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I went to see A Narrow Margin today with [personal profile] greenygal -- it's one of the Noir City DC offerings this year.

The twist in the middle was actually really nifty, and Marie Astor is becoming one of the noir actresses I really enjoy watching.


Oct. 23rd, 2016 10:31 pm
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Der Hund von Baskerville (1937) - a really good review of a film adaption of The Hound of the Baskervilles from 1937. If you have an interest in Sherlock Holmes or just need a few laughs, go read it - it has some very funny places.

Natasha in 1? - MCU fanart. I love the use of color and how instantly recognize-able Natasha is.

Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful - a real ear worm. It would be a great choice for a vid though I haven't figured out a fitting fandom yet. Something with a mortal/immortal pairing would fit. What do you think?

aim our arrows high - Teen Wolf fanfic, Allison/Lydia. It's locked to AO3 users but I'd be happy to give out invites if anyone needs one. It has a lovely slow build where the two have to rebuild their friendship first before they can have a relationship.

Where Gulls Cry - Tolkien fancomic featuring Elwing. Beautiful and haunting with a reduced color scheme that works really well.

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Oct. 23rd, 2016 10:40 am
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A book I thought I could renew suddenly has a hold on it. All copies are checked out, so the one I have that’s due today is actually needed. I might be able to finish the dratted thing, but I’m not sure I will. I’ve only got fifteen minutes left to watch on a DVD that’s due today, so I probably will finish that before we go to the library.

We have to make that trip earlier than we normally would because Scott’s parents are expecting us mid-afternoon. Scott’s sister’s birthday is this week, so this is to celebrate that. We need to fit in flu shots before we go, too. Scott wanted to do those yesterday, but Cordelia asked for a day’s notice, and we only told her yesterday.

We ended up going to IHOP for dinner last night. I had pumpkin spice pancakes and turkey bacon (I didn’t dare go with regular bacon at that time of night because of reflux issues). I know I shouldn’t have because of the blood sugar issues, but this is something we do once every three or four months, and I’m not quite ready to give it up. We tend not to go to IHOP weekend mornings because the wait is always more than half an hour. When we go in the evening, there’s no wait, and we get our food in under ten minutes.

My hands have been cramping, and I can’t figure out why. I haven’t been doing anything new or different. On both hands, it’s the bit between the base of my thumb and my wrist. It’s more my right hand than my left, I think, but that may be because I use my right hand for more things and so notice it more.

I need to try sock glue again because, if I can’t use it, most of my socks are useless. Knee socks were okay when I wore stretch pants under a dress because the pants held up the socks. I’m now wearing loose pants, so the knee socks end up bunched under the arches of my feet after about two minutes of walking around. They’re not terrible if I stay in the house and only walk to the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom, but if I walk to Cordelia’s school, I have to pull them up three times on the way there.

The difficulty is that I have lots of knee socks and lots of ankle socks and only about three pairs of intermediate length. I paid $8-$10 for each pair of knee socks, too, so I’d like to wear them out. Also, they’re pretty. I don’t think I’ll try sock glue today, given that we’ll be away from home for hours, but tomorrow is definitely an option.

There’s something else I was planning to try tomorrow, and now I can’t remember what it was. I just remember that it’s something I was worried might give me physiological problems and didn’t want to try on a day when we’ll be in the car a lot. Oh, I know! Scott bought some Mio, and I looked at the ingredients and didn’t see anything that I know I can’t have, so I thought I’d try it because, if my body’s okay with it (and if I like it), it would give me some options for drinking something that tastes different.

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Oct. 22nd, 2016 08:26 pm
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In the last two days, I have written 1500 words on something that is neither my Yuletide assignment nor my UCon game. Why on earth am I letting myself do that? I need to write about 5000 words on the game, maybe more than that but certainly not less, and the fic I have in mind for Yuletide will by no means be small.

I just need to finish the game, so that I can start the Yuletide story.

