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Jun. 26th, 2017 07:56 pm
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Just attached the second sleeve! I can't decide if I want to get the bodice basically done and then start in on the skirt, or leave it as-is and just switch things up by working on the skirt for a bit.

With my new-ish habit of breaking sewing projects into small chunks (rather than going "okay, I'm going to spend [amount of time] working on this, now what do I need next?" or "let's just sew until I'm tired"), I seem to be able to write and sew on the same day, which is interesting.

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Jun. 26th, 2017 06:21 pm
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Today is our 24th anniversary. Scott took the day off so we could hang out together. We went into Ypsilanti to do some Ingress and got lunch at a diner called The Bomber.

Cordelia spent most of the afternoon with one of her friends downtown. She kept calling us and asking us to suggest things to do. I couldn't come up with anything she liked. They'd already gotten ice cream and didn't want any other type of food. They didn't want to window shop. They didn't want to actually shop. They didn't want to visit any museums. Pokemon Go and Ingress are too out of style to even be considered even if they had either on their phones.

Yesterday, Scott got the lawn mowed and cleaned out one of the two Time Capsule drives. The big problem we've got is that his hard drive is over a terabyte of family photos and videos. We may need to dedicate one of the drives to his machine and use the other for me and Cordelia, but that will require that Scott actually pay attention to what the program is doing and be willing to address the matter rapidly if one drive or the other stops working.

We watched two library DVDs last night and then returned them today (long, long waitlists). Both were amusing in different ways, and we even got Cordelia to join us in watching one of them.

Scott bewilders me by watching TV episodes on his laptop while he's also watching his brother playing games with active voices (and explosions). I think he flips back and forth in terms of the visuals. When I'm in the same room with him, I keep trying to follow what's going on just by listening, and... Yeah. Not working.

I used the c-PAP for a chunk of last night and didn't have any sneezing or runny nose today. Hopefully, that's done. I'm not sure how much the Ativan is actually helping and how much is just that I've got more time for sleeping to make up for the poor quality. I'm having trouble, when on my side, with getting adequate head support without dislodging the nasal pillows. I very much doubt that a different mask would help given that it seems to be the shape of my face changing depending on which bit the pillow is pressing against.

And now we're trying to come up with dinner ideas...

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Jun. 26th, 2017 01:32 pm
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There is one week left until Not Prime Time fics are due on July 3rd. I'm currently writing a treat and it's going well. I hope to write more this week because I'll finally have time to do so.

Thanks to [personal profile] alisanne, 5 ‘Wonder Woman’ Amazons On The Power Of Their All-Woman Army. You know, in case you want to use that knowledge of names and faces for Wonder Woman femslash porn for science. For science.

My tomato plant died from sunburn (stupid desert), so I exchanged it for a cherry tomato plant. Currently, it's staying indoors under a grow light, some sunlight from the window, and regular indoor light. Let's see how this works this time around.

*waves*

Jun. 26th, 2017 08:21 pm
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I did not actually get any squares on my bingo card for knit in public day (which was bizarre as we were busy - but I think mostly busy with people avoiding the horrific weather that day!)

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I have been doing better with reading actual books recently - and in doing so read two very different stories with Transgender lead characters, one good and one, not so good.

1 - The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson - This was the not so good. It has a lot of issues, and does a lot of strange things, and adds unessecary drama to something that should have plenty. It also randomly does lots of class stuff (with extreme!council estate v rich people, who are actually seemingly just middle class-ish....) Set in UK, so lots that jumped out at me than might have if set in US.
The author is not transgender but 'works with transgender youth, who were all really positive about her book'. A statement she actually makes at the end, which is painful and awkward.
I wouldn't recommend as a first trans character read, or a solid good plot - and it's got a lot of triggers to warn for (which includes transphobia, from everyone o.o - and sexual assault)

2 - If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo - This is a good book, no issues that it doesn't own up to (none are big issues, unlike Williamson's book). It's an interesting story, lacking additional drama, and it covers the experience of transitioning, and how the character felt before and after. It feels a lot more real than the other. Set in the US, so I may not have noticed bits.
The author is transgender - and has a really lovely set of end notes (one for cis readers, one for non-cis readers). It lacks a wince worthy closing statement, and is generally really sincere.
100% recommend, triggers wise, shows transphobia but from a very different angle, and different treatment than the art of being normal, and there is violence towards the character.

