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VACATION ALL I EVER WANTED

* We had half of a fantastic vacation! We want to move to Portland so badly. It is lovely and progressive and beautiful.
* We went to Multnomah Falls and Powell's bookstore with Denise's cousin and his wife, who are lovely people.
* We had ALL the great food
* We took an Amtrak to Tacoma which was also very cool. We plan to take the train as often as possible
* The weather was so fo fantastic it was unreal. We had two days of sunny perfection, and then it got a little overcast and drizzly and Brenda, Denise's cousin's wife goes, 'Oh! The weather got yucky.' We were both, '...no? What is this yucky you speak of?' It was still cool and brisk and fabulous.
* It is 95 degrees in Houston right now with 79% humidity and I am dying.
* Sadly, I could not connect with Dine, but I have hope next time!

AND THEN IT ALL WENT TO HELL

* D didn't tell me she had been feeling increasingly worse pretty much since we began the trip. She said she thought she could 'power through' the trip. ( facepalm )
* We got to Tacom and the morning we were to go whale watching she woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me she felt sick. An hour and three projectile sick bombs later my friend Shelby drove us to the ER in Puyallup, WA
* D was released after three days because she had a 22000 count of white blood cells when the normal amount is 8000 and her heart rate was elevated. This is always what they find when she goes to the ER.
* It COULD have been worse. She could have cratered on the Clipper ship. Or on the plane. Or in some city where we knew no one. Our friends were just the best the whole time and I can't believe we are lucky enough to have them in our lives.
* We changed our flight and finally got home and I took two extra days off because I needed a vacation from my vacation

So! That part is a do-over whenever we get the money again.

WATCHING

* Just started binging Zoo. Not bad. I have Zenyatta/Jackson FEELINGS
* Got three eps into The Handmaid's Tale and kind of stalled. I know I'll go back to it but it feels too close to reality for me right now. Especially in Texas
* Shadowhunters is back!!! I loves me some Magnus Bane.

HOCKEY

* The Pens won The Cup. While I'm not surprised because really, it's the Pens, I so wanted the Preds to win for PK. Still, Phil Kessel has a Cup win now, along with Trevor Daley, an ex-Dallas Star, and one of my favorites, so that is happy-making
* Now the long, dry, empty months until next season. May they pass quickly

ANNIVERSARY

*26 years together, 24 married. :-) Felicidades to us!

OK gente!

Must go work, so talk at y'all later!
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TRIP. TRIPPING.

* Tomorrow D and I will go on our vacation to Portland and Seattle.

* I am never, never going to be any good at packing EVER ugh I hate it so much. Why can't I have magical packing elves that psychically know what I need to take for Portland and Seattle in June

* I hope to meet with with Dine (HI DINE!) for foodstuff or at least coffee!

* The cough D got when she had ConCrud a MONTH ago is still hanging on so we should be a ton of fun on the flight. She has a ton of meds including an inhalter, cough medicine, nasal spray and OTC stuff and it is still barely helping. Sigh.

* I have a bad feeling it is actually our lack of commitment to dusting and the truly staggering amount of pet hair that is not helping her, but that is a battle for a time when we are not just about to leave

THE WORLD

* Is going crazy it seems. I feel horrible for the UK and all the attacks and, horribly, that number of truly horrific acts of gun violence and crazy shit are starting to spike here like they do every summer

* I hate our SCROTUS so much it cannot even be BORNE. There are not enough words to apologize to THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD for the ridiculous, sophomoric, ignorant, petty, stupid, greedy amount of SHIT my government is pulling right now and the fact that I did NOT vote for any of them is not helping anything.

* If it weren't for my senior age parents and my dream job I really would look at moving, at least to a more progressive state, but it's just not tenable

* D has finally eased off on badgering me to quit my job and hitting the road with our pets and whatever we can stuff in the car. You think she was kidding but she was not.

FANDOM

* IT'S THE CUP!!!! While I would ordinarily not support the Preds I DO support PK Subban, whom I thought was vastly underappreciated by his previous team and their coach. I really REALLY want them to win, so we shall see.

* HOW AWESOME WAS WONDER WOMAN????

* D and I binge-watched Riverdale and it is the best kind of crack. The actor who plays Betty looks for all the world like Brittany Murphy in the right light and it freaked me out all through the series

* Just started Black Sails and wow.

GOTTA JET

So I'm still packing so I'ma go, okay gente!

Wish us luck for good health and fairly good weather and I'll talk at y'all when I get back!
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SICK

- It always happens to me, man. I don't always get Con Crud, but when I do, it hangs on like a sonovabitch. Currently I am subjecting my co-workers to my hacking cough, which they are kindly not reacting badly to. The cough is always the last thing to go so for days I will be otherwise fine, but have drainage and sound like Typhoid Mary. *sigh* But I don't have a fever so there's no reason for me to be home except I sound gross. Once upon a time in this department I could have WORKED from home, but our Horrible Ex Deputy Director nixed that option, so here we are.

