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2014-02-09 12:51 pm

Babies, TV, and the skip=340 (aka the end of the road)

A really good friend invited me to be present when she gave birth. Her due date wasn't until this Tuesday, but I got called in last Wednesday. After many long hours, she gave birth to a beautiful, perfect, baby girl at 6:30 PM Thursday. It was, by far, the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed.

Also, in my totally unbiased opinion, she's the cutest baby ever. Unfortunately, due to SNOWPOCALYPSE 2014, I haven't been able to spend every spare moment staring at her in person, instead haunting facebook in case her parents post any more pictures.

I have been watching:

Castle (still the cutest cop drama on TV)
Sleepy Hollow (taking home the award for most cracktastic show of all time)
Community (my thoughts are complicated and indistinct)
Arrow (I have been slowly being consumed by Oliver/Felicity shipping. Fair warning.)
Agents of SHIELD (I've been enjoying the last few episodes to the point where I'm looking forward to watching it each week. As opposed to when it first aired and I wasn't whelmed at all.)

I have been tumblring all over the place. I mostly don't get on a real computer at home anymore, and tumblr is so much easier than lj on mobile. Excuses, excuses. I know.

Anyway, I signed on today and was scrolling through my flist and APPARENTLY, skip=340 does not exist. I'm pretty sure I'd made it to the point where I'd seen the posts already anyway, but still!
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2014-01-02 06:15 am

2013 Fannish Roundup

We are here again, my dear friends. It is time for the annual reckoning, that fannish evaluation that decides whether we live or die or join tumblr!

Okay, so I already joined/started actually using tumblr. What can I say? I appreciate the daily scroll of pretty! Tumblr is actually not a bad place for me right now. Most of the time, it involves pretty pictures of pretty people, cute animals, or funny comics. Some of the time, there are links to meta and essays that make me think. Sometimes there is even fic--though honestly, fic was a very small part of my life this year.

Still, I did write some.

Teamwork. Stargate SG-1, Sam/Jack.
Two Things Sam and Janet Don't Have in Common (and One Thing They Do). Stargate SG-1, Gen.

TWO?! I ONLY WROTE TWO FICS?! I guess that means I have to stay on tumblr.

I re-watched Legend of the Seeker (again). The epic hair, forbidden love, cheesy humor, beautiful scenery, pretty people, shiny swords, and female friendships all make me very happy--and the show is only two seasons long, which makes it easy to rewatch.

I got very fannish about Once Upon a Time.

I started a Farscape re-watch that I didn't finish… yet. I'll get there. It's SUCH a good show, but I totally got sucked into a Doctor Who rewatch instead--I was trying to get caught up for the Day of the Doctor, and I ended up starting back with Nine, because I could and because I had to wait a very long time for the latest DVDs from the library. I have part of a post put together about the Awesomeness of Donna Noble, which I hope to get together and post early in 2014.

However, I also tried to watch Torchwood: Miracle Day. Ugh. Just… ugh. Gave up.

I was really, really, really obsessed with Iron Man 3.

Past Years
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2013-12-15 04:42 pm

You know that 5K I was talking about?

I've done 4 5Ks. The first I exclusively walked. The second I ran about two minutes' worth and walked the rest. The third I ran the first and last thirds (or so).

Then, one of my coworkers, M, said we should do the holiday run. I had a grand plan to work on being able to run the whole 3.1 miles--as well as work a little on my running speed. I had a six-week plan and seven weeks to do it.

Unfortunately, I didn't actually follow the plan. In fact, the last three weeks, I didn't run at all. I was already committed to do the run, though, and my coworker S was counting on me running/walking with her.

So today I set out running with S. Our plan was to run as much of the course as we could, and then walk the rest. We passed what we thought was the one-mile mark and celebrated... and then passed another one about a quarter-mile down the road. The first one, of course, was for the half-marathon and not the 5K. But either way, we'd run one mile. Then we passed the two-mile mark, still running. At that point, we figured we'd better keep running, because we were really almost there.

So without thinking about it too much, I ran an entire 5K--for the first time ever! I ran it in 47:05, which is about the same speed I would have walked it. :-)
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2013-12-13 06:32 pm


Do you ever look at your journal calendar and think, "Oh, it's been way too long since I posted. I should fix that."

But then, because you feel so GUILTY about the whole thing, you just can't bring yourself to write anything breezy and quick, because you feel like you have to make up for the fact that you haven't posted since October.