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This year, so far, I'm at 28 books read so far (not sure if will make the aim of 90, will have to see :s)

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Long weekend this weekend, may go see wonder woman again.....will have to see how feel.

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Jun. 26th, 2017 02:34 pm
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Total Icon Count: 55

Fandoms: 46 Various Disney Animated Films + 9 Phineas and Ferb

Teasers:

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[profile] wendelah has been a nurse for 32 years and knows her shit: Go here and see these links for helping to fight for the Affordable Care Act. Yes, it's flawed, but it's a far cry better than what they're looking to replace it with.

I have many strong, personal feelings on health care and the medical system right now and don't want to dump them on you, so I'm going to disable comments and make a more upbeat post soon. If you want to talk about the ACA or health care, or any of the other interesting political things that [profile] wendelah has linked to, please let the focus be on her post. :)
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Well, here we go, a topic where I don't have a whole playlist to throw around, and if I did, I wouldn't want to. I don't have a lot of people I want to forget in my life; the people I've known who were entirely negative, I want to remember whatever made me despise them so I can avoid it in the future.

So I'm stuck trying to figure out... are there songs I associate with the racist sexist step-uncle in Arkansas? With the kids who harassed me for being terrible at sports? With the teacher who gave me detention for reading in class? (I wasn't reading what everyone else was, because I'd finished it.) With the evil ex?

Wait, yes! There's a song that I like very much, that is so tangled with the evil ex (it was on one of his mix tapes) that I can't listen to it without unpleasant memories. :( Which is as close as I get to "a song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget," I think.

This song is far too mellow for the associations I have with it. )

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Summer

Jun. 25th, 2017 07:17 pm
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Ugh, summer is upon us, and it is woefully hot. Since I lack air conditioning at home, I almost wish that I was taking summer classes in order to escape the heat. I needed a break, though. Last semester wasn't necessarily difficult, but it was draining. This was most likely caused by my lack of personal writing over the last few months, which left me without a true creative outlet. Academic writing can be fun, but it's not necessarily the best form of expression even if I do manage to express myself through my interests and choice of topics at times.

So, I have stalled out o my writing and decided to withdraw from [community profile] getyourwordsout because I was so far behind. I could have continued plodding along, but the whole thing was stressing me out. Basically, I was behind from the start. I'm not great at dealing with failure and overcoming my shortcomings, so I just pushed it to the back of my mind. I will probably try again next year.

I finally saw Wonder Woman last week with my family, and I heartily enjoyed it. I did not grow up with Wonder Woman or comics, but I enjoy superhero movies in general. I went to support the female director and the idea of a female-led superhero flick without any personal investment in the character. In spite of that, this was the least bored I've been at the movies in a long while. This makes sense because it has a lot of the narrative tropes that I enjoy. Very mild spoilers ) Basically, I want to be her. If I read comic books, I'd probably be doing that right now.

I also rewatched the Fantastic Beasts movie, and I felt like I liked it a lot more this time. I always enjoyed the world-building and characters, but the story felt lacking. While I still think it could have been better, I felt way more invested in the story this time around. I also still think Newt is a refreshing lead, and I am always happy to see more Hufflepuff characters in the limelight.

I wasn't interested in the fandom back when I first watched it, but I am curious now. I havent gone looking for fics, but I would love some recs. I don't know who is still paying attention to this half-dead journal, but fic recs for Fantastic Beasts would be much appreciated if you have any.

