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2013 Books Read & Year in Review [Jan. 1st, 2014|01:57 pm]
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Ha! I'm actually off today. And posting! Twice in as many weeks! But really, this year got off to a rocky start after all the trouble last fall what with the needing the new roof, new boiler, new tenants, etc, but now things have moved on and hopefully up.

I've been working two full time jobs since October, partly from home (where I am pawning some of it off so I don't have to do it), and while suddenly doubling my income for a time is nice, I'm also feeling overworked, and I never took any vacation days this year. I hope to fully make up for that this new year by renovating the bedroom and taking some actual, for real, deserved vacations where I go places I want to go. Like Readercon! I really want to go to Readercon.

And now, my books read in 2013. I had to reduce my goal back to 75 because 150 isn't always feasible for me, and between playing Pokemon and sometimes being too tired to read anything for weeks I'm actually surprised I made the 75 goal at all. I also abandoned some books for the first time, and I was ok with that. Progress :) (The numbers on my list sometimes repeat if I don't think the book should count towards my total either because I abandoned it or it didn't have words.)  I think made a decent showing:

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Links to previous years:
2008 List 61/50
2009 List 74/50
2010 List 150/75
2011 List 88/75
2012 List 161/150
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Home for the holidays [Dec. 21st, 2013|01:43 am]
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I have re-emerged, complete with picture of my Christmas tree which we finally finished putting up a few moments ago. I swear that lens flare wasn't on purpose, but I do think it made a cool effect.

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I also swear that one day I will stop neglecting this blog, especially considering the fun I used to have with it. I have read so many good books lately. So many!
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Happy solstice!
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New Glasses [Aug. 6th, 2013|11:52 pm]
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I don't know how long it's been since the last time I got new glasses. 4 years? Probably. I hate adjusting to new glasses, but mostly I hate the cost. $500 is a lot, mostly for the lenses. Granted, being able to see is always worth it after the fact, but it's so easy to get used to bad vision.

My current pair of glasses haven't sat well on my face for years which makes them refract wrongly, and all the anti-glare covering is peeling off and making the lenses fuzzy, and my skin chemistry is making frames half disintegrate, and, you know, I can't read license plates or street signs, and yesterday I tried to read a manga and the furigana were impossible so a replacement is long overdue. I got a $600 bonus at work today, so ... no more excuses.

Turns out that my vision has gotten worse (-7.5) after having been more or less stable for many years at -7.1 to -7.2. It will be interesting for the world to be in focus again, and probably help the headaches.

Stay tuned for adventures resulting from adequate vision!
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The world, I don't understand. [Jul. 24th, 2013|06:38 pm]
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It says something that this NYC property tax payment I'm making is getting mailed to the NYC Dept of Finance in Newark, New Jersey...
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BookExpo America 2013 [Jun. 1st, 2013|07:59 pm]
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First time at the BookExpo today. Brought home a huge haul: 49 books in 5 tote bags on 2 bruised and aching shoulders. All huge trade paperbacks or hardcovers too. Quite the strength-building workout and when this ibuprofen wears off I'm going to regret it.

I just learned of it last week and decided to go. (It is ridiculous, btw, that I hang out on bookish social websites all day every day and still I don't learn of these events. Same with the Brooklyn book festival that I discover every year the day after.)

After the big disappointment NY Comic Con was this year (a way too crowded disappointment) I think I'm going to trade off to the Book Expo instead for the next year or two. Most of the swag I bring home from NYCC are books anyway at this point. Also one day as a pack mule beats 2-3 days of pack-muling.
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Pseudo-review (of sorts) for Legend by Marie Lu [Jan. 23rd, 2013|01:17 pm]
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Because usomitai helped choose the last book I read, I agreed I'd offer my opinion in exchange.

This is not exactly a review because writing does not come naturally to me at all. For me, as a means to communicate, putting words on paper/screen is like undergoing a tracheotomy. I've been composing this entry in my head for two days now, organizing thoughts, editing sentences, rearranging paragraphs, and this end result is not going to be anything like it's supposed to be at all. It already isn't. Those last sentences? Not part of the plan! But the point is this: part of my appreciation for the art of the written word comes from the fact that I am under no delusion that I'm going to write the great American novel one day. Not in a self-deprecating way, in a knowing my own abilities way. So any criticisms I make are made with the full knowledge that I could not do better myself. (Sure, I'd like to think I could, though. Wouldn't we all.)

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See, it's not really a review, and I deleted all the extraneous paragraphs where I rambled about genre and how I approach books and yadda yadda yadda. It's better that way.
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TBR Dartboard [Jan. 19th, 2013|11:02 pm]
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I decided not to do a hard goal this year for my reading challenge to recharge after doing so well last year, so, as I expected, without a fire lit under my butt I have read only 3 books so far this month. This is not a very good start to my non-goal. Alas.

And even though I own thousands of books (no, really, thousands) sometimes I just don't know what I want to read. I am a moody reader and have to be in the right state of mind for any book at a given time. It's so bad that I can't say, "these are the next three books I will read" because I won't. I can't even say, "I will read this book next," because when I wake up in the morning I'll just change my mind.

Fickle.

What does work, though, is someone TELLING me to read something. So someone, please, throw a mental dart at my TBR dart board to narrow down a genre for me. I can probably take it from there, but if not I'll choose 3-5 and have you pick. This has worked for me before when I have reader's block.

Behold, the TBR Dartboard: *oooooo*




*Note this is not a mathematical representation of my library which in reality is more like 95% pink and 40% white (due to crossover). I purposely enlarged the smaller groups as incentive to get me to read them.
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150 Books 2012 and New Year's Resolutions [Dec. 31st, 2012|01:32 pm]
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While I didn't manage to post as often as I'd like, I did manage to complete the resolution I made for this year which was to read 150 books (manga counts) and for them all to be books off my own shelves, not any that had been loaned to me... argh... no wait, that last batch of scanslations wasn't off my shelf, DARN IT! but I still hit 150 without it.