The last time I was writing a game, I set myself a daily goal and just didn’t go to bed until I had managed it. I don’t think, under current circumstances, that that’s a viable option.
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Magness pears, asian pear, honeycrisp and arkansas apples, quince, persimmons, kkakdugi kimchi (I've been eating it for breakfast!), black pepper chevre, dill quark, a quart of cream, a half-pint of chocolate milk, asian eggplants, oyster mushrooms, figs, a potato, olive bread, melomakarona, pumpkin spice chocolate olive oil cake, and bougasta.

I'm going to try making doenjangguk -- fermented soybean paste soup -- tomorrow. The version in my cookbook uses clams as the protein, but I think I'll be fine with tofu and extra mushrooms.

Wait For It

Oct. 22nd, 2016 11:53 am
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Highly relevant to my tiny fandom interests, exhibits one and two. We’re officially ready to start writing the actual Alliance Rising book, and along with it, we’re going to put Finity’s End into Closed-Circle. That’s a hundred or so years on…some of the same bunch. It's a little fuzzy which end of canon the new novel is set in, and I don't care, I'd cheerfully read anything Alliance-Union. Can it be publication time now?

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Oct. 22nd, 2016 02:45 pm
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Drat. I have no idea what to do for a sweetener. I can’t have sucralose or aspartame or sugar alcohols. Now, I’m discovering that stevia has issues because I have problems with the bulking agents added to it in processing. Whole Foods adds maltodextrin which is actually high glycemic which defeats the purpose of using stevia (I only found that out a few days ago. I’d think the nutritionist might have warned me). Sweetleaf brand adds inulin which is fine glycemically but seems to give me gas and diarrhea even in quite small quantities (a single packet). All of the other brands I can find add sugar alcohols which give me worse issues than inulin seems to.

Oh, and apparently one’s not supposed to have processed inulin if one has a ragweed allergy because it’s usually processed from plants closely related to ragweed (chicory, mostly).

On the plus side, the problems from the Sweetleaf stevia mix have completely stopped the problems I had from Zoloft. Um… Yea?

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Oct. 22nd, 2016 12:04 pm
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Yesterday, I mostly did household chores. I ran and unloaded the dishwasher. I did three loads of laundry. I changed the sheets. That pretty much did me in.

Oh, I also took out the trash and replaced the bag. Then Scott threw out some spoiled broccoli that smelled so terrible that we had to put the bin on the back porch or all be driven completely out of the house. Usually, he leaves things like that, in the sealed container, on the counter so that I can have the pleasure of emptying them after they’ve sat at room temperature for a couple of days. I have no idea why he changed procedure this time.

Cordelia had three friends over to watch a movie. One of the friends talked non-stop and then kept complaining that she’d lost track of what was going on in the movie. The other girls would then pause the movie and explain. I think they spent as much time doing that as they did watching the movie. Castle in the Sky/Laputa is not all that complicated, IMO.

We got cheese pizza for Cordelia and two of the three friends. The third is vegan and said she would eat before coming but ended up not doing that. We got her bread sticks, asking Cottage Inn to leave off the cheese and butter they normally put on, and we put out grapes and almonds in addition to the chips and popcorn. Nobody touched the grapes or the almonds, so I don’t think the vegan girl got a particularly balanced dinner.

I read enough of a library book that can’t be renewed to realize that I didn’t care if I finished it or not. It had a lot of things going on and was aiming for being funny, but nothing in it ever connected with me. I’ve got two graphic novels that I’m halfway through that are due tomorrow. I’d like to finish at least one of them.

I have realized, though, that one of my problems with reading and watching things is that I flinch and can’t go on when I realize I’m at the point where things are going to go wrong in order to kick off the plot. I’m not sure what to do about that.

I think we’re going to have thermostat wars this winter. I’m finding 73F a little too warm while Cordelia’s finding it cold. We certainly won’t go higher (for budgetary reasons), but Cordelia’s going to be unhappy if I tweak things lower during the day. I suppose we could do some complicated programming so that it gets warm while Cordelia’s getting ready for school (we keep it in the low 60s over night), cools off for me right after, and then gets warm again when she gets home.

