!. We went on vacation last week and it was awesome! Colonial Williamsburg and Richmond which was a lot of fun despite the surprise October heatwave and humidity. Just getting out of town was really great and really necessary. I wish we had another week off.
@. I pretty much unplugged from social media and that was also awesome. I'm not sure I'm going to go back if I can help it. Unfortunately part of my job requires checking FB periodically, but I really hate everything right now.
#. I'm continuing to work on my Avvar!AU, and yesterday and today I hit my first writing block. I know what happens in the next section but I'm not sure how to do the bridge. The last chapter took an unexpected - but I think needed - turn, and now I have to get from B2 to C which I hadn't planned on. Why are romances haaaard? (Hahaha, I crack myself up.)
$. Work part of this week is "retreat" which is code for sitting in meetings for 8 hours, and let me tell you how happy my knee is with that. It really makes me appreciate how much I actually get up and walk around and use my standing desk and my footstool during my normal work day. I ended up standing at the back of the room for a while, and that helped some, but I still took drugs this evening. My cat makes a really great heating pad though.
is live! I'm not offering anything, since I have one fundraiser fic still to write plus yuletide, so I'm at capacity, but I will be bidding.
^. Nonfiction books I want to read: Everybody Lies by Seth Stevens-Davidowitz
and Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
. Vox has a couple interviews with the Everybody Lies author, which is about using big data from google searches and internet searches to see what people really think and want, with insights into racism and sexual desire. I read a Guardian article with the Why We Sleep guy who is a neuroscience researcher who ended up studying sleep after his Alzheimer's research pointed to stuff happening while we sleep being incredibly important for healthy brains. My sister already grabbed this one, so I'll read it when she's done and get the other one, so we can swap.
&. In other books, my dad got me As You Wish by Cary Elwes about the filming of The Princess Bride. It's a little self-congratulatory and "everybody is great!" ... but considering that my wedding was somewhat Princess Bride themed (I walked down the aisle to Vitamin String Quartet's Storybook Love, and our officient with our blessing opened with Mawwiage because we thought it would be funny and it was.) I'm giving him a pass. Plus once you get passed meeting people and into the anecdotes it's actually a lot of fun, and I was giggling a lot. I think my favorite parts were stories about Andre the Giant and hearing about the fan responses the cast gets.
*. My dad also got me Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, which I've only read the first chapter of so far. Eventually I'll lso get to the stack of sci-fi I got myself over the summer.
(. I'm low key watching Star Trek: Discovery. I haven't watched 1.05 yet. I'm torn on the show. I think I want to like it more than I actually do. But I'm giving it a chance to see if it finds itself.
). farscapefridaypodcast is on break till November when we pick up season 4. I'm glad we took a break, because the schedule is a bit unrelenting. I wish now that we'd taken a break between season 1 and 2 because it would have helped relieve my stress last fall a lot. But we only have one season left! I gotta say, rewatching Farscape has been kind of amazing, and this podcast is something I'm really proud of making, even though it is a metric ton of work for both katewrites and me. It's totally been worth it. But I won't be sad when we're done.
_. I'm happy with my yuletide assignment. It'll be a little different, but fun I think. I matched on something I thought I would, given the statuses on the requests/offers page.
+. While I've written this list I've been ignoring my writing the Avvar!Au. I should get back on that.
Today was my birthday, it fell on the first true day of fall where i am, so cozy out.
I ordered a pizza and a soda (apparently i got a discount due to my birthday week/month), didn't actually leave the house despite how nice it is out... and i listened (i almost said 'watched') The Silver Turk Big Finish Audio with Eight'n'
Irulan Mary Shelley! which i'd ordered myself for my birthday, and saved until today.
Was gonna finish up the book I'm reading, probably will before i go to bed... i'm thinking about rereading Frankenstein. I'd always wanted to reread it after I read Paradise Lost but i feel like i'm never gonna "finish" it, since i've been reading it (& rereading the bits i'd read over again) since i'd finished Frankenstein the first time.
John Dunsworth, A Canadian actor, has passed away. He was hugely popular as Jim Lahey from Trailer Park Boys, but to me he was Dave Teague on Hven. Condolences to his family and friends.
Last night I deleted Supergirl from the pvr. I felt a little bad about it, but I havent watched in episode since middle of season two.
I turned the furnace on for the whole night last night, not just a jolt of heat to take the damp out, but heat all night if needed. I woke up sweating so I guess we aren't quite there yet. Hurray.
Why are surprise real estate signs never on the lawns of those you would love to no longer have as neighbours?
I'm on book four of The Dark Tower series. It has sat unread on my bookshelf since it came out. I decided after book three to wait for the rest of the books to be written and I'm just now getting around to them. I'm all hey "thinnies!".
I was giving the animals their monthly dose of revolution (or whichever one we are using this year) when Dutchess bolted. I was about halt-way throughh emptieing the pippette on her, so I had to chase her about shouting things like "Do you want to be a mangy flea-bag, do you?" (If all goes well, this should be the last month I have to do that for a while.)gingerpig
will be here for her visit in less than a week. It's beem too long since I saw her last. I'm excited!