The standouts include:
  • Everything by Beagle and Valente (does this even need to be said?)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which is a beautiful, romantic, and passionate metaphor for capital-A Art, Artists, and their Audiences. (Well, that's how I read it.) I have a particular love for the performing arts precisely because of the way that the audience participates in the creation of the art and the ephemeral nature of it all. Audience is important to all art, because ultimately art is communication, but there is a unique vitality that comes with being able to respond real-time that causes recursive feedback. If I were a writer I could explain it better, but I'm not, and that's ok because this book exists to say it for me.
  • and the Long Price quartet by Daniel Abraham which knocked my socks off! Seriously, It's been a year and still can't stop thinking about it. The fourth book was a dagger in the gut and a freaking revelation. It was like nothing I've ever encountered in the sff genre. The closest thing I can compare it to is Dune, and that's because of the emphasis on the difficulty of making complicated choices with long-term consequences. This is unusual because fantasy normally has a tendency to be short-sighted. Anyway, the first book is A Shadow in Summer, and it's getting a new reprint and it's totally worth your dollars.

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Hmm... this probably means I need a shorter commute, since I read this whole list to and from work and on my lunch breaks. I never read when I'm home or sick, only when waiting or traveling.

2008 List 61/50
2009 List 74/50
2010 List 150/75
2011 List 88/75
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One of Life's Unanswered Questions: [Dec. 9th, 2012|09:10 pm]
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Why is it that Christmas tree lights rarely work from one year to the next? Out of 9 boxes of lights I bought last year only the 3 boxes of cheap-o lights I got on sale for a dollar are working.
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Day 20: YAY HEAT! [Nov. 21st, 2012|10:49 pm]
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Yay heat! Finally.

Though, lest the day be without drama, Grr got himself and the boiler guys locked IN the house. Both the main door and the basement door were stuck and wouldn't open, and one front window is bolted with the AC and the other is broken and doesn't open so they eventually had to break the lock to the front door and call a locksmith. At 9 o'clock at night. I was still on the bus trying to get home. [insert bus rant here].

But yay heat! And I'm in the middle of book #142 for the year, so I should not have any trouble reaching my goal 150 by December 31st.
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Day 17: Still no heat [Nov. 18th, 2012|06:29 pm]
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Because of the absolutely horrendous timing, it's been about 17 days since we've known for sure that the boiler is kaput. It has been a nightmare trying to get anyone to even come and look at it, and for those that do, it's been a heart attack when considering the cost. At first there were gas shortages in the aftermath of the hurricane so many contractors simply couldn't drive out to us, and now that gas isn't really a problem anymore, the contractors' schedules are so swamped from fixing all the damaged properties in the flood zones that there is also an equ'pment shortage. Combined with the approaching holiday season means that I HOPE beyond hope that we will have a new boiler in the next 2 weeks and be able to rent the apt in December before the temperatures drop. The weather has been nice to me, staying in the 40s and low 50s, but that isn't going to last.

We have a little electric space heater for the living room that is surprisingly doing a more than adequate job keeping us from freezing. For sure, we would opt to go without heat entirely if it weren't for the risk of frozen pipes, and the fact that we can't rent the upstairs apartment without heat.

At least the roof has been patched, the bricks pointed, the stoop cemented and painted, and it only cost a month & a half's worth of paychecks (this was a 3 paycheck month for me too *sad*) We're going to try to hire a company big enough that they'll let us put the boiler on credit card, which will give us some time to pay it off.
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If it's not one thing, it's another. [Nov. 2nd, 2012|07:40 pm]
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In addition to needing a new roof, windows, lintels, brickwork, and cementwork to the exterior of the house, lest we feel left out of the hurricane damage, our old, sputtering boiler finally passed away so we have no heat.

Argh. This is years of savings and a lot of money to shell out at once. Also our upstairs rental apartment was just vacated last month, so now we don't have a good part of our income. It hasn't been updated in 20 years, and we were going to try to scrape enough to fix some of it, so we could get it rented to pay for the roof, but now we can't afford to update it at all, at least not for a long time, since the money that might have gone into it is now going to buy a boiler.

On the one hand, demand for rentals is high because the Hurricane has displaced thousands of people, and I'm thankful my house was not affected and is still standing, but on the other hand I've had better years....
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Water water everywhere! [Oct. 30th, 2012|04:43 pm]
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I had the past two days off from work since the MTA shut down NYC's public transit system due to Hurricane Sandy. I never learned to drive because it never seemed necessary. We mostly didn't have a car when I was a kid. Sometimes we did, either my mom, or my dad, but never at the same time and it usually went like this:

Without a car: "It would be really nice to not have to wait in the cold and the rain and snow all the time for several buses or not to have to wait for three trains to get someplace in 2 hours that we could drive to in 45 minutes. But at least we can still get there."

First days with a car: "Wow, look at how convenient this is! We can just go anywhere at any time so easily! It's so nice to just go from point A to point B in comfort and warmth.

Second week with a car: "Argh, just take the train. We are not taking the car because we drove around for 45 minutes to get that spot 4blocks from here and there's alternate side tomorrow." or "You know the car doesn't start when it's cold out/raining/has to stop at red lights. (Every car we ever owned fell in this category and came complete with funny anecdotes about stormy nights)."

First days after getting rid of the car: "Ah, it's so much better not having to worry about parking and tolls and insurance and alternate side parking and tickets and feeding the meter. Trains and buses go everywhere 24 hours a day, what do we need a car for?"

Repeat.

But all I have now are my two feet to get to work and it's very weird to be limited this way. In my youth I used to occasionally speed walk this trip in about 2 hours when I got tired of waiting for the bus home after school, but my speed walking is not as efficient nowadays and it would probably take another 20-30 minutes.

Hurricane damage to my area was minimal because I'm in the center of Brooklyn with one of the highest elevations. My family by the shore are waterlogged.
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Rampant fangirling [Oct. 12th, 2012|08:09 pm]
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I met Peter S. Beagle at Comic Con today! and had a complete and total fangasm of epic proportions! Asdfjkl; I was grinning like an idiot, but he was so nice and didn't seem to mind.  He signed a bunch of my booksthat I brought from home and I bought the remaining few that I was missing, then we chatted a little bit about his work and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (because of my Buffy bag). He's a Spike fan, wouldn't you know?

I missed him last year because he was in the Artist's Alley which I usually don't go to, so I made sure to check again this year. I'm going to try to see Catherynne M. Valente at a bookstore downtown later this month and go fangirl at her to sign my books.

asdfjkl;asdfjkl;asdfjkl;asdfjkl; FANGIRLING
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To conclude: Star Trek VI [Oct. 8th, 2012|11:40 pm]
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I hate politics. I always have. Star Trek VI is all about politics, and so I am not enamored with this movie. It's the same reason why Next Gen lost me anytime the Klingons were around and the same reason why I really didn't care for Deep Space Nine. (I tried to like DS9, I really did. Sometimes I even succeeded for a little while, but then Kira or emo!Odo, or, god forbid, Kira AND emo!Odo would come on screen and make me dislike it all over again.)

