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Fuckin' winter took another friend from me, like I have so many to spare.

RIP, [livejournal.com profile] zim138.

We went to school together. I still have the punk mixed tape he thought to send me, out of the blue, back when I was still living like a stepford wife in Calfornia, missing the hell out of Philly and all the art school shenanigans.

I still miss the Philly days. At least, the ones I remember. Now I get to miss him, too.

Wednesday Reading

Jan. 28th, 2015 08:45 am
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I'm currently blazing through High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America by Jessica Harris, whose work I already knew I loved from The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent, which I bought many years ago. It synthesizes a lot of information to show how African foods and cooking influenced the cuisine of the United States. It's making me want to read more about a number of different topics, so I'm hoping there's a good bibliography in the back. Currently, I'm on the bit about catering, and famous free black caterers in Philadelphia and New York City, and it's about to move on to street food.

I've also been reading a lot of fanfiction, but not the sort that really sticks with you, for the most part. Most of it this week was Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes in various scenarios, slash and otherwise. One of the stories had a llama, and that one I can rec without regret.
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Day...what day is this? And no house. We're under contract until mid-April. APRIL. Every time I walk into a wall, trip over a pile of my crap, spend a frustrating and fruitless 20 minutes rooting through plastic bins to find a particular sweater, try to find a quiet spot to perform creepy occult rituals write things (it doesn't exist, I should stop looking), or leap up from bed in the middle of the night squeaking like a kicked lapdog because the roof is dumping icy water on my head again, there is a very loud mental voice that shouts "THIS SHIT WOULD NOT BE HAPPENING IF WE HAD A HOME"

That voice is a lie. I would still totally walk into walls.

***

Don't, while you're two months into a potentially year long short sale approval process, go peering at houses in GA out of morbid curiosity. You will notice that you could buy a shiny new McMansion on multiple acres on the budget you're trying to obtain a deeply discounted short sale fixer up abandoned in mid-reno right on the very fringe of the NJ/NY metro area. (Not that I want a McMansion, that's more my parents' thing. I'm just sayin'.)

Does it seem wrong to anyone else that I could've gotten knocked up, had a baby and have it be able to hold its head up in the time it takes a bank to sell a house to me?

****

Everyone around me is being needlessly over-the-top sarcastic because we only had about 6 inches of snow accumulate after all that news coverage shrieking about the Return of The Great White Sandy, but I'm pretty sure that the actual danger wasn't as much the potential accumulation, because snow happens every winter, but that we would ignore it as usual and get caught in a nasty white out in the middle of the night. Apparently it's not real unless someone dies, never mind that's what we're trying to avoid. Also, free day off! Also also, I'm sure it was much easier to get everything back to situation normal when 64 MILLION* SELF-IMPORTANT MUTHERFUCKERS AREN'T WANDERING AROUND IN THE WAY. I vote we do this every time it snows, if only for a few hours. It'd make everything so much easier.

(Also, think of what it would do for the french toast industry.)

****

At this point I have so many variants of fucking storylines for every story in my universe that I could probably spin it into a point and click adventure game like Telltale's The Wolf Among Us.

****
W's doc put him on some crazy low-protein diet and because he's W he went all hardcore cold turkey, no meat of any kind at all, and it's been over a month, and he's starting to crack. Last night there was a while moment of "I'm ready to go on the down low for meat!"

me: ....er?

w: "no, not like cock, but actual meat!" It was kinda hard to tell if he was laughing or sobbing at that point. If I wake up with him staring at me creepily with a fork and knife in hand in the middle of the night, I will not be entirely shocked. I will, however, tell him to go buy himself a chicken wing or something, 'cause damn. =|

*****

Yup, I am drinking beer in the middle of the afternoon in the middle of the week like it's summer. Because I miss summer.

Wassup, people?

*this number ain't me being all hyperbolic (this time). that is the for real population of the north east corridor.

