Daily Happiness

Jun. 22nd, 2017 01:16 am
torachan: karkat from homestuck looking bored (karkat bored)
[personal profile] torachan
1. My library book was due tomorrow and I was afraid I might not finish it in time, but I ended up finishing it this afternoon after work, and then we took a walk to the library this evening and dropped it off. (Bonus Happiness: This branch has a fancy book drop off outside where it actually scans the book as you put it in the slot, so there's no more worries that you drop it off and then it doesn't get properly checked in and you're shown as overdue.)

2. We stopped at Hungry Pocket on the way back from the library and got lamb shawarma for dinner. Haven't been there in ages, but it's as delicious as ever.

3. Look at these two sweeties sleeping together!

It seems a heavy choice to make

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:53 am
musesfool: text icon: O swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon (swear not by the moon)
[personal profile] musesfool
In the ever-exciting news of the long slow process of co-op buying, late yesterday afternoon, I received a revised version of the appraisal - the one I got on Saturday had one number on the cover page and then another within the body of the document, and when I pointed that out to the lawyer, and he was like, "They're gonna go with the number in the document." Which was the lower number. But as of yesterday, the apartment is apparently worth the number on the cover page, which is $5000 more than the other. It's still $10K lower than the asking price, but it's proof that appraisers are human and make mistakes, so. We'll see what happens. I'm also still waiting to be contacted to set up the board interview. Sigh. I did find my black dress, though, so I'll be able to wear that when the time comes.

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Last night, I made formulation #2 of anti-itch lotion and it doesn't have salt in it but it does have baking soda, so the unfortunately slightly gritty feel continues and also it didn't work (not to mention being an unappealing-for-a-skincare-product gray in color), so I think I'm just going to stick to more tried and true methods going forward.

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Wednesday! Books!

What I've just finished
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan. I enjoyed this - the action is a lot of fun and Leo got more to do - but oy, Apollo as narrator is annoying.

What I'm reading now
Despite an endless TBR pile, how could I resist Joan Aiken's The Five-Minute Marriage after reading amazing reviews by [personal profile] rachelmanija (here) and [personal profile] skygiants (here)?

I have especially fond memories of both The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea, though I haven't read either since I was a kid (I probably should reread at some point, and I did not know there were like five other books in that series), plus it's about a fake but real marriage set in the Regency era, so it was like five of my bulletproof narrative kinks in one book.

And boy does it deliver. Not so much on the actual romance, but with the hilarity and the fake marriage that turns out to be legitimate (in the sense of they are actually legally married rather than it being a fraudulent ceremony as they expected) and will likely turn into a real (as in they actually care about each other and stay married) marriage by the end of the book, grand romance notwithstanding, as well as the apparent alpha asshole hero who turns out to just be really stressed about babysitting his sister's TEN kids.

Anyway! I am enjoying it a lot and if that sounds like your cup of tea, you probably will too!

What I'm reading next
I do not know! However, I did want to give a heads up to anyone who doesn't know that Frances Hardinge has a new book coming out in the fall: A Skinful of Shadows. I am excite! And maybe I will read The Lie Tree next. I was saving it because it's the only Hardinge I haven't read yet, but if there's a new book on the horizon, I don't have to hoard it anymore. *g*

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 21st, 2017 12:52 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Work was so exhausting today for some reason, but it's over now, yay. Hopefully tomorrow won't be quite as hectic.

2. Jasper and Molly were actually playing together a little bit tonight! I'm really glad to see them interacting a little more, and would love it that continued.

3. I keep seeing people post about the heat elsewhere in the state and even just elsewhere in LA county, and I'm so glad we aren't getting it. D:

4. Is this a pretty Chloe or what!?

torachan: (shibito no koe wo kiku ga yoi)
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Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 9 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Nostal
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: In this two-parter, the occult club plans a retreat at a cabin in the woods only to be attacked by a serial killer.



Chapter 14: Night of the Slayer
Chapter 15: Night of the Slayer II

you oughta keep me concealed

Jun. 20th, 2017 02:04 pm
musesfool: girl with umbrella (rainy days and mondays)
[personal profile] musesfool
I spoke with my lawyer yesterday afternoon and he said that the appraisal coming in low shouldn't affect the loan because I'm putting 50% down, but that it can affect how much I have to pay, and he's going to ask the seller's lawyer what they're willing to do regarding bringing the price down a little to align with the appraisal (or explain why the appraisal is wrong). We agreed that I would still pay the full asking price if necessary, but he's going to see what he can get since this happened. We'll see!

