Ordered this time roughly from most-excited to least-excited.
Yuri!!! on Ice: AKA gay figure skating anime. HYPE. The preview looks great, the skating in the preview looks great, figure skating butts are great, it looks shippable as fuck, it's an original series, and apparently the director/creator (Yamamoto Sayo) is well-regarded. The fandom is already losing their minds, which I guess is a double-edged sword since yay! it's probably gonna have a ton of fic/art/etc, but boo! also a lot of shipping wars and wank. Anyway, not a problem for me to avoid the fandom if they're too much of a cesspool, still looking forward to the show.
Sound! Euphonium S2: Concert band anime. The first season was excellent and there's no reason to expect different from this one. Except I do worry about the shipping. I really dislike this one m/f pair that apparently becomes canon in the novels, so I'm rooting for that not to happen here.
Fune wo Amu: AKA "Also, I started writing the dictionary." Adapted from a novel (not light novel), NoitaminA series (we see how well that worked out for me last season with Battery lol), about adults whose job is writing a dictionary. I mean. It sounds great. I HOPE it's actually great.
3-gatsu no Lion: AKA shogi anime. This one is adapted from an award-winning manga I tried to read once and skipped off of fairly quickly. But I love more serious/grounded series about sports/games so I REALLY WANT TO LOVE IT. I'm hoping the anime does a better job of sucking me in than the manga did. The art style in the preview looked a little weird to me, though. We'll see how it goes.
Ajin S2: The 1st season was surprisingly great. I'm ready for more. Wondering what they'll do about the original ending to S1 which was supposedly changed from the manga (and which I saw various people complain about as being OOC).
Haikyuu S3: A shorter-than usual 10-ep season, I heard. That's actually probably good for me. I didn't get into S2 as much as S1, especially in the middle it really felt like it was dragging to me. I hope they can keep the momentum going better this time. In any case, being a manga reader I already know how it's going to end, ha.
Keijo!!!!!!!!: OK look. It's probably going to be terrible. But I can't help but look forward to it anyway, lol. THIS IS THE ECCHI SPORTS ANIME in which girls in swimsuits stand atop floating platforms and try to push each other into the water using only their boobs/butts. It's hard to tell from the preview whether it's going to be amazing or terrible. I'm leaning toward "amusing enough to watch for an episode or two but too light on actual substance and too full of unrealistic anatomy for me to watch beyond that." But I have to say I'm impressed with how far they're pushing the blood-pumping sports aspect, lol. EIGHT EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!!!
All Out!!: AKA gay rugby anime. This is going to get confusing since I already refer to "15: Meisetsu Kougyou Koukou Rugby Bu" as gay rugby manga haha. (And since this one also has a manga.) WHAT CAN YOU DO! This would've been a lot higher on my list probably, being a sports series with great asses, but I read a few chapters of the manga and it really doesn't seem like my kind of thing. I'll still give the anime a shot but I'm not that hopeful. The characters and setup annoyed me too much when I tried it before.
ClassicaLoid: Was not on my list, but after reading the suimmary blurb (classical composers with magical powers and also giant robots??) and watching the preview (very colorful, quirky character designs) I decided to give it a shot. If nothing else, with the classical music theme hopefully it'll be pleasant enough to listen to for one episode.
Long Riders!: AKA the 3rd TV cycling anime destined to disappoint me. SIGH. Like, I'm totally ready to be proven wrong, but it certainly looks like it's gonna be 98% "cute girls doing cute things" and very little actual cycling. We'll see.
Girlish Number: AKA another Shirobako knockoff. Like Sore ga Seiyuu, also focusing on voice acting. I liked Sore ga Seiyuu all right. Nothing amazing but I learned shit about the industry which was basically what I was there for. What I wonder is whether this show will teach me anything I didn't already learn from that one, haha. From the PV it looks like it MIGHT be more focused on character interactions or maybe it'll end up being more "girls doing cute things" like New Game, hard to say. So, w/e, I'll probably give it a shot.
Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume: AKA moe fanservice girls tabble tennis anime. I wasn't actually aware of its existence until I read the randomc preview guide, ha. THEY SAID THERE IS ACTUAL PING PONG PLAYING IN IT SO BASED ON THAT I'M GIVING IT A SHOT. The PV also makes it look like it might be filled with a lot of moe and some fanservice so we'll see what the ratio of that to sports content is. It looks like it may be kinda similar to Ro-Kyu-Bu, but with slightly older characters, and I could potentially dig that. I liked Ro-Kyu-Bu fine until it descended into too much moe SOL filler and repetition of the same fanservice gags without enough new sports content or character/plot development. So it seems like there could be something here, but I'm not going in expecting much.
My overall thoughts on this season heading into it: Lots of sports anime!! All Out (rugby), Haikyuu (volleyball), Keijo (made-up boob/butt-pushing sport lol), Long Riders (cycling), Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume (ping pong), Yuri on Ice (figure skating), then depending on your standards for what "counts" as sports anime, there's also 3-gatsu no Lion (since he's a pro shougi player), and Sound Euphonium (which with how they're doing competitive concert band is basically a sport). Plus Tiger Mask W is another kinda-sports one (WWE-esque wrestling, ymmv on whether that's a sport, fighting, or entertainment), though I'm not watching that. Oh also looks like another season of Teekyuu (aka the tennis club anime where they apparently never actually play tennis, I've never watched it myself). SO it seems like this season is well-situated to continue this year's tradition of throwing a ton of sports anime at me and disappointing me with most of them, lol. (Cheer Boys, Battery, Days, Prince of Stride: all disappointing. Amanchu: enjoyable enough but after the first few eps proved itself to be way more SOL than sports anime.) WELL MAYBE AT LEAST ONE OF THESE WILL ACTUALLY BE BOTH GOOD AND LEGITIMATELY ABOUT SPORTS. I'm pinning my hopes on gay figure skating but Haikyuu is my well-established backup plan.
Aside from sports, also seems to be a season for a lot of sequels. For me, Ajin, Haikyuu, and Sound Euphonium. Fune wo Amu and 3-gatsu no Lion both seem like good possibilities for the "mature character-driven anime about normal people set in a normal world targeting an older audience" category, which is a category I'm generally into when done well. OF COURSE there's also all the usual supernatural scifi battle blah blah blah stuff going on, none of which sound interesting to me this time around, so unless any of them get particularly good reviews in the first week or two I'm unlikely to try any of them.
I DID however select several of them for my MAL Fantasy Anime League team though, lol. I joined the club on MAL a while ago but this is the first time I'm actually doing it. Basically it's like fantasy sports except for the season's anime lineup haha. You select a roster of shows and get points depending on how well those shows do on MAL. WE'LL SEE HOW I DO haha I don't expect to perform very well lol.
My team: Occultic;Nine, Drifters, Hibike! Euphonium 2, Trickster: Edogawa Ranpo "Shounen Tanteidan" yori, Yuri!!! on Ice
My bench: 3-gatsu no Lion, Natsume Yuujinchou Go
Of which I'm only actually watching 3 of them, ha.
Last of all, MY PREDICTIONS:
KEEP: 3-gatsu no Lion, Ajin S2, Fune wo Amu, Haikyuu S3, Sound Euphonium S2, Yuri on Ice
DROP: All Out, ClassicaLoid, Girlish Number, Keijo, Long Riders, Shakunetsu no Takkyuu Musume
How did Adolf Hitler — described by one eminent magazine editor in 1930 as a “half-insane rascal,” a “pathetic dunderhead,” a “nowhere fool,” a “big mouth” — rise to power in the land of Goethe and Beethoven? What persuaded millions of ordinary Germans to embrace him and his doctrine of hatred? How did this “most unlikely pretender to high state office” achieve absolute power in a once democratic country and set it on a course of monstrous horror?
Mr. Ullrich sets out to strip away the mythology that Hitler created around himself in “Mein Kampf,” and he also tries to look at this “mysterious, calamitous figure” not as a monster or madman, but as a human being with “undeniable talents and obviously deep-seated psychological complexes.”
“In a sense,” he says in an introduction, “Hitler will be ‘normalized’ — although this will not make him seem more ‘normal.’ If anything, he will emerge as even more horrific.”
Mr. Ullrich, like other biographers, provides vivid insight into some factors that helped turn a “Munich rabble-rouser” — regarded by many as a self-obsessed “clown” with a strangely “scattershot, impulsive style” — into “the lord and master of the German Reich.”
