Sleepwalker @_@

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:01 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Today work was still busy but I had a harder time concentrating, pleh.

Tonight, my BiL passed out on the floor downstairs after bringing the kids home from camp. Apparently he told the kids his stomach hurt, but I think this is all a result of making Poor Sleep Decisions. He'd gone upstairs to lie down in bed by the time I got home, though I think he went there pretty directly and didn't actually have dinner or anything. Longpig and I took over the kids' bedtime routine, but he "woke up" part way through me giving them a bath, and when I say woke up I mean not at all. He came in to the bathroom holding one of their stuffed animals, and stepped directly in the bath, still fully clothed. I told him to go take off his wet pants and go back to bed, and he seemingly complied? It was kind of like when you are playing a game with someone and they do exactly what you tell them and no more no less, so I had to be very precise or else I think he would have just laid down on the bathroom floor when I first told him to just go back to sleep :p

Later he came out again when I was trying to find the new bottle of mouthwash for the kids. He had brought out a box of goodnights, probably because he thought they would be needed? (They weren't, afaik), and I just asked him, not realizing he was still/again sleepwalking. At first he passed me a different bottle of mouthwash, and I thought he was being glib, but at one point he actually spoke and then I realized that no, definitely still sleepwalking. He did find the mouthwash though! It was under the sink. And then he went back to bed where he has so far stayed put. So weird. I wonder if he will remember any of this tomorrow.... I'm betting no.

He does have a history of this though, and especially when sleep deprived. Longpig's response when I told her this later was "Okay, now imagine him doing that only he is carrying your baby." eep! But I know that happened, too. He got up to check a crying kid but was not actually awake at all, and she had to get him to hand over the baby (I forget which one). That wold have been concerning. This at least was mostly just bizarre and bemusing.

I have also been making poor sleep choices, so I am going to head to bed after I throw together my larp gear.

Wednesday Reading

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:16 pm[personal profile] chomiji
chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

Quick, quick, quick, 'cause I'm so far behind on commitments that it's really unfunny.

I brought along a virtual stack of stuff (mostly in my Kindle) on our vacation last week. I didn't get to a lot of it, but:

The Harbors of the Sun is the conclusion to Martha Wells' Books of the Raksura, and I'm really sad to leave her dragon/bee shapeshifters behind. I have to agree with [personal profile] muccamukk that the Pearl-Malachite show alone was worth the price of admission, and that "Everyone got something to do [and] we met all kinds of old friends again." I'm not sure that I believed in the Evil McGuffin, and I'll need to re-read the story to truly understand what happened to it, but I appreciated the effect that the incident had on Jade and therefore on Moon. And Wells didn't kill off Stone, which is something that I had somehow convinced myself would happen. *sighs with relief*

Monstress vol. 2 (Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda) continues the story of Maika Halfwolf, a very Liu antiheroine (I first encountered Liu through her Hunter Kiss series). A lot of the action takes place aboard a ship, and I enjoyed that a lot. The captain is a total badass. My heart is constantly in my throat with regard to Maika's Morality Pet, the adorable little foxgirl Kippa, but Liu does sometimes let the innocent survive her harrowing tales, so maybe Kippa is *not* marked for a dire end. I'm not sure what I think of the Power Maika is hosting, though.

I'm now reading Yoon Ha Lee's Raven Strategem. I'm enjoying the new characters and Lee's sly humor, but I miss Cheris right now.

how is it only Tuesday?

Aug. 15th, 2017 11:47 pm[personal profile] elanya
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I feel like I've done a million things. I have done a *lot* of things - work has been very busy, mostly playing catch up with reports. Surprise! Overdue reports! Ones that other people (guess who) were meant to complete and just decided not to, I guess?

Anyway. I can't complain about being bored, certainly.

I wound my walnut yarn and got the ball started for my larp shawl. I still need to mend my larp *shirt* since I did not get a new one made yet. I had visions of setting up downstairs after the kids were in bed to iron and cut and... lol no.

