December 9th, 2013
|cupcake_goth||05:30 pm - Stuff and things|
I need to do things to put myself in the holiday spirit, and baking is one of them. OOoh, maybe I'll even make marshmallows again.
Alas, we are looking at our third year without a Christmas tree, because Vlad and Erzabet are ENORMOUS and still full of kittenish mischief and energy. One of Vlad's current favorite games is a flying leap attack against one of the kitchen chairs. Which then falls over with a thundering clatter, Erzabet runs across the room because she's startled, and then Vlad chases her. Maybe next year we can have a tree again.
I am hoping that tonight's prediction of ZOMG SNOW!!!1! means that my sinuses will stop trying to kill me. I'm on day 4 or 5 of a sinus headache (I've lost track), and I'm at the point of thinking that either trepanation or shooting steam directly into my head might be the only ways to get rid of the pain.
Job hunting is job hunting. I've got some leads, but I also know all HR departments move slower than usual during the holiday season.
I'm vending at Mourning Market this coming Sunday (the 15th)! Bags of Mystery, Elder Goth Surprise Bags, and maybe some other interesting things, depending on how a couple of projects work out. And Jeff (my big brother) will also be at my table, doing tarot card readings. If you're in Seattle on Sunday, please come to El Corazon and say hi!
|kylecassidy||06:22 am - This is not a fitness blog: but baby, it's cold outside & I'm still running|
Running in the summer sucks. Running in the winter is great.
A lot of people stop running in the winter which to a large extent baffles me -- especially when they've slogged through 80 degree days. Cold weather running is your reward! Trust me, you'll be more comfortable in the winter if you just dress properly.
The big downer of dressing appropriately is that you're a lot warmer after you get started so, both in summer and winter, you need to plan for how you're going to feel on the majority of your outing rather than how you feel when you walk out the door. This is a particular bummer in the winter when it may be twenty degrees out.
I've been trying to come up with some sort of formula for staying comfortable, no doubt someone's already given it a go, but my hypothesis is "1 layer for every 15 degrees below 60" -- you should also have a full zip something or other, light jacket, or heavier hoodie because you're coldest when you first leave the house and for the first mile, so you want something you can easily take off while you're running. When temperatures get down near freezing, it should be a full-zip hoodie, so you can cover your head & ears. Hoodies are better than hats because you have more variation in controlling your warmth with them. A Good running hoodie will zip up tight around your head and the zipper will stop just below your nose, this gives you a lot of variation in temperature control with the zipper.
If it's windy, raining or snowing, one of your outer layers should be weather resistant.
If you have the option, it's wonderful to have a place a couple miles from home where you can stash extra layers.
Today it was 28 degrees and snowing. I was wearing a compression base layer, an over layer and a weather resistant Sugoi top that keeps the snow from coming through while, allegedly, still letting my sweat escape. Along with that was a micro fiber hoodie that I alternately put on and tied around my waist depending on how I felt. Ultimately I was slightly warm in the three layers. This may seem a little odd considering my beard and eyebrows froze and my hat developed icicles.
But it's true. Get your shoes, go out for a run.
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Current Mood: accomplished
|jola||09:54 am - and then all sorts of wtf|
Good thing we had such a lovely and relaxing weekend, because this morning all of the shit hit the fan. My manager’s dad had a heart attack overnight and is in the hospital in a coma. Another co-worker is sick. Another co-worker is on vacation and the other manager is traveling for the week.
So that leaves … me. your humble, stressed out narrator of these events.
And then my computer shits the bed (multiple freezing pages, having to hard-reboot, won’t load reports or java). In other words, I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
also, Snakes in hats
Current Mood: afraid
December 8th, 2013
|jola||06:39 pm - beginning to look a lot like Christmas|
We did it! we have a small place so the only way to get a Christmas tree in the livingroom is to cram the love-seat into the closet ... which we did! and now we have a tree in our living room; the tree is lit, decorated, and looking damn fine. Heck, we even found the tree-skirt.i'm very tired but pleased. Christmas has arrived in our litle apartment! Now time to have some wine and watch the snow falling
|the_siobhan||01:29 pm - stealing a content-generator|
A few people on my reading list have posted this one, so what the hell.
Pick a date below and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. I'm good at talking. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to pizza preferences to whatever you want.
They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject.
Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet (
or if I feel I will only speak negatively on something, I might ask you for something else).
Topics: you can get an idea from my tags/from the stuff I usually ramble about/from things you maybe wish I talked about more but don't.
My particular version of this;
1. No dates. I'll get to it when I get to it.
2. I assume this came from somebody who is part of a fandom community, but whatever. You can focus on that or anything else.
