eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
So I'm trying the Tumblr thing. Again. It frustrates the hell out of me, but missing out on half the fannish conversation frustrates me more, so. :)

If I'm not already following you, drop me a line to let me know who you are, so I can rectify that!

(I'm [tumblr.com profile] ejlh. I think. I hate tumblr's account system.)

And now I'm going to bed because it's 0520 and we have the kids tomorrow today* and so of course my brain decided this was an excellent time for insomnia. Being an adult is hard enough; being an adult on three hours sleep is going to be nigh-impossible.

(* I still generally maintain that it's not tomorrow if I haven't slept yet, but given the sun is 100% up at this point I think I'll have to abandon denial just this once.)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
1. I've been reading all your adventures in growing your own vegetables, and I'm kind of envious. I'm not sure I can physically handle actual gardening, but I'm growing more dissatisfied with the fruit & veg I can get from the supermarket or greengrocers, and it's annoying going from feast to famine based on where we are in the grocery-shopping cycle. :)

I do have some hydroponics gear my folks gave me for Christmas two years ago; I just don't have the right electricity hookups to use it outdoors yet. But I will! And then I will have tasty fresh vegetables and it will be awesome.

2. In the meantime, my herb greenhouse is doing very well - I'm currently running basil, mint, chives, rosemary and a ton of parsley, and I'll be picking up a coriander plant from the parents at Christmas. It's fantastic having fresh herbs at hand all the time, and the greenhouse arrangement has stopped the possums from eating all my parsley. I could never go back to dried herbs now, and it's made my cooking a whole lot bettr.

3. I fear I may have to default on Yuletide. This story's not shaping up the way I wanted it to, and I've had a whole bunch of last minute stuff land in my lap. I don't wanna, though. :/

4. Still plenty of days left for questions for the December talking meme. Prompt away!

Randomly.

Dec. 11th, 2013 12:08 pm
eleanorjane: Neal Caffrey (caffrey)
Unbelievably, this is not actually self-published, but: pic behind cut )
eleanorjane: Chiana (call me pip)
I really like the looks of the December talking meme, but I've held off because I really doubted I'd get prompts. That said, it looked like fun, so why not. :)

Pick a date in December and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. I'm good at talking. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to pizza preferences to whatever you want.

I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet, but really, that's pretty unlikely.

*

In other news, I've been rereading the Belgariad by David Eddings, reminded by [personal profile] recessional's awesome next-gen fics. I've seen this sentiment expressed elsewhere, but many of my issues with this series would be solved if the narrative treated Polgara as scary and controlling and inappropriate instead of basically approving of her.

*

Also, I want to change my dw style/layout, but that means trying to find all my existing settings and save/record them because I'm changephobic and what if I hate my new choice?

*

And now I'm going to bed, because I've done something painful to my shoulder/neck and the painkillers are making me drowsy. Goodnight, sweet flist! (/dwircle.)

*

December talking meme prompts: behind the cut )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
On the one hand, yay to Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While she's not my #1 choice, I am pretty happy with this. (I still want Gina Torres as Wonder Woman, dammit.)

On the other hand, even the mainstream media notes that
[t]he win is tempered by the fact that she is reduced to second-tier billing, and her name does not join DC Comics' other two icons, Batman and Superman, in the film's title


DC, look at your choices, seriously.
eleanorjane: Azula in flashback, smirking (azula)
Cut for mild mental health talk. )

In other news, our current Shadowrun roleplaying campaign has hit awesome heights, and I'm really enjoying it. We had a hiatus for much of November due to scheduling conflicts, and it's good to get back into the swing of things. And it looks like we should be able to squeeze in another gaming session tomorrow, too, which is pure serendipity.
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
I thought this episode was quite thought-provoking.

Spoilers, as usual. )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I am really in the mood for fic with a good original character (or more!), preferably starring them or at the very least featuring them in strong secondary role(s). MCU is my current fandom of choice, but I'm panfannish at heart.

