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Aug. 3rd, 2015 12:39 pm
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I was going to go grocery shopping with Scott yesterday, but Cordelia was trying very hard to finish one of her library books that couldn't be renewed and didn't want to be left home alone. We suggested taking the book and sitting in the coffee shop in the store to read, but she didn't like that option either. Since I was mainly planning to go in order to keep Scott company and in order to pick out some mustard (Scott doesn't like or use mustard, so if I want it, I have to go pick it out), staying home for Cordelia seemed reasonable.

Of course, she's going to be left at home alone on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. At least, she says she doesn't want to come to tomorrow's appointment because it will be boring, and I don't want to take her to my Wednesday appointments because I'm not quite ready to explain to her what they're for. She's old enough to stay for a few hours alone; she just doesn't really like to. Of course, if I suggest that we might go out for lunch after tomorrow's appointment, that might change her mind.

I think I can't tolerate very much Zevia, unfortunately. Apparently, I have problems with the secondary sweetener in it, erythritol. If I drink Zevia regularly, I start to have, er, intestinal issues. I suspect that once or twice a week wouldn't be a big deal, but more than that seems to be. It's a pity. I was enjoying being able to occasionally have something other than water or seltzer water.

Because Cordelia was trying to finish that library book, we didn't go to the library until just before it closed. She finished the book right as I was putting on my shoes so that we could go. She's got three or four books due next week that can't be renewed. Unfortunately, two of them are sequels to a book she just got this week (the waitlist for that was several people long), so she's very unlikely to get to them.

Scott took down a few portals near the library and had me put my wimpy level 1 resonators on them and then hack them, just so I'd know what to do. My main take away from that was that it's almost impossible to see anything on the screen of my phone when the sun's shining. I actually had to turn so that my shadow fell on my phone in order to see anything at all, and even then, I couldn't see much. I have a suspicion that that, as well as my difficulties with walking very far, will be a big limiting factor on me playing Ingress.

The guy behind the counter at Bubble Island recognized us and pulled out three large cups immediately. He was a little thrown when I asked for a specialty drink, but really, that particular specialty drink is simply green tea with a flavor not on the main menu, so I don't know why he'd be so surprised.

I'm trying to decide whether to chance taking the bus to my appointment tomorrow. It would be further than I've walked since I injured myself-- No, there were those two grocery shopping expeditions. Those involved a fair amount of walking. But both of those left me hurting. I just don't know. If I overdo tomorrow, I won't be able to rest on Wednesday to recover, but, if I don't start challenging myself, I'm never going to reach the point of walking to the bus stop again. It's only three blocks and then standing to wait for five to fifteen minutes, and the bus is free for me because of my disability, so it's a heck of a lot cheaper than a cab.

I'm thinking to start unsubscribing from the vast number of political mailing lists I've ended up on. I just get so damned many messages from them every day. Half of them ask for money which I'm not going to give. The other half are petitions and requests to call my representatives. I can't handle phone calls, and I'm only willing to sign some petitions (I'm also am not sure how much good online petitions do). The thing is that most mailing lists send me all four types of messages. I haven't found a list yet that has a filter that would just get me the stuff I'm willing to deal with.

There seem to be a number of petitions that are geographically specific and for which I'm not convinced I have a right to a voice-- fracking in various states not my own comes up a lot. I also get a lot of things asking me to protest GMOs when I have nothing agains GMOs, generally. I'm very much against certain standard practices of big agribusiness, but that's far from the same thing even if certain PACs assume it is.

Time to shower and eat lunch. After that, I get to call Aetna. They've been refusing to pay my medical bills because they think they're not primary. Scott and I may have to prove we're married again or some such nonsense. Also, Medicare has sent me another form to ask questions about my insurance. I filled one of those out in April or May, and I went over the same information on the phone a couple of weeks ago. I shouldn't have to give them the same information a third time, not so soon.

Last books

Aug. 3rd, 2015 09:42 pm
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Diana Wynne Jones and Ursula Jones, Islands of Chaldea.
E.L. Konigsburg, The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World.