- As the wierdest comfort TV yesterday while bedridden I marathoned CSI:Miami all afternoon. I never cared for David Caruso but, like often, I ended up invested in all the secondary characters more than the main ones. I was Kallie/Eric 'shipper forever, really appreciated Boa Vista, and adored Speedle until he was unceremoniously killed off.

MISC

- So someone really has to explain to Levi it's bad idea to use the AIDS Memorial Quilt as a way to make money? *sigh* Well, at least at this point United, Pepsi, and Sean Spicer are holding Levi's beer. However, enlightening them with the specifics of the hanky code is pretty hilarious...

- I don't even DISCUSS politics on here anymore because it's such a huge, total, to quote the amazing Dan Rather, dumpster fire. We are going to actions and rallys as we can; D more than I since her schedule is more flexible.

RIP

- The beautiful, talented Chris Cornell from Audioslave has died, possibly a suicide. So many frontmen from that era, right? Shannon Hoon, Scott Weiland, Curt Kobain. I thought he was gonna make it. RIP, baby. May whatever pained you be no more.

- Roger Ailes died. Never to grab pu$$y again.

Okay, gente!

I have an hour and a half more before I can go home and faceplant. I'm still pretty drained.
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One more Comicpalooza done!

The good:

*One panel went okay. Prepare better next year. Remember to bring own laptop
* Lance Henriksen is A DELIGHT, and has had a fascinating childhood and life
* I can't believe it took me this long to realize the actor playing Ironfist also plays Loras Tyrell on Game of Thrones
* Mike Colter/Luke Cage is a large and imposing individual
* I saw one Faith/curvy superhero cosplay and we were SO EXCITED! And I talked to her and we were EXCITED TOGETHER!! Her husband took a pic and it was a fantastically affirming moment
* T-shirt count- 3
Earring count- 2
Comic count- 2
I admire my own restraint

The bad:

* I have con crud and feel like arse :-(

I have all these pix and cannot post them because I can't figure out how to make flickr work. :-(((

I am determined to figure out how to do a mood theme on here but first I have to figure out how to get my mood them off LJ. *sigh*

HOWEVER

* The Coriciden Daytime has kicked in so now I feel only marginally like arse instead of totally, so I'm getting some work done while the meds are working.

* Oh, and I FOUND MY JEWELRY!!! It had actually been rattling around at the bottom of my tote after all, which I discovered when I was taking out unnecessary things I wouldn't need to cart around the con. *facepalm*

* I really like Ed Sheeran's voice and I don't care who knows it. D calls him the leprechaun only because he's a ginger and she has a crap memory for names. Every time he comes on she's all 'it's the leprechaun'! *facepalm* lol
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We all have that one friend LOL

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WEEKEND

+ I worked on Saturday, which didn't end up being that bad, all told. I was the ONLY person doing summer reading program sign up, thanks for that, but at least it was in the shade and I was not standing the whole time AND H-town has had a freak cool front for a couple of weeks so the weather was actually somewhat pleasant. Last year it was 100% humidity, brightly sunny, and in the mid nineties by this time.

+ I found my folder with all my Important Things which I misplaced during/after the TLA conference! YAY! I have NOT found my jewelry which is making me really really worried I really have lost it for good. That would be a bad thing. :-(

+ The more I think of it, the more I believe my contribution to the stupid Leadership Academy final project should be my writing, period. Eveyrone I've spoken to thinks this is reasonable. I should probably just be more assertive in stating so...

+ I am doing two panels for Comicpalooza this Friday and I still have to finish one Power Point.

+ THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!
Have you read a kids or teen graphic novel you thought was amazing? Was it published this year or last year? If so, YOU CAN NOMINATE IT FOR THE TEXAS MAVERICK or LITTLE MAVERICK GRAPHIC NOVEL READING LISTS!

Go here to nominate a graphic novel for kids and here to nominate a graphic novel for teens

My frustration, and why I got on this committee, is that some of the GNs that make the list are so obviously chosen by teachers who think they are what kids SHOULD be reading, not what kids really would want to read. I'm all for teachers validating and being invested in graphic novels as actual meaningful literature; it's been a long road to that point. However, these lists are supposed to be what KIDS would most find cool or amazing or intersting, what draws them. So feel free to share your input!

GRAPHIC NOVELS

+ FAITH, Vol. 1 by Jody Houser

A FAT SUPERHERO, DUDES!!! Not just oh-she's-stacked and curvy OR Amy Schumer-curvy (which, honestly, is just looking normal, TBH) but A FOR REAL UNAPOLOGETICALLY FAT SUPERHERO and I luv her. The art is kind of an acquired taste, but I'm fine with it. The style reminds me a little of Stuck Rubber Baby, the classic gay GN. Faith has emotional baggage, ex issues, work drama, and she is doing this superhero schtick on her own for the first time, but her inner dialogue is down-to-earth and funny and utterly relatable. It takes a bit to catch up on the back story but I thought it was fantastica and am going to ILL the others ASAP!


