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Mar. 30th, 2017 09:52 am
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[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I are halfway through season 1 of Legion, and I'm not emotionally engaged/invested at this point, but I'm finding it fascinating. I'm also largely trying to mentally detach it from what I remember of the character's place in comics canon, because four episodes in, it appears* that there's little, if any, connection beyond "a mentally ill young man with multi-faceted, tremendously strong psychic powers". If any of the characters other than David come from comics canon, I don't know/remember them.

*Bearing in mind that Legion's not a character I was ever super-familiar with; I feel as if he was fairly back-burnered during the years when I was actively engaged with the comics.

I know Keri Russell only for The Americans; I didn't even know until Julia mentioned it recently that she was the lead in Felicity, which I've never seen. Until tonight, I didn't realize quite how long ago Felicity was. Then I saw a picture of Russell from that period, and mentioned on Twitter that it had made me boggle...at which point Julia linked me to a picture of Russell's hair from earlier in the Felicity time frame. She was SO YOUNG! She had SO MUCH HAIR! Such curls! *boggles anew*

Speaking tangentially of The Americans: despite having watched all of seasons 1-4 last year ("recently", is what I'm getting at), I think every season, when Henry first appears on screen, I stare at him and wonder if they recast the role. But the IMDb says it's been Keidrich Sellati all along.

Has everyone seen the Buffy 20th anniversary reunion pics? (Which Anthony Stewart Head missed, but not for lack of trying to attend. ;_;) My favorite pics are the one of Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan, and Seth Green (fic please? Yes?), the solo pic of Amber Benson, and the solo pic of Seth Green. Oh, and Emma Caulfield + bunny!

(Speaking of Tony Head, I am unreasonably charmed by this tweet.)

I'm used to Amazon blithely combining items from multiple orders when shipping, but according to my inbox and package tracker, tomorrow a box of items from four orders, weighing nearly 10 lbs, is going to arrive. O_O

Contents: two manga volumes (Fruits Basket [omnibus] vol. 11 and Twinkle Stars vol. 2) and eight novels (of which I'm most excited for Mishell Baker's Phantom Pains). One of the novels is Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer, which I ordered last July based on its original release date.

On the weekend a few of us watched the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert (which I've owned for...a few years?...and had never seen). I started to draft a post about it, but what I've wound up with is a weird heap of notes that have very little to do with that specific concert performance (or at least, little to do with what was actually performed--my feelings about some cuts are very much in evidence in the mess of words). So, uh...hopefully that'll turn into an actual post of some sort, but this is not that.

まるです。

Mar. 29th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by mugumogu

問題です。以下の3匹について、まるはどの順番にちょっかいを
出すでしょうか?

①ハリー ②ピンクねずみちゃん ③しっぽのないねずみ

最初にちょっかいを出したのは――


まる:「ピンクねずみちゃ~ん!」


まる:「あ、落ちた。」

その次は――


まる:「しっぽのないねずみちゃーん!」

ということは、最後は――

ハリー:「ようやく出番でやんす!」

まる:「あー、もういいや。」

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Mar. 29th, 2017 05:37 pm
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The nurse practitioner I saw yesterday referred me to PT. PT can’t get me in until the 12th. She also gave me some exercises which I have looked at and laughed at because many of them require putting weight on my hands and/or kneeling, neither of which I can do due to other problems or require pieces of furniture that we don’t own. All of our chairs but one are lightweight folding chairs, and I’m very unenthusiastic about using those as a base for exercise. I’m also worried that, if I get down on the floor, I won’t be able to get up again.

She also ordered x-rays and thought she saw something worrying in them. The report from the radiologist that came in today said everything looks as expected and, oh, by the way, those are cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) clips, so I’m assuming that those are what worried her. She was very concerned about the possibility that this is the beginning of something dire. She asked a lot of questions with a neurological/cognitive bent and wanted to know about my recent bowel movements.

Scott has decided that he has to call in tomorrow. He says that the combination of my back with Cordelia’s appointment and Expo means he really, really needs to be home. Him being home in the morning will make it more likely that I’ll be together enough to get him to move the things in the kitchen that I’ve been wanting him to. I can’t reach the lower shelves of the refrigerator, for example, and the shelves where we keep our canned goods are too low for me. I can get what’s right at the front of the top shelf but not anything else.

I’m finding lying flat on my back vastly tedious. I can’t easily type while in that position. Lying on my side doesn’t hurt, but after I do that for even a minute or two, I can’t sit up or stand without severe pain. If I’ve been flat on my back, I can do both with minor trouble.

