Daily Happiness

Sep. 26th, 2016 12:50 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
[personal profile] torachan
1. The ants got better for a bit but then SO MUCH WORSE, so I finally tried the suggestion of putting the catfood plates in a dish of water and it seems to be working. Also has the bonus of catching 95% of food scraps in the water, making for less cleanup. (Molly likes to stick her hand in the food and eat off her hand, which is super cute but doesn't work particularly well with cat paws, so a lot of food gets outside of the bowl.)

2. It was hot today and supposed to be even hotter tomorrow, but then is supposed to drop pretty dramatically in a day or so, so I'm really hopeful this is just one last heat spell and not the start of a super hot autumn like last year.

3. The second half of the week is going to be sooooo busy, but at least I get tomorrow off. I'm looking forward to sleeping in and relaxing.

4. Look at this sweet sleepy Chloe.

poetry update

Sep. 25th, 2016 08:19 pm
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
[personal profile] alatefeline
Draft of a short poem in couplets, fulfilling my plan to update in poetry or fic on a weeklyish basis. Not sure if I like this one or not; critique specific or general is welcome.

The Autumn Comes Uncertainly To School

A leaf at rest on end of branch is torn
Pulled loose by clutch of child’s hand forlorn.

With dragging feet and dancing feet and all
Come littles five years young to line the hall.

The leaves in yellow fall from branch to ground;
The children sing - or wait for songs unfound.

SGA Snippet: The Seer (McShep, G)

Sep. 25th, 2016 05:56 pm
esteefee: (john_sweet)
[personal profile] esteefee
Title: The Seer
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: G
Categories: Pre-Slash, Earthside (Bar) AU, +Fan Art, Beer
Words: 841
Warnings: none that I know of; let me know
A/N: Inspired by Telesilla's Tumblr prompt:
"Take the episode number away and you have a title to go with this album cover."

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Sep. 25th, 2016 07:24 pm
skygiants: Kozue from Revolutionary Girl Utena, in black rose gear, holding her sword (salute)
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More from Sequel Season: The Poisoned Blade is book two of Kate Elliott's Court of Fives, the first book of which has been described by the author as Little Women meets American Ninja Warrior, set in a fantasy society that borrows heavily from Hellenistic Egypt.

In the first book, the mixed-race family of Our Heroine Jes is torn completely apart by a political opportunist who wants her star general father married to his niece, and her inconvenient mother and sisters dead.

On the bright side, all this turmoil ends up giving Jes the opportunity to follow her dream and compete full-time in Hellenistic Egyptian American Ninja Warrior!

Book two features more Hellenistic Egyptian American Ninja Warrior, more sibling issues, and MUCH more complex political conspiracies. (Plus, alas to me, more love triangle.) The plot continues to be rollicking and the political conspiracies are genuinely interesting. Once again, the first half of the book took me a little while to get into before the much more action-packed second half, mostly because of the repeated instances of:

JES: I'm gonna do a thing.
INTELLIGENT ADULT: Here is a concise, reasonable explanation as to why doing the thing will blow up in your face in a way that is actively harmful to you and your family, and therefore you are forbidden to do the thing.
JES: whatever, I am totally smart and clever enough to pull off doing the thing.
JES: ...WHOOPS I DID THE THING AND IT BLEW UP IN MY FACE IN A WAY THAT WAS ACTIVELY HARMFUL TO ME AND MY FAMILY
INTELLIGENT ADULT: well who could ever have predicted that >:|

This is a very consistent character trait for Jes, but it is also maybe a reason why Jes herself is probably my least favorite of her siblings. (Admittedly, the competition for favorite is between 'the sensible history nerd who wants to be an archivist' and 'the gossipy, socially brilliant secret lesbian.' Sorry, Jes, you never stood a chance.) Also, if Jes had enough sense not to do things that are obviously bad ideas, much of the plot would not occur, and I do like the plot! But I still wish that YA did not insist so very much on first person present tense; I think this is a story that could really benefit from the option to have multiple POVs.

My evening

Sep. 25th, 2016 06:45 pm
soc_puppet: Words "In Real Life" in green (Now showing in 3D)
[personal profile] soc_puppet
I started an incense in Pokemon Go just before I finished eating dinner, since I didn't have a whole lot to do tonight. I got my shoes on and out the door with about eighteen minutes left on the timer, just on time to catch my mom about to take Chester on a walk. I mentioned that I was planning to take a quick walk of my own, imagining getting home around the time my incense wore off, thinking of joining them for company.

Instead, Mom handed the leash off to me and went back inside X3 I don't actually care very much for playing PokeGo while walking Chester, since Chester is... not the best behaved dog on a leash (to put it mildly), but I figured it would be less than twenty minutes, just once around the local Pokestop and maybe up the hill a smidge and then back home.

