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Very quickly, the election is over and I can now pay attention to things other than politics at least somewhat. I'm currently doing the work of both myself and my manager at work while my boss is in Florida living it up for three weeks. Cannot wait until he gets back next week, seriously, the amount of nonsense he has to wade through daily is almost appalling. Wow.

Anyway, aside from that the epic fic that has eaten me alive pretty much this entire year is topping 65,000 words but has finally reached a major crisis point and I haven't quite managed to break it yet. Maybe, just maybe, I'll squeak by with my plot points intact. Not sure I'll make my goal for finishing it by year's end but I have to cling to my hope. I've enjoyed writing it, don't get me wrong, but I'm really kind of ready for it to be done.

I'm also in the process of wrapping up a few more fanmixes including a Fem!Tony and Lady Loki mix because...oh hell I don't even know aside from the fact that I listened to a fun Toni/Loki pocfic and apparently I can't control my fanmix habit any longer. Well, first step is admitting you have a problem I guess.

Hey speaking of fic, I really need to point people at Pareidolia which is a WIP (be forewarned) but is absolutely amazing so far. Seriously, I'm tempted to ask the author if she's actually a published author and just posting some fun Marvel fic on the side:

That morning in Central Park should have been the end of it. Should have been the end of Loki and his Chitauri horde and threats of destruction from alien universes. Tony Stark has approximately ten hours of believing that’s true. Ten glorious hours of believing that all might be once again right with the world or least on the path to being. But things rarely go as they should, much less as he’d hoped they would. The woman with the bright green eyes proves that when she appears on his doorstep with her unconscious burden.

Something is moving in the darkness, a new threat that could destroy them all and soon Tony discovers that not only do things rarely go as the should, but sometimes the most unlikely of all men hold the key to salvation. Trying to trust an enemy is never easy though, not even when your life might well and truly depend on it.


If you want some quality story telling with incredible characterization you've got to give this story a look-see. I mean the story starts with Loki falling and you get to experience it through his eyes. Then there's Tony snark, and OMG Bruce being all paranoid and brilliant and god I need more of it right the hell now! Go read it. Seriously. Now. Go!
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So my 5 day enforced vacation (otherwise known as second surgery on my back) is coming to a close. I didn't get everything I'd hoped to done but I did do a lot and I'm rather pleased by that. Got my absentee ballot filled out and mailed, much of my Xmas shopping done, the latest chapter of my ongoing Sherlock fic (now over 60K words!) posted, my TiVo cleared off and all my errands run. In addition I put together my low key Halloween costume (black jacket with SHIELD patches and T-shirt that reads "Loki'd" - I'm going as a mind controlled SHIELD agent and yes I'm the only one who will get it). I decided I wasn't going to do anything major with stitches in my back.

Also have my Halloween candy ready to hand out. The house is tidy (mostly) the laundry is done and [livejournal.com profile] tersa will be giving me a hand with the litter boxes later on so that should be that. I get the stitches out just before Halloween which makes me profoundly happy. The fact that the biopsy results came back negative makes me pretty happy too ;)
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Wow I am slacking hardcore on updates these days. I am writing, I'm just writing actual stories and such rather than journal updates so I guess that's something. For those interested my fic is now mostly going up on Archive of Our Own, my AO3 page is here. My new Sherlock work is up there and one of my old Snupin fics. For those into Sherlock fic also check out my bookmarks because I've got some awesome stories linked up there.

What else? Ah yes, I entered Sherlockology's fiction contest, which was madness. I had about a week to come up with a 3,000 word Sherlockian story using only canon characters. As you might expect, the hardest bit was keeping it under 3,000 words (I think I had about 20 to spare). It took me 4 tries to come up with something I felt worthy of sending in and had a fit of nerves before I pulled the trigger but I did it and it felt good to know I'd at least tried. If it gets chosen it'll be published in an anthology they're releasing to help save Undershaw, the house Doyle wrote most of the Holmes stories in. It's a great cause and it'd be incredibly cool to be able to help them out in some small way.

Aside from that I was killing time until the Marvel Marathon. Yep, spent Thursday in a theater watching all of the Marvel flicks back to back before the new one at midnight. It was a lot of fun and the crowd was seriously into it. It was kind of nice as we were all wearing lanyards that when we saw one another outside the theater we'd grin and nod. Everyone in and around one another's rows got to know each other pretty well and we all chatted and geeked out between films.

