What I'm reading, about to read

Apr. 16th, 2014 09:09 am
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Watch the North Wind Rise, Robert Graves. A poet from our time (1949) is transported years into the future, which is now a peaceful, Goddess worshipping world culture where money, technology, and wars have been eliminated and people live in rural villages and in defined social groups. I love utopia/dystopia fiction, and part of what I love is being dropped into this alternate world and figuring out how things work. This one doesn’t have that because from when he arrives, everything is explained to him (and us.) I don’t believe for a second that this culture would work; I don’t have that much faith in humanity, but it’s interesting to speculate. What made it a page turner was the interactions between the protagonist and other characters including a troublesome woman from his past who has somehow appeared in the future with him. But that sort of fizzled out and it was ultimately kind of philosophical musing about Goddess culture and good and evil, which was okay (especially because of my acquaintance with the Goddess) but eh.

Now I'm reading The Round House by Louise Erdrich and really enjoying it. About a crime on a reservation in North Dakota and the narrator, the victim's son, reacting to it. There's a lot of great stuff about family and friendship, not to mention issues about crimes that happen to Indian people.

After that I'm going to read The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths, a mystery somebody recommended.

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Apr. 16th, 2014 01:27 pm
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All that bird watching wore her out.
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Apr. 16th, 2014 12:34 pm
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We spread birdseed on the office windowsill. Birds get fed (and stop flying into the window as frequently), cats get entertained. there are 2 pigeons and 3 starlings on the other side of the sill right now.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1ey2m3n at April 16, 2014 at 04:30AM
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nolikereally:

kickingshoes:

against-stars:

JUST LEAVE ME TO MY DELUSIONS

mixing dwarvish and elvish styles for tauriel’s outfit was a lot of fun! i’ll probably try to do an elvish wedding version at some point…

SHRIEKING

I ADORE THEM BOTH OK
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It was a Tuesday.

I arrived at a vaguely reasonable hour, and then did vaguely reasonable things. There was the 1:1 with my manager, where the room got sort of awkwardly pre-empted by people somewhat higher up who were apparently hoping to just have a quiet cup of coffee together. (We were the ones who wound up outside because while I'm sufficiently faceblind and unfamiliar with the galaxy of changing people up top, my manager is neither.)

Crunch mode on that thing is done for the month, and other stuff has been juggled. Next I get to have fun with juggling schedules! Yay! We still haven't gotten final word on our destination in the new building. I have got boxes, though, so at least I can start with that.

Yet another of my teammates is getting married in the upcoming weeks, and according to her wishes, there will be no trips down to the duck (in every sense of the word) pond.

[personal profile] jd's Eurovision party has been scheduled! Yay!

In the lull between things, I am working on getting somewhat organized again. And thus I proceeded until my brain and body were both asking me why the fuck I was on about this again.

Given that it's been crunch mode and I've been tired, I've let my step count slip. I also let my laundry schedule slip some, resulting in today's arguably gaudy pairing of the bright magenta shirt and the undersea blue-green skirt. It goes! But it's not my raven-sober usual look. (The conversation that goes "Yeah, I've been letting all kinds of stuff slip. Just look at me!" "Huh?" "No, seriously, look at me." "Laundry?" "Yep." depends on a working knowledge of my usual style.)

"Color blocking" as a fashion, even when it doesn't make you look like a Frank Lloyd Wright (or Vasa) stained glass (in the bad way), introduces so many opportunities for someone to make an utter hash of their wardrobe. I'm talking Cecil Gershwin Palmer fanon bizarre. Purple and I got to talking about the possibilities inherent in cultivating a look which was deliberately that awful, so that someone looking at their wardrobe might go "YOU HAVE ALL KINDS OF THINGS WHICH GO TOGETHER WHY DON'T YOU EVER WEAR THEM AT THE SAME TIME!!" because that sort of thing amuses us. (This apropos of my wardrobe, in which you could find things which go together poorly, but you'd have to try on purpose.) (Though the off-light-blue cotton workplace fitness challenge shirt with the neck cut out which fits too tight in the tits over the really elegant black and silver lace skirt would probably do it, especially if I threw in a bright pink boa and the purple glitter clogs.)