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Last night, I met up with [personal profile] chicklet_girl, who is visiting NYC, and we had steak dinner and fannish conversation and it was lovely. I managed to mostly avoid getting soaked too, right up until I was half a block from the restaurant, at which point the skies opened and I got drenched from the knees on down (I was wearing a dress so it didn't bother me that much). And then later, as we left the restaurant, the sky was a weird yellow color as the storms had moved east. I didn't see any rainbows, but I've heard from various people that they were all over.

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So I made some anti-itch lotion, but I don't find it particularly effective, and also it has salt in it, which makes it gritty, which is not a sensation I want in something that's not meant to be an exfoliant. I mean, maybe if I mixed it up with a mixer it wouldn't feel that way, and but I'm not ready to commit my handmixer to non-food-related items. And since it doesn't really work any better than any of the other million different things I've tried (and it works significantly less well than a few of those methods), I can't see using it again. I do have a couple other formulations to try out, none of which contain salt, so that at least shouldn't be a problem.

The bug repellent lotion bar seems to work, or at least I haven't gotten any new bites since I started using it. I guess we'll see how that goes. it's a good thing I don't mind the scent of citronella.

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Jun. 20th, 2017 05:32 am
benedict: (reading on a bench)
[personal profile] benedict
I had a lovely trip to Minneapolis to visit Ann Larimer who does not live in Minneapolis but we are the type of people the Mall of America was built for so there we went as if moths to a flame. We walked a lot, got sore feet, and ate gelato.

They got rid of the big bronze Spongebob statue! I guess you never can go home.

Daily Happiness

Jun. 20th, 2017 01:27 am
torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I had one of those days where I was sleepy all day for some reason and really didn't feel like doing anything, but I did get some translating done, even if it wasn't as much as I'd hoped, and I read a bit, too.

2. We started watching a new (to us) show called Kim's Convenience. Just one season out so far, but apparently it was renewed for a second season, to air later this year. It's a Canadian sitcom about a Korean Canadian family in Toronto (the dad owns a convience store, thus the title). It's pretty cute and I'm liking it a lot so far.

3. I got some sweet cuddle time with Molly last night.

musesfool: Wonder Woman giving you the side-eye (wtf?)
[personal profile] musesfool
So apparently there are some comics fans who are trying to impose comics canon on Wonder Woman movieverse fans (as seen on Tumblr), and having been there oh so many years ago in the position of a movieverse-only fan, if you are tempted to say, "but in the comics...", my advice is, to quote Captain America: "son, just don't."

The movies are not the comics! They were not the same in 2000 with the first X-Men movie. They were not the same with Iron Man or Captain America or Age of Ultron or Civil War. They are not the same with Wonder Woman (I can't speak to the other DCU movies I haven't seen, but Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel was sure as shit not the Jonathan Kent from the comics, in the worst way possible).

There's a back button/exit button on every screen. Learn to use it if you can't handle the idea of multiple versions of canon that are not the same*. (Though how any (superhero) comics fan can possibly cling to some notion of strict canonicity is beyond my understanding - it was in 2000 and it remains even more so now that I've actually read superhero comics! - because even within the published comics there are multiple universes, alternate realities, reboots and rebirths, and even the published writers/artists pick and choose from that broad swath of material. And that's before even getting into TV/film/video game/animated adaptations! So don't even. I mean, you're not going to bitch at the people who write Ezra Miller movie Flash for not writing Grant Gustin TV Flash, are you? Then stfu.)

*I can see being annoyed when movie characterization etc. invades the comics tag on AO3 (or v.v.), but that's just an inevitable side effect of people trying to grab the widest possible reading audience.

This makes me just as angry now as it did seventeen(!!!) years ago. I thought maybe the MCU blowing up to be a huge and non-comics-corresponding fandom would put a stop to it, but I guess not.

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American Gods: A Prayer for Mad Sweeney and Come to Jesus
spoilers )

I imagine this show will play better once you can view it all at once, because it is glacially slow in parts, and not particularly emotionally evocative, but beautifully rendered.

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I posted a story yesterday! Woo, the streak is intact!

You Can't Front on That (on AO3)
Star Wars; Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, Luke; AU; g; 3,960 words
When he hears Kenobi's voice again months after killing him, Vader wonders if perhaps he's begun to go mad.

[personal profile] silveronthetree and I have talked more than once about all the stories where Luke and Vader meet up and have adventures together, or Vader turns from the dark side earlier than in canon, and yet how those stories almost never have Force ghost!Obi-Wan turn up to commentate (or at least harass Vader for his terrible life choices most specifically regarding his children), and how much we wanted that. And we were tossing around the things they would talk about, and so this story happened. I definitely enjoyed writing it, and I'm glad people are enjoying reading it. <3

And now work has interrupted repeatedly, so I'm going to hit post. Sigh.