Star Trek VI came out when I was 11, just before the peak of my fannishness and I didn't like it. I didn't hate it, the way I hated IV, but it didn't work for me. It is the best structured of all the movies, has the tightest plot, and really, I do see why everyone else liked it. Next Gen had had all that positive feedback from all the Klingon nonsense, it was what people were interested in. Plots within plots. Sorry, not for me. Everyone mind your own business, kthxbye.

I remembered almost everything about IV on the rewatch, (including the awful genitals in the knees joke), but now it had the added bonus of making sense (though honestly, the section of my brain assigned to understanding politics is such a deep and vacuous void that it wasn't until I listened to the briefing scene 3 times and then asked Grr to flat out explain it to me in metaphor that I was able to understand). In the end, making sense of the plot didn't really help my opinion. It's just not my thing. If I want this kind of stuff I can go watch Star Wars or something.

What I did like, and was new to me, since I had never watched them in order, was the overarching KS character growth, particularly Spock. From movie to movie to movie I was suprised it actually made SENSE. This movie and last I'd taken to calling him hippie!Spock. Just have to fast forward through those non-important plot scenes.

Overall, this has been an interesting experience; not just for the nostalgia. I wonder a little bit about how little my tastes have changed. They have definitely grown and expanded over the years, but I have yet to have that sensation of "I can't believe I ever liked that" that so many other people seem to have. I can't think of a single thing I have ever unliked, even my old artwork.

Hmm, I will have to experiment more.
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Star Trek V: Totally Awesome (just disregard the plot) [Oct. 4th, 2012|10:40 pm]
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It took a while, but I finally got to Star Trek V. I didn't like any of the ones after this, at all, but I'm at least going to watch VI to round out the experience.

It turns out that my memory of this one was perfect and I feel exactly the same way about it as I did back when it came out; specifically, that it is AMAZEBALLS! I don't care that the plot is stupid -- who cares about the plot? I certainly don't.

To reiterate:

Star Trek V
Baby-Proto-Trekkie:
  • Row, row, row your boat. This scene is AMAZING.
  • Indeed, what DOES god need with a starship?
  • Row, row, row you boat. Whatever actually happened in the middle of this movie doesn't even matter because good or bad it was at least sci-fi and K/S/B go camping together. I don't care what anyone says, this movie is awesome.
Old-Jaded-Trekkie:
  • I DON"T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS, THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME!
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Insert rooftop pun of some sort [Sep. 25th, 2012|07:28 pm]
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I keep a rainy day fund but I've never called it that. I've always called it the 'roof caves in' or the 'house falls down' fund, depending on which day of the week it is and how pessimisstic I've been feeling.

Indeed, it is apt, because though the roof has not caved in yet the key word there is 'yet' and the contractor I had look at it gives a bad prognosis for another winter. Our friend-tenants are moving out and this will be the first time that we will have non-friends upstairs paying rent. This means we must be doubley, tripley sure that they will not get rained on when residing up there.

*pats fund* I knew it was a longshot, but I was hoping not to have to use you. I will miss you, dollars. *meep*
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Star Trek IV - Still no. No no no. [Sep. 16th, 2012|06:18 pm]
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As part of my ongoing rewatch of the Star Trek movies, last night was number IV. It originally came out in, what, 86? so I was a wee thing, but not so wee that I wasn't already a proto-Trekkie. I remember that I HATED it, which was very odd because at six years old I generally divided things into things-I-like, things-that-scare-me, and things-not-worth-remembering. Hating didn't really factor into my media opinions so Star Trek IV was my first experience with the emotion of 'what-are-you-doing-to-my-Star-Trek?!'. If you were to take out all the actual ridiculous plot and just leave the K/S/B bits then it would be ok, but there was all that nonsense in the middle. I am all for Saving the Whales, people, and sci-fi is preachy, yes, but god, just NO! NO! NO! NO! It was made no better by the fact that everyone else seemed to like it a lot, to the point that my mom even bought it on video tape. I had no Star Trek videos except this one, one I could never watch because I disliked it so much, and that was just cruel and unusual punishment. 

It seems 25 years has not changed my opinion on this movie nor any of the others. I am nothing if not consistent.

Here is how the movies have been breaking down compared with the first times that I saw them:

Star Trek I
Baby-Proto-Trekkie:
  • OMG, the ship! How beautiful! I could stare at it for hours! I'm going to cry - look at that ship. They love their ship!
  • Ew, weird romance with strange lady in a bathrobe.
  • V-ger is the Voyager probe! It grew up! How romantic! How... fascinating! Unquenchable thirst for knowledge - I get that. Must move beyond to other planes of existence - this is something I can get behind. (Indeed, I would later have a term for it.)
  • "Heading, sir?" "Out there. Thataway." Yes, more! More!
Old-Jaded-Trekkie:
  • Look at that ship. God, I'm already crying. How can people not like this scene! They just don't get it. I could look at that ship for hours. OMG Kirk is tearing up! I'm tearing up! The Enterprise *hearts*
  • Ew, weird romance with strange lady in a bathrobe. Why is she in a bathrobe? Why do the uniforms look like pajamas?
  • I can see it's a plot point, but I never understood that the crew was old. This is... something new to consider...
  • V-ger is still fascinating. This is the kind of metaphysical conversation that I look for when I watch Star Trek, and what I want from my sci-fi in general. Factual knowledge is unsatisfying in the face of knowledge of the human condition.
  • "Heading, sir?" "Out there. Thataway." *hearts*
Star Trek II
Baby-Proto-Trekkie
  • So right that Kirk should actually get a commendation for a creative solution. My creative solutions just get me scolded too.
  • I like his philosophy of not believing in a no-win situation.
  • Yadda yadda yadda, plot, plot, plot. Ear-brain-slugs. Kirk has a son, yeah, whatever.
  • How can you misuse the genesis project? It is a logical inevitability that life should evenutally exist in the universe; we are part of the universe and already create life. This is just a matter of scale, but the scale is already bigger in space.
  • I love the K/S/B dynamic. Love, friendship, loyalty and devotion.
  • *Cries 1000 rivers*
Old-Jaded-Trekkie
  • Kirk's solution to the Kobayashi Maru still resonates, though now I see the narrative point they were making with it. The irony was lost on wee-me.
  • Nevertheless, I still like his philosophy of not believing in a no-win situation. Exposure to this idea is probably why, despite all, I am fundamentally an optimist.
  • Oh. OH. Oh... I see what you did thar. I never cared about the plot before, other than that it was an overall science-positive take, but I see how it all fits together and the thematic threads that are running through it. Yes, they're fairly simple and obvious, but it's something I didn't pick up on as a child.
  • I love the K/S/B dynamic. Love, friendship, loyalty and devotion, but amped to 11 because now I understand. I never realized how much influence it has had on the types of relationships I like to read about. I feel like I've discovered an origin of myself.
  • *Cries 1.0 x 10^3 rivers all over again*

