Sunday, September 17th, 2017 03:33 pm
I'm still trying to catch up on books, and as I've said before, I can no longer remember when I read some or in what order. But I remember that I read them, and I even remember what I think about them, and those are the important things!

Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures )


Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half )


N.K. Jemisin, The Dreamblood duology )


Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall )
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Saturday, September 16th, 2017 01:45 pm
Just going to leave this here. Lots of cats! Doing cat stuff! ♥


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Friday, September 15th, 2017 02:52 pm
Happy birthday to [personal profile] fignewton! I hope you're having a good one, and thank you for all you continue to do for SG-1 fandom!
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Thursday, September 14th, 2017 04:45 pm
When our across-the-street neighbors cut back the big tree that arches so far over the street that it was dropping leaves and limbs on our lawn, I applauded. When I realized they weren't trimming but cutting down the whole big tree, I was sad, but I figured it was one of those that may have gotten rotten inside: we get a lot in the Tampa area. Many live oaks were planted 50–60 years ago, and they get worn away inside by rain, insects, and rodents, and people don't realize until something bad happens. When they had another tree or two removed from their backyard, again, I was sad, but I thought they were being sensible.

As the hurricane approached, I was very relieved they had removed at least the big one: no worries about that!

Irma passed through Monday in the very early hours. It's now Thursday, a little more than 72 hours—and they're cutting down another, much younger tree that looks quite healthy. I saw no signs of damage to it from the hurricane at all, though many other trees lost limbs or toppled.

I'm baffled and again sad: why would you remove a tree that withstood a hurricane and looks to have many good years ahead of it? Especially after so many trees have been lost! Are they planning for future hurricanes? Are they tired of blowing leaves? (Someone in the house blows leaves almost every day. We've seen him do it in the rain. No leaf can be allowed to lie on that driveway for more than a few hours.)

We're doing fine after the hurricane, unlike some friends, who are still without power and face big clean-ups. I seem, however, to be terribly distractible lately. . . .
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 09:38 pm
Oh no it's been so long and I've done so much sitting around in airports that my reading list has grown quite a bit since last post. Will try to keep it short, but this is the current list of What I've been reading:

The Harbors of the Sun (The Books of the Raksura, #5) by Martha Wells
Princess Jellyfish 1, 2 & 3 by Akiko Higashimura
Tremontaine Seasons 1&2 by Ellen Kushner et al
Sasharia En Garde by Sherwood Smith
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by NK Jemisin
Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
In Other Lands by Sarah Reese Brennan
Stranger Stranger & Hostage (The Change #1 & #2) by Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith

And to my great pleasure, I've absolutely loved most of these, and enjoyed all of them. So much imagination and adventure, and so many wonderful and queer characters I feel like this month's reading has been an embarrassment of riches. Really, it feels unfair to compare them against each other, or somehow rate them (even though I do on Goodreads because it took me forever to figure out that I could mark books read without filling in any stars and now I feel like a. I don't want to take away anyone's stars and b. I don't want to NOT give my recent reads stars when all the older ones have them...).

So - today's format will be me talking about the things I loved about all of these books. There might be more critique and stuff in my Goodreads reviews (linked through above) but I'm all out of analytical mind now and just here for the squee. ♥

(ETA: all links should go to the proper books now.)

Yeah, this will probably be long no matter how hard I try, so have a cut )
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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 12:48 pm
Hello, old friends (and new)!

We got through Irma just fine. We didn't even lose power. We did, however, lose Internet before the hurricane even got here, and my sad little old iPhone is so slow at doing things online that it didn't seem practical to try to get on DW and LJ for an update until we had Internet again.

We were a little west of the path, and we had lots of wind and rain. I am grateful to God that we are unhurt, and there's no real damage to our home. We had to wet-vacuum out one area, but we'd expected that and had moved everything important out or off the floor. We had a couple of drips. A lot of tree limbs fell, some onto the roof, but none did any damage. A neighbor with a chain saw helped, and we got those limbs all to the curb for pickup yesterday already. (Hey, we had no Internet; what else was there to do?)

