jennaria: Stone mural of naked Greek women dancing, with caption in Greek letters, 'Party On, Dudes!' (Party on)
The other reason I've been sleeping like crap - I'm out of the habit of sleeping on my own. But Wife is home now, and sitting on me as necessary to keep me from over-doing it in general.

We still went out to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 this afternoon, which I very much enjoyed. Cut just in case - I don't get into detailed spoilers, but for those as are still wary. )
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
Dear adorable small cat,

I love you too. Now please stop trying to climb up and lie across my chest so I can't breathe. (More than I already can't breathe because bronchitis.) Try following your sister's example, and curl up next to me for a change! ...okay, stalking off and leaving the room is also an option.

Dear Hogwarts,

THANK YOU FOR LIKING ME I LIKE YOU TOO. (Annual review! Positive results! And yes, I did say something very similar to this to my boss.)

Dear wife,

Oh thank God you'll be home today. We can haz naptiem?
jennaria: Early S3 Aang in his Fire Nation outfit, trying to sleep (Meek Aang)
* Spent yesterday spring cleaning. The upside: clean house! The downside: vacuuming should not leave me this sore. Boo.

* Went out with friends to a restaurant not even five minutes from our house, which we have driven past hundreds of times but never gone in. Good food, decent prices, and has excellent onion rings, which is not to be sniffed at. Now we know!

* Signed up for Not Prime Time, in part because I actually have Sufficient Fandoms that (a) I would be happy to get a story in, and (b) I could write a story in. It's sorta sticking my toe back in the fannish waters - the only fanfic I've posted for the past few years has been Yuletide, assignments I've snagged off the pinch-hitter's list.
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
I check AO3 semi-regularly for more Yuri On Ice Stories I Am Interested In, which (as usually happens) are getting thinner on the ground. Unfortunately, this means I'm hitting the stage of the fandom life-cycle where I start to get grumpy.

...specifically, dear fanfic authors: why the heck are you writing stories wherein the only trace of this being a Yuri On Ice fanfic, as opposed to Any Other Fandom Ever, is the names? I don't even mean that I don't agree with the characterization. I mean 'fairy tale retelling' wherein the prince is now named Victor, and the brave maiden who rescues him is now a boy named Yuuri, and the helpful fairy is now (depending on which retelling) either Minako or Phichit, and Russian Yuri appears for at most three sentences to yell at everyone before vanishing again.

If you're going to write a fairy tale retelling, couldn't you maybe pick (a) a non-Disney fairy tale, and (b) think about what putting the YOI characters into the roles would mean? I don't feel like that's too much to ask. Grump.
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
* I would be a lot more fond of Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' if they played the karaoke version. Or a filk version. I have no use for the lyrics, but the music is very nice.

* I am eyeing world news warily from afar. Someday I am going to find the balance between keeping aware and not jacking up anxiety levels to AHHH WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE. Today is not that day.

* I've pretty much already migrated over to DW, with increasingly minimal cross-posting to LJ. To accept the WTF T&C long enough to back up everything and delete, or just to leave my old LJ to die of neglect? These are the decisions, aren't they.
jennaria: Early S3 Aang in his Fire Nation outfit, trying to sleep (Meek Aang)
So Wife and I were talking about DragonCon, in sort of the same way that mountaineers who live in the Aosta Valley talk about the Matterhorn (I imagine) - namely, we want to tackle it, but it would be a really big thing.

"Part of it is just the physical toll," says the Wife (who walked with a cane before this most recent issue with her ankle). "I wish I could bring a wheelchair."

"Cosplay," I suggest. "Virtue of necessity kind of thing. Barbara Gordon as Oracle?"

"No," she says thoughtfully. "Maybe Professor Xavier - I don't mind shaving my head. And you could be Jean Grey."

"Hell no, I'll be Magneto," I say, without actually thinking this through beyond volunteering to be Ian McKellen to her Patrick Stewart.

...end result is that now she's looking up how much a Magneto helmet costs, and what exact outfits would be required. We're not even in this fandom. I have seen three out of six X-Men films (not counting any of the Wolverine films, which I also haven't seen). Dear lord, what have I done.
jennaria: Chihiro from SPIRITED AWAY (Chihiro)
I might need to see it again - not so much because I liked it that much, as because I wasn't seeing it as its own movie. I was seeing it as all the bits and pieces that were the same, or changed, or in dialogue with* the animated movie, which I love with the unreasoning love of the 13-year-old Thia-let who originally saw it.

*'in dialogue with' here means 'holy crap I noticed that (e.g. why did nobody remember the castle) and they clearly noticed it as well and are saying something about it (e.g. a mention during the prologue that the memory blank was part of the sorceress's spell).'