Just me?

What about thinking about the last time you exercised and realizing it was several weeks ago and yes, you did sign up for a 5K which is this Sunday?

Just me.

(But I did win NaNo this year! I am pretty sure all my words sucked, but that's okay, because I wrote 50,000 sucky words, which is 50,000 more than I thought I'd manage to write this year.)
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2013-09-20 09:19 am

Updates: running, condo, Gaming, Ficathons, TV

I keep seeing other people apologize for not having posted in a while, and think, "Oh, yeah, I haven't seen them around." Then I take a look at my own journal and realize I'm in the same boat. I keep thinking that I post more often... probably because I read my fee just about every day and comment on other people's posts. Anyway, here's some news from my life:

Previously, on The Running Saga, I ran for 35 minutes straight. Recently, I ran for a lot longer than 35 minutes and ran for 3.25 miles on Labor Day. I estimate that the running part took me approximately 55 minutes or so, making my running speed considerably slower than my walking speed and probably putting me in the running for the Slowest Runner Ever award.

The season finale of The Running Saga was my attempt to run through the entire Color Run (an easy, flat 5K). I DID run approximately 2/3rds of the course, but the middle was really loose gravel that defeated even my sluggish pace. I finished strong and definitely feel good about what I did accomplish.

It's weird, because if anyone had told me I'd ever run three miles at once, at any point prior to oh, last October, I would have laughed in their face. Now I find myself saying things like, "What I really want to do is work on my speed and get to where I can run a 5K in about 30-35 minutes."

My condo and I are getting along really well. There is still plenty to do, but nothing that needs to be done Right Now. My roommate also moved in a couple weeks ago, and I think that's going to work out well. The only problem so far has been making myself go to bed instead of staying up and watching TV and talking with her!

Video Games
I am always so far behind on these things--but I want to record this here anyway: I FINALLY beat Mass Effect. Yes, the first one. I'm still unspoiled for the next two, too (well, mostly), and I'm pretty happy about that. I really enjoyed it, especially once I figured out where I'd gone wrong (let me count the ways) and fixed it. So once I get a few minutes, I'll start on the second one and see what happens.

I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] sg1friendathon with a Sam & Janet prompt that I have no ideas for. I started writing something that I think has potential, but it doesn't really fit the prompt at all. I'd feel worse about that, but... it was my own prompt. So hopefully I'm the only person I'll disappoint. Anyway, the dealine is coming up way too quickly, so we'll see what happens.

What I plan on watching this fall
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (okay, I think that'll just be SHIELD from now on)
The Neighbors
New Girl
Parks and Recreation

I can't see how I'll have time for all that, but if I have extra, I have these two on my list:
Person of Interest

Anything else I should DEFINITELY put on my list?
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2013-08-20 05:38 pm

Alternate Universe Versions of Myself

Yesterday I was convinced I should have studied computer science and today I think I should be a professor of fandom.

Infinite Possibilities )

Sam and Jack and Laira )
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2013-07-12 08:40 am

Today is Perfect and Nothing Hurts (Running and Sharknados)

First, I just finished an eight-week running program that is, theoretically, a Couch to 5K program. However, it's all done by time, and I am slow, so I just ran a little over 2 miles in 35 minutes.

The important part here is that I. Ran. For. Thirty-Five. Minutes. Straight.


I felt so good I ALMOST thought that it might be fun to keep running. :-)

I hesitate to put this out there, but I feel like it might be useful or encouraging knowledge for someone: I haven't lost a pound since I started running--and no, I wasn't trying to lose any weight. I haven't changed my eating habits and I haven't gone up or down a size, either. It's certainly possible that I am eating more calories, but I haven't felt like I'm eating a ton more than I was before. I DO feel much stronger and way more fit--it's constantly surprising to me how much MORE I can do without feeling out of breath. Anyway, there's some anecdotal evidence for you to use as you see fit.

... and now for the Sharks!

I wasn't able to actually watch Sharknado, but I almost don't care. People's tweets last night made me happy, and I have a few links to keep here for maximum joy:

(All of these have spoilers.)

Cleolinda compiles everything she knows about Sharknado
The writer of Sharknado answers some very serious questions
A beautiful review of a beautiful movie
The fact that this happened means that there will always be hope for humanity
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2013-05-30 11:13 am

Music in my Mind

On occasion, I've had the pleasure of waking up to a full-scale orchestra playing a composition just for me. It sounds as if I'm listening to live music--like the strings and woodwinds and brass and everyone is gathered around my bed to serenade me awake. The illusion is fragile--one breath that's too deep or a slight shift of my head, and it dissolves, fading into the background or dissipating entirely.

