holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (weather)
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.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (oops)
Okay, I admit it--I can't stop buying Stargate stuff. Especially Stargate novels. Of course, my one, lone bookstore that used to carry them (I think just for me, even though they didn't know who was buying their one copy of all of the Stargate books) no longer has new ones... but apparently, you can buy them as Kindle books!

YAY.

However, I'm a little shy about buying them without recommendations. Is anyone else still reading them? If not, I'll just bite the bullet and pick up a couple of the ones I haven't read yet--probably Transitions and Oceans of Dust, since those are the next ones. Then I can do reviews. Mwa ha ha!

Questions

Nov. 16th, 2011 12:44 pm
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (insert_plot_here)
1. Why is it that sometimes, when I'm stressed, my eyes start... twitching? ARGH. Eyes, you are not helping!

2. How annoying is it to wake up early and go back to bed for some much-needed sleep, only to find yourself aware that you are not asleep for the next forty minutes?

3. How in the world did Once Upon a Time get successfully pitched? It's a straight-up action-adventure fantasy about fairy tales. On my TV. That I like.

4. Why is it that good, awesome fic ideas so seldom linger around for things like sleep and free time? I am sorry, awesome fic idea for SG-1 and/or Sanctuary that I can no longer recall.

5. Is not The Hunger Games trailer one of the best trailers ever? It was so good that I broke my "one watch only" rule and watched it TWICE. TWICE, people. I did not even realize I liked The Hunger Games that much, but apparently I did! I now find myself thinking crazy things like, "Maybe I should re-read the series." You know, in all my spare time.

Mermaids

Oct. 28th, 2011 09:50 pm
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (books_stack)
I'm looking for a book that I read when I was a young whippersnapper*, and of course I can't remember the title or author. This is the SECOND time I've tried to track this book down--the first time I spent hours combing the library shelves where I knew it ought to be, and I did finally manage to find it (it was one of those "I know it has a green cover**!" things). Alas, that library is long gone (to a happier, larger home), so that strategy is right out.

Here's what I know:
The main protagonist is a young girl.
She is not a mermaid, but she does have some mermaid ancestry.
Her sister is much more mermaid-like than she is.
There are environmental concerns because of stupid humans. (I remember something about butterflies being extinct, or nearly extinct.)
The merfolk are actually called something more like "Sea People."
It's set in the "future," which may not actually be the future anymore.

Any ideas? I feel ridiculous even looking for this book. Mermaids. I mean. Really. It's just BUGGING ME.

*I probably read it in the 90s.

**It probably doesn't have a green cover. If that helps.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
I swim with my brother on Saturday mornings. Last Saturday, I swam 1,200 yards total, 500 of which were continuous. This is a HUGE milestone for me, since I don't believe I've done that since early college, and maybe not since high school.

*does happy swimming dance*

I did not repeat that feat today, mostly because after donating platelets yesterday, I did not rest enough, and almost fainted on my mother's couch after climbing stairs. Normally donating platelets isn't that bad, since you keep most of your red blood cells, but I managed. Oops. Anyway, I took it easy in the pool today.

Do any of you know an app for downloading and reading epub format books on an ipod? MY BOOKS I MUST HAVE THEM EVERYWHERE! (Update: I got the brilliant idea to look up an app that works with Calibre, and I have a couple of leads, but would still like discussion if you have done this.)
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (books_stack)
I've had a couple of moment lately where I said "I should write an entry about that!" but I can't remember what they were, due to the slight heat wave we've been experiencing, leading to a lack of sleep.

Oh, and the weirdly obsessive reading I've been doing lately. I just finished a re-read of all eight Anne of Green Gables books (I almost wrote Anne of Green Bagels there), which was interesting on so many levels, not least of which was a sort of bittersweet nostalgia for the way I thought the world ought to work when I was a child. And, you know, the sheer delight of reading someone who can create character and scenery with a few well-picked words.

Then there were The Hunger Games. I'd read the first one a while ago, liked it, and... not gotten around to the second or third (this was not due to lack of interest, but lack of time and really long wait times for the library copies). However, I was spurred into finishing them by my boss' daughter, who does not like Twilight and thinks The Hunger Games is amazing. Really, really good reads. I think I want to re-read them so I can think about them a little more not that I don't have to devour them to find out what happens.

