Bleh hot.

Jul. 30th, 2015 11:43 am
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It is hot and humid in Philly this week, but I confess I have barely been outside in it for the last three days or so. By the time I left the gym last night, the sun was going down, so the temperature was bearable.

If I wanted, I could see an unstaged performance of Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta" tonight at AVA, but I recall the air conditioning in the hall is not so terrific, so maybe not. The other free concert I was supposed to go to tonight fell through. But I would like an evening to do laundry and make my final notes for the review I need to write this weekend.

My softball team won the Monday-Wednesday league but lost in the final game against the Tuesday-Thursday league. I did not go, and feel sort of bad about it, but I couldn't play, and at least in the gym I could get sorely-needed exercise. Also, air conditioning. I did an hour on the elliptical, for a total of 4.02 miles - that left me pleasantly tired. I am feeling twitchy because of not lifting, but the orthopedics appointment is tomorrow morning, so at least I feel like I am doing that.

Updates!

Jul. 30th, 2015 06:39 am
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Dragon Dancer has a set pub/release date: 12 October 2015

Ready for pre-order.

Wednesday Reading

Jul. 29th, 2015 09:32 am
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This week's reading was a mashup of a lot of things. I finished a slog of a review book, and caught up on some issues of The Economist.

Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick was a lot of fun - excellent dialogue, and a surprisingly complex storyline, as in the characters (the aliens as well as Carol Danvers) had to make a lot of decisions, all of which would have both good and bad results. Basically, Carol has gone out into space to take an alien back to her people, and ends up embroiled in a conflict between an empire and a planet full of refugees from a wide range of planets. The Guardians of the Galaxy have a story role, as well. I recommend this if you're interested in superhero/sf comics and don't want to struggle with decades of old continuity.

In fanfiction, Frog in a Blender by feldman and Thassalia is a slowly built, effective NatashaRomanoff/Bruce Banner romance with a bonus action plot, that I would love to see explored further in a sequel. The romance goes AU before Age of Ultron.

hey good looking, what's cooking by Beatrice_Otter is a lovely Peggy Carter missionfic with bonus Angie Martinelli.

I started reading Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts again; I'd started it a while back, while riding the bus, but had only read the first chapter or so. I got back to it this week (again on the bus!) and am determined to finish it this time, so I can move forward in the Terrifying TBR. It's fantasy, the world seemingly loosely based on the Roman Empire. At least the religion is very Roman, as are the names of people and things. The magical source is called animor, and if you have it, you can see things others can't, and are able to fight beings? forces? that attack through the sky at night, and can remove whole cities from reality and memory. The characters are complex and intriguing, and I especially like the main female character, Velody. I could read a whole novel just about her and her two female friends and their couture business, but I can tell there's about to be a lot more magic happening.

Calloo Callay.

Jul. 28th, 2015 09:10 am
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After three tries, I have an appointment to see someone at orthopedics for my finger. It hasn't improved, and the injury is over a week old. I really hope there's something that can help it improve; aside from wanting to lift weights and do pushups and the like, this is my dominant hand, which I need for rather a lot of things.

My softball team won without me. Yay team. I am a little sad, though. Instead of going to watch, I worked out on the elliptical. I put my health first, and I'm not sure it was the right decision. Who am I kidding? It was the right decision. My exercising is already impaired from not lifting; doing nothing would be even worse.

Yoga

Jul. 27th, 2015 08:57 am
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I went to my first ever yoga class on Saturday morning with C., who had found a teacher interested in starting a Size Positive class - that is, one mostly intended for women of larger sizes. The teacher was a large woman herself, so it was nice to see someone who was both fat and strong. There were six students; four of them had taken yoga before, some for quite a while.

I am terrible with choreography, especially on the fly, but I did my best to follow instructions and get used to what the different positions felt like. We shall not speak of how I transitioned between them! I could feel my muscles working, though. The day after I had a lot of tightness in the backs of my thighs, and slightly bruised knees. My upper body work with weights helped me a lot, I think. I can do push-ups, and I seemed to be using some of those same muscles for some of the things.

I spoke to the instructor before class to let her know I couldn't put a lot of weight on my right hand at the moment, and she had some suggestions, but I wasn't good at following those suggestions in the heat of the moment, except for the one about folding up layers of the mat for more padding. I compensated by putting more weight on my left hand, and using the heel of my right hand. This would have worked better if the mat had been less slippery; I exerted myself more to keep from sliding and landing on my face. Hopefully, that aspect will improve when my hand is better. I'm still waiting for an appointment with an orthopedist.

Overall, the class went quickly. I couldn't quite keep up with all the yoga-specific vocabulary, and the business of breathing through your nostrils in sequence and saying "omm" seemed dubious to me, but whatever. It wasn't for that long, and wasn't too goofy for me to endure.

I would definitely do it again, preferably when I have less hand pain.

Update-ish.

Jul. 27th, 2015 11:32 am
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It is the Youth Day holiday in lieu, so I have a day of rest (of sorts). But I have to see my breast specialist (and maybe yell at him). Yeah, yelling doesn't solve anything. It will feel good though to get things out.

I am damned tired of the side-effects.

EDIT: I didn't yell at him. >.

*sigh*

Jul. 24th, 2015 08:17 am
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Finger is no better; still the same degree of swelling and tenderness, even while taking a normal dose of Aleve. Since I didn't get a response from my email yesterday, I called the doctor's office this morning to get an appointment with the hand doctor.

*sigh*

Wow.

