Noir City DC -- first weekend

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:13 pm
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This weekend I've seen 4 movies as part of the Noir City DC film festival with [personal profile] greenygal. This year's theme: 'Heists, Hold-Ups, and Schemes Gone Wrong.'

Kansas City Confidential )

Criss-Cross )

The Asphalt Jungle )

White Heat )

I am amused that the solution in two of the movies to 'how do we make stolen money untraceable' is 'turn it in for the 25% reward from the insurance company covering the place we stole it from'. That's certainly an interesting way to launder ill-gotten gains.
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Greek butternut squash salad, tiropita, figs, beef stew cubes, maple breakfast sausage, figs, nittany apples, and yellow bartlett pears.

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Oct. 14th, 2017 01:53 pm
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My life is out of balance right now, what with the various fire complexes just over the hill and an old friend of mine dying today. I've spent most of this week keeping the radio station's FB page updated with every smidgen of "real" news I can find, until I'm done. You know that feeling, the one where you realize you've nothing else to add? Well, I'm there. Then came all the hints that our friend had passed away this morning. I understand shock, but if you can't just type out the words that he died, then go back to your shock, call your friends, and take care of yourself. The vaguebooking causes way more anxiety than you've any clue. I had to PM one of the vaguebookers to find out what was going on, which caused him more stress that flopped onto me. Yes, this is me stressing. #fuckcancer

Fires to the east and south of me, death to the east, and relentless blue skies above. Okay, I get the hint. Life goes on.
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Gacked from [personal profile] irreparable and [personal profile] hamsterwoman.

Things you may have done, had, traveled to, etc etc )

I had today off - no subbing, no volunteering - which I desperately needed. A three-day weekend is NOT a break for moms :-P and I was desperate for a little downtime. I caught up on a little stuff online, took a 2.5 hour nap, got groceries, low-key things like that.

I also finished reading The Raven King. Thoughts under here )

As a whole I really REALLY loved this series, despite my quibbles. Thank you to [personal profile] hamsterwoman for introducing me to it. And I need me some good Adam/Ronan fic now, and possibly some good Blue/Gansey fic. (Is she allowed to kiss him without killing him now? And, incidentally, did Cabeswater remake Gansey so he's no longer allergic to wasps?)

The Week(e)nd

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:53 pm
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I hope all of you in CA will remain safe. <3

Let's see: destructive fires, massive earthquakes, devastating hurricanes, mass shootings, trash talking with nuclear-weapon-wielding despots ... did I miss anything? >_<

Fairly nondescript weekend, although I did kick my legs out from under myself on Saturday at tkd class, trying to do a kick that my PA tkd school didn't like so I'd never done it until 2 weeks ago. Landed flat on my back, essentially unhurt, but I had minor whiplash pain in my neck Sun-Mon. MiniPlu volunteered at a color run (where they throw colored chalk at you as you pass by) - she did this last year and had a great time, but this year they stuck her and her friend on bounce-house-minding duty, instead of chalk duty. The region where the race was has a reputation for rich brats and, sure enough, MiniPlu came home in a towering rage at the horrible children she'd had to deal with for several hours, while their moms stood around, noses in phones, and did nothing. Our church had their first-ever doggie-themed picnic/bbq thing - low-key and casual, but it was nice to take Jade on a field trip, so to speak, and the animals were all blessed by our priest. (We told Jade this means we expect her to be positively angelic from now on.)

Also on Saturday, I was pulled over by a cop and politely informed that my car was out of registration )

Otherwise, yes, weekend was fine. Ran a bunch of errands, kids and I got our flu shots, slogged through exhaustion yesterday (Mon) morning - I was awake from 7:40a-9a, went back to bed in lieu of running, got up again at 10:30a, dragged my feet until finally going to the kitchen to make caramel for the apple pie I'd baked the night before, and pumpkin chocolate-chip bread to take to school today. And only around 12:15p did I finally get around to the treadmill.

Will and I seem to be taking turns being mopey and depressed. I suppose it's better than both struggling at the same time, but it means not a lot of joy going around, you know?

So here, have a smile: how to put peanut butter on bread in five easy steps, none of which involve just using a knife. :P

Yuletide assignments are out! I am cautiously optimistic about my assignment. It definitely bears a lot of further thought, but I really hope I can have fun with it. Anyone else on my flist participating in Yuletide this year?

Speaking of fandoms, here's the rest of the 'shipping meme, gacked from [profile] thesmallhobbit: Would you ship them in a box? Would you ship them with a fox? )

And, as usual, I need to go fall on my face now.

