starandrea: (mimi paddle boarding)
[personal profile] starandrea
Last race of the winter/spring running season was this morning. It was fun. It was hot. Good popsicles, great barbecue, and I got my series finisher jacket before I left.

I'm giving my body a rest and taking the summer off. (Except for Seawheeze, which is in another country where summers are cooler.) It looks like the season for paddle sports is finally here ♥
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sQ52mP on June 25, 2017 at 10:38AM

Tags:IFTTT, Fauxthentic History, DWCrosspost

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musesfool: head!Six (and they have a plan)
[personal profile] musesfool
I went to bed last night around 1 am but couldn't sleep so I ended up getting up and writing about 2000 words of a sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating. I am sure it's not the epic sequel some of the commenters asked me for, but it's the emotional conversations I am interested in. It's also multiple POV, which I generally don't like to do, but in order to capture everybody's !!!! responses, it seems like the way to go. I haven't reread what I wrote yet, though, so hopefully it makes sense. *snerk*

I finally took a benadryl at around 3 am and slept until 8:45 so I guess I'll call it a win. Then I stayed in bed and finally read 84, Charing Cross Road, which [personal profile] innie_darling lent me the other night as it doesn't come in an ebook yet. What a darling little book! I highly recommend it.

And I just finished watching this week's Orphan Black: Beneath Her Heart. Alison once again proves she's the stealth MVP of clone club, and also who knew it would ever be possible to love Donnie so much? What a great episode!

spoilers )

Now I am getting ready to meet L. for boozy brunch so I hope you all have a lovely Sunday.

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ironically

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:44 am
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[personal profile] starandrea
I clicked on "Mounts" and the beast master (who appears to have a mermaid tale) asked, "Shall I bring you your steed, starandrea?"

Is there fic about this game?

...WHAT. There is no "Habitica" fandom on AO3?! Maybe it's under another name?

I can literally see guilds dedicated to writing. It is inconceivable to me that there is no fic.

Also, guilds. Hmm. Sounds like another great place for me to not know what I'm doing.

(This is a productive weekend so far; I'm sure you can tell.)

ETA: I thought, hey, maybe I'll join a writers' guild! And now I've joined four guilds, none of them related to writing in any way.

this game is adorable

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:29 am
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[personal profile] starandrea
Apparently subscribers get "mystic hourglasses" that allow them to "travel back in time" to collect special gear that was available in the past? When I clicked on the "Time Travelers" tab, it told me:

"We see you have a Mystic Hourglass, so we will happily travel back in time for you! Please choose the pet, mount, or Mystery Item Set you would like. You can see a list of the past item sets here! If those don't satisfy you, perhaps you'd be interested in one of our fashionably futuristic Steampunk Item Sets?"
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[personal profile] noxelementalist mentioned being a free user of Habitica, and I was like, "Are some people not free users?" So I looked in the Habitica wiki and it said I could subscribe for $5 a month, and that would get me the ability to convert gold to gems. What! I reward myself for using Habitica by buying $5 worth of gems each month so I can get cool new backgrounds for my avatar to adventure in. And it turns out if I pay the $5 automatically via subscription I can "buy" backgrounds with gold (virtually earned from completing tasks) instead of gems (bought with actual money). Plus subscribers get other things, apparently, but I figured if I was going to buy backgrounds anyway I should subscribe, right? It comes out at least even.

But I couldn't figure out how to subscribe from the app, despite carefully reading the wiki options, so I went to the website. I've never been to the website, apparently, because after I had to have a password reset sent to me in order to log in, I received approximately dozens of "achievement" notifications (mostly relating to streaks for my daily tasks). So the good news is, I figured out how to subscribe. The other news is that, oh my goodness, Habitica is still a thousand times more complicated than I ever think about. I mean, I thought I had learned some things about what it does and how it can be used, but it seems I haven't even made a dent in figuring it out.

The best part, though, is that it's set up to be played by people who have no idea what they're doing. I mean, sometimes not knowing what I'm doing stresses me out, but with Habitica I just feel like, nah, it's all good. It requires so little understanding or commitment that I have been able to use it for four months now without even being irritated by it, let alone quitting it.

Sweet.

