Bwee

Ask me how much I want this as an actual doll. Or just a poster. Because the answer would be A LOT.

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Anyone else...

...watching One Big Happy? Because I kind of want to send flowers to Kelly Brook with a note that:

a. Apologizes for wincing when she was on Smallville instead of realizing that she was just being terribly, terribly misused.

b. Congratulates her on her comic timing and delivery.

c. Thanks her for wearing all those cute little skater dresses and nightgowns and nothing at all because holy Hannah.

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Poetry fragment

The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune.

- William Wordsworth

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Hollywood Wish List: The Adaptation Files

For context, here are previous versions. This one's a little less overtly political and more, "Hey, how about it?"

Just in case, spoilers for A Little Princess, Fall of the House of Usher, and The Paperbag Princess.Collapse )

Your turn!

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Yes, I have officially become a Mom*

After several Watchathon commercials for it, I decided to try Finding Carter. I mean, I have longstanding crushes on both Cynthia Watros and Alexis Denisof, and might MAYBE have a thing for long-lost family stories**, so, hey.

I got an episode and five minutes in and I just want to smack the main character. It's not how she reacts to her old/new family. It's that everything that's supposed make her cool and worldly and smart is mostly stuff that would make me feel like a horrible mother if my kid exhibited. And yes, pilotitis, it's possible that POV will be complicated later, etc, but WOW, I have made the generational shift.

(*Yes, I know that happened almost eight years ago shut up.)
(**Yes, yes, feelings there very close to the surface, maybe not the best idea.)

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Just so's you know,

I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really hate April Fool's Day.

Really.

(Note: If you enjoy it, go for it. It's just very much not my thing, and I'll be over there* until it's over.)

*Some vague location that is not where the pranks are.

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I'm going to need to ice my hands

Background: Because Game of Awesome so fucking complicated (think Game of Thrones, only the entire major cast has anywhere between 2 and 200 past lives that are potentially plot or characterization fodder.I...oh, screw it, look at this, , our God know how many hundreds of thousand, if not million words game wiki., one of the things we do is write up extensive logs of what happened. We take turns, and tonight is mine.

Ahem. AAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH, why do we talk so much? It makes a girl yearn for D&D, in which an entire session could be written up as, "We fought a dragon. He fell down and went boom. It was cool."

Nope, I'm sitting her at 3K words and am barely half done.

I really love this game. My hands do not.

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Observation on watching One Big Happy

Kelly Brook is screamingly funny.* Smallville did her a real disservice by, well, casting her.**

*Also, hot like burning.
**And thus causing US audience to be annoyed at the sight of her face.

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My office



That's Doctor Hooves, btw. Because yes, they went there.

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'at's my girl

"I hate it when they get separated!"

"I was shocked!"

"Well, she did deserve it."

"What is that?" (x100)

- The small fanperson, watching Doctor Who

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OMG, flashback

The Tomorrow People, the original, British, '70's version, is available streaming on Amazon Prime. I am almost afraid to watch. I was SUCH a huge fan in my tween years; not sure of I can handle watching it through adult, 30-years-later eyes.

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Yep. Doomed.

My small fanperson has discovered that her phone has games.

We're doomed.

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Is my timing awesome or what

One day after I make a new community about her ([community profile] barbiegirlsandboys), it turns out to be Barbie's birthday.

Happy birthday, Barbie! Thanks for all the good times when I was a kid, for giving my daughter toys to play out everything from saving the world to lesbian weddings.

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Is it just me...

...or has the term "politically correct" lost all meaning beyond "something I don't do"?

This post brought to you by someone calling the expression "break a leg" politically correct.

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So, it's possible I have gone a little nuts. Look, I'm a fan and an academic: I get obsessed.

And in that spirit, I present:

[community profile] barbiegirlsandboys

Yes. Yes, I did.

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That's my girl

I usually filter this, but it's Relevant To Interests.

My daughter, who is enthralled with her new phone*, is making movies with her Monster High dolls in which Frankie and Draculara get married and have lots of kids. All girls. She might be creating a Dianic community; I'm not sure.

I'm so proud.

*Yes, I got my 7-year-old a phone, we don't have a landline, it's not a smartphone, shut up.

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Dammit, TV

I was all set to watch Dig and enjoy it, since many aspects are right up my alley. And then I saw a commercial in which the deuteragonist tells the protagonist that "solving this case won't bring your daughter back."

I swear, I want to start a campaign to send [profile] odditycollectot's amazing poem on the subject of dead daughters to pretty much every show creator and writer in...everywhere.

Seriously, between dead mothers and dead daughters, I just kind of want to scream.

