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Oct. 15th, 2017 04:43 am
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To make things really exciting, spoilers for Star Trek )

Catching up on B99 S3 has been fun. I am a very critical viewer of the show but they've fixed a lot of their Jake Problem, even if a lot of their writing for Boyle is still irredeemable garbage.

garbage fire aka ouat s7 )

Dragon Age Origins: Now with mods!

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:19 am
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Did I mention I started a new Dragon Age Origins playthrough with the Complete Bi Overhaul, Polygamey, and Improved Atmosphere mods? It's been great.
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Made a Mastodon Account!

Oct. 13th, 2017 04:28 pm
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There was some discussion on twitter about how appalling twitter is, and since Mastodon seems to be the most popular alternative I decided to check it out. And then the helper tool led me to an instance that let me be sqbr@im-in.space and I had to join.

Anyway, if you have an account add me so I have someone to follow! I can't really speak to whether it's a good social network since my network right now is just me and the status account, but it seems ok for posting and stuff. And I know I have seen interesting looking people mention having accounts, so next time that happens I can follow them.

First Sentence of Fanfic Meme

Oct. 13th, 2017 02:44 pm
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Tagged by [personal profile] anghraine, copying her in just doing the top ten by kudos.
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Gacked from [personal profile] irreparable and [personal profile] hamsterwoman.


Things you may have done, had, traveled to, etc etc )

I had today off - no subbing, no volunteering - which I desperately needed. A three-day weekend is NOT a break for moms :-P and I was desperate for a little downtime. I caught up on a little stuff online, took a 2.5 hour nap, got groceries, low-key things like that.

I also finished reading The Raven King. Thoughts under here )

As a whole I really REALLY loved this series, despite my quibbles. Thank you to [personal profile] hamsterwoman for introducing me to it. And I need me some good Adam/Ronan fic now, and possibly some good Blue/Gansey fic. (Is she allowed to kiss him without killing him now? And, incidentally, did Cabeswater remake Gansey so he's no longer allergic to wasps?)

The Week(e)nd

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:53 pm
aome: Me as a toddler (toddler ice cream)
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I hope all of you in CA will remain safe. <3

Let's see: destructive fires, massive earthquakes, devastating hurricanes, mass shootings, trash talking with nuclear-weapon-wielding despots ... did I miss anything? >_<

Fairly nondescript weekend, although I did kick my legs out from under myself on Saturday at tkd class, trying to do a kick that my PA tkd school didn't like so I'd never done it until 2 weeks ago. Landed flat on my back, essentially unhurt, but I had minor whiplash pain in my neck Sun-Mon. MiniPlu volunteered at a color run (where they throw colored chalk at you as you pass by) - she did this last year and had a great time, but this year they stuck her and her friend on bounce-house-minding duty, instead of chalk duty. The region where the race was has a reputation for rich brats and, sure enough, MiniPlu came home in a towering rage at the horrible children she'd had to deal with for several hours, while their moms stood around, noses in phones, and did nothing. Our church had their first-ever doggie-themed picnic/bbq thing - low-key and casual, but it was nice to take Jade on a field trip, so to speak, and the animals were all blessed by our priest. (We told Jade this means we expect her to be positively angelic from now on.)

Also on Saturday, I was pulled over by a cop and politely informed that my car was out of registration )

Otherwise, yes, weekend was fine. Ran a bunch of errands, kids and I got our flu shots, slogged through exhaustion yesterday (Mon) morning - I was awake from 7:40a-9a, went back to bed in lieu of running, got up again at 10:30a, dragged my feet until finally going to the kitchen to make caramel for the apple pie I'd baked the night before, and pumpkin chocolate-chip bread to take to school today. And only around 12:15p did I finally get around to the treadmill.

Will and I seem to be taking turns being mopey and depressed. I suppose it's better than both struggling at the same time, but it means not a lot of joy going around, you know?

So here, have a smile: how to put peanut butter on bread in five easy steps, none of which involve just using a knife. :P

Yuletide assignments are out! I am cautiously optimistic about my assignment. It definitely bears a lot of further thought, but I really hope I can have fun with it. Anyone else on my flist participating in Yuletide this year?

Speaking of fandoms, here's the rest of the 'shipping meme, gacked from [profile] thesmallhobbit: Would you ship them in a box? Would you ship them with a fox? )

And, as usual, I need to go fall on my face now.
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I wrote an off the cuff review on twitter. But overall: I liked the central arc, about a bladerunner who knows he's a replicant, and is numbed to the emptiness of his life, getting dragged into the mess caused by the events of the previous Bladerunner movie. Ryan Gosling does a good job of looking beaten up and sad, and the visuals were pretty effective in a bleak cyberpunk dystopia kind of way. But for a story about the question of who counts as a real person it sure could have done with 1000% less objectification of women and exotification of POC.

Also there were a lot of random loud Inception-esque BLAAAAARP noises, at least in the Titan-whatever cinema we were in. They undercut the emotion of various scenes and also would probably be unpleasant for people with some hearing issues.

Anyway, sound balance aside I've been pondering how the basic plot could have been made into a more enjoyable movie. I'm having trouble sleeping, I think in part because all those objectified boobs did bad things to my brain, so here's some rambling thoughts.

Spoilers like WHOA, and it won't make much sense if you haven't seen the film.

SPOILERS FOR BLADERUNNER 2049 )

Gah, life.

Oct. 5th, 2017 12:03 am
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So, it's apparently been nearly 2 weeks since I last posted, yikes! Between a weekend daytrip to PA for the annual Celtic festival, celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary (27 Sept), enjoying a frenzied long weekend at Disney World as part of the celebration (Fri-Mon), catching up from being away (laundry! yard work! errands!), dealing with a stepped-up exercise regime (and I'm STILL heavier than I want, sigh), some subbing, and trying to get MiniPlu through Chem and Alg II without losing her shit - I've been just barely keeping up with my flist and sort of with email, but haven't had any time to do posting of my own.

A proper report on our Disney World trip will have to wait (and, oy, I'm now 2 months overdue on the rest of our Hawaii trip!), but, to sum up:

It's a Small World After All )

Kids were ecstatic to see us again. MiniPlu in particular seemed to really miss us, and was very clingy the whole drive home. Karen had spoiled the kids by taking them to the Philly zoo and out to lunch twice, and bought Two a new stuffy, so that at least took some of the sting out of our absence, but they are obviously much happier to have us back.

I'm not so thrilled. In the two school days since we've returned, I've received two emails from different teachers letting me know that Two isn't doing so well )

Meanwhile, MiniPlu continues to drown in homework during the week, and, after having a delightfully confident week in math, is now leaning heavily on me to better explain her assignments to her. Plus still needing my support in chem (although not as much support). And she bombed a pop quiz in English for the prior night's reading of A Tale of Two Cities and ... yeah. Because I've been trying to be less pushy with Two this year, that has freed up more time to help MiniPlu, but that's about to end.

In positive news I did finish reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue a couple weeks ago. Thoughts under here )

I'm more than halfway through The Raven King at the moment. Partial review )

Ugh, and now it's midnight and I have to be up again in < 6 hours. This will have to do for an update for now.
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