Daily Happiness

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:09 am
torachan: sakaki from azumanga daioh holding a cat, with the text "I like cats" in Japanese (sakaki)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Had a really good night's sleep last night for what felt like the first time in a while. I didn't sleep well the night before so I was extra tired and that helped. Hopefully I'll sleep well again tonight.

2. I did a lot of reading and playing Yoshi's Crafted World today, and just generally had a relaxing day off for the most part.

3. I also had a suuuuuper sweet cuddly Jasper. He was so happy to have both me and Carla home today that he was just extra cuddly all around.

4. Carla made Trader Joe's meyer lemon cake and we had that with strawberries. That cake is so good! Glad they brought it back again this year.

5. The face of a sweet cuddle bun.

Weekly Reading

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:33 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
Currently Reading
I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves
This guy has a show on Netflix now that sounds interesting (about a gay disabled man, based on and played by himself) but I haven't watched it yet, but when I was reading an article about the show it mentioned his memoir as well, so I picked that up. Only read the intro so far.

Inner City Blues
No progress.

Triple Threat
About halfway through and enjoying it. I'm sad that this series ended after only three books.

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood
Got to the start of the 1930s. So far it's been really interesting, though I've been going at a slow pace as I've been focusing more on other books (thankfully was able to renew it as it's due back at the library in a couple days and I'm nowhere near done).

Recently Finished
The Frangipani Tree Mystery
This was so good! Definitely going to read more books in the series.

Gaikotsu Shoten-in Honda-san vol. 4
I enjoyed the first three well enough but there was really not enough material for a fourth volume and it's super padded out with random stuff.
china_shop: Close-up of Zhao Yunlan grinning (Default)
[personal profile] china_shop
I wrote a little 700 word ficlet last night:

all I need to know
PG-rated, established relationship, no particular spoilers; also for [personal profile] kiezh's prompt: Shen Wei. "No. I won't."
Summary: Three months of mutually investigating each other, occasionally crossing over into actual B&E and/or stalking, and Shen Wei decides to enforce his boundaries now, when they’re finally together?

And just now I finished and posted the Cave fic I've been working on most of the week:

Once Upon a Time in Dixing
~5,900 words, G-rated, Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, caper fic/identity porn, canon divergence AU set during episode 6. (Spoilers to ep 40.) No warnings apply. Also for [personal profile] solo's prompt: Shen Wei. "There's an app for that." (I cheated slightly.) With much thanks to [personal profile] trobadora for beta. <3
Summary: “Chief Zhao.” Shen Wei turns to the man who was and will one day be again his indomitable brother in arms, his lover and his friend. “I need you to stage a jailbreak.”

I had SO MUCH FUN writing that last one. The silver lining of being on steroids is that my brain gets super cracky! :-D

*twirls and twirls and goes to do the dishes*
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[personal profile] m_findlow posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Stalled negotiations
Fandom: Torchwood
Characters: Jack, Ianto
Author: m_findlow
Rating: PG
Length: 3,894 words
Content notes: none
Author notes: Written for Challenge 260 - Cave and Challenges 188 - Rush and 199 - Best (Bingo squares)
Summary: Jack and Ianto are facing their toughest assignment yet, and the best solution is a huge gamble.
china_shop: Three-quarter profile of Shen Wei being unimpressed (Guardian - Shen Wei srsly?)
[personal profile] china_shop posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Once Upon a Time in Dixing
Fandom: Guardian
Rating: G
Length: ~5,900 words
Notes: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan. Dixing is basically just one big cave, right? Caper fic, identity porn, handwaving Dixing’s corrosive effects, canon divergence AU set during ep 6, spoilers to ep 40. Also for the FFW Bingo prompt Wire and [personal profile] solo's prompt of Shen Wei, "There's an app for that." Much much thanks to [personal profile] mergatrude for hand-holding and [personal profile] trobadora for beta. <3 <3 <3 No warnings apply.
Summary: “Chief Zhao.” Shen Wei turns to the man who was and will one day be again his indomitable brother in arms, his lover and his friend. “I need you to stage a jailbreak.”

Once Upon a Time in Dixing )

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:40 am
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

"Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc is coming to Yen Press!" This is a set of three new Fruits Basket chapters that Takaya-sensei's doing about the Mabudachi Trio. ^_^ "This story takes place around the same time as the last chapter of Fruits Basket, so for those who haven’t read all of the manga, please proceed with caution!"

Via [personal profile] goodbyebird, "2019 PSO Atlantic Pole bronze medalist, Deadpool". [YouTube ~ 4.5 minutes]

"Tour of Duty: Journey back through each Marvel film that defined Captain America: EW visited the set of every movie as Chris Evans brought Steve Rogers to life. With Avengers: Endgame approaching, it's time to look back".

"Marvel's Kevin Feige Promises 'Major Storylines' for Disney+ Shows".

