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To everybody on DW and LJ who wished me happy yesterday: [personal profile] deanshot1 , [personal profile] herminekurotowa , <lj user="stir_of_echoes">, <lj user="milly_gal">, <lj user="phoenix1966">, <lj user="casey28">, and <lj user="jj1564">. It was a lovely day--spent at home, but in wonderful company. OH has been away for a month caring for his brother, who is in pre-surgery cancer treatment, and his mother, who is elderly and needs constant supervision. He has a month at home before he will need to go back and take care of his mother while his brother goes through surgery and recovery, and provide at-home support when the hospital releases him. We've missed each other, but being together was especially nice yesterday, and we have stuff planned for the month he's here, to keep us both busy and productive. 

In other news, I've been watching the Shadowhunters series on Freeform, and I've fallen right down that rabbit hole in a way I've not done since first discovering Supernatural. I've always been a serial fan--one primary fandom at a time, and a few that I was minorly involved in: following the show, reading fic, knowing a little something about the actors, etc. But the primary fandom has always been my focus--writing fic, reading fic and meta, discussing meta, learning about the actors, writers, producers, and their previous work, watching old shows they were involved in, etc.

It was Buffy/Angel for the longest time, with Firefly/Farscape/BSG/Stargates/Lost/Heroes as peripheral fandoms, until I fell into Supernatural. SPN is still my primary fandom, and will be for a while, still, even after new episodes are no longer being filmed. The cast and their creative efforts will be of interest forever, and I'll be reading and possibly writing fic in SPN fandom maybe forever, appreciating art and vids and even speculative meta as long as it's available.

But meanhile, Shadowhunters has swept me up in its silly, shallow, ridiculous storyline, and wooed me with it's So Very Pretty cast. I'm in a little bit of luuurrrvve with them all, with their characters, and with the noir romanticism of it all. The attraction was visual, as someone on my Tumblr dash began posting pics and gifs of the cast and snippets of dialogue. SO PRETTY! and I went looking for the show. Found it, and the previous season was available on Instant Watch, so I binged on it, and just fell into it, surrounded by the escapism and ALL THE PRETTY!  I mean, these are seriously pretty people! The roster of actor names pleases me to no end, as well, including the actors who play recurring characters: Jade Hassoune', David Castro, Alisha Wainwright. And the primaries: Isaiah Mustapha, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Alberto Rosende, Katherine McNamara, Harry Shum, Jr., and Domnic Sherwood. I mean, you could fall completely in love just with the actors' *names*!

I had no idea of the provenence of the show when I fell into it, but I quickly learned it was derived from a book series by Cassie Clare, and that she has some input into scripts. Aware of her background, I did a little digging, and found a terribly unfortunate film, The Mortal Instruments, that had a decent cast and a similar dark, romantic look, and somehow still failed miserably. Honestly, if I'd seen the movie first I might never have given the series a chance. The series is a whole different thing entirely, for all their origins in common. But I didn't, and I did, and I am wallowing in pretty, pretty escapism, and expecting little from the storylines but sheer fantasy. So imagine how, suddenly, I was rocked by a second-season script that addressed racial profiling, gettoisation and persecution of a segment of the population, bigotry, addiction, recovery,  homophobia, classism, and a few other little minor things so topical today, and so dear to my heart. Reader, I blinked. And then my heart grew about two sizes, for the grace the writers used to hit those notes without big flashy afterschool special arrows pointing to the issues. And for the growth and changes of heart each of the characters continues to experience on their journeys through this strange and unexpected world.

Oh, and discovering the character Magnus Bane is played by Harry Shum, Jr. formerly of Glee, I had to check out his performance there. Now, I avoided Glee in first run. It was silly, shallow, and high school--an assumption and possibly unfair judgement, but life is short and I had more important things to watch at the time. ...I'm almost finished with S3 in my binge of Glee episodes. Don't judge me. Oh! In blitzing through the series I discovered that both Supergirl and the Flash were Glee performers. Show choir as training ground for superheroes, maybe?

But back to Shadowhunters. Have I said Pretty? Do you need convincing?
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A little birdie told me today is [personal profile] jj1564 's birthday.

I'm not the gif or pic maven--all I have to offer is cake. But, true to Winchester tradition, it's ON FIRE!!!