+ SAGA Vol. by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

This graphic novel is killing me IT IS KILLING ME. It is so good and Staples' art is amazing and Vaughan does not go for the safe plot twist, man, NEVER. I have such a sad, but I adore this series. I have been casting the film in my head ever since the comic began even if Vaughan says he wrote it SPECIFICALLY so that it could never be made into film or TV because of how cost prohibitive the story is. We'll see! Seriously, if you have not yet begun reading this series, DO SO NOW. You won't be sorry! It IS really mature, tho, so fair warning. :-)

TV WHAT I AM WATCHING

+ The Handmaid's Tale
+ Sense8
+ The Rachel Maddow Show
+ Criminal Minds
+ Call the Midwife

TV WHAT I AM WAITING FOR

+ Shadowhunters
+ Jessica Jones
+ The Defenders

Okay, gente.

I must away.

Anyone know how to add a mood theme on this here joint? I miss my Strangers in Paradise theme and those generic little emoticons are not doing it for me.

Talk at you later!
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OR the Dragon Boat Festival OR The Cinco de May festival east of Downtown OR the Japanese Festival.

Where am I?

Work.

*sigh* A forgotten obligation on this truly stunning May day.

Ah, well. I get Monday off for working today and at least it is not as crazy hot in H-town like it was last year, when I spent six hours making crafts with kids in the sun in 93 degree heat with 100% humidity.

Also, Grace Lin is our Children's Book Celebration author, which is very cool!

Have a great weekend, gente! Think of me! Send me positive vibes!
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MEEEEEEEEEEEEEELTING

+ Turns out when I go balls out two weeks with nearly no break I don't do well. I do really, really badly.
I had two meetings, a workshop, and so. much. work. Coupled with my increasing realization that I just did not have the $ to do everything we had planned to do on our trip because I'd had to buy a car, our insurance payment went up AND our mortgage payment went up, all at once, I rather short circuited.

The thing about melting down is that if you do it very rarely, when you do, it does mean something. D talked me down and agreed that we'd just do what we could on our trip, it would be fine.

+ Part of it is that she has macular degeneration that is not going to get better; it will just get worse. And she's just never, you know. Seen stuff. Like Redwoods. And the view from a train. Or gotten a stamp on her passport. I realize this shouldn't ALL BE UP TO ME, but it feels like it is.

+ Instead of Canada I am possibly planning on taking her to Mexico when I go. Might be a tricky since I didn't say I would on the pre-registration but I think it's doable.

+ Basically I want to rock in a corner and eat my hair.

MISC.

+ D got me a Hamilton Zoodle thingy that I can't get to work WORTH A DAMN. I've tried twice and just ended getting an eensy amount of zucchini noodles and a cut on my finger when I tried to use it again. It's frustrating since D and I have begun a 30 day food challenge because neither of us can fit in our clothes and we are both tired feeling this way. This is day one. Wish us luck!

THE GOOD

+ We ended up going to an Indivisible Houston meeting yesterday because both of us do better with the current clusterfuck of a political situation when we actively do something in protest of it. When we got there I recognized one of the librarians from work, a quiet girl who'd been temporarily deployed at Central while her branch underwent roof repair. I waved and after she recognized me (I think it took a bit; we'd only met in passing) she moved over with her stuff and we talked liberal local stuff. And I introduced her to D AND SHE SAID SHE'D INTRODUCE HER PARTNER AMELIA ONE DAY, ONLY SHE WAS SHY AND DIDN'T COME TO THESE THINGS!!!! OMG!!!! A LESBIAN, EXTREMELY LIBERAL CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN IN MY SYSTEM OMG!!!!! My ex-co-workers in KIDS are ALL FIRED!!! If I can't count on system gossip for these things WHAT GOOD IS IT?? So we gave her a ride home and she added me on FB and that made the weekend all kind of better. :-)

MUSIC

+ One thing that helped me this morning when I realized I had ALSO not only, since the trip to San Antonio, misplaced my bag of earrings AND the pocket folder where I keep Important Things so they don't rattle around my tote bag, was music. The Lord Huron Love continues, and I found this old-timey almost Stagger Lee sounding song from Nathaniel Ratefliff.





Okay gente, I've got two PP presentations, a song from Hamilton to re-write, and a shit-ton of ordering, so Ima jet!

Talk at you later!
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MUSIC WHAT I HAVE DISCOVERED

+ You know when you here something and it is PERFECT, so perfect you simultaneously are envious you did not string that bit of phrase together and want to listen to it over and over. The refrain of Lord Huron's TAKE ME BACK TO THE NIGHT WE MET is that phrase. I'd HEARD the song, but not really listened to the actual words, as I sometimes don't when the melody is so lovely. Then I read the words on tumblr and they said:

I had all and then most of you
some and now none of you


And, gente, I was SLAYED. How beautiful is that? It captures absolutely every sad song, every loss, all the angst with none of the treacly bits. Just amazing. Listening highly recommended

+ Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats- Pure energy and delight described as 'folk, Americana and vintage rhythm & blues.' Whatever it is, it will get you up and dancing! Wonderfully diverse band in the video and a vocalist that is consummately at ease with himself and his music



ODDS & ENDS

+ Lover and I are taking a trip to Portland in June and I've realized I did not plan enough time to do what we planned on doing. It costs $490 to change the flight. :-( I'm not sure what to do.

