Friday About Town

Mar. 6th, 2015 08:30 am
jjhunter: closeup of library dragon balancing book on its head (library dragon 2)
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Friday, every Friday, I invite you (yes, you!) to share with me key Dreamwidth posts from the last week. They can be one or more of your own posts, posts of others you'd recommend, interesting discussions, linkspams, tiny delights, whatever stands out to you from the last seven days that you'd like to highlight. Assume that I've been away and pining too true and catch me up on what matters to you.

Newcomers, lurkers and long-time commentators equally welcome. See also [community profile] followfriday.
kaberett: Sketch of a "colourless, hamsterish"  animal having a paddy. (anxiety creature)
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Smoke exposure on my way into work again. It hurts to breathe again. It has been the case, two days running, that the people I've asked to kindly consider not smoking at the top of the ramp into the building, within 5m of the building entrance, have looked baffled and disgusted at me and not even bothered to make a verbal response, so that was a load of exposing myself further for precisely 0 gain.

Which means I am getting around to typing up this rant.

If you smoke in public, you are the reason I can't leave the house safely, where by "safely" I mean "without ending up coughing and wincing with every single breath for a week".

Here is a partial list of things that prompt me to alter my breathing patterns in public, just in case, because I can't really afford to be incautious:
  • people standing at bus stops
  • people standing outside tube stations
  • people standing near building entrances
  • people sitting at tables outside cafes
  • people waiting at pedestrian crossings
  • wind (because it means I need to be further away from any smokers to be safe)
  • absence of wind (because it means that smoke doesn't disperse as rapidly)
  • people getting their phones out of their pocket
  • people getting anything out of their pocket
  • people using their phones while walking
  • people gesturing while talking to friends
  • people walking abreast across a pavement
  • et fucking cetera

If you smoke near building entrances, you're the reason I can't safely walk down the street or get into work. If you smoke near bus stops or stations, you're the reason I can't safely use public transport. If you smoke in public parks or while walking between destinations, you are the reason I can't safely use or occupy those spaces. If you smoke in public but only when you're not around me you are still the goddamn problem, and I shouldn't have to spell out why for you. If you smoke in public, you are the fucking reason I can't leave the house or even open windows safely, and I hope you feel fucking awful about it.
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Summary: This was Gamora's universe, but she acted more out of place and isolated than Gaila. She held herself clenched tight like she was in enemy hands and opening would be to invite poison into her veins. Fortunately Gaila had years of practice forming out-nets and in-nets with aliens. (1,600 words)

Note: This ficlet was written on 3/5/15 for [personal profile] samparker, in response to the Three Sentence Ficathon prompt: Guardians Of The Galaxy/Star Trek AOS, Gamora/Gaila, tenderness. It is a sequel to both Rattle the Cage (wherein Natasha Romanova discovers Gaila imprisoned in a HYDRA lab) and Following the Girl (wherein the Enterprise's cross-universe rescue attempt mixes oddly with the Guardians' attempt to retrieve the Tesseract). There may be one or two more ficlets in this sequence.

The Company of Trees )

That was one of the more frustrating things I've ever written! Not because the characters or scenario were particularly difficult in any objective sense. The words just did not want to come.

I think I may have had a mild blue funk over the past week or two, actually. I have been doing the obsessive reading and sleep-schedule-what-sleep-schedule things, which are fairly reliable symptoms of a depressive episode, and a funk would explain my sudden creativity lapse. I just haven't felt particularly gray, or at least not as compared to how I've been feeling normally over the past few months. Mneh.

Anyway, I got enough sleep last night and I seem to be somewhat more together today, so hopefully if I can get to bed at a reasonable hour tonight and tomorrow that will give me the boost I need to finish hauling myself back up to somewhat more stable mental ground. *crosses fingers*

Oh. Right. And I should remember to eat regular meals. That helps too. *wanders off in search of extremely belated dinner*


Mar. 5th, 2015 05:27 pm
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[personal profile] tabaqui
Today is a very special day!
Today is [ profile] darkhavens birthday! Many happy returns of the day, bb!

We have known each other for - wow - so many years. Bonding first over Buffy, then over Show. She has more fandoms under her belt and on her external hard drives than anybody I know, and she's introduced me to more stuff I never even considered.....

But then, I've got her to read a few things she never thought she'd like, too. :)

She's also an epic beta of awesome epicness, and none of my fics would be as polished and *finished* without her expert advice.

So I hope you have an awesome day, bb, and thank you for being such an amazing person and friend!

wherein Liz bakes brownies, again

Mar. 5th, 2015 11:18 am
edenfalling: colored line-art drawing of a three-scoop ice cream sundae in a silver dish (ice cream sundae)
[personal profile] edenfalling
A week and a half ago, I mentioned that if a brownie recipe says to use an 8 x 8 pan, baking them in a 9 x 13 pan is a bad idea.

