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+ I have just gotten back from two days home with a cold and we have a bunch of kids in for a tour in an hour. Bleargh. Do not want. *sniffle*


+ Saw this because I just could not conceive of a supernatural teen romance that would have have the chops to attract Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson AND Viola Davis. I mean, the talent and whollop of AWESOME just in those three names is ENORMOUS WOW. So we had to see. And, we quite liked it. )


Someone linked to this on my FB and I laughed 'till I cried, I am not kidding. I have NEVER heard goats that sound this way. Seriously, do not drink anything while you watch this or it will end up all over your monitor. Totally safe for work unless it is considered unprofessional to laugh until you fall off your chair. :-)


Okay, gente. We've got 80, yes EIGHTY four to six year olds descending upon us in an hour and I am hacking like a I have the plague, so fun times! Gotta go!

Talk at you later and cuidense!
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Your main fandom of the year?

I was a little adrift in fandom this year. I WATCHED a lot of things I loved: Downton Abbey, Big Bang Theory, The Vampire Diaries, but none of those inspire me to read fic. I still read quite a bit of bandom fic. I read a metric ton of Avengers Cap/Ironman and I fell dowon the Clint/Coulson rabbit hole so much there in November that I didn't read 'real' books for three weeks.

Your favorite film you watched this year?

Avengers. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, US version. I did finally watch Let The Right One In in the original Dutch with subtitles and I loved it SO MUCH. In the interest of frugality I've pretty much stopped paying money for films in theatres unless it's something that needs to be watched on a big screen.

Your favorite book read this year?

The most powerful was Life After Death by Damien Echols, one of the West Memphis 3 that was freed. I got into a lot of series this year: The Codex Alera and The Dresden Files by Butcher. The Curseworkers Series by Holly Black and The Millenium series by Stieg Larsson.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?

I don't know if I've had an entire ALBUM I had to listen to since Black Parade. I kept finding songs I loved on TV shows. I found Lily Kershaw's As It Seems on an ep of Criminal Minds and I still love it and I discovered Hold On Hold On from Neko Case on an ep of the Killing and fell in love with her voice. And I know it's getting overdone like whoah but I love Some Nights by fun. because it makes me bouncy.

Your favorite tv show of the year?

The Vampire Diaries!!!! Also, Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey, Lost Girl, and our most recent find that we love muchly is Elementary. Lucy Liu will always be O-ren-Ishii to me but it is great to see her finally find a vehicle that suits her so well.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Probably Avengers? The quality of the writing is stellar. So many good writers from bandom, Buffy, it's hard not to love it.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? Cut for True Blood spoilers, just in case. )

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?

Hawkeye from Avengers. Damon Salvatore. Perennial favorite Frank Iero who kept slaying me with all the adorable new dad squee on Twitter. Once a Frank girl...:-) However my TOTAL delight was Joel Kinnaman from The Killing. His Detective Holder was such a fuckup, so broken and trying and broken again that I could NOT EVEN I was all *LUV*. I adored how they tried to make him look all sleazy junkie and it is obvious he is so beautiful, as we saw on Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?

Rachel Maddow. She counts, right? And Lisbeth Salander all day long. Honorable mention to Kenzi from Lost Girl just because she is so awesome.

Your biggest squee moment of the year? *The Vampire Diaries when****Should I cut for spoilers?***** )

The most missed of your old fandoms?

Oh, wow. I kinda fell off the GLEE wagon this year. The ending Brittana made me sad. I didn't really feel all the new characters and there was not enough Sue and Kurt.

Also True Blood sucked SO MUCH ASS this season I really don't know if I can watch the next.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I dipped my toe in Teen Wolf a bit with the online eps and I kind of want to pick those back up. I was pleasantly surprised. I do with I wanted to read fic, but no go. I've also watched a few eps of American Horror story. It is the most twisted shit I have ever seen and I CANNOT LOOK AWAY. Ryan Murphy has his own self-hate issues, tho, so we shall see.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?

ahestele: (so many books)

I seem to be really restless literarily (is that a word. Oh, well. It is now) lately. I've begun four books which, after a few chapters, keep leaving me all 'meh.' I've begun Game of Thrones, Academ's Fury by Butcher, and Along the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham and can't seem to conclude any of them. I've kind of picked up GoT again because the show is SO AWESOME and never has enough Danaerys. More Dany's awesomeness later.