Today, we need to get flu shots for Scott and Cordelia and deal with a mountain of dishes (Scott baked two different types of meat last night. Those pans are nasty). I need to corner Scott for help with number crunching for the Amber diceless game. I put my character notes for that in Gdocs, and he’s been reading and commenting.

Yes excellent

Oct. 22nd, 2016 04:30 pm
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Via [personal profile] sovay: here is a gif of Miriam Hopkins kissing Fredric March and Gary Cooper at the end of Design for Living.

In case anyone might need it for Tumbling purposes, or find it useful to have a taster to indicate whether this film would be relevant to their interests.
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It's that time of the year where snow tires are put on. So I'm at my mechanic early on this rainy October Saturday. I'm cutting it close because they are predicting some snow within probably 10 days. I prefer to have my snow tires on when the first snow fall hits. This is Canada after all.

Fall is busy at work I don't have that much time left to read but I did read some and hockey season has begun.

Inbox (Books acquired)

This is almost a full month of new ebooks all on sale.

Courtney Milan's contemporary romances in her Cyclone series, Trade me and The Year of the Crocodile and the one of her Worth Saga, regency romance.

The Three-Body Problem. Cixin Liu. Hugo Awards 2015.

The Undoing (Call of the Crows). Urban Fantasy romance.

Anne Tyler's Vinegar girl, rereading of Taming of the Shrew ; Beatriz Williams' A Certain Age. Jazz age, New York City. Illuminae. Amie Kaufman. YA, sci-fi.

Outbox (Books finished)

Kelly Jamieson's Icing. Aces Hockey series. A very solid 3 1/2 stars. Both leads are strong, likable adults in their twenties. They met, they like each other, they talk and grow to love each other. The hockey scene is well done. You can see the author did her research. A good sport romance.

Poe Dameron #6.

Jed Perl's New Art City : Manhattan at Mid-Century. Which was amazing and so full of things. My copy is a rainbow of highlights passages.

In the Queue (Books I'm reading now)

The Year We Fell Down. Sarina Bowen. So far it's good and not ableist.

Trade me. Courtney Milan. It's Courtney Milan, it's rarely bad.

Moving Day

Oct. 21st, 2016 12:07 pm
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Last night my landlord emailed that he wants his house back for an entirely legitimate owner move-in eviction. So my roommates and I are looking for another place to live. Send good vibes, and if you know someone renting out a 3 bed 1.5 bath inside San Francisco's city limits, for roughly market or a bit under, maybe put us in touch. Or a studio, but it would be nice to keep the household together.

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Oct. 21st, 2016 11:11 am
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Yesterday was a lazy day. I was very tired all day. Scott spent time working on digitizing videos for a coworker (things like the coworker’s wedding). We ended up getting Wendy’s for lunch.

When the cleaning lady came, Scott and I went into the bedroom with our laptops. We had the door open and were watching The Daily Show, but the cleaning lady ended up not telling us when she was ready to leave, so I didn’t get a chance to pay her. I don’t like that.

Scott and Cordelia ended up going out to buy some new ink cartridges for the printer because Cordelia needed to print something in color for her homework. I have no idea what kids who don’t have color printers— or printers at all— are supposed to do.

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Oct. 20th, 2016 10:47 pm
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Dear subconscious,

No, despite the fascinating dream, the Pandorica was not built by Tolkien's Elves. (Though if anyone could build a prison that can't be escaped from even by death, Fëanor's the one.)

Yuletide progress

Oct. 20th, 2016 11:28 pm
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Obviously, reaching the 1,000 minimum word count is not going to be a problem.

Stopping, on the other hand...

I've already written 3,000 words and the two main characters have yet to talk to each other. This is going to be a long story, which shouldn't surprise me so. I lost my ability to write short fics somewhere in 2005 and haven't found it since.


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