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Dept. of Welcome to the Working Week

Stahma
Sunday Shifts

It's great in one way, because I know it's leading to a long weekend. But it's not great unless you can get a lot of work done. And while I certainly managed to do one thing that's needed doing for some time - organizing my desk and finally bringing myself to throw away about three years of interview and meeting notes that I really don't need as much as I thought I did - I only got one story done today.

I am a grumpy [personal profile] kaffyr  right now. Monday is going to be fairly long and Tuesday is going to be an absolute bear for reasons that I'm not going to talk about right now, and I should have used Sunday to prepare for it all. Even focusing on all the great clearing up I did (and I did clear through enough that my paper recycling garbage can, which was completely empty, is now half full; that's two feet thick of packed down paper, people) doesn't quite make up for it. Because I'm never satisfied, obviously.

Still - long weekend coming up, and I had a pretty darned good week to look back at in the rear view mirror.

Also, BB made corned beef hash for supper, and I made gingerbread and whipped cream for dessert. And that's not bad, either.

*signs off, trying to whistle "you've got to ac-CEN-tu-ate the positive, e-LIM-in-ate the negative, latch ON to the affirmative, don't mess with Mr. inbetween" before brushing her teeth and bedding down for the night*

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Dept. of Who Review

Mel's on Fire
"Time Heist"

Don't worry, it's all going to be put under the cut, but first I must say that, for me, this was absolutely top-drawer. The writing was good, the heart was there, the impulse was kindness, the flaws were noticeable from not fatal, and it left me with a far better understanding of this Doctor. Which is wonderful, given that I've been learning a little more about him every week.

I really, really liked this episode. All the way through, and afterwards.

Cut, cuttity-cut. Collapse )
So. Yes. Not much of an organized review, but this one was, for me, good all the way up and down, all the way around.
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Dept.of Birthday Wishes

Donna Three
Happy Birthday!

Many happy returns of the day to davidschroth, a man of infinite patience and kindness; may your day be wonderful!




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Dept. of Collapse

Pompoko yawns
Dear Sweet Lord, I'm Tired

I didn't even get up all that early today, but I had to get two stories done before 3 p.m., the official end of my week (hurrah!) so that I could jump in the car and get to Costco to do some last minute shopping. We had a young couple over for dinner, and I'd planned to bake a pie and do various things, but they let us know they were arriving earlier than most of our guests normally do, so I was incredibly rushed, dashed through Costco in 15 minutes or so (only to discover that they didn't have everything I needed for the pie), but I figured I'd stop by another grocery on the way home, no problem, thought I.

And then? Traffic. I don't even want to talk about the traffic. So I won't.

I got back after the guests had arrived; luckily, they were both lovely about it. We'd attended their wedding and had asked them to come over as sort of a not-wedding gift, and they were much more patient about the whole horrible timing than I might have been in their place. Still, it was nice to see them again; we knew Tabitha from when she was a kindergartener with FB, and her wife Amanda went out briefly with FB, so I'm glad they didn't think we were  horrible hosts.

But I am absolutely drained. I'm leaving all the cleaning to tomorrow. BB and I are watching some anime right now, and then I'm going to collapse in bed. Which, of course, you all needed to know.

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Dept.of Birthday Wishes

The Family Pond
A Quick Fly-by Birthday wish ...

... to liveex2love - hope today is great!





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Dept. of Weariness

Stahma
When Brain and Body Decide to be Difficult
or: Wow, Too Much Stuff

It's not in a horrible way, mind you. My multi-day headache finally subsided, for one thing. (I'm counting that as one of my positives for today, by the way.)

medical-ish stuffCollapse )

housework and familyCollapse )

home and native land stuffCollapse )

Doctor Who, of courseCollapse )

And finally: I really, really like Avatar: the Last Airbender, and BB and I are only through the first book of episodes. 


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Dept. of Nataldalia

Big Barakomon grin
 Happy Birthday To the Daughter of My Heart

It's been about 15 years since I met a bright, beautiful, brave, bold, and brilliant young lady when she became, at the time, my First Born's girlfriend. I immediately loved her, and so did everyone at Casa 
[personal profile] kaffyr . She became a daughter to me in many ways. Over the next few years, as these things go, she stopped being FB's girlfriend. But she never stopped being his friend, and she never stopped being the daughter of my heart. 

Today, she is an artist, and activist, a member of the managerial class (which I do not hold against her), and still one of the most wonderful young people it has been my blessing to meet. Today, too, is her birthday. 

To art_tastic - Happy Birthday, my dear! And Happy Birthday to your wonderful sister as well! May you continue to be magnificent, and may life always treat you in the way that you deserve! (And let me know the next time you want to come over and have mashed potatoes!) 
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Dept. of Birthdays

Rose smiles
 Happy, Happy Birthday!