Big work day

Jun. 25th, 2017 09:03 pm
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Set in one sleeve! Hmm, I should take a picture of the other one with the piping basted on to show how I do it for the blog post. (I don't know if that's the way people normally do it or not, but it's working better for me with a sleeve that's not supposed to be gathered/pleated into the armscye - I always end up making the sleeve to fit and making the armscye a little small and needing to cut into it, so.) It's looking real good.

Question, though. So, this is a Waugh pattern and therefore there is no construction information. I've noticed that most fan-fronts have the gathered panels sewn down on the outer edge to the lining, but occasionally they're just kind of open. People who've done fan-fronts, is there a fit reason for these options? I'd rather sew it down because otherwise I will be thinking about and messing with it constantly, but I'm a little worried that it might hang weird or something. I don't know, I tend to overthink this stuff.

(Finished Thick as Thieves. Will have to reread it before I take it back to the library. I prefer court settings to travel stories, but have to admit that the travel-story-format really works here. <3 <3 <3)

Friending Meme

Jun. 25th, 2017 06:25 pm

Round 8 of Hurt/Comfort Bingo

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:56 pm
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here is my card for round #8 of [community profile] hc_bingo

haunted forced body modification corporal punishment grief strapped to a moving vehicle
de-age loss of home / shelter suicide attempt head trauma skeletons in the closet
abuse combat WILD CARD homesickness poisoning
pandemics and epidemics burns ritualized pain / injury resurrection cursed
runaways forced to rely on enemy / rival forced marriage drugged kidnapping

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Read more... )

argh, I just realized, I'm away next week, I won't be able to watch the final until next Tuesday.

oh god this show, stop making me emotionally invested, *I have been let down too many times* to be emotionally invested in Doctor Who.

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Jun. 25th, 2017 09:44 am
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Consumed By Your Fire (1500 words) by BridgetMcKennitt
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wonder Woman (2017)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Isabel Maru/Diana Prince
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Community: fic_promptly, Manipulation, Devotion, Dubious Morality, Kissing
Summary:

During the war, Isabel was devoted to creating breathtaking poisons and to General Ludendorff. After she was saved by a goddess, Isabel knew her new purpose in life was to serve Diana. She just had to maneuver her way to Diana's side, no matter what it took.

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Jun. 25th, 2017 11:26 am
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I used the c-PAP for three and a half hours last night. Right now, I'm sniffling and sneezing. I fear the two are connected. I washed the reservoir and nasal pillows pretty thoroughly on Friday. I didn't want to try to wash out the hose, but I think I'm going to have to because this makes three occasions when I've had severe allergies starting the morning after using the c-PAP.

I finished two fics yesterday. Well, one is certainly done, barring a thorough proofread. It's gen, so that's not nearly as hard to arrange as it might otherwise be. The other needs a second opinion if I can find someone willing given the moderately obscure fandom and the explicit and potentially squicky content. I've got a couple of people I can ask, but I was a little too fried last night to do it.

We went out for frozen lemonade at Sweetwaters last night. Sweetwaters gives coupons to the middle schools to hand out to every child who gets at least three A's on their final report card, and the school put the coupons in the envelopes with the report cards. Cordelia got hers and got a cinnamon roll. I got a frozen lemonade and a chocolate croissant. Scott got a ginger tea.

We finished that up a little after 8:00, and as we were just across the street from Plum Market, we went over there for the half price bakery goods.

It's been very cool, in the low 70s, so Scott opened a lot of our windows early yesterday afternoon. They stayed open all night and are still open. I don't think this relates to my sneezing because that didn't start until the windows had been open for about twenty hours.

Cordelia has been doing movie marathons. She's currently got about a dozen DVDs from the library. Of course, mostly what she's been doing is listening to her Hamilton CDs over and over (those were a gift from Scott's brother and his family). We listened to a little of that in the car last night, on the way to and from Sweetwaters. I still can't say that it does anything for me, but I'm glad Cordelia has something she's really passionate about.

