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Apr. 19th, 2014 02:04 pm
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I over salted the ground turkey last night. Scott said it was fine, but I think he was just exhausted and didn't want to face having to go out again (he had to do a grocery run for lettuce while I cooked the turkey). I found it just barely edible. Cordelia didn't complain, but I don't know that she ate much of it.

This morning, Cordelia had a soccer game at ten fifteen. I was expecting it to be miserable because, as of eight o'clock, it wasn't quite thirty two degrees out. I wore my denim jumper, the one that goes down to my ankles, and my down coat that goes down to the middle of my calves. Fortunately, the sun was out, so it wasn't too bad.

There were ten girls from Cordelia's team present, and they played eight on a side, so all of the girls played most of the game. The other team had a deep bench, enough to rotate everybody off the field each time. I did notice that Cordelia's coach tended to pull the same girls off the field multiple times while some girls stayed in the whole game. I think the game ended in a tie, but I'm not certain. I could only see half of the field because there were a lot of people standing on the sidelines in between me and the field.

We stopped at Whole Foods on the way home and picked up lunch. Cordelia got pizza. Scott got a salad. I got chicken and vegetables (they had a great selection of veggies I like-- cabbage, sweet potatoes and zucchini and summer squash. Yum!).

After we ate, we went to get bagels only to discover that the bagel place has already sold out (and isn't open tomorrow at all). Scott will have to buy bagels at Kroger or Cordelia won't have breakfast this week. Then we went to the library. There was parking in front which pretty much never happens.

There was parking near Bubble Island, too. We had a lucky parking day. Scott and I both got pineapple green tea while Cordelia got mango calpico. They skimped on the bubbles because they were running out. I'm sad about that because I think the bubbles are the best part.

I'm seriously thinking of signing up for Not Primetime this year. I meant to focus on Rheotaxis and not sign up for exchanges, but I've been getting nowhere with Rheotaxis, and there are some fun fandoms for Not Primetime. I will probably write a dear author letter later today, just in case I decide to sign up.

Of course, I should perhaps put off signing up while I work on Remix. I've only got a couple of sentences so far. The dratted thing seems to want to be in present tense. I'm trying to decide if I should fight it or run with it. I also need to go over canon one more time when Cordelia's not around. She's prone to interrupt me right when I get to the key point. At least this a fandom Scott can beta read for me. I don't think any of my other usual betas know the fandom.

oh god so tired

Apr. 19th, 2014 07:27 pm
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We climbed Stromboli, a live volcano, yesterday; hours and hours steeply up, and hours and hours steeply down, didn't get to sleep until 1:00 am and up at 5:45 to catch a boat and travel until early afternoon. I've barely eaten all day (coffee and apricot-filled croissant at 6:30, mostly-bread sandwich at 11:00, fried rice-and-spinach-and-cheese ball around 4:30 that I desperately needed... Update coming sometime, but I'm so exhausted I can't think to put it together.

The Crimson Solution (8/14)

Apr. 19th, 2014 11:09 am
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The principles of alchemy explained.

The Crimson Solution (26725 words) by yunitsa
Chapters: 8/14
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Alchemy, pseudo-Victorian, Giant Slug, Dragons, Colonialism, POV First Person
Summary: Phoebe Bannister's marriage to the alchemist Charles Templer might have been the end of one sort of story. But in sharing a house with her husband and his partner, the brilliant and irascible Benjamin Cole, Phoebe soon finds herself caught up in the complex relationship between the two men - and in the search for the most dangerous product of the alchemist's art.
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It Isn't What I Say, but How I Say It (441 words) by Perpetual Motion
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: post-Cap 2, Slight spoilers
Summary:

Nat and Steve and Sam and talking about trying to set Steve up.


Slowly (1797 words) by tennou
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Sam Wilson (Marvel), Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Romance, Relationship Study, Fluff, Sexual Tension, Character Study, Captain America: The Winter Soldier Spoilers
Summary:

Sam gets it; Steve just got it a little faster than he did.

Or, how Sam Wilson fell in love without even realizing it.