I’m feeling so very, very tired, enough so that I’m wondering if I should default on Fandom5K. I don’t know if this will be better in two or three days or if it will take weeks. I’ve never defaulted on an exchange, and I quite like the idea I’m working on, but… I don’t know.

Birding the Rio Grande!

Mar. 29th, 2017 09:14 pm
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Can't do good sketchbook pages from the road, so here's my crappy travel version...

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Uuuuuuuuuugh, I have been so sick the past couple of days. Monday, we had a fellow come in to rip up a couple of pieces of carpet and check if the floors needed repaired before we get new carpet put down. Just one spot needed a small replacement, but oh my little green angels it stirred up something in the house. I don't even know what - sawdust, carpet fibers, tiny minions of satan - but about two hours after it was all done, I started coughing to beat the band. All Monday night coughing. All Tuesday coughing, to the point where I was actually in pain from the hips to the top of my head. If it was a muscle involved in coughing, it was under strain. All Tuesday night, just coughing. I couldn't sleep more than an hour at a time.

And seriously, if going outside to have a cigarette actually relieves my cough, the problem is definitely inside the house. Yeah, so, despite it not being entirely warm enough to leave the screens open, I'm doing it anyway, to get fresher air in here.

Still coughing this morning, but now accompanied by a lovely fever and headache. Woke up around eight - TO COUGH, BIG SURPRISE - then went back to bed when I realized I was dizzy when I stood up. Woke up again around eleven aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand....

I think I'm through the worst of it? Stuffy sinuses, minor headache, slight fever, but overall a vast improvement. Still a couple of coughs here and there, but now I appear to have moved on to sneezing. Which still hurts my back and ribs, but at least it's not tearing up my throat.

Dunno what's going on - allergies, bronchitis, malaria, whatever. (I actually suspect mold, because this is the third or fourth bout of something similar to this in the past six months. We shall see if there's anything when the entire carpet gets pulled up.)

But dude, bleh, ick, gneh. Not the happiest of campers, me.

Do You Know Your Huddlestons?

Mar. 29th, 2017 09:57 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

I'm pretty confident that everyone had figured out who is who by now, but just to be sure, let's look at all of our Huddlestons side-by-side.

From left to right:
Lovey, Spencer, Tillie, Hurley and Beau.


Huddlestons_all

And now, up close.

Lovey.

DSC_7385

Spencer.

DSC_7402

Tillie.

DSC_7408

Hurley.

DSC_7425

And Beau.

DSC_7450

There you go.

Has everyone got it?  Good.


A reply to comments re: my knee

Mar. 29th, 2017 01:00 pm
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* It's not the really advanced arthritis where the cartilage is completely gone, but I'm somewhere in the middle stages and had an inflammation on the left side of my knee that worsened my condition overall.

* Nope, there's nothing anyone else can do, though I appreciate your concern.

* I got to take anti-inflammatory meds for a while, don't need them anymore.

* Acupuncture was another treatment and it's still ongoing for this week and the next. No idea if it helps, as I cannot single it out from other possible influences, but it's not making things worse either and I don't have to pay for it, so.

* I also got a special bandage that I have to wear during physical activity. I've signed up for the gym and working out with the bandage on feels ok, even when using the crossfit trainer. (Let me stress that: I'm working out at the gym now and I'm so proud of myself.)

* I'm 95% pain-free now and movement isn't restricted much, there's a leftover swelling that's caused by internal fluids (water being pressed into the tissue, to be precise) but even if I got that drained it would just come back a few days later. So I'm ignoring it. Overall I'm doing much better, don't worry and again, thanks for your good thoughts.

Walking home

Mar. 28th, 2017 08:43 pm
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Even in the rain, the cherry blossoms are luminous, though less distinct, like a vague cool glance from someone beautiful thinking of something else.

Their smell, though, coaxed loose by the precise and insistent raindrops, seems stronger and sweeter than on a bright day. Beyond the familiar peppery scent, something in them admits finally to being flowers.

There's a good cedary smell tonight, too, like a new fence, a young smell maybe also lifted up out of old wood and stain by the water's alchemy.

A fat black-and-white cat surges like a storm cloud into a foggy window, as if responding to me, but not looking at me.

There is a hole worn right through the concrete here, near the new sidewalk, showing through to the storm sewer like a wound.

This was a long day, and not a happy one, but these small witnessings are more than compensation; they are a clear rain that drives the ugly fragments into the gutter, down the drain, out into the great night-soaked ocean.

Though sometime I may have to retrieve and make sense of them, right now I am just grateful for a small clear space.

{rf}
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Fannish/Geeky Things

There's a trailer for the upcoming Ancient Magus' Bride anime! [YouTube, ~1 minute]

If you ever want the bat wing necklace Claudia wears on Warehouse 13, this is where you get it. [Via Allison Scagliotti's Instagram.]

"Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman to Host ‘The Handmade Project’ Weekly Series at NBC".


Via The Rec Center:

--"Full-body reading: Literary criticism taught me to scrub my feelings out of my reading, but a medieval mystic showed me how to put them back in".

--"Mary Sue: From self-inserts to imagines, how young women write themselves into the narrative". [Elizabeth Minkel]


Social Justice

"The List of Books Men Must Read Before Messaging Me About Feminism".

I may have linked this one before, but what the hell: "Men Just Don’t Trust Women. And This Is A Problem".

"A Conversation About Disability Rights in Education".


At The Establishment:

--"The Problem With Judging Other People’s Food Choices". [Sarah Kurchak]

--"‘It’s Because You’re Fat’ — And Other Lies My Doctors Told Me".


Cute Stuff

"You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Heard Baby Sloths Having a Conversation".

"Watch: Corgi racing is more amazing than you would ever have imagined".


Miscellaneous

"The Folly of 'Purity Politics': A new book argues for the value of owning up to your imperfections".

A Twitter thread from [twitter.com profile] Delafina777, starting with "Okay, so, some thoughts about how multiple women in meetings can help each other be heard". (And from within that thread, we have "Donald Trump-inspired app counts how often men interrupt women" [Mashable] and "5 Nice Things You Do Daily (That Secretly Ruin the World)". [Cracked, 2014])

"Cat Anxiety: How to Recognize & Treat It".

"Tattoo Artist Who Lost His Arm Gets World’s First Tattoo Machine Prosthesis".

"Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find".

Mallory Ortberg, formerly of The Toast, just started a TinyLetter newsletter. The first letter is called "'I felt like Salieri, or a dog watching TV: furious and hostile and confused': Bellowing about trees with Sondheim", in which she spectacularly fails to bond with Into the Woods. I adore Into the Woods, but not bonding with it is fair, I suppose (no, no, it's fair), and Mallory Ortberg is hilarious. "By the end I no longer hated anyone, not even myself; I desired only to be reconciled with all of humanity. I could not imagine leaving the theater, nor in letting any of the actors leave the stage. They were all my children, which meant they were also my beans, and beans are wishes, and dreams don’t exist."

まるです。

Mar. 28th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by mugumogu

 


まる:「ねこ草、食べます。」
どうぞ。
まる:「食べますってば。」
Maru:[I want to eat the cat grass.]
Please.
Maru:[I want to eat the cat grass!]

はいどうぞ。
Yes, please!

まる:「ねこ草ちゃあ~ん♪」
Maru:[I love this!!!]

ねこ草はひとりでも食べられますが、
人が近くにいる時は食べさせてもらいたいようで、
差し出すと喜んで大口を開けるまる。
Maru can eat cat grass alone.
However, he wants me to serve him because I am near him.


はなさんもどうぞ。
Hey Hana!


はな:「あ゛~ん。」
Hana:[I cannot eat this well…]

ねこ草はまるの方が食べるのが上手。

 

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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

DSC_7527

You guys, it's been crazy around here. It all started with two trips to the emergency vet and one to the HS vet with Beau and his mysterious Limping Kitten Syndrome. That was resolved, thankfully, but next, came rivers of diarrhea flowing from all of the Huddlestons.  I'll spare you the details, but it was pretty dang gross.

I took the kittens to the Humane Society Vet on Tuesday, along with a couple of poo samples, and they came home with a de-wormer, Metronidonzal, probiotics, and a bag of sub-q fluids to start them down the road to recovery.

That same afternoon, Craig was cleaning out Wylla and Charlene's litter box when he noticed a little blood on the surface of the litter. We didn't know who was responsible for leaving it but suspected it was Wylla because of her recent UTI. We called the vet and set an appointment for the next morning, then monitored the box just to be sure it was her. It was.

Wednesday we brought Wylla in for her appointment, and a urinalysis revealed another UTI.  We got some antibiotics, booked her for a recheck, and I decided to also make an appointment for Charlene. Bean had been drinking a lot more water than usual and was using the box more frequently,  so I wanted to bring her in for a good once-over.

The next day Charlene just wasn't acting herself. She seemed very sensitive and uncomfortable, so I called the vet to see if they could squeeze her in for an appointment.  When we took her in on Friday for the exam, they did a urinalysis, blood work, and an x-ray. The x-ray revealed that one of her kidneys was slightly enlarged and when the results from the urinalysis and blood work came back on Monday, our vet concluded that the likely cause of her discomfort was a kidney infection.  She's on antibiotics for a month, then we will go back for a recheck.