Yesterday, I took my second box of that particular mix and tried baking it in an 8 x 7 glass dish. The time given on the box for an 8 x 8 glass pan was 45-50 minutes, and I duly baked the brownies for about 50 minutes. In a vague attempt to compensate for the slightly reduced pan size, I set the oven at a slightly higher temperature than the requested 325 F -- I started at 350 F, then turned down to about 335-340 F. Judging by the results, I should either have baked the brownies another five minutes or left the oven at 350 F the whole time, since they came out slightly squishier in the center than is strictly desirable. But they are much more properly brownie-like than the ones I made in the 9 x 13 pan, so hey, I'll take it.

Mmm, brownies... :-)

Poem: "Some of the Answers"

Mar. 5th, 2015 10:30 am
jjhunter: Drawing of human JJ in ink tinted with blue watercolor; woman wearing glasses with arched eyebrows (JJ inked)
[personal profile] jjhunter
the sky is blue because
the blue light has gone awry
we see it in its scatterings

the grass is green because
their green mouths ate the blue and red
we see the light they threw back

our blood is red because
iron red with oxygen isn't blue
we see breath in the blood

my eyes are white because
my white skin grows over my eyes
it is translucent not transparent

I see masked with my whiteness
illusion, 'white doesn't color view'
what color shame grants is fleeting

do you see me when you see my skin?
do you skin me with your eyes?
my skin is too thick to see well through
my skin, my skin

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So! I did actually post more of that 'Obsession' Christian Kane/Jason Behr story, but I didn't post it here. So now i'll post both the 'old' bit and the new stuff.

Also - i have been reading so many *amazing* Steve/Bucky post Winter Soldier fics...DAMN. Makes me want to write *so much more* in that 'verse. I'm working on a second bit to my first one, so.... Soon, i hope? And working on Space AU, and yes, *still* on the charity auction fics, though those winners probably hate me by now.....

My work has been horribly boring and tedious and the hours are stupid and i'm trying to find something else. Too bad i'm not an accountant, because they seem to be needed a lot. But wow, could not do that job.

Anyway - here's the bits of the 'Obsession' 'verse that are new. Of course, they're all over at [ profile] slashthedrabble, as well as new drabbles in many fandoms ever week, so go check out the comm! :)

These two are for the prompts 'Alcohol' and 'Illegal'

Takes place immediately after Murder By Numbers.

Whiskey Burn )

Breaking the Law )

Hope everybody is well and keeping warm! We had ice and then snow and then melt and then more ice and snow. Ridiculous!

[poem] Directions for care

Mar. 5th, 2015 12:43 am
kaberett: a watercolour painting of an oak leaf floating on calm water (leaf-on-water)
[personal profile] kaberett
It's all too easy to dismiss, diminish
your sharp-edged individual brilliance
as untidiness, as more work than
you're worth. Try this:
Needs direct sun with good support,
for preference, south-facing walls;
and well-drained soil and fleece in frosts
and water when the weather's hot.
Slow to flower, rarely fruits;
give the thing at least five years.
Mind the thorns, the strangling vines;
mind the poison the sap bears.
Grant me leave instead to make this promise:
yes, you're brash and loud and take up space;
perhaps you're snide, opinionated, lacking grace;
but darling, what you don't quite seem to grasp
is that your weaponry can be defence
and ornament at once; can, in point of fact,
be precisely why it is that you're beloved.
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[personal profile] whynot
- At first I thought it was Scott and Derek, but no. Even better, it's SID AND GENO IN WEREWOLF AU HOCKEY PHOTO BOMB. Check out the rest of her art, folks; it's entirely delightful.

- You guys know that tumblr college hockey comic, Check Please? Mentally I've cast Torey Krug as Eric Bittle and Sasha Kostrov from Junior League as Jack Zimmerman. Greenberg of Teen Wolf is, of course, the goalie.

- Stumbled upon short_shifting the other day and ooh, they're open to remixes? I like this one: "Toews tries to avoid the media reports on Bergeron. He doesn't like feeling a kinship with an opposing player when the stakes are so high." Their pinboard has categorized it as gen. HAHAHA. We'll see.

- Once more, fell down a Bruins fandom rabbit hole yesterday and ended up in 2012 again, and it's... so fascinating, like people making posts like "Marchand's starting to get a lot of hate from around the league..." lololololol THE BECOMING~ But also cute posts about how in love the whole Bergeron line is with each other. This is back from before the full extent of Tim Thomas's douchery was exposed, so people were still fond of him.

- broons baseball au broons baesball au bruins baseblall au bruisn baseblla. Ugh, someday. SOMEDAY.

