Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 09:40 pm
I didn't make my team's hockey game this week because we had the late game and I had an important test the next morning, so of course they won our first game this season (we're horrible) and I wasn't there to celebrate it with them.

I'll find out if it was worth missing though in about 4 months when I find out if I made MSgt or not. It's real nice having the test done though, it's just one less thing to be stressing out about. Even if I didn't make it, I now have a break from studying which is really appreciated. There's just been so much going on that I haven't been able to breath as much.
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 09:07 pm
why are my feets so cold seriously I've got two blankets on them and they're tucked up against my legs but they just dont' stay warm


I'll just blame the hotel right?
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 01:48 pm
Oh, Highlander. So 90s with the slow motion for dramatic emphasis! I forgot how you had a growling tiger sound added to the emotional scenes. I realize Amanda's first episode of Highlander was The Lady and the Tiger, but you do realize that she wasn't actually the tiger in the episode? Right?

Nick chews the scenery more than just about anyone. So hilarious. The fanfic writers made him far more interesting than he ever was (to me) on the show.

I also appreciate that it gave Amanda a few levels up in badass with her swordfighting ability. I was getting awfully tired of the "manipulates Duncan and/or other men into killing for her" implications of several eps of the main series.

I had forgotten how delightfully cheesy the Quickenings were. So cheesy!

ETA: Oh, 90s! Back when your male lead could kick his way through a woman's door when she's told him to go away three times, and then he can point a gun at her guest (admittedly a homicidal Immortal) and it's considered just a thing an alpha male does, not some kind of sign of a defect in the male lead. (And he's holding his gun sideways, just like every good ex-cop does!)
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 08:53 pm
Anybody local have use for kids sized dance gear? Or know anyone currently looking for such? (mostly in shoe sizes 4 1/2 - 7, so heading in to adults sizes;  leotards up to adults small). We've done a big declutter on the kids outgrown stuff, and have a truly terrifying list of items to get rid of, mostly because I've been putting things in boxes to deal with when I 'have time' for a couple of years. 
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 09:25 pm
Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me (2009): so much love for this book. I'm not sure what to say. Miranda and her mother live in a NYC apartment: one could say that the biggest supporting character is 1978 New York City as it impinges upon Miranda's sixth-grade existence. Her mother, who hates her job as a paralegal (and would have trained as a lawyer if Miranda hadn't been born during law school), practices every night to appear on $20,000 Pyramid, a show that was called $25,000 by the time I watched it during summer vacations. Miranda's best friend won't talk with her after he's punched by a random kid. Random kid, Marcus, turns out to love math and physics and to chat with Miranda about a crucial moment in A Wrinkle in Time. (That moment bothered me, too, and is part of why I always loved A Swiftly Tilting Planet best. Illogical history is different.)

As a friend says in her Goodreads review, adults can anticipate the ending more swiftly than the adolescents who're considered the primary audience; the book has won a Newbery Medal. It may reduce some of the primary effect of narrative revelations, but because the story is so well told, there are other effects for non-adolescent readers to consider which pack their own punches. Things I enjoyed especially: which character serves as the cavalry when the cavalry is called in; how Miranda's perspectives about her classmates change during the narrative, sometimes having nothing directly to do with the denouement but filling out the space she inhabits; that no one is particularly evil or particularly beyond reproach, yet everyone does or embodies at least one conventionally negative thing, casually, because it's how life is.
Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 09:09 am
 Quick updates on Many Things
  • January's Read! All! The! Things! still ongoing - three books to finish (all of which are started)
  • Uni - successfully enrolled, despite weird hiccups (wherein I could not enrol in one unit but could in the other, because 'did not have the pre-requisitites', despite both having the same pre-reqs).
  • I have a fabulous reading list for the rest of the year
  • Shoulder - I can now sleep on it. The first night this was great and the tension in surrounding muscles lessened. Last night, not so much.
  • February's goals are languishing - I'm not supposed to knit/crochet, so those are falling in a heap. No work has been done on the stashes of stuff under the kids beds (but I have been clearing other things out); no piano teacher sorted, because shoulder; salads at work - kinda. I ate one yesterday, but didn't have anything protein/fat to go with, and it threw my eating out for the rest of the day. 
  • Dodgy knee - the exercises the ballet teacher gave us on Saturday are getting easier, and appear to be dealing with the knee. No pain! Also noticing that I roll it out when driving - need to learn not to do that. 
Monday, February 8th, 2016 10:49 pm
* After some use of the Brother CS6000i sewing machine I bought last summer, I've begun pondering selling it cheaply or giving it away locally, if someone wants it. I have never needed sixty stitch types, most of them decorative, and they're not why I bought the machine---but it seems that having a little computer govern those stitches comes at the cost of good-quality, basic, unfussy stitching with reasonable tension, which I do want. Recently I've read this post on beginner-level machines. Thinking, thinking.

For now I'll buy a packet of bobbins and replace the needle on the Brother machine, since they're relatively inexpensive. Part of the tension issue is the machine's extreme pickiness about whether the bobbin and top threads match. Two colors of the same type of Gütermann thread (bought at the same time in a set) do not suit; I've spent nearly as much time troubleshooting tension and bobbin-winding as actually sewing during the last two smallish projects. The old Pfaff doesn't mind if bobbin thread and top thread were made two decades apart and are of different materials (cotton, polyester), so I don't think it's all user error.

* Reason's frog still needs three short toes. My mother's poncho has reached ~40%. Progress on MIL's laceweight scarf has slowed because the December replacement glasses cause strain---not as bad as going without glasses, but one eye's astigmatism cares when the axis correction isn't accurate.

* It is oddly difficult to find a sew-your-own bra pattern. Read more... )
Monday, February 8th, 2016 11:12 pm
How I am observing Lent this year )
Monday, February 8th, 2016 09:23 pm
This is more for my own accounting than anything else, but if you're interested, here are short character sketches of my six wardens so far for Dragon Age Origins. I haven't played through them all. I started all of them to see which I wanted to do next after my third playthrough.

Wardens )
Monday, February 8th, 2016 07:01 pm
the roads are stacked on top of each other when you get into atlantic city so the gps is very unhelpful especially with the fucking tunnel and the signage is not good so I ended up driving into the wrong hotel's parking garage. there was signs leading from there to my hotel so idek it's probably common

then the parking garage is pretty shitty and it doesn't have any signs pointing to what direction the hotel is

and it leads to the casino, even when you attempt to not go into the casino

finding the front desk was a nightmare and the desk guy seemed surprised when I asked how he was

and the very worst thing is that they charge for fricking wifi like that is some bullshit

I've got my work mifi but still. 13 bucks for 24 hours is some huge ass bullshit
Monday, February 8th, 2016 12:47 pm
[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting another wonderful "Magpie Monday". This month's theme is "Disaster or opportunity?"

The details, as quoted from her blog :

Drop a note with at least one prompt, I'll write at least 500 words in reply, and send your prompt to you (for long ones, I'll ask for an email address instead of trying to divide a long item into several private messages). Boost the signal and I'll add another hundred words for each. If this is your first prompt, let me know, as your word count doubles.

Step 1: Go to [personal profile] dialecticdreamer's blog and leave a prompt.
Step 2: . . . .
Step 3: Profit!*

* And by 'Profit!', I mean fiction.