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 19th, 2017 01:01 am
torachan: charlotte from bad machinery saying "oh the mysteries of the moth farm" (oh the mysteries of the moth farm)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Today was soooooo hectic. But now it's over and I have tomorrow off!

2. I hired four new cashiers over the past few days, so I'm really hoping at least some of them work out and we can stop being so short-handed.

3. I bought noodles and stuff to make hiyashi chuka for lunch tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it.

4. Grapes have been on sale a lot lately and Carla keeps buying them and they taste good to her, but are too sour for me, but she finally got a batch that I like, so now I have grapes, too. :D

5. I know I just posted a Jasper pic yesterday and I like to alternate kitties, but this one of him sprawled out on the bed was just too cute! He's getting so big!

musesfool: darth vader saying "He said what about his sister? Gross." (he said what about his sister?)
[personal profile] musesfool
You Can't Front on That
Star Wars; Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke; AU; g; 3,960 words
When he hears Kenobi's voice again months after killing him, Vader wonders if perhaps he's begun to go mad.

For [personal profile] silveronthetree. Thanks to [personal profile] snacky. She knows what she did. ;) Title and cut-text from the Beastie Boys.

Or read it on AO3.

You think that you can front when revelation comes? )

~*~

Feedback is always appreciated.

~*~
musesfool: river and kaylee (no power in the 'verse can stop me)
[personal profile] musesfool
I got the appraisal yesterday - it came in low, which the internet kind of told me to expect, but the mortgage broker says that since I'm putting 50% down instead of 20%, it shouldn't affect her end of things (i.e., the loan). We'll see what the lawyer recommends about the difference. I know I shouldn't say I'm happy to pay the asking price, but I was happy to do so prior to this, so I'm happy to do so now; I don't care about 1. home values in the neighborhood, or 2. resale value down the line, because I pretty much feel like wherever I buy, it's going to be the place I live in until they cart me off to a nursing home. Otoh, if the seller is okay with lowering the asking price to match the appraisal or splitting the difference, I wouldn't mind having an extra $5-10K at the end of the day. So we're supposed to discuss it on Monday after the professionals have all had their chance to talk.

Why can't anything just be easy? It's always something. Sigh.

I caught up on Orphan Black last night. spoilers )

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 18th, 2017 01:48 am
torachan: john from homestuck looking shocked (john shocked)
[personal profile] torachan
1. It wasn't as hot today as yesterday, and it was actually really foggy tonight. Hoping that trend continues.

2. Jasper is such a chatty kitty. He purrs a lot and he mews when he wants something and he makes that little clicking hunting sound when he's excited about a bird or a bug or a toy, but he also just chirps a lot when he's happy (especially when Carla's holding him and he's settling in for a nap). Here Carla caught him mid chirp.

we go out in stormy weather

Jun. 17th, 2017 03:05 pm
musesfool: kristen bell (put your lips together and blow)
[personal profile] musesfool
Clothes removal = accomplished! Well. At least most of the dresser now only contains clothes I actually wear. Except for the sock drawer. That is a nightmare of single socks I need to get rid of.

Hair cut = accomplished! Woo! And it only took 80 minutes since I didn't have any color done. He was a little judgy, I feel, but I can't help what the last people who did my hair did! Anyway, it looks nice and he blew it out straight and even used the flat iron on it, and meh, the smell of hair being steamed is not pleasant but it's better than the scorching hot blow dryer setting, so I'll take it. Plus it was cheap, since I didn't have any color done. And then of course, I had to walk a whole block and a half in pouring rain to get home, but my hair didn't frizz up, so that's good. (I mean, given the amount of heat used, it shouldn't have, but I am always apprehensive.)

DIY Bug repellent = cooling on the counter! I cut the recipe in half and didn't infuse the oil (also, I subbed mango butter for the coconut oil and used half shea butter and half avocado butter - avocado butter is my new favorite thing I can't even tell you) but just used the Nature's Shield EO blend, which has a bunch of stuff in it but smells like citronella so it's a good thing I like that smell. Now hopefully it will work. (I also have a recipe for anti-itch lotion if this bug repellent doesn't work, but it requires a couple of things I didn't have on hand, so they'll be delivered tomorrow and we'll see how that goes.)

I've also written about 1400 words of the ghost!Obi-Wan trolls Vader story, which is amusing me even though it's not actually funny.

Pretty good for a rainy Saturday.

