Sunday, April 30th, 2017 07:37 pm
Middlest: I don't know. Except that they're facing Lovecraftian demons.

... middlest and youngest are watching an episode of 'The Librarians'.

(earlier I said to artisanat - "did they just say 'tentacle monster'" and he said 'yep')
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 12:10 pm
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If I could change my current height, I would...

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Be more than two inches shorter
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Be two inches shorter
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Be an inch shorter
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Be exactly the same
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Be an inch taller
7 (18.9%)

Be two inches taller
11 (29.7%)

Be more than two inches taller
8 (21.6%)

Questions like this encourage body negativity
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Sunday, April 30th, 2017 01:32 am
1. I had to go to the Gardena store four times this week, which sucks, but I got reimbursed for my mileage each time, so now I have a bunch of cash, which is nice.

2. Since I have cash, we went to DK's Donuts tonight and got some after-dinner doughnuts and doughnuts to have for breakfast tomorrow.

3. It's been getting pretty warm during the day, but is still nice and chilly at night. Warm nights are the worst, so they can continue to stay away for a good long while!

4. Molly's such a pretty kitty!

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 02:41 pm
Eldest explaining to middlest how to use the Thermomix in order to cook custard (tasty tasty custard. Possibly better than the microwave recipe that we have. Middlest added pandan flavouring, which I'm not sure I could taste.)

Youngest: I thought this question was asking for 'religion'. 'Wales' was a surprising first option.
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 10:22 pm
- I went shopping today at Trader Joe's and bought so many cookies. SO MANY. And then I ate too much for dinner and now I don't want any dessert. FOILED.

- Got a replacement hard drive but haven't managed to do any file transfer yet. Mostly I've been noodling around on my new tablet and sighing that computer isn't fixing itself.

- Finished the Grisha trilogy! It was... yup, pretty Valdemar-y. Not in a bad way necessarily, but definitely that thing.

Have some spoilers for the ending. )
Saturday, February 11th, 2017 01:34 pm

One Salt Sea (October Daye, #5)One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just when you think McGuire’s done her worst, she throws in a kidnapping and you realise no-one is safe.

As well as some cracking plot, this book added some fantastic back story and world building, and is the first, but probably not the last, in the series to get the full five stars.

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Mirrored from P.R. Kaye's Presence.

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 10:04 am
I was thinking about the five things that I'd love to have done today, and they are all excessively optimistic:

  1. Get the house clean and tidy
  2. Finish reading A Prayer for Owen Meany
  3. finish 16 mug rugs (I have four partially done)
  4. Get the washing under control (there is not enough line space, so unless things get dry quickly, this can't happen)
  5. Read the relevant bits for the current assignment and make notes about how they inform my assignment.

In reality, I'd be happy to have the kitchen and bedroom tidy, a couple of loads of wash done, and progress on everything else. So, first, a shower and a cup of coffee, and then I'm going to get to it.
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 09:41 am
1.16 The Sum of its Parts

First aired 26 February 2001

The crew is contacted by a drone from the Consensus of Parts, a race of sentient machines who live in the space between galaxies. It claims to have been sent to make contact with them, but the drone proceeds to take overAndromeda in an attempt to escape his destruction. Through the drone, its 'master' tries to force Rommie to join the Consensus.

Fizzle. Perhaps if the drone were less ridiculous looking?

But check out this - a new vid for the Vids in Space challenge. It's Chasing Twister by Colls.
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 11:05 am
Such is my fondness for the show this season that I'm almost ready to get a Twelfth Doctor DW icon. THAT IS THE LEVEL OF MY COMMITMENT.

'Human progress isn't measured by spoilers.' )
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 04:34 pm

1. Because sanguinity and I watched Yuri on Ice a couple of weeks ago,

anime Yuri ice-skating, subtitle "I'm a pork cutlet bowl fatale that enthralls men."

yesterday we met after work for a pork cutlet bowl. I got tonkatsu and she got spicy pork bowl, both tasty but neither quite like the show’s:

anime pork cutlet bowl as served on Yuri on Ice

I may or may not feel compelled to keep trying.

