July 27th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] china_shop at 11:05am on 27/07/2017 under , , ,
Recently read
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. I've seen the series mentioned all over the place, so I went in expecting to enjoy it more than I did (it's not really my genre). Some pivotal plot developments happened offscreen in a way I found frustrating, and the unreliable narrator thing didn't work for me, but mostly I felt it (necessarily) didn't have strong enough relationships for me to care very much.

Every Day and Another Day by David Levithan. The first is about a 16yo person who jumps into a different 16yo body each day, spending midnight to midnight in their host's life before moving on to the next one. And then they fall in love, and it all gets complicated. I enjoyed this -- it felt tropey in an interesting way, and I liked how it dealt with gender. (Warning for unexpected fat-shaming, though.) The second is a remix -- the same story from the fallen-in-love-with girl's POV. It was fine? There's a lot of repetition between the two, and I wanted the ending of Another Day to give me more.

Reading next
Probably the new Natasha Pulley, The Bedlam Stacks. Plus mergatrude has been luring me with Combeferre/Enjolras/Grantaire Les Mis recs.

Recently watched Kdramas
Finished Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. The last six episodes were pure candyfloss and sparkles, and I enjoyed them tremendously (and hardly cried at all!). Almost nothing happened! (There was half an episode dedicated to the trauma of having a pimple on one's nose, and resulting shenanigans.) This show has leapt into my top 10 Kdramas.

Still watching Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, which is tonally ALL OVER THE PLACE, and rewatching Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. Just started Capital Scandal (2007), set in the 1930s during the Japanese occupation. So far it's very confusing, but first episodes are often like that.

Other TV
We're a few episodes into You Me Her, a Netflix show about a m/f married couple who mutually (and rather awkwardly) fall in love with a female escort. It's a little cringey in the way that's currently fashionable for TV light-dramas, but I'm enjoying it despite that. The guy is played by Amy Poehler's brother.

Films
The NZ film festival is about to start. I've bought tickets for:
- a Turkish documentary about the cats of Istanbul
- an Irish documentary about the Voyager spacecraft
- a South Korean drama set in France, called Claire's Camera (no relation to Claire's Hat, as far as I know)
- a South Korean drama set (I presume) in Korea, called Yourself and Yours
- a Thai drama about an architect and an elephant, called Pop Aye
- a French drama starring Catherine Deneuve, called The Midwife.

That should help boost my USA vs Other Countries film ratio! I may randomly try to go to other things during the day, depending on weather, availability and organisational oomph.

Also planning to see The Big Sick, Baby Driver, and possibly maybe Atomic Blonde and The Hitman's Bodyguard, if I decide I need some silly action in my life.

Podcasts
Still working our way through NPR's Invisibilia and enjoying it very much. Still keeping up with Fansplaining.
July 26th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] lamentables at 09:11pm on 26/07/2017 under
1. abrinsky went to Liverpool this morning and won't be back until tomorrow night

2. I went for another walk at a normal pace this afternoon, and halfway round my circuit the OTHER leg started to hurt and now I'm limping again, but on the wrong leg.

3. Board meeting this evening, when I really wanted to retire to bed with book/video and alcohol.

4. Board meeting did not go well. Person who has previously exhibited bigotry was doing it again as I arrived. I disagree with the majority of the board about our approach and strategy. I am right, obvs. Someone is being poisonous and judgemental. Someone else doesn't trust anyone. I've come home feeling like I HATE EVERYBODY. Trying not to send my resignation email until I've slept on it. Restraint needed.

5. Brother is ill and cannot attend the storytelling festival at the weekend. I was SO looking forward to hanging out with him and his kids and now it's all roooooooned.

6. I want to offer to take his kids to the festival without him, but we feel (all of us, including my bro) that this would be too risky. For reasons.

7. I hate even numbers. I don't trust them, all round and smooth and secretly evil. (Have I mentioned I divide most things into odd/even? Flavours, days of the week, colours, shapes. I like odd, spiky, sour, left-handed, green and yellow things best of all. Especially on Wednesdays.)
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July 25th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] lamentables at 06:45pm on 25/07/2017 under
Triffid #oftheday

Walking is almost back to a normal pace now - so much so that the f*tb*t recognises it as exercise - but I'm still not walking more than 2km at a time. I've now spent too much time not-walking or hobbling, so that walking feels like hard work and not fun. This makes me grumpy, but I am trying to focus on the longer term instead of on immediate gratification. Not-walking has also had a impact on my mental health: I'm twitchy and prey to small-hour brain weasels at the moment. *resolve face*

abrinsky had his stitches removed today and his face is looking much more the way it should do. Without the stitches there, he braved a wet shave (though not of the wound itself) and this also makes him look more himself. The nurse confirmed he's healing well, which is good to hear.
July 24th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] lamentables at 08:35pm on 24/07/2017 under ,
It was the last yoga session of the term today, which necessitated some cooking over the weekend, ready for our traditional potluck lunch.

I think I've previously mentioned the occasional benefit of being the last drop for the vegbox man - the week of 18 avocados? (Some weeks there are items missing from my box, so it's not all good news.) This week there was a bonus net of lemons in my box, so I was inspired to make lemon polenta cake. But to make life easier I made small individual cakes in bun cases.

Lemon polenta cakes #oftheday #whenlifegivesyoušŸ‹šŸ‹

They are delicious and, I reckon, better than a single large cake. I had to grind my own almond flour (also contains hazelnuts, because not quite enough almonds) and I think that really enhanced the cakes, making the texture more uneven and interesting.

the recipe )

And as a savoury, I baked some individual 'frittatas'. Or maybe they were pastry-less quiches. It all depends on how you look at things. Either way, they were very tasty and I shall be making them again for my lunches.