Any recs? :)
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
Episode thoughts, spoilery! This may well have been the episode that sold me on the show for good.

hearts in my eyes. IN MY EYES. )

I suspect one reason why the show's not quite hitting the right notes for some members of MCU/Avengers fandom is that it's really not within the mold of the SHIELD we expect. We're used to the spy agency which exists in fanfic to provide missions for some combination of Natasha, Clint and Steve, or to provide a new challenge for Darcy Lewis to be awesome at.

And the SHIELD we see on the show isn't that agency; this is a team of monster-hunters, not operatives of a politically-active intelligence agency. I'm sure the fandom vision of SHIELD exists in parallel, really, because that's a place where people like Melinda May and Grant Ward would feel at home. But the show's lens on SHIELD doesn't feel like the agency that fanworks have primed us to expect, which isn't the show's fault, but is probably causing some cognitive dissonance. I know it did for me until I came to grips with it.

I like this SHIELD, though. I think I would like the covert spy agency version more, because I love spies and have many feelings about them (SPY DADDY ♥), but now that I have adjusted my expectations accordingly, I am pretty much okay with what we have. I can always get that other SHIELD from fanfic anyway. :)

SQUEE.

Nov. 8th, 2013 02:19 am
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Disney's Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Mini-Series Event

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel's most popular characters exclusively to the world's leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a mini-series programming event.

Led by a series focused on "Daredevil," followed by "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage," the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell's Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel's "The Defenders" mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.


This could be pretty damn awesome. I am excite.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Haven't done one of these for a bit. Oops. :)

1. I have discovered that you can make quesadillas very quickly in a sandwich press. This is awesome news, because I love quesadillas, but I do not love cooking them because they flop everywhere. This is a total win, and means I just had a cheese-and-corn quesadilla for breakfast. \o/

2. For her 70th birthday last year, I gave my mother an IOU for two business-class plane tickets to New Zealand - four years of a transpacific relationship gave me a lot of frequent flyer points. ;) She and dad are there right now, and by the sounds of their last email they're having a lovely time.

3. My parents will be away for my birthday, so they gave me my gift early: it's a framed panoramic photo of London, taken in about 1957 from the top of the Natural History Museum. (Dad worked there before he went to University.) They have a larger version of the same photo hanging in their living room, and they got a smaller copy framed for me. This photo doesn't do it justice, thanks to the light leaking in from the adjacent window, but it's lovely.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I kind of want to hold off on this post until more countries have seen Thor 2, but if I do, I'll forget what I wanted to say.

Spoilery for Thor 2 and Iron Man 3. )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Volume 1 of Captain Marvel, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, is one of the nominees in the "Best Graphic Novels & Comics" section of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards. If you've enjoyed it, I do urge you to go vote for it!

It's up against stiff competition, even for the fangirl vote - it's up against Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, and Avatar the Last Airbender: The Search. But I chose to vote for it as a political decision - I want Marvel to know that books about women can be a success too. Captain Marvel is an awesome book, and deserves to win in its own right, IMO; as a point-prover doubly so.

Question!

Nov. 1st, 2013 04:36 pm
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
In MCU fanon, it seems quite common that Reed Richards is considered to be a dick.

Apart from having seen the two movies a while back, I know almost nothing about Fantastic Four. So, can anyone give me a potted summary as to why everyone hates Reed? :)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Not very spoilery, for Thor 2. )

I need more MCU icons, stat!

Rec!

Oct. 31st, 2013 10:24 am
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Turn Off Trouble Like You Turn Off A Light by [archiveofourown.org profile] blithers
Summary: "Oh, God," he said, and she knew just enough about Captain America to find this a pretty strongly worded statement on the situation. (Or, Steve and Darcy wake up married in Vegas.)

(I laughed a lot. :))
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
spoilery, as always )

Although this ep's storyline pushed a couple of my DNW buttons for specific reasons (which wasn't the show's fault), I can tell it's growing on me by my disappointment that there's no new episode next week. :)

Oh god, the neighbour is steel drumming again. Kill me now.

Rec!