I am enjoying the hell out of Discovery. Compain if you must. Look, I am currently on season two of The Next Generation, and have skipped many episodes cause NO. Just NO. TNG is not my Trek. Although Guinan has finally put in some appearances, so things are looking up.
The Good Place is makeing me laugh and being terribly clever. I though Ted Danson had had his day, but I was wrong. Watching him as Michael is a joy. He has no shame, and it so much fun to watch.
I usually ignore the salt measurements except when baking, and just salt to taste, but that's because I've been cooking since I've been old enough to drag a chair to the stove and push vegetables around on a skillet. This is potentially disastrous to people who don't know as much about cooking!
Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?
I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit
magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit
This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.The Kosher Salt Question
Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.
A beautifully drawn, honest coming-of-age memoir centered on the world of competitive skating. The drawings are fascinating and understatedly emotional. I read this fairly long graphic memoir in one sitting. Walden's social anxiety and coming out story are intensely relatable.
This author-artist is just 21, and I eagerly look forward to her future work.
Content notes: bullying, an incident of attempted sexual assault, dealing with homophobia
can anyone help me with a chrome browser issue? i followed online instructions regarding zoom but it is not applying my instructions. I also restarted the computer, and no dice.
I have Chrome zoom set to 125%, but when i load twitter and tweetdeck, it reverts to about 55% zoom. I have to adjust it with every page re-load. This doesn't seem to happen on random other websites, but I can't find anything within twitter that adjusts zoom.
ETA: went to tool bar, View --> actual size. This fixes the problem temporarily but does not save? I just had to do it again. This is just super annoying and frustrating!
1) So hello, I'm back from my trip! ::waves:: I didn't take a whole lot of photos this time but do have a few to share. ( Read more... )
2) This is rather late now but a side benefit to having a romance-only bookstore is that the owners have a additional incentive to research
the stats on romances written by POC.
3) Every piece of software needs to have a giant undo option somewhere. It seems like stuff is constantly crammed into software that maybe 50 people across the globe actually use regularly and everyone else is stymied or tripped up by it. I was typing away on an email, three paragraphs in and I've no idea what a finger hit but suddenly the entire text just vanished. I thought maybe it had somehow been cut by accident but when I tried paste, nope, not there. ARGH!
4) For the probably 2 people actually reading any of my dissertation deleted scenes, here's another bit to share. On a section about conceptual frameworks, the following was cut because it got discussed in a later chapter. But this example described a way of interpreting interactions within the group. ( Read more... )
New (to me) TV:
Gotham 1x22 - 2x03
The Orville 1x05
The Brave 1x03
The Mindy Project 6x05
The Mick 2x03
Fresh Off the Boat 4x02
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 5x03
Lethal Weapon 2x03
This is Us 2x03
American Housewife 2x03
Kevin (probably) Saves the World 1x02
The Good Place 2x05
Legends of Tomorrow 3x01
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 3x01
Once Upon a Time 7x02
Grey’s Anatomy 14x04
The Gifted 1x02
I’m just not feeling Ghosted. I probably won’t be continuing with that.
I also think I’m done with The Orville, The Brave, The Mick, This is Us, American Housewife, Once Upon a Time and Grey’s Anatomy. Time will tell though. I often try and give up shows and just can’t.
But I’ve been watching way too much TV and I want to get back to reading more again and that means some of these shows have to go.
I was happy with the most recent episode of Once Upon a Time, but happy in a way that makes me feel relieved and able to let the show go. I’m good with how things ended in season 6 and it completes the story that I was most interested in, so I think I’m good now.
I’m loving Kevin (probably) Saves the World. It’s weird that I’m loving it. I wasn’t even planning to give it a chance, so not my kind of show at all, but I’m loving it, so I’ll keep watching. I’m trying to cut down to shows that I really love, that make me feel good, or at least don’t leave me feeling worse. I think This is Us is a great show, but I don’t want to watch it anymore. It stresses me out way too much and leaves me feeling crappy and drained and I feel that way enough without TV, so it’s going.
I loved the season opener for Legends of Tomorrow. Pure crack, totally batshit crazy and they’re embracing it. ♥
This week’s horror/halloween movie was Beetlejuice (borrowed from the library). Another movie I have seen but the daughter has not. She enjoyed it.
questions written by jesse_the_k
1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?
We sang kid songs like "there's a hole the bottom of the sea"; "My Grandfather's Clock"; "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do"; "Kookaburra song". Probably some of these are just old popular songs? I've never thought to look them up.
2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?
I don't remember, but in high school I had country albums by Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. In college I purchased a soundtrack to the show "Earth: Final Conflict" and was pretty excited when it came to my little dorm mailbox.
3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?
Probably many country songs from my teenage years. We were all listening to Garth Brooks at that time (the 90s) and the lyrics were easy to memorize. I don't listen to country much anymore, but when I hear these songs somewhere I seem to know every word.
4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away?
Anything my John Mayer
5) And why?
He's a creep and his music is bad
The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo is a 5-episode you tube series about a group of friends living in LA. Some of them are aspiring actors. It is over-the-top, silly comedy with a whole lot of queerness and snappy dialog. https://youtu.be/YYXQzlKXzpk
The group of people who made this have some other amazingly hilarious skits on youtube.
Content notes: sex, cheating, alcohol, pot