Star Trek III
Baby-Proto-Trekkie:
  • Because I only saw this once the only thing that stayed in my head was the scene from the end, when Spock is reborn and his feelings of friendship were strong enough to bubble up to the surface of his memory. Needless to say, I cried.
Old-Jaded-Trekkie:
  • I have issues with the philosophical contrast to movie II. I don't like how it undid everything. Not with regard to Spock - that was all foreshadowed - but with the Genesis planet itself. The last movie was the one that focused on hubris, but it's this one that ultimately feels like a tragedy despite the 'happy ending'.
  • Once again I am struck by how old the cast is, and how I never noticed. It's one thing for naive youths, full of ideals, to fight nobly against the universe for love and friendship, but it's quite another for a bunch of people in middle-age with full careers and battered with wrinkles from a life well-lived. It really brings a gravity of meaning, one that gives me hope.
  • The Enterprise.... *cry*
  • Oh, and K/S/B, as always, sets my heart a-flutter. I cried.

Star Trek IV
Baby-Proto-Trekkie:
  • Yay, K/S/B.
  • It's bittersweet, going home to face the consequences of their noble deeds, but they are doing it together, and that's what counts.
  • Wait, WHAT? You've just decided that the best course of action is to try to go back in time and bring whales back to see if they can talk back to this probe? Because you can just time-travel on command just like that? Are you kidding me?
  • This is stupid. Why is Spock acting dumbly?
  • This is still stupid.
  • The final scene of seeing the Enterprise A is not quite good enough for me to forgive all the nonsense you put me through.
Old-Jaded-Trekkie:
  • Yay K/S/B. I like the little bits of old-friend humor.
  • It's bittersweet, going home to face the consequences of their noble deeds, but they are doing it together, and that's what counts.
  • Wait, WHAT? You've just decided that the best course of action is to try to go back in time and bring whales back to see if they can talk back to this probe? Because you can just time-travel on command just like that? Are you kidding me? Can you at least try to PRETEND this isn't a Saturday morning morality special for 3 year olds?
  • Oh god, this is so stupid. Yes, Star Trek is frequently cheesy. Yes, it is precious and twee sometimes, but this is low.
  • THERE IS NO SCIENCE IN THIS SCI-FI. WHERE IS THE SCIENCE? The real science, not the fling-around-the-sun plot device.
  • Six-year-old me was right to hate this.
  • No, no you cannot placate me by showing me the Enterprise. Almost, but no.
Star Trek V
Baby-Proto-Trekkie:
  • Row, row, row your boat. This scene is AMAZING.
  • Indeed, what DOES god need with a spaceship? I like religion in my sci-fi.
  • Row, row, row you boat. Whatever actually happened in the middle of this movie doesn't even matter because good or bad it was at least sci-fi and K/S/B go camping together. I don't care what anyone says, this movie is awesome.

Old-Jaded Trekkie: To be continued later this week when I watch V.
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Star Tears [Sep. 13th, 2012|11:45 pm]
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I've been rewatching the Star Trek movies in order. Just finished III. You know, before they started to suck (I'm looking at you, Star Trek IV). But, tears. TEARS! So many tears! It is disheartening to know that it's all downhill from here except for a few rounds of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. (Nobody loves you, Star trek V. But I do. I do.)
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O Neglected Blog [Aug. 21st, 2012|05:39 pm]
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I don't imagine anyone still reads me because I have been so silent for so long, but for those of you who see this, Long time no see! Great to be back. Or, at least, I'm going to try to be back.

Going back through my posts I see I was posting relatively regularly even through 2008. It feels like I abandoned speaking to anyone long before that. Being so introverted and non-social, life just kind of gets overwhelming for me and I withdraw. This seems like a weird thing to say since there have been no great events in my life in the last few years that should cause such a response, but it feels true and it happened nevertheless.

I will try to make the effort to post more, slowly but surely, for my own benefit.
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2011 Book Challenge [Dec. 31st, 2011|01:56 pm]
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Another backdated post for my 2011 book challenge which I forgot to post when it happened. This year I didn't have a hard goal, I just read however many books came naturally; or, at least, that was the idea. After I missed two entire months of reading because I was playing Pokemon, I panicked a little and made more of an effort so my count wouldn't be abysmal. I do seem to read much less without a quota to meet and spur me on. I had been rating the books 08, 09 and 10, but halfway through this year I decided not to rate anymore. I didn't enjoy doing it and I was always changing them.

Total: 88/75

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CLAMP has made me post again! [Sep. 3rd, 2011|06:42 pm]
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Via chibiyuuto, CLAMP looks like they will be resuming Gouhou Drug soon. (link)

Really? Honest and for true? This is not just an awful, awful tease? This is not just to make me rue the day 10 years ago when I posted and joked that I would be 30 by the time they finished X? Because I do rue it.

And they will be resuming it in Young Ace Magazine. I won't even pretend to understand why they would run it in a shounen mag, especially since Asuka is still in print, but whatever.

I finally read the first 8 volumes of Loveless by Kouga Yun the other day and enjoyed them a lot. Seems I'm in a manga mood once again.
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2010 Book Challenge [Dec. 31st, 2010|01:48 pm]
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This is a backdated post, since I realize now that I never put up my list of books read for 2010 or 2011. For this year I increased the goal from 50 to 75 and allowed manga (which I had not allowed myself previously because I was specifically trying to read more books.) After a while I felt like I was cheating a little, so even though I read and counted manga, I counted them separately and made sure to hit the 75 books without them.

Total: 150/75
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Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated [Aug. 16th, 2010|08:03 pm]
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Long time no see, all. Life has been busy and stressful and I need a vacation.