• Hitler was often described as an egomaniac who “only loved himself” — a narcissist with a taste for self-dramatization and what Mr. Ullrich calls a “characteristic fondness for superlatives.” His manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control, even his sanity. But Mr. Ullrich underscores Hitler’s shrewdness as a politician — with a “keen eye for the strengths and weaknesses of other people” and an ability to “instantaneously analyze and exploit situations.”
• Hitler was known, among colleagues, for a “bottomless mendacity” that would later be magnified by a slick propaganda machine that used the latest technology (radio, gramophone records, film) to spread his message. A former finance minister wrote that Hitler “was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth” and editors of one edition of “Mein Kampf” described it as a “swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half-truths and real facts.”
• Hitler was an effective orator and actor, Mr. Ullrich reminds readers, adept at assuming various masks and feeding off the energy of his audiences. Although he concealed his anti-Semitism beneath a “mask of moderation” when trying to win the support of the socially liberal middle classes, he specialized in big, theatrical rallies staged with spectacular elements borrowed from the circus. Here, “Hitler adapted the content of his speeches to suit the tastes of his lower-middle-class, nationalist-conservative, ethnic-chauvinist and anti-Semitic listeners,” Mr. Ullrich writes. He peppered his speeches with coarse phrases and put-downs of hecklers. Even as he fomented chaos by playing to crowds’ fears and resentments, he offered himself as the visionary leader who could restore law and order....
He benefited from a “constellation of crises that he was able to exploit cleverly and unscrupulously” — in addition to economic woes and unemployment, there was an “erosion of the political center” and a growing resentment of the elites. The unwillingness of Germany’s political parties to compromise had contributed to a perception of government dysfunction, Mr. Ullrich suggests, and the belief of Hitler supporters that the country needed “a man of iron” who could shake things up.
• Hitler’s ascension was aided and abetted by the naïveté of domestic adversaries who failed to appreciate his ruthlessness and tenacity, and by foreign statesmen who believed they could control his aggression. Early on, revulsion at Hitler’s style and appearance, Mr. Ullrich writes, led some critics to underestimate the man and his popularity, while others dismissed him as a celebrity, a repellent but fascinating “evening’s entertainment.”
Edit: More on this, with linkage.
I am, as always, going to provide you with all the details, because that's what I hope to get from my recipient. But if details aren't your thing, please tap out of this letter now. Just know that I really, really cannot handle child or animal harm or death, and I love you for volunteering to write in one of these tiny fandoms. See you on the 25th!
Or, if you want to know more, read on.
( Me )
( Basketball RPF, Earvin Johnson, Larry Bird )
( The Devil Went down to Georgia (song), Johnny/Devil )
( The Incredibles, Helen Parr )
( Mars Evacuees series - Sophia McDougall, Any )
( Murder Most Unladylike Series - Robin Stevens, Daisy Wells, Hazel Wong )
The metadata for a downloaded epub contains the fic title and the author name. However I'm in a lot of fandoms and tend to upload a lot of fic to my ereader in one go a few times a year rather than occasional updates regularly. Then I often have no idea, when I come to read some of my recently uploaded fic, which fic is which – ie which fandom, without opening several new fics until I find the one I want.
I'm currently saving an epub as fictitle-fandom-author.epub, then opening the downloaded epub in calibre, adding the fandom to the title metadata, and converting to an epub (ie making a copy of the epub with the new title) so when I look on my reader I can see the amended title.
So: Title becomes Title-Fandom and displays as
Title-Fandom (by) Fic Author on my ereader.
There has to be an easier way to do this? Could this be a possible adaptation to the download feature? Maybe an opt-in one?
I'm mostly surprised that... there wasn't too much that I missed? Okay, I missed most of the main plot in Foxglove Summer, but I think a lot of the fic I was reading pre-dated it, so I was expecting that. It also had probably the strongest plot of the set - the first four really didn't have plot as their strongest point. Which is not, I will note, necessarily a criticism - I like books that don't narrow-focus on plot, as long as the stuff they're doing in the meantime is fun, and it is - I so, so appreciate that Rivers of London has all of the really, really strong sense of place that is completely missing from, say, the Dresden Files. They feel like - like, they've got the voice and trappings of a police procedural, and the setting and characters of an urban fantasy, but the structure and mood of a cozy, and that was apparently what I needed.