Oct. 20th, 2013 01:37 am
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
Six times Melinda May spent time with a member of the Avengers Initiative, by Minnow. You have to be a registered member logged in at AO3 to read this, but it's so worth it. It's fabulous.
eleanorjane: Joan Watson, looking awesome. (Default state.) (my dear watson)
1. Chris's work crunch is finally over! \o/

It was getting pretty hard on me - I don't begrudge him time at work when it's needed, of course, and I'm really glad he got to sink his teeth into a satisfying project. But he worked six twelve-hour days and then two sixteen-hour days all in a row, and although I'm quite accustomed to solitude it was the worst kind of aloneness, because I couldn't just relax and do my own thing, I still had to make sure my schedule fitted into what he needed. And aloneness of that type isn't good for the brainweasels. I sort of dropped my bundle a bit on a few days... but it's over now, and we have a lovely weekend of no obligations ahead of us.

2. It is gorgeous stormy weather outside. I love the summer storms we get in Queensland, and today is shaping up to be awesome in that regard. I'd share a photo but Flickr's iOS7 app is crashy beyond belief.

3. New episode of Elementary to watch! Yay :)
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
Spoilers. )

Not a great episode, but definitely an improvement over what came before. This bodes well, I think.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Am I the only one getting a really strong Constantine vibe here? The history between Abby and Jenny Mills feels veeeeeery reminiscent of Angela and Isobel Dodson.

(I'm somewhere mid-ep 3 at the moment - I'm skipping through the plotty bits, and just focusing on the character interaction bits, since that's where the pleasure is, and catching up on the plot with recaps.)
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
Hello, dear writer! I hope you're excited about Yuletide and that the details I provide here are useful and edifying, not terrifying. Thankyou so much for signing up to write one of the fandoms I love, and I hope the info below is useful.

And! I apologise if my signups were less than eloquent. I am currently running on extreme sleep deprivation. I hope you can find inspiration in them anyway. :)

Before we get started, I just want to say: Optional Details Are Optional. All of the below is meant to be a guide for you, not a recipe list. I will be totally happy with a story that isn't anything I mentioned in my optional details at all. :)

If you're looking to get a general idea of what pushes my buttons, check out the rest of my journal here. My LJ is [profile] ladyjestyr, which is these days a mirror of this journal, but has a lot of older content as well. My (very sparse) fic output can be found at my AO3 account, [archiveofourown.org profile] eleanorjane. Also, I tweet as [twitter.com profile] eleanor. Otherwise, read on!

General Thoughts )

Whew! Okay, on to the specific fandoms:

Fandom 1: Elementary )

Fandom 2: Agents of SHIELD )

Fandom 3: Hackers )

Fandom 4: Human Target )

Thankyou, dear Yuletide Writer! I hope I've given you some ideas and inspiration, and fear not - I will be happy just to get a story in any of these fandoms.

Whoops.

Oct. 15th, 2013 10:45 am
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
Okay, now - now, when it is TOO LATE - I decide I do want to do Yuletide.

Bugger.

Oh well! I shall try and do some Treats this year, to get back on the horse, and if I can keep my nose to the grindstone this year I'll sign up next year. *nods*
eleanorjane: Mako Mori, under an umbrella (makobrella)
I really am terrible at posting daily, aren't I?

1. Although I am still Chris-less - by the end of today he'll have worked an 80-hour week, with another 12-hour day tomorrow - I'm managing to entertain myself okay. And today I had a four hour nap. On the one hand, oops! On the other hand, clearly I needed it. :) (Honestly, when it goes over three hours I don't know that you can call it a 'nap' any more.)

2. Gaming tomorrow night! I've had one gaming session in the last three weeks instead of the usual two per week, so tomorrow's game will be very welcome indeed.

3. Warm weather has hit with a vengeance, which is not a daily happiness because I hate summer. However, so far - unlike last year - the airconditioners are coping and keeping on top of it, so the interior of the house is surprisingly pleasant. Now, let's just hope that holds true in January...