My phone is having Issues. It suddenly hates running Pokemo Go ;_; I am not sure what the problem is as it happened suddenly and not directly after any particular change. I can get ti to open once, and then it crashes and I can;t see any of my apps either on my...desktop? whatever you call that, or if I pull up the apps menu. If I go into settings I can open them from there. I sort of suspect my SD card might be partly to blame, as it has been having issues anyway, so I ordered a new one, along with some new charge cords of various lengths. I need to get stuff off my phone onto my external drive..... I'd meant to do that tonight and forgotten, but I guess I can take the external to work and set it up tomorrow :p

I watched the Vice footage from Charlottesville and it was so awful it completely ate my energy reserves for dealing with SJ stuff for the night, which resulted in me blocking stuff I would usually ignore or try to gently correct. Now I wonder whether, if you block all the horrible pages people share things from, you will wind up with a really warped perspective of who they are. Edit your friends into acceptability?

Anyway, there is a solidarity thing tomorrow evening downtown, and I might go after I deal with dinner, dogs, etc, but by then it will have been going on for an hour and I am not sure how long it is meant to last? Also I do still need to mend my larp shirt. And find a new cord to lace my bodice, I guess :/

I'm sure, as always, I had other things to say. But at least this is a post, before midnight, and fairly substantial! I'm still going to bed now, though
fairestcat: Bobbi Morse, a blonde woman standing in the rain, with a mask-like pair of glasses pushed up on her head (Bobbi Morse)
I'm really excited about this. I stepped outside my comfort zone and volunteered to write a monthly Column about Marvel comics over at Women Write About Comics.

My first post went up today and you can read it here.

This is my first time in a long time writing for an audience that isn't people I already know and I'm both nervous and excited about it. Mostly excited, I think. Ask me again when I have to put together my August post.
esteefee: (canadianheart)
Title: Golden Boobies of the Sun (apologies to Ray Bradbury)
Author: [personal profile] esteefee and [personal profile] em_kellesvig
Rating: PG
Categories: ER, Episode Coda (The Tower), Humor, complete lack of jealousy
Words: 525
Summary: Because they still love boobies. And each other.

New SGA Vid: Roads Untraveled

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:58 am[personal profile] esteefee
esteefee: (glowy_mcshep)

Roads Untraveled

Music by Linkin Park
Vid by esteefee
Research, kibitzing by [personal profile] em_kellesvig‚Äč
Beta by [personal profile] laurashapiro
Warnings: canon level violence, canon major character death, canon dream death, suicide, blood
Summary: John Sheppard lives in the best of all possible universes.

for Chester, in memoriam.

Weep not for roads untraveled
Weep not for paths left alone
‘Cause beyond every bend is a long blinding end
It’s the worst kind of pain I’ve known

Give up your heart left broken
And let that mistake pass on
'Cause the love that you lost wasn’t worth what it cost
And in time you’ll be glad it’s gone

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa
Whoa, whoa

Weep not for roads untraveled
Weep not for sights unseen
May your love never end and if you need a friend,
There’s a seat here alongside me

download hi-res at Vimeo.

well why not

Aug. 12th, 2017 11:19 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
A quickie, because I'm a cool gal who goes to bed early on Saturdays apparently.

-We are dogsitting Argo for Nary and Co while they accomplish their move. Forthright + kid were here for a bit this am to drop him off.
-I got to go on legendary pokemon raids! Only my phone was almost dead and it was behaving like shit, and I didn't actually catch a zapdos :( But still!
-I made sumac drink and it is tasty!
-I started writing a new fic, but just barely

other than that, a quick errand to the store and too much tumblr, and that's basically my day.

Failing at fandom

Aug. 12th, 2017 05:32 pm[personal profile] lastscorpion
lastscorpion: huh (Spock)
Baking update: apple/pear pie

Other, fannish: so apparently I have neglected to post the last 2 years' taxfics to AO3?

I should probably fix that.

And I wonder if I can find my ffnet password?

Shelving! Also, Toshiro Mifune

Aug. 12th, 2017 08:31 pm[personal profile] neotoma
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
I met [personal profile] greenygal to see Rashomon today, which is one of Kuraoawa's more famous films and a seminal role for Toshiro Mifune. There's a documentary on Mifune on Tuesday night that I might go to.

Walking back to my place, I was bothered by a man who complimented me on my hat and asked where I got it, but then asked if I wanted to make a friend. Given that this indicated he was either trying to pick me up or try to talk to me about Jesus, I told him I was full up on friends and walked away from him faster. Further home, another man tried to get my attention and when I ignored him, called me 'a fat bitch'. I turned around and called him out; his only come-back was 'fat bitch' again.