And the criticism of police culture that was coming through strongly in the fic is there in canon; not as a central point, but Peter, while being 100% a copper, is never uncritical of what the police are doing. So I could read it without the sour taste in my mouth that pretty much all other police-focused fiction has been giving me lately. (Just Peter Grant and Sam Vimes are exempt, basically.)
(I dare somebody to write Rivers of Ankh-Morpork.)
Unfortunately all the fanfic-y feelings I got involve characters that very clearly have major canon revelations coming up, and I have been reminded by Check Please! how very, very bad I am at being invested that way in characters in an open canon, so probably I will not be writing anything.
(Well, maybe bits of Rivers of Ankh-Morpork.)
...anyway beyond that I've been deep in avoidance mode lately. I am watching the third season of the Great British Bake-Off because sometime you just need Sue Perkins making terrible puns in a tent, and started hopefully a full watch-through of Leverage in order because sometimes you just need to watch asshole billionaires being made to weep bitter tears, and nearly caught up on the Rex Factor podcast because there is nothing like learning about 10th century Scotsmen murdering each other to help one stop catastrophizing about modern politics (#RememberAed). Also found, and watched, "Under the Emerald Sea", a Nature special that aired when I was five that is the first TV show I ever remember bugging my parents to let me stay up late to watch.
So if anyone wants to talk to me about any of those I'm up for it.
Also I went to the beach on what I accurately predicted to be the last day of the year that sea-bathing would be doable, played some Pokemon Go (level 22! Still haven't found any good way to hatch eggs without using a data plan!), and started what is hopefully going to be a full reshelve and clear out of my books, because it was just becoming unsustainable. Step 1: all 1600+ nonfiction books in dewey decimal order. ish.
When this election began, I was like millions of millennial men: a "Bernie bro" rooting hard for Sen. Sanders.
Watching the candidate of my dreams get steam late and lose in the primary wasn't so different from watching my favorite football team not have enough energy to complete a fourth quarter rally. Hopeful, exciting, but ultimately deflating and disappointing.
When Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee, I was distraught. Months before I had written about her, explaining that I despised her not for her gender — as some of her supporters accused — but for her hawkishness, her center-left policies, her husband's crime bill that incarcerated so many people of color, her support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and her inability to get progressive on climate change policy.
I've spent almost every waking hour of every day following this election, reading about Hillary, Donald Trump, both parties' platforms, and the under-qualified Libertarian and Green Party candidates running. ...
Let's start with a simple but important position: Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to ever run for president....
Throughout her time in public service, Hillary Clinton has negotiated ceasefires in Israel, put the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act into law, authored the Pediatric Research Equity Act (which helped re-label drugs to keep millions of children safe), and she got the EU, Russia, China and other world powers to participate in the crippling sanctions on Iran that forced the country to negotiate its nuclear plan out of existence. All while enduring propaganda that thrust Benghazi and the Clinton Foundation — from which there's also been no evidence of wrongdoing, in fact, quite the contrary — into the public's mind.
And throughout all that time, Clinton has traveled the world advocating a better life for women in places where that concept wasn't even on the radar. She's pushed for paternity leave here in the United States, and became a symbol of women's rights and women's progress everywhere. Looking at Secretary Clinton and reading about her accomplishments, it's tough to think that it was just 100 years ago the U.S. elected the first woman to Congress. That 100 years later, she's our first female candidate for president to win a primary.
Thank you for writing for me! I am very non-fussy about Yuletide and love the fandoms I requested, so please don't stress too much about making me happy. Write me something in a fandom I love, and I will be happy. If you click on my Yuletide tag you will find past letters with lots of detail on what I like in general.
Two little FYIs: I started writing my letter at home, then left before I could finish it. I am currently away from home and can't write as much, so less tl;dr isn't indication of which I want most, just due to circumstances. The other is for any friends who might be trawling this letter for treat prompts. I still love anything I requested for any Yuletide in history, so if you don't know any of these fandoms, feel free to pick up anything from past letters that's in the Yuletide tag set.
