Daily Happiness

Feb. 12th, 2016 10:53 pm
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Carla's doctor fiiiinally confirmed the refill of her migraine meds, so she was able to go pick that up today. Thankfully she wasn't actually out of them, as it took a couple weeks to get that refill.

2. I did not buy anything at work today! I'm trying to drink less soda and not buy snacks/drinks/lunch at work so much, so that was a good start. (The trick is keeping it up.)

3. We have cutie kittens:



delphi: A plate of chocolate chip cookies. (cookies)
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Two of my very favourite things, Avatar and Hamilton, together in one vid.

Title: Wait for It
Vidder: EmptyFeet
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Characters: Zuko + ensemble
Rating: General
Song: "Wait for It" from the musical Hamilton, performed by Leslie Odom, Jr.
Content Info: n/a

Weekly Reading

Feb. 12th, 2016 09:12 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Hrm, I don't think I've read any more of either Console Wars or Kingdom Coming since the last reading post, oops. :-/ But I am still technically reading them.

I'm also reading Kimi ni Todoke vol. 24, which is predictably cute and enjoyable so far.

What did you recently finish reading?
I read all the volumes of Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi that I had. ;_;

Other than that, sadly nothing. :( I haven't made time to read during the day, and I haven't been reading much before bed, either.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I just went on iTunes and found that they have vol. 7 of Shibito, so I'm downloading it now! They also now have vol. 3 of Koiiji and vol. 10 of Ore Monogatari, so I think I will get those, too, since I can't find scans anywhere.

Weekly reading (02/12/16)

Feb. 13th, 2016 12:02 am
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What did you recently finish reading?

I finished rereading Deadline tonight (so that took a week--noticeably less time than the Feed reread, as I suspected) I did not wind up starting another novel alongside it, so that experiment remains untested unless/until I try to read something else alongside Blackout.

The combination of Goodreads/my memory leads me to think I hadn't properly reread the whole book since 2012.

As I just said on Twitter, I'm now seriously tempted to make a post listing all the things in Deadline that I'm just not over yet. Turns out I still have a literal physical reaction to a thing that happens in the middle. O_O (The things on that list bear no relation to the many things I bookmarked as details relevant to fic ideas I haven't written/finished yet.)

We'll see how I feel about the "making a list" idea tomorrow. I may be okay, since I spent the evening periodically messaging [twitter.com profile] megsaysthings to tell her what was happening in the book, which devolved into ALL CAPS FLAIL/SHRIEK/SOB/FEELS BY THE BUCKET at her by the time I stopped. (Please note that Meg actively encourages this behavior.)

(If anyone happens to want to flail about Deadline with me, please hold off on mentioning plot points in comments on this post--but feel free to indicate that you're so inclined, because it'll pretty much guarantee that I'll post separately about it!)

What are you currently reading?

I bought Carrie Fisher's Shockaholic a few weeks ago (?) when the ebook was on sale, and have started reading it on my phone when I have a few minutes here and there. I think I'm at a bit of a disadvantage, not having read her other book(s) and not knowing much at all about her life, but her style is a quick read.

What do you think you'll read next?

I keep thinking I might read something new before heading into my Blackout reread, but I enjoyed the Deadline reread so much that I'm not sure how likely I am to put Blackout off.

cdrama: Sound of the Desert

Feb. 12th, 2016 03:57 pm
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Sound of the Desert, also known as Ballad of the Desert is based on a romance novel by Tong Hua. The novel is set during the Han dynasty, but apparently there was controversy over historical inaccuracies and they changed it to be set in a fictional country (Creatively called Western Han...), and the names of historical figures were changed.

Xin Yue (Liu Shi Shi) is a Tartar (based on Mongolians, I believe) girl who was RAISED BY WOLVES in the desert. (I love how this is a literal origin story for multiple wuxia heroines.) As a child, she was found and adopted by a Tartar man, and became friends with several noble Tartar children, but she returned to the desert after his murder. As an adult, she encounters two young noblemen from Western Han. The first, Mo Xun (Hu Ge), is the frail nephew of the emperor, and a businessman with ties to the desert. The second, Wu Ji (Eddie Peng), is the nephew of the empress, and a general rapidly gaining fame and recognition. Mo Xun gives her a pretty blue dress and provisions, and when she later meets Wu Ji, she accompanies him back to the capital city, Chang'an, unaware that either man is of any particular social importance.