Nope! I got to up the hill a smidge, and Chester was adamant about continuing all the way around the block. After making it all the way up the hill, across, and to the point where we were supposed to turn another corner and go back down the hill, Chester again insisted on prolonging the walk for an extra mini-block.

Me, upon getting home: Darnit, Chester, I wanted a short walk!
Chester: What is this "short" you speak of? I am a Dachshund; we only know long.
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
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For those of you celebrating (the lead up to) Rosh Hashanah, or (the season following) Mabon, and/or any other special events in late September / early October, may the occasion be a blessing for you and yours.

Thanks to people on the internet for being voices of hope and sympathy and challenge and joy and generally awesome things. You know who you are - I hope. I’m glad you’re here.

And I’m sorry that almost everyone who has interacted extensively with me lately has gotten splashed with my angst and arrrrgh and stress. I will try to tone it down. (If you’re still here, thanks for not vanishing. If you did vanish and come back, welcome to my experience of interactions. If you vanished for good, well how are you reading this, teach me, I want to know.)

Among recent pluses:

+ I made echinacea-elderberry tea! And emergen-C drink! And hotted up apple cider with cinnamon and orange-spice mix in it! All the drinky things that still taste good with no sense of smell, yay!

+ Having peppermint oil on hand. Useful around the house and in home remedies, it also has the advantage of being …smellable? odorific? (What’s the equivalent of visible and audible here?) even through blocked sinuses, and I LIKE the smell.

+ Electricity in my den (aka apartment). I do like being able to plug in and charge my tech as needed, and make food and beverages, and take showers, and turn a light on at night if I need to, without hauling wood or chopping water, etc, etc. (Self-deprecating rant removed here.)

+ Rereading (and re-watching, re-listening, etc). Sometimes it’s just what one needs in order to have a predictably good experience. Sometimes it reveals new nuances. Sometimes it offers a touchstone of insight or wisdom or morality or endurance in difficult times. Sometimes all of the above.

+ Wikipedia. Sometimes you just need a fast, extensive, crowd-sourced reference whether or not it’s reliable, cite-able, or bias-checked.

Also I got all the dishes done while making the above mentioned tea, because it was too irritating to wash just one mug. I’m not counting this as a plus because of reasons.

And I’m looking forward to clean warm laundry. I may just dump it out on the bed so I can cuddle it, even though it isn't actually cold out yet.

Yet…*goes outdoors to stare pleadingly at remaining pleasant weather*

The VOYA Saga

Sep. 25th, 2016 03:16 pm
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Rage" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Rage)
[personal profile] soc_puppet
[Content Warning: This long, and somewhat still developing saga, includes the following: Biphobia, misgendering, and conflation of gender identity with sexuality. In addition, many of the links include moving gifs.]

Wow, I wish I'd thought of this three days ago! Would've made reblogging much cleaner.

The following are image descriptions and transcripts for this post on [tumblr.com profile] bisexualbooks.

For background, see the following posts: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

Transcripts ahoy! )

And that's it! Phew, my eyes and fingers hurt from transcribing all of that. Time for a break, I think.

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Sep. 25th, 2016 08:23 pm
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[personal profile] nny
I apologise for my interminable absence, but it appears that I've somehow become a real person, somewhere in the interim. Working hard, succeeding often, filling practically every hour with Stuff and Things.

This weekend, for instance, I have done three loads of laundry, sorted four bags of clothes and shoes for the charity shop, hoovered, scrubbed the bathroom and kitchen, cleaned, tidied and sorted the bedroom, done a sensible food shop, marked a set of books, painted my nails, shaved my legs, made a shrimp jambalaya that'll feed me for the week, and watched far more of old GBBO than is probably sane or sensible.

I'm still working on the whole work/social life balance, but on the whole I'm feeling pretty good.

It itches....

Sep. 25th, 2016 05:59 pm
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
[personal profile] davidgillon
I feel like I want to write something longer, possibly thoughts on the Paralympics, but I'm currently being driven to distraction by itching, mostly on the palms of my hands. This is the third day, and last night I ended up wearing wheelchair gloves to stop myself tearing my palms to ribbons. There's no rash or anything, so my guess would be opioid related, possibly compounded by general tiredness, but that's not a side-effect I get very often - and it's not one I'd like to see any more of, thank you!

Daily Happiness

Sep. 25th, 2016 01:01 am
torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
[personal profile] torachan
1. One of my favorite former co-workers stopped by the store today and we got to chat for a bit. He'll be there three days next week, too, to help with a small remodelling project that's going on. (He still works for the company, just a different location.)

2. I managed to get a fair bit of translating done today, including finishing up the last of the "must do" stuff for this month. (I hope to still get a couple more things finished, but the major ones are done.)

3. The kitties were sooooo cute this morning. Chloe often likes to sit on the bathroom counter and watch "kitty TV" as we call it (aka looking out the window at birdies and such), but this morning they were both sitting there together. ♥

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