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What I'm reading Wednesday:
What I've just finished
Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, books 2 and 3 of her Grisha trilogy. I enjoyed each one a little more than the previous one, but that is mostly due to the introduction of the best character in those books, i.e., Nikolai. ( spoilers )
I don't know what the actual fandom is like, but the glimpse I had of it on Goodreads made me rapidly back away. I mean, people can ship what they like, I don't really care (I mean, I'll judge, but silently) but there was no way canon was going to go there (even if I was side-eying it for how it woobiefied the Darkling) and yet the outrage that it didn't was potent. smh.
And then I spent yesterday reading Crooked Kingdom, set in the same world but a sequel to Six of Crows. I loved these two books pretty much unreservedly - they might be my favorite thing I've read all year - because they are heist books, a genre I dearly love, so the scope is slightly smaller (though there is still a touch of saving the world, but only as an afterthought, and only because it might impact their revenue stream) and also because Kaz and Inej's relationship hits SO MANY of my buttons.
( spoilers )
I mean, I enjoyed the plot a lot, too - it had a lot of moving pieces but I never felt like anything happened that I couldn't have figured out ( spoiler ) and also, ( spoiler )
You still have to sort of handwave the age thing - I just think of them as in their 20s instead of teens - but I enjoyed them tremendously. Crooked Kingdom does spoil the Grisha trilogy a little, ( spoiler ) but I don't think it matters a great deal.
And now I can finish the next draft of my yuletide letter. *g*
I also read the new(ish? it came out a year ago) middle grade novelization of Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken, which is nice mostly because it gives you a lot more Leia, from her POV even (though it uses the phrase "flipping a table" in her narration, and though I can easily imagine Leia wanting to flip a table and actually flipping a table, I can't quite get to the point of believing she'd use the phrase itself *hands*). I read it because I couldn't figure out when she became a senator, and it's not really clear even in the book, but the stuff in Just a Little Bit of History Repeating about the Emperor congratulating her on her pretty face (and her being a sensation on the holonet) comes from here.
And on the bus this morning, I read Star Wars #23, which I enjoyed, though I wish they'd clear up whether Mon Mothma knows who Luke and Leia's parents are, because of anyone still kicking around who isn't Artoo, she would have enough info to guess! ( spoiler )
(I mean, I still have to wonder what her reaction was when Leia was debriefed after the battle of Yavin and was like, "Luke Skywalker, the crazy pilot who destroyed the Death Star, brought Obi-Wan Kenobi to rescue me" - I mean, sure, the Empire can erase as much official history as it wants to, but it can't wipe out people's memories and Mothma was there. I mean, I'll accept that nobody ever questioned anything about Artoo and Threepio's ownership, as obviously Bail was good friends with Padme and there at her death, but come on! It's like, if someone said to you, "Eisenhower and this kid named McArthur showed up to rescue me," wouldn't you be like, "...!!!"?)
And huh, was there no new Darth Vader comic in September? Was that supposed to happen? Comics, your ways remain a mystery to me.
What I'm reading now
I'm rereading Crooked Kingdom right now, since I just finished it last night.
What I'm reading next
Ah! I don't know what I'll read in between, but the second Magnus Chase book comes out next Tuesday, so that's definitely next.
Day was nice! Slept in the sun for a couple of hours in the morning, then did uni work. Also failed at uni work, that was NOT nice, but I at least submitted the thing as omghalp, so. Hopefully the tutor will get back to me?
Then, though, we were going out to dinner. (It's my Mama's 60th. I just. Oh man. *flailyhands*) Which was fine, but it was the end of the day and I was tired already, so grump. And then pokego had a you-MUST-update-to-play thing, which a) I found out just before we were going, and b) is being a GIANT BUTTHEAD, and still hasn't updated, is just doing the spinny thing. For hours. Uuuugh. I'm currently turning the entire phone off, and seeing if that helps. HOPEFULLY, I like my silly game.
Anyway, then we were out for dinner, which is nice? But it was SO SLOW, we were at the restaurant for FOUR HOURS, and my foot does not like being in the boot that long. Also sitting up that long, sitting up that long is... not ideal. So now I hurt, a lot. :( Have done the heat pack thing and taken panadol, but. Still not fun times. =/
Gonna try and sleep now. Physio tomorrow, need to be well rested!