In Chang'an, she quickly spends all her money (which was provided by Wu Ji) and ends up begging for odd jobs until she begins working at a dancing house, quickly becoming the top dancer of the house, and eventually meets both Mo Xun and Wu Ji again, learning both of their real identities, and kicking off a love triangle that...isn't overly interesting as a triangle, but the main romance is quite nice, as are all characters as individuals. (Though Mo Xun is rather bland until the triangle stuff is sorted out, which isn't really something I expect to say about a character played by Hu Ge. Speaking of which, I don't know how they expect us to buy Hu Ge as frail. I mean, dude's a good actor and all, but...very much not frail.) More importantly, she builds her own entertainment empire through shrewdness and talent, forms lifelong friendships with several women, and uses her entertainment empire to further the political agendas of her friends, including Qin Xiang, a young performer seeking revenge, who later becomes a (completely non-romantic) rival. The second half moves away from the entertainment and love triangle aspects, and into palace politics and conspiracies.

It's not quite a wuxia, but is clearly very heavily wuxia inspired, though the political and business aspects make me think more of sageuks than wuxia dramas. I remember this being The Big Anticipated Thing in 2011 when it was announced, and then heard nothing on it until I saw it on Hulu, since it didn't air until 2014. The book it's based on is the first in a trilogy (the second is about Xin Yue's daughter, I believe, and the third hasn't been published yet.) but I don't know if there are any plans to adapt the rest of the series.

I'd say it's the best cdrama I've seen in years, but, uhm, it actually HAS been a couple years since I watched a cdrama, having mostly watched sageuks and a Spanish telenovelas for my non-English language period dramas the last couple of years. Instead, I'll say I don't think I've enjoyed a cdrama this much since Paladins in Troubled Times. (Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei loses because it only has 2 major female characters, and one dies pre-series in an extremely annoying fridging backstory which killed a lot of my momentum for the series, and while I was really into certain parts of Legend of the Condor Heroes 2008, I...really did not much care for or about most of the Yang Kang or Ouyang Ke storylines.)

In other news, the Legend of Hua Mulan series from a few years ago got subtitles when I wasn't looking, so I'll be watching it soon.
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It won't be long before I need to order more Mélange de Chamonix from Upton Tea, so I emailed [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear, Ginny, and Kas to see if anyone wants in on it. The following discussion ensued:

[dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear: If you want to split a large bag for any reason, we can do that; if you need to order a lot, I'll take 500g on my own.

Me: I'm debating between getting two or three 1kg bags for myself.

[dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear: ...right. I'll take 500g, then.

Ginny: I don't need anything from Upton, but I do have to place an order with Murchie's Tea, if anyone needs anything.

Kas: I don't need anything from Upton either, and I'll check Murchie's, but I have to order from Harney & Sons, if anyone needs anything from them.



(We take our tea seriously in these parts.)

Hey!

Feb. 12th, 2016 08:22 pm
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My 15 minutes of fame! I'm in a photo John Scalzi retweeted!

It's the ConDFW opening ceremonies one when we're all sitting at a table and Scalzi and McGuire are fighting with the light sabers. I'm sitting next to McGuire.

Sent from my Apple ][e

ConDFW

Feb. 12th, 2016 07:38 pm
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Check Twitter.com/ConDFW to see what Seanan McGuire and John Scalzi got up to at our opening ceremonies.

Sent from my Apple ][e
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Due to medical reasons, I have been living under a rock for the last seven months. So you may all already be aware of the pornographic novel about Aaron Burr, The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr, published in 1861 and attributed to aaronburrsmyastralhusband, I mean Anonymous. In other words, at least one person was writing Aaron Burr RPF smut 150 years before it first appeared on AO3. However, I had not heard of the book until Naomi Kritzer tipped me off yesterday. And in case the same is true for any of you, behold!

Reaching forth his hand, Burr seized that of Adelaide King, and drawing the beautiful girl to him, he pressed her plump bosom forcibly to his own, and inflicted a dozen kisses on her dainty red lips.

The biggest cliche of old-school trashy romance, the forcible yet welcome kissing, has rather deep roots. I have read similar lines in porn from Burr's own era. I expect that descriptions of brutal and forbidden yet strangely delicious kisses were once inscribed on lost tablets in a language of which not a single word now survives. And I bet some of those were RPF, too.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books reviewed it, called it out for rapeyness, and gave it an F+. Talk less, fuck more, Burr.