2. I went to my first Zumba class, at the community center this morning! My plan to hide in the back didn’t work out, as there were only two students including me. But my 1980s high-school aerobics chops got me through.

3. Two audiobooks on my phone and neither one really doing it for me. So I’m downloading I Woke Up Dead at the Mall.

cover of I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan, image of escalator with a girl in a prom dress

It’s set at the Mall of America. For those keeping track, I was not a finalist in their Writer in Residence contest. Well, onward and upward.

This post also appears at read write run repeat. Comments read and welcomed in either place!

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 10:56 am

Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 5 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Souta and Yume attend an old friend's wedding.

Chapter 16: An Education
Saturday, April 29th, 2017 01:59 am
1. I get to sleep in three days in a row!

2. I had to fire someone today, which was unpleasant, and just generally made the day really emotionally draining, since it was on my mind all day leading up to it. But at least now it's over. And hopefully the store will be a more pleasant environment with them gone.

3. I finished up some more manga tonight, so it looks like I will manage to squeeze in one more chapter to post before the end of the month for sure. (And maybe another if the typesetter gets back to me.)

4. Look how big this Jasper is getting! He's six months old today.

Friday, April 28th, 2017 01:35 pm
So I am signal boosting.

Here’s the homepage where B.A.D.D. is explained, and links the the eleven previous blog festivals are are archived: Diary of a Goldfish -- BADD 2017

I’ll be posting my entry on my Tumblr blog, and also here, on Dreamwidth (for those who find Tumblr inaccessible). And in the meantime, I’m signal boosting.

Have a gander at what I wrote last year, just for a taste (on Tumblr): What the “Social Model of Disability” Actually Means.
Friday, April 28th, 2017 09:56 pm
I'm starting to think that the montelukast (sp? too lazy to go look it up, hoping I've typed it correctly enough times that it will just happen that way) is having an effect on the asthma a little ahead of the doctor's predicted 'two to three weeks'. This is only a tentative thought at this point, but the last two doses of the steroid/beta agonist mix (this morning, this afternoon) have not been associated with the sensation of my chest loosening which was the symptom that alarmed my usual GP enough to start on the merry-go-round of medication modification. This is despite most of my other allergy related symptoms being a bit higher than they have been (eyes are scratchy after being horrid ?yesterday, ears are irritating, skin is just horrid, nose is a little on the clogged side). If that becomes the consistent pattern, I'll be very happy about that, because it will mean that the steroids are doing their job, rather than having the beta agonist being the main thing (at least, that is my understanding of what is going on). I'm less happy about the twice a day dosing, but I'm very happy with the pain level drop (even though I've been eating Things My Body Doesn't Like) (teaching and running around day, did not even register pain at a 'maybe I should take a painkiller'. Took one yesterday, but that was after dinner and pain levels had ramped up).
Friday, April 28th, 2017 01:59 am
1. I posted manga! Might get another chapter or two posted before the end of the month, but if not I've at least gotten seven chapters posted this month, which is not bad for as distracted by Zelda as I've been. :p

2. Speaking of Zelda, I didn't play much today, but I did do a bit more exploring in the mountains around Hebra Tower and found two more shrines. I think I'm going to leave off any more exploring there until I get those snow boots, though. It's just such a pain to move so slowly in the snow...

And then I went to turn in some gourmet meat to that guy to finish up a quest and suddenly started to get a blood moon. As soon as I saw the signs, I immediately transported to the shrine at the top of Mount Satori or whatever its called and then flew down to Washu's Bluff and this time I made it in time and finished that shrine quest! (I tried it once before, but landed literally right as the blood moon phase passed and the platform light blinked out.)