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Apr. 18th, 2014 12:27 pm
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We had pizza for dinner last night. I was too worn out after boiling three dozen eggs to cook, and Scott was dead on his feet after working thirteen hours (there's a mandatory after work meeting on Thursdays).

We ended up staying up later than usual last night. We realized that we missed an episode of Warehouse 13 on Monday and went looking for it on demand. It was there, but the listing said it would expire at the end of the day yesterday, so we had to watch it then or wait and hope it would air again. We had a little more wiggle room than usual because there's no school today and because Cordelia's friends weren't coming until after a dental appointment. I expected to be able to sleep in.

Scott was exhausted because he'd been up since 2:00 a.m., but he lasted through the episode. He got ready for bed during the commercials. I made his lunch for him.

The episode itself was more straightforward than I expected. I kind of thought the plot would drag on for more than a single episode, but the main plot resolved. We've set the DVR to record the future episodes. (We had it programmed to record all new Warehouse 13 episodes before, but that programming got lost when we started having trouble with the DVR.)

This morning, I set my cell phone alarm for 8:45. I expected that to give me more than enough time to shower (and I was right). Sadly, Cordelia woke me up early to ask if she could scramble herself an egg for breakfast. I told her she could and then fretted about whether or not she could actually handle it. She'd done it, with supervision, before, so I thought she could, but it was hard to relax. As it turned out, she did fine, even putting the pan in the sink.

I got the dyes ready about fifteen minutes before we expected the other kids to arrive. Cordelia helped. She was really annoyed that I started without her. As it happened, the other kids arrived about twenty minutes after when we expected them.

I put them straight to dying eggs. A dozen eggs each may have been too many. I think they all got dyed (except for two that got eaten undyed), but both Cordelia and her friend's brother ran out of steam before they finished their dozen.

I made mac 'n' cheese while the kids dyed eggs. After they were done with the eggs, Cordelia's friend cut up a mango that she'd brought with her (They gave us several mangos as a thank you present for having them over so much).

The Crimson Solution (7/14)

Apr. 18th, 2014 11:33 am
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A visit to a disreputable establishment.
(Things start happening now, I promise!)

The Crimson Solution (23807 words) by yunitsa
Chapters: 7/14
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Alchemy, pseudo-Victorian, Giant Slug, Dragons, Colonialism, POV First Person
Summary: Phoebe Bannister's marriage to the alchemist Charles Templer might have been the end of one sort of story. But in sharing a house with her husband and his partner, the brilliant and irascible Benjamin Cole, Phoebe soon finds herself caught up in the complex relationship between the two men - and in the search for the most dangerous product of the alchemist's art.
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If anyone recognizes my OTW/AO3 water bottle, I will be beyond tickled!

The Excrement Poem, by Maxine Kumin

Apr. 18th, 2014 01:22 am
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Maxine Kumin died this year. I didn't know that. She is not mentioned in The Oxford Book of American Poetry, Chosen and Edited by David Lehman. Was she not highly regarded?

I started reading her poems and essays when I was new to living in the country, new to having a horse to take care of and a dog to train, new to the post-hole digger and the fencing pliers, to thinking about drainage, to making compost. Maxine Kumin wrote poems about these things that made me say yes, that.

The Excrement Poem

Might I Suggest

Apr. 17th, 2014 06:48 pm
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I see your cake fell.

Might I suggest
Trying an extra egg and more baking soda?

You are so cranky after work.

Might I suggest
Explaining to your boss that you don't appreciate her attitude?

You were complaining about weeds.

Might I suggest
A garden service?
Let me hire one for you.
Here's a number.
Did you ring them back?
They're coming over Thursday.

Oh, a new dishwasher!

Might I suggest
Loading it sideways?

Your hems are ragged.

Might I suggest
You go shopping for new trousers?

You're out of milk.

Might I suggest
Going grocery shopping?
I can drive you.
Let me drive you.
Why did you buy milk without me?
Here, have some more milk.

This second carton of milk doesn't fit in your fridge.