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Happy Birthday, jj!  and many more to come!

That meme

Jun. 9th, 2017 01:28 am
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1. Did you know your spouse? No
2. Did you car pool? No, school bus.
3. What kind of car did you have? Borrowed my mom’s Renault Dauphine

4. It's FRIDAY night, where are you going? In front of the tv.
5. What kind of job did you have? Door to door encyclopedia salesperson, concession stand attendant at the roller rink.

6. Were you a party animal? Not ever.
7. Were you considered a jock? No.
8. Were you in choir/band? Chorus—500 voices strong, participated in competitions and concerts. Fantastic director. Loved it!

9. Were you a nerd? I suppose.
10. Did you get suspended? Not even scolded.
11. Can you sing the fight/school song? Don’t think we had one.
12. Where did you eat?  cafeteria
13. Where was high school? rural North Carolina
14. What was your school mascot? Almighty Eagles. Until the local religious types insisted ‘almighty’ only referred to g*d and we were being blasphemous by referring to the football team as equal with g*d, so we were demoted to the 'Mighty Eagles.' They were okay with that.
15. If you could go back and do it over? No.

16. Do you still talk to the person you went to prom with? Yes, but I get odd looks talking to myself.
17. Are you planning on going to the next reunion? Not without a gun to my head.
18. Are you still in contact with people from high school? No.
19. Did you skip school? Never.

20. Do you know where your high school sweetheart is? No.
21. What was your favorite subject? Drama
22. Do you still have your High School ring? Loaned it to a kid. Who lost it.
23. Do you still have your year-books? I think they’re still at the old house. Haven’t seen them in years.

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willpower works for me in re: sweets, is not to keep any about. You ask an alcoholic, "How much did you drink?" and the likely answer is, "All of it." This is my relationship to dessert. I usually treat myself to something decadent out, or once in a great while bring home a single serving. This avoids the whole guilt spiral of finding myself standing in front of the open freezer door at 2AM eating frozen cheesecake with a sharp knife.

In light of that, I just threw together a yummy substitute: 1 tsp. each, Dickinson's coconut curd, soft cream cheese, and Nutella. Blend well, spread thickly on cinnamon graham crackers, and enjoy. Wash up the coffee cup, knife, and spoon, and rest sated in the knowledge that I did, indeed, eat "all of it." NOM.
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from [personal profile] beanside 

Who are you named after?

They spelled my middle name Arline to honor my dad,  Arlis


Last time you cried?

On the phone with OH, family troubles


Do you like your handwriting?

I quite like it, though arthritis is stealing it


What is your favorite lunch meat?

Smoked turkey. Though it’s hard to beat good roast beef


Longest relationship?

Marriage of decades


Do you still have your tonsils?

Yep


Would you bungee jump?

No


Favorite kind of cereal?

I don’t eat cold cereal, so, oatmeal


Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

People do that? Not usually


Favorite ice cream?

Coconut almond fudge, from a local dairy. Wait, lemme 'splain. It's fine-shredded coconut, veins and pockets of Actual Fudge, and slivered almonds, in almond ice cream, which is purest white and intensely almond.


What is the first thing you notice about a person?

Voice, probably, then body language


Football or baseball?

Gymnastics or figure skating


What color pants are you wearing?

black


Last thing you ate?

Amazing multigrain bread with sunflower seeds, toasted


What are you listening to?

Birdsong. And the county gun range.


If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Dark, dark blue, or bottle green


What is your favorite smell?

New-cut grass and clover


Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

OH


Married?

Forever


Hair color?

I keep hoping to go dramatically grey, but it’s stubbornly brown. Fading just  little along the part.


Eye color?

Grey


Favorite foods to eat?

I’m forbidden tomatoes, onions and peppers, so pizza with cracker-thin, crisp crust, olive oil and cheeses, broccoli, spinach, black olives, mushrooms, sausage (with fennel!) and maybe pepperoni, more cheese.


Scary movies or happy ending?

Not a fan of either scary or fluff. Troubling, challenging movie with a satisfying resolution—how’s that?


Last movie you watched?

I don’t remember. It’s been a while since I saw a movie in the theater.


What color shirt are you wearing?

Green


Favorite holiday?