To 
[personal profile] azriona , whose ability to tell stories, whether it's about the Doctor, Sherlock, Andrew, Cleo, the amazing adventures of all her family, or the fantastic world of trying out new recipes, has enlivened my friends' page for quite some time now. May today be an excellent day for you! This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/320789.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of End of the Weekend

Donna Three
A Very Few Things

I'm going to watch "Listen" tomorrow night with FB and take another, careful, look at it, with some comments from y'all in mind. Then I'll respond to everyone from my previous post, I promise.
I went to the second radio show that my son's been in, with the Locked Into Vacancy radio comedy troupe that he's with (initially as their Foley guy, and most recently playing a part. If you're in Chicago, you should really give this little troupe a try. You know I like old time radio; well, as BB put it tonight on our way down there, this is new-time radio, and it's surprisingly good, and funny. To my mind, they pull off the difficult balancing act of visual theater and theater of the air, which is not always easy. And if you want to hear their latest show, check the podcasts. Tonight's show won't be up for a while because the engineer has a day job, which is a shame, because you'd get to hear FB do his completely hilarious parody of John Mayer-type dudebro singer "romantic" song. That should happen in the future, but the last couple of podcasts are really good. Yup, totally pimping for them.
I have just read this laugh-out-loud funny Sherlock/Mary/John OT3 story  by wiggleofjudas over on AO3, and I must pimp this, too, to anyone who, like me, is firmly convinced that the three of them belong together - even more convinced after HLV.
And now I'm going to bed,
Slightly TMI re health stuff. Not a lot, just a little.Collapse )

*meaning, at any given moment, I don't care about them and then, well, I sort of do.




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Dept. of Biology

Dalek ballerina
The Body is a Funny Thing

As more than a few folks on my f'list know. It kicks us around a lot, does weird things to us. I include the brain in "the body" of course. And that brain-body thing? Yeah, the kicking around stuff, without explanation. I do not approve, body.

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Dept. of Being Tired

Be Kind
Positivity of a different sort

I was too tired last night to post, although I'd planned to, since I had at least one or two things to be happy about, or certainly things about which I could be positive. But after a long union meeting (a good one, which was one of the positive things I wanted to mention), I really couldn't summon the mental acuity necessary to post.

I'm a little like that right now, and believe me, I'm staggering off to bed as soon as I finish this. But I wanted to say this to all my online friends before I'm out like a light:

If your day today was a good one, I want you to know that I'm happy for you! Whether it was a sunny day, or a great creative idea you were able to put down on the page, or an unexpected job offer, or a cat to pet, or a hug from a child, or an unexpected embrace from someone you'd been afraid was mad at you, or a successfully completed job that you didn't expect to finish, or a transcendentally beautiful passage of poetry or prose - anything that made you happy today is a treasure, and I'm glad you found that treasure.

If your day today sucked; if it was full of grey hopelessness, or red-eyed rage, or black despair; if there were setbacks, or if you hated yourself for bad reasons - if you hated yourself for what you thought were good reasons; if words escaped you when you wanted to put them on a page, or if they escaped you when you didn't want them to come out, and you hurt someone else, or fucked up your own plans therewith; if the rain ruined your dress, or you failed a test; if all the godawful things that can happen to you happened; if you lost someone, or misplaced yourself; know this:

I am glad I know you. I think you're interesting. I have faith in you. If you need a hug, you've got one. If you need someone to talk to, I'll try to be there. If you don't want to talk about it - whatever "it" is - then I can put up silly cat videos, or squee about things we both like. And even more important than all that? You are cool. You are creative. You are kinder than you think, wiser than you think, less bad than you're afraid you are. If the Black Dog is visiting, it can be chased away - maybe with difficulty, maybe not soon enough (not nearly soon enough; I know). If your blood chemistry is tricking you into thinking all the dark things, I can't change that, but I can help you chant the mantra: it's just blood chemistry; hold on. I like you. Other people think you're awesome - and they're right.

So, yeah. Just wanted to say that.




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Dept. of Good Things

Eight in time
Positivity, Redux

1. At the end of the another long day, and returning home from another meeting, I was again presented with a parking space within paces of my own back door. The Great Spider, who often provides parking spaces if you pray to her, using the phrase "Come on, Great Spider; come oonnnn, Great Spider!!!", was there for me again tonight. Thanks, Great Spider!

2. I do not have a headache. This is grand!

3. And this happened. I think very little of the current Prime Minister of Canada, but even I can share his elation at the discovery of one of Franklin's ships -  if only because the discovery proves that Inuit reports about the fate of some expedition members were right, even though They Didn't Come From White People. (Mind you, I've often thought that anyone choosing to start an expedition into the unknown on ships named Erebus and Terror would have had little reason to expect a sunny outcome.)

