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Friending and Personal Stuff

Please feel free to friend me! I may or may not friend back depending on how active I am at the moment.

I tend to make public updates about my life, and set them private a few days later. I want to let people know how I'm doing, but I'm not going to leave everything hanging around the internet forever.

Everything I rec, here or on rec communities, I have a saved copy of (barring harddrive failure or other catastrophes). If you want a copy, feel free to ask and I may be able to help you. If the fic was given to me specifically under a no-sharing agreement I won't share it, but otherwise I'm happy to forward things.

I will not remove links from recs, so even if the site is currently offline you might be able to try archive.org.

I'm also happy to help if you want to start building your own offline collection of fic (hint: search for Calibre eBooks to get started).
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It's finally December! I'm kind of surprised I made it.

Leaving aside my new and potentially deadly health problems (current count of necessary daily medications: 6) and the cancer scare, I was so out of it that looking back I'm surprised I didn't cause accidents. It's a miracle. I had no idea how bad things were getting until I finally got proper treatment and started feeling better. This whole year was full of miracles that let me get through it.

I had a lot of plans at the beginning of this year. I was going to detach myself from my family so I could make personal progress instead of being a caretaker. I was going to move for graduate school. I was going to start managing my health more proactively and exercising more. I was going to participate in the Highlander rewatch and the ATLA rewatch, publish some fic, finish a game I've been wanting to play for ages.

I did actually make major progress on some life goals. But a whole lot of things fell by the wayside.

In the middle of all this chaos, I didn't feel like I had good reasons for not getting things done. I suppose that when you sleep on the couch because you're too tired to crawl from the living room to the bedroom it's a bit much to expect rationality, but at the time I felt perfectly rational and just lazy.

Looking back from my properly-treated standpoint, I'm surprised at how much I did get done. I succeeded at my job and my volunteer work, at managing a complex and stressful move, at not dying of exhaustion-induced stupidity, at being a good roommate and family member and pet owner. I made choices throughout to let some things slide and picked my battles despite literally not being able to see straight. The things I let slide were important, and I'm deeply upset that I didn't vacuum for 3 months (ew! ew!), but cutting things out let me survive. What I could cut and what I needed probably wouldn't have worked for anyone else, but I was the one getting through it. I know my needs better now - I am better at both compromising and defending my boundaries.

My stress threshold is much higher now. I'm grateful for that. The past few years have been an intense nightmare, but the overall impact has been to teach me that anything short of my aged parent collapsing in the shower isn't worth freaking out over. That really, nothing is worth freaking out over. Freaking out means you're too shaky to drive to the hospital, or find new places to live, or any number of things.

A lot of people are justifiably upset, afraid and enraged over recent events. I am too. But it's not impacting me in the same way that it would have a few years ago. I'm very happy about that. I can feel happy now.


Jul. 25th, 2016 02:38 am
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Made bagels for the first time today. Used http://www.sophisticatedgourmet.com/2009/10/new-york-style-bagel-recipe/, and read the Serious Eats articles on bagels beforehand. The Serious Eats recipe seemed too fussy so I picked a simpler one, but the background knowledge from their articles helped make the simpler recipe work at a couple points where I had problems.

Recipe notes:
1) Be prepared to add more water than the instructions call for. I wound up putting a cup of water in at the beginning because it was simply too dry with the 1/2 cup currently in the step-by-step instructions, and still had to knead in extra water.
2) Boiling each side of the bagels for 1 minute really is necessary. I skimped on the boiling because I was hungry, and while the bagels did develop a crust it definitely varied by boiling time.
3) Over-oiling the rising bowl can really mess up the bagels' ability to hold the shape. My bowl was a bit too oiled and I would up with lopsided bagels because I couldn't roll them into round balls or get the ends of loops to stick together. They still taste delicious though!
4) I am deeply, seriously interested in a bagel dough that I can leave sitting overnight and boil/bake in the morning for brunches. I have a number of friends who will think that I have performed magic if I can get that to work.
5) This recipe is going in my saved recipes notebook. It wasn't any harder than other bread recipe, and the end result is delicious.
6) This has also confirmed my opinion, which Serious Eats backs up, that the real factor in bagel tastiness is time since baking. Expensive bagel shop bagels are awesome because they were made recently.

I also made bread loaves at the same time. I'll write up more detail about how I batch cook / overlap bread recipes in a later post, but the highlights are:
1) Pick recipes that need basically the same ingredients but use different equipment.
2) Schedule the recipes so you can swing straight from one to the other - mix one while the first rises, pop one in the oven right before shaping the second, etc.
3) Build some time into the schedule to clean up. Overlapping rise time is great for this.