--

In other news, I'm still ambivalent about Yuletide. I don't want to risk flaking, so I think I'm going to skip it for this year and just enjoy what it produces instead. I have other things to be working on, anyway. And speaking of which, I might see if I can get some vidding done this afternoon. :)

In other, other news I've decided I shall go ahead with my LJ switcharound. :) (Which, augh, means I need to get my main LJ journal's icons up to date to match my DW journal. Which is going to suck given LJ's one-icon-at-a-time update page.)

Ahaha.

Oct. 14th, 2013 12:20 am
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
For those of you watching Sleepy Hollow, cleolinda is doing text message recaps. I'm not that far into the show, but that was awesome. :D
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
So I think I'm going to merge my LJs.

I've got two LJs, you see - [livejournal.com profile] ladyjestyr was always my "main" LJ, and I set up [livejournal.com profile] eleanorjane as my fandom LJ, because there were a lot of people on my main LJ flist who weren't in fandom, and at least some who might have been openly hostile to fannish stuff.

These days, though, I almost never post at my "main" LJ, and the fannish one has been just a straight mirror of my DW journal (which is mostly fannish content anyway) ever since I set up at DW.

So I'm tempted to just crosspost all my DW content straight to [livejournal.com profile] ladyjestyr instead of to [livejournal.com profile] eleanorjane, and let the latter lie fallow for a bit. (I'd keep the former active because it's a permanent account.) It seems really silly to have two LJs set up and only be using one of them, and it's a pain to have to keep switching from one LJ login to another.

So, if you read me at [livejournal.com profile] eleanorjane, would you have any objections to reading me at [livejournal.com profile] ladyjestyr instead? It'd have all the same content, and likely with bonus extra responsiveness to comments. ;)

(This would not affect my DW journal in any way, if you read me there...)
eleanorjane: christmas baubles, captioned 'yuletide' (yuletide)
Have I missed the signup cutoff?
Do I want to sign up?
Can I do this?
AUGH.

Edit: Okay. So it seems I have until Monday. Now to get thinking.
eleanorjane: Beaker, looking alarmed. (beaker)
I really fail at daily posting, don't I?

1) With Chris working 12-hour days all week and all weekend, I'm left to my own devices a lot more than I'm accustomed to -- and I do miss him but man, it's nice to have some time off cooking. Chris never expects me to feed him, but I still feel bad if I don't, and I do enjoy cooking, so it's not a chore per se. But it's still nice to not have to bother about it. I have a fridge full of sandwich ingredients, lots of snacks, and the number of the local Italian place that does really good pizza, pasta and ribs. :)


2) I tried the first episode of Sleepy Hollow. I liked it more than I expected - Crane in particular gets some excellent lines, and I can see why fandom likes it. That said, a lot of it pressed my story-squick buttons - I'm not a fan of stories where the main character is consistently not believed when they need to be - so I'm not sure how invested I'm going to get. We'll see.

What it has done, though, is it's inspired me to try Buffy again. (Well, that and the awesome Elementary/Buffy fusion I read yesterday.) I've got six of the seven seasons on DVD, though I stopped early in Season 3 when I was marathoning them the first time. I'll see if I can get further through them this time around.

(Edit: oh god, they're in 4:3. I had forgotten.)


3) I caught up with recent QI episodes yesterday, and the second-last episode made me laugh til I choked. Ross Noble, Sue Perkins and David Mitchell - not quite my ideal guest lineup, but pretty close to it. :)

Maybe I should do a QI rewatch this week. Chris isn't a huge fan of it (it irks him that they take too long to get to the interesting facts :D) so I'm unlikely to watch it with him, and it's been a few years since I watched it all right through.

I really wish they'd release QI DVDs so I could have the whole lot all in the same format and with deleted scenes and special features and so on.


4) Not long til Thor: The Dark World! Squee! Although Thor isn't my favourite of the MCU movies, it has the highest concentration of my favourite characters.

(Also, I am reminded of just how much Tom-Hiddleston-as-Loki is an absolute perfect match for adult Draco Malfoy, IMO. Give him blonde hair, and he's perfect.)


