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* It's difficult to cook when the cat demands, every two minutes, that you fix his food bowl. ('Fix', in this case, defined as 'push all the food back into the center of the bowl from the corners he licked it into'.) It is possible Gabe is a bit spoiled.

* I am so incredibly mellow about this holiday prep it's not even funny, although I'm sure that in another eight hours I'll be doing the "...but what if we don't have enough FOOD" panic. I can't even find my schedule. I know it's here somewhere, I just don't know WHERE. And I'm not at all fussed by this. As long as the turkey is in the oven by 1PM, it's all good.

* It occurred to me tonight that if I ever become a superhero, I can bring all my superhero friends to holidays with me no problem even if they want to be introduced by codename, because over the last twenty years, my parents have been conditioned to accept hearing "Oh, this is my friend DinosaurKitten" without batting an eyelash. (Exactly twenty years, in fact; the first Thanksgiving guest I brought home From The Internet(tm) was in 1995.) They stopped even wondering why all my friends seem to have five or six names that people call them after a few years!

* The best part of having [personal profile] arie here for Thanksgiving (I can't say 'visiting for Thanksgiving', because by now this is also her house even if she's only here two or three times a year) is that I know I can leave the sink full of dirty dishes and the house elves will magically clean them by the time I wake up again.

* ...which will be in six hours, because I am harnessing my sleep disorder to do all the prep the night before, but that means I will not be getting much sleep. Ugh.

* My attempt at Serious Eats' Birdie Bread Rolls did not turn out quite as adorable, but they are still pretty fucking cute. (I used raisins instead of chocolate cereal pearls for the eyes.)

And now it's time to feed the cat again (it's been a whole TWENTY MINUTES since he got food!) and try to sleep for a bit. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!

hope I never improve my game

Nov. 26th, 2015 02:26 am
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[personal profile] lotesse
Late-night hypothesis (i had a hard day i'm not thinking about it): might the weird misdirectedness of "sj shipping" and whatnot be a possible aftereffect of the hardcore fannish embrace of the death of the author?

Instead of accepting all fannish responses while questioning the motives/credentials of directors, movie studios, and various financiers, we seem to be ignoring the latter classes of being almost entirely to instead police fannish response.

I am pretty sure that a substantial chunk of this is "women can be easily made to feel badly about libidinal desires," but also think it's interesting that, after having gloriously launched myself into the arms of Barthes during the Harry Potter years, I now find myself endlessly wanting to remind fellow fen about who gets paid for these stories, who has control, and who exactly doesn't (hint: it's us).


Nov. 26th, 2015 03:05 pm
onthehill: Ray getting into the singing (mcr-raysings)
[personal profile] onthehill
i think i'm halfway thru the story /o\

8451 / 9000 words. 94% done!

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Nov. 25th, 2015 09:47 pm
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[personal profile] shadowhuntress
Oh noooooooo. I wanted to make Hamilton icons, and I just realized that with this new computer, I no longer have Photoshop. Waaaaaahhhhhh. What imma do? Okay, who on LJ/DW is making high-quality Hamilton icons? Help me, flist!

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Nov. 25th, 2015 08:33 pm
shadowhuntress: (Los Angeles)
[personal profile] shadowhuntress
Oh, geez. Have I really not posted since May? ::winces:: Has everyone unfriended me?

Life has been crazy since my family had to organize my grandmother's funeral, then unravel her estate. She refused to write a will and apparently refused to even deal with my granddad's estate after he passed in '92, so that has been...interesting. But preparing her house for sale has been the most work. We've been working on it since June (oh, the treasures we have found, both sentimental (soooo many pictures and my mom's childhood things) and straight-up valuable (I'm now using an unused vintage Cartier wallet and several unused vintage Gucci items) but it takes looking through everything) and we still won't be ready to list until mid-January. I'll be the listing agent, so that'll be weird. I'd give up all this just to have my grandmother with us this Thanksgiving. It's been rough for all of us.

Anyway, this morning consisted of a marathon 9-stop, 5-hour drive around Los Angeles for Thanksgiving supplies. I got pies and turkey and BBQ and everything to make gravy and stuffing and corn casserole and sweet potatoes and salad and vegetables. Then this afternoon, I made the gravy with my parents. So all the big things are done. Tomorrow I just have to assemble and bake the side dishes. I do the brunt of the cooking on Thanksgivings.

If you've been following my Tumblr at all, you will know that my latest obsession is a little show by the name of Hamilton. What I wouldn't give to be able to see the OBC of this musical. I loved In the Heights, but Lin-Manuel Miranda needs a Pulitzer now. All I can do is watch the Ham4Ham videos and sigh wistfully.