+ If I can just make it to July I will be past a couple of time-suck projects and can return to buying kid books for the system, which gives me life.

+ Reading Embers through has gotten me thinking of the fic again. I do still love those boys very much. I'm thinking of maybe just a few vignettes or something, of fics that have been rattling around in my head all this time? No promises.

Got another meeting, gente. I'm hoping to post more this weekend.
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DONE?

* I think I have gotten all the fic I can find off my LJ. I've posted quite a bit on AO3. A few fics, some Hancest and a Nicholas Brendan RPF, I'm not sure I'm going to post, so I have it saved. There is nothing keeping me from deleting it except the frantic apprehension that I will be adrift, somehow. I realized it's the feedback, mainly, that I don't want to leave. I hadn't read it in years, but it's all there, never to be read again, disappearing into the ether. Yes, it's kind of ridiculous, but those were powerful words for me. It's harder than I thought.

WORK

* I sat in a meeting for HOURS today because of tech glitches. HOURS. I got nothing done. Our system migrated to the new Outlook and everyone's account is hosed.

* I have two Powerpoints, one presentation for Leadership Academy, orders, and weeding lists to all do this week. Yet STILL BETTER THAN FRONTLINE WORK SORRY/NOT SORRY. I felt bad that I didn't feel worse for a while, but I am getting past that.

* I am considering going on a one-person crusade to get this kids graphic novel Torchlight Lullaby by Ryan Fisher on our contracted vendor's site so I can buy it. It is DARLING and I have a bitch of a time getting anything not available on our vendor site. I want to nominate it for the Little Maverick List, but know it will be meaningless if people can't order it.

HOCKEY

*My boys did not make it and it wasn't pretty. Two coaches have been fired so far. I have hopes for next year but I am really worried for all my guys on the team in the interim. Kane and Toews are high paid players, to the tune of 10 million, and that salary cap is hard to keep.

Ok, gente! Time for bed.

Sleep well all, and I'll talk at ya'll later.
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CONFERENCE

+ Pretty good conference! The presentation I had was basically myself and the other new members being introduced and CAPED! I get to wear a CAPE as part of the Little Maverick Reading List Commitee! How cool is that??

+ The hotel was CRAZY expensive and very nice, except they kept not giving me the reciept for meals so I could get reimbursed. And then getting it was apparently TOO MUCH.

+ Fiesta was going on at the same time and it was a little kray with all the people and traffic. It's like Mardi Gras with a Mexican theme

BACK HOME SO TIRED

+ I have so SO much to do at work I am not even thinking of it right now

+ I am going to faceplant in bed because I am so glad to be home with my puppies and kitteh
+ For a really upsetting thirty minutes I thought my phone had died, but then I used the laptop to look up stuff on the Interwebz on what to do and it turned on again. I don't know what happened.

OK, gente. I am beat. I'll talk at y'all on the morrow.

'Night.
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MY WEEKEND

+ D and I went to the Houston Tax March and it was awesome! So many ages and ethnicities it gave me LIFE! Here is Chicken Don and a pix of we took while marching. I have pix but I can't seem to figure out how to post them even though I just made a photobucket account. Boo.

+ Our car is driving like a dream and despite the truly meep inducing payment, it really is a much better ride. I think we are just old folk and were trying to drive basically a college kid's car.

+ Our Leadership Academy has decided that for our final project we will do - wait for it - a musical in the style of HAMILTON. Just about LEADERSHIP. It's just a 7 minute production but COME ON. WHY must they ruin that for me?? WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS???

+ If the Hawks don't show up tonight this series is going ot end fast and ugly.

+ On Wednesday I will away to the Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio i.e. first road trip I hadn't planned for. Will probably not be on much for a few days...

In closing...

I started posting the rest of the Embers chapters on AO3 and I am getting feedback emails from thrilled readers who think I am writing again??? Because they didn't know the other chapters have been on my LJ for, like, DECADES since 2005?? LOLLLL FML.

I need to go finish up a work thing that I have NO TIME to do at work so I'll talk at you later!
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NEW WHEELS

We have a new car. We also have the higher payment and raised insurance to go with it, but we got it. I think what dealerships do is just keep you there so long you finally just get the damn thing so you can go home lol.


I'm really getting tharn about $ since, as of now, the car payment, the insurance, and our house payment, have all gone up. *facepalm*

But I do feel more secure in the new car.

And it is a pretty blue...:-)


I can't even stay awake. We didn't leave the dealership until 11PM last night! I was such a zombie today.

Before I go, though, we finished watching 13 Reasons Why and I thought it was really good. I understand there is some snootiness about those who have read the book, since the tv series is very different. However, after stuff like True Blood, and Game of Thrones, I no longer expect perfect faithfulness to the written text when something moves medias.

Also, I possibly wasn't as invested in this story as some others?

Still, I highly recommend it.

One of the reasons it is so amazing, though, is the truly fantastic soundtrack. A great, eclectic combination of old-school 80s-90s pop music and current artists, it lends amazing texture to the story.