5) I have been hearing rumours about the Agent Carter TV series going ahead with Hayley Atwell. Does anyone have anything more conclusive about it? It is seriously #2 on my wishlist of Things I Would Give My Right Kidney For, right behind a Captain Marvel movie. Please make it happen, Marvel!
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
Spoilers, as usual. )

Apart from a couple of moments of stupidity, that seemed a lot better than the two previous. Or am I just becoming desensitised?

hrm

Oct. 8th, 2013 02:57 pm
eleanorjane: Joan Watson, looking awesome. (Default state.) (my dear watson)
I'm doing the please-entertain-me! trawl for fic, and so I've been branching further afield in my reading than I otherwise might.

...I really dislike Author Notes at the end of a chapter for anything other than explicating the chapter itself - translations, references etc are fine, but thanks for reviews and apologies for mistakes are so offputting. I don't want to watch the sausage being made while I'm eating it, you know?
eleanorjane: Sam and G on a beach (beach)
1. I need to find a show to marathon this week :) Chris has just had crunch time land in his lap with no warning, which means I'm going to see him about three hours a day for the next week, I think. Based on how I'm feeling lately, I think losing myself in some escapist TV would be a good idea; I just can't decide what. I still have to finish Arrow S1, but it didn't 100% grab me (it's okay, but needs more banter to really own me). Fandom is wild about Sleepy Hollow but I think the Americentrism might annoy the pants off me - also, there's not exactly enough to marathon yet. ;) I dunno. Normally I'd do a Burn Notice rewatch, but Chris and I are planning on watching it together soon, so. Maybe NCIS again? It's been a while.

2. My herbs are growing really well, despite the heat! Dad's been trying to come up with a watering hookup for me, but in the meantime I'm using a hacky solution involving a large bucket of water, and it's working well. So I have tons of fresh basil, parsley, rosemary, oregano and chives at my disposal... and a tiny wee mint which is thriving happily.

3. The Dizzee Rascal iTunes Festival show was really, really good and I've been rewatching it on constant repeat for ages when I'm alone in the house. *grooves*
eleanorjane: Mako Mori, under an umbrella (makobrella)
1. Turns out Guillermo del Toro cut an hour of footage from Pacific Rim - mostly character arc stuff. I am reeeeeally hoping at least some of that shows up on the DVD special features, y'know? :) (Also, Travis Beacham has been hired to come up with a script for a sequel. I don't know that a sequel is necessary, but it could be awesome. I demand more Mako though.)

2. I am not happy that Agents of SHIELD is ... failing to please, on both a personal and fandom level. But I am happy at the level of discussion that's coming out of it. Shows that push peoples' buttons tend to engender lots of gleeful flailing squee, which is awesome, but shows that fail people engender interesting conversations, and I am really enjoying that. If they're mostly negative conversations, well, that's a bummer, but in some ways negative commentary is still more interesting to me than flaily squee. (Although I certainly do my share of the latter.)

3. I discovered today that next Monday is a public holiday! I did not know! How did I not know?

Surprise long weekends are the best. Especially with a Chris for company. (You'll have to find your own Chris though, this one's mine.)
eleanorjane: Melinda May, looking threatening and irked. (melindamay)
Episode two, thoughts. (And on the show in general.)

spoilers, natch )

I want to like Agents of SHIELD, but there are bad decisions and lazy writing - allowing stuff that just doesn't make sense to stand because it sets up the narrative they need - massively holding it back. I hope that improves; I'd expected better of a Mutant Enemy production.
eleanorjane: uluru (australia)
1. It is hot as balls here - already! and it's barely October! wtf! - but the evenings have been really lovely, with warm air and cool breezes. It won't last, mind you - I give it three weeks before it's too hot even at 1am - but for now I'm really enjoying it.

2. The Middleman crowdfunding campaign to get more Middleman out there! Including a table read of new Middleman stuff with all the cast! GO GO GO.

3. The new Katy B single, 5 AM, is ridiculously catchy and I've had it in my head for days. New album soon, yay!
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
So... not so daily! Oops. It's not that I wasn't happy, it's that I forgot to post.

