( I will spare you photos, but I won't spare you the sorry details )
( I will spare you photos, but I won't spare you the sorry details )
I just had the most awkward 7-minute phone conversation with a Midwestern customer rep of a bathroom fixture company -- the company that d.irge had install her shower. Because damn if I could figure out how to switch the water stream from faucet to showerhead on my own.
(To my defense, I once broke that same mechanism in a New York Upper West Side apartment where I was visiting a work buddy of mine...the look on his and his wife's faces discouraged me from ever pulling hard at unknown nubs sticking out of shower walls and faucets.)
It's not just words, of course! There's also curated picspam. If you're into Star Wars or cats (and I have a feeling some folks might be) have some recent offerings in my Instagram feed.
Okay, so I wanted to keep y'all updated...but perhaps also showcase my Chrisjen Avasarala icon made by the talented queen_bartonia. The Expanse has not been good with regard to women in its first season -- inquire within -- but among the few, the happy few, she's been shining.
Similarly, I realized that I don't have a drinking problem.
I have a not!drinking problem.
( Let me show you why )
Usually I would say, "Before I forget," but let's face it, I will never forget that night. Ever. Sally and I went to the Cheesemonger Invitational in the Mission in San Francisco. Now, if you wonder, what on Earth is the Cheesemonger Invitational, worry not! Sally has done cheesy write-up.
(This is me there (IG pic).)
Second good thing -- Agent Carter is back, and if I hadn't left at 7am for work and returned after 9pm, I probably would have commented a little. But this way, at least there's nothing spoilery yet here; I'll check out y'all's reviews tomorrow.
Next week I'll be at Conference No. 2. It'll be an interesting time, for sure: My team, four people, will be crammed into a house with one of our consultants. Each of us is a talker. I can't decide whether to bring more wine, or have less of the bottles said colleagues and consultants will undoubtedly bring.
But, yeah -- this weekend between Conference No. 1 and 2 was spent holed up at home with Netflix, and all I did was go for a swim and a run. And, well -- I made a Summer Peach Pie!
Socializing in big spurts* and small trickles**; navigating the waters of my job and its immigration implications; adulting with the pace of a turtle that has asthma and is missing a leg.
* This weekend, I did a Walking Tour of San Francisco with thelastgoodname AND ate Bi-Rite ice-cream in Dolores Park with a new friend AND happened upon a brunch with old tech friends I met on and off since the early 2000s AND organized a limousine ride to wine country that included lavish lunch in Sonoma's El Dorado courtyard and quick photo sessions in a vineyard before limo'ing it back to San Francisco, namely one of my peers' places on the highest hills on Larkin, overlooking the Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
** Hanging at home and painting my toenails. Also taking baths and doing laundry. Baking (and cooking pudding). Staring woefully at the ceiling and wondering where I went so wrong that I have no friends who love me enough to just drop by (and eat my pudding).
Major life changes? Same old same old?
Minor life changes, I'd say: I've developed key routines and relationships and am on slightly more solid ground now (metaphorically only, as my house will go down with The Big One should it hit San Francisco).
I am planning some great little trips (Mexico City for pleasure, Las Vegas for work) and a holiday time with my beloved sister, too.
What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?
To me, "in fandom" means "significant interaction with other fans", so I guess the answer is that I'm drifting somewhere on the outer edges of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I read some MCU fanfiction. I write Steve, Natasha, Sam, Claire, Matt, Jemma, Skye -- characters I love -- when I can. I blog or tweet or tumble about fannish elements but don't usually see much engagement.
As for the MCU, it's probably not for me: Its het is either badly written and cliché or so rare my index finger is bleeding from all the scrolling. I dislike and avoid the juggernaut slash pairings like people are avoiding Yosemite squirrels at the moment. Femslash is even less common and would really, as an old ljfriend of mine once said, "require more than two horny ladies and a dildo".
The show I am most excited about returning is The 100, but I haven't connected to folks about it that much online -- more so in real life, actually. (cofax7, ping me! :)
I would love to be in and have a Syfy space show fandom, to be honest -- trascendenza and I have been tossing around the idea of a mini-ficathon for both Killjoys and Dark Matter, maybe more fandoms.
Where do you hang out online?
Here on DW; I mirror on LJ. I have a Twitter account and a tumblr -- all the same handle, this same one. Also on Instagram, but that's obviously all Real Life.
What are you reading?
Just finished Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle, and I actually have Thoughts about the oeuvre (it's just that few will like them very much). I downloaded Martha Wells' add-on Tales of the Raksura, and I can't wait to see Moon and Chime and Jade again -- who doesn't love sulky-sweet poly dragonesque shapeshifters?