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 17th, 2017 12:56 am
torachan: a happy cartoon guy with the text "it's like a blast of happy up my ass" (blast of happy in my ass)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I posted a new chapter of Yasha, which means there are just five chapters left to go in the series. O_o This seemed like such a huge, overwhelming task when I started on it, and now it's almost done!

2. We had a lot of people call out today, so I was expecting it to be pretty hectic, but it was actually less hectic than I'd feared. (Still definitely on the hectic side. Stop being sick, people!)

3. Tried this strawberry chocolage gelato for dessert tonight and it was so good!

4. Speaking of good food, when we cleaned out the fridge the other day, I found that we had a ton of yakisoba noodles, so I made some for dinner tonight. I can't remember the last time I had yakisoba, and I always forget in between how much I actually like it. It's one of those ones that comes with three packages of noodles in one bag, and I made all three, so now we have lots of leftovers, too.

5. Carla spotted some sweet kitties in the bedroom today! (What Molly is sitting on is the cat carrier topped with a discarded blanket from when the weather was colder; it really should be washed and put away for summer, but since the cats are using it, we'll probably just end up leaving it out forever, lol.)

Scanlations: Yasha ch. 58

Jun. 16th, 2017 10:44 pm
torachan: sei and rin from yasha (yasha)
[personal profile] torachan
Just one more volume to go! I can't believe we're almost there!



Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: Captain Sakurai has something to show Rin...



Chapter 58

And a full volume download for those who want it.
musesfool: tasty cosmopolitans (we'll laugh and we'll toast to nothing)
[personal profile] musesfool
Last night, L and I met for drinks after work and she had the frozen watermelon margarita (too much tequila / not enough watermelon flavor for me!) and I had the frosé, which is a frozen rosé slushy - it's really tasty! (we think there must have been something else in it, though - vodka or triple sec maybe? - because two knocked me on my ass and they were not large drinks.) I do love a pink drink, especially an alcoholic one.

Today was supposed to be our employee picnic, but the weather is cool and damp (and lots of rain was predicted but has not yet materialized) so they moved it into the office. On the one hand, it means I don't have spend a day outdoors; on the other, forced work socializing is easier in a park than it is in a conference room. *hands* At least the food will be good.

In other news, I have an appointment to get my hair cut tomorrow by a new (to me) stylist. L's friend KH recommends him quite highly, and he just took care of L's post-chemo hair renaissance (she's now a platinum blonde), so he should be able to cut a few inches off my unmanageable mane. (I won't have to sit through a dye job since I did it myself two weeks ago. whew!) We'll see how it goes. I didn't manage my recent Mother's Day tradition of getting my hair did, so I guess it'll be my Father's Day weekend thing this year instead.

My other big weekend plans are to bag up and get rid of some more books and clothes. Sigh. As I've said before, I keep the pictures of the co-op open in a tab so I can gaze longingly at them during all the stuff I have to do to get moved there. It helps.

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 16th, 2017 01:05 am
torachan: ewan mcgregor pulling his glasses down to look over the top (ewan glasses)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I woke up kind of early this morning, which is not what I normally want on a day off, but I actually felt rested and didn't feel sleepy during the day, so I'm actually happy about it.

2. It was pretty warm today, but not super hot. It seems like the rest of the state is in the midst of a terrible heatwave, but since we're right by the beach, we've escaped it here.

3. The other day we discovered a couple wasp nests along the back of the house. I read up on getting rid of them yourself and it seems soapy water does the trick, recommended to use one of those cannisters you attach to your hose so you can spray the soapy water directly on them. e didn't have one of those, and our hose in back is usable but the end has been stepped on or something so that it's bent out of shape and can't take any attachments, so I bought the soap cannister and a small hose on ebay (the two of them together were less than $20) and tonight I went out there and soaped up some wasps and now they're all taken care of! Very easy.

4. I finished translating two chapters of manga today.

5. Molly just loves getting up on the top shelf. Safe from annoying brothers and sisters!

Weekly Reading

Jun. 15th, 2017 02:57 pm
torachan: (Default)
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
I've actually been reading a lot this week! I'm about halfway through The New Jim Crow now. The first couple chapters were good reading, but also pretty much stuff I already knew, but the chapter I just finished focused on specific laws, Supreme Court decisions, etc. that I wasn't familiar with, and wow, that is even more fucked up than I realized. The Supreme Court has basically made it legal for cops and the legal system to discriminate based on race, and they've also made it so that individuals can't bring a suit against the police for discrimination.