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Because I have a one track mind today

I have said something similar many times, but you know, I really want to send this page of Barbie superheroes, and particularly these images to DC, Marvel, Disney, and Pixar, with a note that says, "IT IS JUST NOT THAT HARD.

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Poll: Discussion Group names

Longtime readers may recall that I like to give my class discussion groups (classroom class or online) silly names, usually involving fictional locations of some sort, because, well, it's more fun than just labeling them one, two, or three. In the past, I have drawn from LoTR, DC Comics, Graustarkian Romances, and fictional planets. I've been doing this, it suddenly hits me, for almost 20 years.

I find myself a little bored with these, and want to mix it up for my two online classes this summer. I was wracking my brain when my eyes fell on the Barbie in my office. Yes, I have a Barbie in my office. I also have a Skipper and a Chelsea (well, really Zooey, I think, but she was "played" by Chelsea, and really, don't ask.

At this point, I literally face-palmed, because duh! Kingdoms in Barbie movies. There's enough of them for two classes and some to spare.

And then I remembered that I haven't done a poll in AGES. So, POLL! You can be honest. I won't be upset ;).

LJ note: I usually try to duplicate the poll here, but I'm feeling kind of lazy at the moment. Sorry!



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Super Sparkle

I am both amused and impressed by how much the Barbie Superhero movie is visually imitating The Incredibles.

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So, grading. This is a thing. Happy things are required to counter it.

Today on Grading Hell Theater: pick something slightly off the beaten path, and give me five reasons you like it.

I'm going to go with Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn.

The small fanperson has discovered Nickelodeon's sitcoms, and while I alternate between enjoying them and face-palming, the enjoyment to facepalming ratio is definitely most skewed to enjoyment with NRD&D. Here's why:

1. Dawn. I could write a whole five list about Dawn (who is, unsurprisingly, the sfp's favorite), but I'll condense to three: (a) Dawn is not the killjoy who rains on her wacky brothers' fun parade. She is in there making mischief and being, well, a kid (a clever, smart kid, but a kid who gets in just as much trouble as the boys); (b) at the same time, the show doesn't try to pretend that her being the only girl isn't going to lead to situations in which she's just slightly outside of said brothers' circle; (c) pilot aside, while Dawn is clearly something of a tomboy (of the quads, she's the athlete, which is also cool), she is also into manicures and romantic books/movies (there's kind of a cute version of Orphan Black that seems to be the Twilight of that universe) and squeeing with her bff, and these things are not looked down upon.


2. The kids are each more than their stereotype. Yes, there's a certain amount of "the smart, fussy one; the airhead pretty one (who is one of the boys); the quirky one, etc, but none of the kids are only one thing. Also, as part of that, Dawn is not a Smurfette. If anything, she's gotten a little more development than the boys.

3. Dad may be the parody sitcom Dad who is basically a big kid, but actually, so is Mom. She's not, again, the practical killjoy who rains on everyone's fun. She's a bit more mature than her husband, but really, not much ;)

4. That said, the parents do parent, which is nice.

5. A consistent cast of secondary characters who also get some development. I especially like the big-sister relationship Josie has with the quads.

And an extra, this-is-the-biggest-reason, it's something I can watch with the small fanperson.

Your turn!

(Note that should be obvious: this is not a post for critical analysis of someone's answer. We can do that in another post if you want. ;)

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Seriously, it couldn't have waited TWELVE HOURS to give us a snow day? Nooooo, it had to be all, "Whoo-hoo, Saturday night's all right for falling!"

*grumble, grumble wanted a snow day*

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Also, playgrounds

You know what the world needs more of? Coloring books for adults. No, I don't necessarily mean that, although this picture from Neil Gaiman's and Chris Riddell’s The Sleeper and the Spindle (spoilers) would be excellent. Just, coloring books for Sleepy Hollow or Downton Abey (I am quite sure one of those must exist somewhere) or Warehouse 13. Those would be awesome.

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I need some kind of icon for documentaries

Being me, I have a movie going on in the background while I grade, and being me, it's a documentary. And it is one of the best examples of "it has to be true, because you'd never buy it as fiction," a.k.a. "you can't make this shit up," I have ever seen.

It's called Art and Craft, the story of Mark Landis, one of the world's most prolific art forgers, who creates many copies of different paintings, only to give them away to museums and institutes. His techniques range from using colored pencils to doctoring photocopies, and he has many personae, ranging from more or less himself to a Catholic priest (he asserts that he would be an excellent one, but that he doesn't have time to go to a seminary, and anyway, you can learn all you need to know from the old Father Brown series on DVD).

