Ab-o-rama

Aug. 27th, 2015 09:55 am
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The mat room was finally open again, so I did some planks last night, and some various leg lifts. Then I did half an hour on the elliptical, at level 10.

I slept pretty well after that.

Wednesday Reading

Aug. 26th, 2015 08:52 am
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I'm mostly reading a review book this week. Sorry I'm boring!

And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan is terrific, except I wish the occasional anecdotes were a little less like well-worn sepia photographs tucked in amongst the facts. I am sure there is more life and significant detail in those stories than is appearing on the page. Or maybe there was, once, and it was lost through repetition. I think most are coming from letters, which would have been self-censored. I need to check the bibliography.

I'm still thinking about this short poem in Strange Horizons: Lola By Gabby Reed.

Best fanfiction of the week was a really lovely Scarlet Witch story, all about grief and recovery. Set post-Age of Ultron. Pour Back The Ocean by imperfectcircle.

As opposed to mimicry

Aug. 26th, 2015 08:50 am
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This xkcd is making me think about actual magical convergent evolution between cellphone towers and trees in the Collapse-verse.*

That is all. Nope, I got nuthin' deep here.

Time to go to work.

*Yup, in case you were wondering, I still do have all the stories. Now I just need a home, space, and time.

Working Out

Aug. 25th, 2015 08:39 am
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The room with the mats was closed again because of air conditioning issues (this after the whole gym was closed last week for a week's maintenance), so I didn't try planking and other ab exercises as I'd planned.

Instead, I used the Seated Leg Press and the Pectoral Fly machine (you don't have to grip with your hands!), and then did intervals on the elliptical.

I am sore today, and it feels well-earned. Also a good result: I feel less tense and frantic, and my sinuses cleared out a little more.

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Aug. 21st, 2015 09:55 pm
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So there is this cutie at the grocery store. Last year I mostly encountered him at the cashier, and sometimes he would be the bag boy. I'm pretty sure he's way young, I peg him mid-20's at most. Still, he is pleasant to look at, and always, unfailingly friendly.

Javi was gonna do a drag performance in LA, and we were gonna leave at 4.30, so I got made up for the occasion. But he pulled out last minute, so he and Maurisa were cooking dinner instead. And they invited me over, and I went to the grocery store to get some stuff for the dinner. And who should be at the deli counter but cute bag boy. We exchanged a few pleasantries about summer, I got some potato salad.

I might have to go get mashed potatoes a bit more often.

MCU/Avengers fans out there . . .

Aug. 21st, 2015 04:07 pm
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Does anybody want a (free) Avengers: Age of Ultron poster? It was a two-fer with the ComicCon giveaway Agent Carter poster, and I don't want it.

It features Black Widow equally with all the other characters! yay!

Free within the US -- or heck, North America -- will consider sending it overseas but would have to charge for postage.

Just let me know.

Rivendell!

Aug. 21st, 2015 09:05 am
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I updated my "NERD FITNESS 'WALKING TO MORDOR' CHALLENGE" spreadsheet this morning, and I made it to Rivendell! A bit past it, actually - 493.4 miles so far.

I've been tracking for roughly 185 days (there were at least a few days with no progress, for instance Monday's sick day). I included both elliptical time and regular walking with my pedometer. The average per day works out to 2.66 miles, which is not as good as I would like. The weak spot is the weekdays I don't go to the gym - I need to make more of an effort to walk at lunch and to walk home, which will be easier when the weather cools off some.
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I opened my email to find a post from a Margaret Carter in a discussion on Immortality.

So of course all I can think is "the perfect way to make sure Peggy is in ALL the MCU movies!"
Even if it was actually a post from an academic mailing list on teaching texts that deal with immortality.

I really need a Peggy icon; it seems like the tattered remnants of my fannishness these days are all about Peggy Carter, Phryne Fisher, and a few others . . .

