Bits and pieces

Mar. 29th, 2015 09:19 pm
kaberett: a watercolour painting of an oak leaf floating on calm water (leaf-on-water)
[personal profile] kaberett
1. I have MORE FEELINGS about Jupiter Ascending, and Jupiter's agency, and biology-as-theology, and learning to trust yourself. Would any of you have any interest in me typing them up here?

2. Poaching stonefruit in spiced white wine syrup continues pretty much my favourite thing. (The deal is: you dump misc spices - I tend towards some mixture of cardamom, allspice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, occasionally bay - and sugar, preferably vanilla, and white wine, and halved stone-fruit, and their pits, in an ovenproof dish; and then you bake 'em covered at 180ish for as long as you can be bothered with, and they are delicious.)

3. ... facesfriend keeps insisting on buying me pretty much any foodstuff I look at briefly in a shop and then move on from because it's not a thing I feel comfortable getting into the habit of buying, from an augh-my-finances point of view, and. I just feel ridiculously spoiled. (I mean, it means that yesterday for dinner he got kale chips + peas-and-carrot-curry-ish + lemon rice + poached peaches, and today he got kale chips + wine-braised-fennel quiche + boiled potatoes + steamed broccoli + poached plums, so he asserts he's doing pretty well out of the deal, but hey. Spoiled. Yes.)

4. I have caved and am borrowing the first six MCU films from facesfriend, the better to understand your blue-eyed boys & related works. (This led to me having a very earnest discussion over breakfast about all of the bits of MCU trivia I have acquired via tumblr-catalysed osmotic processes).

5. ... in related "domestic bliss" news, I spent some of this afternoon very happily singing along to the Indelicates while turning dried rosemary branches into a more useful-for-storage form factor.

6. Sunshine. I am so enjoying the evenings getting longer.

7. Hot beverages in general; hot chocolate in specific. (My current favourite, as I believe I have mentioned: hazelnut milk, dark chocolate/cocoa of some description, allspice, cinnamon.) Relatedly: milk pans. (I wants one, precious.)

8. I am doing a very, very relaxing comfort-reread of some pulpy urban fantasy that is full of chosen family kicking arse and looking out for each other. Yes Good basically.

9. I finished the Möbius scarf! Photographs to follow when I get my act together. It's a simple reversible lace that I more-or-less made up as I went along; it is big and snuggly and very adjustable for whether I'm on the tube or in an ICY BLAST and hurrah.

10. I have spent the weekend mostly actually having a breathing space from work, and it has been utterly lovely.

pepper update, March 29

Mar. 29th, 2015 01:58 pm
edenfalling: stained-glass butterfly superimposed over a yellow sunburst, in a purple frame (butterfly)
[personal profile] edenfalling
OMG, my peppers have started to sprout!

When I left for church this morning, at 10:15am, nothing was visible above the soil. When I returned home at 1:00pm, there were eight visible sprouts! They are all from my first batch of seventeen seeds, planted on March 15, so they broke the surface in two weeks exactly.

I only photographed four of them, because the others are just tiny arches of ultra-pale green stem and thus don't show up well at the resolution my camera can manage. I may take another set of photos this evening if things have noticeably progressed.

sprout in blue mug
tiny pepper sprout, omg!

sprout in gray stoneware teacup
and another!

sprout in off-white plastic pot
and a third, which probably broke the soil first judging by how close its leaves are to being uncrumpled

sprout in salmon ceramic pot
and a fourth, which hasn't quite managed to shed its seed coat yet, d'aww :-)

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Eeeeee, peppers! *dances*

Kitchen Recipe Log: Moar Pizza

Mar. 29th, 2015 02:30 pm
jjhunter: Drawing of human J.J. in red and brown inks with steampunk goggle glasses (red J.J. inked)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Same dough recipe as before, with repeat of the butternut squash pizza and two new pizza combos.

For one, we used a hummus base, and a lightly pickled apple cabbage slaw for the top. Last minute inclusion of half-baked beet slices into the slaw dyed the whole thing a very vivid purple-pink!

For the other, BBQ sauce-marinated tempeh, sauteed mushrooms, and caramelized onions on a tomato sauce base with heaping handfuls of arugula on top. (This turned out brilliantly; n.b. to self, repeat again!)

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Speaking of tempeh, some further recipes to try: Hosta Hill > Collected Tempeh Recipes! or as the email from Red Fire put it... )

Poem: "March"

Mar. 29th, 2015 10:18 am
jjhunter: Sketch of stork + woman beneath the text "apparently doing an impression of a lame stork attempting a mating dance" (Lame Stork Mating Dance)
[personal profile] jjhunter
With thanks to Ginsberg's America.
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March you promised me spring and gave me snow.
March take your mud and give me April.
I'm ready to start biking again.
I don't want to bike I want to ride the train and read science in the dimness to and fro.
My bike needs repairs before I can ride it safely.
March when will my mind be repaired?
March when will sunlight be enough to center me?
I don't deserve the light leave me alone.
Bury the sun burn every emerging green tip stop hoping I will bloom again.
I want to bloom like blooming is going out of style.
I want bees to come crawl on my face and catch my wonder on their legs and carry it everywhere.
I won't be only human you can't make me.
I carry worlds in my guts.
I worry about my microbiome maybe I need a fecal transplant.
March is there something fetal in me?
March when will you kill my fetalness and make me a woman?
Let me stay still I can't move like this.
If I don't start moving I will be as good as dead.
March why are you so violent in your growth? )

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random things make a post

Mar. 27th, 2015 08:50 pm
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over the ocean (Default)
[personal profile] edenfalling
1. My parents are going on a road trip down in Virginia and the Carolinas in May -- I am not entirely clear why, but hey, whatever. It will be much more convenient for them not to bring Dottie along, so I will be dogsitting from roughly the 2nd to the 23rd.