"Avatar: The Last Airbender's Writer Says a Possible Season 4 Was Sidelined for Shyamalan's Film". [io9]

"CinemaCon 2019: Turns Out The Cats In Tom Hooper’s CATS Are The Size Of Actual Cats".

"Manga Answerman - What Are The Best Digital Manga Services?"


"Farewell From The Establishment!"

"Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs: ASU study shows short-term fostering temporarily reduces cortisol levels and increases rest in shelter dogs".

"Bok Choy Isn’t ‘Exotic’: A young generation of Asian-American farmers is reclaiming Asian vegetables — and in the process, their own culinary heritage".

Via [personal profile] fred_mouse, "GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off". [CW: All kinds of medical stuff, focusing on things going un- or poorly-treated.]

"The pink lakes of Australia – in pictures".

"Peepshi: The Next Generation". "Spring is officially here, which means the birds are a-singin', the bees are a-buzzin', and everywhere you look, there are signs of new life. What better time to buy a crap-ton of delicious, squishy Peeps and murder them one by one?"

"‘Angels in America’ Audiobook Will Be Narrated by Full Cast of Broadway Revival".

"We Can’t Get Over This Amazing High School Production of Alien". [The Mary Sue]

A post? A post.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:30 am
umadoshi: Three purple crocuses poking up from the soil. (spring - crocuses!)
[personal profile] umadoshi
Right, posting is a thing.

--Until about a week ago, my phone (which will be...three years old this summer?) lived in a case with a cover that flipped shut. It now has a just-covers-the-back-and-edges case. There are benefits to this, like remembering that notification lights are a thing and I can tell if I have email without actually turning the screen on! How clever! But so far my literal grip on the thing still feels tenuous, and my slightly-germophobic brain has yet to come to a decision about whether I should lay the phone face-up or face-down by my bedside (or on other surfaces), because the cats walk over the surfaces that the phone face is touching when face-down, but the cats could also at any moment walk on the screen if it's face-up, and I know where those paws have been, friends. *wry*

--Crocuses are starting to just poke up in the front yard, so I guess soon we'll find out whether the manymany bulbs we planted out back a year and a half ago mostly failed to produce flowers last year because it takes two years or because something went wrong. Here's hoping it's the former.

--Sea is moving away disconcertingly soon. It feels like she just got here! (And she did, really. But the Nova Scotia job market lived down to its reputation. >.<) It's weird and sad to think of her being gone, even though it's not as if we'll never see her again. And in the meantime, efforts are ongoing to make sure she gets to eat ALL THE SEAFOOD, 'cause there's no ocean where she's going. :/

--The entire weather forecast is made of rain or showers. This would be less aggravating if rain hadn't resulted in scheduled work not being done on our townhouse this past Monday. (Non-urgent, but we're looking forward to having it done.) It's been rescheduled for this Tuesday, and so far the forecast only says "showers", so here's hoping things can proceed.

--[personal profile] scruloose and I need to start making solid plans for being in Toronto this year, and awkwardly, the trend of my "I really want to go and will enjoy being there, but holy crap, does the planning exhaust me" feeling getting more intense is continuing. Also, 2019 is likely to be a bit expensive in general, so I want to at least look into cashing in some of our heap of Aeroplan Miles to get to Toronto this time around, but the fact that it's one province too far away to count as a short-haul flight is just irritating. The thought of spending 25,000 miles to get to Toronto (the number needed to get anywhere outside "short-haul" range in continental North America) when 75,000 is enough to get to China or Japan is harsh.

--Speaking of money, we have an appointment with our accountant next week--when the company called to see if we were going to be coming in, he literally had one spot left this month. Oops. So this weekend has to include tallying all of my freelance income and deductions to hand off to him. I am very fond of roads and schools and all such things, so I'm philosophically on board with paying my taxes! But oh, the actual paying of them (and paying for his services, but we've plainly established that [personal profile] scruloose and I should not be left to our own devices on this front) is gonna sting.

Star Wars: Fanfic: Peace and Truth

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:54 pm
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[personal profile] drabblewriter posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Peace and Truth
Fandom: Star Wars (set post-Sequel Trilogy)
Rating: G
Word Count: 399
Characters/Ships: Rey
Summary: After everything, Rey returns to Ahch-To.
Note: Also for birthday bingo prompt "mirror."

Peace and Truth )
highlander_ii: Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs covered in dirty with his hand covering half his face. ([MRowe] dirty dirty boy)
[personal profile] highlander_ii posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: spelunking opportunities
Fandom: no fandom
Rating: G
Content notes: None apply
Summary: icons of random caves - images found via google image search

spelunking opportunities )

(no subject)

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:43 pm
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[personal profile] the_rck
Writing is still going very slowly. I'm still having days when I write nothing at all. Given two assignments with due dates looming, it's a little worrying. I've passed minimum word count on one of those two, at least, but it still doesn't fulfill the conditions of the exchange. The other story has been sitting, untouched, for a while because it's not ready for writing yet. The due dates are a day apart, so I figure I'm good as long as I'm making progress on one or the other.

