unprecedented

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:31 pm
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We're off to India shortly, and for the first time ever we have booked a taxi to take us to the airport. Usually we drive to off airport parking, and have been using the same reliable, reasonably priced service for years. Last December they charged £85 for a 4-week stay. This month they quoted me £158 for just 2 weeks. The taxi is £85 each way, so it's about the same overall cost, plus abrinsky doesn't have to worry about staying awake on the way back. Hopefully this is going to work out well and be a new tradition.

Public transport to Heathrow Terminal 4 isn't an option from here. Not without a taxi to/from the railway station and multiple changes of train.

Normally we're flying round the house getting tetchy with each other at this stage, and knowing we're not going to be ready quite on time, but that our planned departure time was so far in advance that all will be well. Today? Today we were ready 90 minutes before the time the taxi is due. And I booked the taxi stupidly early because we'd rather hang around endlessly at the airport than be stuck, stressed in a traffic jam on the way.

*drums fingers*

Anyway, we'll be in Delhi by tomorrow morning, relaxing with the family. At the weekend we're off on a trip to interesting places in Rajasthan. Next week, I think the only thing we have booked is a cricket match - India v Australia - so there will be time for chilling, massages, and movies. I am so ready for this!

*drums fingers*

I expect I'll be hanging around the internets, but unless a miracle occurs and I figure out the technology, there won't be photos here until I return home. Maybe I'll be too relaxed to update...who knows :)

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Oct. 23rd, 2017 11:23 am
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Please send thoughts and prayers that I actually survive this week X_X

On Thursday I'm supposed to submit my thesis. I... am having strong doubts that's going to happen. My back is back to being tender and less-than-fully-functional on a daily basis. I have a minor cold that's making me extra tired and sluggish and if I could just take it easy this week and rest I'm sure it would go away in a day or two? But since that's not an option I'm scared it's going to develop into full blown in-bed-for-days illness. (I was JUST sick! I can't handle that shit again right now!) Work has also been extra busy and stressful :/

To give you an idea how yesterday, the first day of the work week went for me: stayed at work late, came home exhausted and with back pain. Couldn't deal with hassle of cooking so roommate and I ordered in food (she also baked delicious cookies for my arrival, which was a plus). Came home, showered, changed into PJs, ate the food we ordered, watched the double episode of Outlander together in the living room, had some tea and cookies.

Me: what time it is?
Roommate: ten to 9.
Me: Sounds legit. I'm off to pass out.

laid down in my bed and didn't get up again until it was time to go to work. And today my back is still fucked up and my thesis hasn't budged and work is only getting busier. Ugh. I just want this goddamn thesis to be OVER ALREADY and it's like the last few days of getting it done are harder than the last five years put together.

Dear Festividder!

Oct. 23rd, 2017 07:30 am
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[personal profile] aurumcalendula
Hi! Thank you for making something for me! I’ve only been vidding since January and this is the first Festivids I’m participating in, which is exciting (and also a little nerve-wracking).

I’m fond of songs with female vocalists, I like fast paced vids, and quick cuts. I also have a weakness for awesome women and femslash. Below is some of what I like about the sources and some ideas/suggestions:

Read more... )

Headlong | Batman Forever

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:07 am
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Title: Headlong
Fandom: Batman Forever
Music: Headlong by Queen
Summary: 'there's nothing you can do about it' Chase Meridian, Bruce Wayne, and Dick Grayson.
Notes: Quick cuts and flashes throughout (there's a bunch of flashing lights at 3:49 - 4:12 in particular).

streaming )

AO3 | tumblr | youtube

additional notes )

clean apartment and fic report

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:28 pm
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[personal profile] celli
You'll all be happy to know that my apartment is now clean and my laundry done - unless you require, UFYH-style, that laundry be put away to be done. In which case you'll be happy to know that my apartment is clean. :P

Fic report time!

Done:
* Coursera Character week 3 story (706/700-1000)
* Coursera Character week 4 story (929/~1000)

New:
* PODSA White House AU (474/whatever)
* PODSA taxfic (0/whatever)

Progress:
* Yuletide treat #1 (1118/1000+)

Other:
* Yuletide story (0/1000+)
* PODSA mpreg (2264/whatever)
* Star Wars auction fic (713/1000+)
* PODSA Victory Eve sequel (110/whatever)
* AIRPF AU with [personal profile] rajkumari905 (3316/whatever)
* AIRPF auction fic (0/1000+)

Not mentioned: the many many pre-planning NaNo emails.
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Funny, I had assumed no one would be interested in this one. Should have known better.

contains talk of negative body image, weight and fitness )

Is this weird to post about? It feels weird to post about in a mainly fannish/media space. And this is only the summary version of things.