1. I felt awful all night last night and all day today - possibly a digestive disagreement with last night's Chinese takeaway. I feel much better now, though, which is worthy of a daily happiness mention. :)

2. I made homemade strudel again for dessert tonight, with whipped cream. It was very tasty. :) (Totally a smart thing to have for dessert after a day of digestive unhappiness, right?)

3. I reread 84 Charing Cross Road today while languishing in bed, and then followed up with the sequel, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Square. I do so love those books, especially the latter. I can't find my copy, but my mother kindly lent me hers. It's ridiculous that they're not available in ebook format.

Oh dear.

Sep. 28th, 2013 12:31 pm
eleanorjane: Natasha Romanoff, looking intent. (natasha)
A massive SHIELD plot hole just occurred to me this morning.

spoilers for pilot ep )

So, yeah. I still enjoyed it - I rewatched it a couple of nights ago so Chris could see it, and I actually enjoyed it more on second viewing - but that sort of lazy writing is not what I expect from the Mutant Enemy team.

On the up side, at least I have a Natasha icon now!
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
1. ELEMENTARY IS BACK. Oh Joan, I have missed you. (Okay, and Sherlock too.) I am almost afraid to watch it because I loved Season 1 so much that I may have impossibly high standards now. :)

(Note to self: need Joan icons.)

2. I have a super-lazy weekend ahead of me. I've got gaming tomorrow night, which I'm really looking forward to that, but other than gaming neither of us have any commitments at all, which is rare and very pleasant. I'm not planning on doing nothing, but I really like being able to tackle weekends at my own pace without obligation to other people. I might even find the wherewithal to do some work on my Pacific Rim vid, since all the show vids I had in mind have sort of been jossed by Developments.

3. My parents visited yesterday and brought me some new tubs of herbs to replace those that died while I was away. I have a nifty little lightweight greenhouse set up on my front deck, which keeps the possums off, and I have nice thriving tubs of parsley, basil, oregano, chives and rosemary, and a tiny-but-stubborn mint. Now I just have to keep them all alive throughout summer. ;)

SHIELD!

Sep. 25th, 2013 12:21 pm
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
watch-along reactions; spoilers ahoy )

In conclusion, why don't I have any MCU icons? I must fix that.

Also in conclusion: based on this, I don't love Agents of SHIELD for its own sake, but I look forward to the worldbuilding it contributes, and the extra MCU fic it's no doubt going to inspire. (Given that Thor spawned a massive fandom for two characters who never even meet, and one of whom only has two lines, i.e. Clint/Darcy, I have great hopes for the AoS/MCU crossovers.)
eleanorjane: Sokka looking keen (keen!)
I nearly didn't have this today, but I found some.

1. Unlike Monday, I did not destroy the entire kitchen + my will to live when setting dinner to cook! I'm making this recipe again and it's really very good. Tonight will be yummy.

Edit: ahahahahaugh. I discovered after cooking that I have a blocked drain in the kitchen! How the hell did that happen? >.< Now I have a sink full of grotty water, and no plumbing expertise.

2. I discovered I hadn't cashed last year's tax refund cheque! It's tiny, but y'know, some money is better than no money. :)

3. MARVEL AGENTS OF SHIELD EEEEEEEEEEE

(I haven't watched it yet, this is just preliminary eeeeeee.)

I love New-TV-Season September, I really do.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
1. you know that feeling when you have stomach cramps and they suddenly stop and you're left with that blissful endorphin sensation? well, i have the intellectual version of that right now - i have been dreading wrangling my financial spreadsheet for days, and now it's done, and it wasn't nearly as bad as i expected. woo!