There's all kinds of stuff I could go on about, from how poorly his "opponents" come across to the nebulous way people talk about the effect of his actions (the film may or may not be implying that these effects are not only constructs, but silly ones at that), to Landis's seeming lack of any real self. But basically: see it. Even if you have no interest in art, see it.

(Note/TW: Landis has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and is definitely mentally ill. IMHO, the film deals with this neither particularly kindly nor particularly unkindly, so just fyi.)

(Also, five people will understand this: I keep misspelling "icon.")

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Things people say

A few months ago, I watched the Kate Winslet version of Mildred Pierce, and decided to read the book. My review at Goodreads:Collapse )

End review ;).

Made the mistake today of reading a few other reviews on Amazon today, and ran across this gem: You can"t make this shit upCollapse )

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So, apparently I have a type

After seeing the commercials for Secrets and Lies, I am adding Juliette Lewis to the list of women whom middle age has been very, very, VERY kind to. The word that comes to mind is "woof."

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Distract Lucy: Where would you go?

It's been a long time, but our eccentric millionaire is back. This time, he or she is offering you a trip: a two-week, all expenses paid trip for you and your loved ones, wherever you want to go. You can stay in one place the whole week, or hop from place to place.

Where would you go?

Turtles and Family and Tree Houses, oh my!Collapse )

You?

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Gettin' Sproinged!

Tomorrow. Whee!

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...to Sesame Street?

I know I have a lot of unanswered comments, but, well, I could really use a boost today. So, we're returning to my favorite Grading Hell Theater of ALL TIME: your favorite characters find themselves on Sesame Street. Discuss.

Barbie has been a frequent enough visitor that people are pretty chill about having a famous person there, although Gabi does ask for her autograph before geeking out with Skipper (it's hard to find someone who appreciates technology on the Street sometimes). Barbie also gives a fistbump to Abby Cadabby for pointing out that princesses can do more than just get saved by handsome princes. Then she settles in for a latte at Hooper's Store, and just chats with anyone who stops by. Every feels a little better after they talk to her.

Skipper and Gabi end up writing a song together, and make plans to keep working on it online.

Stacie is determined, determined to figure out Oscar's can. Oscar should be more than a match for one annoying little blond, but somehow, he ends up letting her inside. She really loves the pet pig.

Chelsea and Abby become immediate besties, and Chelsea gets to go to fairy school for a day. Gonnigan develops an immediate crush, and Mrs. Sparklenose is wise enough to just let chaos rein for a day. The less said about the incident with the chicken, the better. She's been through worse.

Your turn!

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Just in case there was any doubt....

...that Barbie is, in fact, a Time Lady.

No, really. It's the only explanation.

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Question for those who wear jewelry*

This is one of those, "there is no right answer, and I'm not looking for advice; I'm just curious about what other people do, and could this build-up ramble just a little more" things.

Scenario: You have a piece of jewelry that is irreplaceable, not because it cost a lot of money, but because it belonged to a late relative/was given to you by someone who has died/some other sentimental thing that can't be duplicated.**" For example: I have a locket that belong to Lucy Gillam H_____, the great-aunt (who died in 1928) I took my pseud and my now-primary name from. It's just brass, and it has her initials on it, and a picture of a woman whose identity is unknown. I've had it since I was 23, and it means a lot to me. I also have a silver friendship ring that belonged to my mother. It wasn't particularly sentimental to her (she had forgotten she'd let me start wearing it in high school and that I thus still had it, and probably would never have remembered if I hadn't reminded her, because she never thinks about it). However, because it was hers, it's sentimental to me.

Question: Do you wear those items only rarely because of that sentimental value (that is, because you are afraid they might be lost), or do you wear them often precisely because of the emotional value? Or do you wear them in much the same way you wear other jewelry?

My answers: I wear my mother's ring all the time. Sometimes, I even wear it as my "wedding" band. I would be heartbroken to lose it (indeed, I thought I had for a while and was at least moderately upset), but it's not as if I don't have many things that came from my mother, and won't have tokens to remember her when she dies.

The locket...I used to wear it quite often, especially on the first day of classes (Aunt Lucy was a teacher). But for the last, wow, decade, I've been reluctant to wear it because I have visions of it falling off the chain or the chain breaking, or other things. I know this fear is stronger than might be rational, but I have very strong feelings about the locket, and so I keep it safe.

What do you do?

*I suppose that if you don't wear jewelry, you can say what you would if you did. I'm not picky ;).