The drugs seem to be working for both Wylla and Charlene, and I think they are feeling much better.

Now, back to the Huddlestons: After a few days on the meds, I didn't really see much improvement with the kittens. They were acting normal, eating fine, playing as they should, but things weren't thickening up in the litter box.

On Friday night, Beau's energy level was noticeably lower than the rest of the kittens and his diarrhea was even worse than before.  I upped his sub-q fluids to twice a day to try to keep him hydrated, and I also started syringe feeding him to give him a few extra calories. Things didn't improve Saturday, and he was starting to feel a little too scrawny, so Sunday morning I headed out to the emergency vet with the tiny guy. They gave us a different antibiotic to try and said to continue with fluids and syringe feeding to sustain him while we wait for the medicine to kick in.

Yesterday, everyone went back to the HS vet, and we came home with more new drugs to try, special food, and a different probiotic. Our fridge looks like a pharmacy!

We're not through all of this yet, but Beau did seem perkier this morning. Things were looking a little better in the box for all,  so hopefully, the new meds are doing the trick.

We'll get through all of this, I'm confident. Sometimes, it just takes a while with diarrhea and little kittens -- you just have to keep trying different drugs until you find the one that works.  And until then, you just make sure they're getting the calories they need and that they are staying hydrated  -- and that's exactly what we're doing.

Today day marks two weeks since these cuties moved in, which is normally when quarantine is up, but until they get over their bug, we will keep them separated from the big cats.

Hopefully, before this week is out, we will be able to spring them! Fingers are crossed.





Watching Doctor Strange

Mar. 28th, 2017 05:03 pm
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So, this is my attempt at making at least one (fannish) entry to my journal before March runs out. Being back at work is more exhausting than I expected, and my evenings are usually spent doing nothing.

The past weekend I watched Doctor Strange. In a stunning twist on my usual behaviour, I managed to watch the movie less than half a year after it showed in the cinema. Go me! *g*

Short version: I liked it! )

I might need to look into getting an icon. And maybe search for some fic. *g*

(no subject)

Mar. 28th, 2017 08:30 am
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UHS offered me two options: 2:15 which conflicts with Cordelia’s 2:30 PT appointment and 4:00 which is just barely possible if Scott actually gets off work on time. PT ends at 3:30, and it’s a ten to fifteen minute drive to UHS from the PT place at that time of day. I texted Scott, and he said he’s pretty sure he can get out of work on time. I worry because that hasn’t always been a reliable thing, but he’s more assertive about necessity for such things when it’s for me or Cordelia, so I’m giving it about a 90% chance. It’s about twenty miles for him to get back from work, so 3:30 is a likely arrival time if he leaves at 3:00.

Okay, I’m going to drink a lot of water and then lie down and listen to audiobooks for a while.

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Mar. 28th, 2017 07:56 am
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The timing on this back thing is really pretty terrible. I’ve found three things that help at all: lying flat on my back, alcohol, and a heating pad applied to exactly the right place. All three of those remedies are very temporary, and all have drawbacks. The heating pad is unpleasant given my general state of being overheated (I’ve been applying cold packs to other parts of my body, and I’ve got the ceiling fan going). Alcohol also makes me feel overheated, like the temperature in here has gone up at least fifteen degrees. Lying flat means about all I can do is listen to audiobooks. I’ve got a lot of those on my laptop, but I want to do other things.

I suspect that sitting in the living room might be better for me than sitting or reclining in bed, but of all things, the access to electrical outlets is the deciding factor. I can only plug in the heating pad out there if I unplug something else, and the powerstrip is on the floor, so swapping plugs is agony even when I’m feeling my current best.

In a little bit, I’ll call UHS to see if they can get me in today. I need approximately an hour to get there by cab (most of that is wiggle room for the cab to arrive. The actual drive is under ten minutes), and I need to be home by 2:00, so timing is difficult. I kind of suspect that there won’t be much that anyone can do, medication wise, but there might be some stretches or something else PT-ish.

I’ve put myself on hiatus in Habitica until my back is better. I just can’t manage everything right now. I thought about simply deactivating the dailies that are currently physically impossible, but that would remove a lot of them.

Feedly updated again last night and still doesn’t work. I’m more than a little ticked about that given that I’ll be out of the house some today. Reading those blog posts fills some time.

I wrote about 2600 words last night, and about a third of that was my thing with a deadline. I still don’t have the character voice the way I want it, but whatever. Get the words down then edit and edit and edit.

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Mar. 27th, 2017 07:53 pm
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i'm rubbish at social interactions

this is making finding a local affinity group quite difficult

*sigh*

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