4. In connection with 3, there's this. It still raises the hair on my arms and the back of my neck, every time I hear it - the only song of his that ever did that to me. When I hear it, I feel the North, and that fills me with awe.

Under a cut because bandwidthCollapse )

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Dept. of Not Bad

Ein 2
Mondays Aren't Always Bad

That may be damning the first working day of the week with faint praise but, given the Monday's I've had over the past little while, I'll go on record and say one in which I got a fair amount done, and in which I can end the day feeling like I didn't squander my time, is, to put it Canadianly, not bad, eh?

So that's a positive thing.

And what else is positive? Oh, the weather was absolutely lovely today; not too hot, but still summer-warm, and lacking any of the godawful humidity that I really dislike. Among the many reasons I could not live in Florida, the land that god forgot to terraform, according to my Best Beloved, is humidity. Oh, and the Jurassic size flying insects that, itoo many Southerners I've talked to  try to pretend aren't giant frakkin' cockroaches with wings aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa— But I
digress.

So that's a second positive thing.

And the third .... hmmm, do doughnuts count? No, no, they don't. Not today. But seeing my first born tonight counts. And coming home from a news-filled meeting to my home in lovely Rogers No Park, expecting to have to circle at least four blocks repeatedly, before finding a parking space six blocks away, and finding a spot across the street from my own home - across the street, people, this is unheard-of after 7 p.m., and it was 9 p.m. - that definitely counts.

So, Monday? A good one, I think. Let's hear it for a good Tuesday, shall we?


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Dept. of Good Night and God Bless

Pompoko yawns
Positivity and Me

Many of my online friends have been having fun with the ultimately wonderful positivity meme, and it makes me smile to read the things they read (even as I, sadly, am monotonously predictable in my lack of response.) Thank all of you for having fun with the meme. It's more than fun, actually; it's a fine and necessary exercise in fighting everything from the mild greys, to the ordinary blues, to the goddamned Black Dogs. So, yes, it's good to see others do it.

We got the condo building basement cleaned up by about 80 percent, and I am very, very happy with that.

I' finally posted the MCU fic that has been bouncing around my head ever since I first saw the movie way back in 2012. Wrote it in one day plus an hour or so - for me, these days, that's fast. The only time I've written faster, or even as fast, is during Fandom Stocking, and I am reasonably pleased with it, as unedited and self-indulgent things go. Now, back to the other story.

Enjoyed reviewing two anime movies that BB and I watched over the past couple of years; Welcome to the Space Show, and Summer Wars. If I wasn't battling a bit of an uncomfortable headache, and was not, therefore, heading to bed in order to have any hope of a productive Monday - I'd talk about why I like them so much. I hope the links are at least a bit informative, although they don't really capture why I truly like the movies.

Going to bed now - have a wonderful Monday!

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Blue Nippon
Title: Daughters
Author: [personal profile] kaffyr
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: the Chitauri
Summary: First and always, there was the Mother. They were born of Her in darkness, where no suns were, then warmed to life and consciousness when She swam toward the light.Then Something came and changed the Mother.
Edited by: Unedited, unbeta'd, unexamined, because it came out so fast. All mistakes are my own.
Author's notes: This exploded in my head, or the germ of the explosion did, the first time I saw The Avengers. Every time I watched afterward, it scratched at me, demanding to be told. I know now that these Chitauri bear no resemblance to those in the Marvel comics universe. I take the fiction writer's prerogative to do something completely different and for that I don't apologize.
Disclaimer: No characters are mine. They are the sole properties of Marvel and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin.
________________________________________


First and always, there was the MotherCollapse )

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Dept. of Who Review

Big Barakomon grin
Robots of Sherwood
  •  
Here be spoilers, if you haven't seen itCollapse )


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Dept. of Thinky Thoughts, Lazy Edition

Dashing Twelve
Working On It

Thinking  thoughts about how Moffat is taking a very risky turn in process as well as story, mixing Doylist and Watsonian angles with drunken abandon, (except that he's doing it very carefully.)

Thinking about the phrase "I am built broken. Watch me."

Thinking about the difference between liking and loving, and the similarities. Thinking about dislike and discomfort and how they are often survival tools.

Thinking about mirrors and mistakes, about how communication is a minuet of misinterpretation, rediscovery and changing minds, and how Moffat pulls it off sometimes, and how sometimes he doesn't.

Back to the tabbouleh salad, notebook at the ready ....

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Dept. of Mini-Vacation

Dashing Twelve
A Good Day. A Very Good Day.