My Kings haven't had the best road trip, but my old school Kings shirt (with the original crown in Forum blue and gold) has been getting a lot of attention, so that's cool. So far, I've attended two of the three games I have tickets for this season. It's a great way to spend an afternoon/evening.

The Cap 3 trailer looks fab. I haaaaate the Civil War storyline in the comics, but I'm hoping the alterations for the MCU adaptation and the quality of the film will make it possible to endure it (the new character we see in the trailer, in particular, I'm really looking forward to).

And on another happier note, I met a real life Disney Imagineer over the weekend. She's on the design team for Pandora, the Avatar land in Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. She did know about what was going on with the Star Wars Land in Disneyland but wouldn't give up the goods, except to say that it's going to be awesome.

I think I'll stop there. I'm attempting to post from mobile, so we'll see how that goes. I can't really tell how long my post is, though. Oh well!

Less than two weeks until my annual holiday Disneyland trip! Aww, yisssss.

I do have a Los ANGELes-related icon!

Nov. 25th, 2015 07:02 pm
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[personal profile] monanotlisa
Flying down to LA to celebrate Thanksgiving with my darling [profile] darcydodo, but she'll leave relatively soon again -- ping me if you want to meet up for coffee or movies -- I still need to see The Hunger Games, and Spectre, and can be convinced to watch others.

I'm screening comments so you can leave details, and your phone number. :)

Obligatory Civil War trailer thoughts

Nov. 26th, 2015 01:19 am
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[personal profile] ashkitty
Even the trailer makes my heart hurt. I am really looking forward to this movie.

A few quick thoughts. )

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Nov. 25th, 2015 01:32 pm
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[personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are closing in and again I am nowhere near ready. Like, all these great deals and cheap items (whether food or not), and I don't have the extra money to take advantage of them. It's like shopping for winter clothes in the summer and summer clothes in the winter because it's cheaper that way. I don't have the extra money during those times either to take advantage of them. Ah well. Better luck next year?

Got some word from my flist that there's a spinoff of the game Glitch called Children of Ur ( I really enjoyed hoarding like whoa in Glitch and if I can do that again, woo. I just signed up and it's quite laggy with no one else on the streets. I explored a few streets before I got a blue screen of death (though I'm not sure if that was connected to the game). I also didn't realize how expensive things were in the game, like buying a shovel to dig or a pick to mine. I barely have 100 coins.

I just saw the trailer for Captain America: Civil War and I'm tentatively pleased that it was more focused on Steve than it was Tony (because seriously, fuck Civil War especially if they had to have it so early in the MCU timeline and fuck Tony shoehorning his way into a Captain America movie. This isn't the Avengers or another Iron Man movie!). I just hope they keep it that way.

BloMo24: Of Days and Dust....

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[personal profile] lore
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Nov. 25th, 2015 12:26 pm
onthehill: Ray laughing (mcr-raylaughs)
[personal profile] onthehill

8115 / 9000 words. 90% done!

baby I'm a witch

Nov. 24th, 2015 10:09 pm
lotesse: (open)
[personal profile] lotesse
Watching Hannibal 1.08.

(I've been feeling frustration and dissatisfaction with my family; I do not know if it is legitimate. I feel as though I am not seen. But I'm less interested in proving the reality than I am in simply noticing the presence of my emotions.)

A (potential, theorized) central tragedy of human life, artfully demonstrated by Bryan Fuller: no one can save you but yourself. Even when it is not reasonable to expect anyone else to save you, help always seems to come with strings. Hannibal wants to Save Will Graham; Alana wants to Save Will Graham; Jack wants Will Graham To Already Have Been Saved so that he can remain useful and able to work. But each of these outside agents have agendas for Will, agendas that are their own and not his.

This is inevitable; how could they not? Only Will can have his own interests at heart purely. But ... he doesn't, I don't think he does. He makes gestures toward survival - he clearly knows where he needs to go vs. where he shouldn't, he tells people things like he's trying to remain accountable for his own well-being - but he doesn't follow through. (and yet, it's his self-sacrificing aspects that I find admirable. what does that say about me?)

I don't know - this all seems quite clear to me, but I've been trying to convince myself that "you've got to cross that lonesome valley, you've got to cross it by yourself" is no kind of a life-philosophy.

I wonder if it's good for me, to live within reach of my parents. I dunno that it really is.

Los Angelenos?

Nov. 24th, 2015 02:19 pm
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[personal profile] monanotlisa
QUESTION for my LOS ANGELES friends -- what's a good location to stay for two days not now for Thanksgiving but during the holidays, an area within LA that's walkable(ish), safe, nice? :)

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