My favorite, besides the theme song, is this one by Lord Huron



Absolutely haunting, beautiful song.

Okay, gente. I'm beat, so Ima go to sleep.

I hope to keep posting, but in case I forget, have a great weekend and wonderful bunny day
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IT'S THE CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats to the Pens, Bruins, and Rangers for winning their first games. The Hawks play tonight when I will be trying to trade in our car. Arrgh. My fingers will be crossed and I will have my phone!

May I just say I am SO SO THRILLED that Phil Kessel is in the playoffs I can't tell you. After how unappreciated he was with the Leafs and what he's persevered through personally, I am so proud of him! I should post my Phil/Bozie WIP just because. I always thought that pairing should get more love. :-)

13 Reasons Why

Okay, so it is obvious to anyone else that Tony is in love with Clay?

This show, man. I'm almost afraid to read the actual book because the series is really working for me. Considering that there are 534675367 holds on it, I have time to process.

THARN

Seriously, have you ever had so much to do you just, like, stare into space, quietly overwhelmed? I am pretty much there

I have to:
- Go to a meeting form Work Thing I Was Pressured Into Doing at 10 and I'm not sure where
- Start working on two presentation for Comicpalooza, deadline May 14th
- Figure out how I can contribute to Leadership Final project considering I will be on vacation for part of prep time (which I planned BEFORE this came up).Deadline end of June
- Try to spend rest of budget, deadline May 15th
- Book stuff for vacation. Have tix, must book Amtrak, ferry ride to Victoria, hotel, etc. Deadline end of April.

So, yeah. I'll just be over here in the corner rocking and eating my hair.

CELEBRITIES YOU DIDN'T NOW COULD SING #2

I thought I knew. I had NO IDEA.


Jeremy Renner singing New York State Of Mind from Vanne Henley on Vimeo.





Okay, gente. I'm off! Have a great Friday-eve and I'll catch you later!
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13 REASONS WHY

+ I am am fascinated by Tony in this series. Here is a character of color (with amazing eyes) that drives a cherry red Mustang, is generally accepted as being a badass, is well-spoken, gets along with grownups, AND IS GAY. I'm not sure I've seen this in any YA novel, let alone adult fiction. Apparently the ending of the tv series and the book is different? We are really hooked and the cast just keeps turning in strong, amazing performances.


PETER GALLAGHER

+ I first saw Peter Gallagher on this gratuitous bit of fluff called SUMMER LOVERS, which I watched for the hot French Girl and Peter Gallagher's eyes (yes, I do have an eye thing). The film was set in Santorini Greece and one of the first depictions of polyamory I remember viewing on film.

I didn't actually see THE IDOLMAKER until after and was blown away by Peter Gallagher's voice! His broadway chops are showcased in this film that earned Ray Sharkey a Golden Globe and for playing rock and roll talent promoter Bob Marcucci.

Here is a young Peter Gallagher with However Dark the Night:



Now I go because I have a metric ton of work and not a lot of time to do it.

Have a good one, gente!
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Media I'm Consuming

TV
13 Reasons Why- I haven't read the YA novel but D and I are both hooked on the Netflix series. The teen male protagonist is obviously Logan Lerman lite (for a second I thought it WAS him), but it's a strong cast. Kate Walsh as the aggrieved, angry mom and the young actor that plays Hannah especially outstanding. I also like the energy of Tony in this 'verse. He seems almost pansexual, which is odd.

Call the Midwife- This series just keeps hitting it out of the park. Such amazing performances and story each week. I wonder, does Harriet Walker mind being cast as the mean person all the time? Ever since Fanny Dashwood on Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility, it seems she's often those types of characters...I can't wait for Trixie to get back from South Africa. I don't see her and Sister Ursula hitting it off at all!

The Rachel Maddow Show - Sekrit!Intellectual GF. What can I say? :-) Seriously, she has away of framing complex political situations in a way that anyone can understand. I think this is why her ratings keep going up since the election. Also, how cute is that woman? It is not even fair.


BOOKS

Labyrinth Lost by Zenaida Cordova- Really accessible read about a Latina teenager who comes from a long line of brujas, Mexican witches, and really just wants to have a normal high school life. When she tries to do spell extricating herself from her powers on the eve of her magical coming-out everything goes balls up. I'll admit I like relating to so many of the small details that speak to my childhood, but the writing is really good. I look forward to reading more of her stuff.

Dorothoy Must Die- I began this because D and I are super into the tv show Emerald City, and it's supposed to be based ont this series by Angie Thomas. The show is very different from the books already, but I didn't expect to be as taken in as quickly. Especially when I read the book summaries which are SUPER DARK. Apparently there are a metric ton of books and side stories, but I look forward to the journey. :-)

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron - Meh. Really struggling to get invested in this. Perhaps three at once is too many....

FILM

The Warriors (1979)- We are trying to curtail the movie-going and save a little $ since we have two road trips planned, so I found this on Netflix, and it is MY FAVORITE FOREVER. The great tragedy of my life is that there is no Swan/Rembrandt slash. Why does this not exist? The world has failed me utterly.