There's a certain amount of geek-culture cred to being able to correctly name which series of Star Trek the only color block shirt I own (unintentionally) goes with. Somebody had to google it. *smug look*

The Stage Manager has been telling me I'm evil. This may have to do with the doughnuts (no one wanted the last half, it seems like), the peeps, or the jellybeans. I'm not sure which. He snagged the last of the blue peeps, so I opened the purple peeps. (The pink peeps are next.)

I had occasion to mention to someone that the other uncle-manager was kind of an intense guy, and had more than once made me feel really stupid from the questions he was asking me which I ought to have been able to answer, and my complete inability to say anything while so very suddenly on the spot that made any sense. One either gets used to that (or pushes back, which is probably a better strategy), or one does not. But this is a thing to be aware of when having dealings with him.

It was still light out when I started meeping and wobbling. I'm not used to that happening except on 2nd Thursdays.

It occurred to me in the shower that my current love/romance/partner/Very Important People type situation could be summed up with a simple diagram. Read more... )

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Apr. 16th, 2014 07:01 am
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Someone is grumpy about all the attention being paid to the upstart.
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Apr. 15th, 2014 10:51 pm
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I guess there was a shift in the weather or something because today my nose decided to run and not stop until there was nothing left, and it's actually kind of unpleasant. >.> They space between my eyes feels cold every time I breathe now.

I'm totally behind in all the squeeing I meant to do. I may not get back to it. If anyone wants to help me link to varied and interesting Captain America-related stuff on Dreamwidth, please do! Because I'm kind of overwhelmed with work and life and feelings.

(Today I got to tell my supervisor just how much the past month has sucked to explain why I've been so zombie-like lately. Well, I left off the cat because technically that was more than a month ago and, I don't know, it felt too vulnerable, or I was afraid she wouldn't empathize, or something? I've been thinking a lot about trust and what it means to trust people, because it's very fraught and uncertain. Trust can mean, "I'm taking a risk and hoping that you will take this fragile part of me and not smash it, which is totally within your power to do." Trust is hard.)

I really like having people around. This weekend I got to hang out lots with [personal profile] taennyn and [personal profile] gingerschnapps, and then a schoolfriend stopped over for Sunday night, and then on Monday I socialized with my roommates and their friends. I'm trying to seek out more people to talk to and email with and hang out around, within my limitations of energy and mental spoons. Currently accepting volunteers. :)

This week's work is much better than last week. This week is a kid who's pretty quiet and well-behaved--I've actually had to work to get him to express preferences instead of always deferring to me, or to have him opt to interact with me instead of playing on his own. He adores watching Batman cartoons on my Netflix account, so since he's a pretty weak reader, I'm gonna look into getting him superhero comics with a vocabulary suited for under 8. Since, well, I suspect part of his issue may be lack of motivation.

fuck yeah experimental baking

Apr. 15th, 2014 09:11 pm
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250g butter
250g sugar
3 eggs
50g sachet coconut cream powder
250g self-raising flour
zest of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lime

Mix together in the obvious order; bake at ~180degC until done. Fills a standard loaf tin nicely.

For an experiment designed to use up the sad citrus in the fridge, I am really pleased with this. To my astonishment it's great even without the lemon-lime-mint drizzle I was planning I kind of got distracted by the new Debian install on my main machine and forgot I was boiling syrup and it er

Recommend me some short fiction?

Apr. 15th, 2014 10:59 am
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I would like recommendations of short fiction (individual stories or collections) or nonfiction for the kindle, to use as airplane reading. Most of the fiction I read is sf, fantasy, and mystery, but am open to other genres (including "mainstream"); nothing too dark please.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/1eDyxyO at April 15, 2014 at 04:30AM
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011

Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011

Various items!

