Movie notes

Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 11:49 pm
sasha_feather: Amelie, white woman with dark hair, smiling cheerfully (Amelie)
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Captain Phillips
This was even more racist than I expected. I mean I think the movie makers were *trying* to make a story about an "ordinary" guy who keeps a cool head in a tough situation. But what I saw was that there is a huge mobilization of the American military (a Navy ship, helicopters, SEALS, etc) to save this one white dude from people who are in a desperate struggle. I would have liked to see some more de-escalation techniques, more nuance when it came to the pirates and their reasoning, more contextualization of their lives. Instead we see wealthy white heroes and poor black antagonists... sigh.

I loved this to pieces. The story of 6 journalists from the Boston Globe who broke the story of the Catholic abuse scandal in 2001-2002. This film handles a tough subject in a sensitive and intelligent way. It's empowering in that it makes you believe in jouralism and the free press-- although the journalists struggle and encounter barriers, the first amendment is on their side and they are able to succeed. This film is chilling, subtle; highly recommended.
content note: detailed discussions of child sex abuse (not portrayed on screen)

Cradle will rock
Loved this ensemble film about the federal theater company in the 1930s. A playwright creates a musical about a union struggle in a steel town. Meanwhile Rockefeller hires Diego Rivera to paint a mural in his lobby. Congress investigates the theater company regarding concerns of communism. Orson Welles dreams up production designs. Super fun and inspiring.
Content note: brief scene of police violence against protestors

Been playing Lunar and...

Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 11:42 pm
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(Incest warning)

The last time I played this game was when I was was twelve, but the weird relationship between Alex and Luna has always stuck with me. Alex's parents talk about how they raised Luna as their own daughter, watched Alex and Luna grow up as siblings, and then in the next breath talk about what a great couple they are??? They. Are. Siblings. And I mean, I even have a couple incest ships, but if you're going to go out of your way to talk about how these characters are both siblings and love interests, maybe actually hammer that home? Don't act like it's a foregone conclusion that this brother and sister are just going to get married. Especially don't have their parents shipping it???

Urge to write fix-it fic where Alex and Luna react to everyone's assumption that they're in love with abject horror, tbh. (They're both bland enough characters that I could probably even make it canon compliant, since it's everyone around them talking about how they're in love.)

T minus 7 hours to launch

Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 09:01 pm
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I'm doing my best not to freak completely out, after what happened last year. We are in 200% better shape on every possible front (which, of course, does not mean either of us is 100%, but I'll take what I can get), but I don't think I'll relax completely until we are actually on the freeway heading east.

I am never really prepared to go - I don't think anyone ever is. But I am so ready to be there.

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Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 08:44 pm
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Earlier I had to move a really big spider. The spider really did not want to move.

And that was pretty much my budget of conflict for the evening.

Poem: "A Life by What We Give"

Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 07:13 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] heartsinger, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "homesickness" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "food / cooking" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Apple: Dandee Mac

Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 07:07 pm
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Dandee Mac is pretty good for an early-season apple: it's crisp and reasonably juicy, and tastes like an apple. It's worth eating, unlike a lot of early-season apples varieties, whose virtue seems limited to how early they ripen; I might get more of these next week, if nothing I like better has come along by then.

I didn't name this one either. It's another early-season apple from the (Arlington) farmers' market; the vendor told [ profile] cattitude that it's a mutationn of the Macintosh, which seems plausible. (The Orange Pippin website doesn't have a listing for "Dandee Mac" but does have a bare-bones entry for "Dandee red" as having Macintosh flavor and keeping well.)

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Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 04:57 pm
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Well, the nutritionist had a few concrete suggestions. She wants me to get away from using sweetened creamer in my coffee. She thinks whole milk might work and then try stevia in place of the sugar in the creamer. My suspicion is that, done like that, the only thing that coffee will actually do for me is to keep me from getting a caffeine withdrawal headache. She wants me to add a bit of psillium (sp?) husk powder to my orange juice so that the sugar hits much, much more slowly. She wants me to find a way to sleep uninterrupted for long enough not to feel the need for sugar to help me wake up.

She didn’t have any suggestions for the brain fog/fatigue, but she did understand why I’m not willing to pursue gastric bypass options (for GERD and weight loss).

She seemed to believe me when I talked about how different foods affect me physically. I got the impression that she’d really like me to do an elimination diet of some sort to see which foods really give me IBS and/or GERD problems and what kind. I don’t think she understood when I tried to explain that my anxiety levels affect that enough that something can be okay one month and not the next.