Now some spoilery thoughts on The Avengers )
In short if you love comics, particularly Marvel comics, you need to see this movie. Go buy your ticket now, you won't regret it.
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Not sure if I posted it here so I'll do so again just in case, I put together a Person of Interest mix on 8Tracks:



Between that series and Walking Dead I'm seriously pining for new episodes. Just a few more weeks, just a few more weeks. In the meantime caught a couple of good films recently, Young Adult and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The latter is a must own when it comes out on DVD. Really well put together film, the acting was magnificent and the cinematography fantastic. If you get the chance, go see it, seriously.

Other than that I'm healing well from the oral surgery and looking forward to getting the stitches out. Finished up the antibiotics and still no sign of infection so yay! Then just a few more weeks of healing and finally I'll get my permanent crown and can consider that area of my mouth finished for the time being. Being able to eat crunchy/chewy things again will be lovely.

Quite enjoying my Xbox Kinect, getting up and moving while playing is quite nice. Also enjoying The Biggest Loser game, and I find the game challenges where you do exercises while competing with A.I. opponents to be deeply satisfying. The times I've ended up crowing breathlessly, "Yes, in your face, Blue Team!" is a little embarrassing really. Still, it gets me off the couch, right?

Had today off and finished a crazy amount of tasks including all of my errands, bought myself a new slow cooker and made up a batch of white kidney beans (with Morningstar Farms fake bacon), did all my baking for the parties this weekend, did two loads of laundry and dishes, henna'ed my hair and even programmed my new TiVo. Good thing too as the rest of the weekend is looking very busy indeed socially. Hopefully I'll have a little time on Monday to get some more cleaning done. Hopefully.
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Felt like I was coming down with something yesterday at work and then overheard a coworker muttering about having a fever and I just sighed. So I went home, curled up on the couch and did my usual comfort routine...a good zombie novel and a BBC zombie tv series. Yeah, I know, I'm a bit of a freak.

Today I'm taking a day off and bought myself a big old container of orange juice to help me fight this bug off.
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Hey two posts in one week, it's a new personal record!

First I got two big things done tonight that needed doing. First I stopped at the pet store because the pantry moth larvae are back and that means Pet Smart's food is suspect so I needed to pick up some fresh stuff and litter. Also this weekend is booking up fast so the fewer errands to run then the better.

Second I got in touch with my inner Prince Charming and hacked my way through my own version of a magical briar out in back of my house. Mostly it was scrub bushes and the immensely overgrown honeysuckle, but still... Anyway it took a good half an hour of hacking and slashing to clear a path so that I could at least get the stuff I'd cut down into my waste bin. I think with a little more time and a hacksaw I could actually get it in good shape back there. Yay!

Also finished up my niece's quilt so I can get it washed and wrapped this weekend and one niece is officially checked off the Christmas list. Now it's time to start seriously considering what the heck I'm doing for Halloween...
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Another long time no post but I have several good excuses this time, first our big performance is next Saturday and we've been practicing a lot, and had our dress rehearsal on Saturday. It went pretty well with only a couple of costume tweaks required. The dancing itself had a couple of hiccups, but more along the usual line of brain farts than any real trouble. So we've got a couple of practices left then two shows on Saturday. For the locals who are interested in attending there will also be a flea market which should be pretty awesome, and our performances are at 2 and 4 (I recommend the earlier performance as we'll be fresher):


Badarikashrama
15602 Maubert Avenue, San Leandro, CA 94578


Second I'd started noticing a weird/bad smell in my master bathroom but it was intermittent and I was cleaning every aspect of it trying to get rid of it. Sadly it only got worse and last week I couldn't take it any more so I got in touch with my handyman who will be stopping by to take a look. It could be as simple as a dead critter under the floor (my neighbor's been killing rats so it's possible one crawled under there to die) or as dire as some major plumbing problem. So until we can get to the bottom of it my bathroom is closed off and I'm using the guest bath. On the down side it has shown me just how high maintenance I've become when it comes to bath stuff. On the plus side my shower head in the bathroom is fantastic and I'm thinking I might change my master bath one once everything gets straightened out.

