Weekend Update

Jun. 25th, 2017 07:00 pm
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My wife and I decided that this weekend was the weekend of doing nothing. No big projects, no going out for half the day. She went back to work the day after we got back from vacation, and has been drained. This weekend, we decided we were going to relax and recharge.

So, what did that entail? For me, it meant reading Indexing: Reflections, which has been on my to-read pile for ages. I really enjoy the world that Seanan McGuire sets up. This sequel did not disappoint. I'm really hoping she decides to write more serialized stories in this world, and then bound in book form for me to buy and read.

I've colored a bit, and also binged podcasts. I'm much more open to education-related podcasts in the summer, so I've been listening through the most recent season of Tea with BVP, which is a live show that becomes a podcast by a Linguistics and Language professor who talks about second language acquisition. Given that I teach a world language, this is a perfect fit. I'm learning a lot, and learning just how much I don't know about language acquisition, by listening. I'm going to want to relisten later in the summer and take notes. For now, I'm just listening once, and getting an idea for the concepts the host, Bill Van Patten, discusses.

I've written a bit - a short character piece in my Pomegranate!verse. I'd like to improve character voice for the characters who aren't Raven or McKenzie, so I'm working my way around the cast, and let Kyle have a short piece this time. The only way to improve is to keep doing!

Watched the new episode of Doctor Who with the wife today, and she enjoyed watching me watch the episode almost as much as we both enjoyed the episode. I tend to get wrapped up in media I enjoy, and tune out everything else around me. And I have very visible emotional reactions. So she saw the moments where I figured things out about the plot, etc. No spoilers, don't worry!

We also, as the crowning achievement of the weekend, went across the street to the one Pokemon gym in the village and did a raid battle today in Pokemon Go. We took down a Vaporeon, and then both were able to catch it at its reduced CP! We tried raiding yesterday, but her phone froze, so it ended up a bust - the opposing Pokemon beat us both. But it was a lot of fun battling both times! We've been over to the gym once outside of raiding as well, and at the moment, the gym is Mystic, which is my team, so I've got a Pokemon sitting there, and have had for over 24 hours now. This is the first time I've had a Pokemon hold a gym for longer than about ten minutes!

So, yeah, nothing earth-shattering or super-productive, but we've enjoyed the time at home to just relax.

Tomorrow is Big Day #1: OBGYN appointments. By this time tomorrow, my uterus should be all burned on the inside. Ablation Day!

televisional thoughts

Jun. 25th, 2017 11:10 pm
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oh yeah dr who was pretty great this week, but i am holding back on whether i love it based on how certain plotlines are dealt with next week. i do however have a new appreciation for john simm. i still prefer michelle gomez but lbr she's the best master since delgado so she'd be hard to beat.

Challenge #659: ransom

Jun. 25th, 2017 09:34 pm
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Welcome to [community profile] dw100. Challenges are posted roughly once a week.

Challenge #659 is ransom.

The rules:
- All stories must be 100 words long.
- Please place your story behind a cut if it contains spoilers for the current/upcoming season.
- You don't have to use the challenge word or phrase in your story; it's just there for inspiration.
- Please use the challenge tag 659: ransom on your entry.

Good luck!

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Jun. 25th, 2017 11:00 am
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PSA: heat exhaustion vs. heat stroke

Jun. 24th, 2017 07:42 pm
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(originally posted on 7-11-16)

since it will get hotter before it gets cooler, especially in the south & southwest, this is info people need.


feeling faint or dizzy

excessive sweating

cool, pale, clammy skin

nausea or vomiting

rapid, weak pulse

muscle cramps

treatment: get to a cool, air conditioned place. drink water if fully conscious. take a cool shower or use cool compresses. (i suggest using them around your neck or on the inside of your wrists, where the blood vessels or arteries are close to the surface.)


throbbing headache

no sweating

body temperature above 103 F (39.4 C)

red, hot, dry skin

nausea or vomiting

rapid, strong pulse

may lose consciousness

treatment: CALL 911 (or whatever equivalent is in your country) take immediate action to cool the person until help arrives. (i suggest providing shade, maybe getting them inside if they're on hot cement & use cool compresses on them)
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I know I've been quiet on here, but I've been very busy with RL. Fandom inspiration finally struck me and I wrote for the first time in ages! YOI fandom has so much inspiration laying around that some of it had to strike me eventually.