Snow!Fail!

Jan. 27th, 2015 08:59 am
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Philly only got maybe three inches of snow, so here I am at dayjob, though a lot of other people aren't due to various transportation issues or just not wanting to deal with it.

This means I might be able to go to the gym in the afternoon, yay! Since I skipped last night, worried about ice and the mad rush of traffic.

Tomorrow is my Friday, and Thursday is colonoscopy prep, not!joy.

I finally watched episode three of Agent Carter, and followed up with episode 7 of Forever, which was just as soothing as ever. Is it just me, or does the waitress character in Agent Carter seem likely to turn out to be an assassin or enemy agent? Which would be a bummer, because female character yay.
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TMI warning!

I relieve anxiety by preparing. So, in preparation for Friday's colonoscopy, I have acquired:

1. Required Gatorade.

2. Required fiber laxative.

3. Required pill laxatives.

4. Coconut water (clear liquid!). I haven't tried it before.

5. Items to soothe and protect against abrasion of tender skin. *ahem*

6. I still want to get some apple or white grape juice, and maybe some lime popsicles. I already have lots of kinds of tea, honey, agave syrup, etc..

At least the clear liquid fasting only lasts one day. And I get two days off from dayjob!

Seafood stew recipe!

Jan. 26th, 2015 08:01 pm
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They ate this in the story, now you can try cooking it. :)

seafoodstewrecipe

More at the Patreon page.

More Healthy Excitement

Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:01 am
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I went to the gym three days in a row this week, and my legs feel like lead. No gym tonight.

Tuesday was squats, bench press, and row with barbell, plus a little over a mile on the elliptical, level one, in a 15 minutes. Wednesday was 45 minutes on the elliptical. Thursday was barbell squats and deadlifts, followed by overheads on a machine because someone else got the squat rack I need for overheads. I did 45 pounds, and was straining by the end of the 5-rep sets.

I've reached almost half the amount of my previous maximum lifts (before the broken elbow); I need to confirm in my little handwritten book, because I'm stopped using my spreadsheet at some point. So it's feasible I could try for the 150 bench press this year, or at the latest early next year. So that's my goal. We shall see if I stick to it.

I ran out of oatmeal, so bought more last night, this time taking care to get the kind with no added sugar, to which I am adding dried cherries. I bought Gatorade and coconut water for next week's day of clear fluids only. I also put in a bulk internet order for Kind bars, which are my favorite of the various pre- and post-gym snacks. I love nuts so much! I got ones with almonds and ones with pecans. Finally, this morning I tried coffee with maple syrup, and that is a definite yes, even though I'd already cut my sugar in coffee by half.

Treading Air

Jan. 22nd, 2015 08:35 am
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I missed my gym workout on Monday because it was all riding in a car from Boston, but I did weights plus a mile of elliptical cardio on Tuesday, and 45 minutes on the elliptical last night. I was hoping for an hour, but was actually pretty tired, and didn't try to stick with it for another fifteen minutes, despite my iPod and Bone Rider on the Kindle keeping me pretty well entertained.

Today needs to be more weights, with cardio of a length to be determined. I might be able to do my workout in the afternoon instead of tonight, which means less time for cardio, but more time to relax this evening, and perhaps watch the third episode of Peggy Carter, which I didn't get to at Arisia.

I haven't been doing as well as I should with the diet modification. Part of that is finishing off some cereal and oatmeal I bought before the doctor appointment, which had more added sugar than stuff I bought afterwards. But also, I need to eat more vegetables. Any thoughts on ways to train myself to eat more vegetables?

I've got my morning coffee down to one sugar instead of two, though I think there is sugar in the liquid fake creamer we have in the office; I use two of those.

I apparently do not need any tricks to help me eat sunflower seeds; those seem to be my current before-bed snack of choice. Sadly, they are high in calories, but they have a lot of other good stuff in them, so I will count them as a win.