So many of Diana Wynne Jones' books were crucially important to me when I was growing up - looking at the wiki list chronologically, everything from the 70s except Changeover (read once, didn't like at all), and all the 80s novels up until A Tale of Time City, which was the first time one of her books didn't quite work for me. That happened more often as she went on, and I think Hexwood is really the last of her books that has carved out a permanent place in my reading heart/mind. I've enjoyed many of the others, but they just don't stick.

This may certainly be me. I know many readers who love the Derkholm books, or the later Chrestomancis, or the Magids books and I'm sure these are all perfectly rational preferences (to them ☺ ).

Anyway. I was saddened to read her last book. She was a great writer and a profound loss, and knowing it was the last brought all that back. But I didn't expect to love it, uncompleted or not.

And I didn't. Liked, yes, but it's not going to be part of me going forwards.

Islands of Chaldea. )

In contrast, I have been remarkably slack in EL Konigsburg reading. I imprinted heavily on From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler the way any child who would love to run away to a large public art building would and could possibly still quote the odd chunk, and a book about children's literature that I also used to read obsessively had a bit about (George) that has stayed with me despite not ever reading the book. I own A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver and haven't read it. I may have read Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, and Me, but in my head it's mixed up with Zilpha Keatly Snyder's books and I'm unsure. I borrowed Journey to an 800 Number from the library once and took it back massively overdue and unread (not, alas, a unique experience). Despite all this I did eventually read and enjoy The View from Saturday, and now I've read this. Which is, I failed to realise, a sequel of sorts to her earlier The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place.

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World. )

Two random unrelated things

Aug. 2nd, 2015 09:09 pm
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1. So, for the first time in my life, I was faced in the 2015 Hugos with choices that follow the voting paradox. I never, in my heart, really believed in nontransitive voting preferences before; of course one likes peach pie better than blueberry, and blueberry better than apple (the example Martin Gardner gave where I first learned about this paradox), because fresh peach pie is obviously The Best Pie and better than any other pie. It would be silly to like apple pie better than peach pie. (In my opinion. D ranks them differently. But he was very sweet and made me a peach pie for my birthday. <3 And I'm not saying apple pie isn't wonderful too :) )

But: I liked No Award better than Three-Body Problem for the Hugo, 3BP better than Ancillary Sword for the Hugo, AS better than The Goblin Emperor for the Hugo... and TGE better than No Award. (Note that this does not correlate with how well I liked the book or how well I thought it was written; TGE wins easily on both those counts.) So, I dunno. I ended up voting them all under No Award, because I am a crotchety grumpy sort of person who feels The Hugos Are Not What They Used To Be And Darn Kids Get Offa My Lawn, but it was a very close thing. Probably if I'd had another day I would have switched them all above No Award, and if I'd had two more days back under.

2. I had Lots of Opinions about Fringe S5, and then [personal profile] sprocket noted that it was Walter fanfic, and then I got All My Opinions out about it here. (It's honestly a little uneven, because I was writing it while watching the episodes, only later going back to try to make it into a coherent whole. And... that's as good a metaphor for Fringe as any other, I think.)

shopping fail? shopping win!

Aug. 2nd, 2015 05:57 pm
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I went out today to hit the end-of-season shoe sales in hopes of finding a pair of brown Mary Janes. My needs are very specific; I have a pair of brown Mary Janes that were a cheap emergency stopgap a couple of years ago, and every time I wear them I get a) compliments and b) blisters. So I want to replace them with better quality!

There are a lot of shoe stores around where I live. A lot. I hit them all, and I found no brown Mary Janes. Not a single pair.

But I did come home with a pair of burgundy lace-up ankle boots that I yearned for last fall and didn't buy, and now they were back in the very last store I dragged myself into! I couldn't resist. At the cash register I asked the friendly clerk -- knowing the answer already -- if they were on sale, and he said, "We literally just got them in today, so no, I'm afraid not," and then he took ten percent off for me. Yay!

I do not want the summer to be over. But I have nifty new boots to wear when it is.