Apr. 15th, 2014 02:33 am
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Another 2nd Thursday survived, despite the death of my work computer's hard drive. I came into work earlier than I otherwise might have on account of some research scheduling issues (I didn't know whether Researcher Sweatervest had all the information he needed, there was an early-ish study, and I was having troubles logging in from home, troubles which may have included an out of date password for the share drive) and while all that turned out to be unnecessary, it also let me get a good solid start on the last half of the notes. I powered through those notes and finished them! Whee!


THERE WERE DUCKLINGS BY THE DUCK POND. Everybody was pretty delighted by that. Apparently the ducks started out at the top of the hill but paraded down later. All the fun photos aren't shareable, alas. (As much as ducks in general horrify me, the babies are adorable.) (And just in time! Ducksies and taxies! <- this is a joke that only Tay and I will properly appreciate, because you had to be there, and "there" was our bathroom in the mid-90s with a billion little busy baby ducks.)


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Here comes the sun

Apr. 15th, 2014 08:16 am
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It is light outside when I wake up for early starts. It is light while I eat breakfast, when I walk over the road to the station. I sit on the District line with sunshine through the windows: it's above ground between home and work. There's some clematis and - a plant I know only as "abominable potato weed", sorry[1] - growing enthusiastically in a garden that backs onto the platforms.

Breakfast was apple-and-pear juice, a beautifully ripe satsuma, and a pear and hazelnut muffin made for me by CN Lester because of the boything.

I finished reading Saladin Ahmed's Engraved on the Eye (free collection of short stories; it's fantastic). I turned to [personal profile] alexconall's poetry collection Lavender Blue (and other poems) (also available for free), discovered it's dedicated to me, and promptly burst into happy tears on the tube at 7am.

I got in to work in good time, via the gingko coming out outside the Royal Albert Hall and a string of beautiful I-believe-military horses being trotted down Exhibition Road. I've started my columns, and so far they're running nicely. I'm wearing Fils de Dieu and continuing to adore it. I'm reading Audre Lorde's The Black Unicorn in lab, and it's fantastic.

Today is pretty brilliant so far.


[1] It's not Lycianthes rantonnetii or Solanum rantonnetti ("Royal Robe"). Hmm. Looks like this var. "blue potato bush", but none of the other photos for that search term are quite right - it's definitely got the pointier petals that point back upwards, and the flower clusters. - ah ha! Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin', there we go. [ETA for interest -- my initial search term was "potato weed purple flowers" and that was the chain of results I followed to get an answer. :-) ]

i'm awake, really i am

Apr. 14th, 2014 08:34 pm
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

This is genuinely a bit ridiculous

Apr. 14th, 2014 06:52 pm
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Things the tiny corner shops just over the road from my flat carry, apparently routinely:
  • garlic Lurpak
  • a flavour of innocent fruit juice that neither of the enormous 24-hour supermarkets on my way home does
  • Kidderton Ash
  • Little Black Bomber (not wildly over the odds)
  • live yoghurt
  • Swedish crispbread
  • rose water (ditto at neither of the big supermarkets)
  • string
  • sink plungers
ET CETERA.

I am not entirely sure I understand London.

{scribbles}

Apr. 14th, 2014 04:31 pm
kaberett: A drawing of a black woman holding her right hand, minus a ring finger, in front of her face. "Oh, that. I cut it  off." (molly - cut it off)
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I think my absolute-necessaries list for GPs is:
  • not actively prejudiced about LGBT+ folk
  • willing to respect that I'm a scientist with a strong background in pharmacology
  • willing to genuinely collaborate with me on my healthcare, with the levels of trust (both ways) that that implies
  • not phased by medically complex patients
... and basically I just wish there was a mechanism by which I could interview GPs in the same way that I interview prospective counsellors -- the key point, of course, being that I want an NHS GP and have a private counsellor. Also, I really miss my old gynae.

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