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Otherwise known as, Journaling For Therapy in 5 E-Z Steps. Really long. Scroll past if your own family drama is enough for you. )

THERAPY THROUGH BRITISH POLICE PROCEDURALS

Since The Email, I have been self-therapying with British police procedurals which, to be fair, I love anyhow. I've just been binging them and D has been watching with me. I have rated them in order of how much I want to visit the country they are set in which happens to be in keeping with how much I love them. I'm not including Broadchurch since my deep love for it goes without saying:

1. Shetland- I love this SO MUCH. The countryside looks so lush and green and I love Jimmy Perez and Tosh the best. I continue to be highly amused at his Spanish surname and how totally plausible it is because Spaniards are often blond and fair. I am a season behind because the new one isn't on Netflix until it is complete but I can't wait!

2. Wallander- HOW did I not know Fetus!Tom Hiddleston was on this?? HOW?? You are all FIRED! Also, I know this is based on the Swedish mystery series, ok? Kenneth Branagh is a Brit, as are all the cast. Everything is superb on this: acting, cinematography, writing. Branagh is so BROKEN in this, like, all the time, and all you want to do is give him soup and tell him to sleep.

3. Hinterland- Of all of them this is absolutely the darkest, both literally and symbolically. It pushes the gore factor considerably in crime scenes and gunshot scenes compared to the others. Very noir, but really well done, too. Another broken DCI with secrets and baggage skillfully performed by Richard Harrington, who played Captain Blamey on Poldark, where he looked 65 years old in his wig and uniform. Fantastic cast, all of them.

4. Midsomer Murders- This is the oldest series and it is A DELIGHT. We are only on the second season and enjoying it utterly. Much lighter fare and a breath of fresh air every time. It's also such fun to play spot-the actor. We've already seen a young Emily Mortimer and Elizabeth Spriggs of Sense and Sensibility and Harry Potter fame.

MISC.

* D has been pre-diagnosed with gastroparesis, which basically means her stomach does not work right. We are seeing other specialists because her dr thinks there might be another condition also at play and wants to at least rule it out. It is such a relief to find a medical professional that listens and believes you, I can't tell you. Dr. Behazin in Houston and her staff are the BEST.

* I plan to visit my folks early next month because it has been way too long. My mom is not doing well being my dad's caretaker since she is not, and has never been, the best nurturing sort. Not being mean; she'd say the same. However, she is also 77 herself, so I know her health is not the best, either.

* I have not read anything in so long it is sad.

* Except for kid's graphic novels for my committee. My faves so far are

- Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
- Princess Princess Ever After by Katie 'Neill
- Fish Girl by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli
- Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton
- Real Frends by Shannon Hale

Okay, gente. I'ma go be productive.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Thanks for letting me use this as a space to process. It really does help. :-)
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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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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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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

shirtlessBenn1 shirtlessBenn2 shirtlessBenn3

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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LIFE

+ Went to Beloved Nephew's wedding in Atlanta and D drove through Hurricane Isaac to get there. 'Let's do that again!' said I, never. The wedding was lovely, though meeting her traditionally Korean family which contains about twelve pastors, was interesting.

How 'bout those Falcons? )

We only got to spend one day at DragonCon but that was okay because the wedding was really the focus of the trip.

Then we got back and turned around for the hill country for three days but that is another post with more pictures. :-)

+ We are JUST getting the gears turning on the house due to so many roadblocks I'm wondering if The Force is trying to tell me to bypass home ownership for now. Not to mention D kept having these enormous cold-feet meltdowns where she was convinced were paying too much, the neighborhood was awful, we couldn't afford it, we hadn't gotten anything we wanted, lalala stabmyselfcakes. URGH. I know that is just how she processes stuff and how she but she is KILLING ME.

She seem sto have calmed down momentarily so we will see.

THINGS I'VE READ

+



If you have not read this series by Lish McBride DO IT NOW. It is FANTASTIC and she deserves all the accolades ever!

+ 200px-Captains_fury

+ I finished the fourth book in Buther's Codex Alera series and have to wait for the next one because the library doesn't have it! ARRGGGH! Really loving Butcher's world-building and all the strong female characters. I know I love this because I keep casting it in my head. Who's your Kitai? Weigh in! I think Saoirsie Reardon would be perfect.

+ Webcomic BATTLEPUG!!! You MUST listen to me: this comic will brighten your day like nothing else in the world. GIANT PUGS! In BATTLE! Sexy naked narrator chick with tattoos! What's not to love??? Click the link. It is EXACTLY as awesome as it sounds!

TEEVEE

+ The two shows D and I love a lot right are mostly on SyFy! Face Off, Lost Girl, and Warehouse 13 are our go-to shows during the long summer hiatus. We are both fascinated by Face Off and all the processes and creativity. Plus, it just feels so much less mean than, say, Project Runway right now.

We LOVELOVELOVE Lost Girl aka Sex on a Stick and I am most envious of everyone in Canada who gets to see the present season!!! FEEL MY ENVY.

Incidentally, am I crazy or did tv seasons used to be longer when we were kids? What is the ten episodes-and-then-a-year-off crap?? Teen Wolf will be gone almost a fullYEAR what the hell? When did this happen? Get off my lawn!

In all seriousness I am looking forward to Revenge, Criminal minds, CSI-NY and the original CSI, which I've rediscovered in reruns (and I've had an Elisabeth Shue thing since Adventures in Babysitting), and The Vampire Diaries. Big Bang is on, like THREE channels constantly so I don't feel like it ever left...

MUSIC

+ I continue to find songs I love on commercials and TV shows. On the Criminal Minds season finale I remember hearing this lovely song and I finally tracked it down.



