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My Christmas present was, I think you'll agree, AWESOME:



More text and photos, mostly photos )

Pretty damn good day. (Well, the coloring was a few days ago, but still. Christmas present is Christmas present.)
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Started trying to catch up on my reading list and got overwhelmed, so I'm declaring amnesty for myself and starting anew from here. Hugs to all who need them, and my email inbox is always open if there's anything you need me to know.
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Have been spending most of my online time elsewhere, but I miss this place. No, not Facebook. SparkPeople.

Health and food talk, probably not interesting to anyone who's not me, and possibly triggering to folks who prefer not to read diet talk. )

So yeah, I'm back. I'll still keep my food and body stuff mostly on SparkPeople, but I wanted to give a little update on where I've been.
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Or something. My bosses are listening; they're circling the wagons and finding ways to relieve my overwork and stress, and they're forbidding me from working late or taking on tasks that shouldn't be my responsibility.

SO relieved. So grateful.
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The Best Job Ever has become a pile of stress. But I'm dealing with it, because in general, I love this job, and the stress feels temporary. However, I'm putting this here to affirm that if it's still like this in two months, I'm gone.
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I'm a quitter.

I say that not to insult myself, but as a matter of fact. I'm actually moderately proud that I know how to quit things, and I tend, generally, to quit things that are no longer fun for me. I'm pretty good at ending jobs, hobbies, friendships, and books that are more annoying than rewarding.

I've quit school a lot.

This time I didn't quit.

I've been almost done with school for around twenty-five years.

Now, well and truly, I'm actually done.

I didn't quit.

Go, me.
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My favorite of my [community profile] pod_together projects is up! Thanks so much to [personal profile] leish/[livejournal.com profile] quintenttsy for the beta-reading, podcast, art, music -- basically every single thing besides the writing itself. It was fun to do, and it's lovely to hear the finished product.

Something to Hold, on AO3, my first work of fanfic.
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It's been a heck of a week, so I didn't get a chance to tell y'all that [community profile] pod_together is up! It was my first stab at fanfic (and probably my last; more about that under the cut). My pieces will be up tomorrow (Saturday) and Tuesday, but there's lots to choose from, with a variety of fandoms represented. (Both my stories are Harry Potter things: a love story told in letters, and another told in sonnets.)

Anywho, if you like reading and/or listening to fanfic, go check 'em out! I'm going to go listen to some, myself, just now, and I'll come back and point you to some of my favorites.

My navel, let me gaze at it. )

De-cranked

Aug. 18th, 2013 03:22 pm
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Cranky day made better by:

Another great link roundup from [personal profile] jae, especially this very lovely (and loving) story: http://mentalfloss.com/article/48844/how-working-class-couple-amassed-priceless-art-collection

Clean sheets day, yay!

Fresh, delicious watermelon

An all-breakfast weekend -- I made waffles for breakfast, and then breakfast-for-lunch was shredded wheat and eggs that I didn't have to cook; breakfast-for-dinner will be mushroom omelettes and some kind of potatoes. Yesterday was, hmm, let's see. Breakfast: egg/bacon/cheese/potato/spinach burritos at The Berkeley Bowl. Lunch: Some breakfast pot pies we had in the freezer from our last Grocery Outlet run. Ham, cheese, and egg, from Marie Callender's. Dinner: sausage wraps (croissant dough baked around sausages).

And last but not least, Tramadol. I don't take it often, but when I do, wow, I really appreciate it.

(Dreamwidth auto-completed my "Music" field for me. He sure does love that game.)
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Courtesy of  [personal profile] firecat . Except where I've already read or expressed no interest in the book, please read all books as having ???? annotated -- that is, should I?

Key:
Have read
Have started but not finished
Want to read or re-read
Hated!
XXXX No interest in reading
(I added this one)
!!!!! Loved!
????? Should I read this?

plus a few more comments
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In my last post, I forgot to mention that I was reading Shards of Honor. Finished it last night. Will try to remember to post about it next Wednesday.
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What I have recently finished reading:

Existence, by David Brin. Brin is someone the fans in my family don't care for personally, but they say he's a good writer. I found Existence to be an interesting idea (essentially, a world where AI similar to Google Glass is the norm, and the line between humans and robots is blurred) that was sometimes executed in a ponderous way. A friend thought the exposition was necessary; I thought it was excessive, and eventually I felt the urge to say "Yes, yes, you told us that already. Four times. I get that you think it's important! Can we move on?"

That said, I think I would have loved the book at about half the length. It really is an interesting idea. It's important to ponder, I think, what the meaning of privacy will be in a world in which everyone is jacked into the net. And I don't dislike long books per se; I just found this particular one to be overly expository.

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. I adored this book. Many members of my mother's family died in the Holocaust, and it's a sore subject, understandably, in my family of origin. It's not easy to get me to feel lighthearted and hopeful in the midst of a Holocaust story, but Zusak manages it. Of course, there's a lot of sorrow, too -- how could there not be? -- but the writing is gorgeous, the POV is fresh, and the treatment is respectful while it doesn't take itself (as opposed to the subject matter) too seriously. I guess I'd say it takes the long view, and it doesn't trivialize the special nightmare that young people faced in WWII -- they were victims, and they often weren't told what exactly was going on around them. They had to find out by losing everything, sometimes.

What I'm reading now

I am between books. I just popped The Hugo Award Showcase into my bag. More about that later. Mom wants me to read The Yiddish Policemen's Union, to see if I hate the writing as much as she did, but I'm out the door in two minutes, and don't have time to go looking for it.
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This is likely to sound cheesy, but here goes: I am generally a bit of a nervous flier. Between the whole flying-while-fat thing and the slight (not overwhelming, but noticeable) fear of crashing to my death, flying isn't a ton of fun for me. That said, the older I get and the more I love my life (how much? a lot) the more I genuinely feel like yeah, I may die in a plane crash, or crossing the street, or whatever, but I've had such a good life, that right about now, I'm okay with that. I mean, I don't want to die, but when I do, it won't be before I got a chance to live a life I love. Don't think I don't know how incredibly lucky that makes me.
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From the grand-boss, copied to The Best Boss Ever:

You are nothing short of brilliant! And, I deeply appreciate both the
superb quality and amazing quickness of your effort.

I've sent the [big project I turned around in half a day] out to [bigwigs] for their review.

Again, many, many thanks for another job well done!


One thing I can't ever complain about at The Best Job Ever is not being appreciated. The Best Boss Ever says I should have "Nothing short of brilliant" engraved on my business cards.
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This is a project for my lit class, but I like it enough that I plan to actually make it a feature of this blog. I am going to post reviews and essays about American lit, but not new books -- old stuff, as far back as the earliest American works, viewed through a modern lens. I plan to discuss issues of feminism, race, gender, sexuality, and intersectionality. Hope you'll add to the discussion by posting links to your own reviews, and/or comments on mine. Thanks for reading!
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The Reread at the End of the Universe: Does It Matter That H2G2 Fails the Bechdel Test?

Not about American lit per se, but a good, brief article on why it matters that we look at literature through a feminist (and I would say anti-racist, etc.) lens.
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"Who's Chinese?" (Gish Jen's short story "Who's Irish?")
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This story passes the Bechdel test, proving that even a short work can manage to be not-about-men without being dull or passive.
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The Taste of Home and Country (Judith Ortiz Cofer's The Latin Deli)

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It's been a long time since I read this book, but if I remember right, it passes the Bechdel test. Have you read it more recently?

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