The current plan is for me to head down to NJ, probably by bus, on Friday the 1st so I can attend a dinner party Mom is throwing for some family friends. This is relevant because the reason they're friends is because they are the parents of my two long-term best friends. Susan is definitely invited, and if Cat's around that weekend, she is naturally invited as well. On Saturday or Sunday I'll drive back to Ithaca in one of my parents' cars, which I will have possession of until they come to collect Dottie a few weeks later.

So that will be interesting.

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2. I went to the mall today and bought six pots and a bag of dirt at Target, but alas, my Girl Scout cookies had not yet been delivered to Not the IRS so I couldn't bring them home. Hopefully they will arrive by Tuesday, which is my next scheduled shift.

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3. Speaking of Not the IRS, there have been some schedule changes as we head into the last weeks of tax season, and I've picked up a lot more hours in April. Yay money and a reason to get out of the house!

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4. I've been working through The Age of Revolution (and also rereading an old book on the Committee of Public Safety -- Twelve Who Ruled: The Year of the Terror in the French Revolution, by R. R. Palmer), and it occurred to me that I had no idea what the Marsellaise sounds like. So I looked up the lyrics and listened to a couple YouTube videos, and you know, it's pretty bloodthirsty and all that, but damn that's a catchy tune!

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5. I received beta feedback for the Jade/Dave/Terezi crossdressing porn fic, but I haven't quite been in the right mindset to sit down and seriously think about story structure and revisions. Hopefully I'll get that done Saturday or Sunday.

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6. It took me several days (not all consecutive), but I finished doing a close rewatch of Manhunter and writing up a... well, it's not a transcript and it's sure as hell not a summary -- it is pages and pages too long for that word to be accurate -- but anyway, writing up kind of a scene-by-scene breakdown of the plot, dialogue, and some of the visuals and sound choices, plus some thematic comments and notes on differences from Red Dragon the book. I've sent the DVD back to Netflix, and will do a similar analysis of Red Dragon (the 2002 film) when that arrives next week. And write up the book, of course.

Then I'll mash them all together into something vaguely equivalent to my "let's compare three versions (book, BBC, Disney) of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to each other" project. Not because I need to or anything. I just find that kind of meta interesting. :-)

Dear Betapalooza creator letter!

Mar. 27th, 2015 01:11 pm
edenfalling: stained-glass butterfly superimposed over a yellow sunburst, in a purple frame (butterfly)
[personal profile] edenfalling
Note: I am repurposing my stock Yuletide letter here, which is why some of the sections may seem slightly off-topic for a single fandom exchange.

Hi, and thank you in advance for creating a story or artwork for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a context-free sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get something in response to one of my prompts. Optional details are optional, after all! *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version. (I am sorry for the tl;dr, but I like to talk about things I love and I figure more details are better than fewer.)

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General Information )

Okay. On to specific prompts.

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1. Girl Genius AU )

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2. Sedoretu AU )

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3. Accidental Relationship? )

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4. Four Against the Condesce )

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And that is that! Once again, thank you in advance and best of luck in your creative endeavors. ♥

Friday About Town

Mar. 27th, 2015 08:53 am
jjhunter: Watercolor sketch of self-satisfied corvid winking with flaming phoenix feather in its beak (corvid with phoenix feather)
[personal profile] jjhunter
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.
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Hullo, flisty people! Wow, it's spring. Yay!! We've had rain, and yo-yo weather (70's down to 20's up to 60's, all in one day!) and there's a bird's next built in the decorative lantern i have on the front porch.

Little spring peepers (frogs) chorus half the night, and the birds are going nuts in the trees, singing singing singing. I look forward to the first laying of the wren eggs in our wren house. They have nested and laid two sets every year since we moved here. It's awesome.

Warmer is awesome, since i'm actually motivated to move away from my space heater and do stuff, heh.

Anyway - writing goes. I'll have another bit of Space AU up some time tomorrow, and i've written more of the Avengers thing i posted a bit ago.... Rejuvenation! Let's hope my writing has a spring, too. :)

Anyway - next bit of the Obsession drabbles. I posted it over in the comm a couple days ago. The prompt was 'Bondage', and this isn't, um...traditional bondage, but more the hold Jason has over everyone, by his insane and dangerous actions. The rest, of course, are in tags.

Thanks and enjoy!



The Power of One )

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Mar. 26th, 2015 05:26 pm
jjhunter: Watercolor of daisy with blue dots zooming around it like Bohr model electrons (science flower)
[personal profile] jjhunter
Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

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Signal-boosting much appreciated!

lots and lots of seeds in pots

Mar. 25th, 2015 09:02 pm
edenfalling: stained-glass butterfly superimposed over a yellow sunburst, in a purple frame (butterfly)
[personal profile] edenfalling
It's been ten days since I planted 17 pepper seeds (the off-white pot on the left has two seeds instead of one), and as I expected, there are no sprouts yet. I will not start to get worried for at least another week, though. These things take time.

As for the eleven new containers, it occurred to me yesterday that I had a whole bunch of single-serving applesauce cups in my recycling, and they're basically the perfect size for seedlings, so... hey presto, a second batch of maybe-they'll-become-peppers! (I still have five seeds left from the seed packet. I may plant them next week, when I will have more applesauce cups available. *grin*)

lots and lots of seeds in pots

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