Star Trek: Discovery S2

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:43 am
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I managed to avoid being spoiled for the ending, which I'm glad about. 

The future is not yet written )

Gym log, Wednesday 24th April 2019

Apr. 24th, 2019 02:27 pm
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Dumbbell benchpress: 1x5 at 17.5kg/arm, 4x5 at 20kg/arm
Squats: 5x5 at 90kg
Hip thrust: 3x5 at 40kg
Dumbbell bent-over row: 5x5 at 15kg/arm
Deadlift: 3x8 at 50kg
Lat raise: 3x10 at 7kg/arm
Scap raise: 3x10 at 4kg/arm
Military press: 3x8 at 4kg/arm.

Exercise bike: 2km in 05:10.

Wednesday Reading

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:14 am
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Death by Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold is set in an alternate universe Victorian London, where metaphysician is a common profession, at least for men. There's an intriguing secondary female character, Miss Frost, whom I'd love to know more about, who's been trained in metaphysics at a women's college. Julian Lynes is a private detective and Ned Mathey a metaphysician; they'd been lovers while at a terrible boarding school, and are now figuring out their relationship as adults while solving a mysterious murder that involves cursed silver. As an added complication, one of their worst tormenters from school is related to the murder victim, and they have to deal with their feelings about that as well. I enjoyed both the romantic plot and the mystery.

Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw is the second book about Dr. Greta Helsing, contemporary descendant of the Dracula Dr. Helsing, who is a doctor for supernatural beings. She's traveled to Paris for a conference on supernatural medicine, as a last-minute replacement for someone else. Greta spends most of this book caught up in someone else's revenge plot, but does quite a lot for other people (beings?) at the same time, which I found extremely satisfying. Winston was my favorite (I will not spoil Winston's identity). I was happy to learn that a third book is now available for pre-order, and amused to learn that Shaw is married to Arkady Martine, whose book I read last week.

I also re-read The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison because the Kindle version is on sale, and I'd been meaning to re-read it anyway. I ended up switching between the electronic version on my phone and the hardcover at home; sadly, print books do not automatically synch with e-books, but I managed! Enough time has passed since the book came out that I'd forgotten some plot twists, which only added to my enjoyment of revisiting Maia and his world. I'm so happy there is going to be a sequel. It was a good choice for a difficult week, with so many terrible things happening all over the world.

The Story of the Cat

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:42 am
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So, this past Friday I found a stray cat in our backyard, incompetently trying to catch birds in our bird feeder area. I thought it was the large adult cat that comes into our yard occasionally so went out there to chase it away. But when it came out of the cover of the plants, I saw it was much smaller and younger, probably under a year old. I called it and it stopped and actually wanted to come to me. When it came close, I realized it was a young cat, still very kittenish, and basically a skeleton with fur.

I brought it some food and it snatched the first bite and ran away to eat it. Then sort of gradually calmed down and realized it could have the whole bowl. We weren't sure what to do, but after a little while it was crying to come in the house, so we ended up bringing it in and sequestering it in the guest bathroom. (We have two inside-only cats so introducing it into the household was going to be a process.) And naturally it was Friday night and the vet didn't open until Monday so we had to wait to get its health checked out.

This cat was clearly a house cat who had been dumped. He had been fixed, he was immediately cuddly and sweet, and he even purred loudly when he realized he was inside a house. I took him to the vet on Monday then found out they were out of Feline leukemia tests and wouldn't have them until Tuesday. Also we found a cat bite on his hip, so there was a chance he might have it and it got really nerve-racking. But I took him in on Tuesday, and he didn't have it, so now we have a new cat.

And here's a photo: https://twitter.com/marthawells1/status/1119577302986366976

following up

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:50 am
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I ended up in the ER last night, struggling to breathe. *shakes fist*! The folks there took excellent care of me, and ruled out pneumonia, and had me do breathing treatments and gave me steroids. I have some steroids and a new inhaler to pick up this morning, and my instructions are to simply rest. It all went very fast - I think I was there just over an hour, as there were no other patients until toward the end of my stay. And then I came home, exhausted, and slept like a rock despite the mega-dose of steroids I took.

What a performance this whole bronchitis thing has been!

Higher education is broken

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:16 am
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If you want to see what I mean when I say higher education is broken, go read "Death of an Adjunct" from The Atlantic.

If I hadn't met A. and then married and had kids young, that could have been me.  Having set myself upon a course, I would have done anything, sacrificed anything, to get there.  But once I had other people depending on me, it forced me to have some sort of work-life balance.  A lot of things that I might have done if it was just me were off the table once there were other people involved.
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Remember I told you how K-pop was more into seasonal songs than American pop?  Well, it's still spring, so we're still getting spring songs.  As far as I'm concerned, this is the spring song of this year.

Beetroot lentil salad

Apr. 24th, 2019 01:02 pm
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1 tin green lentils, drained
circa 2 peeled cooked small beetroots, finely chopped (I use the pre-cooked vacuum-packed ones because they are a boon to humanity
circa 1/4 to 1/2 red onion, chopped
handful or two green leafy stuff (spinach, wild garlic, mixed salad leaves, whatever you have that can be eaten raw)
optional: hard goat's cheese, cubed -- as much as you want! keep adding until it looks right to you!