In more lighter reading, I made a bit of progress on The Library at Mount Char and am about 20% done. I ended up having to go back and reread the first chapter because I was confused about the timeline. I'm definitely sucked in now, though, and will probably be reading it faster now because I really want to find out what the hell is going on, lol. One thing rereading the first chapter reminded me of that I didn't mention last time, though, is the terribad google translate Japanese. >_< The POV character is supposed to be fluent in every language in existence, so the least this guy could do is make sure if he's going to write out the words, rather than say "she said in Japanese", he consults someone other than a machine translation. I mean, it's not Dan Brown level bad, but it's grating, and there's really no excuse for it in this day and age.

I also picked up another library book the other day, which is actually a book of short stories about libraries. XD Or rather, with themes that could tie into an overarching library theme. I had expected more actual libraryness, but have so far been disappointed. The book is Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith, one of my favorite authors, so I'm still enjoying it even though it's not as libraryish as I had expected from the title and summary.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished up A Chance Child in just a couple days. Rereading it as an adult, it's still pretty weird, especially the first few chapters when you're just thrown right in and have no idea what's going on. But it makes more sense now, as I think a lot of it went over my head when I first read it. It's a good story and I'm glad I had a chance to read it again.

I also read volume 28 of Kimi ni Todoke, which is the last of what's currently out, though I think 29 is coming out in August. I always forget how much I love this series.

And speaking of adorable manga, I read volume 3 of Baby, Kokoro no Mama ni! For the first two volumes, I just read it as I was translating it, but this time I ended up reading the whole volume at once. It's such a cute series and I'm sad that it seems to be on hiatus or something. (Though there is still one more volume out after this.)

Then, in my quest to clear off even more stuff from my ipad, I decided to start in on Y: The Last Man, which I have been curious about for a long time, but just never got around to reading. I've read the first three volumes so far, and while it's interesting, it's definitely not a huge hit with me.

What do you think you'll read next?
Just keeping on with all the stuff in progress, mainly, and reading the rest of Y.

will i ever have the chance again

Jun. 15th, 2017 10:12 am
musesfool: Kermit the Frog (can't look clowns will eat me)
[personal profile] musesfool
Yesterday afternoon at around 3pm, I got a text from the mortgage broker informing me the time had come! The application package had to be sent! So I whipped into a frenzy, ran to the bank, got my certified checks. Hilariously, the teller looked at the balance in the savings account, said, "Are you a priority customer?" and I said, "...no?" so she called her manager over and now I am a priority customer, at least until I write the final check purchasing this apartment and the balance falls below that minimum to more normal levels. It meant I didn't have to pay for the certified checks, though, so go me and go customer service!

Then I came back to my desk and finalized everything, made copies, and put together 4 binders, complete with tabs, table of contents, cover letter and cover page. It was like doing my actual job except more terrifying, because I know my board members by now, and I don't know these people at all, and I need them to like me! But it's done, and I have to stop second-guessing myself. They should be receiving it sometime today via FedEx, and then I just have to hope they review it and like it and call me for the interview in a timely fashion. Eep!

The realtor sent me a list of commonly asked questions and some advice ("Wear a suit, and if choosing between accessorizing with diamonds or pearls, choose pearls for your co-op board interview." !!!) and I of course will review the House Rules document repeatedly prior to the actual interview, but ZOMG. Things are happening! I hope! Keep your fingers crossed!

Then on the way home, when I got to the 83rd Street station, I stepped onto the ginormous escalator and it stopped moving. So I had to climb all the way to the street under my own power. Not pleasant under the best of circumstances, but especially not in yesterday's heat. Sigh. Should I be worried that it was a sign? This morning I almost got mown down by a garbage truck when attempting to cross the street (I had the light! Sometimes I don't, and I admit that, but this time I did!) - again, should I take it as an omen? After all, I'm not superstitious but I'm a little stitious. And if I were texting you, I'd put a wink emoji here, because that is just who I am now.

Meanwhile, every time one of my mosquito bites finally passes the itching stage, I end up with two more. This is not fun. Why do we need mosquitoes anyway? What possible ecological niche can they fill that other bugs can't do just as well? And why do they like me so much and why am I so allergic to their bites? These are the important questions that keep me awake at night while I wait for the itching to stop and exercise every ounce of willpower not to scratch.

I also forgot it was Wednesday, because this week has seemed endless and it's still not over yet. Sigh. So books:

What I've just finished
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey, which I enjoyed - it does justice to the premise, mostly - but which was too short to really invest in the characters.

What I'm reading now
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, which is the second Trials of Apollo book, and man, trials is the right word, because I dunno, I am just not digging this series the way I've enjoyed all the others - I am eagerly anticipating more Magnus Chase and I can't wait for more crossovering to happen with Percy et al. and Carter and Sadie Kane - but Apollo is just irritating to me as a narrator and there's not enough Leo.