Speaking of finding out what happens, apparently spoilers actually increase our enjoyment of a material. I can't believe this is universally true, or at least not true in the sense that any and all spoilers are welcome. I think it changes our enjoyment of books/tv/movies more than increases it. For instance, I was spoiled for Sixth Sense and still quite enjoyed it, but I missed the opportunity to have that thrill of discovery, the moment when the whole movie clicks into place and releases you from suspense.

I LOVE those moments. There was one in Animorphs* that was so delightful, so unexpected, that I actually had a histerical laughing fit in my kitchen, and I wouldn't have traded that for a million spoilers. Those moments get less frequent as I get older, as I run through the possible twists and permutations of common tropes, as I draw my bell curves to edge out surprises.

And I miss them.


*Stop laughing. Animorphs was awesome.

P.S. [livejournal.com profile] annerbhp: I read The Thief, and will start reading the next one either today or tomorrow. (I liiiiiiked it, although I guessed... everything. *g*)

P.P.S. Is it Sanctuary time yet?
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Sam_Jack_stillthere)
My extra work project is done done done, so now I'm back to the normal grind, which is fine but today was actually just a *bit* boring--and that's only because client meetings always go longer than scheduled and thus leave no time for my boss to give me work from them. I found things to do, though.

MOST of them didn't involve a Rubik's cube. :-D

Besides work I've hit a(nother) "Must read all the words!" phase, so I re-read Sunshine, by Robin McKinley, which is like Twilight if Twilight were about a kick-ass woman who meets up with vampires who are actually scary and dangerous, and if it were well-written and AWESOME. So, you know, nothing like Twilight at all. I kinda definitely want to read fic about Sunshine's epic adventures after the book ends. Anyone out there have any leads?

I also re-read Silent in the Grave and Silent in the Sanctuary, which were as awesome as I remembered. I approach the next book with trepidation, but I've pretty much decided to take on the next two at a run and hope for the best.

I don't quite know what happened to my re-watch plans. Oh, wait: life. Anyway, I got a little stuck on those but mean to pick them back up at some point. In the meantime, I've been slowly uploading fics to AO3 (including jack_built), and am more than a little scared of 2007 and 2008, as I believe I wrote a LOT of fics during that time. Also, a lot of those were probably "I will never" meme responses, so I'm not quite sure how to post those, since they mostly don't have titles or summaries or plots... I'm tempted to just put them into one fic as separate chapters, but am not sure how well that would go over. BAH.

I've been reading fic--mostly older Sam/Jack, but I just finished Jigsaw by Dira Sudis, which is one of my favoritest fics of all time already. My reaction can be summed up thusly: Oh, team. It's one of those OT4 fics where the OT4 is ALL about the team and the bonds between them (as well as the UST), and it just makes perfect sense. Love it. Is there fic of this fic yet? Because I want more!
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Fish)
I lost a song.

I was in a coffee shop--it's my new favorite place ever, because it has a great cozy-yet-slightly-industrial feel, and it's small, and has wonderful cinnamon rolls, and isn't the old coffee shop of which I will not speak. Mind you, no coffee-drinking actually takes place while I'm there, at least not at my table.

Anyway, I was at the coffee shop, and this Song came on. It was so beautiful my friend and I actually stopped talking to listen to the whole thing, and while I meant to write down a portion of the lyrics, various circumstances conspired against me and I can't remember enough to find it.

I seriously considered being the nutty customer who goes up to the counter and asks, "So, there was this song, in a minor key, sung by a woman, really soft and melodic, and it was a couple of weeks ago that I heard it… do you know it?" But I didn't.

*sighs*

I will have more Stargate rewatch soon, but 'Politics' severely slowed me down. Clips shows are remarkably boring when you're watching faster than once a week.

Meanwhile, here are some awesome internet things:

[livejournal.com profile] gravity linked this wonderful time-waster.

I laughed… because it's true(ish).

The Periodic Table of Storytelling.

Beautiful, sad Fringe Vid.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (books_stack)
I figure today might be a good day to talk a little about my offline life, considering it has been one of my most relaxing Saturdays in recent history.

Recent Successes:

1. Although going into work early and staying late on Thursday wasn't my idea of fun, it did allow me to have a pleasantly busy (not hellish) Friday in which I got CAUGHT UP. I love it when that happens.

2. I cooked vegetarian chili today (for the chili cook-off tomorrow) and despite a rather unfortunate incident involving tomatoes and my shirt, I now have (hopefully) award-winning vegetarian chili.

3. I fit all of the chili AND the previous occupants of the fridge into the fridge.

4. I found two possible recipes to help my use my still-good-but-not-good-enough-to-eat-plain cottage cheese and shall try one of them tomorrow.

