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she pulled a pen out of her garter and said, "Let me handle this."
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2nd-Sep-2014 01:30 pm(no subject)
Wonder Woman
7. Mount Olga (VT, 2145 feet)
8. Mount Tom (MA, 1202 feet) - with krisomniac!

Actually, despite being much taller, Olga was way easier, since the park entrance is like 3/4 of the way up the mountain. But it was a pleasant hike through the woods, and the view from the firetower was rewarding. Despite being comparatively short, Tom was rather challenging. There were a lot of jagged cliffs to scramble over, and it was 90 degrees and humid as hell, and I think I was inadequately hydrated. And, actually, the vertical gain was more like 1,700 feet, since we started below the official base. But we survived! And it was fun! We even learned something: don't ever comment on how easy something looks, since you will inevitably fall on your butt two seconds later.

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I started watching JLU and so far I like it. It's a tad grimmer than its predecessor, isn't it? I've only seen 4 episodes, but still. That thing that latched itself onto Superman ON HIS BIRTHDAY was yuck. I'm a little nervous about there being so many new characters (I like Supergirl, but Hawk and Dove? really?), but so far the episodes have focused on the Trinity + Green Lantern. (But where is Flash?? GL mentioned him once - they've been hanging out! - but that's it. I miss him.) They're being less subtle with the Wonder Woman/Batman stuff, which I kind of like.

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I wish I could write. I miss writing.

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I renewed my paid LJ account and got five new icon slots. Nifty. I almost let my account lapse, but decided ... eh. Maybe LJ will revive itself.
29th-Aug-2014 03:44 pm(no subject)
biking
I bought a knee brace this morning. *sigh* My right knee has been giving me twinges since I came down from the mountains the other week, and since I'm going back to the mountains (different mountains) this weekend, I figured I'd better be prepared. We'll see how it goes! I also have my hiking sticks (or trekking poles or whatever they're called) and brand new hiking boots. Tomorrow it's Mount Olga in the Green Mountains, Monday it's Mount Tom in the Pioneer Valley.

Um. Is there a point at which "Arrow" finds its footing and becomes really good? Because I've watched about half of S1 and I'm not enjoying it. I just don't care about Oliver and his MANPAIN, and I'm wondering if I should skip the rest of the season - or just skip the whole thing altogether and give "Flash" a try. (I mean, I'm going to give it a try anyway, but I understand there's some crossover going on.)

Also, has anyone done a parody of "Arrow," to the tune of "I've Got a Little List" by Gilbert & Sullivan? Because someone should. They wouldn't even have to change many of the words.

As someday it may happen that a victim must be found
I've got a little list
I've got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground
And who never would be missed
Who never would be missed


I started watching S4 of "Mad Men." Then last night I had a dream about how the whole series ends. This isn't remotely spoilery since I've no idea how the series is actually going to end, but I'll put it under a cut anyway, since I know a lot of people aren't interested in dreams. But this one amused me.

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School officially began last Saturday, and as much as it makes me sad that the summer is pretty much over, it's nice having people back in the library. And they're coming to me for consultations!
26th-Aug-2014 11:08 am(no subject)
Wonder Woman
Why is cartoon!DCU so much better than movie!DCU? That was a rhetorical question. I could list the numerous reasons. I finished "Justice League" (the 2001 series) this morning and it was amazing. Not that I doubted SpoilerCollapse ) but it was still very, very cool. This Batman is the best Batman. I love that he doesn't dominate the series, but just kind of pops in occasionally to save the day and/or lay down some snark. And I love his flirtation with Wonder Woman. (She seems to be doing most of the flirting, but he doesn't seem to mind at all.)

And I wrote a thing. *sigh*

You Ain't Nothing But Gone (782 words)
Fandom: DCU (Animated), Justice League & Justice League Unlimited (Cartoons)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Shayera Hol/John Stewart, John Stewart & Wally West
Summary: Set during Part 2 of "Starcrossed." Wally tries to reach out to Green Lantern.

I wasn't sure how the characters would refer to one another. Some of them know each other's real names, some don't. Does Superman think of himself as Superman or as Clark? I don't know. (Not that Superman is in this ficlet.) I just went with what felt right. Not sure it is right.
24th-Aug-2014 11:06 am(no subject)
thistle
Well, maybe I was a bit premature in naming Hawkgirl/Green Lantern my JLA OTP. Oh, that was harsh, Shayera. :( With two episodes left in the series, I'm not sure it will end well for love.

Brief assessment of Korra S3 finale: THAT WAS FREAKING AMAZING. More thoughts later, perhaps.
20th-Aug-2014 08:44 pm(no subject)
reading
Mountains I've climbed this year (so far):

1. Wantastiquet (NH, 1335 ft)
2. Little Monadnock (NH, 1900 ft)
3. Gap (NH, 1820 ft)
4. Grand Monadnock (NH, 3165 ft)
5. Cascade (NY, 4098 ft)
6. Porter (NY, 4039 ft)

Books I recently finished:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. That was cute. A little predictable, and the ending felt kind of rushed, but still very clever and some of it hit home. I recommend it to anyone who was ever involved in the Harry Potter fandom. I'm curious, though - not everyone thinks that Simon/Baz is meant to be Harry/Draco? Because I don't ship H/D in the slightest and that's immediately what I thought of.