In my free time, instead of 50 books this year I was striving for 75, which has meant a lot more time reading and less time here (though honestly I am spending ridiculous amounts of time mooching books off Bookmooch and cataloging them on Librarything)

But I succeeded in getting to book #95 a few days ago! So I am extremely happy. It's technically only 69 if you don't count any manga I read in English, but we'll see where that puts me at the end of the year. I'm more than on pace to reach 75 by December even without counting the manga.

I've also been having a case of the, "oh god, am I really this old?" since my birthday passed while I was on LJ hiatus.  My little sister is off to high school this fall. That's not allowed. Ack.

Oh, and ponies. I made this Treasure Map custom pony several months ago (her name is Plunder). I am very pleased with the way I got her to look like crackled old parchment. The actual symbols turned out too saturated - I was going for more muted like the way the ship looks but I messed up on the dotted lines, so I decided to just let the landmarks be brighter. I'd like to do another to get the whole muted effect, but I don't think it would come out as good - sometimes these things are one-hit wonders.

But it's a real 3-D map - if you follow the dotted line all around the pony you do get to X-marks the spot on the other side of her butt! (Is pleased)



I'm currently working on a trio of masquerade ponies. The third one is giving me some trouble, but I'll have pics of the other two up at some point.
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I'm a doofus [Mar. 14th, 2010|03:04 pm]
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If I recently defriended you - I didn't mean to! I was trying to change the colors that I associate with people, and I did it all wrong because honestly, I haven't been on LJ much and I forget these things...

But if I accidentally defriended you it is because I was trying to match up all the colors (I am very visually oriented) and now I have made a mess. Argh.
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Unsung YA [Jan. 21st, 2010|01:54 pm]
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A couple of bloggers are getting together over here to celebrate less popular or obscure young adult books, and so I also decided to contribute a list of YA books that I have enjoyed over the years that other people may not have heard of.

The rule for obscurity is to appear in the libraries of less than 500 people on Librarything. While these 10 books are not my top ten books of the genre they are some of the least known. (Although I did cheat with two where they appear in a little over 500 personal libraries...)

Behold the list:

1. The Last April Dancers by Jean Thesman

This is my all time favorite book to this day. I'd read a few books by this author that I liked (also on this list) and I found this one by her in a far-off library. I needed to have it, but it was out of print. I spent a few years before the internet was popular tracking this book down in used bookstores around the country. Sometime in the early 90s I filled out one of those book cards that some used bookstores have where they'll contact you if they find a book you're looking for - I think I was visiting D.C. at the time. I did mean it when I said I was looking cross-country for this book - I went to California, Washington, Massachusetts & DC among other places scouring bookstores everywhere - and a couple of years later, I got a response back from one of the cards. I loved the book already, and having to work so hard to get my own copy made it even more special. She was my favorite author growing up.

Everytime I read this book it means something different to me and I can never articulate how. Read it, I promise it's good!

2. Appointment With A Stranger - Jean Thesman

I think this is where I discovered my liking for supernatural romances (different from paranormal). It featured the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare, who was already my favorite poet at the time.

3. Fire & Hemlock - Diana Wynne Jones  (952 > 500, but I love it)

A recommendation from one of my LJ pals - I loved it, and doubly so when I recognized the Tam Lin tale, which is one of my favorites. It was also my first Diana Wynne Jones book.
 
4. The Wind Singer - William Nicholson  (1st in the Wind on Fire trilogy)

A dark and peculiar dystopic fantasy. It made a strong impression on me and I should probably take that as a sign to reread it.
 
5. The Beginning Place - Ursula K. Le Guin

Most readers of this LJ already like Le Guin, but her two YA books don't get a lot of mention. There are a lot of things to like in this book.
 
6. The Rain Catchers - Jean Thesman

Not usually my style, but this one caught me, and I already liked the author. I think my love of books that emphasize storytelling as a subject started here.
 
7. Nameless Magery - Delia Marshall Turner

I remember finding this book interesting when I read it a few years ago but the details have been lost in the fuzz of my brain. I'll have to put it on the reread pile when I get the companion book. It was vaguely slashy.
 
8. The China Garden - Liz Berry

A recent read that I enjoyed. It has supernatural overtones and a labryinth at its heart. Some narrative issues, but, well, nothing is perfect.
 
9. Cattail Moon - Jean Thesman

This was also one of my favorite books as a child. I read it many times over the years, until one day when I reread it as an adult I realized I had completely misinterpreted the ending! How, I had no idea, but it was such a shock! More supernatural overtones, yay!
 
10. The Changeover - Margaret Mahy

This was also recommended to me by a (different) LJ pal. A solid supernatural romance.

Wow, I didn't even realize how many of these books qualify as supernatural romances. What can I say? I know what I like and stick to it :)
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W00T!! [Jan. 15th, 2010|03:45 pm]
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This is congratulations to my little sister for getting a scholarship to my alma mater high school.

CONGRATULATIONS, LITTLE SIS! I AM SO PROUD!!
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2009 Books Read - POLL! [Jan. 3rd, 2010|05:39 pm]
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Many of the librarything users are making polls from the books they've read this year, and I've had fun filling them out so I decided to post my own. These are the 74 books I read this year - mostly sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult. Some of them were loaned to me by my sister or some of the teens at dance. We have a book exchange going on and it seems to be working very well. My sister, who only started reading for pleasure recently, has managed to read 117 books this year. My paltry 74 seem so few. But a large percentage of the ones I read were pretty good, so quality over quantity? Either way I am incredibly proud of my little sis and will continue to encourage her.

Behold, a poll:
Poll #1506855 Which books have you read? (2009 list)

Which of these have you read? [January]

The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi - Jacqueline Park
6(66.7%)
Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch
0(0.0%)
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
0(0.0%)
The Oracle's Queen - Lynn Flewelling
0(0.0%)
The Bone Key - Sarah Monette
0(0.0%)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling
0(0.0%)
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - Douglas Adams
0(0.0%)
Magic's Pawn - Mercedes Lackey
1(11.1%)

Which of these have you read? [February]

The Gunslinger - Stephen King
0(0.0%)
Fledgeling - Octavia Butler
0(0.0%)
The China Garden - Liz Berry
0(0.0%)
Prophecy of the Sisters - Michelle Zink
0(0.0%)
Firebirds - Various (Anthology)
0(0.0%)
Anahita's Woven Riddle - Meghan Nuttall Sayres
0(0.0%)
The Curse of Chalion - Lois McMaster Bujold
1(100.0%)

Which of these have you read? [March]