There was sunshine, and a little grocery shopping at our local fruit market, then some very nice peanut-butter marinated chicken (don't gag, it's actually a lovely way to marinate chicken thighs, with soy sauce and garlic and brown sugar, and this time I had some miso ginger broth, so I substituted that for the water I was supposed to use, and it was lovely) to go over rice. And there were brussel sprouts sauteed in too much yummy butter and olive and sesame oil, and balsamic vinegar and green onions. And there were double-fudge brownies with ice cream for dessert.

There was time with my Best Beloved, napping with my head on his chest in the afternoon. And that would have made it better than anything, even if I'd had to eat stale cheese sandwiches instead of everything I talked about, and even if I hadn't watched some Doctor Who, too.

But it was good that I did watch the Doctor as he journeyed Into The Dalek. BB isn't fond of that type of episode (although he did consider it well done of its type), but I am, and I thought it was top-notch. It was unsparing and it made me uncomfortable, and it made me not like the Doctor, and I think that's not only what it set out to do, but what it should have set out to do. And I think it did it very, very well. It strengthened Clara, it introduced Danny Pink, who I think will be a very interesting character, and it solidified some of my own Theories Which Are My Own about who Missy is. For reasons. 

I liked Deep Breath, and didn't see many of the supposed shortcomings others saw in it. It did have its faults, but it was a solid beginning to Capaldi's run, but I think I loved into The Dalek.

I want to explore both the episodes more; I hope I can summon the spoons to do so tomorrow.

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Hotch's bad time
Remember That Time When I Came Back From An All-Day Union-Management Thing Downtown And My Car Had Been Towed?

Yeah.




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Dept. of Friending Meme

Vermeer Girl
Well, this is a first ....


  { visit my post } { visit the thread }

I decided I would try this. I don't believe I've ever done this before, because I have lots of lovely LJ friends and many here at/over at Dreamwidth. But it couldn't hurt, she said with admirable disregard for Murphy-ish reality. 

Maybe I'll see you there; I intend ti go through a lot of the posts over there.

Communication! What a concept; it's a gas!

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Dept. of Birthdays

Fezzes are cool
 Happy Birthday!

Many happy returns of the day to 
[personal profile] janie_aire , who writes some thoughtful, beautiful commentaries and meta about Doctor Who; I'm very glad I have had the chance to "meet" you through those wonderful words, and I hope, selfishly, to read more  of them in the coming year! This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/316348.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

Dept. of Who Review

Mel's on Fire
I Saw It And It Was Good

I saw Deep Breath on Saturday night, and I thought that it was good. I saw it again tonight, and I liked it even better. I got a better feel for why Clara acted as she did (and the true and quite logical reason was right in front of me, and had nothing to do with her being young and shallow) and I saw once again that Moffat has tweaked us yet again: this Doctor is as tuned in to humans and as tied to them as ever his younger selves were. Silly of me to have thought that would be different and glad I am that I was mistaken.

This is a very good Doctor.

I don't, however, have any more brain to talk about it. I got up early and traveled 45 miles each way to an absolutely wonderful wedding at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, wandered around in the heat after the wedding, drove back, then cleaned up and set up an evening of light munchies for the folks who came to watch Deep Breath with us, and I have to get up early tomorrow to give testimony to an attorney, and it's deadline day, and I'm covered in dried sweat and ... well, I'm not at my best right now.

More, tomorrow?

Oh, and ...





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Dept, of Whooooooooooeeeeeoooooo

TARDIS at Giverny
Only a Few More Hours

At last it's only a few more hours for us; I'm rushing around trying to make the place a little neater, and dashing off for jammie dodgers and such (hush; I know they were Eleventy's, and I have no idea whether the Twelfth Doctor will like them at all, but still ... traditions!)

Two more S07 episodes rewatchedCollapse )
All of this means that if I can get one or two more episodes in before we have the premier of S08, I'll be lucky. But that's OK; I can watch the others later. I'll focus on meeting a new Doctor at this point. Yes. I'm rather excited.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ....

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Dept.of Birthday Wishes

Rose smiles
A Very Quick Happy Birthday ...

... to larielromeniel, who is not around much these days, but whose DW fic was funny, heartfelt, and high quality - her work welcomed me into the online fannish fanfic community, and it is something for which I shall always be grateful. I also salute her for her love of libraries, and for her wry wit. Wherever you are, have an excellent day!

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Dept. of Short Notices

Laputa land
I Am Tired and Going to Bed

But I feel obligated to point out that I learned a new word, of which I think I shall become irrationally fond: singultus (thank you, dictionary.com!) It is the Latin word for hiccups, and I must find a way to use it as often as possible.

I did watch The Bells of St. John tonight, with BB, FB and Emily, but I'm really too knackered to comment intelligently on it. Also, I managed to jam my own eyeglasses into my left eye, and it is somewhat the worse for wear. Perhaps tomorrow?




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