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. Once I realized I was never going to remember every last detail in this book about the first month of WWI, I was able to appreciate it more. It's extremely packed with information, but not so dense that you can't follow the action. I recommend this one too, though it's not exactly light reading. It's actually depressing as hell, but it made me want to read more history. What an unbelievable mess.

What I'm reading now:

We Speak No Treason by Rosemary Hawley Jarman. This is an historical novel about Richard III. I've just started it, but so far I like Jarman's prose better than Philippa Gregory's. We'll see how she compares with Sharon Kay Penman. The focus here isn't Richard, but rather some fictional people who find themselves drawn into his life.
15th-Aug-2014 12:04 pm(no subject)
seasonal: summer
I can't believe the summer's almost over. I haven't even been to the beach once. Not that we've had much beach weather. It's been comparatively cold this year. In fact, the leaves are already starting to change color. What the hell? I don't love the heat, but I'm not ready for fall.

Since most of my shows have been on hiatus, I've been watching a lot of Netflix.

I've seen three seasons of "Mad Men", which I really like. Everyone's kind of dickish, but there's something very compelling about the whole thing. (And now I know where that "white people" GIF that keeps popping up on ontd_political comes from!) January Jones's acting is so bad, she's actually fascinating to watch. I mean, it works for the character. I like Joan, and I'm interested in Peggy's future. Every now and then Don will do something that makes me think there's hope for him. Then he goes and does something appalling. But I do enjoy looking at him. Not sure if we're seeing the female gaze or if it's just ME.

I've also seen three seasons of "Leverage." I STILL don't care much about Nate (everything about his character seems so ... trope-y) and I'm annoyed that Spoiler?Collapse ) But I love Parker, Hardison, and Elliot; those three have an adorable dynamic. So I keep watching for them.

I've started watching "Sailor Moon Crystal." I'd actually started watching the original series on Hulu+, but then "Crystal" came out, and it's more ... condensed. It's cute. It's one of those series I was always sort of aware of - I knew who the main sailors were - but never really got around to watching.

I've watched a few episodes of "Arrow." It hasn't quite clicked with me yet, but I'm willing to give it some more time. I like Felicity and Diggle.

I'm also watching "Justice League" (the series that came out around 2001). I like it! It works for me in ways that the DC movies just don't. The thing about DC is, all their characters (even Batman) are inherently just a little bit silly at their core. I know walking the line between complete ridiculousness and UTTER DARKNESS can be hard, but that's how these characters work best. The first two Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies work for me (1 more than 2) because, while the stakes were pretty high, they were still somewhat cartoonish. Without sliding into Bat!nipple territory.

Anyway. I like the cartoon, except maybe for Superman, since he doesn't have much in the way of quirks. Everyone else is pretty fun. I LOVE Flash. *draws hearts all around him with a pink glitter gel pen* I'm actually kind of looking forward to his show, which I hope doesn't stink. (Though that one's Barry and I think Wally's the one in the cartoon. Right? Wally's the one who showed up in a few Wonder Woman comics, anyway.) And I love Hawkgirl. I love that she's tiny and snarky and likes to smash things with her mace.

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I still haven't been able to write. Sometimes I'll open up a Word doc and just stare at it, but nothing comes. I really want to finish that Pern AU that I started 5 years ago. I wish I could remember all the details. I was smart enough to write some of them down, but not all. And I kind of want to write this story about Mirrim, which has been percolating for a while. It's mostly about her trying to fit in with the other green riders, and about her and T'gellen. And I kind of want to write more about Lance from "Voltron." I have evil things I want to do with him.
11th-Aug-2014 02:32 pm(no subject)
biking
Still selling earrings.

I bagged my fourth mountain yesterday! I climbed Mount Monadnock. That makes two in one week. Today I'm in pain, but it's the glorious kind. I'd made tentative plans to climb Cascade Mountain (4,098 feet) in the Adirondacks with my brother, but it occurred to me that the tallest mountain I'd climbed thus far wasn't even half as high. So I thought I ought to at least practice on one of Monadnock's subpeaks, Monte Rosa, which is 2,540 feet. So, I got up there, and I felt okay. The view from Monte Rosa is very nice, at least to the north; I could see Gap Mountain, which I'd climbed last Monday, and Little Monadnock, which I'd climbed back in July. And I thought, fuck it. The real summit's only another 600 feet or so. How hard can it be?

Hahahahaa.

Actually, it wasn't that bad. There was a lot of scrambling over big rocks, and trying to figure out what was a blaze and what was a lichen (the trails could seriously be better marked). But I did it and it felt kind of awesome. The view from 3,100 feet is great. Supposedly you can see all 6 New England states, but it was a little hazy. I was able to see the Green Mountains and the White Mountains - and a blurred shape that I think was Mount Washington. It was very cool. I rested for a little while, eating my granola bars and reading The New Yorker, as one does. Then I had to get down.