Here is the iconic street chase between The Warriors and The Baseball Furies, a gang that wears baseball uniforms and fights in full quasi-mime face makeup. I shit you not.




MUSIC

A while ago I discovered Playing for Change, this movement of musicians from across the world that collaborates on covers as a way of bridging cultures. Almost every song I've heard I've just loved, and I love seeing where each musician is from. The song below is CLANDESTINO, a traditional song that represents the hearts and spirits of all those in search of a better world. I had forgotten what a truly beautiful language Spanish can be.

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My Life In Bullet Points

* We are having to trade in our Honda Fit which has only 27000 miles on it because it has been in the shop 4 times and had valves replaced, found to have a faulty piston that was off by some miniscule millimeter, which was hosing everything, and had the head replaced. If we hadn't had warranty the price tag would clock in at over $6000. My parents are elderly and live six hours away. I now travel a fair bit for work and I live in the 'burbs. I need a dependable car. If this one craps out once the warranty is done, we are screwed. I know Honda is usually dependable, but we no longer trust this car. *sigh* I hate few things more than I hate car buying.

* I love LOVE my new position at work (pretty new. I've been here 7 months) but is is CRAZY BUSY OMG. I can't believe I thought, 'I won't be frontline anymore! I'll have tons more time!' But getting to buy all the new kid books is pretty awesome!:-D

* In the same vein, I am on the Texas Library Association Conference Little Mavericks Graphic Novel Commitee, which is the committee that makes up the list of childrens graphic novels! Of course, I didn't think I had GOTTEN on the committee, and had not committed to the conference in San Antonio, which si an added expense, but still. So if anyone has any fantastic childrens graphic novels they wanna rec, hit me up! Our age limit goes up to twelve.

* All my book holds came in at once WHYYYYYYYYYYYY arrgh. So I am trying to finish LABYRINTH LOST by Zenaida Cordova, DOROTHY MUST DIE by Angie Thomas, and THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron, in six weeks.

* THE HAWKS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS!! My Dallas Stars are not, pobrecitos. The Stars are also losing their coach, which is so sad making. Here's wishing The Blackhawks well and wishing the Stars a good re-building off-season.

* Am almost done with this LEADERSHIP ACADEMY someone nominated me for which, I am white-knuckling through, because OMG REALLY?? I am the LEAST leadership inclined person I know, but I had just gotten the promotion at work and it didn't seem politic to turn it down. Besides which, I have major MAJOR issues with the leaderhips of our system. That makes it hard to go through this thing. I just have to make it through June...

* D and I are taking a vacation to Portland in June (HI DINE!!!) but I'm not sure I allotted enough time for what we have planned. We want to go to Victoria in Canada, since D has never been out of the country. We are taking an Amtrak from Portland to Seattle. Somehow we need to visit with her cousin,and people we both know, in Portland AND my bff in Seattle. And spend at least 48 hours in Victoria. And take the Amtrak back. All in six days. :-/

* I know there's more, but just that is enough to make me tharn for right now.
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It's the end of an era for me, as for a lot of people, I think.

I was obliged to agree to TOS on LJ I could not read, because it was in RUSSIAN, or I wouldn't be able to get to my suff.

Hence, I am in the process of moving said stuff off the site, after which I will delete the journal. It hasn't been home to me for a long time, but it is still very important to me.

LJ and the people I met there taught me the true meaning of fandom and friendship. Lj spoiled me for all other fandoms, because I thought they were all as intelligent, kind, funny, open, and talented, as the Buffy fandom. I was wrong. LJ got me through some very bad times: the death of my brother, horrible job burnout, being broke, being angry, relationship dramas without number. None of the other sites I belong to have ever had the same cohesion, camaraderie, or immediate connection I felt with the people on LJ. I miss them all and will continue to do so, probably forever. Like you miss your best love, gone away.

I am phig67 on tumblr and Instagram, and Librarian Chica on twitter.

I'm going to try to post here more, since it looks like all the cool kids are hanging out. :-)

Gimme an add and I'll do the same.

I guess it was time.
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FIGURE SKATING

+ One of my favorite skaters, Mirai Nagasu, is not going to Sochi despite placing third at Nationals and I am quite bitter about it. This is why I'm so disillusioned with this sport. My heart breaks for her because she was the only one that did not fall on her long program and yet she was passed over for a fetus that has never been to an international competition. I'm not saying the fetus did not work hard. I'm saying if TBTB made exceptions for Ashley Wagner to go, even thought SHE fell in her long program and came in FOURTH, what was the difference with Mirai?? Arrggh this sport. It makes me so crazy.

+ OTOH I discovered Jason Brown who IS going and is SUCH A DELIGHT I can't even. Here is his long program set to an Irish reel which he skates whilst wearing a sparkly green shirt. Seriously A DELIGHT. I haven't seen an audience this invested since Johnny Weir in his cherub curls, White Swan days.