If you're thinking I'm way into escapism, YOU WOULD BE RIGHT. There's too much reality around me, as I see it.
What are you watching?
All the summer sci-fi shows on Syfy! Killjoys just finished, and kicked ass; I recommend it whole-heartedly. Otherwise...well, I gave up on Teen Wolf, so there is no genre television currently in my queue. I have Orange Is The New Black Lined Up in my Netflix queue but would want some time for that.
What are you making?
Actually made Killjoys icons the other day! Otherwise, mostly baked goods. Or puddings -- did I mention the puddings yet?
I have a few fic ideas percolating in my head -- Dark Matter really needs Two/Android femslash in the worst way; Killjoys could do with some quality Johnny/Fancy (because Fancy is hot, and Johnny has a love/hate thing for him); there's still that Sam/Natasha porn I genuinely only have to put down on paper, finishing the tryptych of permutations of my Winter Soldier favorites, and I feel I should write the second part of my Matt/Claire, because God knows no one else will give me the hottest pairing on television, and certainly not with tropes like Undercover In A Bar.
What are you squeeing about today?
My prescription opioids make me euphoric, so EVERYTHING! :D No worries, gentle readers, though; the downsides of opioids are so, well, down- and side-y that I would never take them beyond the 24 hours required to kill my regularly scheduled excruciating pain.
If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...
The 100: CHECK OUT THE 100 AND GET BACK HERE, WHERE WE NOW HAVE COMMUNITIES AND STUFF!
MCU: I would want more good writers like youuu to be into the pairings that I am into: MATT/CLAIRE (hot like burning), Sam/Steve, Steve/Natasha, Bobbi/every girl on SHIELD. :)
Killjoys, you guys. Watch Killjoys and write me some Johnny/Dutch, or Johnny/Fancy? (I will also take Two/Android on Dark Matter. Robot femslash, there's not enough of it. Actually, I will take Two/ANYBODY but Three. Mmh. Yeah.)
I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!
Seems I already did this in the above. *g*
Tell you what; what do you want me to talk more about?
Of course, now that's outdated. STILL TRUE, THOUGH. As I realized today in the neighborhood cycle store, talking about strapping a bike to the back of my Prius, my trips to wine country, and idly wondering about where to source my next fix of organic goat cheese.
This is brought to you by the last week's events, namely Sandra Bland's death in police custody. My idle musings on a random morning are probably not the musings of the Black men and now women around me; I spent the last two days just listening to my friend H., who was shaken...not in a sudden realization that could have been her (it could) but in a straw-that-broke-the-camel's back way. She said that she forces herself to believe we are just seeing the brutality that has always been there in the United States; that it is not more: just more visible.
Now I'm waiting for a new friend that I met while hiking in Castle Rock Park in the Santa Cruz mountains over Fourth of July weekend.
( Hiking in Castle Rock -- aptly named! )
I don't know if I mentioned it here, but her sister just stared at me, at her, our rapid-fire conversation tossing around topics, and said, "Oh my God, it's like you are the same person!"
(She's running a little late due to traffic. Saturdays from San Jose to Oakland are rough.)
Tonight, I'm doing the bucket-list thing of speed-dating: My work wife hounded Groupon-like sites for a while, and eventually found us a deal. We'll be meeting in San Francisco in the evening, do that thing, and eat at a Senegalese place in the Mission that comes recommended.
Life at work has been...interesting. My work wife and I finally acquired a new boss and more; we then saw our colleague, who felt he could finally take his hat, bid us all adieu. You win some, you lose some? Not just a metaphor! The only constant thing is change, y'all.
Inspired by the recent spikes of interestingness, I decided to take my first day off in 6 months and do the long weekend so common in the USA: Together with d.irge* and her quasi-niece, we went for a 31-mile bicycle ride through Sonoma with wine-tasting and picnic thereafter -- just the three of us with our young grad-student tour guide riding our bikes from Downtown Healdsburg to the Sonoma Overlook. The next morning, I enjoyed a balloon ride over Napa Valley that I recommend to absolutely everybody. Finally I made my way down the Bay to spend the rest of this Fourth of July weekend with ascian, husband, and Li'l D, which included doing a Silicon Valley get-together to watch the football finale. <3 I think the only low point, literally, was Li'l D (featured prominently in my Instagram account) taking a tumble down the front door steps earlier today; thankfully he seemed still scraped up but in good spirits by nighttime.