What I'm reading next
Do I ever know? Though two people on my flist have recently reviewed Joan Aiken's The Five-Minute Marriage, which sounds right up my alley, so maybe that.

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 15th, 2017 12:49 am
torachan: maru the cat sitting in a bucket (maru)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Long, busy day at work today, but tomorrow's already my day off again!

2. I'm really excited about Mario Odyssey, and an October release is sooner than I expected (I was totally resigned to Christmas).

3. I got another chapter of manga finished. I feel like I've been on a pretty good productivity streak this month. Hopefully it continues!

4. I love when Chloe stretches out along the back of the sofa for a nap. For some reason she really likes to sleep with her arms outstretched.

i'd break the back of love for you

Jun. 14th, 2017 12:06 pm
musesfool: text icon: somewhere in this building is our talent (somewhere in this building is our talent)
[personal profile] musesfool
Another successful board meeting put to bed last night. Whew. One day I might actually tell the story of the Great Page Numbering Debacle, but first I think my eyes need to rest from rolling them so much.

Hopefully now I'll be able to have some brain power left for writing, which was totally backburnered these last few weeks, because of work and househunting. There's nothing I can do about the co-op business for now - either the appraisal was good or it wasn't and I won't know that until early next week probably - but work should be slightly less hectic for a couple of weeks anyway, so hopefully I can do more than become one with my sofa every night for a couple of hours before bed. Hopefully I can keep my 1 story a month promise to myself. Hopefully.

So here is the current wip list:
- Thing 1 and Thing 2, which seem like they will be on here forever
- The Etta Candy & Peggy Carter thing
- project make Lucy and Wyatt have sex: number 1, file name: Do It for the Timeline
- project make Lucy and Wyatt have sex: number 2, titled: No Fate But What We Make
- the Vaderkin/lady-Obi-Wan idfic
- Night Five: the Anakin/Ahsoka bedsharing story for [personal profile] silveronthetree
- how strangely my life is curved: the Ahsoka Steve-Rogers-ing her way through the TFA era story
- stop clicking your red heels and wishing for home: a Steve/Bucky story for the Fourth of July
- Drive It Like You Stole It - the Han/Leia pwp
- Talking Points - the Luke and Rey try not to replicate past mistakes story
- Half-Truths and Hyperbole - the Obi-Wan/Satine Regency AU
- Well, Did You Ever? - the Obi-Wan/Satine Thin Man AU
- Someone else to catch this drift - the single-dad Anakin/Ahsoka AU
- the half-thought-out Luke-and-Obi-Wan-centric sequel to "Just a Little Bit of History Repeating"

Good lord, that's a ridiculous number of wsip, especially considering most of them actually do have some words attached (not the last three though; those are just notes to self so I don't forget what I want to do). Surely I can finish something in the next sixteen days?

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June's to-do list

Jun. 13th, 2017 11:19 pm
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[personal profile] benedict

  • Go to Minneapolis to see Ann SUCCESS

  • See Wonder Woman

  • See Lego Batman

  • Run [community profile] auexchange (with TDC and Morbane)

  • Write Poirot as a ghost detective fic

  • Plan for [community profile] press_start_comm (videogame exchange) and [community profile] fic_corner (kidlit exchange)

  • ...clean?

  • ...eat?




Other things I've done this month are small. Like this!

A 10th Kingdom drabble I did for my friend )

Daily Happiness

Jun. 14th, 2017 01:09 am
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I decided to take the day off today. I was thinking about it since last night, and there really wasn't anything urgent I needed to do today, and Tuesday is one of the days when we have the most people scheduled, so everyone should be able to take care of stuff on their own...so I just stayed home. :D

2. I posted manga! I feel like poor Gunjo is a cursed series. I have had so much trouble getting it out due to the typesetters having problems. Each time I change typesetters, it seems like it's going to get better, and then they end up having problems, too. D: But finally after two months of radio silence, the current typesetter got back to me and said she had the chapter done, so yay!

3. The date of the first Breath of the Wild DLC was announced, and it's June 30th! You know what that means? I have to finish my current game before then, so I can start a new one when it comes out! I am near endgame and have been kind of dragging my heels on finishing up, because I want to upgrade all my armor, but that involves grinding, and I've done most of the exploring and just have a few last things to wrap up, basically, so it's a combination of the fun part being over and not wanting the game to end. But I'm really excited about the DLC and I think I want to enjoy it on a new, fresh game, so I played some more tonight, got a few more shrines (just eight more to go!) and upgraded a few more armor pieces. (I think I might give up on the idea of upgrading them all...) I really do love this game.