+ Hockey has, however, ruined me to a point. I was sitting there through ANOTHER weighty, TERRIBLY DEEP AND PROFOUND long men's program (not Jason's) and I was all 'FACEPLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT SO SLOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW' AAAARRGGGGH I'M MEEELLLLTTTTIIINNGGGGGG Oh! College hockey! Who are these people? Where are they from? Is that program over? *flip channel flip channel* lol

HOCKEY

+ I will take this opportunity to say, to whomever is still reading this, that this is is not going away soon, this hockey thing. I don't think it is. I am SMITTEN with players, and the league, and every day I find something hilarious or awesome and beautiful about them both, so. If you find yourself scrolling scrolling scrolling past the men in bulky uniforms, beards, and missing teeth, and really want to de-friend, I understand. I realize I've been kind of one-note like only someone who has found a new fandom can be.

Even tho I don't de-friend people for finding new shiny. Go on with your new shiny! Find happiness with your new shiny! My whole FL has fucked off to SG1? Vaya con dios! I'm going to squee about Generation Kill/Supernatural/American Idol? Yay for you! But that is just ME. I understand! :-)

Eh, I'm just kidding. I'm mostly don't de-friend people because I can't be arsed to click more than once LOLLLLL.

+ Both my teams are struggling right now. Poor bbs. I can't BELIEVE how long a hockey season is. I mean 82 games, holy shit. Makes me side-eye football players, let me tell you. I keep sending them virtual, good luck vibes.The Hawks did win their last game, though. Even if Kaner scored on his own goal BWHAHA oh babe. He is never living that down. I Googled him yesterday (as one does) and the first twelve links were PATRICK KANE SCORES ON OWN GOAL. At least he can laugh about it. That's one of the things I truly love about him: he's just HAPPY. He's a happy PERSON. How far I've come from my fascination with broken, angsty boys and their dysfunction. I mean, I still love me an angsty man (see: Mathers, Marshall) but I did not realize how utterly wonderful the sight of Kaner's smile could be. Oh, really, ahestele, you say? HIS SMILE LET ME SHOW YOU IT:

AKA gratuitous Kaner pix appreciation post BECAUSE REASONS I CAN! :-D

Beautiful boy is beautiful. And goofy. And ridiculous. It's kind of great. )

Okay, okay, I'll stop.

JUST ONE MORE with Jonny because them together really are my total happy place right now.

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That look is known as 'the fond eyes' and they REALLY ARE. It's a THING he does he looks at Kaner.

JAMIE BENN

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That is actual steam coming off Jamie Benn in practice

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I'm just gonna leave that right there.

I really adore that he can look like an apple-cheeked, wide-eyed kid and he is pretty soft-spoken in interviews and then he ups and does this:



Did you all see the look on his face right before the punches started flying??? That ain't no Bambi. And that is Joe Thornton, captain of the San Jose Sharks, he of the now infamous 'dick out, stroking it' quote, and generally one scary mother. And there Jamie is, shucking off gloves, pushing back his hair all, 'Okay, beauty. Let's DANCE.'

Jamie has FACETS AND LAYERS OKAY.

+ Still kind of adore Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak. Because reasons. :-)

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

+ I went through a long WNBA phase when the Houston Comets were one of the city's teams. We won a couple of titles and I loved watching women's basketball. Since the asshat owner sold the team (like he sold our hockey team to Wisconsin, asshat) I've kind of fallen off because I'm not intrinsically a basketball fan.

However, I found this on tumblr and it is Read more... )

I'M 'SHIPPING YOU LADIES SO HARD!!! My favorite is the guy wearing glasses in the background of the first gif who is all, '...wait. What?' :-DDDD

TV WHAT I AM WATCHING NOW

+ Sleepy Hollow- Hello kickass sisters of color! Actual sisters, even, though the other kind, too. Hi Orlando Jones, you crazy, fourth-wall-breaking-National treasure, you. Hello, pretty Ichabod. Really, this show is made for me.

+ Elementary- Joan and Sherlock just keep getting better. I could watch them all day.

+ Big Bang Theory- Always

+ Lots and lots of hockey. The Dallas Stars on TV and the Hawks online.

LIFE

+ I'm kind of stressed $ wise so I think I am escaping into hockey and fic. There are worst things.

+ I am reading a graphic novel called CARDBOARD and it is really amazing. I don't know how it ended up in the KIDS side since it's kind of heavy, but still, exemplary writing and artwork.

+ D joined the YMCA for free because she belongs to AARP. She wheedled until I joined (ya'll can stop laughing I CAN HEAR YOU *points to YOU) but I dunno. It is kind of a lot per month and I know I NEED to but logistically speaking, with an hour on the park and ride, and me still doing most of the cooking (because I like to cook and I'm big on working with your strengths and D's cooking is not really one of hers), I don't know when I will go. I guess my days off?

+ I cannot get coverage for the Saturday of Memorial day this year so I will only be going to Friday and Sunday of Comicpalooza. *sad face* Probably no chairing any panels for me if I only have two days to go.

I know I had more but I must away!

In closing, winter weather has gone and it is muggy and barely cold NOOOOOOOO. *clutches winter* I was born in the wrong damn part of the country.