I'm really tired of men, and it's almost always men, that think a woman being out in public is required to give them the attention they want. It was really annoying because I was obviously walking with someone, but I guess they think that because I was with another woman, that doesn't count.

Anyway, we got both my Kallax units put together, with only a minor mishap. I'll get things moved around tomorrow and during the rest of the week. Hopefully having that much more shelf space will help with the de-cluttering!
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Tiropita, mini-spanakopita, seasonal olive oil lemon cake, bougatsa, pita. I'm meeting [personal profile] fabrisse at the Takoma market tomorrow, so I'll buy fruit then.

I looked at the various wineries and breweries for gift ideas -- my parents' 75th birthdays are next month, and food or alcohol is generally a reliable gift. One of the the brewers pressed when I wouldn't try their samples and just wanted their suggestions based on what their popular items are and my parents tastes (Mom likes Negra Modelo and cafe con leche -- so coffee liqueor made with caramel syrup? maybe?) -- so he got the blunt explanation that all alcohol tastes like cat piss to me -- though next time, I might say 'tastes like soap'; it's similarly inaccurate, but viscerally repulsive to most people so might get my distaste across better. It did make me less inclined to buy his products, that's for sure.

Huh... my sister's 50th birthday is also next month. Maybe I should get her a bottle or two of the fancy vinegar. They had Wild Rose, Wisteria, and Chamomile vinegars today, and while I didn't like the taste of the first, the other two were interesting. Maybe one sweet vinegar and one savory, like Ramp or Heirloom Pepper?

Midnight? Madness!

Aug. 12th, 2017 12:04 am[personal profile] elanya
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Me, earlier: I'm going to do so many things tonight! I'm going to make a lvl 1 character, maybe level my character for the fuck squad, and start writing a story!

Me, more recently: I'm going to half-ass a lvl 1 character and 'catch up' on tumblr.


I did fix the flotation machine at work though! With help. But it had rocks in it @_@ There....should not be rocks in in @_@

Someday, maybe you will get a real update with real interesting thoughts and considerations. I have ideas for them all the time. But never time *and* energy *and* the memory of what I wanted to write about all happening in coordination. So instead this is what you get. Huzzah?

If there is anything you ever want me to write about, drop me a comment/reply/ask/whatever and I'll do my best to satisfy!

ork continues weird

Aug. 10th, 2017 11:17 pm[personal profile] elanya
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I sat in on a meeting and tour today with some of the minds behind Reblink - an awesome AR exhibit that's currently open at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

So many ideas so little money.

Today was The Fuck Squad, for gaming. Poor Rhonia doesn't know what she wants in that regard. She looted gold and cake, because everyone else was looting. But they took nipple rings, porn, and a jewel encrusted dildo. Everyone else is sexy. Rhonia is just terrifying.

There was a huge power outage in town today, so I didn't miss too much while I was in for my dentist appointment (which had power, whew!). But when I was headed in, the traffic lights were out, and I needed to cross a very busy street, so instead I did a bit of exploring to get to the underpass, and then since that spits me out right by the entrance to the nature walk behind the museum, I took the scenic route in. It was pleasant, except for the steep slope down to the creek and uneven footing on some of the paths triggering some of my fear of falling. Also could have dine without the bugs. But it was nice, on the whole!

But all of this just added another weird day to a weird week.

Hermiting and projects!

Aug. 10th, 2017 09:40 pm[personal profile] playswithworms
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I have time off! A few days this week, and almost all of next week, although I'm working Sundays and some Sat/Fri programs (Perseid Meteor Shower this Saturday, forecast was looking pretty rainy/cloudy but it keeps getting better every time I checked, so fingers crossed).