Third I'm a horrible fish mom who let her aquarium get way too dirty and my poor little Betta paid the price for it. He was very ill all of a sudden, laying at the bottom of the tank and indifferent to food then his right eye swelled up and I freaked out a little. After dance practice last week I took the aquarium apart and scoured the whole thing and everything in it then didn't feed him for a day and monitored everything. The first day he just kind of laid there. The second day I coaxed him up for a little food. Third day he came up for food on his own. Fourth day he was actively swimming around and when I saw him start threatening the snail again I knew he was going to be all right. This morning he came up and begged for food not once but twice. His eye is still swollen but he's clearly feeling better, and I got some medication to help out. I just have to watch that the meds don't end up harming the snail in the process.
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Not very good things about this week:

1) Heat wave outta' nowhere, man.

2) House's cooling system seems to be on the fritz during freak heat wave.

3) The nice man who's going to be fixing my broken bathroom window forgot to order the glass necessary for said repair.

4) No less than 10 people attempted to murder me with their vehicles today.


Good things about this week:

1) Freak heat wave is over!

2) I am about two songs away from completing my Erik/Charles messy break up mix.

3) Elijah Woods' new series "Wilfred" starts tomorrow.

4) At present I have zero plans on Sunday. I'm considering heading outside to sit in the garden and sip limeade and that's about it.
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I have learned two things this week. One that I can survive on 3-5 hours of sleep per night for about a week but by day six things get seriously rocky. Today, by the way, is day six.

Two, that my new foster kitty Kimmy does not handle change well. And by "not well" I don't mean Pye-level feak-outs, which is good, rather an inability to settle down and a good deal of whining. See I had the brilliant idea to shift her into my room last night so that she'd a) have a bit more space to move around in and b) get more time with me. As it happens she desires neither and by one in the morning I'd finally gotten that through my thick head and gave in to reality.

Yet again I'm reminded that fighting how the world really is in an effort to make it the way I want it to be is a losing proposition.
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In my own defense life has been crazy busy of late. Indeed I'm looking forward to a blissfully free weekend with which to (with any luck) finish up my few remaining dribs and drabs of Xmas shopping and weatherproof my house. Tonight was originally scheduled up for dance practice but M- begged off due to health problems and suddenly I'm free to post an update and do some laundry. Woo!

I'm thinking I might hit "Megamind" this weekend, it looks at least mildly entertaining and I have a weakness for movies/shows about super villains. Saw "Red" last weekend, which was entertaining, though I didn't feel like I got quite the payoff I was hoping for. Perhaps too little Helen Mirren with an uzi...I'm not sure. Also finally got to see "Being John Malkovich" which I enjoyed but not on an emotionally fulfilling level as all the characters are so loathesome except John.

Also reading "The Strain", Guillermo Del Toro's first foray into horror fiction. So far I would say it strikes me as both overwrought and mostly focused on grossing the reader out in lieu of actual horror. It could've been a really intense thriller and profoundly scary. Instead I keep groaning and thinking, "Really?" I can also see it's written to be easily translated into a film. Indeed the story actually uses the super fast head movement effect originally introduced in a profoundly freaky and effective way on XFiles back in the 90's. Now instead of being creepy as hell it just seems cliche. Though I must admit I've never before seen it used in written fiction...here's hoping it isn't used again. I think I'll stop at the first novel and after all who want to read it here do it's destined for Book Buyers.

On a positive note I'm back to exercising pretty regularly thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tersa, whose enthusiasm helps me get motivated to keep moving. We're alternating between yoga and a Bollywood dance video I bought that is both a wonderful workout and quite profoundly aerobic. We both end up drenched in sweat, and that's always a good sign. Combined with daily lunchtime walks I think I'm doing pretty well really.
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Yet another busy weekend this week which included helping lay living and dining room laminate flooring at [livejournal.com profile] tersa's new place. The day zipped by quickly and between myself, [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene, [livejournal.com profile] tersa, [livejournal.com profile] zdashamber and the contractor, R-, I'd say we did a marvelous job. Only Aelf ended up bleeding by day's end, not too bad for a home improvement project and the rooms look great. I think [livejournal.com profile] tersa is going to be very happy with it for years to come.

Now it's making me want to do my own something fierce. It'd be more complicated with all kinds of furniture in the house and cats to boot, still...

Today I spent running errands, paying bills and cleaning my house, though I suspect a good portion of the remainder of the day may be spent zoning out and relaxing. Well, after I make the bed, water the garden and feed the cats, of course.