Inkheart - Cornelia Funk
1(100.0%)
Shatterday - Harlan Ellison
0(0.0%)
Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
0(0.0%)

Which of these have you read? [April]

Luck in the Shadows - Lynn Flewelling
0(0.0%)
Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo - Obert Skye
0(0.0%)
Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr
0(0.0%)
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci: Charmed Life - Diana Wynne Jones
0(0.0%)
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci: The Lives of Christopher Chant - Diana Wynne Jones
0(0.0%)
Stalking Darkness - Lynn Flewelling
0(0.0%)
Wake - Lisa McMann
0(0.0%)

Which of these have you read? [May]

A Fine and Private Place - Peter S. Beagle
0(0.0%)
Love is Hell - Various (Anthology)
0(0.0%)
Vintage - Steve Berman
0(0.0%)
Tam Lin - Pamela Dean
0(0.0%)
City of Glass - Cassandra Clare
0(0.0%)
Fade - Lisa McMann
0(0.0%)
Prom Nights from Hell - Various (Anthology)
0(0.0%)
Fragile Eternity - Melissa Marr
0(0.0%)

Which of these have you read? [June]

The Alchymist: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel - Michael Scott
0(0.0%)
Traitor's Moon - Lynne Flewelling
1(50.0%)
Foundation & I, Robot - Issac Asimov
1(50.0%)

Which of these have you read? [July]

The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong
0(0.0%)
The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong
0(0.0%)
For the Love of the Dark One - Mirabai
0(0.0%)
Swordspoint - Ellen Kushner (Reread)
0(0.0%)
Language of the Night - Ursula K. Le Guin
0(0.0%)
The Fall of the Kings - Ellen Kushner
0(0.0%)
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
1(100.0%)
Fermat's Enigma - Simon Singh
0(0.0%)

Which of these have you read? [August]

If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino
0(0.0%)
The Drawing of the Three - Steven King
0(0.0%)
Pretties - Scott Westerfeld
1(100.0%)
A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
0(0.0%)
Evermore - Alyson Noel
0(0.0%)

Which of these have you read? [September]

A Clash of Kings - George R. R. Martin
0(0.0%)
Breath - Tim Winton
0(0.0%)
Wasteland - Francesca Lia Block
0(0.0%)
Barrayar - Lois McMaster Bujold
1(50.0%)
Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales (1): Sanctuary - Melissa Marr
0(0.0%)
The Hanged Man - Francesca Lia Block
0(0.0%)
War For the Oaks - Emma Bull
0(0.0%)

Which of these have you read? [October]

Kare Kano (1) - Tsuda Masami (Reread this time in English)
1(100.0%)
Storm of Swords - George R. R. Martin
0(0.0%)
Owl in Love - Patrice Kindl
0(0.0%)
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception - Maggie Stiefvater
0(0.0%)
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
0(0.0%)
Whisper of Blood - Various (Anthology - Ellen Datlow, Ed.,)
0(0.0%)

Which of these have you read? [November]

Rereads: 17 Writers Revisit the Books They Loved - Various
0(0.0%)
Door Into Fire - Diane Duane
1(50.0%)
Dune - Frank Herbert (Reread)
0(0.0%)
Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert (Reread)
0(0.0%)

Which of these have you read? [December]

Children of Dune - Frank Herbert (Reread)
0(0.0%)
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats - T. S. Eliot
1(50.0%)
God Emperor of Dune - Frank Herbert (Reread)
0(0.0%)
Hotter Than Hell - Various (Anthology)
0(0.0%)
Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn
0(0.0%)
Sea Change - Aimee Friedman
0(0.0%)
Dream Boy - Jim Grimsley
0(0.0%)
Along For The Ride - Sarah Dessen
0(0.0%)
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Custom Ponies [Dec. 26th, 2009|12:22 pm]
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I got some blank white customizable ponies for Christmas, since I like them so much, and this is my most recent creation.



I've done about 10 customs, but this one has the most intricate paint job by far, even between the hooves. I am ridiculously happy with it.

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International Talk Like A Pirate Day [Sep. 19th, 2009|01:30 am]
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Arr, seems t' be mainstream now, this parlayin' like pirates. Even librarything has set sail on the open sea. Aye, let's be mateys. There be adventures to have 'n treasures to plunder. All aboard!
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50th Book! [Aug. 26th, 2009|05:29 pm]
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Today I finished my 49th book of the year. W00t! I have gotten so many new books of all kinds since I joined Bookmooch that I don't even know what to look at next. Last year I finished my 50th in the middle of September so I'm wondering if I should try to choose an easier book to get my 50 done in August? Is that cheating? Aagh!

Decisions!

I will say that I enjoyed this year's reading more than last year's because it's not like homework anymore. I really had to work at it because you do fall out of practice. But this year has been fun, even if I was taking some book recs from young teens with, uh, questionable taste? But I read them to be encouraging and due to that my own sister who would never read anything willingly, has, in the past year, managed to read almost as many books as I have. I am completely overjoyed! We will work on developing her literary palate later ^_^

Do give me recommendations for further reading. This week's fancy has been literature in translation though that is subject to change hourly. I recently read If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino, and I just mooched The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Nocturnal Creatures [Aug. 21st, 2009|04:16 pm]
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I took an impromptu vacation at my boss's behest. Hottest week of the year and I got to spend it in air conditioned house - worked out pretty well.

Mostly.

I've been up over 24 hours because my sleep schedule immediately reverted to its natural state (sleeping dawn to dusk) and I just could not get it to flip back in time to get me to wake up to go to work today. I have not pulled an all-nighter in years, and I realize that this is because I no longer can. I have no idea how I used to pull these off on a regular basis and retain cognitive function. I tried to say "concatenate" at work today and almost giggled myself to unconsciousness. 
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I can't stop... [Jul. 27th, 2009|08:22 am]
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I have a Bookmooch addiction of some sort. I just can't stop. I've only been actively trading for about a month and I've swapped about 90 books in that time. I've got hundreds of books on my wishlist. I think I need an intervention!

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BWAHAHA BOOKSHELVES [Jul. 2nd, 2009|12:32 am]
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They're mostly full and there are a number of books which are missing in action that still need to be uncovered from either my basement or my mother's.

That's two cases filled with action figures, and one of ponies. I am demanding another pony one in the empty spot on the other wall ^_^. I only have a couple of ponies on display because I need to get a bunch of acrylic risers to stand them on. (Not that  they'll all fit anyway, but...)