Vidding history project help needed

Jun. 24th, 2017 06:18 pm
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[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2t70xqo on June 24, 2017 at 11:12AM

Tags:vidding, fan vid, fandom history, vidding history, dwcrosspost

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[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2s81L05 on June 24, 2017 at 08:10AM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, politics, affordable care act, disablity, PDWCrosspost2

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musesfool: lester bangs on rock'n'roll (music)
[personal profile] musesfool
So this week's AV Club Q&A is favorite one hit wonders (though certainly the definition of "one hit" is...elastic, and dependent in many cases on where you live), and more than a couple of songs I love got mentioned and then I ended up departing from that original premise and going on a youtube spiral of music from my teenage years, a lot of which I hadn't heard in decades probably (and some of which is still in regular rotation on my iPod, though I left out most of the usual suspects), but here are some gems:

- Let Me Go - Heaven 17
- Hit That Perfect Beat - Bronski Beat
- Don't Go - Yaz
- Love to Hate You - Erasure
- Obsession - Animotion
- West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
- Tenderness - General Public
- I Melt With You - Modern English
- Whisper to a Scream - Icicle Works
- Cruel Summer - Bananarama
- Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday
- Forever Young - Alphaville
- What Do All the People Know? - the Monroes
- Heart and Soul - T'Pau
- If You Leave - OMD
- Question of Lust - Depeche Mode
- The Promise - When In Rome
- True - Spandau Ballet
- Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
- No One Is to Blame - Howard Jones
- Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

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starandrea: (care bear fluff by purplestripe66)
[personal profile] starandrea
Habitica's limited edition summer gear is here!

I was checking on the fiery gryphon quest (someone's gryphon has gotten loose to terrorize the city), and I saw that [personal profile] wispfox is wearing a sea dragon tail (and helm and fins)! What, I said! From whence did this bounty come? Last I knew we were questing for magical eggs, not cool armor!

And lo, when I checked "rewards" I saw new gear available. So I snapped up my own silversea tail and crown of sea creatures (they whisper in your ear to tell you important stories and things, aw). Now I have to go do some tasks so I can get enough gold to acquire the pearl wand to go with my oyster shield.

I love Habitica. It's so delightful.



ETA: "Gold" isn't real money, in case that wasn't clear. It's virtual money earned in the virtual "Habit City" that you can use to virtually buy things for your virtual avatar. Also, Habitica is a low-pressure online role-playing game that encourages you to develop good habits of your own choosing. I am not actually wearing any sea creatures on my head. (That I know of.)
starandrea: (rejecting captaincy by angel_elf_icons)
[personal profile] starandrea
Aaron: I have nothing to do this weekend. How did that happen?
*Andrea: Sounds like a great weekend.
Aaron: Maybe I can finally get some sleep. Although judging from the work emails I've been getting from you at 11:30 at night and 7:30 in the morning, I assume you know the feeling.
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[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2tWNh4y at June 23, 2017 at 07:55AMAnalysis | What the Senate bill changes about Obamacare
Tags:not a reblog, affordable care act, politics, activism, PDWCrosspost
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June 23, 2017 at 07:55AM

it's braver sometimes just to run

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:55 am
musesfool: Kermit the Frog (can't look clowns will eat me)
[personal profile] musesfool
Last night, we had dinner at Joanne's, the Lady Gaga family restaurant. The food was fine, but for the prices they charge, I expected at least two meatballs with my spaghetti and meatball dinner. To be fair, the one meatball was of decent size, but still, it's listed as spaghetti and meatballs on the menu so it's not ridiculous to expect there to be more than one meatball on the plate. I am just saying.

It's warm and clammy today, which is my second least favorite combination (cold and clammy is worse), but I'm looking forward to the weekend, as this week has seemed endless. It was so hard to get out bed. Sigh.

I did just get off the phone with 1. the realtor and then 2. the lawyer, so things are progressing there re: the negotiation of a slightly lower price due to the low appraisal (all thanks, apparently, to the fact that while the seller lists the apartment in Forest Hills, it actually exists in Rego Park which is one - slightly less expensive - neighborhood over. And if you are from Queens, you know what I mean). The question is whether this affects the lender in any way, but since the loan amount is the loan amount regardless, I'm not sure why it would? but what do I know? As per my lawyer's instructions, I am playing dumb (I mean, on this topic, despite all the info from Uncle Google, I actually am kind of dumb? so it's not hard! *hands*) The lawyer and mortgage broker are on top of that.

When I spoke to the realtor this morning, I was like, it's been a week since they received my application but I shouldn't expect to hear from them before the Fourth of July weekend? and he was like, "they don't like to disclose their schedule but I'll ask for an update," and then he just texted me to say that the board has received and is reviewing my application so EEP! That, more than the bank or the seller or the more normal processes of home-buying is what is freaking me out. I have more to say about this but probably not until it's all over, and even then, probably only in a locked post. Mostly what I want to say is EEP! At least I found my black dress (and my mom's pearls *snerk*) so I'm prepared!