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Jul. 11th, 2010 06:09 pm
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Busy, busy weekend including (but not limited to) helping organize a birthday party for [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain which went pretty damn nicely. It was a little warmer than everyone would've liked but we had good music, good food, good games and good company. I'd never played Apples to Apples before and utterly kicked ass at it. Also the air hockey table turned out to be a big hit and several cutthroat matches broke out towards the end of the party.

Today [livejournal.com profile] tersa and I headed up the East Bay to help [livejournal.com profile] jakejr move back from Oregon. I exchanged greetings with the usual moving crew and we all joked about how we only ever see one another when we're loading or unloading a Uhaul. We got to see the new house and yard which is lovely and meet Alonzo the Wonder Kitty who's an absolute doll. He reminded me *so* much of Hachi it wasn't even funny. I swear they could be long lost siblings, both gray and white with brownish-gold eyes, short tails and fluffy bodies. They even have the same nickname, weirdly enough, "Bug".

Got home and finished the clean-up from the party (mostly dealing with trash and recycling, putting stuff away, etc.), did the litter boxes, vacuumed and then [livejournal.com profile] tersa loaned me her Furminator and I tried one for the first time. I'd been dubious about them mostly due to the price and thinking "How much more fur can they really remove?" Turns out the answer is "A lot". I'm totally sold and am buying one the next time I hit the pet store. Seriously, I took an entire cat's worth of fur off of Pye alone and I can see why all the anti-hairball food and treats have been doing precious little to stop the vomiting around my place. Good lord!

There's more I should be doing tonight but it's already six and I've reached the sit and stare portion of the day. I'll regret it next weekend when I have to try to get all my chores done before my mom arrives the following weekend, but...
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Just wanted to post a quick congrats to [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain and [livejournal.com profile] lizzzie_lou on their upcoming wedding. Their shower yesterday was quite lovely, a yummy tea party with many gifts and lovely cards. To say that the couple will be well prepared for a tea-pocalypse is putting it mildly. Everyone was incredibly sweet, it was very nice to meet Liz's family and friends and to just have a chance to chat.

As I'd spent the earlier part of the day house hunting with [livejournal.com profile] tersa (which, I should add, is way less stressful and more enjoyable when someone else is thinking of spending the money on a place *G*) and [livejournal.com profile] windrose, I opted to head home and do some tidying. I also needed to empty out the bathrooms as tomorrow my painter is coming to finally rid me of the wretched pink bathroom. While he's here he's going to get rid of the yellow in the master bathroom as well. Soon I'll have one blue bathroom and one sage green one. Yay! [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene is going to stay here at the house for me while I run off to work. Can't stay home tomorrow as I've got two big meetings, one with my team and another (at 6:30 pm, ugh) with India.

Today was mostly spent doing some editing and bumming around which the cats thoroughly enjoyed. Indeed I got up at 6:30 this morning to feed the cats then went back to bed as I don't get up that early on a Sunday unless I'm on a roadtrip. Anyway I woke up at 10:30 completely immobilized by cats. Seriously, couldn't even move I was so weighed down with cats. Only Lola couldn't seem to find a place to settle in and she woke me up with big startled eyes and a plaintiff mew. Trying to get out from under the remaining 3 was...challenging. Suffice to say I'm really glad I started doing yoga again :)
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A few quick updates. First I'm very much enjoying my new iPod Touch (thanks again, [livejournal.com profile] lizzzie_lou and [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain), it's just different enough from my Nano to occasionally cause me a bit of confusion, particularly with the iTunes interface. Loving the space especially and I'm having way too much fun with the apps.

Second, M- stopped by last night to meet Lola and I had the foresight to shut the guest room and closet doors to take away her favorite hiding spots. This didn't stop her, as I went into the bedroom looking for her and couldn't find her. Then I glanced on the bed and noticed an oddly cat-shaped form under the quilt. That cat is a hide and seek champion. She did behave herself nicely and I think made a good impression. M- has never owned a cat before and was full of questions that I did my best to answer. She seems like a sweet young woman and says her apartment is nice and quiet, though it's a little worrying that she has two roommates. She's going to stop back by with her boyfriend so they can both meet Lola and hopefully make a decision after that. Sharon assures me that even if this doesn't work out she had at least one other person express interest in Lola at the last adoption fair, so I'm not going to be too disappointed if this doesn't work out.