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Aug. 2nd, 2015 09:31 am
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::grumbles:: I decided to look into Mountain Lion (the Mac OS that I need) myself. It costs all of $20. Scott's been looking for the CDs for months now, and he's now come up with a scheme to see if an old hard drive he removed from his laptop way back when has Mountain Lion on it and, if it does, if there's a way to port it from that drive to my current drive. I think all of this fuss over $20 is... excessive. I think I'm just going to ignore Scott and buy the damned thing. Yes, it'll be us paying for it twice, but at least I'll have the stupid thing and be able to go on from there.

I wonder what OS Cordelis is running. We probably should find out.

Shaun the Sheep

Aug. 2nd, 2015 08:51 am
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Last week Geoff won four tickets to a preview of Shaun the Sheep, a new movie from the folks who brought you Wallace & Gromit. We took the kids yesterday, and I am here to tell you, that movie is totally adorable. Fun for kids (though perhaps scary in places for the very little ones; a five-year-old girl in the row ahead of me was climbing terrified into her mom's lap during the dramatic climax) and with lots of fun notes for adults (I absolutely lost it with laughter several times, including when, following the signpost to "Big City," the sheep pass a noticeboard announcing "Our twin cities: Großestadt, La Grande Ville, Gran Ciudad"). And it is utterly sweet and heartwarming -- in the good way, I'm not being ironic or arch here, we all came out of it with huge smiles on our faces. Recommended for all!

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Aug. 2nd, 2015 08:33 am
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There are a few things we should have done while Scott was on vacation, and I'm not sure how they're going to get done now that he's back at work. Cordelia and I both need our hair trimmed. We were due for that in May. Cordelia needs a bigger viola before school starts, the sooner the better, so we all three need to go to the rental place (my name in on the rental agreement, so I probably need to be there). Then there's all that stuff with my laptop. Google hangouts/chat has pretty much stopped working in Safari, and the account I use with Firefox spontaneously blocks people I chat with and won't let me unblock them unless I sign up for Google+ which, well, that's my pseudonymous account. I do enough stuff in Firefox with that account that I don't want to try switching and using that one on Safari and the one I chat with on Firefox, and I really don't want to use both accounts on the same browser.

I'm also a bit concerned about my laptop because, Friday night, I tried to restart it because the Time Capsule had been trying to back up for a couple of hours straight and hadn't gotten past preparing to back up. All the programs closed just fine except Time Capsule, but the machine wouldn't actually shut down. It just presented me with a blank, white screen for about ten minutes. I finally had to force a shut down. When I restarted, everything went well until I got into my profile. At that point, the cursor started spinning and spinning. I waited quite a while but finally had to force a shut down again. This time, when I started back up, everything worked, but I'm not particularly reassured.

I've been looking over what I'd written previously of the story that I signed up for [community profile] iddyiddybangbang with. I think I stalled out on it because I'm concerned about the characterization of one person in particular. I don't think there's anything in canon to contradict how I'm interpreting him and the backstory I'm throwing in, but he's very different in this than in other things I've written with him. The story hinges on those differences; without them, nothing happens.

I ended up not watching my movie yesterday. I forgot that I needed to stay online for a couple of hours after the Metanews post went up to make sure that I caught and corrected any errors people might point out. I was pretty sure there weren't any, but I've missed major things before, so better safe than sorry.

I have to return two unfinished books to the library today. One has a waitlist and is actually due today. I've enjoyed some of what I've read of it, and I like the main character (who is not the title character). It's a graphic novel, so I ought to be able to finish it quickly, but I keep needing to take breaks from it, and I'm only halfway through it. The other book, I've renewed three times already and just keep forgetting to dig out and actually finish it (it's buried in a stack of magazines next to my side of our bed. I know exactly where it is. I just haven't pulled it out in over a month). There's no waitlist, so I could, in theory, renew it again, but three renewals seems like it ought to be enough. It's not actually due until Saturday, so I'm debating keeping it that long. The main consideration against doing that is that it would require Scott to make an extra trip to the library next week.