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Oct. 10th, 2017 02:59 pm
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We are not threatened by the many, many NorCal fires raging at this very minute. Some of our friends are, and this being a major firestorm, they are not reachable. Cell repeaters melted, phone lines down, I spent a fair chunk of yesterday trying to get through to three people with no luck at all. This morning, via the wonders of FB, a mutual friend reported that they and their seven or so cats are all fine. Can't talk smack about FB, when it's the only way you can find out if someone's still alive.

Our air quality is awful. Yesterday, the sun was blood red, the sky was yellow and gray, and my sinuses packed full of ash. I didn't realize what was going on, when I and my beloved first enormous cup of coffee meandered into my office, only to discover that everything was coated with a thin layer of ash. You can tell the places considered essential, as they've been brushed or wiped clean, unlike my guest chair, the floor, and the elliptical.

However, we are fine. We have power, which means we have water. I've been following the fires in my county and next two over obsessively. The images from our nearest large city, Santa Rosa, look like a war zone. Whole neighborhoods burned to twisted metal and crumbled concrete, next to untouched lines of conifers. The county east of us had the oddest shots of charred-to-barren ground leading to burnt-to-pilings wharves. It's been impressive to watch our neighbors organize aid. The animal welfare groups were the fastest, reaching out via social networking and direct emails (and probably phone calls, too) to get animal shelters emptied and moved to safer places, while the horse people screamed for trailers and hay. People are trickier, as many ignore logic and reason to rush back to try to save whatever they can from their engulfed homes.

My priorities have changed since we went through something similar in '08 as well as when we lived in the SF Bay Area during the Oakland Fires. During the Oakland Fires, we could see the glow and flicker. Our area had been alerted that maybe we might possibly have to evacuate, so we had plenty of time to think about what we'd take. The dogs, of course, and their essentials, clothes and meds for us, and since we'd take two cars.... With a full-sized truck and a large van, we could have theoretically taken a ton of stuff. In '08, with a major fire just over the ridge, the list had shrunk down to dogs, our CPUs, and absolute essentials. Now, since my computer has Carbonite backing it up, my personal list is Trouble, her food, clothes, id, camera, passport, and contact lens gorp. I suspect that everything would fit in a grab-and-go bag. I hope to never have to test that theory.
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Went to see Gaslight (1944) with A (person without a pseudonym) and [personal profile] greenygal; [personal profile] ellen_fremedon was supposed to join us, but the theater was sold out before she got there... for some reason, they were showing it in one of the smaller cinemas, instead of in the biggest one, which is at least twice as large and wouldn't have been as ridiculously sold out.

It was an excellent film, this print in 35 mm, and still completely relevant and at moments hard to watch. And it passes the Bechdel Test in the first 15 minutes! If you get a chance to see it on the big screen, it's definitely worth it.

This wasn't officially part of the Noir City DC film festival, but it was a nice run up to that. Next week is, though, and I might be seeing three movies next Saturday: Kansas City Confidential, Criss-Cross, and The Asphalt Jungle, with Sunday's White Heat a strong possibility as well.

I am definitely going to see the double-feature of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 & Charley Varrick on Friday, October 20th, if anyone wants to join me.

Dear Yulegoat,

Oct. 8th, 2017 09:11 am
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
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Thank you so much for writing a story for me! I appreciate your work!

I'm neotoma on AO3 and I've participated in Yuletide for several years, so I'm glad you're participating too!

General likes and dislikes:

Dislikes -- hatesex, extreme power differentials in relationships, mentor-student relationships, dub-con and non-con unless the characters actually deal with how fucked up the relationship is, deathfic without hope
Likes -- nifty worldbuilding, exploring the edge cases (what if the main character doesn't fit into their society's boxes -- how do they cope?), friendship as a priority, casefic and gen fic, puns, happy endings, bittersweet endings that have hope at the end.

Onto the fandoms -- SGU, An American in Paris, The Limehouse Golem )
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Bosc, bartlett, and asian pears, black twig, neorthernspy,Esopus Spitzenberg apples, quince, persimmons, figs, pita, tiropita, and milopita (apple handpie!).

Also, I harvest the Table Gold acorn squash this week -- 3 squash, for a total of 2lbs. It also looks like I'll get at least 2 cups of cowpeas once they're finished drying, and at least some Tarbais runner beans, though probably not enough for a cassoulet.


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