Mini frittata #oftheday #omnomnom

They contain roast veg, feta, finely sliced onions, and egg whisked with a little milk. I seasoned only with salt and pepper, but the roast veg has such an intense flavour that this was the right choice. The bonus is that the veg was a bit tired and limp, so I was using it up before it had to be thrown away. And there's a bit more roast veg in a box in the fridge as a handy ingredient for I don't yet know what.
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July 21st, 2017
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I cried pretty much through the entirety of episode 10. Those poor sweet beautiful broken darlings!

I suspect I'm going to finish it this weekend (but not tonight; that would be excessive, and I already have a headache from all the crying).
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I've fallen down the rabbit hole that is Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, and I don't want to come out!

OMG, this show is adorable. The main character is a weightlifter at a sports university, who is mostly very happy being a bull-headed hot-tempered jock, until one fateful day when plot spoilers happen )

I'm about halfway through. Events have transpired, and more spoilers )

I just. Bok Joo is giving me so many feels. She's about as lacking in EQ and self-awareness as Go Mi Nam from You're Beautiful (that is a wild overstatement; NO ONE is as clueless and un-self-aware as Go Mi Nam!), but seeing her grapple with not being traditionally feminine and the way everyone treats her like a hefferlump, and her humiliation at knowing she's being ridiculous leading her double life but she can't help it, and the moments of pure happiness she grabs whenever she can... is all hitting me pretty hard. *snuggles her heartbroken and befuddled self*

Also, the love interest is somehow awful and utterly adorable at the same time. I don't know how he's managing it, but I have high hopes that he will eventually soon realise how awful the awfulness is and make amends. He's getting there.


ION, I've rented the first disk of Black Sails, having decided to give it another try after bouncing off the pilot a couple of years(?) ago and since hearing many people squee. The warnings on the case include sexual violence; can anyone advise: how graphic is the non-con? Like, is it going to squick me and stick in my head for days? Does it happen to main/POV characters? /o\

IOON, we watched the pilot of You Me Her last night, and it was great. I'm looking forward to more.
July 20th, 2017
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July 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] china_shop at 04:43pm on 19/07/2017 under ,
Invented by [personal profile] lunabee34: Tell me about the episode (or book chapter) that never appeared in one of your fandoms but should have.


White Collar: Neal is knocked unconscious during a case, cue Prohibition-era noir episode with singing, saxophones and threesome subtext, a la Moonlighting's "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice."

White Collar: Peter and Neal are captured and held in a confined space. Very confined. El, Mozzie and June work together to rescue them (with Diana and Clinton helping in the background).

Battle Creek: All of season 2.

Agent Carter: All of season 3.

Captain America: A Falcon movie, with the breezy tone of Ant-Man and Spider-Man. Basically, I want (more of) a Sam/Steve romcom. ;-P
July 18th, 2017
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Music:: The mellifluous tones of CNN.
Mood:: 'contemplative' contemplative
location: Better Places (in my imagination)
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posted by [personal profile] lamentables at 05:39pm on 18/07/2017 under
Treasures #oftheday #naturaldyes #stjohnswort #dyerschamomile

I've been doing some productive pottering with natural dyes, picking things from the garden, simmering and steeping, washing and drying. The yellow threads are dyed with the flowers of dyers chamomile, the doily thing with the leaves and stalks that were left. The silk on the top of the pile, and the linen at the bottom were dyed with St John's Wort - plant tops including flowers - and they are the most delightful chartreuse. The linen is an oversized M&S shirt I picked up for Ā£verylittle last year, and I'm pretty excited about it. I have a plan to use some of the various threads I've dyed recently to stitch into it and make it even more interesting.

We have bought into the F*tb*t thing - somewhat to our surprise, but prompted by an enthusiastic friend - and so far I'm pleased with the difference it is making to my life. I like the little nudge each hour to get up and do 250 steps. When working hard means sitting at the desk for hours on end, it makes a quite an impact on the way I feel, the stiffness in my legs, and my mood, if I'm never still for more than 50 minutes. I think that's helped with the dyeing too, because once I'm out of my chair I'm more inclined to potter and commit small acts of productivity. Until my tendinopathy is healed, I'm not focusing on the total number of steps per day, but I don't think that's going to be the most radical impact anyway.

We got in quite a few steps at Northampton General this morning, when I took abrinsky to have a pirate scar installed on his cheek, courtesy of the NHS. He was lucky to be paired up with a surgeon who likes to start early, so he'd had his little op (an excision biopsy) and was back at home eating toast before 10am. abrinsky points out that the installation was performed by a female doctor, Dr Woo, with a female assistant.

With both of us at home the cats are finding it rather disconcerting when, at 10 minutes to each hour, all the humans start rushing pointlessly around staring at their wrists. I think they'll get used to it.
July 17th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] china_shop at 12:19pm on 17/07/2017 under , ,
I wrote a few drabble treats for the Multifandom Drabble Exchange:

1. Shining how we want - Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson, Shortest fake relationship ever.

2. Back it up and do it again - Neal Caffrey/Clinton Jones, The first time was a ruse.

3. Does it almost feel like you've been here before - time traveller/time traveller, The portal whines alarmingly.


And I've read lots of great ones (there went my morning!), but this is my favourite so far:

Pets by [archiveofourown.org profile] lirin - Neal & Satchmo, How can anybody be exasperated around a dog like this?


ION, yay new Doctor!
July 16th, 2017
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