Thursday, March 30th, 2017 02:07 am
Part of feeling better and being more productive means that I'm actually watching some of my (horrifyingly massive) back catalogue of anime now while I crochet. Currently on the docket is Wedding Peach, because I am a shameless Magical Girl addict.

Tonight I just got to an episode where one of the main Devils is all, "The power of the angels' love will never be a match for the power of the devils' hate!" And I just thought, "Man, quadrants would put such an interesting spin on that."


If you can't tell that this now means I want concept art and/or an outline/description for an Alternian Magical Girl series, you don't know me at all.
Thursday, March 30th, 2017 10:26 am
There are many many things that I need to do. But last night but one I had a bout of insomnia paired with nausea that caused me to get very fractured sleep, and middle of last night I woke up no longer able to breathe through my nose. Deeper sleep, but still disrupted.

So today, me and myself head-cold are having a day in bed, with the single goal of the day being Get Some Sleep. Which (see insomnia flare up*) I'm unlikely to be getting, because I can't make myself lie still long enough when I've had 8 hours between falling asleep and getting up.  

* so my thing with insomnia is that one of the first things that starts happening is I take longer and longer to get to sleep (where 1 hour is typical, and 2 hours is well within standard limits). When it is at that level, I do okay, if I can actually get to sleep. It is when it worsens, and I can get to sleep but not stay that way, that I get really snarly. 
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 10:13 pm
Courtney Milan, Hold Me (2016): amidst everything, I nearly failed to notice that it's also nonbinding teacher/student (they're not in the same field or connected instructionaly). Way to overclock the setup.

That setup emerges from the narrative's predecessor, Trade Me. Here, Tina's best friend Maria runs a pseudonymous blog that was begun as a lightweight distraction but has gained some rather heavyweight-intellectual reader-commenters, including someone who signs himself Actual Physicist. Over time, MCL and A. have begun exchanging text-message confidences. Then we see them meet in person for other reasons, with instant enmity on both sides; then, of course, one of the two discovers the link. That's the main line. But it's also a book about multiple trans and queer individuals who form a group but aren't the same and don't all get along, and about being overtly femme with shoes that speak, and about men in technical fields who think they're allies and aren't, and about being a non-traditional undergrad, and about being wrong on the internet....

Whereas Trade feels slightly stitched-together to me (except for Falun Gong, I know every single riff's antecedent well, so the narrative tradeoffs show), Hold manages a self-consistency and balance while juggling so. very. many. complicated elements. Read more... )
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 09:10 pm
So, which of my various SEA-TAC area friends might be available for dinner the evenings of Tuesday, April 11th, and/or Wednesday, April 12th?

Contact me via private means if you wish; my gmail address is pretty easy to guess from my username, and I have been known to use Dreamwidth private messages as well.
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 06:10 pm
Lapsang Souchong Gravlax with curry waffles was a good combo. I might make it for Easter, if my folks are hosting brunch while I'm visiting.

Otoh, I definitely need to get my ulu sharpened, because it was almost impossible to get the skin off -- no wonder salmon is used for fish leather!
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 12:25 pm
Greetings Universe! Greetings to all my friends and loved ones across the universe. I hope you are well.

I just ended my Kindergarten Class for the day. We got a lot of work done in math, reading, social studies, and science.

I'm going to a local Vegan restaurant for lunch now.

Then I'm headed home to spend time with my children and husband.

That's all for now.

Everyone take care.
Love and Light
Emma and family
Monday, March 27th, 2017 10:59 pm
I've finished my second playthrough of Inquisition. I replayed my Trevelyan warrior because I wasn't ready to let her go after the first playthrough. I have so many unwritten little fic for her! This playthorugh had 100% more Iron Bull/Dorian however, which was the big difference from my first time through.

I know large chunks of the game can drag when you've played it before, bus I still love to core story to pieces. I love this world. I already want to play again.
Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 10:26 am
Something I saw recently on Captain Awkward was some advice on how to go about dealing when it feels like there are so many things that need to be done. I was going to paraphrase it, and then realised that I was trying to make it too complicated.

The relevant question and answer is

What’s a good quick way to shut up brain weasels (shrieking that I am terrible and that I can’t do anything right ever) while I am at work and trying to function?

If you can, stop what you’re doing and take a 5 minute walk around the office or outside. Get drink of water. Come back to your desk. Make a to-do list with two things on it. 1. What’s the one thing you most need to do today? 2. What’s a quick, possibly cosmetic thing that will take a few minutes but give you a sense of accomplishment and momentum? Do #2 first, cross it off your list and then come back to the other thing. When you’re done with those two things you can call the day “good” – anything else you do is extra credit. See the next question also.

and it's from this post.

The thing that I most need to do today is to get the work computer ready to hand back tomorrow (burn CD/DVDs, archive documents, shift that which I'm still working on papers for to new computer so that if/when collaborators send me questions I can answer them). Something cosmetic that will give me a sense of momentum - vacuuming the music room floor/quick tidy of the music room. 

So, off to get the vacuum cleaner
Sunday, March 26th, 2017 10:10 pm
Cajsa cardigan: done, washed, drying. It took a while to find enough virtual spoons to sew the edges of the two pocket-bags, and it just plain took a while to bind off the lower hem in i-cord. I'm glad to have good tools: ChiaoGoo steel circular needles for sssk with slightly stiff 50/50 linen/wool, though usually I prefer Crystal Palace wood circs for the sake of their cord/needle swivel. My hunch that there wouldn't be enough of the neutral main color---an undyed linen hue, pale brownish---was right, and the faded aqua contrast at body and sleeve hems, button band, and pocket-bags looks all right. More notes are on Ravelry. As before, photo awaits dry finished object, and I haven't quite enough photos to wrestle with an access-locked image post yet. I suppose you could find me on Instagram if you don't use Rav and wanted a peek sooner?

The reassigned Dovana shawl is partly bound off. The baby gift is at 90%, except that my mother has talked me down from bestowing it on that friend. I'll buy a less potentially embarrassing gift, and the knitted gift will go to the relative with a former high-risk pregnancy and now a healthy newborn.

Next up: I began Reason's much-requested replacement orange cardigan some weeks ago, and it has nearly reached sleeve separation point (from the top down, not bottom up), but it emerges from its little bag only after dark because Reason insists she doesn't want to know whether I've decided to make it. Given healthy tiny relative, I've also begun Reason's hooded vest, which is meant to share yarn with a yearling-sized cardigan. Otherwise, there's MIL's Tidblad, and I've taken up a shawl for myself which was begun a year and a half ago to commemorate my final solo project at the prior office. That final project was itself delayed for six years behind "more important" ones; I hope the shawl doesn't dawdle that long. How's that for displacement of another garment-for-self attempt....

The cardigan pattern intended for my mother ought to be released soon.

I am behind on email, btw. Sorry.
Sunday, March 26th, 2017 02:17 pm
One brave green shoot pushes through the muck;
more will soon follow.
There will still be storytime at the library next week.
The librarian will still be found wearing a plush ladybug.
Somewhere, a child will move from baby to toddler
in pursuit of that bubble, just out of reach.

(Mostly written in early February.)