A Spa

Aug. 20th, 2015 09:04 am
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Ms. 7 decided I needed A Spa last night. She put warm water in the tub and instructed me to soak my feet while sniffing a cup of water that contained a drop of grapefruit essential oil. She massaged my temples and neck with hand cream while providing guided meditations through a forest, beach, and outer space in rapid succession. She "filed my nails" with dental floss and then I had to stretch out facedown while she dabbed my back with a damp washcloth, presumably at key points, because she was asking me where it hurt most.

I did not giggle at any point, and it was actually soothing, even though my socks were wet when I put them back on. I still have a residue of Aquaphor hand cream in my hair, though, after three washings. It's sort of like my beeswax hair cream I use sometimes, though, so it isn't really obvious.

Wednesday Reading

Aug. 19th, 2015 08:50 am
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I've just started reading And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan. I expect it to be harrowing and fascinating.

My fiction reading is derailed at the moment by a review book, so I'm still working on Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin.

My absolute favorite fanfiction story in the last week is No Reservations: Narnia by Edonohana, in which chef Anthony Bourdain visits Narnia and tries out its cuisine for his reality show. I really want to try toffee-apple brandy.

Thousand Yard Stare

Aug. 18th, 2015 01:03 pm
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I have a cold. I stayed home from dayjob yesterday and slept most of the day away, even though after a while I felt like I was dreaming too much.

I'm working today because I couldn't stand being cooped up any more; I have a headache but my nose isn't really running yet. My head is sort of like a brick.

Also, I got a preliminary bill for my hand splints and PT visit for my tendonitis, and it looks like I'll be paying around $400, which is more than I had hoped.

Pfui.

thoughtdump

Aug. 16th, 2015 06:53 pm
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- I've been picking at an original novella on and off for about four years now. (Mostly off. Who am I kidding.) Until a few days ago, it's been all setting with vague wisps of characters floating through; the main plot revolves around a cataclysmic change in landscape, which does nnnnot make for good reading unless you've got some actual people tootling around said landscape.

Then, two days ago, I literally bolted awake with the central metaphor blaring in my head.

It's blindingly obvious, both in the "WHY THE FUCK DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS SOONER" way and the "I'm going to have to tread carefully if I don't want this to turn into some twee, possibly offensive bullshit" way, but still. I could dance, I'm so happy. I have a direction! I know what I'm doing!...kind of! At least, I know enough of what I'm doing to be excited about working on the project again, which amounts to the same thing.

- I'm trying not to stress about my weight and, um, failing pretty hard. Cut for all the talk you'd expect there. )

- You guys. YOU GUYS. A tea/coffee shop opened right across the street from my building. I live in a bit of an out-of-the-way area, so I dearly hope they survive; the previous tenants only lasted about six months, but that was a convenience store rather than a sit-down cafe, so. Extra incentive for potential guests? Thirty seconds to snacks and caffeinated beverages? *eyebrow waggle*

- HOW ABOUT THAT CAP 3 FOOTAGE, HUH. God, I just. I need to go into this movie armed with a Costco warehouse's worth of tissues. My heart is not, and will never be, ready.

- As of today, I'm a full month behind on Hannibal. It's one of those shows where I have to give it my full, undivided attention whenever I watch, and lately, I've been too mentally scattered when I get home from work to do anything but sleep, try to cook some stuff, and keep the mess in my apartment from unhinging its jaw and swallowing me whole. Which bums me out, because everything I've heard paints the Red Dragon arc as the pinnacle of the show to date. Sigh. Someday, murder husbands. Someday, I will return.

- I also never got around to seeing Ant-Man. Still can't decide if that's worth doing before it leaves theaters.

- Yeah, life's...been pretty quiet lately. More or less. I'm okay with that, even if it feels just a smidge too much like a holding pattern.

Things to Do This Weekend

Aug. 14th, 2015 09:00 am
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1. Laundry! As usual.

2. Seeing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie, which is an Alternate Universe from the tv show I love.

3. Shaun the Sheep Movie with Tots.

4. Visit friend in the hospital again; surgery is set for next week, followed by rehab. Luckily for me, the rehab will likely be fairly close to where I live.

5. ...further goals elude me.

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