All of this effort is going to be moot the end of next week when I have to prep for a colonoscopy. Wednesday is a day of "low residue" foods, which means low in fiber, which means basically a lot of carbs. Thursday is the day of clear liquids and brutally cleaning everything out over a period of hours, so pleasant, not! Then Friday morning is the procedure, after which I will be able to return to Food.
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So I just watched the last episode of this season's American Horror Story, Freak Show. It was a mess and all over the place, but I really liked the ending.

Then I realized why. It was the same ending as Life on Mars, second season. Which, yes, at the time annoyed a lot of us, but in retrospect holds up for me. Or here it works. Or something.

The freak show's proprietor is named Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), and for some reason the show uses music anachronistically (it shares its creator with Glee, enough said?), so that even though it's set in the 1950s, Elsa uses Bowie's "Life on Mars" as her theme song. (They also use Lana del Ray and Nirvana at other moments in the series; you just have to kind of go with it.) Lots of spoilers follow: Read more... )

That's it for me and AHS, though. I hear the first two seasons were excellent and might catch up on them. Unfortunately, I joined in progress with season 3: Coven, which I kinda liked because it was very female-centered, but was a mess. This season was an even worse mess, and there were a lot of non-disabled actors who'd been made up or digitally altered, so that was problematic. However, there were some real performers as well, who seemed to be sidelined at first but who came into the forefront more and more as the season went on. I totally have a crush on Mat Fraser, who played Paul the Illustrated Seal. He's a Brit with that London accent that always does it for me -- who was a thalidomide baby and IRL is a Coney Island sideshow revival performance artist. The reviewer for the New Yorker, by the by, clearly had a crush on him as well . . .

Wednesday Reading

Jan. 21st, 2015 09:07 am
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Thanks to my attempting to rec this at an Arisia panel, I've now gone back to reading Bone Rider by J. Fally, which features a romance between a soldier and alien sentient armor. Really, do you need any more recommendation than that? I had left it partly finished due to deadlines for other stuff, but it's been so long I went back to the beginning and started over.

I finished The Regency Underworld by Donald Low recently. Current nonfiction is High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America by Jessica B. Harris and In War's Dark Shadow: The Russians before the Great War by W. Bruce Lincoln as my bathroom book.

In fanfiction, Owlet's This, You Protect is now complete, and if you like Bucky Recovery stories, this is one for you. It has realistic angst mingled with Bucky's sardonic-yet-almost-innocent humor...it's hard to describe, but a great story.

Back to the Grind

Jan. 20th, 2015 12:22 pm
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There was a fair amount of traffic for most of the way home from Arisia, so I did little after I got home beyond showering and reading a little before I went to sleep. I didn't even dump dirty clothes into the laundry basket until this morning.

I did several things I haven't done before, or often: I moderated zero panels, I did a panel at 10 pm at night, and I did three (75 minute) panels in a row. I really do not recommend that last item in particular. I think I managed to make good points, but I was very irritable and lacking in concentration by the last one. C. and I ended up just getting food delivered after that, and watched the masquerade on Arisia TV.

I saw numerous people, all too briefly, and ate too few vegetables over the weekend. I did, however, put in a good workout on Friday, late afternoon/evening.

I can't afford both WisCon and my dental work this year, so my next con is Readercon, in July.
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I have caught the cold! Sore throat, aching limbs. Teaching seems to have aggravated the sore throat. Voice is hanging on by a thread.

Posted Chapter 17 of Dragon Physician.

Also got my first story acceptance for the year. Yay!

Now to beat the cold into submission.

Dreamwidth News: 18 January 2015

Jan. 18th, 2015 10:00 pm
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Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's linux.conf.au. (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere


Dreamwidth News, 18 Jan 2015 )
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We've finished pushing the new code and will be working on fixing immediately obvious bugs now!

We're looking into problems with the new Create/Edit entries page not working properly on Chrome.

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