Might I suggest
It's time to replace your fridge with a truck?

Your doctor works far away from your house.

Might I suggest
You go to a mechanic instead?

You posted a poem on the Internet.

Might I suggest
Calling the paper
Calling a publisher
Calling your senator
Calling the dogcatcher
Calling the Pulitzer Committee
I'm sure they will pay you for it.

Picture of the Day

Apr. 17th, 2014 06:53 pm
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Is it just me, or does this gorgeous photo look just a little improbable in its gorgeousness, like it should be the cover to an SF novel about terraforming Mars or a background to a Star Trek episode. It's the pink cloud, I think

Giraffes and pink cloud )

Thursday Pics: Bee Edition

Apr. 17th, 2014 04:22 pm
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Mason bees emerging Mason bees emerging Mason bees emerging
Mason bees emerging Mason bees emerging Mason bees emerging

A few weeks ago I was working from home and went out to work on the back garden over my lunch. I managed to catch the mason bees emerging from their nests. Mason bees are a native pollinator that lays a single egg in a hole and then blocks it up with clay mud to protect the larvae as it matures. They will happily use a bee house like mine that’s just holes drilled into a block of wood. These bees generally emerge around the same time so I got a bunch of pictures of different bees chewing their way out. You can see the jaws of the bee in the lower left picture working on the hole. If you stood quietly next to the house, you could hear all kinds of chewing as they worked their way out.

These bees are great pollinators and the best sort to have for blueberries. They also won’t sting and don’t do any hole construction like carpenter bees do. They are also unfairly fuzzy and adorable.

Click through to Flickr to see 70+ images of the bees emerging.

*squeee*!

Apr. 19th, 2014 04:15 pm
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*squeee*! *squeee*! *squeee*!

Following this link constitutes a minor spoiler for Captain America: Winter Soldier.

http://hellotailor.tumblr.com/post/82970317918/most-of-the-intelligence-community-doesnt

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Apr. 17th, 2014 01:07 pm
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This will be a strange Easter. Scott's parents start back from Florida on Saturday, so they won't be around on Sunday. Scott's sister and her family have been in Florida, too. I don't know when they start back. Usually, we spend Easter with Scott's sister's in-laws, but they only invite us if Scott's sister and her family will be there.

I'm trying to think how to make the day special. We'll probably roast a chicken. Maybe Cordelia will like that. I've got a day yet to decide what else to cook. I wish I wasn't so limited by my stamina. If we were sure Scott would be home, he could do some of the work, but the overtime is starting to ramp up.

Scott's bought candy, and we'll be giving Cordelia a CD. I'm not sure she's not too old for hunting for candy filled eggs in the living room (there aren't any really good hiding places, but at least, we don't tend to lose track of any eggs). She tends not to eat that candy until she has nothing else left, and even then, she's likely to forget about it. I hope Scott remembered that Cordelia doesn't like jelly beans.

Scott talked about doing something different with the eggs this year, but I don't know if anything will come of that-- He wanted to buy a gift and take a picture of it. He'd print the picture and cut it into pieces. Each egg would get a piece of the picture. She'd have to find them all and reconstruct the photo. It sounds unnecessarily complicated, but it might be better than candy. What we'd give her, though, I have no idea. We're having trouble finding things she wants for her birthday.

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Apr. 17th, 2014 12:34 pm
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Our internet is going in and out. It doesn't stay out for long, not more than ten minutes usually, but it keeps happening. The phone line seems to be good which means it's not that damaged cable that Scott tucked away where it wouldn't get jostled rather than replacing. Our internal network is staying up, too, so it's not a problem with that. It could be that Earthlink is having problems, or it could be some sort of static on the phone line.

Generally, the first indication I have that something's wrong is a webpage not loading. For some reason, iChat doesn't realize it's been cut off for five to ten minutes, so that's not a reliable indicator.

Anyway, if I suddenly stop posting or if I'm talking to you and suddenly disappear, it's probably internet issues. This is a bad time for them-- I'll be stuck at home all day tomorrow, and the library's closed on Sunday.

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