* Whom I met in BtVS fandom but have known for long years now, and who has in fact met my parents and stayed at our house.
I don't want to talk about Greece. In fact I think I can't.
No worries; I've also been feeling more chipper lately, what with key changes at work, and some cheerful happenings in real life --
as always, my last five Instagram posts tell you something about my latest activities in San Francisco. :)
Than Our Gentle Sin (3528 words) by monanotlisa
Fandom: Daredevil (TV), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Relationships: Matt Murdock/Claire Temple
Summary: Claire thought she could walk away from --
well, from most of it.
As always, R&R...no, wait Forget the review; just write me some Claire/Matt. The pairing's way too obscure for a big-time hit Netflix show, which is startling given how scorching hot Rosario Dawson and Charlie Cox are together on screen.
There's actually a new Claire/Matt vid, if you want a preview? Because it's not a pairing if fandom hasn't vidded it to Snow Patrol. IT IS KNOWN.
(If you think to yourself, Wow, that's a ton of fic from someone who couldn't be bothered to pen even some responses to, like, the Holiday 2014 Meme. And you're right, and it's only the usual external framework that made me do it: Remix Redux 15: The Dirty Dozen closed its sign-ups *checks clock* exactly 32 minutes ago, and I wanted to qualify in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I guess that means I'm an MCU fan now?)
This is not to say life is perfect. I still struggle with large-scale developments at my workplace that are not about me but affect me directly...up to and including my ability to stay in the United States. I still wish -- rather desperately too -- for more time with my closest friends, my sister. I still wish I were completely healthy; it's a constant bummer to structure every decision around my physical and mental limitations.
I also struggle with all the Facebook posts portraying others' lives as so much more beautiful and happy, but dude, don't we all. I'm totally part of the problem, not the solution on The Social Network, but I've vowed to post more here, where posts are a lot more honest, multi-faceted, and real -- real as in "meaningful," not necessarily as in "meatspace."
(Bonus Clarke/Lexa icon, because I tried to get one of my more more media-oriented queer Berkeley girls to watch The 100. Think I'll pitch the show to her again tonight; IT IS AFTER ALL ON TEH NETFLIX.)
( My female reproductive system is a dick, so to speak )
UPDATE -- run was great! :) No problem at all; could've kept going for another 5k. ( Running talk )
Have a panorama shot from Thursday's training run, though (click for full-size):
California. I love it.
2. If you come to Sydney, you too should have High Tea at the Park Hyatt. It's good, the gluten-free option for sure, and the view is breathtaking in the sunshine.
3. After yesterday's excellent evening with the_grynne and calculare, I met up with tielan today, and we talked life & fandom both. David Boreanaz' facial expressions! Maria Hill being a pragmatic badass! Natasha Romanova and her moral compass!
4. FEAR NOT; I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN THE DECEMBER MEME. Not unexpectedly, it will stretch into January.
5. Although there was no mention of her in our Agents of SHIELD chat, I just had to make that Mockingbird icon. My sexual orientation for the foreseeable future will be "Bobbi Morse."
My experiences mirror the institutional and structural inequalities many other expats face in the United States.* ( I know, I know; I can go back to my home country if I don't like it here. )
But for all playing the home game, here's my real life: ( Ouch, but also yay? Health stuff. Please feel free to skip; it's purely physical. )
Fannishly, I am pretty much delirious with happiness over The Good Wife: Yes, there are a few key decisions I think are questionable, but otherwise this SIXTH SEASON SHOW is firing on all cylinders, and I will quote it to my dying day as not just the best show on network tv (which is entirely uncontroversial by this point) but, more importantly on an artistic level, the show that managed to re-invent itself in vital ways throughout. I feel other shows have done such, namely as my beloved Fringe, but in conjunction with some of its re-inventions Fringe shifted its focus away from the protagonist, which is something TGW has thankfully never done.
More shows coming up: Agents of SHIELD; Sleepy Hollow; Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Feel free to ping me earlier on any of those.
It's been two long weeks after I could finally come home, after unexplained visa delays, rebooked flights, and airlines that simply forgot about my gluten-free meal so I couldn't eat for a while. But now, after I finally slept in last weekend and got to go to wine country with a friend who then drove me down to the Bay from the winding roads of Sonoma, I'm better.
(Thanks also to verity for helping me out with my newly-acquired crockpot courtesy of my friend and colleague whose mother is a Black Friday Huntress).
Feel free to drop notes into the comment section of things I may have missed, beyond my dear old friends, I mean. <3