I've always assumed that not everyone has had that particular experience, but I was sitting at my desk today with my usual round of song snippets in my head* and thought: "Huh. I don't know that I've ever NOT had a song in my head."

I have songs playing in my mind when I am at work, or swimming, or reading, or driving (even when I don't have the radio on). And then I realized, based on how I've heard other people talk about having music stuck in their heads, that they MIGHT NOT have a constant low-level radio playing in the background of their thoughts. So I asked my coworkers.

One said she hardly ever has songs stuck in her head. Another said she had music in her head about 10% of the time.

So now I'm curious to know what other people's experience is.

*Currently I have about three songs that I'm switching between--and it's not like I listen to one song all the way through and then move on to the next--one song gets stuck in little pieces, and then all of the sudden it's a different song's pieces.

I also tend to add my own rhythm section by tapping my molars together in a way that makes my dentist despair.
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2013-04-02 07:13 pm

Life-flavored rambling, along with Castle, IM3, and P&P

I almost got mauled by a dog today, and I think it shows how strange I am because I kind of count that as a highlight. I mean, if I'd actually gotten mauled by a dog it would have been terrible, but as it is, I get to count it as a win. "Hey! I didn't get mauled by a dog today! What a fantastic day!"

(Okay, so the actual danger level was very low. There was just a very defensive dog off its leash in the neighborhood and it DID NOT LIKE STRANGE WOMAN IN ITS TERRITORY.)

The rest of the day wasn't bad either. We've been having fabulously warm spring weather the last few days. Sunday was the warmest 3/31 of record. Ever. By something like 6 degrees. I wore a pretty dress and did my hair in a french braid (myself!) and wore makeup and jewelry and sandals and looked TOTALLY cute.

(Best compliment: "I didn't recognize you. You look so beautiful!" This was followed by a horrified look from the complimentor, and I assured her I wouldn't take it amiss.)

Anyway, the weather today was great, and my boss took us all out for lunch and I got to do a fun project and complain about ridiculous form requirements from the home office. YAY.

I also just saw the 100th ep of Castle, which was spoilers! )

Other things which I am excited about: Iron Man 3. STILL. [personal profile] splash_the_cat has been keeping me extremely squeeful on tumblr by reposting lots of Tony and Pepper gifs. I always want to reblog them and hardly ever do because I'm PRETTY sure I don't have enough unique followers to justify reblogging 8,000,000 Tony/Pepper gifs.


I'm also re-reading Pride and Prejudice. *happy sighs* I really like how Lizzie doesn't show up as a main character right away--though I think that actually frustrated me when I first tried to read it.

I'm... disappointed that goodreads is being bought by amazon. I don't use it a lot, but I don't really want a one-store platform. Bah.
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2013-03-25 05:02 pm

Mary Margaret Has Fun Hobbies

1. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: I will never quit you. What? THERE'S ONLY ONE MORE EPISODE? That sucks.

2. I am re-watching the BBC Pride and Prejudice. These things might be related.

3. Once Upon a Time! How did you manage to become My New Thing? There is still so much wrong with you. But I apparently don't care.

4. I got spoiled for something related to Iron Man 3. Really, not a Big Thing, but a very fun thing. Oops? There's really no way I could have avoided it, I know. Not unless I cut myself off from all internet-related fun for the next month or so. That wasn't going to happen.
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2013-02-15 03:46 pm

Things that take up time

1. Work. Work. Woooooooork. I stayed late last night and I'm still not exactly caught up. (Close enough, though.)

2. Moving. Oh, ugh. Moving. The actual date is this Saturday. Tomorrow. Yikes. But I am ALMOST ready--I just keep finding more things to worry about. Just last night I remembered two more people who were coming to help, and now I am worried that there will be TOO MANY PEOPLE to help me move and that they will know that I am a ridiculous person who thinks she needs five more people to help move than she does. I just keep telling myself that really I'm just throwing a moving PARTY. My brain seems happier with that idea.

3. Looking for a condo. Apparently you have to spend time researching them and looking at them and thinking about them. Who knew?

4. Preparing for the Murder Mystery Dinner Party on Sunday. Look, I know I'm maybe not evidencing the best judgment by being responsible for a birthday party the day after I move, but your best friend's 30th birthday only comes around once!