Comes thrice a year: post-Halloween, post-Valentine’s Day, and post-Easter. It’s Half-Price Candy Day!


Beer or wine?

Single malt


Night owl or morning person?

Owl into morning


Favorite day of the week?

Don’t really have one


Favorite season?

It would be spring, but for the allergies. Fall, next—though that’s allergy-frought, as well. Winter’s nice, if you don’t have to be somewhere.



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binding spell























Fourth waning crescent moon observance of the binding spell last night. I have to believe it's having some effect, if for no other reason than the world hasn't already ended yet.

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lerayon wrote:

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Fanfic comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, AO3


lcn71 wrote:

And in my hour of darkness
Wholock/Wincest/MCU
Speaking words of wisdom, AO3


[personal profile] beanside  wrote:

A03, A03
Yeah, A03, A03.
There will be an ABO
On A03.



Iz curious

May. 22nd, 2017 08:09 pm
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Can someone tell me why Sasha Roiz was at JIB? Asking for a friend.

In Dreams

May. 19th, 2017 02:04 pm
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You know those dreams, either ominous or unsettling, that follow you out of sleep and color your whole day with a touch of gloom, unease, or sadness? We've all had those, right?

This was not that. I was working with an outfit that rehabbed and released arctic wolves. I was not the only rehabber working with these particular wolves, but it was my job to check on them periodically and see how they were adjusting to being wild. One was rescued as a cub and hand-raised, and released as an adult. The other was rescued as an adult, injured, and rehabbed back to health before being released.

The release point, which was also the check-in point, was a cabin in a remote area: basic, small kitchen, bed, stove, toilet and sink partitioned off, as was long-term food storage. I was not the only person who worked with these wolves, but once released, they were my project to check on and monitor.

There's nothing like watching a full grown male white wolf in an expanse of new snow, for hoppiting through two-foot drifts and rolling in pleasure. Such joy in their being, and in me, watching them. I would arrive at the cabin, and make some human habitation noise, and one or both would appear in a day or two, come say hi, spend some time close by the cabin, playing, resting. And then wander off with purpose to do wolf things.

There was a bit near waking where the older wolf hadn't appeared for the past two visits, and I'd begun to wonder if he had died. But at my next check-in he had come, and was lying in a corner of the roofed porch. He had come back to die.

I did think that was odd, that a wolf would be more likely to go off alone to die, and that my conscious was telling me what I wanted to hear. But then I woke to birdsong outside my window. The amazing joy of watching the wolves cavort in the snow, their accepting presence, and quiet willingness to be near have followed me into waking. The images are still vivid. It was a lovely, lovely dream. Thank you, subconscious!
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These questions come from Feodora

1. How did you name your pets?
2. Poirot or Miss Marple?
3. Do you have a FB account too?
4. Books - hardcover or paperback
5. Mobile(cell phone): Windows/Android or Apple?


We've always cued on the pet's appearance/personality, and a bit of fannishness. There was Jennyanydots, from elliot's Book of Practical Cats. She was a dilute tortoiseshell who looked as if someone had splashed paint on her, thus, dots. And the solid grey Merlin--actually named after football star Merlin Olsen. Jenny's daughters, Buttercup,a relatively rare yellow tabby female who we thought was a tom, and who had the demeanor of Miss Piggy, all "Mew? Mew? Meeeoww?" when she wanted something, and "Kiiiii-YAAAAH!" when you denied her whatever it was she wanted. Her sister, a true tortoiseshell with the brightest orange showing through the densest black fur, we named Ember. Another mostly black tortoiseshell who was very hoppy as a kitten, we named Cricket. Thomas was named before he moved in on us from neglectful neighbors, and would not answer to anything else. My mom's white miniature poodle's ears showed some apricot in her lineage, and was named Taffy because of the taffy-color on her ear tips. Our three-legged feral rescue was TC--originally for Three-Claw, but also for Tripod Cat, Thelonius Clawed, and other nicks with those initials. Punkin moved in on us from *other* neglectful neighbors, was a big orange tabby with a very sweet and grateful disposition.

While I love the period-ness and the fussiness of Poirot, I have more admiration and fellow-feeling for Miss Marple.

I do have a FB account, which I use to keep in contact with distant relatives and old friends I see nowhere else. I never post there.