Smile For The Camera (4080 words) by versaphile
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Characters: Katsuki Yuuri, Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Smut, Hasetsu, Future Fic, Post-Season/Series 01, Husbands, Filming, Exhibitionism, Summer, Fluff, Fluff and Smut, Domestic Fluff, Porn Video, Photography, Dakimakura (sort of), Bottom Victor Nikiforov, Top Katsuki Yuuri, Oral Sex, Anal Sex, Anal Fingering, Comeplay, Come Marking, Ass to Mouth, Spanking, Mild D/s, So mild it's barely there, Anxious Katsuki Yuuri, Confident Katsuki Yuuri, Smitten Victor Nikiforov, Teasing, Tickling, Praise Kink, Dom Victor Nikiforov, Sex Tapes, The Softest Dom

Victor loves summer in Hasetsu with Yuuri. He loves it so much he needs to capture it for posterity.

DCI Showing

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:06 pm
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Last night, I went to the movies to watch the opening performance of six of the corps that make up the Drum Corps International, thanks to Fathom Events. DCI is like professional marching band - routines are complex, entertaining, real productions. The marching is precise, the flag is intense, and the athletic skill needed is as rigorous as any sports training. Forget most sports seasons, DCI is the super-competition.

The theater I went to last night almost didn't let me in, though. The boy at the counter told me they had to close the screening room because the AC had gone out, and it wasn't fit to sit in, and asked if I wanted a refund. I sadly said yes, and he went and got his manager. The boy had just turned away people asking to buy tickets, also. The manager came out and apologized, and scanned my QR code on my phone to print the tickets to start the refund process, and mentioned that there were only two screens in the theater that could stream the Fathom stuff.

Wait, I said. They were still going to show the DCI? I had a student in one of the corps, and I wanted to see them perform. He said they were, but they couldn't put the audience into the second, air-conditioned theater until 8:50, because there was another film in there already. But, you're still honoring the tickets? I can still see this? Yes, if I didn't mind the inconvenience. I did not mind at all. So, got my ticket and headed to the snack line.

I'd spoken loudly enough that the people who'd been turned away and had been off to the side talking about how they'd have to call their parents (teenagers), went back to the ticket window before the manager could walk away, and managed to purchase tickets as well. And then a group of adults got into line. I'm glad I spoke up about my desire to see the performance and asked clarifying questions. The boy at the counter had not been aware of the possibility, it seemed - it's a busy theater, and I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. He probably wasn't aware of more than the basics of the situation.

The poor theater was under-staffed last night. There was only one person behind the snack counter, and he was running back and forth between the register and the back room to fill orders. He kept smiling, kept up his good humor, and everyone who was around me in line was very patient and kind with him. It's hard being the only person at a register when you can "just" stand and ring people up - the fact that he was making food, pouring drinks, checking stock, and ringing us all up? I hope the management was kind to him.

The screening room itself wasn't as bad as the ticket counter had made it seem. There was some air flow, so we weren't hot and sticky. It was a bit stuffy, but nowhere near the oven I'd been expecting. There were a ton of teenagers there, along with parents of people in the corps, band directors, etc. Most of the group was either a middle school or high school band, based on the snippets of conversation I heard. We were moved to the AC screening room between the first and second performances (I'll talk about those in a moment), which was a convenient time, because the feed itself had some issues and had stuck at that point. We all moved quickly to the new room, and everyone did the sensible thing of go as high as you can, or as far in as you can to the row you're on. There was an empty space next to a couple of teenage girls on the end of a row, and I asked if they were holding the seat. Nope! I plopped myself down just as the second corps began its performance.

As to the performances themselves, they were very fun! This is the first of the season, as I'd said before, so not everything about each program is finalized. They've been rehearsing for about a month now. My student who's in one of the corps left school as soon as seniors were done, and missed his own graduation for training. Some of the corps were in better shape than others. The cameras also had the unfortunate luck to focus in on some of the guard just as they missed catching their batons. The programs were diverse in tone and theme, and each one was a treat for both ears and eyes. I enjoyed the commentators, who, just like sports commentators, gave some background about each of the corps performing - their world class wins, their previous season's programs, changes in leadership among the adults (there's an age range for performers - I think it's 16-23, but don't quote me on that; I know there are 18 y.o. because that's how old my student is). Unlike sports commentators, they were quiet during the performances themselves, commentating on them only after the performance had finished. They spoke with directors before each corps performed, and got an "on-the-ground" perspective after from one of the corps members who was leaving the field.

In August, there's going to be another showing in the theaters, before the DCI finals. The top 15 corps' performances will be streamed to audiences, so they can see who the contenders are for the finals. The scoring is done by a panel of judges, and is kind of complicated - though the commentators kindly broke it down with overlay graphics for the movie-going audience. The corps my student is in came in 4th out of 6 - not bad for an opening volley, especially considering how tight most of the performances already are. I hope they make it to the top 15. If they do, I'll definitely go to the other showing. If not...I still might. I really enjoyed the routines I saw, and want to see how they evolve over the season.