I'd better do it before I think twice. Or ten times, heh.

D&D

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:02 pm
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Wow. This weekend has been an absolute roller coaster when it comes to D&D. Rambling under the cut. )

=^.^=

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:34 pm
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So... as those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I accidentally adopted a new cat last weekend. Oops?

Long story short: one of my coworkers has a teenage son who's in college. Said son adopted a cat back in the spring, decided over summer vacation that she was too much work, and left her with his parents when he went back to school. His mom is severely allergic to cats. They tried keeping her for a few weeks, but my coworker's wife ended up in the emergency room unable to breathe because of it, so the cat ended up with me somewhat unexpectedly.

(I'd volunteered to take her, on the condition that WWIII didn't break out in my apartment when I tried introducing a third cat to the mix, but it was something that was tentative and wasn't planned for at least several more weeks. Then I got a phone call last Saturday night asking if my coworker could come by the next morning.)

Anyway...

Everyone, meet Keyleth (also known as Kiki.)











Garrus and Percy have been fine with her from the beginning. They've definitely been more curious than anything else. She, on the other hand, has been a little more wary. At this point, she's just starting to get used to being in a new environment with two much-larger-than-her cats around. (Kiki's approximately two years old, but she's tiny. Even smaller than Tali was, which is saying something.)

So far, so good. I left them alone without shutting anyone up in the bedroom for the first time earlier today, while I played D&D over at the game store near my place, and the apartment was still standing when I got home. Kiki's still somewhat wary of Garrus and Percy, but the worst she's done is hiss and go pout under the bed for a little while before coming back out. And neither of them seems to be taking offense to it, so they're just leaving her be for a bit when she gets to that point.

Inktober - Day 21 (Furious)

Oct. 22nd, 2017 01:48 pm
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Yes! Managed to finish my 4th piece for this week. \o/

Title: Furious(a)
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
Characters/Pairings: Imperator Furiosa
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 21, word prompt: Furious. Furiosa. Of course. I had to! *g* This was done in three layers: first a pencil sketch with a bit of shading, then a wash of acrylic paint, then India ink over all of that.

I wasn't really sure how this would turn out, so I stopped and took pics at every stage, just in case I ruined it in the next step. :b So I've included a couple of the WiP photos under the cut tag as well. :)

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork, and WiP pics )

Avatar: Legend of Korra, s2

Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:00 pm
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I binged season 2 as well! (Seasons 3 and 4 will probably be one-ep-an-evening rewards for actually doing something useful.)

The plot was more standard stereotypical good vs evil. I liked the worldbuilding of the whole Avatar's origins thing and also the spirit realm. The whole business acquisitions and Ferric (sp?) B-plot was annoying, but I recognize that it sort of had to be there. Mako's noir cop subplot was not enjoyable. Again, I did not like Bolin or his subplot, and I did not at all like the romance. Mako came across as a two-timing asshole, as love triangle centerpoints are wont to.

The theme of family was a better fit to the writers' strengths than love subplots. I liked Tenzin and Bumi and Kaya sort of ... connecting with each other (though wow was Aang a bad parent). Iroh makes an appearance! (In fact, both Irohs made appearances! I am pleased with both.) Not enough Lin Bei Fong bending displays of awesome competence.

spoilers )

a day of two halves

Oct. 22nd, 2017 06:07 pm
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On Friday we set off quite early to catch some of the art on show as part of the first ever Coventry Biennial. We started (and finished) with the old Coventry Evening Telegraph building, since we are obsessed with the building itself and that's where the interest new artists were being displayed.

CVB 02

mostly I didn't photograph the art )

CVB 09

mostly I tried to work with the building to create art )

It's the fourth (or fifth?) time we've been to CET and, because the building is being developed, it's been incredibly different each time. And we find new things each time. The rest of my biennial pics are here and abrinsky's are here.

After we'd dined on noodles, we headed home and I spent the rest of the day sprawled on the bed reading and recharging.