This is the point in the year where I am Very Done With People - other than grocery and shopping errands and texting mom, haven't talked to a single soul since Tuesday, ah, bliss! XD The plan is to catch up on as much of the backlog of life maintenance as possible and complete my raccoon enclosure/catio. The catio is something I've been researching and saving up for for several years, finally found what I wanted and got a small windfall in the form of an escrow refund check due to overpayment, w00t! With small raccoon becoming more raccoonlike every day, the need is suddenly more urgent, lol, although she's really doing very well. Being a tiny girl and slightly mobility limited keeps her out of some, but not all, trouble (the similarities between a 4-month raccoon and an almost!three-year-old niecelet are really quite striking!) This lull is pretty much my only chance in the year to have time to assemble and get it all set up before things rev up again for fall. So, the plan:

Herein lies The Plan. Will I accomplish even half? Tune in next week to find out! )

Tuesday? Tuesday.

Aug. 8th, 2017 11:45 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
I keep forgetting yesterday was Monday :P

And I have a dentist appointment on Thursday. It's a weird week.

It was a weird day at work! I was chasing information around and attending impromptu meetings and calling people and stuff and *whew*! Busy.

I posted my galra mini exchange fic, not sure what I'm writing next:

Army of One (1063 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voltron: Legendary Defender
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Haggar/Sendak (Voltron)
Characters: Haggar (Voltron), Sendak (Voltron), Zarkon (Voltron)
Additional Tags: Power Dynamics, Loyalty Kink, Medical Procedures, Implied Torture, Offscreen Dismemberment, Implied Eye Trauma, PG-13 is hard >.>

Sendak has failed his emperor, and is prepared to face the consequences. Haggar, however, doesn't want to see such a loyal underling wasted.

sheliak: Tik-Tok from the Oz books, reading a book. (reading)
The benefits of modern technology: it is much easier to look up the word "batrachian" when it comes up without warning.

(In context, it means froglike, more or less.)

Some thoughts... )

Sugar Pact

Aug. 8th, 2017 11:05 am[personal profile] nonesane
nonesane: My cat is a happy cat (Default)
Ultimate challenge activated! Which is my way of saying I've made a promise to myself that I won't eat/drink certain things until Yule. Not for any diet-to-lose-weight reasons, but more for my-burn-out-and-broken-back-led-to-very-unhealthy-&-expensive-eating-habits reasons. As in, I spend about 10$ a day on some form sugar. That's a lot of money and a lot of sugar every week + means I eat less actual _food_ food because I'm full on candy. My mother and a friend of hers took me up on this challenge and we're all now cheering each other on :)

So yeah, challenge!

As a reminder to myself: Until the 24th of December I am not allowed to eat or drink the following things:

- Soda
- Candy
- Cookies
- Chocolate in any form
- Chips
- Pastries

The only exception to this are the 2 LARP dinners I have planned before Yule. For each day I manage to not consume such things, I will put 8$ aside and save up for art commissions~!

Challenge started 2017-08-07. Tally:
Days without extra sugar - 7
Commission savings - 54$

I survived!

Aug. 7th, 2017 10:04 pm[personal profile] elanya
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No children were murdered! I did have to almost put myself in timeout a few times, but they always balked and then settled down a bit when I told them I was done with them and was going to hide in my room. I think I let them have too much sugar today, but we are out of milk except chocolate milk, and a friend brought them chocolate cookies, and so on >.>

They really were good most of the day, though, but I was ill :/ They remind me of longpig and I when we were kids, good and bad.

Anyway, I managed without parents, but with help, for four days! And back to work tomorrow. And maybe some kind of other normalcy as well?

Early night I expect

Aug. 6th, 2017 09:46 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
I'm tiiiired. Kids are waking me up before 7.

I'm probably going to go to bed around 10. The fam will be home tomorrow night at some point.... probably late. I have to work on Tuesday. So more sleep is definitely better, and I'm not going to get in on the morning side.

It was nice to have company and assistance over the weekend. Tomorrow I won't, so that will be exciting. Bubby is already refusing to come to take the dogs out -__-

Okay. I think I should just go to bed. Coherency can be a tomorrow problem...

I live!

Aug. 5th, 2017 10:50 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Nary and fam are here this weekend, while Longpig and Wereroge are away, and I have the nephews.

We mainlined Voltron season 3 yesterday

I've been feeling weird off an on all day - lightheaded and sorta dizzy. We had ribs from ribfest fro dinner and they were pretty tasty, and there are plenty of leftovers for tomorrow. Also made peach ice cream.

Sleep now. At least I turned off the kids alarm clock >.>
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