5. I forgot to renew a library book last night, but it turns out that you can still renew on the date it's due! I love my library.

Denial of Self involves NOT watching the new Sanctuary episode, even though I really want to… I'm going to use this windfall to practice patience (hah) and also be able to watch on the actual night it airs rather than the next day! I'm so excited!

My Clean Kitchen probably isn't exciting to anyone except me, but after using half of the items in the kitchen to make chili, a clean kitchen is close to a miracle.

As for Books, I took a short break from reading Sherlock Holmes mysteries (which are still charming my socks off) and read One Con Glory, by Sarah Kuhn, which is a fun, frivolous, fanficcy novel about a journalist covering the con circuit who accidentally falls for the pretty boy star of a TV show based off her childhood comic-book fandom. The book is quite short, and was an absolute riot.

I also read a romance novel that didn't make me want to cite the protagonists for stupidity: Unveiled, by Courtney Milan. I mean, they sometimes acted stupidly, but it was in-character stupidity.

Now I just need to fold my (clean) laundry.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Sam)
Last week I complained about being too busy. This week, things have shifted ever so slightly, and in a positive direction. I had a meeting with one of my many commitments--a church committee I'm now leading--and we talked about my busy schedule, and laid out which things I wanted to keep, and which ones I needed to step back from and/or drop. It was a really productive conversation, not least because it really gave me a handle on all the things I'm doing, and why I'm doing them.

That being said, I'm probably not cutting back on much until the end of the year, but it did allow me to give myself some space this week.

Not that that means I've had time to watch TV. *grins*

One reason for that is that I acquired really good seats for a Blazer game last night, and asked my parents to join me. It was a pre-season game, but it was still really fun--and we won, which is always nice.

I am always surprised that I like going to basketball games so much, because I almost never watch them on TV, but there's something exhilarating about the charge of the crowd when they're into a game, cheering together, and when the team is supporting and using that emotional energy.

It's the same kind of charge I get when watching a good movie with a crowd of people who are totally immersed. There's a certain kind of joy I get watching a good movie by myself, and then there's the social experience of watching a movie (or play, or musical performance) with that added atmosphere of intense involvement.

GAH. I love it!


I'm probably asking for an e-book reader for Christmas. I've "narrowed" it down to three: the Sony Touch, the nook, and the Cybook Opus. Any comments/suggestions/thoughts on which one is best? (I am not going for the Kindle because it doesn't play with libraries.)


Some quick, fun things:

Recipe for Vegetarian Bean Curry that is very good, with a couple of caveats: 1) Either use the really tiny flat lentils, or pre-cook the regular kind, or they will be crunchy. 2) Add dried apricots, because they are delicious.

I would totally do this. Not saying that's a good thing, but human nature, baby.

Also in the vein of human nature, Dinosaur Comic! (Make sure you read the hover/alt text, too.) I cannot tell you anything about this, but when you've read it, come back and we'll laugh about human nature together. (There will probably be spoilers in the comments, unless people don't read it, in which case I will instead be sad.)
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Okay, Castle: Under the Gun )

In my "spare time" I'm reading a book called Sundays with Vlad, which is all about Dracula the person, Dracula the literary figure, vampires in the movies, vampire fandom(s), and people who believe they really, truly, are vampires. It's a little hysterical, and a lot more unbiased than I would tend to be.
holdouttrout: (fangirlz)
So, I've fallen head over heels for the absurdly adorable detective of Dorothy L. Sayers' novels. So far, I've read Whose Body and Clouds of Witness, and am several chapters into Strong Poison, which features the most adorably backwards proposal ever. There's a re-read of Strong Poison with lovely annotation and commentary going on over at [livejournal.com profile] talking_piffle, and it's my understanding they are going to do more of the series after this one. \o/

I've been reading a LOT recently, and in a lot of different genres. My friend has me doing a quick read through books she might use for her classroom to get my opinion about them. I still really enjoy kids' books, but I do find that I tire of being preached at. It's one thing for books to have a moral, and another to tell you explicitly what it is in the narration.

Oh! Speaking of kids' books, I picked up a book called Ugly Fish, mostly because it's about fish, I admit. Ugly Fish has a very nice tank, with a driftwood tunnel and special briny flakes, and he does NOT want to share... anyway, it's humorous and surprising, and I love it and will torture my children and/or [honorary] nieces and nephews with it someday. :-)

We are not speaking about ficathons, because I might scare my muse farther away than he already is.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Sam)
1. I donated some of my precious bodily fluids today, and had a few minor adventures, but the main thing that had me annoyed was that when they took out the needle--the woman practically ripped it out of my arm. I had to hold my arm over my head for way, way longer than usual.