Hahahahaha.

It's so much easier getting UP than it is getting DOWN. You'd think it would be the other way around, but my hips and knees and ankles assure that it's not. Plus I didn't go back the way I'd come up. I took a more direct route (not the MOST direct route, *snerk*) and while there was nothing wrong with the idea, it kind of didn't work out since it was much rockier.

But I did it. I survived. I'm proud of myself, though I'm not 100% convinced I can do Cascade. We'll see. There are other mountains, but I reeeeeally want to do one of the 46. (Also, my period had just started the night before - three days early! so I was bleeding the entire time. Which makes me feel even more hardcore NOW, though at the time I felt kind of gross.)

Ow, my thiiiiiighs. Fortunately, I have the day off.

Four mountains! Booyah!

(I know that to some of you, this is probably not a big deal, but I'd never climbed a mountain before this summer. So I get to say booyah!)

On a completely different note, last week's Korra was terrific. Spoilers.Collapse )
7th-Aug-2014 09:41 am(no subject)
biking
The good news is I'm allowed to wear contact lenses again. The bad news is, I have to switch to dailies, which do cost quite a bit more than my old monthlies. *sigh* I'm still selling handmade earrings, if anyone is interested. I'd also appreciate a signal-boost.

I had a lovely two days in Williamstown, MA with lauriegilbert. We went to a couple of shows, ate delicious food, and had lengthy conversations about fandom. Plus, that area is just beautiful; I wish I could have spent more time there.

Got home Saturday night to learn that my mother's terrier, Alice, whom we all love very much, had swallowed rat poison and was in the ER at the pet hospital. Considering she was misdiagnosed at first, and didn't receive treatment until she was actually in shock, it's amazing she survived. It was really quite close; around midnight Saturday the doctors thought they were going to lose her. But she pulled through and is recovering at home. I wish I were in Minnesota to give her kisses and cuddles.

What else? I've now climbed three mountains this summer, and I think I'm going to try for Monadnock over the weekend. My brother's told me he'll accompany me on a hike in the Adirondacks (I really want to do one of the 46 - the shortest one), but I want to be sure first that I can do a 3,000-footer. So far, all my mountains have been under 2,000 feet. Baby mountains.

Speaking of my brother and hiking...Collapse )

Also, "Legend of Korra" is really excellent this season. They've finally hit their stride; it's a shame they seem to have lost a chunk of their audience. I hope the transition to online doesn't doom the series.
28th-Jul-2014 04:12 pm - Handmade earrings for sale
thistle
Hi. Trying to get rid of the rest of my fairy dust earrings (and my last snowman pendant - I think). If you're not interested in any of my wares, please consider reposting the link at least. My financial situation is a little sad at present, so I'd appreciate it. And, obviously, I'd very much appreciate any business!

Ear wires are surgical steel, should be hypoallergenic. Materials are all new. Earrings are very lightweight, though maybe a little long for a child. (At a guess, I'd say the bottle + cork is an inch in length.) I think I have some more bottles and corks left, so I can possibly do a custom set.

Earrings (and the pendant) are $8 for the first pair, $4 for the second. I think I can ship up to three pairs for $5 (USPS). More than three, or if you're outside the US, talk to me.

If you're interested, drop me a comment with the one(s) you want, plus your preferred contact info and I'll be in touch. Comments are screened.

Alas, I wasn't able to capture the sparkle with my camera; the glitter is ultrafine and very sparkly.Read more...Collapse )
22nd-Jul-2014 02:08 pm(no subject)
seasonal: summer
How is it late July already? Where has the summer gone??

Just posted another batch of older Harry Potter stories (mostly in the Midnight Conversation series) to AO3. Man, I wrote a lot back in the day. Why is it such a struggle now? For the past couple of days I've been tempted to take prompts, just to get my brain jump-started, but I'm afraid I'll flake out. My head is full of ideas, but I have little desire to actually sit down and write them these days. Is it so important that I do? I don't even know what people are into anymore. Marvel? Teen Wolf? I don't follow any of that.

*sighs for the olden days*

It's been an odd month. Physically, I am feeling pretty good. I've been working out a lot, mostly on my bike and on foot. On Friday the weather was so beautiful, I took off early and went for a hike. I climbed a mountain and I turned around. Just a little one, but still! A whole mountain! My second of the summer. I want to climb some more. I'm building up to Mount Monadnock, which I'm not ready for.

Financially ... *whines* I had to replace two tires and the bashed-in headlight. Now I'm having eye issues. Cut for eyes. Nothing gross or explicit, but still, eyes.Collapse )

*sulk*

Now I've talked myself into a funk. But at least I get to leave in twenty minutes and go for a bike ride. I swear, getting started working out is the hardest thing, but once you're going it's hard to stop. Give me all the (little) mountains.
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