I also had enough bits and bobs of Guardians to buy one piece of the ancient armor! I need to kill some more Guardians, though, because now I need a ton more parts. :(

3. Tomorrow is Alexander's birthday, so we went out for karaoke and dinner today. We went to Jollibee, which is a Filipino fast food chain. Everything was delicious, but the peach mango pies were especially good. And the halo-halo. It's a good thing it's not very close by, otherwise I'd be going there for dessert way too often. -_-

4. Carla got some cute pics of sleepy Chloe tonight.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 06:29 pm

Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

McGuire is hitting her stride with Toby Daye, and I raced through book four. Aside from a few slight pacing inconsistencies I loved it.

Once again McGuire doesn’t hold back with the emotional twists, and neither the reader nor the characters escape unscathed.

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Mirrored from P.R. Kaye's Presence.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 10:07 pm
1. I've been reading a bit, I downloaded the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (set in the same universe as Six of Crows) to learn a bit more about the in-universe backstory. And, um... well, it's definitely earlier work. It reads a lot like the Valdemar novels. That's not necessarily a bad thing, they're chatty and fast-moving, but boy are they full of heterosexual feelings and all the pretty boys want are heroine but she's so conflicted and initially so mousy-looking and... well. There's also a lot of digging into "how does magic work" which I disliked so much in the Valdemar universe. On the other hand, they're light and entertaining and I like some of the characters an awful lot (Nikolai, honestly, is my favorite at the moment.) It does not have the awesome characterization and sense of purpose that made Six of Crows so good, so I am looking forward to finishing the last book in the trilogy and moving on to the 6oC sequel.

2. One of my facebook friends posted about how he didn't understand how Ocean's Eleven could make Danny Ocean the protagonist without spending any time setting up how it's morally okay for him to rob the mark, and I'm thinking... have you ever seen a movie? It just made me remember how much I like heist movies. And con movies. Man, I want to watch Focus again.

3. My desktop's media hard drive died. I bought a new one with some of my tax refund, but I still need to install it and see if I can recover any of my data. If I can't, I may cry. I haven't been sleeping very well and right now I'm only dealing with the thought of perhaps losing all that media forever by suppressing my feelings.

4. I had a really upsetting conversation with one of my coworkers, not because he's a bad guy but because I had to be doing the mental dance of "Wait... are you actually not a good guy? Do I have to reign in all of my opinions around you?" He was really startled to find out how upsetting I found the whole conversation and really apologetic when I told him, but ugh. Man, sometimes I miss my old coworkers. Not because they were all terrific (some of them were, but not all) but because I knew who I could and couldn't talk about things with. Don't talk about movies with D, because she thought that Crash was a great movie, loves The Expendables, and hated Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Talk about politics with M, because she's great and well-read and thoughtful even if snarky. Et cetera. Learning about a whole new ecosystem of people while we're all under stress and all competing for the same positions is hard.

5. Chatted with my professors about lab joining and everything is tentatively going well, though obviously nothing can be settled any time soon. I think I would love to join either the lab I'm in now or the lab I was just in, but there's the question of who has room and which student is a good fit. And that won't get resolved until we get nearer the end of the term.

6. No, YOU'RE number six.
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 07:40 pm

Title: Love Buzz
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Young King
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Heterophobia Fansubs
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Five years ago, pro wrestler Fuji Kaoru disappeared one day before a match. Now she shows up at her old gym out of the blue, with a five-year-old daughter in tow. But not everyone is willing to welcome her back with open arms.

Chapter Summary: Fuji finally gets her head back in the game, but makes the mistake of tagging out to Machiya at the last moment...

Chapter 11: Who's the Hero Here?
Thursday, April 27th, 2017 06:45 pm
What are you currently reading?
I actually made progress on The Mayor of Castro Street this week! I read two chapters, which brings me to almost halfway through.

I also read the first chapter of The Invisible Library and it's really good so far, but then I just haven't had a chance (or haven't made time) to read any more...

I have also technically started More All-of-a-Kind Family, but haven't actually read any of it yet.

What did you recently finish reading?
Well, I read the first two All-of-a-Kind Family books and they're so good! I'm so glad I happened across them and decided to give them a reread.

What do you think you'll read next?
Really just those books in progress!