Scott got me to sign up for Ingress. I don't know that I'll actually end up playing much as, by the time I can walk enough to do much, it's likely to be cold enough that I won't want to spend more than five to ten minutes outside at a time. I think Scott mainly wants me to hold his excess stuff and to back him up when he tries to hold the local portals. He does have some ideas about me playing while he drives me to and from places, but I don't know if I'll end up doing that. I'm Green because Scott is, and he is because the friends we see most often are.

The battery life on my new phone isn't as awful as I feared. I suspect that it helps a lot that I don't use it very much at all. Most days, it's just two five minute calls from Scott, a have-you-eaten-yet alarm at 7:30 each evening, and an occasional check of the weather. I charged it Friday night, and it's still at 90%.

Cordelia actually watered the raised beds yesterday without being asked or prompted in any way. That really surprised me. Oh, and I forgot to mention before-- On Thursday, [livejournal.com profile] evalerie and her youngest came over so that she could plant some forget-me-nots in the raised beds. She's not sure they'll survive because she had trouble getting much root for them when she dug them up, so she gave me some seeds for next year, just in case. Now I just have to find a good place to put them where Scott won't throw them out and I won't forget about them.

I wish I were still in bed, asleep, but I was up at 7:00, and when I'm awake at 7:00, I might as well get up. I can't afford to sleep past about 9:30 for medication and meal timing reasons, and, if I go back to sleep as late as 7:00, I'm likely to sleep well past 10:00, especially given that I was up until a bit past 1:00, reading. I expect Scott will sleep late as he was up for about twenty three hours straight yesterday.

I'm going to try to do some link finding today. I have doctor's appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday that will cut down the time I have available then, so starting early seems to me to make sense. I might try to go grocery shopping with Scott. It will depend on how my ankle is feeling and on how I'm feeling otherwise. I've been having intestinal difficulties that I suspect may be due to the erythritol in the Zevia I've been drinking. The viola rental place is closed on Sundays, so we can't do that today, but we might be able to do hair trimming. And, of course, we will definitely go to the library and get bubble tea.

July books

Aug. 2nd, 2015 01:46 pm
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1) I got a gift fic!! Percygranger wrote a great Sarah-centric fic at Yuletide for The Covenant, and now has written a 24k follow-up: Daughter of the Future. This story works so well as both post-script and counter-balance to the movie and all its flaws, with Sarah changing over the course of the story from observer to a participant, and then prime mover, finally breaking the cycle of destruction that the Sons of Ipswich have been trapped in for generations. So satisfying omg.

2) So you guys, Tiger & Bunny is really good! #thoughtsfrom4yearsago
I'm up to episode 13 right now and I'm full of feels for both the main characters and all the supporting cast. ♥

3) Books:

A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson
The Seventh Gate - Geraldine Harris
Bonecrack - Dick Francis
Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
Two Tangled Tales - Astrid Amara
The Devil Lancer - Astrid Amara
The Champion of the Scarlet Wolf - Ginn Hale
The Lion and the Crow - Eli Easton

thoughts on books, or 50% m/m romance )

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Aug. 1st, 2015 01:26 pm
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Cordelia and her friend ended up making lunch yesterday-- macaroni and cheese. Cordelia was very reluctant at first, but, about half an hour after she absolutely refused to consider cooking, she and her friend had the box of pasta out and were asking me what to do. No one put away the leftovers, so they're kind of cemented to the bottom of the pot. I'll have to see what I can do to pry them loose later today.

Scott is working 3-3 today. His alarm didn't go off at 2. Fortunately, he woke about 2:30, so he wasn't too horribly late getting to work. He called to let them know he would be late (it's about a half hour drive, so the time he needed to get dressed meant being late). His alarm did go off at 5:10, and I had a heck of a time figuring out how to turn it off. I had to turn on the light and still couldn't read the labels on the buttons on his alarm. I'm not sure how much of that was the tiny print and how much of it was the light still being fairly poor. It stopped making noise, and I got the light on it to dim, so I was able to go back to sleep eventually.