We're going to get extensions for the tops of the shelves so some of my vast collection of obscure stuffed animals can hang out up there.

Say hello to Moosie ottoman; he is cute. "Hi Moosie!"



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OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG [Jun. 30th, 2009|01:38 am]
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I just had my dance recital this weekend, and today I was sent this link. Now, I'm not named directly, but stature-wise, it's me they're talking about.

"Several performers seemed to master many styles including one omnipresent young woman whose stature might lend you to think that she is not a dancer but her amazing physical prowess and fleet-footed ease at every style displayed is a standing tribute to her talent and drive – and to the masterful teachers at J’s Dance Center."

I can't believe it! *basks in ego boost*

I never imagined any stranger would ever write about my dancing, even in just a local publication. So much hard work and sore muscles... ^_^ It's a very good ending for a very taxing dance year.

(And I'm glad they mentioned the barre dance because we fought to get that in the show, and by fought I mean we conveniently didn't mention the barre part to teacher-in-charge until it was too late to change it...)

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To mooch or not to mooch [Jun. 16th, 2009|05:35 pm]
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Now that I have access to most of my books I finally (finally) went to go try out Bookmooch and I am totally in love. I can't help myself. I have probably sent more packages in the last two weeks than I have ever sent in my life. And mooching! I saw something recommeded by my librarything tags and immediately snagged it from bookmooch. I have so much to read now that I can't even think about it and I am loving it.

I know you guys all have accounts. I'm Usa-p (in NY) if you want to friend me. I don't have anything good in my inventory at the moment, but one person's junk is another person's treasure. And thank goodness for that!

50 Books 2009

January: 8
February: 7
March: 3
April: 7
May: 8
June: 1
Total: 34/50; 12,355 pages
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The Design Process [May. 30th, 2009|08:47 pm]
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ladygoddess, this is what we did when we redid this room. It was originially two rooms. One room has a large corner window, and there was a big hole in the floor which rendered a whole corner of the other room completely unusable. We only had one other room in the back, which was for storage, so everything the two of us owned was squeezed into basically one and a half rooms. And we have a LOT of stuff. (15,000 comic books, hundreds of My Little Ponies and action figures, TONS of books... plus, you know, furniture & computers and, just, ugh. It got pretty unbearable.

So we cleaned up the basement and threw everything down there temporarily. Moved the bedroom to the back room and knocked down the wall between the two front rooms. Got the floors, walls and ceilings mostly straightened out and added about 6 more outlets. We didn't spend much on it because it's really just a cover-up patch job to make the place liveable. We did spend money on the furnishings, but even there I think we made out pretty well. We don't make a lot, after all, and we'd been saving for this. But after putting down my thick plush burgundy (lust red, blood red, whatever you want to call it deep lovely red) carpet down, I was convinced that doing it was the right call.

Before all the work, I drew up this design of the room to figure out the maximum dimensions of everything we wanted/needed. And the locations (1 square = 1 square foot)



Measuring everything several times and trying out different floor plans I think is essential. It makes shopping for things much simpler because you know exactly where your boundaries are. And when it works, it's wonderful.

We literally live in the living room; the only other room (besides a kitchen that you can't sit in) is the bedroom. Our main objectives were make it gaming friendly, and give easy access to our horde. The couches are big enough to accomodate multiple people comfortably. The table has storage underneath (it doesn't have legs in the corners) and it's bar height so when you're sitting at it, you can see the tv over the couch and the 61" tv at the front of the room is so ginormous that you can easily see it 20 feet away.

And now, we finally bought the bookshelves today! Step one accomplished. I will post pictures when we've cleaned up.
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Countdown [May. 30th, 2009|11:14 am]
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Today the plan is for the bf to take a trip to FINALLY get my wall of bookshelves since it's been over a year and a half already. At least if they are purchased I have a chance that complaining "where are my bookshelves?!?!?!" will result in some, well, results. I'd have gotten them myself long ago but we do share the living space he should have a say in the decor, and it takes him forever (18 months this time) to make a decision even about something we've (read: I) already made a decision about.

And the couches that we (read: I) picked out last October finally arrived a week or two ago. It's a black Italian leather sectional with dual recliners.

My dance recital is coming up in less than a month, and 3 of my dances still aren't done. That's a record.

This year's 50 book challenge is going nicely though. Just finished #8 for May, and #33 total. Good progress.
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Star Trek [May. 10th, 2009|02:15 am]
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Star Trek was my first fandom. Not that I understood it in those terms as a child, but it was. At the ripe age of 7 I was anticipating watching the first episode of Next Gen. I demonstrated my fannishness by putting stickers of the cast on my fish tank.

This movie made me feel that way again. It was a good birthday present.
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It's that time again [May. 8th, 2009|04:35 pm]
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I don't suppose it gets any easier, huh? Next year is the big one. I wonder how much longer I can keep passing as a teenager to the girls at dance...

50 Books 2009
Jan: 8
Feb: 7
Mar: 3
Apr: 7
May: 2
Total: 27/50
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OMG PONIEZ!!! I MADE PONIEZ!! [Apr. 17th, 2009|10:47 pm]
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I had my little sister sleep over the other day (almost 13 and not so little anymore...) so as a family craft she and my boyfriend and I painted our own My Little Ponies! They sell blank ones for about $4 a pop for the purpose of customization, so I had ordered myself a bunch for when I get the craving to color something. I don't know how to color the hair yet, but I might get someone at the Pony Arena to reroot them for me.

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This was enormous amounts of fun and you secret pony lovers on my flist ought to give it a try.
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OMG I actually watched something recently [Mar. 31st, 2009|08:45 am]
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This blog mostly keeps track of when I've been sick (since Friday, UGH, I feel miserable) or otherwise injured, so it's nice to have actually watched (or in ths case rewatched) something for a change. I've kind of missed that.

I watched Slayers and Slayers Next in their entirety and in order. What a difference that makes! I watched it years ago and due to availability I managed to start at the end and work backwards. I liked it but it definitely loses emotional impact and plot when you do it that way. I was hoping to have my Gourry as a Jellyfish icon all ready and prepped for this post, but I am too sick to see straight.

Need Moar Slayers.

50 Book Challenge:
Jan: 8
Feb: 7
Mar: 3
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Cataloging 101 [Jan. 28th, 2009|08:22 pm]
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I am getting all of my various media prepped for cataloging in anticipation of the wall o' bookshelves that we still have not yet erected but will eventually, really, someday. This leaves me in need of suggestions for good online cataloging sites.