Cordelia didn't have school today because of Good Friday. She's very confused about that but happy to have a day off. The local schools do spring break in March without connecting it to Easter. I'm pretty sure that, when I was a kid, it usually floated to follow Easter.

I got a load of laundry done today and cooked some fish. I also put together my pillboxes for the next week. I have seven that are meant to be a week of storage and use one for each day so that I can open the bottles once a week instead of every day. I'd have liked to do dishes, but I couldn't manage that on top of the rest. The pills were hardest. Those run into both the osteoarthritis and the tremor, so I keep missing the compartments. I try to do the boxes when Scott and Cordelia aren't watching. I'm not sure why given that they know I have those issues.

The pillboxes are very helpful, though, because I can look at them and know whether or not I've taken today's dose of whatever goes in that compartment. There are things I really don't want to miss taking or double up on. Now I just need a way to track the take as needed stuff.

Challenge 101 - Yellow

Apr. 19th, 2019 07:29 pm
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[personal profile] excelsior_hallelujah posting in [community profile] iconthat

Subject: Harley Quinn, "Suicide Squad"

Link: https://i.imgur.com/8QDvThZ.png

Next color: Green

2/19/2019 Mitchell Canyon State Park

Apr. 19th, 2019 02:57 pm
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[personal profile] mrkinch
This has been one of those days when the only response is to either stop birding alone altogether, or go out alone tomorrow, the next day, and every day after that until I'm better at it.:( I'm not going to do either one, so mostly I'll just be deeply frustrated. What I have to try not to do is read other people's birding reports or talk to anyone on the trail, ever. ANYway.

When I got to Mitchell Canyon about 7:45 the gate was already open (official time is 8 am which is far too fucking late in summer, but there does not seem to be anywhere to park outside in order to walk in earlier). I walked up Red Road and took the north spur to the top of a rise from which I could see the fence at the Park boundary, then up to the crest, where the Park boundary is .8, .7, and .3 mi away to the north, south, and east. Maybe next time I'll take the trail east a bit. This time I turned back as usual, by which time it was pretty damned quiet. I had a bad warbler day, hearing many and getting bins on nothing (one orange-crown does NOT count). Bird of the day was an almost certain western tanager. It was bright yellow, sharing a tall, bare tree across the canyon with an ash-throated flycatcher so I had a size comparison. Only Wilson's warblers are that yellow, and they are tiny and very active. Still, it was a looong ways away. Fifty species or so: )

Saw western tiger swallowtail and California sister butterflies, as well as painted ladies on every piece of scat.:) They love shit. No ebird today, a combination of feeling overwhelmed and embarrassed./0\

Friday Fandom Thoughts

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:25 pm
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[personal profile] jaiden_s
I'm gonna have a mini fandom rant here because it seems like all of my fandoms are ripping out my soul at the moment.

Avengers will tear out my heart and stomp that sucker into the curb later this month. There's no way that it can't. And I know that Steve/Bucky won't be endgame. That's fine, too. Nobody but me is ready for Gay Avengers. Still, though, if there's not some sort of resolution, my heart is gonna break.

And they're probably going to kill off Cap, because Chris Evans is so over playing him, so...yeah.

Shadowhunters has been cancelled due to rising costs. As much as I hate Cassie Claire and the drama she caused when she was a fanfic writer in LOTR and Harry Potter, I do enjoy the TV show based on the characters she created. I'll miss it when it's gone.

And then there's The Magicians. I'm so effing furious with the season finale that I could kill someone. What the entire fandom thought was going to be a wonderful new pairing ended up being nothing short of queerbaiting, and I'm so fucking over that. Supernatural has done that for years, and it's part of the reason I stopped watching it, but I thought the Magicians was better than that. Quentin and Eliot deserved more. I'm done.

Decluttering Drawers: Bedroom

Apr. 19th, 2019 03:11 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
Learning how to fold things so they are in horizontal rows rather than vertical stacks is definitely the point where this tipped over into "hobby." However, it does make stuff WAY easier to find.

These are before-and-after aerial shots of my T-shirt drawer:

things and stuff

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:09 pm
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[personal profile] edenfalling
Things I have done so far today:

1. Taken far too many people on apartment showings. (Due to a handful of early move-outs, we now have four sample apartments we can show people with no prior notice. In theory this is a good thing. In practice, it means I have been doing significantly more walking-and-talking than I consider ideal. *wry*)

2. Addressed, wrote, and mailed a batch of thank-you notes for my church stewardship committee.

3. Rented two parking spaces.

4. Stayed on top of office paperwork and now finally have some time to get non-paperwork tasks done, like updating apartment photos on our website and refreshing our ads on rental listing sites. \o/

So I'm going to get on that photo stuff.


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