3. Subjects "I will only speak negatively on" are fine. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a good rant.
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|greygirlbeast||01:20 pm - "To have and to hold that precious little thing."|
Working on "The Motel," a thought comes to me again. It's not that I hate writing, precisely. It's that I hate having to write things that anyone but me is expected to read. Most of the time I'm writing – almost all the time that I spend writing – I have to, on some level, keep an audience in mind. Rarely do I allow myself to step away from that. I did in "7/7/7." I am in "The Motel," which has, by the way, become "The Mote[L] 2032." Curiously, there are no motels in the piece. It centers on two different hotels. But the portmanteau motel serves a purpose, one that may or may not occur to readers.
Yesterday, I wrote a very respectable 1,928 words on the piece. If only I could pull of that sort of word count on a regular basis.
Cloudy today. Overcast. It's currently 31˚F. I might have slept five hours last night.
Neil send me a copy of the very limited deluxe edition of The Ocean at the End of the Lane (William Morrow). It is a gorgeous volume.
Two movies last night. First we watched Scorsese's Hugo (2011). I'm sort of ashamed to say that I'd not yet seen it. In part, that was my aversion to 3D, and my inability to actually see 3D films, and, finally, my horror that Scorsese would stoop to such a gimmick. Table that last thought for another time. Hugo is marvelous, and only once did I wince at a shot – no, wait...twice – obviously staged as a 3D showstopper. Later, I watched Frankenheimer's Black Sunday (1977), which, oddly, I'd never before seen. An effective thriller. Am I the only person on earth for whom Bruce Dern has always been like nails on a blackboard? Anyway, the last five minutes serve as an absurdly sudden wrap-up that entirely defeats the pacing of the 138 minutes that constitute the rest of the film. But, otherwise, yeah.
Please look at the current eBay. Give the gift of me for Xmas (etcetera).
Now, you know.
Current Location: Pityusa Rupes
Current Mood: calm
Current Music: Sarah McLachlan, "Ice"
December 7th, 2013
|the_siobhan||01:15 pm - fostering update|
After some discussion with the foster home coordinater it was decided that we aren't a good fit for the hoarded cats after all. They are apparently quite skittish and traumatised, and since our place is completely open concept we wouldn't be able to keep them in a secure space. They'd end up hiding inside the furnace or something, and unlike Feargal a child gate isn't likely to slow them down any.
So instead we'll be taking in this little girl early next week.
She's getting some medical care right now for an upper respiratory tract infection so we'll be picking her up once she's well enough to travel. She'll also need surgery at a later date because somebody kicked her in the face. I can't even fucking fathom that.
So she'll be with us until she is completely healed up. No doubt there will be more pictures and FB links to her adoption page. Because I'm shameless like that.
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Current Mood: fuck housework
|greygirlbeast||01:30 pm - "...in its right place."|
My mind is perfectly willing to give up sleep. But my body, traitorous thing, refuses to sign off on the deal.
The sun is coming and going. Mostly going. Currently, it's 39˚F, but feels like it's 31˚F. There's talk of snow by Monday. The sky today is not carnivorous. It's sort of moldy, which is not so bad. There comes the sun again, Messieurs Lennon, Harrison, and McCartney.
Yesterday, I set the novel aside, and it will need to remain set aside until after I speak with Danielle (editor) on Monday. I began a vignette for Sirenia Digest #94, "The Motel," which actually might be one of the "missing" portions of Black Helicopters. I only wrote 753 words. But it's good, dense prose. After Quinn, it feels good to be paying most of my attention to language and hardly none at all to "story." To it down and begin writing with no idea where I'm headed. It'll be a nice little vacation from Cherry Bomb.
Repost: Today we're beginning the BIG-ASS XMAS EBAY BLOWOUT. Lots of good stuff® for the whoever who has everything – except that. Please have a look. Thank you. Currently, there's an ARC of Pink Delicious, so you could be the first on your block. Also, we're relisting The Ape's Wife and Others ARC (because the nimrod who won the auction back when never paid, the deadbeat).
Last night, we watched Pacific Rim again, for Kid Night and all. What a wonderful, wonderful delight of a film. And then Iron Man III, which I liked quite a lot more than the second in the series. Though, I admit, I'd be happy to watch Robert Downey, Jr. open a can of peas.
My current film obsession seems to be John Huston's The Misfits (1961). It's one of those movies that manages to be fascinating on a frame-by-frame level, while never once letting you see the strings. I've watched it twice now since Thursday.
But now, back to "The Motel." No one will have changed the sheets.
Until That Day,
Current Location: Jamuna
Current Mood: well...
Current Music: Radiohead, "Idioteque"
|jola||10:40 am - Moonlit Fog|
I'm pleased. enjoy the many photos below if so inclined. PS it is CRAZY cold in Chicago and i was outside for literally a minute before my fingers got so cold i almost dropped my camera (i always have the strap around my wrist luckily), shit it's cold! Good thing dolls don't care ... oh, and this is a RESIN Evangeline ... she is awesome! I sold one of my rosette sculpts i had a double of to get her during the 20% of IW sale last week <3
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