She was pleased that I’m reliably walking ten to fifteen minutes a day. She thought that that should make me sleep better, but I’ve been doing it for months, and it doesn’t at all.

She strongly suggested turning up the AC at night given that overheating seems to be a factor in my having problems falling asleep and that having problems falling asleep is pretty huge in terms of me not sleeping enough. She thinks that lack of sleep may be a big factor in my blood sugar issues.

Scott and Cordelia won’t be comfortable, but maybe I’ll be able to fall asleep faster. Right now, it takes anywhere between thirty minutes and two hours for me to fall asleep. That will be a huge problem when Cordelia goes back to school because she wakes me two or three times every morning (only once deliberately) and is getting up an hour and a half after Scott does.

New random story generator!

Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 03:51 pm
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Most of you probably remember that I do ebook covers as Augusta Scarlett, and most of those covers tend to be paranormal romance, as I get clients when they read other books I've done the cover for, then contact me because they like my work. So I've done a lot of shifter covers.

And that inspired my new random story idea generator, the Shifter Romance Generator.

Many thanks to Lia Silver, who is responsible for most of the more, um, interesting shifters. ;)
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- Changing back to Ativan = slightly lower dose = extra anxious today
+ Somewhat better executive function
- My car seems to maybe have thrown a wheel weight? It is kind of shuddering in high speeds but the tire pressure is fine
+ Had a really nice conversation with my dad while driving to school
* my dad was cutting her kibble in half with wire cutters while on the phone with me because she is old enough that she can now only chew a half piece of kibble at a dad pretends to hate cats, then apparently cuts our cat's kibble up piece by piece for her at every meal like she's a little kid who can't cut up her own steak
* we also discussed why push reel mowers are currently so expensive
* doing house repair with parental figures (including a story about him and his dad repairing the roof of the lake house/shack that had caved in to the floor due to snow, and they were killing mosquitos by smacking them against the roof with dad's dad was a severe alcoholic and sometimes domestically abusive asshole who died long before I was born, and while I knew my dad loved and missed his dad, I had literally never heard a positive story about my grandfather before
- I managed to be half an hour late to my first class of the semester (thankfully, a 4.5 hour block class, so that's only 1/9 of the class I missed) due to vaguely executive dysfunctiony stuff like "oh, I thought I would have enough gas, need to stop" and "oh, I thought the class was on the other side of the campus from where it was so I had to walk across campus after I got there 10 minutes late"
+ we just watched the cutest public health parody video on vaccinating your kids against cooties and also I am managing to mostly pay attention to lecture (obviously not this second) by knitting...I finally have the toe of this sock done, yay
- gender ickwiggles today because I only had the time to throw on a dress (which would have been fine last night?) and apparently my brain wanted butch clothes today and I didn't know until it was too late
+ plenty of water + sock knitting + my hair cut + my rainbow braces on my teeth + generally just feeling better than yesterday
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Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 11:28 am
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[personal profile] the_rck
I ended up getting up in the middle of the night last night to take an Ativan because my mind was running in circles and not letting me sleep. I wasn’t thinking about today’s appointment, at least not on the surface, but I’m pretty sure that that was a big factor. I knew that, if I didn’t take something, I was going to be running on two or three hours of sleep which outright sucks when I need to leave the house and talk coherently to someone about my health issues.

Right now, I’m trying to decide whether I should print stuff out and bring it with me or put it all in Gdocs and access it from my phone. I think printing is likely the wiser course because wifi is erratic in the building where I’ll be and because, that way, the nutritionist can keep a copy and won’t be trying to read on my phone. I’m mainly hesitating because it’ll be about fifteen pages.

I will leave for my appointment in about an hour and a half. I’m hoping to take the bus, but I’m not entirely sure that I’ll end up doing that. I’ll certainly take the bus home, though, because that’s a lot easier than taking it there. Right now, I know I should pack a lunch given that it’ll be well past lunchtime when I get home, even if everything runs on time. I’m just having trouble finding the energy to do it.

I have three different ideas for the pinch hit I’m doing. One is almost certainly too long to work. The other two probably won’t be, though, and I can’t decide between them. I’m still at the point of jotting down notes and questions as I try to come up with a starting point for either story. I think both of the options will require canon research, so I can’t decide based on that.

All three of us went out together yesterday while the cleaning lady was here. We went to the library, we dropped off my winter coat for dry cleaning, and we did the grocery shopping. Cordelia was more willing to go along with all of this than she would be normally. I’m not actually sure why.

Scott made turkey burgers last night. I think we’ve got leftovers enough not to need to cook for the next week— turkey burgers, potatoes, beans, and chicken. We just need vegetables.