Jul. 23rd, 2015 03:36 pm
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University of Iowa Libraries Begin to Digitize Decades of Fan Fiction. Though from the article, it sounds like old sf fanzines are first. It doesn't mention media fanzines specifically.

Frustration!!!!! Rage!!!!!

Jul. 23rd, 2015 02:32 pm
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I decided to give my Nook tablet another chance for comics reading, since I can't get that one volume any other way. It hadn't been able to open the comic I bought on Google Play a few months ago, despite those purchases supposedly being supported; perhaps it could open one bought from the Barnes and Noble website?

I downloaded a sample from the B&N website. I took the Nook to the B&N store at lunch. I okayed the download. The sample downloaded. I opened it! It worked! I used the "buy" button. The comic downloaded, slowly. I then tried to open the file. All I got was a window requesting my email address and the credit card number with which I purchased the book. The website says this is for DRM purposes. They are insane and full of shit, but I entered the information anyway. And it still didn't work. If I tried to cancel the window, it told me the "DRP Reader" failed.

I got help from the information desk. Help poked around on their website, and deleted and re-downloaded the file before I could tell him not to (so I was late back from lunch). Forty minutes later, I left worse off than before in a stew of frustrated anger. I put in a help request on the website anyway. I was not as snarky as I wanted to be, nor did I rant at great length.

I searched online myself and saw other, similar problems with the "DRP Reader" listed in the Nook Support Forums from 2013, with no answers as to how to fix them.

I give up. I'm getting a refund for the comic and when I can afford it, I'm getting a different tablet. NOT anything from B&N.

At least the Tots and I have enjoyed playing games on the thing. But I bought it to read comics!

La La La

Jul. 23rd, 2015 08:31 am
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The swelling in my middle finger hasn't gone down any more, and I can't bend it all the way down, and it's a little painful if pressure is applied. I emailed my doctor, but am pretty sure she will confirm that I need to see an orthopedist. Hooray for insurance and dayjob, which means I can afford it.

So frustrating. I am grateful I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, at least; only osteo, and it's still pretty mild.

On the bright side, my softball team won last night, so we will still be in the playoffs for at least Monday's game, and though I don't want to get my hopes up too high, maybe I could play. Or just show up.

I went to the gym instead of the game last night, since at least at the gym I could work out. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical at high resistance. I couldn't hold onto the right handle very well, but I did get my heart rate up and sweat, and I think it did me good.

C. found a "size-positive" yoga instructor, and I am going to try out a class with her on Saturday morning. I've never done yoga, so it should be interesting.

Wednesday Reading

Jul. 22nd, 2015 09:03 am
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I'm currently reading a review book which I won't talk about here, and I just finished another one last night.

I went outside the MCU for my fanfiction reading:
so you were never a saint by paperclipbitch is a plotless, amusing character study of Q from the recent Bond movies which I really enjoyed.

The Bearskin Cloak by Horridporrid is a fairy tale AU of Stargate: Atlantis, from Ronon Dex's POV, delightfully weird yet also down-to-earth.

Recent comics purchases:
Vengeance (introduces America Chavez) by Joe Casey.
Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
Captain Marvel Volume 2: Stay Fly by Kelly Sue DeConnick.
All-New X-Men Volume 2: Here to Stay by Brian Michael Bendis.
Black Widow Volume 2: The Tightly Tangled Web by Nathan Edmondson.

the latest War Drobe update.

Jul. 21st, 2015 09:00 pm
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So then out of the shadows comes a shadowy 3rd party with a long and dramatic paranormal-romantic name and a proposal to supply a free sewer line and hook up in exchange for the life of the huge tree out front. We won't have to replace the septic system after all.

....No, I'm not even kidding. That has to have been one of the most...direct positive responses to a bit of sorcery I've performed yet. *stares at it*

Anyway, so, all of our half of the paperwork mountain is submitted, and all that needs to be done is to get the architect's mock up (he stopped by to take all the measurements on Sunday), have our contractor (re)bid the job per the mockup, and wait for bank approval (okay, and argue over light fixtures and some other odds and ends). Also the 203k appraisal was ordered (the appraiser assesses the house in its current state, ponders the intended improvements and reports their findings to the potential lender, which basically determines whether all of these shenanigans are even worth it. That might be the part I'm the least worried about. She's definitely worth it).

In the meantime, from my last assessment of the books, W appears to have gone ahead and ordered a chainsaw, a lawnmower, and a paint-spraying attachment for his compressor. Our agent has signed us up for a moving service that basically handles various moving details (changes of address, utilities, moving announcements, all that sort of thing) with the pressing of a few buttons.

This thing is really happening, ain't it? *headtilts* 'Round this time next month, we could be home owners.

Updates.

Jul. 21st, 2015 08:57 pm
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Been on a reduced dosage of the treatment/medication - and still feeling the side-effects. Energy-wise, I am coping and even taken to using the exercise bike.

Also interesting email in my inbox - will make the announcement once everything is confirmed.

Oww.

Jul. 21st, 2015 08:53 am
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I hurt my right middle finger last night while lifting. It's swollen this morning. I think I have to call the doctor. *sigh*

Yay, I have a doctor.

Alas, poor vacation

Jul. 20th, 2015 10:24 am
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My 7 weekdays off from dayjob are over. *sigh*

It wasn't all that bad to come back, though. Not as bad as I was imagining.

How does one become independently wealthy?

BOOKS!

Jul. 19th, 2015 02:09 pm
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BOOKS

And Eid Mubarak to those who celebrate. :)

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