4. As of today we have taken a walk every day for a whole month. Although Carla's health is still not great, she has definitely seen an improvement in stamina from these daily walks, so hopefully we can keep this up.

5. I've got a silly Jasper.

Scanlations: Gunjo ch. 25

Jun. 13th, 2017 01:44 pm
torachan: two women embracing (gunjo)
[personal profile] torachan


Title: Gunjo
Original Title: 群青 (Gunjou)
Author: Nakamura Ching
Publisher: Ikki Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Lari
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Out of desperation, a woman asks an old high school friend to kill her abusive husband for her. The friend, having long been in love with this woman, does it, and now they are on the run from the law.

Chapter Summary: A fight leads to a lecture.



Chapter 25

Daily Happiness

Jun. 13th, 2017 01:06 am
torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
[personal profile] torachan
1. We cleaned out the fridge today and it looks so much better. There was some really ancient stuff in there. D:

2. I also got some other housework done, ran some errands, and did some translating, so I feel pretty good about today overall.

3. Look at these sweet kittens!

and if you're too tired, go to sleep

Jun. 12th, 2017 01:23 pm
musesfool: Wonder Woman (just like a woman)
[personal profile] musesfool
Last night, it took over FIVE HOURS to ahem American Gods. FIVE HOURS. Wtf is this, 1999? Never have I missed megaupload more than I did last night, since I stayed up to ensure the download finished, because I didn't want to have to go through it all again tonight. Which is now when I'll have to watch it. Sigh.

And then I slept poorly and had anxiety dreams (I was especially worked up about the one where I lost my phone and when I got it back, it had been completely wiped of all information), so I'm kind of brain dead today. Luckily, mostly I have been making copies, and that doesn't require a whole lot of thinking.

My appraisal is happening/has just happened (it was scheduled for noon today, and I don't know how long such things take for one bedroom apartments), so hopefully within a week or two I'll be moving onto the next terrifying step of actually finalizing and sending the purchase application to the co-op board. Eep!

Part of me feels like this has already been a torturous, protracted process, and part of me is kind of surprised at how fast it's moving. *hands*

In case you missed it, the Black Panther teaser trailer. My body is ready! GIVE IT TO ME.

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 12th, 2017 01:48 am
torachan: karkat from homestuck headdesking (karkat headdesk)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Day off tomorrow!

2. I had to stay till closing today, which I don't love, but thankfully I knew ahead of time, so I could come in a little later. (And that also meant I could sleep in until ten and still have plenty of time to sit around at the computer before I had to go in.)

3. Even though I got home late, I got a lot of translation-y stuff done tonight.

4. Look at Chloe in this well-loved box.

well i just had to laugh

Jun. 11th, 2017 06:25 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
I just got home from an amazing day of fangirl squee with [personal profile] mousapelli, [personal profile] marks, and Amy whose AO3 name I did not write down and therefore cannot remember after 4 glasses of sangria, even though I said I would. oops?

Anyway, we met up at Bubby's for brunch this morning and I had an amazing fried chicken biscuit and iced coffee, and then we went to Starbucks for a couple of hours to shoot the breeze... and got shushed because apparently we were too loud? and that is my usual Starbucks I go to everyday, so hopefully they didn't recognize me? but wtf? it's Starbucks on a Sunday afternoon, not the library, so I don't even know why people didn't appreciate the stories about [personal profile] mousapelli's would-be world-conquering chinchilla. Or there was a whole thing about bears? And tsums? Which was hilarious, but whatever, people! We didn't let it keep us down.

And then we went to Crooked Tree for crepes and sangria (peach mango and then watermelon...which apparently they only serve in half-carafes for some reason so we had to order two) and luckily we were the only people in there so nobody cared about how loudly we laughed and we were very, very loud. And I came home with a container of homemade chocolates and another of homemade rhubarb bars (rhubars, according to [personal profile] mousapelli). (I brought glitter and lip balm, so I at least didn't go in empty-handed.)

It was fantastic. I highly recommend it. Not just the food and the sangria (though I definitely recommend the sangria and also the nutella crepes) but the all-day fangirl extravaganza.

Now I'm going to melt into my couch and relax for what's left of Sunday.

<333

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 11th, 2017 01:16 am
torachan: (Default)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I posted manga, woohoo!