Third I've gone back to playing Monster Rancher 3 because I apparently haven't got enough critters to take care of in real life. The entire concept of the game is profoundly screwed up if you stop and think about it, raising monsters so they can be tossed into a gladiatorial ring to beat the snot out of other peoples' monsters for money and prizes. I end up feeling like I'm sort of a combination pimp and Roman plebe. And more often than not I start muttering like Stewie Griffin, "Your performance at the last tournament was completely unacceptable. And now, beast, you have the unmitigated gall to demand that you be fed? Very well you shall have potatoes and you shall like it. 'Don't care'? You don't care? By god you will or you shall find your furry little bottom put to sleep! Don't think I won't! Now get back to your training, brute, and if you dare fail there will be hell to pay. Hell. To. Pay!"

I worry about myself sometimes...
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Long weekends are lovely things, even when I convince myself I can accomplish about twice as much as is actually humanly possible. Still, managed to get down to Lush to pick up a few things and got a free sample of the Cynthia Stout shampoo. Normally I wouldn't go near the stuff because I hate the smell but free is free so I tried it. My hair has never felt so good or looked so shiny. Despite the smell (which is truly nasty unless one likes the idea of one's hair smelling like the floor of a bar) I may just have to pick up some more.

Cleaned the house from top to bottom, repainted the dreadful accent wall so that finally I can't see the hideous turquoise bleeding through any more (yay!), and finished the guest room. Did not get the shed repainted or the blinds taken down in the living room, but, again, I'm focusing on what I did manage to accomplish.

Had a slight accident at Common Ground, the local organic garden store, but how does one pass up Lavender Bee Balm, Fo Ti (a Chinese medicinal plant) and Alpine Strawberries? One doesn't. And apparently they carry an amazing fertilizer made by a local teenager. I had to buy a bottle to try it out. Not that the garden really needs it at the moment. Pretty soon I'm going to have to start taking a machete to the mints. And the Foxgloves are almost as tall as I am...it's only a matter of time before they develop sentience and rise up against me.

And guess who got an adoption form for Lola? Sharon, bless her heart, met a great gal at the last adoption fair and recommended Lola as the perfect cat for her so she filled out the form and should be coming over to meet her this week. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that soon Lola will be with a loving new owner and be queen of her own domain just like she's always wanted.
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Real quick update because this weekend has been nutty-busy. First Iron Man 2 gets a big thumb's up from me. It's not perfect by any means but is, I would argue, just as enjoyable as the first. RDJ continues to just own the role of Tony Stark, getting to see more of Jon Favreau as "Happy" was nice too, and of course Scarlett Johanssen as Black Widow is a pretty big selling point all on her own. Hell, her just standing around in some of those costumes is probably worth the price of admission.

Second, I officially gave up on the latest incarnation of Dr. Who this weekend. I'm sorry but I can't get past the fact that I think he's a complete dick and god how I loathe his companion. Seriously, she's starting to make me think back fondly on Martha. Martha for god's sake! And don't even get me started on the plots. How Moffat managed to make me laugh at one of the best baddies he ever created because he just didn't understand on a fundamental level what had made them scary in the first place. Then the best NPC he came up with last season (who I'd originally loved) he bungled so badly I loathed her by the end of the episode.

I have way better ways to spend an hour of my time, thanks.

Aside from that just lots of running around and taking care of some stuff that had been building up for a while. One of these days I'm going to have a sit down and veg style weekend with absolutely no plans or chores to do and I'm just not going to know what to do with myself. I expect if that should ever happen the cats would conspire, as they always do, to create some work for me. *sigh*
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Things accomplished today:

1. Mad shopping spree with [livejournal.com profile] windrose, we did some serious damage at Crabtree and Evelyn, Lush and Yankee Candle. You would seriously not believe how amazing my house smells at this moment. I've got a lilac candle burning in the living room, a peach salsa votive in the kitchen and a bathroom full of incredible Lush stuff. Did you know if you spend $50 you get a free goodie bag? Yeah I didn't either. And they are giving away some really cool stuff! I got the newest neon green body wash as well and god I can't wait to use it.

2. Lunch at Ariake sushi, ume and shitake rolls, yum!

3. Moved the huge yucca plant all on my own. Mind you the thing weighs at least 200 pounds but sheer stubbornness will get you surprisingly far. That let me get up under the lemon tree and get some more trimming done on it including removing a good deal of the fruit that's just going bad now. I'd have done more but my yard waste bin is (of course) overflowing already. Did clear enough space for the poison section of the garden I want to plant. So far I'm planning on foxgloves and monkshood. If I can track down some henbane that'd be cool too. I've got the perfect shady spot for them all. I will have the medieval garden I've always wanted, oh yes I will.