- But despite all the fic ideas both new and usual flying around, I should batten down the hatches on my exchange fic. I wrote ~400 words of it last night, so I'm almost halfway to the minimum word count. Part of me is all "LET IT SPRAWL, MAKE A MINIBANG" but honestly, figuring out the fic has been the sprawling minibang part, so.

The Year So Far

Mar. 3rd, 2015 07:34 pm
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (science flower)
[personal profile] jjhunter
JANUARY: moonlight; cold; busy.

FEBRUARY: snow; winter piled on winter.

MARCH: melting (i hope)

In passing--

Mar. 3rd, 2015 01:40 pm
kaberett: Euphorbia cf. serrata, green crown of leaves/flowers central to image. (spurge)
[personal profile] kaberett
It is a delight to me that I had a conversation on Sunday night in which I pointed out to facesfriend that I do not, in point of fact, know them very well -- I started paying any consistent attention to their existence about 6 months ago and we started dating about 4 months ago (which is weird for me; I am really not used to getting to know people by dating them); he looked gently baffled and said he thought that, in fact, I knew him pretty well. I paused. "Okay," I said, "my predictive model for your behaviour is based on a relatively small sample size, and what data I do have isn't necessarily representative." "Right," he said, "that makes sense." Hurrah for human interactions wherein I get to express myself like that and it's just okay; this is, of course, some of why Hel bemoans that there's no way they can ever write dialogue that is an accurate representation of conversations they have with friends, because nobody would believe people talk that way in real life.

(Tangentially relatedly, but only sort of sideways rather than directly: I am having a pretty bad case of the I-am-not-allowed-to-want-things/I-am-not-allowed-to-be-wanteds this week. Not entirely sure why, but it's a thing; sorry if I go a bit spiky and weird on you.)


Mar. 2nd, 2015 12:20 pm
kaberett: (sokka-facepalm)
[personal profile] kaberett
Right, so scent is an important thing for me, right? Using familiar scented products (shower gels, moisturisers, perfume, etc) is very grounding and helps me remember where and what my body is, and so on. Consequently I tend to keep shower gel of my own at partners' houses.

Currently, the shower gel I have on the go at facesfriend's is Original Source Raspberry & Cocoa.

It turns out that Original Source only use a limited range of dyes in their shower gels; Raspberry & Cocoa is the exact same colour as the Black Pepper & Chilli MANLY MAN MAN MAN shower gel. It is genuinely quite difficult to tell the difference between the two if you're half-asleep and wholly-myopic.

... guess what facesfriend has acquired a bottle of. GUESS.
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[personal profile] edenfalling
I think I talked a little about this before, but my church is trying out a new hospitality approach this year, wherein the congregation is split into four 'teams,' each of which runs greeting and ushering and coffee hour and sanctuary decorations and such-like for four or five weeks at a time on a rotating schedule. My team's slot is coming up again -- I believe we have the last two weeks of March and the first two of April -- and so we had a potluck dinner/planning session on Saturday evening.

Attendance was much sparser than at our introductory dinner session last year, but we made some plans and had some good conversation over good food, so I count it a success.

I successfully timed my pot roast to finish cooking at 4:30pm, after which I wrapped the tupperware container (plus ladle and serving dish) in several towels and headed off for church. While walking, I ran into Arthur, my team's leader (who has also been a co-teacher of mine in past years), at which point he offered a ride and I figured it would be silly to say no, especially when my only real reason was that I wanted to take a photograph of Cascadilla Creek from the Tioga St. bridge for my continuing documentary photo project. So I ended up arriving a bit early and doing a lot of the physical setup -- tables and chairs and dishes and silverware and such -- since it turned out that our intended room had already been set up for the Sunday noon pledge drive kickoff brunch. Whoops! I also did the majority of dish washing after the meal, because I genuinely like washing dishes.

I have now learned that when bringing food to potlucks (at least in Ithaca), my cheesy potatoes with stuff in dish goes over a lot better than pot roast. This is weird, since I make an awesome pot roast, but I guess a mostly vegetable-and-carbohydrate dish seems, I dunno, healthier/greener than an explicitly meat-based dish, even though I put an awful lot of onion and carrot into my pot roasts and the potato dish has a fair bit of cubed ham. Maybe it's the relative visibility of all ingredients in the potato dish, versus a dish where everything is smothered in opaque brown gravy?

Oh well, I came home with delicious leftovers so it's my gain and everyone else's loss. :-)

Anyway, I have signed up to do coffee hour cleanup on all of the Sundays in question. This will A) get me out of the house, B) make me feel productive and supportive and stuff, and C) save me from having to do heavy human-contact jobs like greeting. A win all around, I think.


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