2. I made nachos for dinner and they were super delicious.

3. I love this picture of Jasper. He looks so casual, like he's just chillin' on the sofa.

Scanlations: Tera Girl ch. 5

Jun. 11th, 2017 12:05 am
torachan: a drawing of a girl holding up buddhist beads as if in prayer (tera girl)
[personal profile] torachan
I don't know how it happened, but apparently it's been six months since the last release for this series. Oops! D: But chapter five is finally here, and there is just one more chapter after this to wrap up. The rest of the volume features some bonus material and an unrelated one-shot. Since I no longer have Himegoto to work on, I'm going to bump this up on the priority ladder and try to get the final chapter and all bonus material posted next month, and then the one-shot sometime after that.



Title: Tera Girl
Original Title: 寺ガール (Tera Girl)
Author: Mizusawa Megumi
Publisher: Ribon Mascot Comics Cookie
Genre: Shoujo
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: When your father is a Buddhist priest and your home is a temple, life can be complicated. For Satoru, Hikari, and Ogami, the thought of who will inherit the temple and take over when their father gets old is always in the back of their minds, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Because Hikari loves the temple so much, it's been all but decided that when she grows up, she'll marry someone who can take over from her father, but when she falls for someone completely unsuitable, all three sisters find themselves re-examining their assumptions.

Chapter summary: Hika says yes to Takashi.



Chapter 5: Aohara Cemetery
musesfool: Batman + A BABY driving a BUS (just like driving a really big pinto)
[personal profile] musesfool
RIP Adam West. Same Bat-time! Same Bat-channel! My brother and I spent many an afternoon watching Batman when we weren't supposed to be watching TV at all.

In other TV news, Orphan Black comes back tonight!

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 10th, 2017 02:04 am
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Three days of sleeping in coming up!

2. I got out of work pretty decently on time today.

3. I have a sweet Molly who loves tummy scritchins.

sometimes you crawl like a baby

Jun. 9th, 2017 12:25 pm
musesfool: Steve & Thor (valhalla i am coming!)
[personal profile] musesfool
in the middle of board meeting prep, about which the less said the better, but two things:

1. the weather is finally warming up to proper June temperatures yay!

2. The Chris-ening! Hee! (thanks to [personal profile] twistedchick for the link!)

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Daily Happiness

Jun. 9th, 2017 12:55 am
torachan: an avatar of me done scott pilgrim style (scott pilgrim style me)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I finished my library book before it was due and took it back today. I feel pretty good about that! I also got another book while I was there, which is yet again a two-week book, because I never look at anything but the new shelves. -_- Well, that's incentive to try and get it read in a timely manner at least.

2. Got another chapter of manga finished up and will hopefully have that to post within the next few days.

3. I was really sleepy today for some reason but still managed to get stuff done. (I wish I wasn't sleepy, though!)

4. I love the grumpy look on Chloe's face here.

Weekly Reading

Jun. 8th, 2017 05:50 pm
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
No progress at all on The New Jim Crow or The Library at Mount Char, as I was focused on finishing my library book before it's due.

I also started a new book, A Chance Child by Jill Paton Walsh. [personal profile] rachelmanija recently reviewed another book by the author and it made me remember that I'd picked this up a few years ago, meaning to reread it, and hadn't gotten around to it yet. I read this as a kid and it's one of those books that always stuck with me because it was so weird, but all I remembered was a boy going down a river, something to do with locks (of the river variety), and going back in time. I finally found it again thanks to a post in a book-finding post, so I'm curious to see if it's still as weird as it seemed when I was a kid or if it makes more sense now. From the first three chapters, so far I'm on the side of "yeah, still weird and confusing".

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished up Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout today. I like a couple songs by Against Me! but otherwise am not at all familiar with them or their music, so this was interesting not just to read about the author's journey to coming out as trans, but also to learn about the band. I really enjoyed it.

I also read volumes 25, 26, and 27 of Kimi ni Todoke. I see on Amazon that volume 29 is coming out in July, but I wonder how many more volumes there will be after that. It seems like it's going to be wrapping up pretty soon.

Vague spoilers )

What do you think you'll read next?
I have one more volume of Kimi ni Todoke, and then idk.
dirty_diana: dutch from killjoys (dutch)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
ain't no shortcuts home
a Killjoys fic
by dirty diana
Dutch & D'avin & Johnny
11 800 words
rated teen
for samyazaz in [community profile] yuletide New Year's Resolutions 2017

D'avin accidentally adopts a kitten. Dutch accidentally gets turned into a wary pre-teen girl. The Quad is on the brink of war, Johnny is still in mourning, and the Jaqobis brothers are just trying to keep the chaos aboard Lucy under control.

D'avin has no idea what he's doing. But that part is pretty normal.

Read ain't no shortcuts home on AO3

it can't be time travel, right? )

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