And now it aches.

Ouch.

2. Speaking of vampires, I've been reading Tanya Huff. I had no idea what I was missing in my vampire novels. Oh, wait, that's right: vampires that didn't suck.

Well, they do.

Er... you know what I meant.

Also: kick-ass heroine, awesome secondary characters, and intelligent plotting!

I'm up to the one with the mummy.

3. Earlier this week, I also managed to hit a store closing sale and got three pairs of pants, jeans, and two belts... for $47. *drops dead* SO excited. I'm still riding the euphoria from that trip.

4. Finally, I had a moment. Or rather, I saw a Sam/Cam moment. In Ark of Truth, at the end, with the macaroons. I mean, yeah, it was always there, but I never paid attention. *fans self* Still not willing to try macaroons to prove my fannish devotion, though.

P.S. Writing an LJ post totally counts, right, [livejournal.com profile] annerbhp?
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
I'm on a book kick lately, what can I say?

Anyway, I'm reading the oft-neglected Anne Bronte's Tenant of Wildfell Hall. I'm still just a few chapters in, but I like it! I expected to think it was alright, but a little dense, but I actually think it's rather enjoyable. It's an epistolary letter, and there are bits of humor that I appreciate, though the narrator is a little bit oblivious sometimes.

Okay, so Lost ended Sunday. I really liked the finale, for various reasons, many of which [livejournal.com profile] annerbhp ennumerated in her reaction post. (Of course, spoilers abound.) I was pleased that at the end, it really was all about the characters.

I have been thinking about the fact that it is now light-ish outside when I wake up, and how this means I should probably start trying to go for morning walks again. *sighs* It's a never-ending battle to get out the door, people. Maybe this summer... *trails off wistfully*
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Sam_Jack_stillthere)
Three things make a post, right?

1. I'm reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, only a decade or so behind schedule, since it's one of those books "everyone" reads in school. It's turning interesting, finally, and I think the ending will be killer. *looks carefully around to make sure no one is fuming at her for spoilers OR bad jokes* Look, it was first published in 1890, people.

The real reason I'm writing about it at all is because the picture on the front of my B&N cheap-o edition totally makes me think about Severus Snape. Yes. I am that deep.

2. [personal profile] pepper is pouring out awesomeness on her DW journal lately, and today she brings us Jack's Quick Guide to Genderswap Grammar, with an account of the incident that prompted it.

3. I was pointed to this: Fictional Love Meme. Basically, you sign up with your username, and then other people write you love notes as fictional characters. I couldn't resist!

MY THREAD HERE
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
So. It's been a while since I bored you all with squee about Legend of the Seeker. I just have to say one thing: as silly as this show is, it's darn entertaining! okay, I lied. More stuff here, with spoilers )

Okay, for the 98% of you who couldn't care less about LotS, I'm just going to mention The Hunger Games. Chances are you've already heard about this book if you read at ALL, because it's everywhere. I have it on CD to listen to in the car, and it's driving me CRAZY, because I just want to devour it, and I can only sit in my car in the parking lot so long before I have to go inside.

It's different than I expected, based on what I knew of the plot. There is, for example, a lot more worldbuilding than I thought there would be. The characters are interesting, too, with more under the surface of some characters than I expected at first. Katniss, the protag, is smart and emotionally distant from other people, and quite cynical about their motives (with good reason). Despite that, we manage to get glimpses of their good attributes, too, and see beyond her initial impressions.

I can't wait to finish it.

Before I go, I was looking at a list of TV shows and whether they were renewed or canceled, and there are quite a few long-running shows that I recognize that have been canceled already! I am quite happy Community is renewed, along with Fringe. I'm sad to see FlashForward gone, but not surprised. What about you?
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
I'm supremely uninterested in work today, and I'm afraid it shows. *looks around desk as if it's a foreign country where she doesn't speak the language*

more about life )

So I got completely and ridiculously invested in Legend of the Seeker, and then I realized I was caught up with all the episodes (AAAAUUUUUGH) and decided to read the books. The first one is Wizard's First Rule, and man, but the dialog is even clunkier in the books than on the show. I mean, seriously clunky. If it were a car, it would be a Toyota.

the book as a whole, and spoilers )

I've been trying to ignore the facebook meme that's all "It's nearly Valentine's Day, so change your profile picture to one with you and your significant other!" Because I usually ignore those memes, and really, Valentine's Day isn't usually a big deal to me, but this year I have fewer single people around to combat the jealous feelings the holiday seems to provoke. All that to say that I've wanted to stab that meme dead.