I actually dreamed that I was going to have to start high school and had missed the application deadline for the special program I wanted. I'd think I was too old for that sort of dream, but I do still have occasional dreams about high school normally. In this case, though, I think it may be anticipatory anxiety about figuring out where Cordelia will go to high school. We don't have to decide until she's in eighth grade, and she only starts seventh this fall, so I'm worrying early.

I would like to be able to send her to Community which is a smaller high school, still in the public school system, with some specialized programs. Unfortunately, Community always has at least three times as many applicants as it has spaces, so getting in is difficult. It's a lottery, so everyone has pretty much the same chance. I think, given transportation constraints, that Community and the normal high school we're zoned for are the only real options. I consider Community viable because one of the buses that runs near us has a stop about a block away from the school. I think the trip would take about ten minutes. Cordelia would have to ride a school bus in order to get to the normal high school, so the bus trip to Community doesn't look so bad at all.

Oh, well. There's time to think about it.

Scott grilled pork last night. I think it came out tasting kind of nasty. He said he put sesame oil on it before he grilled it to see if that would keep it from sticking (it didn't). I normally like sesame oil but not this time. Of course, I'm not sure that what I was tasting was sesame oil-- It tasted kind of like gas smells.

Cordelia's friends' mother sent home made spring rolls and home made baklava yesterday. The spring rolls were oddly buttery. I think she must have cooked the cabbage inside in butter. The baklava was a little scorched and very lemony but still good.

I'm doing the Metanews posting this week as the other moderator has been having both personal issues and connection difficulties. We're very late this week because the other moderator wasn't able to do any links until today. We will likely be at least a bit late next week due to me having three doctor's appointments in the two days when I usually link find.

My ankle's mostly doing better today, but I gave myself an issue earlier by bending my ankle wrong when I was getting up from sitting down. Basically, what that happened was that my heel was on the floor while the ball of my foot and my toes were on something about an inch and a half taller. That hurt considerably.

I'm thinking that I'll try watching that Chinese movie I've had from Netflix for a few weeks now. I want to watch it and return it ASAP, and this afternoon ought to be a good time. I'll just close my laptop for the duration so that I can focus on the TV and actually follow what's going on and which character is which. I will probably go back to the start and watch the fifteen or twenty minutes I already watched again. I wasn't paying enough attention the first time to catch most of what happened.

I did end up signing up for [community profile] iddyiddybangbang with a Weiss Kreuz PWP. Now I just have to put the dates for the challenge in my calendar and review the bits of the story that I've already written. I said I wouldn't mind being matched with an artist or person making a fanmix, but I don't know that I will be. Weiss Kreuz isn't nearly as widely known now as it used to be, and the majority of people signing up for the challenge seemed to be doing so in big western fandoms like the MCU.

Media - July 2015

Aug. 1st, 2015 07:27 am
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Books )

Books: 5
  romance: 1
  mg: 1
  ya: 1
  thriller: 1
  chick lit: 1
Manga/Comics: 31
[community profile] 50books_poc: 2

Television )

VIVIDCON: Schedule

Jul. 31st, 2015 04:35 pm
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So I have my schedule for the con - meals accounted for (save breakfasts), volunteer schedule set, decided on my panels and vidshows (the ones in bold - though the Saturday 10 am conflict is a rough one) and have my outfit for Club Vivid. I am going to have to pack on Wednesday this year, as I am going to Wisconsin for work that Thursday and can't hack the idea of going home for two hours and then coming back to the hotel, but having the distraction of a huge meeting right before the con is great for displacing my usual con anxiety. 

If you think you have a meal or hang-out scheduled with me, check and make sure I've got it right! 

This weekend at the AFI

Jul. 31st, 2015 03:27 pm
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Tomorrow is the first day of the Bugs Bunny shorts festival at the AFI -- 11:30 am -- and then the Lego Brickumentary at 1:05 pm.

Also, MR. HOLMES, the Sherlock Holmes movie with Ian McKellen in title role is playing this week at the AFI.

Please let me know if you'd like to meet up for any of these movies.

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