A comment to that review says, "Is this the time to mention that a gothic Aaron Burr romance novel exists?

It’s a trilogy called “The Torment of Aaron Burr” and apparently in it, Burr creeps on Alexander Hamilton’s teenage daughter."

A TRILOGY. Martha Washington should have named her feral tomcat after him. Here's a picture of the cover. You know it's a Gothic because it has a woman fleeing a house.

This does not appear to be online, but luckily several people on Tumblr read and liveblogged.

The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr is available free online.

Miranda's Burr would probably have been appalled by the book - talk about giving ammunition to your enemies. But I think the historic Burr would have secretly read and gotten a kick out of it. Burr may now be remembered as a villain, but apparently he was remembered for quite some time as seriously hot stuff. And now an entire generation is going to picture him as Leslie Odom Jr. Hamilton got the protagonist's role and the ten dollar bill, but porn writers may never stop telling Burr's story.

Cut for Aaron Burr and a nun; not worksafe. Read more... )

I think I've found the inspiration for Harlequin Presents, circa 1970. Seriously, prose styles have changed somewhat, but I have spotted lava metaphors in a minimum of three modern romance novels. Not to mention modern fanfic. The more things change, the more they stay the same. "Anonymous" would be raking in money self-publishing on Amazon if he or she was writing today.

Also, you may enjoy this ad for more trashy novels at the end of the book. I can't decide if my favorite title is Kate Montrose; or, The Maniac's Daughter or Madeline, the Avenger; or, Seduction and its Consequences.

RICH, RARE AND RACY READING.
Attention is called to the following Catalogue of cheap Publications, just issued. These books are got up different from anything of the kind ever offered to the public. They are all handsomely illustrated with Colored Plates, which have only to be seen to be appreciated.

Cut for long list of dirty books Read more... )
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Major warning for child harm. But basically, when the problem was neglect in a case like this, I never know whether my instincts are "throw them in jail for fucking ever" or "they've been punished enough, and it's not like jailtime is actually going to deter people in the future - this is self-deterring for anyone who can be deterred."
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I mostly dozed and checked tumblr through last night's Legends of Tomorrow. I admit the only time I paid close attention was when Wentworth Miller was onscreen. It's a good background noise show, I guess.

I did manage to wake up enough to pay attention to The 100. spoilers for Watch the Thrones )

Relatedly, look at how ADORABLE Alycia Debnam-Carey and Eliza Taylor are.

Unrelated, but still adorable, here's Ewan McGregor singing "Heroes" at the David Bowie tribute earlier this week. How is he so delightfully charming? And why does he not make more movies I actually want to see?

In other news, we've got a polar vortex (we don't want it; can't we give it back?) so I'm planning to do some grocery shopping tonight on the way home from work so I can hermit up all weekend (3 day weekend) where it's warm. Ugh, when will winter finally end so it can be warm again? I hate wearing so many layers and having to wear boots and socks.

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Well that happened.

Feb. 13th, 2016 02:15 am
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[personal profile] tyger
So not long - like, IDK, ten minutes or so? - after I made my last post, my body decided that something was Not Okay and everything needed to go. Out! Out with it!

So I spent a while chucking up etc. >____< That was a super fun time! Uuuugh. And then I stayed up another hour or so, just to make sure it wasn't going to happen again.

Mainly rambling about food things )

ANYWAY basically: had a super gross night last night, spent the day recovering (did I mash the 'self care' button on my habitica, yes I did. Also checked into the inn because wow was I not up to doing all my daily shit), but! Now I'm feeling better, yaaaaay. Hopefully I'll wake up at a decent hour tomorrow and get things back on track! But maybe not. Dunno, doesn't really matter I guess, just. Yeah.

Also I somehow managed to pre-blister-burn plus some actual blisters, all over my feet walking to and from the shops, so uh. I'm not going aaaaanywhere for a couple of days. (Seriously, balls of my feet, heels, a couple little bits on the sides, all over my toes... IDEK wtf happened there; I've worn these shoes all day at work before, and never had this happen, and that was a looot more being on my feet.)