Talk at ya'll later!
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WINTERMAGEDDON

+ I'd say 'Snowmageddon' but even though it got icy and cold, alas, no snow for Houston. We made out better than most of the country, I will say that. Our house has shit insulation so it was pretty drafty until we lit up the fireplace (omg a fireplace I can't believe I have a house with a for real fireplace) and it turned quite cozy. I loved it because WINTER actual WINTER WEATHER YAY. It's the small things. We are back to fifties and sixties and I'm just hoping that wasn't winter's last hurrah. DON'T GO WINTER I'M NOT READYYYYYYY *clutches*

HOCKEY: A SPREADING DISEASE

+ Olympic rosters were revealed amidst much controversy and hoopla. I cannot believe I actually know enough about this sport to have opinions about who didn't make it, who did, and why. If someone would have told me that a year ago I would have LOLED so hard in their face. And I would have been WRONG LOL *crying*

I'm the most excited for Jamie Benn from the Dallas Stars, he of the enormous Bambi eyes and pretty mouth. tumblr_mwjyfplpkn1qfice8o3_250

He was not invited to Canada Olympics camp this year and apparently decided to fix their red wagon by kicking all kinds of ass as one of the NHL's youngest captains. Now he's ON THE TEAM I'm so happy for him! Tyler was not selected, which is sad-making, but he said “I’ll be his biggest fan for sure.” on Jamie, heretofore known as Babycakes, being in the Olympics. AWWWWW THESE TWO *hearts*

There was also this PRICELESS HOLIDAY VIDEO of Babycakes, Tyler, and Valeri Nichushkin, the eighteen year old Russian right wing:



You can tell poor Val is totally and for true done with these two failboat Canadians LOL.

+ The poor Hawks have been struggling lately, and last night they lost in regulation which doesn't often happen. Poor bbs. I worked late and only got the last period of play, but apparently this happened:

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Jonathan Toews is NOT HAVING Brian Boyle's hand on Kaner, no, sir, he is not. I mean, he just casually hooks his arm through Boyle's wrist and pulls him away from Kaner like 'Here let me NOPE that for you. There you go.' I've been watching Kaner when these things happen, any kind of aggression, pre-fighting thing, and he rarely responds. He is the master of removing himself from the situation. He's a lover not a fighter, okay??? And I TOTALLY APPROVE because have you seen how he looks compared to most other players? And this is with skates on. The height differential is so huge. 5 '11. Okay, Kaner. (also, there is a certain look on his face when he backs off it's. I don't know. Resignation? Not quite submission but...almost? I dunno. I'm having strange, entirely inappropriate FEELINGS with that look is what I'm trying to say) I would pay money to get a better look at the expression on TAZER's face when he did this. What happened after?? Anything? Anyone??? I MUST KNOW!!!! I want ALL THE AFTER FIC from this moment. Give it to meeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

+ I've been inhaling all the awesome fic from the Hockey RPF Holiday Exchange arranged by the radiant [personal profile] svmadelyn and I somehow read a....Phil Kessel/Tyler Bozak fic? And it was...really wonderful? And I can't believe I want more from teddy bear looking Kessel and douchebro failboat Tyler Bozak I mean WHAT. IS. THIS. ABOUT. )

WHAT IS THIS ABOUT.

It's just! *FLAIL* I read how Phil got cancer his rookie year, how fucking scary, and how Bozie lives with Phil in Phil's condo gratis even though Bozie can afford his own place pretty comfortably as of this year. And I watched HBO's 24/7 series about the Winter Classic and OMG I COULD NOT with those two.

And when they showed a montage of Phil's goals during a game he hid his face. HID HIS FACE I mean WHO DOES THAT?? I just want to SQUISH HIM AND GIVE HIM SOUP IDK OK DON'T JUDGE ME.

Phil also has a really beautiful sister.

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Amanda Kessel is on the women's Olympic hockey team and and the twitter captures I've read say she is delightfully wiseassy to her older brother. I like that in a woman. :-) Her Twitter is locked, so, also a smart woman. As we know.

NOT!HOCKEY!

+ Just finished reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King and I loved it SO MUCH. The Shining was never my favorite SK bo, and I don't care for Jack Nicholson, so the film was never my cuppa either. However, this is really good. I like this broken, flawed, yet ultimately amazing Dan Torrance. Abra, the young girl protagonist is my favorite though. I love when King crafts strong female characters because he does it so well. Highly recced.

LIFE

+ Found out one of my coworkers is actually a hockey fan and we are talking about going to a game in Dallas! I am so excited! We'd have to figure out when and if we both had the same weekend off. D would go even thought she's not all that invested in hockey because, well, he's a dude, she doesn't know him, and that is just how she rolls. I hope it works out!

+ I am intermittently doing the January Snowflake Meme! You should too! It's really low key posting, no pressure, and I'm enjoying the ones I choose to post.



I know I had more but lately the Interwebz slows to a crawl in the afternoons and it is driving me crazy.

Everyone stay safe and warm and I'll talk at you al later!

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