I feel like I should have something fannish to say, and I'm sure I did before these phone calls all started happening, but I guess for right now, this househunting business is my main fandom. Sigh.

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sI3Lhq on June 22, 2017 at 11:00PM

Tags:not a reblog, vidding, accessibility, fanvids, DWCrosspost

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[personal profile] morgandawn
Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sYA3HW on June 22, 2017 at 08:22AM

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starandrea: (star circle)
[personal profile] starandrea
In the trees looking up, it's sometimes hard to tell the fireflies from the stars.

*groan*

Jun. 21st, 2017 01:46 pm
halfshellvenus: (Psycho Penguin)
[personal profile] halfshellvenus
108o today and humid, and tomorrow is likely to be 111o. I suspect I will be biking in the garage again tomorrow. Today is a rest day, and I'd hoped to hit the pavement tomorrow. That dream may already be dead. :(

Monday, I went shopping with our daughter (IN the heat) to look for some work blouses for her internship in DC. I did not realize were were looking for a unicorn, for crying out loud. I thought she was struggling because she was being too picky. Her hatred of both buttons and adornment is really limiting, and while I understand the second one, I keep thinking she'll get over the first. Regardless, we were looking for simple short-sleeved blouses in rayon or polyester—like the kind I used to wear to work in my radio days. I have five of them right now that are exactly what she's looking for, except that they're too big. Basically, like this, except without the pockets. And yet, no one wants to sell those anymore! Not online, not even at places like Macy's, unless you want to pay about $60 for the single example of that style Macy's has. It's all t-shirt material, trampy cuts, split-shoulder stuff (why is that fashion so widespread?), other variants on really unsuitable clothing for professional women, and some really highly fitted button-down tops that might actually work except... buttons. We found three sleeveless tops that were acceptable (after giving up on short-sleeved ones!), and my online search was fruitless (that sample blouse above is for retailers to order, not individual customers). I think she's going to be mostly wearing dresses this summer, even though skirt/blouse separates are much more practical. Ten or more years ago... \o?

Okay, end of rant. How about a meme, a little stale around the edges but good for some croutons?

Give me a fandom and I'll tell you:

The character I least understand
Interactions I enjoyed the most
The character who scares me the most
The character who is most like me
The character with the hottest looks
One thing I dislike about my favorite character
One thing I like about my most hated character
A quote or scene that haunts me
A death that left me indifferent
A character I wish had died but didn't
My ship that never sailed

My fandoms include anything I've written or talked about, which are also in my profile interests. Fair warning that I've abandoned a few of them, so there might be a "cut-off date" for the content of my answers.

Hit me!

It seems a heavy choice to make

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:53 am
musesfool: text icon: O swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon (swear not by the moon)
[personal profile] musesfool
In the ever-exciting news of the long slow process of co-op buying, late yesterday afternoon, I received a revised version of the appraisal - the one I got on Saturday had one number on the cover page and then another within the body of the document, and when I pointed that out to the lawyer, and he was like, "They're gonna go with the number in the document." Which was the lower number. But as of yesterday, the apartment is apparently worth the number on the cover page, which is $5000 more than the other. It's still $10K lower than the asking price, but it's proof that appraisers are human and make mistakes, so. We'll see what happens. I'm also still waiting to be contacted to set up the board interview. Sigh. I did find my black dress, though, so I'll be able to wear that when the time comes.

*

Last night, I made formulation #2 of anti-itch lotion and it doesn't have salt in it but it does have baking soda, so the unfortunately slightly gritty feel continues and also it didn't work (not to mention being an unappealing-for-a-skincare-product gray in color), so I think I'm just going to stick to more tried and true methods going forward.

*

Wednesday! Books!

What I've just finished
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan. I enjoyed this - the action is a lot of fun and Leo got more to do - but oy, Apollo as narrator is annoying.

What I'm reading now
Despite an endless TBR pile, how could I resist Joan Aiken's The Five-Minute Marriage after reading amazing reviews by [personal profile] rachelmanija (here) and [personal profile] skygiants (here)?

I have especially fond memories of both The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea, though I haven't read either since I was a kid (I probably should reread at some point, and I did not know there were like five other books in that series), plus it's about a fake but real marriage set in the Regency era, so it was like five of my bulletproof narrative kinks in one book.

And boy does it deliver. Not so much on the actual romance, but with the hilarity and the fake marriage that turns out to be legitimate (in the sense of they are actually legally married rather than it being a fraudulent ceremony as they expected) and will likely turn into a real (as in they actually care about each other and stay married) marriage by the end of the book, grand romance notwithstanding, as well as the apparent alpha asshole hero who turns out to just be really stressed about babysitting his sister's TEN kids.