Pre cleaning person cleaning

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:59 am
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I folded and spindled my budget to add a cleaning person for three hours once a month for various physical and mental reasons. Of course, there's some decluttering etc that needs to get done before she gets here in two hours:

* load dishwasher
* declutter kitchen counter
* toss nonfunctional cat feeder
* garbage/recycling off windowsill
* empty cat food cans in recycling

* declutter misc surfaces
* hang up hoodies
* get dressed


Optional:
* clothes on bed to be done while she's here
* wipe down sink (it's a little embarrassing)
* garbage & recycling out
* hit a nearby ATM for tip and laundry money

Totes doable, right?

gone-away world

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:51 pm
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Thursday was another day on Percy-duty. Neither of us was keen to go outside where, although it wasn't actually raining, the moisture content was so high much of the world was obscured and we seemed to be breathing soup.

Gone-away world #oftheday #reluctantwalkers #somedragginginvolved

Abrinsky has long claimed that sheep lurk in the trees at night, waiting to drop on the unwary, and I have always dismissed this. On Thursday I was a little disturbed to notice quite a bit of sheep wool in the trees. Can abrinsky be telling the truth?

I thought it was BS when @abrinsky told me sheep lurk in trees at night, waiting to pounce on the unwary. But how else to explain this wool?

In the evening I lit candles against the darkness, looked forward to seeing my Indian family and wished we were celebrating Diwali with them.

Happy Diwali!

open up your loving arms

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:44 am
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Friday night, I took the train to Huntington - the only train they hadn't cancelled, apparently, so it was packed - and met up with my sister, my niece, and my niece's boyfriend's mom, to go see a "Back to the 80s" show with a band called Jessie's Girl at the Paramount.

It was a lot of fun, though there were some things we'd probably do differently if we were to do it again: 1. miss the terrible opening act - it was a DJ who was just really bad at being a DJ despite playing lots of great 80s music. He was just. So. Bad. And I definitely would have gotten at least a bottle of water, since we were upstairs in the seating area and there were so many stairs none of us wanted to go back down to the bar, so I was SO THIRSTY by the time we got back to my sister's, and I woke up with a dehydration headache even though I hadn't had any alcohol. I mean, I hadn't had anything to drink from when I left work at 5 pm to when we got back to Marg's at midnight. That just ain't right.

Anyway, the band was really entertaining, though some of their song choices were puzzling to me (why "Hot for Teacher" of all the Van Halen songs you could have picked?) and there were a few glaring omisions, imo: no Duran Duran! No Pet Shop Boys! No New Order! No "Relax!" No "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go!" No "What I Like About You!" And since they did do "A Little Respect," which I think is more obscure than any of the others (I mean, not to me - it was one of the songs of my senior year of high school - but Marg and Alyssa didn't know it, and Alyssa knew almost every song despite not even being alive in the 80s), and "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" while dressed up like the dude from Dead or Alive, I don't think the other songs are too much to ask for. Certainly they could have replaced "Sunglasses at Night" and "Somebody's Watching Me" and "Physical" with better songs! but Alyssa says they do a lot of shows so they probably rotate things in and out of the set list.

While the upstairs where we were never filled in, the dance floor was pretty packed with drunk middle aged white ladies, which is pretty entertaining in and of itself.

So we did a lot of dancing, which my knees were not happy about, especially after all the stairs, so yesterday was kind of a painful day.

But because we cover a wide range of enjoyable activities, we went to tea in Port Jeff at brunchtime, and it was lovely, as it always is. The tea shop was all decked out for fall and our reservation was for when it opened, so we had the place to ourselves for most of our time there, which was nice.

In keeping with the 80s theme (not really but it sounds good), I had the Pretty in Pink tea ("a blend of green tea, pomegranate, flowers, nuts, acai and yumberry make up this fruity pale pink tea") iced, and it was both pretty and pink and also delicious. And the scones of the day were apple raisin walnut, and all of the little sandwiches and tea cakes were delicious (except for the grilled goat cheese rounds, which we felt were a mistake, but if you like goat cheese on toasted wheat bread, you'd probably like them).

By then I was exhausted but all the Port Jeff and Ronkonkoma line trains were screwy because of track work (estimated travel time: 2 hours and 39 minutes one way!!!) so Alyssa dropped me at the Islip station on her way home and I took the Babylon branch instead.

I got home and took a two hour nap, and then went to bed after the Yankees lost, so I feel less exhausted now, but I woke up with a cold. My nose won't stop running and my sinuses ache. Bah. I just really want some soup.

But it was a great weekend. A++ would dance and drink tea again.

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