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:51 pm
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I hope it's alright for me to post this here.

Maybe I drink too much coffee

Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:08 pm
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It was a hayfevery sort of morning but I didn't realise quite how badly I was suffering until I got to the end of my walk and tried to order coffee. There was a new girl on the till and she was suffering from hayfever too. So there was a comedy conversation in which I managed to successfully convey that I'd like a tall latte to take away and then she took two tries to ask what my name was so that she could write it on the cup and I... couldn't actually say my own name properly.

J, the regular barista, finished making the drink for the customer ahead of me, grinned at his new colleague, took the pen and takeaway cup off her and drew something on it. "Ohhh," she said and sneezed and wrote on the cup.


It's possible that I spend slightly too much of my life at that place but the staff are lovely :)

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 05:17 pm
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Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:35 pm
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I'm still tired from yesterday, but a head's up (via a genealogy news feed I follow) in case it's of any use to other people:

Find My Past (one of the big online genealogy sites for the UK) are allowing free access to their main UK collections till 26th June. (No strings attached for this one, not even fake-orders to get it; only registering if you haven't already.)

Some more details & instructions on the site's blog: https://blog.findmypast.com/free-british-irish-records-2445715211.html

*skuttles off to collapse somewhere again*

Drive-By Post Rec

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:06 am
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Go look here for a fascinating discussion about men, women, the world, and the chimerical concept of "the rules".


Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:08 pm
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[personal profile] battlehamster is off to a weekend larp event. Kheldar is absolutely convinced that if he guards the luggage his human won't be able to leave him. This is guarding. Really. Nothing is going to get past this cat.


Ferris Bueller's day off

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:56 pm
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I'm sorry but the ferris in the blue sky icon reminded me of this amazing movie and, of course, of Ferris who was adorable ♥
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Based on nothing but hunches and madness, but still tucked under a spoiler-cut, because I suppose it is vaguely possible:

Spoilerful speculation under here )


Jun. 21st, 2017 09:59 pm
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I am slowly adjusting to being back from vacation. We left Hershey early-ish in the morning yesterday, after a stop at Duck Donuts for breakfast and, rather than take the highways home, we decided it would be more fun to take the scenic route. So, local highways and US-highways, rather than the Interstates. We stopped when we saw places that we liked, drove through a bunch of adorable towns (why, PA, why do you not need Latin teachers? I loved the places we drove through and stopped!), and generally meandered our way home.

By the time we crossed into VA, though, we were ready to just be home. We grabbed the Interstate system again just over the border, and used it to get as close to home as we could before the necessary hop back onto the US-highways and local roads. We got back sometime between 5:30 and 6, I think. Honestly, I can't remember. And we'd left our hotel in Hershey before 10.

But, home! Honestly, part of what I like about vacation is the appreciation for home I have when I get back. Back to my own bed, my own shower, my rooms. Rooms, plural. Being able to exist in separate spaces made both me and my wife very happy after a week of sharing very close quarters.

We went out together just for a little while this morning - quick trip to the local grocery to pick up what we'd need to tide us over until proper grocery shopping. May have to pop out again tomorrow, because the local only had one gallon of my tea, and I can drink that down in a day. But, then she had work, and I had time to myself in the house, which was nice. I'm still tired, but I've done some tidying and started the laundry (two loads done!).

Tomorrow, I go out on my own - something I don't tend to do in the summer. The DCI (Drum Corps International) is having a showing of some of their bands in movie theaters via Fathom Events, and one of my students is in one of the corps marching in the show. When I found out his corps was going to be featured, I made sure to nab a ticket. I love the marching shows in general, but I especially love it when I know one of my kids is out on the field performing. My wife isn't as interested, so we're meeting for dinner when she gets off work, and then she's going home and I'm hitting the theater. The show is 2 hours, and doesn't start till 8:30 - I won't be getting home till way late, and I'll be driving on my own in the dark. I'm a little nervous about that, but I know the roads well, and I plan on resting up and eating well before the show, so I won't be too tired when I'm driving.

Next big thing on the agenda: OBGYN appointment on Monday. After that: my sister's wedding in July. After that: Field Trip to the Newseum AND the African-American History museum in early August (for professional development credits!). And then, the big events are done, and it's time for school again. But, that's well over a month away. Plenty of time to enjoy being home and to do things on my terms.


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