Ikea Finds

Jul. 20th, 2016 09:07 pm
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Ikea furniture stickers turn out to be excellent for furniture decorating. They go on easily, and be pulled and rearranged with minimum effort, and combine into lovely patterns. I've been having a blast putting some lovely flower/vine combos on my bedroom and living room furniture.

Also, the white-painted metal bins? Excellent for permanent marker artwork and stickers, so long as it's given a few minutes to dry.

I'm thinking of lining every flat non-kitchen surface with the Varriera drawer liners, because it really does hold things in place. It's also an excellent liner for the afore-mentioned metal bins, they get a bit clangy without a liner.

I found the first pen I failed to repair while cleaning out my collection. Poor pen, I should have waited for the heat gun to properly stretch you, instead I got impatient and now you are just pen en flambe.
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I have 2 fandom projects running, both of which I really, really want to move forward with but that hasn't been happening because Wizard family health has been crappy. That's hopefully winding down, barring any more random required surgeries (there's only so many surgeries a body can physically have and only so much spare energy for post-surgery care, and those limits were hit about 2 surgeries ago).

Also, Billy Joel vid ideas have been gnawing at my brain for weeks, now that I have access to video editing tools again. Hurray for returning creative energy? It would be very convenient if I could suddenly succumb to a passion for sorting out the random papers that have been stored in laundry bins for months, though.
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The radio silence for the past few weeks has been due to a project in one fandom suddenly taking over my hobby time. It's going to soak up significant effort for the foreseeable future, but I am SO EXCITED. I'll just probably be very quiet until this stabilizes, hopefully in a few weeks.
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Current vid links for Highlander fans.

Media Cannibals' great HL vids (on the right hand side about midway down): http://www.relative-obscurity.org/belles/cb.html
I especially like I'm the Cat.

Luminosity's videos are worth finding. Here's the only one I know of online atm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjGM6NUsYro
I have more, please PM me if you want me to pass them on.

Giandujakiss' vids are all worth watching. http://giandujakiss.dreamwidth.org/tag/my+highlander+vids for journal pages, and http://www.giandujakiss.com/index.php?set=videos&category=Highlander to download. I especially like Commercial for Levi (watch this together with Anoel's Trouble With Poets, they both speak about the same aspects of Methos I think) and At Least We're Dreaming (Poor Methos and Duncan, they've had a rough few years).

And of course, Killabeez' videos are also excellent. Her currently available videos are History Repeating (http://killabeez.dreamwidth.org/333120.html) and Opportunities (http://killabeez.dreamwidth.org/333471.html). Her general vid list is http://killabeez.livejournal.com/tag/vid post.

Keep an eye on the Highlander rewatch happening on Killabeez' LJ and DW. I'll probably wind up posting more recs as we go along.
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My favorite Lord of the Rings archive is closing. For anyone who doesn't know yet (probably quite a few people), Henneth Annun is one of the oldest and most influential Lord of the Rings archives. It's being forced to close due to repeated server hacks. Hopefully all of the fics can be transferred to AO3 as part of the Open Doors project.

If you know anyone who has fics on HASA, please let them know! If you like any fics on HASA, please download them now! Fanfiction Downloader is a standalone program and a Calibre plugin that can download from HASA and turn the fics into ebooks.

Relevant links:
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Stones are static. Rocks remain (mostly) unchanged. Living beings grow and adapt to circumstances. What does this mean for someone who could live forever?

All of this is leading up to fanvid recommendations to go along with the Methos rewatch on killabeez' journal.

1) Kronos, Methos and the meaning of brotherhood. The only wistful, poignant vid featuring Kronos that makes sense (it may also be the only one period). A wonderful and surprisingly touching look at the end of a millennia-long relationship.
And As For You by Blue Oyster Cult, vid by our lovely host killabeez

2 & 3 are the quintessential Methos vids, to me. I love how they get at different aspects of his character, while both capturing the feeling of intelligent, economical forcefulness that Methos cultivates.

2) Methos, a practical man, surrounds himself with poets, visionaries, and musicians. Sometimes they drown him out. Sometimes they can't see his perspective. Sometimes they talk too much.
The Trouble With Poets by Peter Mulvey, vid by Anoel

3) Methos has spent 3000 years cleaning the blood off his hands. Now, finally, he's clean. Sometimes. Chilling and complex look at how far Methos has come, and how far he still has to go.
Clean by Depeche Mode, vid by JKL
http://pteropus.com/ - put in an email, get a password by autoresponder. Very worth it, there are many good HL videos here.

4) Methos is a civilized man now, but he'll never be a peaceful one. Violence may not be the best way to solve problems, but sometimes he can't stop himself from using it. WARNING: Some brief season 6 cuts.
Temptation by VAST, vid by Fenling
LJ post at https://fenlings.livejournal.com/22399.html
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You know what's worse than being injured? Being injured and coming down with the flu.

I've been coughing stuff up for a day now. Better out than in, I guess.


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