How luminous is that? The child doesn't even have a full album out but I snapped this up on iTunes the minute I found it. It made me cry during the season finale both times I watched it. I could not even help it. I was going to link to the song with the CM vid but I didn't want to spoil anyone. You never know!!

And, wow, I know I had more, but it is late and I must away.

Really do want to post pix of Weimar, TX where I met cows, rode on four wheelers (scary fuckers let me tell you), and gazed at the stars a lot.

Good night, gente. I've missed you!

Till soon!
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MOI

+ Apparently, according to yestserday's dr. visit, the generic dr. in Florida a)didn't give me a strong enough antibiotic, b) prescribed useless OTC meds and c) generally failed at life. Hence, my ears refuse to pop becuase they are still in pretty bad shape from the infection and if I remain this way when I fly to Spain I will pretty much be beggging to die at lift-off.

Round two of meds: Stronger antibiotic Lavinquin, or something like that, every day. An OMG NASTY nasal spray at bedtime, a Zyrtec a day (those fuckers are EXPENSIVE), and a 25 mil OTC Benadryl allergy at bedtime. Dr. said our goal was to get rid of as much 'snot' in ten days as possible, and I'd have to continue the course of meds while in Spain.

Alrighty, then. *takes pile of pills*

MCR

+ You guys!!!! YOU GUYS!!!!!!! I know everyone has seen it by now but YOU GUYS NEW MUSIC OMG!!!!! How awesome is this going to BE??? I really was worried about my ability to listen to them without Bob. I love me some Bob. He just seemed like the best foil to the band; the solid, grounded base upon which everything could settle. It was devastating when he left. It's also hard because he's so BOB; it's not like there's lots of news on how he is, or what's he's doing. I mean, we at least know Brian is going to stuntman school (oh, Brian.) I just think the true MCR will always have Bob in it, for me.

But I CAN'T not care about this! It sounds amazing, the guys LOOK amazing (FRANK YOUR STUPID FACE ILU), and they look like they're having so much FUN.



I cannot wait I am EXCITE!!!! *claps hands*

DRAGONCON

+ Dudes, I have tried to write my post for days, and there is just no way to summarize 'Not what I expected from a trip' for THAT trip in 25 words or less. OR paragraphs. Or PAGES.

So, let's do this:

HIGH POINTS

* MEETING [personal profile] i_amthecosmos and her husband, Evan!!! She was just everything I imagined, ever! Funny and kind and striking! Amusingly, she is exactly the type that D would chase after before she landed with a short Latina woman. Needless to say, D found her a gorgeous and lovely person, as did I. I hope to see you again soon, Zillah!

* Cast of TrueBlood Panel! - Pam, Lafayette, and Sam could not have been more open, funny, and amazing! I will say I was a bit taken aback by how- SHY- Nelsan Elllis was. Of the three he seemed to be the most befuddled by the whole Con thing, and all the cheers when he spoke of how he made out with his 'dude.'*lol* He did the whole panel behind a pair of dark glasses and low cap, but Kristin Bauer and Sam Rockwell reallly seemed to enjoy picking at him for his reserve.

Favorite question and answer from Ms. Bauer, who looked so approachable and pretty out of character; she had a full, soft mouth and shimmering, kind of frizzy brown hair:

Q: What's been your favorite part of working on the series so far?
A: Seeing Eric naked. *exploding laughter from all sides. She looked around innocently* Did I say that out loud?

* The Parade! - FAntastic seats were had and it was just an amazing spectacle. Everyone should see it at least once in their lives.

Low Points

* Decision to take our temporary house-mate with us to help with driving. *sigh* Because really, she is not a bad person. She is just at some mid-life crisis crossroads of her life so it feels like living with/travellign with a teen ager. She spent the whole trip talking about sex, smoking, and snarking with D since they are the two more butch personalities, and my god, I was ready to stab myself around one hour in. Not to mention between D's propensity for losing important things on a regular basis, like her KEYS, and her MEDS, S lost her ID at one point. Scratch four hours locating it. Then she lost her badge. Scratch four hours and another panel I wanted to go to locating IT. I also found out she refused to go anywhere on her own giving D and I NO alone time at all. I mean, some stuff I researched for her to attend weren't things D and I would go to anyway. But, no. She wouldn't read the schedule to find other things. She moped in the room, instead.

It was just that kind of trip, man.

* I forgot the camera. It seems like a small thing, but it wasn't.

* I got a raging sinus infecton RIGHT after D*C so I was incredibly sick the whole Florida leg of the trip. D's childhood friend was wonderful, though. I felt so bad for laying in bed holding my ears in pain while everyone else tried to have a good time. *sigh*

So, yeah. That was an adventure! I've decided we are going to D*C every other year. EVery year taps out our resources. All we'd DO every year was save for that trip only, and I'd like to take my lover other places, too. Preferably ALONE.

Okay, gente.

I have more, but D and I are going to the library because Houston Public Central is having a graphic novelday and TERRY MOORE is going to be there! Terry Moore omg!!! I am excite.

In closing, I realize what i want to do is get a degree in graphic novels. Not making them; studying them. Discussing them. Writing dissertations on them. It does not exist. Someone get on that right away.

Cuidense! I'll talk at you later.
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Gente!

Does anyone out there know about a graphic novel called Gloomcookie by Serena Valentino?

We had a customer request it and we don't know if it should go in the teen or adult section. Also, if it's any good? We're getting it regardless, but I'm curious. I've looked on Amazon and people either love it or hate it. :-/

Anyone wanna weigh in?

Gracias!

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