4. Finished all the shopping for my niece's birthday next month. Go me!

5. Vacuumed, did two loads of laundry, tidied up and even cleared out the sink. Also the cats all have clean litterboxes, yay! I still need to put the laundry away and I think that's about it.

6. Now I just need to reedit the version of "Haram Aleyk" we're choreographing and then fit in some time for yoga and I then get to fall over.

Fun things I've seen on tv today? Namaste America did the all Bollywood song remix and it included a dance remix of "Ringa Ringa" that made me profoundly happy as well as a kickin' Daler Mehndi remix of "Dodo". Additionally I saw a commercial for a movie about a dog named "Hachi" that made me laugh aloud.

Speaking of Hachi she actually cuddled up with [livejournal.com profile] aelfsciene last night for the first time. When she flopped down on her foot I knew it was love. She's come a remarkable way in just a few short months.
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So I caught some of the BBC series Survivors today... )

Learned something new about Hachi today, apparently not only is she weirdly capable of moving objects from one section of her room to another (today I opened her door to find the water and food that I'd placed on a plastic bag on one side of the room had been dragged right up to the door - why? No one can say), but she's apparently also a kleptomaniac. I laid out some necklaces and jewelry and when I glanced down she'd run off with one in her mouth. I found it and a variety of other objects stashed under the sofa bed in her room. Apparently she's been collecting for a while now.

It suddenly becomes clear to me why she and Pye get along so well, they practically are long lost siblings. Utterly, utterly broken the pair of them.

Also how much did I love stumbling over a DirecTV exclusive Radiohead studio concert? Uh, a lot, actually.
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Did you ever have one of those days that started with a fatal system error on your work computer and ended with a nail in your tire and then having to replace two more because they were about to go as well?

Welcome to my Monday.

Suffice to say I have dining out plans with a couple of friends this week and then I'm cut off for the foreseeable future. Between the car, the cats and my huge tax bill this year I'm back to where I was financially when I was unemployed. I'm telling myself this is a great exercise in letting go. Yes, letting go. I'm going to keep repeating that while I rock quietly in the corner.
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I have two functional hands! Well mostly functional, I'd say about 80% on the right but still that's 80% better than I did have and I'll take it. Since I can type again I'll share a couple of quick things. First the performance on Saturday was glitchy as hell but one of those that you afterwards say, "I survived it and now I'll be better prepared for next time." Suffice to say at one point I was either going to lose my anklet or my skirt and thankfully it was the former rather than the latter. Also there was an issue with the lights and the next performer jumping the gun. But we did it and we didn't embarrass ourselves too badly...we even got invited back for the next show in October.

Speaking of dance, I have two things to say about the new season of America's Best Dance Crew:

1. If there's another more addictive show on tv I don't want to know about it. Seriously.

2. I'm not allowed to bitch about how tough it is to dance with double veils again, why? 'Cause of Saltare, that's why-



Also god fucking dammit I'm going to pay money to see an M. Night Shyamalan movie even though I promised myself I wouldn't! But jesus god, you tell me how anyone can watch this trailer and not want to buy a ticket right now!



Particularly when they've recast Zuko (Dev Patel - someone who can actually act, wow!), even though his scar looks about as decorative as that on the movie Phantom of the Opera (i.e. bad sunburn level). If that hadn't sold me, the fact that the story and characters are so amazing that I don't think even M. Night can fuck this up and the costumes and effects look stunning, well the fact that The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi is playing Commander Zhao would've. I'm not a hundred percent sold on Uncle Iroh as more badass than sweet and cuddly, and I'm seeing absolutely none of the humor that was such a fundamental element of the series...but I admitted to Aelf last night (after we'd gone through the trailer practically frame by frame) that I'm planning to do opening night in my Avatar costume.

Yeah, I'm thinking this one's going to call for full-metal fangirl.

Edit: Meant to mention it looks like the Fire nation is going to be cast almost entirely with Indian actors, Asians for Earth and white for Water/Air. Odd, but at least it's not just a sea of white kids so that's something. I am really going to miss Zuko's topknot but I'll admit it would look pretty absurd on Dev.

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