If I truly love a book enough to want to keep it, I'll find it in hardcover, either new, or good-condition used. Neither the hands nor the eyes enjoy mass market paperbacks, no matter how inexpensive, so for reading I prefer trade paper, good used condition.

While I have a smart phone, I deliberately don't have internet access enabled. I use it for calls, texts, a contact list, and photos. I don't even have games on it, or maps or gps. I enjoy my status as phone luddite, thanks.
 
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We have had these two pictures hung in our living room for several years. They're a progression: leaving childhood behind in the first, the teddy bear abandoned, teasing the male figure forward with ephemeral bubbles, to exploring new worlds in the second, especially where two worlds not only overlap but have begun to bleed into each other.

gargoyles- Parkes
worlds collide
(Pictures are taken aslant b/c of window glare)

After several years during which OH was supposed to build custom bookshelves, for which he had measured, bought, and had the lumber cut, and which has set, untouched, in the workshop lo, these many years, I bought three six-foot bookshelves, 25" wide and 10" deep, and had them shipped. We finally got around to rearranging the furniture, assembling the bookshelves and putting them in place. The flatscreen and the entertainment stand slots neatly into the corner, bracketed by two of the tall bookshelf units, and the Parkes print, moved several inches, tucks between the bookshelf to the left of the tv and the third bookshelf. There will be a low unit under the print to span the space between the tall bookshelves. Eventually.

The painting is centered in the space between the rightmost bookshelf and the end wall. The pictures are farther apart now, and because of their size, hung higher than the top of the shelf units. But the tops of the bookshelves offer an opportunity to span those heights, to carry the spherical theme, as it were, from one picture to the other. And what better way to do that than with globes? Earth globes, shabby, used, inexpensive ones long out of date, of various ages and models, sizes and colors. I started searching nearly the instant I had the idea, and have found *so many* globes--so many! I need one 12", and have found one mounted not on a disc base but a tripod, with rocketship feets! Several in browns and blues, in different sizes. But I was sort of pulled to a stop by this one.

ruined globe
Isn't that the most marvelous globe? It looks like a lonely planet, rocketing through space, bombarded over eons by asteroids and meteorites and scoured by space dust, but valiantly sailing on into the void.

Need I try to describe the face OH made when I showed him the picture? Or the adamant rejection of such an old, dirty object in our living space? I'm sad about it, I would *love* to have it, but I'll try to console myself with the gang of smaller and only slightly shabby globes I seem to be accruing.

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That today is <lj user="kalliel">'s birthday!

Wishing you a Happy Birthday, and many more birthdays to come!

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fidgets

Apr. 28th, 2017 01:34 pm
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A discussion elsewhere of fidget toys reminded me I have fidget jewelry. These two pieces, primarily. Sterling fidget ring































The ring is usually worn on my thumb or forefinger. The locket is on a nearly waist-length chain. At least I manage to hang onto these--I tend to lose the fidget toys.
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unless it's PBS, and as I was FF-ing through the commercials on the most recently DVR'd Criminal Minds, I got a flash of a familiar face, and backed up to see what's going on.

Kim Rhodes and Jim Beaver are guesting on the most recent episode of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, episode title, Blowback. From the brief clips, Kim, looking every inch the high-ranking HBIC, has got her fierce on. And Jim's looking very distinguished, competent corporate or Fed-ly. I might have to watch this one.

Hmmm,

Apr. 28th, 2017 01:38 am
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Jared and a fan
























Jared recently with a fan.



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A closer look. Shadows, maybe? Wishful thinking?




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[staff profile] denise  gets ALL the cookies! The problem with a community sticky post stuck at the top of *my* reading page has been solved! Huzzah! Thank you,[staff profile] denise and crew!
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Stolen from[personal profile] beanside 

Post if it’s okay for your followers to leave you a comment telling you the one thing they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?





Also, last night was the third observation of the national binding spell. national dark moon binding spell 



While setting up I always find myself thinking,
"I bind you, Nancy, from doing harm.
Harm against others, and harm against yourself.
I bind you, Nancy..."


Oops. Wrong spell.
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...from doing harm,
harm against other people, and harm against yourself.

I bind you, Nancy---"


Oops. Wrong spell.

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