lines from "Invictus" popped into my head. Unconquerable. I was never one for reasonable aspirations.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 11:00 pm
Currently I'm still engaged in my reread of Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the Apt series, which I'm pretty sure anyone who's asked me for a book rec in the last year and a half is pretty sick of hearing about. (This is mostly my fault. I take pride in my reputation of being very good at matching people to books they then love, but I'm not great at summarising/describing books -- since I do actually have this reputation, my friends tend to mostly take me on trust and look up the title, rather than emotionally reacting to, It's a ten-book epic fantasy series about BUG PEOPLE, guys, it's SO GOOD!)

(It is SO GOOD.)

Anyway, I started this re-read halfway through December and I'm now 68% of the way through book 9, War Master's Gate since I intercut with other books. I did say to myself going in that I would just skip the chapters I wasn't that interested in experiencing all over again (there is a large cast of protags and I definitely have my favourites), but actually I've been surprised by how little I felt like skipping. It turned out to be the scorpion chapters in book 5 and the Lazlo chapters in books 6 and 8. (Sorry, Lazlo, I didn't realise how much I Don't Care.)

It's really funny how much less stressful these books are on a re-read! They were super stressful to read unspoiled, let me tell you.

Also, book 5 was still my favourite. And Cheerwell Maker is still my favourite character. I think she's on my list of "3 characters you overidentify with" now.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 07:49 pm
Present!Cesy is very grateful to Past!Cesy for getting the pigs-in-blankets out of the freezer yesterday.

Dinner so far consists of mocktails, pigs-in-blankets, chocolate brownies, and a few carrot sticks as a nod to health. I might need to add something. It's been one of those days at work and I have more to do. But I'm still smiling, even if at times it verges on a grimace. It's satisfying work in between bouts of frustration.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 10:01 pm
Jeon Kyu-tae, The Flavor and Wisdom of Korean (2012): I DON'T EVEN KNOW, you guys. I pulled it off the shelf while picking up Choe 1983, and Reason, who had come because sitting on the back of the cargo bike still counts as a treat, asked soberly, "Should it be 'Korea', mama, or is it language?" Wellllll, so, Jeon is a poet and comp lit scholar b. 1933 (says the book's foreword by Gil-won Lee) who had pancreatic cancer, lost his cancer after withdrawing from the literary world for a decade, and decided to reflect upon Korean culture in a bunch of essays, which are gathered here for our convenience and benefit. Thank you, Jeon seonsaengnim. Right?

... )
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 01:07 pm
In today's 'publish in our fake journal' email, after the standard greeting, is the following:

"We had a glance at your published article “Shea Butter: An Opposite Replacement for Trans Fat in Margarine” is very innovative & interesting; we value your contribution. The time and attention you devoted to presenting a neoteric article is really palpable."

Really? Apparently, as well as making up journals for me to submit to, they are now creating fictitious articles for me to follow up!

(oh, and the 'chief associate' sending me this was 'Bridget Jones'. Now, I get that there really are going to be people called that, but in this context, I'm guessing that name is also fictitious).  
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 06:08 pm
Kitty Kisses

Kitty Kisses (0 words) by look_turtles
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/Jim Moriarty
Characters: John Watson

Cat AU. Jim kisses Shercat