More detail about what I liked or didn't like beneath the cut, because SPOILERS HO. No really, so much spoilers. )
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
So I finally persuaded a friend to watch YURI!!! ON ICE, and she is ded of cute. Also only through episode 5. "Rec me fanfic!" she says.

So I go to my AO3 bookmarks, and realize that pretty much everything is spoileriffic. And not just in a 'they get together canonically' sort of way (she already knows that). Half my bookmarks spoil Episode 10, and the other half spoil at least through Cup of China.

I turn to y'all for suggestions. Help?
jennaria: Woman with mask, as drawn by Brian Froud (Default)
This weekend was a staying-in, not-seeing-people sort of weekend. For wife, it was because of her ankle (and muscle strains resulting from compensating for the ankle): for me, it was sheer mental exhaustion.

Two things watched, though: the Royal Ballet's ALICE IN WONDERLAND (teaser snippet here), and first episode of MOB PSYCHO 100. Details/discussion/spoilers behind cut. Also, I have Opinions. )

Ow ow ow.

Feb. 18th, 2017 01:49 pm
jennaria: Toph thinking, with caption: but what are your thoughts on yaoi? (Toph is my homegirl)
Good news: went for a massage today. (Wife has a membership at a massage chain, which means she can invite me along for a massage every few months.)

Bad news: remembered why I do not go for a massage more often.

I have been sternly instructed to Drink More Water (the guy wanted me to cut out all soda, tea, and coffee, which haha, no, caffeine addiction is a thing and I am not cold-turkeying that shit not no-how), and Remember to Stretch, especially on my left side as the problem with my left rotator cuff has flared up again. I feel like I've gone ten rounds with a punching bag, or possibly ten rounds as a punching bag. Wife assures me that the bruised, tender feeling should subside in a day or two.

Wife, on the other hand, got a guy named Russell who was very gentle-handed but effective. I am envious. Note to self: ask for Russell next time.
jennaria: Japanese kanji (with a heart) saying 'I heart yaoi!' (Generic Japanese)
I've mentioned a couple times that I'm trying to work through my Crunchyroll queue, with mixed success. For the idly curious (or anyone feeling opinionated), here is the entire list.

A fairly long list of Anime I Intend To Watch, put behind a cut because really. )
jennaria: Early S3 Aang in his Fire Nation outfit, trying to sleep (Meek Aang)
Good idea: lying in bed, listening to the rain.

Bad idea: listening to the rain when you're going to have to get dressed and go out in it not even an hour later.

(Okay, maybe not full-scale 'bad idea,' but let's face it, the magic is suddenly gone.)
jennaria: Sarah from Labyrinth, reading a book, captioned Storyteller (Storyteller)
So we went to Applebee's today (as you do). When it came time to pay our check, we got to chatting with our waitress, and we found out two interesting facts:

(1) If you pay via the little table machines they have there, the machine will allow you to give up to 1001%. (A past table of hers had decided to find out, and had kept hitting the little arrow until it gave out.)

(2) If your tip is high enough (e.g. 1001%), the manager will come out, just to make sure that you actually meant to tip that high.

:rainbow effect: The More You Know!
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
I am stepping away from Facebook and Tumblr because you cannot get away from the latest [expletive deleted] out of DC (and on Tumblr, people include screencaps and don't tag stuff, so even blacklists don't always work). I have hit the 'cannot cope' point - again. Here, everyone, have kitties. Very large pictures of my cats, and link to the sound of cats purring. )
jennaria: Stone mural of naked Greek women dancing, with caption in Greek letters, 'Party On, Dudes!' (Party on)
So you know how I posted yesterday that we were going with some friends to see Hidden Figures?

OMG GO SEE IT.

Cut for minor spoilers. )
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
Books: The Lunar Chronicles, of which I've finished CINDER (how was that an ending! Raaar!) and begun SCARLET. The problem is that they're due back at the library tomorrow. Guess I'm going to find out exactly how quickly I can read, and exactly how invested I am in this series.

TV shows: still working our way through Usagi Drop (which is still all kinds of adorable) and Miracle Train (which gets increasing points for explicitly not resolving all its ladies' problems into a forced happy ending). Also started watching White Rabbit Project on Netflix, which is fun in a 'I can have it on the TV while working on counted cross stitch' sort of way, but also very, mmm, surface-y.

Video games: Played through an entire level of LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (which was hard enough that we had to resort to a walk-through to figure out what we were doing), and then our PS3 decided to freeze up and not save any of that. Boo! Boo I say! We're enjoying the game, but boo!

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