Dressing:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 or 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
pinch salt, pinch black pepper
optional: 1 pinch to 1 tsp curry powder, depending on heat of curry powder and personal preference

Mix the dressing, pour over everything else. Lasts reasonably well in the fridge without going soggy (though the beetroot will start tinting the other ingredients pink). This is excellent with some eggs fried in olive oil and put on top.

N.B. I am ambivalent at best about beetroot, so anything that makes me choose to eat it has to be pretty good.

???

Apr. 24th, 2019 06:49 am
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at this point, I really don't know what's going on with my body anymore. when I wake up in the morning, I feel fine, for the most part, but yesterday, as the day wore on, the more I had to walk around (I have to get up a lot to go to the printer, and the bathroom is pretty far away), the more my side began to hurt.

i left early because by around 1:30, i was really sore. i haven't felt any pressure like i did on monday, since monday after they gave me the shot. i have no idea if i still have the stone or not because i feel like the pain would be fairly present in my side and not only exacerbated by walking???

so i really don't know what's going on. i think i'll call the doctor tomorrow and ask for an opinion because I don't want to assume I passed it with next to NO pain based on all the horror stories I've heard, but I just don't understand why i'm not hurting the same. especially when I can only take one of my pain meds (the other is hydrocodone/Vicodin and makes me drowsy, so I can't take it before work), so I feel like I SHOULD be hurting???

I hate not knowing what's going on.

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Apr. 24th, 2019 07:33 am
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Just wanting to let y'all know-- still alive.

Been busy at home, been busy at work and due to all the time I've spent on icons, I'm taking an icon break/hiatus of a few weeks in which I get my stuff together and get inspired again. They say to not wait for inspiration but sometimes that's what you have to do!

Love y'all!

Mid-week uncluttering

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:30 pm
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How is the uncluttering going for you?

I'm on day two of a three day holiday (technically, I had a long weekend as well, but I wasn't home for that). Today, two of the offspring and I have cleared off the BBQ, which has been covered in junk for so long I can't remember when it wasn't. Also a section of the back patio (the roof has to come down, because some of the supports have old white ant damage that means it is at the end of its life). About half a binful of Stuff that I wasn't even going to try and rescue, and rather a lot of things I'm hoping to convince the family to rehome (that is tomorrow's job) and I'm feeling like I've achieved a lot.

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 24th, 2019 07:02 am
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Recently Finished
Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien: This is the first book in that cozy mystery series about a Chinese restaurant! As people have asked, there aren't recipes in the book. Sorry! I know that's a cozy mystery convention but not here. I'd consider this a light read (though I guess most cozies are) but it was refreshing to see all the cultural aspects incorporated -- not just within the family but also within the Chinese-American community. I put a library hold on the next one in the series!

Currently Reading
I'd been planning to read a couple Victoria Schwab books but I'm not in the mood. I'm currently drafting a YA fantasy right now and I'm just not wanting to read any YA or fantasy at the moment.

What's Next
I have a bunch of thrillers from BotM in my TBR pile so I'll try those, I guess. They're not YA or fantasy, so hopefully they'll stick. Even manga hasn't been doing it for me!
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Posted by zombieelmyra

“Fandom isn’t just fandom. It’s an institution where many people learn a lot about life since they tend to get into it from a young age. And if fandom itself isn’t capable of recognizing when it’s going wrong because desire is clouding the mind and clunking up folks’ critical thinking skills, maybe a little help is necessary. Conversation starters need to be had.”

- Stitch, What it’s like being fandom critical while black.

Beta Post 2019

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:06 pm
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Thank you!


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It's spring, it's spring! I think New York City has a reputation of being unrelieved concrete and steel, but there are trees and plants everywhere, and when spring gets here, you know. The Callery pear and Kanzan cherry trees have exploded into showy bloom; the magnolias and weeping cherries were at their peak when yesterday's rain swept through, and now the ground is littered with their petals. Today I saw an oak tree with one dead branch on which last fall's orange leaves heralded the future of the living branches' little green leaf-fluffs, and the little green leaf-fluffs cared not a whit because the sun is bathing them and the air is fluttering them and life is good. The tulips by our front steps were yawning at the sun like ramscoops and I thought, "Same, tulips, same."

I opened all the windows today; later I turned on the a/c in the living room, which gets quite warm quite fast in the bright sun, but my bedroom window stayed open and the room is perfectly airy and cool. J and I walked three or four miles on our date, getting sprinkled on by lackadaisical rain, because that's our idea of fun. My feet are tired from the walk, but I'm still at my standing desk because I'm not going to sit in the stuffy living room when I could stand in front of my window and feel the breeze brushing gently up against me.

Alex is crouched on the sill, where I suspect he has spent most of the day, ogling the birds and drinking the fresh air. He ought to be an outdoor cat, poor guy, and this is the best he can get. On the other hand, if he were an outdoor cat, he wouldn't get to nap curled up in the crook of my C-shaped body pillow, which I have learned to leave arranged just how he likes it when I get up for the day. As I wrote this, he came over and chirped at me for pattins, so I hope he does feel he gets enough perks for being our cat and not his own.

I should be working, here at my lovely new desk, but I needed to share this moment, this sweet foot-ache, this purring cat, this generous breeze with all of you.

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