However I did gobble up the third and final installment in Holly Black's Curseworkers series and it was SO WONDERFUL.***SPOILERS FOR BLACK CAT, THE THIRD CURSEWORKERS BOOK**** )

+ Also, I read the John Mayer Rolling Stone interview and, well, I have some thots and feelings. )


+ It is ALL AVENGERS ALL THE TIME up in here, gente! I LOVED LOVED it so much!
A LOT of Avenger squeeing and possible SPOILERS. WARNING!!!!!! )

I have read quite a bit of fic but I have gotten pickier about what I give my time to. I like long, well-developed plotty things with some thought. I check AO3 regulary and there are so many fantastic authors.


Hatfields & McCoys )

+ So, Trueblood came back.***POSSIBLE SPOILERS**** )

Yup. That about covers it.

+ Game of Thrones )


I've been kind of freaked out, gente.

As I wrote, D had a violent vertigo episode last Tuesday and had to go to the ER. She probably has Meniere's Disease. )

I hope any more major attacks stay away for a long time. Any positive vibes are appreciated.

+ Of course in the middle of this we are still trying to buy a damn HOUSE. We have pretty much decided to have one built in, well, the ghetto. However, compared to other ghettos we have seen and considered, it is better. It is the general consensus that the area will start to improve in short order simply because there is nowhere else for people to GO and the gentrification is slowly but surely encroaching. There are new homes going up all the time and the land values are certainly already there.

The home will be much smaller than the older house I wanted an hour away by bus but it will be a new structure and we hope to not have to do more than regular upkeep for awhile.

It is at least a relief to have that decided.

+ In closing I have signed up up for [community profile] hc_bingo because OF COURSE one does this when one hasn't written anything in over a year. I mean, why the hell not, right?

I just really miss writing. It comes up and attacks me, the realization, out of nowhere, and, well. I've always been a sucker for hurt/comfort? We'll see.

My hc_bingo card )

Have to go read to babies and mommies, gente! Take care! I'll talk at ya'll later.
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There Is No Easter Bunny. )

For real, ya'll, I am so stressed out about this.

I couldn't sleep at ALL last night and feel all zombified today.


Right, then.

In other news...





+ Went to see John Carter (which I figured out was not about my favorite cute doctor from ER...)
and it was wonderfully done and there is no way US audiences would have the patience and wherewithal to appreciate this thoughtful, skillfully scripted and shot film. Which is just sad because Taylor Kitsch is very, very pretty in face and a very decent action hero and there deserve to be FIVE MORE FILMS in this franchise and there will not be.

If you have a chance, to see it, do so. It is really well done.


+ Started reading Jim Butcher's Codex Alera fantasy series and it is FANTASTIC.

+ We bought a new computer because my darling laptop Frankie is on his last legs, pobrecito. You know you are getting older when you realize the size of the screen is one the major factors in choosing a laptop. *sigh*


+ Sundays have become Slow Cooker Sundays where I try different slow cooker recipes. This weekend we tried Bacon Ranch Slow Cooker Chicken and it was YUMMY. Next time I'm going to add all the yogurt, even though it seems like a lot, and probably mix the yogurt with the broth before-hand since it didn't dissolve to my satisfaction. Really great flavor, though. We are having leftovers over noodles tonight.

Okay, gente. I'm going to go limp through the rest of the day. Wish me luck.

Talk at ya'll later. Cuidense.
ahestele: (so many books)

Flowers are blooming. The humidity is stifling. People are wearing sandals and shorts. I think winter is gone. *cries*


House Hunting )

Work. Some venting. )


+ Glee. Possible Spoilers and OPINIONS about the last ep )

+ The Big Bang Theory )

+ I am still watching H5O and (I'm sorry) I'm glad they sent Generic Eye Candy Chick away. The Danny/Steve banter is slowly returning. I hope to get more Kono and Chin.

+ The Vampire Diaries )

+ Project Runway All Stars )

Luck )





+ This was my favorite part of the Oscars:

And I cannot stop watching it. I LOVE HER SO. I LOVE HER AND ANDREW GARFIELD TOGETHER EVEN MORE. Look how short Ben Stiller is LOL!!! How long 'till Spider Man?

+ Read Americus by M.K. Reed and it was brilliant. Apart from the fact that it's about book censorship, has a kick ass librarian in it AND a great positive gay teen in it, it also just rocks. Highly recommended.

+ On a more sobering note this should be required reading for ANYONE that is in favor of reproductive rights. It's been making the rounds but I just read it and it is strong, scary, well crafted, and fearless. If you think we are far from this future then you have not been paying attention.

OK gente, that's all I've got.

You all take care and I'll talk at you later!
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+ Apologies for bad form, but for reasons that I don't understand, I can no longer access LJ from my work computers. This IS TO CRY. It is considered a 'malicious' site, or whatever, which, okay, yes, if you're referring to the clueless Russion overlords or whatever. But it is still damned inconvenient.