5. Posting to LJ. :-)
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2013-01-14 02:48 pm

Things not big enough for their own posts, in list form

1. My roommate and I took an evening journey last Wednesday to the indoor hot tub. Things that made this journey interesting included: Locked and unresponsive gates that should be open, below-freezing temperatures, flip flops, and mud. Thankfully, neither of us lost shoes or toes permanently.

2. I keep having dreams that I'm sure you guys would find hilarious* and then being able to recall anything about them except that fact.

3. I saw Zero Dark Thirty and Les Miserables on Saturday. I liked them both, and ALMOST made it through Les Mis without crying. SO. CLOSE.

4. I made bread for the first time! Well, bread that wasn't Amish Friendship Bread, anyway. I use the quick no-knead bread recipe. It was easy and it turned out amazing. I may have to start doing that all the time.

5. I watched all of the Golden Globes last night. I don't think I've ever watched all of an awards show before, and I know it was partly because it was on live before primetime. Also partly because of Amy Poehler.

6. Yesterday I drove through a three-block radius in town which had the distinction of being the only place within miles with honest-to-goodness snow. It was almost like some little cloud passed over said, "Oh, bother this," and dumped the load it was carrying before disappearing into the clear blue winter sky.

*Not really. There are a few people who can tell entertaining stories about their dreams. I am not one of them.
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2013-01-09 10:17 am

Changes, writing, and I keep thinking about Farscape

You know how you get comfortable somewhere, or with something in your life, and that's when you get the news that you better start preparing yourself for possible change? That's my life right now--both at work, and at home. I don't really have any other details at the moment, so I'm going to be all cryptic here, but my role at work is definitely going to shift a bit (mainly, I think, in good ways), and I may be moving. Maybe. Like, so maybe that I ALMOST don't want to even put it in writing maybe. And if I do, it won't be far.

I decided to try to write at lest 10 minutes every day this year, keeping in mind that sometimes that wouldn't work. So far, I have done it! Over two thousand words on a long, epic Stargate fic that I'm not sure where it's going. I plan to keep poking at it, since that seems to provide opportunities for things to happen.

Also, I mentioned that re-watching Farscape was one of my 2013 goals, and since then I've been plagued by John/Aeryn shippy thoughts as well as the knowledge that trying to watch now would be fatal, as I have no extra time until summer starts. SOON, though. SOON.

P.S. Who else is watching The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Hmm? Because we're getting to the Good Parts!
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2013-01-03 04:44 pm

Ow, or, Running Hurts

I started off the year right and decided to try running another mile (my second) on January 1. This despite the fact that the most I'd run since I RAN my mile was a quarter of a mile. I don't mean at once. I mean at all. I mean, it WAS all at once, but... well, you get the point.

But the good news is that I DID run a whole mile. I did!

I'm just paying for it today. Yesterday I felt a bit sore, but not too bad. Today my legs are trying to get me to cry.

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2013-01-01 08:02 am

2012 Fic Roundup and Fannish things that were not Fic

Five Lovers Helen Never Took. Sanctuary, Helen/OMC, Helen/OFC, Helen/John, Helen/James, Helen/Nikola.
Close to Perfect. Stargate SG-1, Sam/Jack.
Bedroom Situation. Stargate SG-1, Sam/Jack.
Pairings I have (most likely) not written. Meme responses. Sam/Caldwell, Sam/Rodney, Jack/Janet, GLaDOS/Bird, Darcy/Elizabeth, Hailey/Grogan, Daniel Jackson/Dana Scully.

Okay, yes, there are only four links. That averages out to one each quarter, as long as I include the meme responses. I don't know that I can even pick a favorite, because they are all so precious--not because they are so amazing, but because there are so few of them. It's a scarcity thing. What the Stargate ones show is that I'm still completely obsessed with Sam/Jack, and still have a tendre for the bed-sharing cliche.

Fannish things I did that were not fic
I posted my Super Nostalgic Sam/Jack recs list, which was totally fun and non-comprehensive.
I fell in love with SG-1 all over again.
I made up a silly poll to ask you who was the best character of all time and got the
most awesome Sam Carter love fest in my comments.

