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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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Hello gente,

I am so, so sorry for the lack of updates! It has been a crazy couple of weeks here in H-town, let me tell you.

We were astoundingly fortunate during the hurricane flooding which decimated so much of our city. We kept power, stayed dry except for a small leak, water in our bathroom, which always gets water, and water under the laminate floorboards in our bedroom, which is probably going to be the most invasive fix. The rain water got up to a foot from our garage and it was dicey, let me tell you.

The more stressful thing was being told, AFTER we got through the rain, that our home might flood due to the release of water from the reservoir because they were overfilled. Waiting with packed bags for a sign of water on the street for four days was not fun. Again, just by chance, we avoided flooding. Many homes did not, homes that were not on flood plains and had never flooded before. It's a clusterfuck.

We are on the fourth day of water conservation because the sanitation plant servicing our area is under eight feet of water. So, minimal flushing, quick showers, no laundry, no dishwasher. And I want to slap people who are bitching who still have their dry, safe homes because they are lucky.

If you have your dry, safe home still, you are SO SO LUCKY.

The city got 52 inches of rain in a single storm, as much as we get in a year. 24.5 trillion gallons of water fell. 450,000 people have been affected. 35% of homes in the city are affected. 85% of those homes don't have flood insurance.

I am back at work where we are assessing collections of branches affected by the hurricane. So far the two we've seen have only lost carpet and the collection was surprisingly ok. We have not even been able to get into one that is still flooded and another that had three feet of water. No one holds out much hope for those books.

Our city is not going to be the same for a long, long time.

I keep trying to add photos but it's not as streamlined as LJ was, so I need to find a photohosting site that I can figure out how to work on here, and I can't with that right now.

Another storm is on it's way to Florida right now after laying waste to Barbudos in the Atlantic.

It's going to be one of those hurricane seasons.
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WTF WORLD

Or, really, just the dumpster fire that the US has become. *sigh* I can't even with the odious horrible happenings of this past weekend. Insisting that I, that most of the country, did not vote for this asshat helps nothing, but we really didn't. I've been escaping into media a lot, which is my coping mechanism. Well, that and chocolate. I suppose there are worse ones?

THE STATE OF ME

* WE GOT A NEW ROOF!! Insurance paid for most of it and, considering our garage closet sprung a leak, that was fantastic. Also considering that replacing whole roof without insurance was about 8K, we were pretty happy

* Work continues to be awesome. I'm really enjoying being on the Little Maverick Graphic Novel Committee to choose GNs for kids, I'll be traveling to Guadalajara in November, I am drowning in picture books to order, which is a great problem to have. I love my job. :-)

* My mom and dad are getting more and more problematic to deal with. They are 75 and 76 and my mom really shouldn't be driving and my dad has increasingly worse dementia. However, you can't pry the keys from my mom's cold vise-like grip without what would be an ugly scene. Since I live in Houston and my third sister lives in Austin, the caretaking is done by my sisters who live in my hometown. They don't take kindly to opinions by people who do not live their life with my folks every day.

* D seems to have maybe found a GI doctor worth a damn and is having a couple of procedures that will hopefully give us some info on why here system is so jacked up and what to do about it.


MEDIA LUVS

* Watching or have watched:

- SHADOWHUNTERS- Really, HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE MAGNUS AND ALEC??? I watch the whole thing JUST for them and the beauty that is Emeraude Toubia/Izzy Lightwood. It really is a good show with a top-notch cast, pretty, pretty people, and lots of diversity.

- VAN HELSING- This really spoke to me and I can't wait for season 2. If you give me a strong female lead with life issues, paranormal proclivities, and a diverse cast, I will pretty much watch, every time, forever. It's not that complicated.

- THE SINNER- I am so impressed with Jessica Biel I cannot tell you. Apart from her truly stunning countenance she's just always been Timberlake's gf, then wife. This, though. This does not pull punches. She's producing, too, which is amazing. She plays a normal seeming young wife and mother who loses her shit and stabs some local Chad to death on a crowded beach. There's flashbacks to a sad, troubling childhood and Bill Pullman is especially fascinating as the hangdog detective with his own demons to slay. Dark and heavy, the mystery unfolds like poison origami. Really good so far.

- BROADCHURCH- BROADCHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The cast and writers keep hitting it out of the park and it was worth the 84 years for the second season! David Tenant is fantastic and Ellie Colman is a perfect foil, the two of them playing off each other like crabby partners who you know would take a bullet for the other in a minute.

- TEEN WOLF- It's the last season and I CANNOT WAIT for Tyler Hoechlin/Derek Hale to come back. That's my 'ship. I have remained largely beside any kefuffle that there has been?