2/3 of Florida lost power. We know many people still without power—which is bad when it's 84° (heat index 90°) before 1 pm. Many people are returning from other states unsure what they'll find at home—or even when they'll get there. Some areas aren't allowing people in because of flooding; or a lack of gas, clean water, and food. (One of those people was shouting, "I'll never leave again!" as I heard on a sound clip on NPR this morning. He might change his mind after he sees where he lived.) Others are waiting a long time for flights, or for gas to finish the drive.

So if you pray, please keep praying for all the survivors of recent hurricanes, and for those who died. We appreciate your positive energies and your prayers and feel blessed to have come through so well.

Love y'all!
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Sunday, September 10th, 2017 08:16 am
Thank you for writing for me! :) I will admit that I'm generally a fluff aficionado and kind of a wuss when it comes to gore and sad/tragic endings, but I've offered a number of "trick" prompts for things I think I'd enjoy. Hopefully my prompts will give you a good feel for the kind of thing I like.

In every one of these fandoms, I love every requested character and would be very happy with any of them that you wish to write. I don't have a unique prompt for every possible character or pairing, but feel free to mix'n'match however you want. Most of my prompts can be used for any individual character or group of characters in that fandom.

Fandoms: Agent Carter, MCU, Stranger Things

Likes/dislikes and general prompts/suggestions )

Fandom-specific requests and prompts )
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Monday, September 11th, 2017 09:49 am
Work has sent me to Lisbon, on my first and last business trip for my current job.

I'm basically there as a backup - I brought a (heavy old) laptop "just in case" and a USB stick and three PowerPoint presentations and made sure they were uploaded at the venue yesterday, with most of the speakers arriving today. And as much as I dislike traveling with Ryanair (yes, the flight down here was delayed - the boards were flashing LAST CALL and the check-in line hadn't even moved because "the plane is still in the hangar" uhhh yeah maybe someone should have taken the plane out of the hangar...? but there you go), it's been a pretty low-pressure trip so far. (The delegation should be boarding their flight in the UK now, but if they're delayed more than two hours that's when we'll panic.)

Anyway! That's just background to explain why I found myself in the Lisbon Oceanarium for a couple of hours last night, taking ALL THE PICTURES of the cool stuff they had there.

Despite the low-pressure assignment, I was kind of wound up from having to get up early and spend hours in an airport and working with people I'd never met and worrying about stupid stuff and then I ended up in front of the vast sea tank and it was dark and cool and so relaxing. It was amazing. Here are some pics:


Hyperlapse - five minutes compressed to five seconds (apologies for the YouTube format; Flickr is being uncooperative or I'd have it looking better despite the vertical orientation).

And the fish were only the beginning... More animals from four oceans under the cut )

Also, here's a separate exhibition of the amazing info signs they had with the MOST UNIMPRESSED SEA CREATURES:

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What other unimpressed sea creatures lurk behind the cut? )

So yeah if you're ever in Lisbon check out the Oceanarium! They also do a lot of preservation work, so it's money well spent. ♥
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Sunday, September 10th, 2017 09:07 am
Hello, all! Thanks to everyone who has inquired after us or sent a note of support. I am indeed in the Tampa Bay area, which puts us in the path of Irma. The first bands of rain started a few hours ago. We expect the center of the hurricane to pass somewhere around us—probably to the west—around 2 am Monday.

We're going to be ok. We're more than twice as high above the water as the storm surge is projected to be. We have sandbags just in case. We have gallons of water (more than the one gallon/person/day for three days).

It won't be fun. We're planning to ride out tonight on mattresses in a hallway that will barely fit the mattresses. We expect to lose power and internet, so please don't worry if you don't hear from me for a few days.

If you pray, please pray for everyone in Harvey's, Irma's, and José's path and wake. Or send positive energies.

***hugs*** to all!
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