Scott and I watched one and a half Marx Brothers movies last night, and the two of us also watched an episode from season one of The Flash with Cordelia. I’m finding that I have a lot of trouble getting myself to focus on the Marx Brothers stuff. Scott’s enjoying it a lot because he watched those movies repeatedly in the early days of VHS. I don’t think we’re going to finish all five movies before I have to return this set. I can’t currently renew it, and I don’t think that’s going to change before Monday.

Webcomics I'm currently reading

Thu, Aug. 25th, 2016 11:52 pm
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[personal profile] aris_tgd
With a quick note on what I like about 'em. Because why not? Then I'll at least have a list of the URLS in case I need it:

Comicsss... )

Poem: "Who Lives Here?"

Fri, Aug. 26th, 2016 01:32 am
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and LJ user Book_worm5. It also fills the "teaching / learning" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] alatefeline, LJ user Ng_moonmoth, and the rest of their pool. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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 My positional vertigo is not gone but lies lurking, ready to jump out at me like a jack in the box. Flying in planes and looking up or down seems to trigger it. The anti-vomiting meds are still effective.

I have had right ankle problems since April and have been working with a podiatrist to find a pair of shoes that will cushion my feet more. I already have custom orthotics and will need a new pair made. But I have been walking twice daily even with the right ankle pain. During my recent trip, I cut my walking in half and the pain went away. Unfortunately that level of walking = sedentary and I cannot maintain my current weight (nor my overall cardio health). A stationary or recumbent bike would be a good choice except  I'd have to use low resistance and it hurts my back. To match the daily walks I would have to spend three hours a day on the bike.   So I resumed my twice daily walks and now... my left ankle is swollen and hurting and I cannot wriggle a few of my toes. Another visit to the foot surgeon surgeon next month. Last time he only took xrays and told me to start physical therapy for the right foot.  I am still looking for a physical therapist who can handle EDS patients. So I am back to the walking very little and am finding that the increased sitting is making my back flare up.   Jack in the boxes and whack a moles seems to be  my thing nowawdays.

In short, I will continue to be preoccupied by health and may be distracted, extra cranky and may ignore you.  

On another note: The only Star Trek series I did not watch from start to finish was Voyager so I have started that on Netflix.  

Poem: "Sweet Submission"

Thu, Aug. 25th, 2016 07:59 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites and LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "lifestyle choice" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survivla Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains a little angst and a lot of high-impact affection. Highlight to read more details, some of which are spoilers. There is a toddler tantrum, mention of possible dietary issues, repeated kitchen failures, a graphic kink scene, Gray popping out of subspace abruptly because he gets a cool idea, and other challenges. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Sleepy, but icon!

Thu, Aug. 25th, 2016 10:52 pm
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[personal profile] soc_puppet
New icon, whee! I finally made some Pokemon GO icons. I'll probably be sharing them over at [community profile] dreamsheep sometime in the near future, but not tonight because I stayed up too late making them already :P

I need to make more Pokemon icons as well, but tired, so. (My favorite plan is to make one with Dreamsheep as Mareep, because obvs. But there will probably be others as well.)

Success again today

Thu, Aug. 25th, 2016 07:43 pm
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[personal profile] me_ya_ri
Not that it was easy. Work went crazy again so I barely had the time for writing. Didn't help that I got recced a WTNV/His Dark Materials crossover that ate my brain when I should have been working.

Thus I had to spend most of my evening getting my words tonight. Which was fine. I got them. The story's progressing really well, even though I'm not sure where to take it now. I need Tiyamike and Mohana to get closer to each other but I also need them to answer at least one or two questions. Of course those answers will make things worse but still, they need to answer a few so I can get things moving in a productive direction. Hopefully tomorrow.

Didn't do any art stuff though I did ponder where to go next on the robot doll. I was more focused on the writing and getting a good night's sleep. I'm pooped today. It's ridiculous.

Totally missed on the steps, by about 2000 steps. I'm tired and sore (for no good reason) so I don't care. I did do well on the food though so it's probably not all that bad.

Tomorrow the hubby's going in to the office (he usually works from home) so that we can go out to IHOP for dinner and then get supplies to fix the fence after work. Which means fence repair on Saturday. But we'll also be making beef brisket on Saturday so it's not all bad.

Thus my goals for tomorrow are write my words before I leave work com hell or high water (expect to fail on that), exercise, yummy calorie bomb IHOP for dinner, and that's about it.

Off to early bath and early bed--goodnight everyone!

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