WHAT I AM LISTENING TO





MISC

* I miss LJ sometimes y'all. Between here, tumblr, and twitter, I've got most people followed, but still. I feel like I'll never know what Pet is up to again for example. Just like having Buffy as my first fandom, I'm not sure any platform will ever quite fill that fandom hole in my heart like the LJ of old. You really had to actually WRITE to do it, you know? Not just post a link, or repost a picture, or do a meme. Like here, you kind of have to write a bit, to give it at least a bit of thought and time, and I miss that. My support system there got me through a lot of bad shit. I didn't know how much I depended on it until I looked up and realized I have that history and common ground with very few people IRL and I'm not all that into cultivating it? It just makes me tired, the thought.

Which would explain why we are basically two introverted lesbians who watch a lot of TV and talk to our dogs LOL

Ok, gente. I gotta motor.

You all take care, especially right now. We're not in Kansas anymore and it's scary out there.

'Till next time!
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WATCHING

*Everyone's all GoT OMGGGGGGGGG but I no longer have HBO so I'm reading spoilers on eveyrone's posts.

* Began binge-watching THE NIGHT WATCH on Netflix and LOVE IT. While I don't think it has the depth of ER, my standard bearer for fantastic medical dramas, I like the energy of the writing.It's set in San Antonio, someone has actually put in some time to get cultural and geographical references correct, and the staff is wonderfully representational. ALL the pretty people! There's a CANON GAY COUPLE WOOOOOOOOOO! Jennifer Beals played a medic!! I am enjoying it thoroughly.

* SHADOWHUNTERS is back as is my jam, Izzie Lightwood (see icon pic). Emeraude Toubia, the actor, is SO STUNNING and she's A TEXAN and she SINGS and just yes. Magnus and Alex are still my favorite TV couple. While I eschewed everything Cassandra Claire for years, and with good reason, this is removed enough from the books that I began watching. You can't just give me Mike Chang from GLEE as a bisexual, kickass warlock and expect me to pass that up. I am not made of stone.

* Rachel Maddow- always and forever. Her ratings are now apparently higher than her competitors? SO PROUD OF HER. Most trustworthy lesbian in news. Everyone says, now officially. :-)

* We also binge-watched ZOO, which ended up being really great, but the current season is leaving me kind of meh. They did away with my favorite het OTP, and now Bella Swan's Dad Billy Burke can't call them hilarious things like 'Danny and Sandy' or 'Ken and Barbie', which they really looked like, and that makes me sad.

FILMS

* BUTTER/Netflix- Jennifer Garner's turn as a shallow, driven Repub wife of a butter sculptor is SUPERIOR and FANTASTICALLY FUNNY. The cast on this is perfect, including a surprise cameo by Hugh Jackman as a Stetson wearing hapless car salesman.

*THEY CALL ME JEEG/Netflix- Italian Foreign film that will twist your heart all inside out in the best way. Just watch it.

* AFTERNOON DELIGHT/Crackle- I didn't know I had a Juno Temple thing until this film. Funny, true, sad and angry look at a Thirtysomething Crisis and what Kathryn Hahn's Rachel does to find meaning in her measured, suburbia paradise world. Jane Lynch as a self-absorbed therapist is worth the price of admission.

RANDOM

* CAN YOU BELIEVE DR. WHO IS A CHICK NOW?????
* HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW WRINKLE IN TIME TRAILOR???

WORK

* Despite the start of fiscal year rollover clusterfuck, I still love what I'm doing a real lot. :-)

* Went to San Antonio for the Texas Library Association Annual Assembly Conference which was great,except we got a crack in our new car windshield before the vehicle even had it's first oil change. *sigh* D got it 'glazed' for about $40 which was preferable to the $400 to replace the whole thing. You can still totally see it, but maybe it will act as an urban theft deterrent. Poor Pearl, already banged up!

POLITICS

*Ugh it just won't stop being embarrassing and awful and cringe-worthy. I don't think I've ever, ever, in all my 50 years, been as horrified to be an American, let alone a Texan. As much as I love my job, and I really love my job, y'all, I would leave for up North if I had any way to make a living. At least we'd be in a more progressive state where I would not be worried about putting a rainbow flag on my door or a Democratic Party sign on my lawn for fear of being liberal-bashed.

So these are turning out to be mostly what TV I'm watching but I'm not sure that's a bad thing.


I leave you with a song I heard on NIGHT SHIFT, which, apart from being wonderful, has a music department that has some serious chops. I have had this on repeat for days because it is just that fantastic. The Van Morrison original is luminous, but I just love Otto's voice on this. The horns are EVERYTHING.

Have a great week, gente.

Talk at you soon.

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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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