Anyway! I am enjoying it a lot and if that sounds like your cup of tea, you probably will too!

What I'm reading next
I do not know! However, I did want to give a heads up to anyone who doesn't know that Frances Hardinge has a new book coming out in the fall: A Skinful of Shadows. I am excite! And maybe I will read The Lie Tree next. I was saving it because it's the only Hardinge I haven't read yet, but if there's a new book on the horizon, I don't have to hoard it anymore. *g*

*

Welcome To My Hell-- Part 2

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:51 pm
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[personal profile] halfshellvenus
First, there's this. And? Last Friday hit 99o and every day since then has been 100o or hotter. Our first projected break is next Monday, when it may "only" be 96o. I biked outside Saturday morning, and an hour earlier on Sunday... still too hot. The last couple of days have been in the garage, and still a slog. If I were a morning person like HalfshellHusband, I'd be up and sunblocked by 6:30 or 7:30, and could go out really early. But my Sunday ride started at nine, and I pretty much crept back from the turnaround point.

Stupid weather! This is one of those horrific periods where anything you need to do outside or away from the house has to be finished by 10am, because you will not want to go out after thateven just to drive to somewhere air-conditioned. You'll be soaked in sweat just from riding in the car. Argh. Sacramento, home of summertime cabin fever!

I drove down to San Diego last Wednesday so I could move our daughter home from college. The drive down wasn't too bad, though I caught part of LA's rush hour and the beginning of San Diego's. AND, the hotel where I was staying... was last year's hotel that I had vowed not to return to! But the online picture is totally misleading. I frankly can't imagine from what angle they could photograph the hotel so that it looks like it's next to a sidewalk with the ocean behind it. In reality, it's wedged into a semi-industrial area on an oddly shaped lot, and there are cement walls surrounding it on all sides. Did they just photo-shop out the walls, and the surrounding buildings? This hotel is also six miles down the freeway from where the San Diego traffic really picks up, which is to say, about 40-60 minutes farther than you really want.

After driving all day, I went to the hot and badly appointed gym for about 40 minutes, then back to my room to shower, eat, and finish my Idol story. That had to be done Wednesday night, because I knew I'd be out and then on the road all day Thursday and would have no time to post. :(

Thursday morning, I got lost on the way to my daughter's part of the campus again (but recognized where she'd lived last year! Too late). The campus must be more than a mile across, with several roads through the middle. So, after arriving about 45 minutes later than intended, we set about the project of collecting and moving stuff into her next year's apartment. Fetching the desk, which was the sole reason I'd driven the SUV down (the desk top was almost as big as a door). Then waiting for the used dresser to be delivered, only to discover that the seller couldn't get it into her car and we would have to go pick it up. Plus, ferrying around heavy boxes containing lots of dishes, pots & pans, etc. that will just stay in San Diego over the summer. The new apartment is in a huge and really pretty complex that is fancier than it needs to be, and much farther from the campus than my daughter would like (she let her roommate do too much of the finding, and the roommate has some princess tendencies). The complex also doesn't allow you to park any closer than an illegal fire lane, from which you have to carry everything half a block, up some stairs and through a security door, and then up the elevator and to the apartment itself. /o\

Needless to say, all of this took hours. Hot, sweaty hours in which my daughter finally regretted that dresser (I hadn't been able to persuade her over the phone how heavy it would be, and she'll only be able to use it for about 1 1/2 years. Rolling plastic craft cartthat's the way to go! But noooOOOOOOOooooo...) When we finally left for home, it was after 2:30, so we knew things would not go well. You need to leave SD no later than 1pm to avoid the L.A. rush hour bottleneck, though we were not prepared for the traffic jam to start in San Diego and cover the next 30 miles. We stopped for an early dinner in Santa Ana, rather than sit on the freeway all that time. Her choice was a highly festooned Mexican restaurant ("That place is lit!"), where even the rear parking lot was decorated. Also, there were large Nutcracker figurines inside the restaurant. Sadly, the food was kind of bland.

Back on the freeway about 7pm, trading off driving because we were so tired. Some smelly stops in the lower central valley. Dead stereo about 3 hours from home, though at least it didn't die during my solo trip down there. \o?

Finally home at about 2am on Friday. *thud* Geez, what an ordeal. But we made it safely. And now we just have a couple of days left with her, as she flies out to D.C. early Thursday morning. *cries*

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