My various fannish obsessions throughout 2012
Stargate SG-1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Really, really obsessed. Though I didn't write fic for it. Ugh. WHEN WILL I NEED TO WRITE COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF FIC FOR THINGS AGAIN?!)
Legend of the Seeker
The Avengers
Once Upon a Time

Past Years
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2012-12-01 09:22 pm

Writing and Twilight and Movies

This November, I knew I wasn't going to be able to handle NaNoWriMo, so instead i joined [livejournal.com profile] wrisomifu, in which you are only required to write 10 minutes each day. I ALMOST managed writing every single day, and wrote 5,705 words in November.

That's 5,705 more than I could have ever DREAMED I'd have written in only 30 days.

Also, there's a new fic coming--Sam/Jack stupid cute cliche fic, to be precise. It should only be a matter of days before it's posted...

Moving on, yes, I saw Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2. It was awesome. I generally like the movies much more than the books, because the movies take a LOT of the WTF parts right out.

I have to say that, due to the fact that I'd largely forgotten the specifics of the book, and because I'd been warned there was some sort of surprise twist thing, I Hey, maybe someone else wants to go in not knowing--that means spoilers under the cut )

Guys, there are SO MANY movies I want to see. I think I want to see about half the movies out right this second, and there are more on the way. I don't have time for them all, though.

I think I want to see Argo, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Looper, Life of Pi, Wreck-it Ralph, and Anna Karenina, among others. What am I going to dooooo???
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2012-11-22 08:38 pm

Thankful indeed!

Okay, so despite the fact that I was not entirely recovered from The Sickness of Doom, I was able to go to Thanksgiving. I should Not Have Eaten what I did, in fact, eat, but I am not too badly off, considering.

It was good to spend time with family.

On Black Friday I usually go do some shopping early-early, but this year I am going to sleep in and make sure I heal up. I can always hit stores later, or do some shopping online.

Oh, and Annie? I finished the lyrics today. Oh, yes, I did. Mwa ha ha! :-)
holdouttrout: parrot that says *thinks at you* (telepathic_parrot)
2012-11-21 01:34 pm

the messy truth about vacations

I have been on vacation for the last week and a half, and I actually planned ahead so I wouldn't have to go in today. This turned out to be a Very Good Plan, because while I was on vacation, I caught The Stomach Flu. I capitalize out of love because I haven't been that sick in the traditional barfing sense... well, since I was a kid.

I will spare you the gruesome details. Unfortunately, since I was visitng [livejournal.com profile] annienau08 at the time, she didn't have the same luxery. If there was any doubt, she is a most amazing friend with a substantial tolerance for gross and pathetic fish. We also, aside from the aforementioned sickness, had a fabulous, fannish time discussing the prodigious merits of Helen Magnus and Sam Carter, among other things.

I'm still feeling under the weather, and Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I somehow doubt I'm going to the extended family gathering. At least I should be okay for Saturday night Thanksgiving dinner with just my parents and brother. :-)

I also attempted to set my apartment on fire today. You heat some oil, turn your back for one second, and whoosh! Thankfully I remembered what to do, so I DIDN'T try to throw water on it and DID take it off the heat/cover it right away. The smoke alarm only went off for about 30 seconds, and my apartment no longer smells like smoke. Victory!

I'm catching up today on TV in between drinking plenty of fluids. Here's a lightning-fast rundown with no spoilers:

1. Castle remains super-cute and awesome.

2. Parks and Recreation remains super-cute, funny, and awesome.

3. Fringe is intriguing me--I really think that my only problem with the current season has been the fact that it's sort of jammed into a shorter time frame than a regular season, and that it's showing a bit. Anyway, I'm coming down more firmly on the positive side of reactions, especially after the last two episodes.
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2012-10-31 07:45 pm

Ghosts and Stories

Today for Halloween I went as The Ghost of Bridesmaids Past. I wore a lilac bridesmaid dress that almost still fits, with a strategic tank to and sweater, a dried but well-preserved wrist corsage from a wedding earlier this year, and then I did my makeup so I looked undead. Quite effective, actually!

I was planning to do NaNo, but September and October have convinced me that that way lies madness and bad things. So instead I'm going to do [livejournal.com profile] wrisomifu, which is ten awful minutes of writing each day in November. That means tomorrow. Ugh. I feel like hiding already.
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2012-10-29 06:17 pm

I am a geek

So there was spontaneous pumpkin carving on Sunday. Here's what I did:

It's slightly modified from the actual design, because my pumpkin was on the small side, and my knife was a little too big for the detail work.

I'm still pleased with it. :-)