These are the ones that I've found:

www.librarything.com -- Books -- I am totally happy with this site, but it's not designed for DVDs or Video games and the like.
www.take11.com -- DVDs -- A new site aiming to be for DVDs what librarything is for books.
www.listal.com -- Video Games/CDs -- and books and dvds and whatnot. It can do it all, but I really really don't like the interface. It tells me more about what other people have than what I have, and doesn't make it easy for me to just view my collection. But it's the only place I've found that catalogs video games.
www.stashmycomics.com -- For comics

So if anyone has had experience with any other sites like these, please do tell. Satisfy my cataloging urge! I could write my own database, like I've already done for my ponies (and manga, before I found librarything), but I really like having it online so I can cut down on the data entry and send links to interesed parties.

50 Books 2009 status (Yes, I'm doing it again)
January: 8
Total: 8/50 
Strong start!
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Last Post of 08 [Dec. 31st, 2008|08:48 pm]
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Figured I'd get this one last post in before the year is over. I didn't have any New Year's Resolutions to make or break, though the one thing I did manage to do was finish my 50 book challenge! Go me! I actually finished it in early September, but have been either been busy or sick since then so I didn't mention it. I am 80% through my 62nd book right now, but I will not be able to finish it by tonight. I just don't have the mental power for it.

Behind the cut you'll find my list of books for the year, including 1-5 stars based on how much I liked it. My liking isn't necessarily a reflection of the quality of book per se (though it's hard to like a bad book. A certain one of which will certainly not remain nameless on this list.)  I can like a book with flaws if it hits my buttons, or a book might be quite well done but it's not my style, so, in short, your mileage may vary.

Rating guide
***** I loved it and now stalk this author
**** I liked it and will read more by this author / or this new author shows potential
*** I didn't hate it. Probably indifferent. Most likely stylistic reasons. Possibly interesting, but not fannish
** This didn't work for me, and I won't try things in this area again
* No words can express


I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, or whichever winter solstice holiday you celebrate. Here's to a new year, may it be better than the last one, please. I had my fifth wake this year right after Christmas. Can we stop this now, kthxbye. 

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Dancer's nightmare [Nov. 14th, 2008|04:45 pm]
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Because being sick with never-ending bronchitis isn't enough (yes, 9 days and counting) I managed to nearly break my ankle today leaving my front steps on the way to work. (No, really, I was convinced it was broken until the xray).

So no dance for 6 weeks, which means that I am not Santa at the Christmas show this year. Santa doesn't have to feel bad about not having enough tap shoes anymore because Santa can't dance. Or walk. They are not sure if I snapped a ligament (because I did hear SOMETHING snap, which is why I thought it was broken) but I've been told to wait a few days and see what happens before I schedule an MRI. I'm getting one anyway because soft tissue damage is not something I want to mess with.

I've named the nasty swollen thing budding from my ankle 'Mort.'  One day he'll grow up and spawn a whole new foot on his own.

I sent the pictures to my boss to explain why I was not at work. And I am tempted to send them to my dance teacher, because it would give her a heart attack. But since I wouldn't be able to witness the reaction first hand it loses some appeal.

Pictures of my messed up ankle behind the cut. Because, yes, I like to showcase my injuries.

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Sick again [Nov. 7th, 2008|08:35 am]
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Blah. Sick again. Bad cold.

I think last time I was sick it was July, which means I went 4 months without contracting something. Not bad in the scheme of things.
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Because it's all or nothing [Oct. 31st, 2008|10:09 pm]
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As previously mentioned, by losing my bag I lost my best and most uber red glittery no-place-like-home tap shoes of doom, which are shown in exhibit A here:

 

6-7 years of tapping in those things = well broken in and comfy.

So instead I've been using one of my show pairs (I only use them for shows because it keeps them from getting dirty and roughed up and beaten up in class.) Speaking of which, case in point, see exhibit B:

 
 



I am now down to my last pair of show shoes, and am in need of TWO replacement pairs. How exactly did this happen?! I hate the long and tedious process of breaking in a shoe.

emeraldus, add another pair to my order.
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Things suck [Oct. 13th, 2008|04:38 pm]
うさ-p: It got all pruny in the brain water.
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I lost my bag on the bus on Friday on the way to work. Everything was in it, everything. Credit cards, passport, keys, cell phone, mp3 player, brushes, even my dance stuff including my bestest sparkly red tap shoes of awesomeness whose sentimental value cannot be replaced.

Hundreds of dollars of stuff, all because I was just so tired that I didn't notice. I never lose stuff that important.

V. depressed.
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Start of a New Season [Aug. 29th, 2008|03:18 pm]
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Although summer has never been my favorite season (all that heat and sun), it is always has been and remains the most leisurely time of year for me. I could get used to leaving work on time, not having dance every evening, and regularly getting home before 7pm. But, alas, summer is over now, and although fall is my favorite season (cool breezes and changing colors), it also marks the beginning of a brand new year of crazy scheduling. Ugh.

With all that free time I barely read anything May through July, but I am very happy to state that this month I was productive and I am currently on book 48 of 50. I'd like to say it's in the bag that I'll be done by the end of the year, but I know better. I can procrastinate like nobody's business.

I have been lining up projects to do when I am avoiding reading, such as customizing a pony! At the bf's suggestion my first attempt will be to make my own pony Appa (with only 4 legs though. I don't have the skill to make a six-legged pony like that one person who made that eight-legged Sleipnir custom which was the only eight-legged thing I would ever consider awesome (spiders bad)).

Due for a raise at work too, so we'll see how that works out.

50 Books 2008
 
Jan: 3 
Feb: 6 
Mar: 9
Apr: 8
May: 4
June: 5
July: 4
August: 8.5
 
47.5/32/50  Books
15809/16500  Pages

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How does this keep happening [Jul. 11th, 2008|05:01 pm]
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Me (to postal worker lady) -- "I'm here to pick up my package."
P.O. -- "We don't have your package."
Me -- "Don't you want to know who I am first?"
P.O. -- *checks ID* "We don't have your package."


... ... ... ... ...


I am not even exaggerating. That is exactly how the conversation went.

THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME. In fact, this is like at least the third or fourth time in the past 2 years. I called up USPS FIRST to be SURE they had my package which they said they did and have been holding it for no apparent reason.

Mind, my job is down the block from the post office, and I don't know why DHL delivered it to the post office rather than my job anyway.

Argh.

End result - no package. Post office wins again.

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