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 I've gotten behind on these and I apologize. I ended up having more commitments over the holiday week than I expected, which I guess is a good thing? It was nice to catch up with friends and family. I have one more post to go and I also need to post about my two lovely Yuletide gifts and the fics I wrote. 

sorillia asked me to talk about places that i've lived and what i liked/disliked about them. i hope you're not too disappointed, because i don't think i've ever lived anywhere extremely exciting, but here goes. 

Oh the places I've been... )
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This meme entry is coming in just under the wire, as I was dragged off to a screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Sherlock by my best friend and her husband. It was fine, but indifferent as I am to Tolkien, I never saw the first movie and was under the mistaken impression that this was the final of two movies. Because, you know, it's a pretty effing short book. Imagine my surprise that 2.5 hours later, Smaug is still around and that dwarf-elf-Kate from Lost love triangle has yet to be resolved.

[personal profile] aptasi asked me to talk about things that put me in a good mood. this shall take the form of a random list, much like the R&H classic song "My Favorite Things."
  • While we're on the topic of favorite things, I guess Julie Andrews usually puts me in a good mood. Especially in Mary Poppins and Victor Victoria.

  • Books! And bookstores! Sometimes when I'm stressed, just walking into a bookstore for about 15 minutes makes my blood pressure drop. I don't even have to buy anything. The public library will also do in a pinch. Seriously, you could lock me in the reference section in a university library and I could entertain myself for hours.

  • New canons! Nothing makes me happier (especially when I am down) than diving head first into a new fictional universe, getting up to my neck in it, and finally realizing oh, so that's what everyone was talking about. Right now, I'm having a torrid love affair with the Felix Castor books (on book 4/5) That said, when I finally finish a canon, I do kind of get depressed. I mourned for days after finishing Breaking Bad and Battlestar Galactica.

  • I also get really excited when I get a notification that a favorite fic author has uploaded a new story. Sometimes it seriously turns my day right around.

  • A cuddle from V and hanging out with our kitty Max also makes everything better. On especially stressful days, I turn to one of those 30 cute animal lists on buzzfeed. I also recommend the Weather Whiskers app- it's the weather, except even better because there are cats!

  • Music! Thank heavens for pandora. Putting on the favorite tunes and getting to program different stations definitely puts me in a happier place.

  • Baking. Especially if I have the time and am not stressed. I get a lot of satisfaction in making something delicious with my own two hands and then getting to eat it later. Just kind of rote cooking doesn't really do it for me. But planning a special meal (especially if it's just the two of us) and getting to enjoy it together makes for a special day.

  • A chat with a good friend- whether on the phone, in person, over facebook. It's great to be able to connect with a person that really understands you.
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Obligatory Sandy Update: We were extremely fortunate down in our part of Southeastern VA. Days of rain but we didn't lose power. Sandy was gentle compared to Irene- that biotch knocked my power out for a week! And now we have a house full of "hurricane supplies" (liquor and junk food)...which is both a good and a bad thing. But overall, I feel really blessed. I have friends and relatives in the NJ-DE area that don't expect to get electric back for at least a week, and it is COLD there. This is my 2nd hurricane and I can honestly say, give me a blizzard any day over this ish. 

Emma Donoghue, Parasol Protectorate, Flavia de Luce )
 
Only read 3 books this month. *shrugs* I know I had said I was going to read Dark Currents but I got all nervous that I wasn't going to like it and so I put it off. :( Maybe next month. But I just ordered Cloud Atlas for myself because I really want to see the movie and I am one of those people who absolutely has to read the book first. Well...has to read the book first if I think the book is any good. 
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I just turned in a very unfinished chapter draft to my adviser today, which brings the total up to 4/5 chapters drafted. *insert Liz Lemon self-high five here* I'm still hoping to have it all drafted by Christmas, though unfortunately what I turned in today is very much a work in process. I'm workshopping it back at Big Blue next month and it still has a ways to go before I'm willing to let my colleagues get their hands on it. But at least I have a deadline. Must channel my inner Mandrake adept and whip that chapter into shape! Though most of the time, I really  feel like it's the other way around. I'm pretty sure they keep a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style in the flagellery of House Shahrizai....

In other blah blah academia news, there has been quite of bit of mean girls frenemy type behavior in my department in the past few weeks which has me giving certain folks the side-eye. I get that we are all squabbling over limited resources, but..*facepalm* I also had some health issues a few weeks ago. It's nothing too serious, but I will need to see a specialist and might need to make some changes to my diet. I also have a feeling it's probably related to all this job market/dissertation stress. 

I promised myself that now that this draft is turned in, I can put together my Yuletide request. Squee! It's gonna be gangbusters. Also hoping to complete my assignment for [livejournal.com profile] kink_roulette by the end of the month. I have a great idea and a half-written story and apparently nothing helps me relax more than writing the pornographies these days. Perhaps that is what I shall do after I address the other things I have neglected in the past few weeks...like getting an oil change and going to the grocery store. Also V and I have started watching Warehouse 13- we're still on season 1 but we really like it! Which is good, because sometimes our tv tasted don't overlap. She's very picky about genre stuff (tolerates my love of Doctor Who, but really got hooked on BSG) I've tried to persuade her that there will be femslashy subtext if we can make it to season 2. 
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Ok, so this may be a bit presumptuous but they are polling right now for Femslash12 and I am pretty damn excited. I have watched from a distance the past couple years but this year, goddess willing, I am going to take the plunge and sign up. Even folks who plan to be "only readers" can vote. so please, practice democracy...and show my beloved Downton Abbey and A Song of Ice and Fire some love....because they are not doing as well as I had hoped. Sadness. I have lots of femslashy feelings, but for whatever reason, I never seem to have them for the large femslash fandoms. But then again, I have always been an obscure fandoms person. 

To all my fellow ASOIAF fans, a friend forwarded me a CFP (that's "call for papers" for the unitiated) for a volume on "A Game of Thrones and History." Damn was I ever tempted to submit something, despite that I am no one's idea of a medievalist, If it was straight up cultural crticism, I might be tempted, but I think this would require waaaay too much background research on something outside my field. I guess the world will never get to know my academic wankery on "Faceless (Wo)Man: The Female Masculinity of Arya Stark." But if other scholarly fannish types feel so inspired, you should go for it! 

I also took a spontaneous trip to DC this week and met up with my best friend and her baby (yay!) and another female friend with whom I have an extremely complicated and tempestuous relationship and her baby. (???) Le sigh. I'm still trying to process it all. I may post about it. A meeting with She Who Must Not Be Named always leaves me feeling a little shaken and stirred. 

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