So how are you guys doing?
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
I'm supremely uninterested in work today, and I'm afraid it shows. *looks around desk as if it's a foreign country where she doesn't speak the language*

more about life )

So I got completely and ridiculously invested in Legend of the Seeker, and then I realized I was caught up with all the episodes (AAAAUUUUUGH) and decided to read the books. The first one is Wizard's First Rule, and man, but the dialog is even clunkier in the books than on the show. I mean, seriously clunky. If it were a car, it would be a Toyota.

the book as a whole, and spoilers )

I've been trying to ignore the facebook meme that's all "It's nearly Valentine's Day, so change your profile picture to one with you and your significant other!" Because I usually ignore those memes, and really, Valentine's Day isn't usually a big deal to me, but this year I have fewer single people around to combat the jealous feelings the holiday seems to provoke. All that to say that I've wanted to stab that meme dead.

So how are you guys doing?
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Chloe)
Back in the day--okay, not that far back--let's go with a few years ago, I had a geocities page. It was not nearly as fun or bedecked as everyone else's page, but it served my evil purposes. Which was, mainly, to put up original fic. I kinda cringe at that, now, because man, was that stuff bad. Throughout the years, my very changeable page served to host a few pictures of my travels and a travel log, some horrendous poetry, and, finally, a mirror of my delicious tags. As far as I'm aware, no one ever actually read my website. *grins*

Anyway, I got notice geocities was closing, but it seemed like too much work to transfer everything anywhere else, and downloading proved to be a frustrating and somewhat worthless endeavor, as everything I had on the site I can either find again on some hard drive or disk or disc, don't care about seeing ever again, or have in a hard copy format. (And no, there was no fic on there, except fic that can also be found elsewhere online, and fic that was written before I graduated HIGH SCHOOL. We do not speak of this.)

However, in honor of the end of an era, I link you to this tribute: The Internet's Lament.

[livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's twitter directed me to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, which is a free online YA novel, and is still in progress, unfortunately enough, because I spent quite a while reading it and now I want to know how it ends. I found myself quite drawn in by the description and whimsy of the characters--and the narrator. I love narrators who have a sense of humor.

How many of you, like me, have a few old T-shirts that you will never wear but can't quite bear to throw out because they were the apartment shirt your junior year in college, and you liked that apartment a lot? I was finally fed up enough with them that I googled, trying to find some idea of how to recycle them, since I don't think Goodwill would do a very good job of wanting them, and found this idea for turning them into shopping bags. (Also, if there are other ideas for recycling old T-shirts, let me know in the comments.)
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Back in the day--okay, not that far back--let's go with a few years ago, I had a geocities page. It was not nearly as fun or bedecked as everyone else's page, but it served my evil purposes. Which was, mainly, to put up original fic. I kinda cringe at that, now, because man, was that stuff bad. Throughout the years, my very changeable page served to host a few pictures of my travels and a travel log, some horrendous poetry, and, finally, a mirror of my delicious tags. As far as I'm aware, no one ever actually read my website. *grins*

Anyway, I got notice geocities was closing, but it seemed like too much work to transfer everything anywhere else, and downloading proved to be a frustrating and somewhat worthless endeavor, as everything I had on the site I can either find again on some hard drive or disk or disc, don't care about seeing ever again, or have in a hard copy format. (And no, there was no fic on there, except fic that can also be found elsewhere online, and fic that was written before I graduated HIGH SCHOOL. We do not speak of this.)

However, in honor of the end of an era, I link you to this tribute: The Internet's Lament.

[livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's twitter directed me to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, which is a free online YA novel, and is still in progress, unfortunately enough, because I spent quite a while reading it and now I want to know how it ends. I found myself quite drawn in by the description and whimsy of the characters--and the narrator. I love narrators who have a sense of humor.

How many of you, like me, have a few old T-shirts that you will never wear but can't quite bear to throw out because they were the apartment shirt your junior year in college, and you liked that apartment a lot? I was finally fed up enough with them that I googled, trying to find some idea of how to recycle them, since I don't think Goodwill would do a very good job of wanting them, and found this idea for turning them into shopping bags. (Also, if there are other ideas for recycling old T-shirts, let me know in the comments.)

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