The problem is I was snuggling under a sateen one the other day and suddenly realized there's a significant difference in how they feel on the skin. They're not just a little harsher, like a couple of the Ikea sets that have a bit of poly in the blend, they're like... so silky and nice feeling that they actually warm up against the skin better, like they feel as much nicer as flannel even though they're the opposite, smoother instead of fluffier.
Preferring flannel in the winter is just plain natural, but preferring sateen to regular cotton is like a permanent thing and it's the worst when you significantly prefer one of something when you have five of the other kind. Not to mention the temptation to buy more, which is a horrible idea in terms of our already-overburdened storage space. (Actually getting sateen sets in appropriately bold prints isn't tough because Finnish textile design is unparalleled - Marimekko, Finlayson, and Vallila are all on the case - but they cost like five to ten times as much as the Ikea ones probably, if you don't catch them on sale.)
2. It was definitely a little cooler today than yesterday, and I had the fans on all day while I was at work, so the house wasn't too bad when I came home. It's supposed be a lot cooler tomorrow and then back into the 70s for at least the next week or so, so that's good!
3. I finished translating another chapter! (Possibly the last translating I do before the end of the month, what with the next three days being super busy, including one day where I won't be home until 3am at the earliest...)
4. Look at this ridic Molly tongue!
People will steal your bike lights.
The local drugstores are awesome. (And sell bike lights.)
Turns out that "What are we actually doing when we teach this lab?" conversation was way too short.
My knowledge of quantum mechanics is just fine! My knowledge of basic calculus is rusty as shit.
Yesterday, I got a newsletter from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. A couple of years ago, I was really active in church, then I ran for the board, then I served as President of the Board of Trustees, then I walked out when my term was over and I've never…quite…walked back.
I've been feeling the pull of religious worship again, but I also feel, I don't know, embarrassed to go back to the church I walked away from. I'm actually really lucky that I live around here, there's lots of UU churches. If I don't want to go home, there are others I can go to, at least for a while. And I suppose I could make an appointment with the "new" minister at my home church, if I didn't want to just walk in. Or I could do Church of the Larger Fellowship for a bit.
I guess I feel a bit like I've been
I can't wait to stop being sick so I can go back to the gym, honest. Yesterday, I didn't feel well enough to walk from my bus stop to my office (it's 0.7 miles, so it's not nothing. and I walked it on the way home, although I kept having to slow down), but today I did walk both ways (although I had to stop to catch my breath on the way to work). I am literally getting better everyday, but I also keep hauling my gym clothes with the wish that I will have the energy to do even a leisurely 30 minutes on the bike. Maybe tomorrow? More likely Friday.
I had kept my bullet journaling gathering to videos, but just today I was thinking that I might look up the credentials on my pinboard account so I could add bullet journal links there. No one's made a good video about threading or the dotcalendar yet! I need to keep track of all of these innovations that I will never, ever use. (Why the fuck is bullet journaling my new fandom? There aren't any characters! [This isn't true. There's no slash, but there are sure as fuck personalities.])
P.S. For posterity, some debate links. I didn't watch the debate, because I try not to punch myself in the face with tv. My mother did, and she screamed like she was watching the Washington football team lose a game.
NPR Politics Podcast Episode
Preeti Chibber's Leslie Knope reaction gif Twitter thread
That one time Jonathan Mahler, a NY Times reporter, watched the debate with the sound off, but was still pretty sure Clinton won
2. It definitely feels like fall has struck at home. The nights are chillier than they were, and we might be reaching the end of the highs in the 80s F for the year. (It looks like, after a couple more days, that the highs will be in the 60s/70s F.) Of course, I'm going on a trip where the highs will mostly be in the 80s next week, but that's probably going to be my last taste of summery weather for a few months. I'm totally ready for cooler temperatures. I'm less ready for lack of sunlight and impending winter. Blech.
3. Today was Operation Do Very Little. It's been a success so far! I caught up a little online, took a long nap (mmm), and...well, did a Work Thing I should have done weeks ago, but I needed to do it. I'm saving my combination post-trip/pre-trip laundry and picture uploading for tomorrow at the very least.
I did get to see the niblings today (they were asleep when I got home last night). I missed them a lot! Of course, Nibling gave me a nice hug and proceeded to tell me I stink, but you can't win 'em all. Heh.