Both of our Time Capsule storage drives are insisting that they're too full to allow backups. The program is supposed to delete old backups as needed in order to keep making current backups, and we have backups going back at least two years. At this point, anything from 2015 can absolutely go. One of the drives has a terabyte of storage, and the other has three. We have no idea what's going on to make them say they only have a few megabytes of space left. Scott thinks that wiping them is probably going to be necessary. We'll start with just one in case we need the backups on the other before we have clean backups on the first. Scott keeps saying that he needs a lot of time to do this and then getting cranky with me when I mention that it needs to be done (and later today he will be more cranky because I didn't make him do it while he had time).

Maybe he can figure out how to get Cordelia's laptop to backup via Time Machine, too. We've never managed that, and at this point, she's actually got stuff she'd be devastated to lose. It wasn't so important when she was seven.
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This gets interesting, because "reminds me of summertime" often has nothing to do with the contents of the song. I spent a good portion of my preteen and early teen summers in Arkansas, so there are a swarm of country & bluegrass songs that I think of as "summery" because that's when I heard them. But those aren't the only ones I think of as "summertime" songs.

Cotton Jenny | I'm Gonna Hire a Wino | Out of the Frying Pan (And into the Fire) | Delta Dawn | Lady Takes the Cowboy Every Time | Cruel Summer | Stay Young | Good Vibrations | Nobody | Boys of Summer

And one I associate with summer both because of how I first heard it and the contents )

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Jun. 24th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Cordelia is now saying that she doesn't want to go to camp in August because she doesn't think she can handle a week without me. She also says that she's sure all of the other kids will be awful people and that there will be so many people present that there's no hope of her managing to spend any time with the people she actually knows.

She's been wanting lots of hugs and cuddling and reassurance that I'll always be there for her. She's also afraid any time she lets herself stop and think (mostly in the evenings). Her days have been pretty full, but she comes home and tells me that, even though she had fun, she missed me horribly. I think she's got some sort of worry that, if she's not checking up on me regularly, I'll just vanish.

I finally listened to the voicemail Cordelia's psychiatrist left. She says that the Celexa ought to stay at a steady level for twenty four hours on a single dose and that this may mean the dose is too low. Cordelia is afraid of upping the dose because she's connected her tiredness to the medication. I need to call the doctor back on Monday to discuss it.

Cordelia has more or less mastered swallowing small pills. Last night, she asked what I take for cramps, and I gave her a naproxen. It took her two swallows to get it down, but she did, and she was astonished to discover that it did help.

Her report card came today. It's all A's with an A+ in gym and an A- in algebra. Cordelia's of the opinion that they can't have counted the algebra final in that grade because she thinks that would have taken her down to B+ or even B range. I can't tell from PowerSchool whether or not she's right. It doesn't actually matter. B grades are good, too, and that particular class has been nasty for all the students due to the teacher not being very good.

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Jun. 24th, 2017 01:24 pm
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I wrote a lot yesterday, a bit more than 2300 words. I find that amazing given that I spent most of the day in a groggy haze, trying to figure out whether or not I had a window for napping.

Scott had to work 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. today. We got a call from the shift supervisor about half an hour after Scott went to bed. The guy wanted to make sure Scott knew he had to come in. He kept stumbling over what he was saying and talking in circles. I'm pretty sure that he had a script in mind for the call and that I blew it up by saying that Scott was in bed and couldn't come to the phone. Scott identified the caller simply based on my description of the guy's confusion.

I ended up staying up a bit later than I meant to because the writing was working well. For some reason, just the thought of needing to go to bed makes me able to produce words and plot and all of that. I think I slept a solid eight hours once I did go to bed, so there's that. I kind of want to go back to bed, though.

Scott has Monday scheduled off because it's our anniversary. I have a couple of minor errands that will be much easier if someone gives me a ride, so we'll deal with those. The rest of the day is ours. Cordelia is now saying that Scott and I should celebrate however we want, including without her, because it's our day. (She said something on the order of "I wasn't involved in your wedding.") This is a change from years past. I don't know that we'll leave her at home, but it's nice that, if we did, she'd be okay with it.
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