**This will obviously vary from person to person. Spouse has lost his wedding ring once, and I replaced my shadow band with a plain band because I don't wear my engagement ring often, and at that I have recently taken to wearing a variety of bands because my ring size can fluctuate by at least a size. So clearly, neither of us is sentimental about our wedding bands (although we are about other jewelry we've given each other). I know, however, that for some people, having the same band that was put on their finger at the ceremony is very important.

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Wheee!

I have some issues with Barbie: Life In The Dreamhouse, mostly revolving around the aesthetics of the dolls, but it's a fun watch, and this music video is, as Barbie would say, totally adorbs.

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Am I on opposite planet?

So, I keep running into this bizarre opinion that Debra Messing (and I mean specifically, 2014/15 Mysteries of Laura Debra Messing) is not hot like burning. Help me here, fandom. Reassure me that there are still sensible people in the world.

I mean, next you'll be telling me Paget Brewster isn't hot.

Like burning.

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School's out!

The sfp doesn't know it yet, but she won't be going to school tomorrow on accounta it is REALLY FUCKING COLD. This makes Mama happy, too, although mostly because she had a crapload of math homework to do before Friday, and we can probably finish it off tomorrow. And then, tea and snuggles!

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People who are older than me

Do you ever get over the slight feeling that you're going to hell for crushing on someone, like, half your age.

This post has nothing whatsoever to so with Meghan Trainor. Nothing at all.

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Help an old lady out

I've tried searching for this, but all I get is a bunch of stories about Red Lobster employees using racial slurs.

Is calling someone a "lobster," or throwing it randomly into a conversation*, offensive or -ist in some way? I try very hard to know these things, but I've never heard this one, not even in overheard student conversations, which is my main source of knowledge in the world of slurs, insults, and put-downs. Anyone?

*Context:
Person A: Person B is not taking this seriously. I bet they're going to make a joke in 5...4...3...

Person B: Lobster.

Person A: That's offensive!

Person B: I was just throwing out a random word.

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And the beat goes on

Crossposted from [community profile] shakydismount

You know, not that I particularly WANT girls to play football, given all the information about the long-term effects of routine head injuries, but I still can't help find it amusing that 32 years after Helen Hunt was the Quarterback Princess, the idea of a (gasp!) girl playing football is still wacky and crazy enough to to be the premise of a whole tv show.

(Before you start listing all the physical reasons football would be a particularly tough nut to crack or why sports are sex-segregated, etc: I KNOW, really. The issue is not whether girls in general should play football. It the stereotypes that such a story relies on for its humor and drama.)

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In other news

I have just begun reading The Wide-Awake Princess, which so far is delightful and fun and clever and just what I needed right now. I hope it stays this way, because I really want to read it with the small fanperson.

To TNT folks, a fun bit (that is in the book blurb, so not spoiler-cutting): the main character is a doubter. Imagine someone like the Major in fairy-tale land.

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THAT, Alanis, is ironic

Jim Borgman had a perfect cartoon for this comment, based on the hypocrisy of the magazine and fanbase of Sports Illustrated, a magazine that yearly "celebrates" women by barely dressing them in swimsuits, clutching their pearls over Brandi Chastain pulling off her tunic to show her sports bra, but I cannot find it for love or money. So I'll just say:

I am beyond amused that the uncle who opined that I should be kicked off of Facebook for a post about the misogynist ramifications of straight men insulting each other with the term "cocksucker" ("totally inappropriate" were, I believe, his words) posting a video of a woman making her barely-covered boobs move in time to "Jingle Bells."

He finally unfriended me sometime shortly after the cocksucker post, just FYI.

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Wanted: Book rec

Can anyone recommend a good beginner's guide to Tarot? E-books are always good, but not a necessity.

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'tis the season

I was having a conversation about the small fanperson's book on the births and early careers of John the Baptist and Jesus (full of brown people! With curly hair! No Scandinavian Jesuses!).

And then this happened:

Lucy: Elizabeth was pregnant, one of those miracle-older-age pregnancies, when Mary went to tell her about her miracle baby. The child stirred in Elizabeth's womb when she saw her cousin, and then she said a Hail Mary

[personal profile] basingstoke: I love that some Christian decency codes require women to cover their ears, or else they might get ear-pregnant like Mary

[personal profile] lydiabella;sldkjf;aslkdfj;asldkfjas;dlkfjasd;lfkj

[personal profile] basingstoke: Which actually, wouldn't you want to get ear-pregnant by God's kid? make up your mind!

[personal profile] lydiabell: Nope.

[personal profile] basingstoke: ermagosh

Lucy: You could accidentally have the AntiChrist

Lucy: God would be u0p there going, "Dammit, Gabriel, there is such a thing as being TOO efficient."