Maybe this total migration is a good idea. :-/

+ Also, and in closing, we watched the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I have THE WORST GIRLCRUSH on Lisbeth Salander. She is so BROKEN AND HOT AND BROKEN AND FIERCELY INTELLLIGENT I am all *hearteyes*. The story of my life is in there somewhere. *LOL*

I want fic and I don't even know what kind. I just want to read about her being badass and awesome and having those brilliant faint, faint whispers of humanity that make me all verklempt.

I guess I need to give the book another try because it bored me shitless at the first go and I couldn't get past the first chapter.

Sadly, I must go now.

The lover is fighting the second go-round of a stubborn cold and she gets what my sister calls 'mansick.' She is totally and completely useless when she is this sick and is very pitiful and weak and frowny.

Ergo, I must take the bus tomorrow.

I'll shout at ya'll later.


In closing, the high today was 66 and tomorrow it is 71. Sometimes the South is a good place to be. :-)
ahestele: (so many books)

+ D rescued four kittens from a negligent owner In a nutshell: my twelve-step friend Rene has a rental property where the tenant was collecting feral cats. D was visiting Rene and saw four undernourished kittens with their eyes slimed closed meowing and wandering in circles, only a handful of dry food and no water in sight, and D lost. Her. Entire. Mind. Yadda yadda yadda I came home to four kittens in a plastic bin and the apartment reeking of cat food and baby formula. *sigh.

She says she has a PLAN (she always does) but we have already named the greedy kitten Piglet and the fiesty little girl that keeps clawing her way out of the bin Courtney, because she is, um, a fierce pussy. There is one that is shy and must be coaxed into eating and one little girl that we are worried about. She is uninterested in food and she does this strange Stevie Wonder SWAYING thing when she sits.

D says she is taking them to a cat rescue, or something. She'd better. Our huge cat Talullah hissed and fled to the bedroom in abject horror. Talullah was here first.


+ The work layoffs are over. I am still employed. I feel like I have a severe emotional hangover,some kind of fugue state, and can't bring myself to be all WOO HOO STILL GOT A JOB because 39 people do not. This is not the bloodbath we were led to believe would happen. Hence, it looks like furloughs will continue for at least another year. Sux. After being at this pitch of dread for A MONTH AND A HALF YOU INEPT SADISTIC FUCKERS I feel vaguely drugged and disgruntled. I have finally begun to read again, but am having a hard time writing still. Bubble shooter games have eated my brain because they are mindless and soothing.

My boss kept saying that there was no good way to do this, and that is true. But I do believe there was a BAD way to do it AND THIS WAS IT.

I work five days in a row and then have three days off, so I am focusing on that.


+ According to Tennesssee, discussing gay things before the ninth grade will make your kid gay, so teachers can't do it. You know, there are some things I love about The South. Shit like this is not it.

+ Texas is in a drought. Parts of my state are burning uncontrollably. The city is on the brink of a water ban; most of the rest of the state has already done one. Other parts of the country are drowning in water and one place had snow in April. Tell us again how global warming is a myth YOU IGNORANT FUCKWADS.

+ My two youngest sisters in Laredo have been going to the gym and dieting and lost much weight. My mom now asks me every phone call if I have begun exercising and dieting. *sigh*


+ Starbucks Greek Yogurt and Honey Parfait- I have moved on from confections to their parfait products. The sugar is high but ZOMG SO YUMMY. It has calcium, right? Right??

+ Hold On by Neko Case-Heard it on The Killing and have had it on repeat ever since. Wonderful voice.

+ The Morningstar Strain by Z.A. Recht- This is the zombie series recced to me by a CHILD A CHILD, MIND YOU, and it is pretty damn good. It is kind of like World War Z lite, for that is the zombie fiction from which all other zombie fictions are measured for me, but the writing has a good flow, the characters are strong and drawn with a wide enough brush to give them depth, and it has some strong female protagonists. Solid rec.

+ Hawaii 5-O, Big Bang Theory, and Vampire Diaries continue to be my favorite happy places on TeeVee. Stumbled across Justified and got HOOKED in fifteen minutes. I have been a Timothy Olyphant fan since GO. The finale was FANTASTIC.

+ This article discussing, rationally and unironically, how the Fast and the Furious franchise breaks racial barriers." Every single word is TRUE. D and I just watched Fast Five and and it was AMAZING.**********SPOILERS******** )

Eh, Christ, I had more but I can't remember.

It is just the other side of midnite so HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the mommies on my FL!!!! Have a great day, ladies.

Ima go back to bubble shooting and surfing the Interwebz. Talk you all later.


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