2. i had a horrifying day in the kitchen yesterday, involving burned vegetables, burned me, slow cookers of inadequate capacity, and many more shenanigans. however, the resultant irish stew-ish kind of food was absolutely delicious, so now that my burned arm has healed, i call that a win. (you can tell i love chris, because i let him have the leftovers for lunch today. :))

3. gaming tonight! and it looks like it'll actually happen, too, which is a nice change after the last few weeks of disruptions and last-minute cancellations and reschedules.
eleanorjane: Isaac Mendez looking happy. (joy)
1. I updated my phone and iPad mini to iOS7 the other night, and after a couple of days I think I'm finally adapted to the new setup. There are some stylistic choices I'm not keen on, but overall I think it's a definite improvement on iOS6. (Tip: in Settings > General > Accessibility, you can enable Bold Text. It looks a ton better than the default text, IMO.) At some point I'll get around to updating my bigger iPad, but that's not really urgent given I don't use it for much these days.

2. Gaming last night was lots of fun - as always. :)

3. The iTunes Music Festival is on at the moment, and I was concerned that unlike previous years they didn't seem to be providing video for all the acts after they performed. However, I think there was just a backlog, because everything seems to be posted now. I still wish they'd let you buy the video for later replay, because some of the sets are great, but in the meantime I've ripped the audio of a couple of them so I don't lose them once the videos are taken down in a month or so -- hopefully they'll sell the live shows in album format, at least, like they've done in past years. I particularly recommend the Avicii show if you like electronica; it's two hours of good solid house, and includes many of his best remixes. And the Lady Gaga show is good, as always.
eleanorjane: Chiana (call me pip)
1. I am back from my gaming trip, and it was awesome. It was lovely to see my mother for more than a few hours every month or so, and she took very good care of us, and it was so relaxing and the game itself was absolutely awesome. Our GM is in top form at the moment.

2. We were supposed to play D&D with my other gaming group the day I got back, but the tank had to pull out at the last minute, so we wound up just sitting around chatting, and it was really nice and relaxing.

3. Out of the frustrations of yesterday's phone dramas, some good has emerged: I'm now a bit more on top of some paperwork stuff, I've got everything I need to get myself a proof of age card, and generally I'm feeling a bit more achieve-y and in control of my life.

and a bonus:
4. Last night Chris took me out on a date, and we had yummy Mexican and saw Red 2. I'd heard mixed reviews of Red 2, so I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. And Helen Mirren will never not be awesome.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I'm trying to help my father identify an old car. You can see it in this picture; it's a lovely old car my grandfather had. This photo was taken in England in the late 1930s or possibly the very early 1940s. (That's my grandfather in the super-dashing Biggles-esque motoring helmet. :))

My father thought the car was a Jaguar SS100, but has spotted some significant differences. If anyone can help with identifying the make/model I'd be forever grateful. Thanks!
eleanorjane: Captain Pike, who is utterly awesome. (awesome)
1. I am full and tired and totally brainless, but basically content. All is right with the world (if I don't look too hard at the bits that aren't actually right, but we're not talking about those today.)

2. Tonight I made chicken quesadillas, which were messy but delicious! And then I made fudge, which was not an unmitigated success, but seems to be tasty and I look forward to nomming it when it's fully set.

3. Gaming trip tomorrow YAY. (I will probably not be posting until I'm back.) Chris swears he can cope without me and I'm sure he won't burn the house down while I'm away or anything. :)
eleanorjane: Kate Beckett, looking gorgeous. (beauty)
1. I made (not-very-)Mexican for dinner tonight and it was delicious - definitely one of my better efforts. Now I am replete, by which I mean stuffed full.

(Also, memo to me: dear self, please remember this recipe works better if you use 25% of the recommended vinegar.)

2. We have a gaming getaway next week - a few times every year, our gaming group coordinates our free time and we go away for 3-4 nights for a mad frenzy of gaming-and-nothing-else. So for four days next week I'll be happily ensconsced at my parents' place (who host us, because they are lovely and wonderful people), roleplaying my little heart out. It will be awesome. :)

3. We were supposed to play Magic today with our monthly MtG group, but we pulled out, and I'm glad we did. Chris was wrecked after a hectic week at work, and I couldn't get to sleep until 5am, so getting up at 7am for the 90 minute drive up the coast to the host's house would have been hellish. It was a shame to miss out on the game, but it was the right choice - we spent today loafing around doing sod-all, and it's been lovely. :)

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