Daily Happiness

Feb. 12th, 2016 12:09 am
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Well...we own a car! Originally we had been thinking about getting a much older car that would be very cheap and perhaps our $2600 down could pay all or most of it. But in the end we decided to go ahead and get a newer car and just finance it. I'm not super thrilled about having a car payment again, and of course a newer car means higher insurance, but so it goes. We had wanted to try and cut back on excess spending anyway, so this will kind of force us to. :p

We went to a CarMax out in the valley, which had a huge lot, but pretty much everything was starting at around $10,000. The one car we tried out which was under that was way too small for Carla to fit comfortably.

What we ended up getting was a couple-year-old Chevy Cruze. A newer car will be reliable enough for Carla to drive out and see her folks, which she had really been hoping to do, and it has cruise control as well, which will be helpful for a cross-country trip like that. It's also plenty roomy for her.

It also has bluetooth, which we're both excited about. Neither of us like listening to the radio, and we don't really use CDs much anymore (I have no CDs at all), but a lot of old-but-not-too-old cars don't have anything but a CD player. With a tape deck, you can pop in an adapter and play your phone through that, but you can't do a damn thing with a CD player but play CDs. This car does have a CD player, but I doubt I'll ever use it.

One thing that was really exciting for me is that the dealership is taking care of all the DMV stuff. I had been thinking I would have to use my next day off to go to the DMV, and make sure I have money set aside for fees, but it turns out the DMV fees are all included in the price of the car, and they submit everything so we don't have to go in person at all! And considering my next day off is Monday, which also happens to be Presidents Day, which I just realised on the way home means the DMV will be closed anyway, who knows when I would have been able to get there?

Anyway, here's a pic Carla took at the dealership )

It feels so weird to have a car again. It's been seven and a half years!

I wasn't going to ...

Feb. 11th, 2016 10:07 pm
sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
[personal profile] sholio
... but I caved and watched the sneak-peek clip for the next Agent Carter episode.

Spoilers for 2x06 thisaway )

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Feb. 11th, 2016 06:51 pm
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FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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Feb. 11th, 2016 02:00 pm
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I come by my interest in language honestly. My mom said the other day, when she hears the term "boots on the ground," she thinks they should change a few letters so that it's "Blood on the ground."

Boom.

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Feb. 11th, 2016 09:39 am
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I got an email yesterday from my #2 grad school offering me an acceptance into their program! \o/ I'M IN! I GET TO BE A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL! (Also I don't have to move haha). \o/ It still hasn't even really hit me, but I've been texting my friends about the good news. There's one classmate who is #3 on my #1 grad school's waitlist to get in, but he should be getting in soon, then all of us would have gotten into a grad school for our program.

My mom is moving back to the Philippines in June and since my program doesn't begin until July plus my relatives are willing to pay for my trip, I get to spend two or three weeks in the Philippines before grad school starts! \o/ I haven't been there in forever so I'm super excited about it. The majority of my family lives in the Philippines and it's going to be good to see them. I do need to renew my passport though. And get dual citizenship for reasons.

Why is the information on renewing my passport so unhelpful? It's been 17 years since it's been issued so I can't do it through mail, I get that, yes I need to do it in person, but tell me what I need to bring in person, website! Urgh, must dig deeper.

better put your kingdom up for sale

Feb. 11th, 2016 11:18 am
musesfool: Oliver, Diggle, & Felicity from Arrow (proved things i never believed)
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This morning, new boss2 was late because a train was being held at 34th St because of 'unsanitary conditions.'

!!!!

If they really held up trains for that, THE SUBWAY WOULD NEVER RUN. We can only imagine what horror show was perpetrated on that number 2 train. (...pun not intended? I don't even know.)

In other news, I keep thinking it's Friday and then being disappointed that it's only Thursday. And I worked from home on Monday so it should feel like a short week!

Anyway, teevee:

Arrow: Sins of the Father
spoilers )

Star Wars Rebels
spoilers )

I'm not really sure this actually counts as a spoiler, but fine: spoiler for the season finale? episode title? )

In other tv news, apparently, Jess is going to return on the Gilmore Girls revival, as is -ugh- Logan. I still like Jess best of Rory's terrible boyfriends - he had definitely done a lot of growing up by the time he showed up in s6 - but if they're not going to give me Paris/Rory, can't she have met someone new? Sigh. I'd much rather focus on Emily and Luke/Lorelai than Rory anyway.

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