[personal profile] basingstoke: "Shush for a while, this child support is bankrupting me"

[personal profile] basingstoke: "Do you know how much myrrh costs"

Lucy: "Seriously, have you never considered safer annunciation?"

[personal profile] lydiabell: OMG

[personal profile] lydiabell: Er, so to speak

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Grading Hell Theater: Spot the Reference

If you're anything like me (and if you're reading this, you are probably at least a little like me in some way), certain phrases from movies, tv shows, books, and other sources have crept into your everyday vocabulary. It's always fun when someone recognizes it (when one of my students suggested I should have "dressed up" my knee scooter as a Roman-Holiday-scooter for Halloween, two others immediately said, "Caio." It was awesome.) So today on Grading Hell Theater, we're going to play "spot the reference." I'll put up a few of mine for people to guess at, and you can add yours. No reference is too familiar or too obscure.

Things from movies/tv/etc that I say on a regular basis:

1. Like ya do.

2. I have no response to that.

3. Well, that's a bad plan.

4. I think that's funny. (Usually said about someone's misfortune.)

5. Your logic does not resemble our Earth logic.

And I'm blanking, so it's time for you to do the work ;).

(Yes, I am grading the day after Thanksgiving. It's that time of year.)

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I feel like I am writing a Penthouse letter: "I never though it would happen to me..." But the narrative is not nearly as much fun.

Dear Unnamed Publication: Someone was stupid about disability today.Collapse )

Sadly, there were no orgasms involved. And that's the truth.

Sincerely,
Lucy

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EEEEEEEEE!

Happy Birthday to Me!

(Some Of) What I Got On My Birthday, by Lucy, age 45:

1. A card that says in 2nd grade handwriting, "I love you a lot. Nothing is sweeter than you."

2. Pretty flowers!

3. My doctor not only raising my dose of painkillers, but doing so in a way that lets ME gauge how much pain relief I'm in on a given day. No, REALLY.

4. A strawberry whipped cream cake.

5. A discussion full of people groaning about how much they really, really don't CARE that celebrity X is gay and besides, they have a "rite" to their opinion, so everyone else needs to shut up! I know, I know, but it IS kind of fun to run rhetorical circles around them, kind of like a verbal Flash.

6. This was last night, but my RPG character is officially married! Things are sure to go to hell soon, because [personal profile] kilroy is a cruel and capricious god, but for now, she and her wife are being nine kinds of adorable, canoodling in closets and such.

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Cheering myself up

It's been that kind of day, so we'll go with Five Things That Have Made Me Happy In The Last Few Days:

1. Snuggle and cuddles and hugs and kisses from my small fanperson. Actually, just my small fanperson in general.

2. The lovely labrys pendant my [personal profile] wa got me as an early birthday gift. Actually, just my [personal profile] wa in general ;).

3. Off-"camera" plot developments in Game of Awesome that I can't specify because other players read and spoilers but that are making me very, very happy. Also, having enough writing mojo still to get a few interludes written.

4. New Stephen King novel! Haven't started it yet, but the prospect makes me happy.

5. Even if we can't have ChiliFest, my birthday is coming up, and I like my birthday. Also, I am turning 45, which is a nice odd number (I generally prefer odds), and is divisible by 3, 5, and 9, which are all numbers I like. So is 45, actually, so getting to say I'm 45 and being accurate* will be nice.

*I tend to start referring to myself as whatever age is coming up sometime around September. Have since I was 22; don't know why.

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Pope Francis demotes American Cardinal who was fighting the new, more welcoming attitude toward gays and lesbians.

So, here is my theory: the College of Cardinals chose Benedict because they knew he'd say stupid and inhuman things like criticizing nuns for spending too much time taking care of the poor and not enough time slamming gay people (and no, I am not making that up). It was all part of a master plan to get moderate Catholics so freakin' furious that when they elected this guy, everyone would go, "Oh, thank GOD, someone with sense and priorities."

In other words, we all got trolled by the College of Cardinals.

Either that or we're back to my original theory, which is that the Church saw the small fanperson coming (Benedict announced his retirement like 24 hours after we decided to have her baptized) and thought it had better shape up.

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Idea Free to Good Home

You know what would be AWESOME? A Guardians of the Beam" quilt. Wouldn't that be nifty?

Someday, I will damn well assemble that GotB charm bracelet. I keep starting and then getting nowhere. Stupid attention span of - SQUIRREL!

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It's the little thing

I have a love list of things to tell you all..sometime when I don't take ten minutes to type a sentenve because drugs.

All I want ro say right niw is that I would probably pay $20 for a pumpkin spice latte.

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