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Sunday, September 20th, 2015 09:09 pm
Yay, book nine of Seanan McGuire's October Daye series came out earlier this month. I made time to read it this weekend. It's an enjoyable series, with a direct forward narrative and characters I like. Having them set so deeply in fae-land makes them a bit more distant to me than, say the Rivers of London series (which is pretty much like our London plus some magic/magical creatures), but McGuire's clean writing style and coherent universe makes for a good read in spite of that.

I broke my fabric-buying moratorium. *face of shame* This teal dress was lovely, but not quite something I'd wear, with the large fabric-covered buttons down the back. (Why would you want large, lumpy buttons running down the back of your dress or shirt? They'd be uncomfortable when you sit!) Also, the neckline is higher than what I like. So I found some teal fabric with a very subtle herringbone pattern, and ordered it. And I'm sorting through patterns; I have it narrowed down to two right now.

It's been a hectic start to the school year, but my classes are good. Most of them, anyway. There's a good enough balance in them to make for a nice chemistry.
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Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 11:49 am
Quick update! It was summer and I did things! Most of them were fun! Summer is fleeting! So is this post!

Okay, maybe not so fleeting for the post. I guess I'll highlight the new experience: I got to see (the northeast corner of) Ohio for the first time. It was so pretty. Apparently summer is far more fleeting there than it is here, when we're talking about the season itself and not the break from work that students and teachers have.

So yeah... full summer (briefly) in Ohio, high temperatures well below what they are here, wildflowers in bloom everywhere. It was gorgeous. And I went swimming in Lake Erie and lived to tell the tale! It actually wasn't as cold as I expected. (This does NOT mean it was warm. Just... not super-cold.)

Also spent some time in DC and Oklahoma again. And goofing off in my own home. It was lovely.

No real news to report for media consumption. Last night I finished rereading the Rivers of London books, the five in print as of now. I wanted to see if there were hints about [spoilery thing that happened at the end of book three], among other things. And I enjoyed them about as much as I did the first time around, so yay.
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014 06:53 pm
I've ended up staying late at work every day this week, trying to catch up on everything. I think (fingers crossed) I've finally made enough headway that I'll be able to do some normal not-school things this weekend. Whew.

I would post some TV reactions, but honestly? I haven't had time this week to watch anything but my comedy stand-by, Brooklyn Nine Nine. And since I'm watching for free on hulu, I'm a week behind. (It's one of the shows that requires a paying membership to watch within the first week of a new episode. Same with Sleepy Hollow, and probably a lot of other shows, but I don't watch them.)

Speaking of Sleepy Hollow, I'm going to have to join the consensus I've seen online and say that season two has gone off the rails. And they don't have much time to get it back on track, I'd say, because I'm going to stop watching soon if there's not a substantial improvement. Too bad; I still like the two leads as characters.

So, er, hi. And bye. Time to figure out what's for dinner tonight.
rose_griffes: Mickey Smith holding a bat (hey Mickey!)
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 01:11 pm
I'm starting to get that running out of time feeling about summer. It's been such a lovely one, but there are so many things I wanted to do before work starts up again.

I read The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian. It was reasonably good, and not too long. Most of TSC's action (all of the stuff worth your time) is set in Aleppo, Syria, during and after the genocide of ethnic Armenians by the Turkish government during World War I. Honestly I think I liked it most for the historical aspects, and for two of the minor characters.

I would probably read another novel by Bohjalian--a later one, rather than an earlier one--if the subject caught my attention. But I'm not in a hurry to track one down.

This should probably be gardening week. Except I already have a swollen hand from overly-enthusiastic use of a hoe or pitchfork, and my left foot is all itchy due to ant bites. This is putting quite a dent in my gardening week ambitions. A fall garden seemed like such a good idea, though. If only the work would get itself done without any human intervention.

Time for the robots to do their thing. Why don't we have robot gardeners anyway?
rose_griffes: Wonder-Woman carries Batman (wonderwoman-batman)
Thursday, July 10th, 2014 09:33 pm
I had a FANTASTIC and AMAZING first trip of the summer, and now I get to spend the rest of it carefully budgeting. ;-P Took my mother to France for a while, and it was beautiful and fun and awesome. So many pictures to sort through, and other things to catch up on around my home, so I probably won't miss traveling for at least a little while. Except for the food; I started missing French food as soon as we were served lunch on the airplane ride home. *sigh*

Speaking of things I did while stuck in an airplane, I watched the first four episodes of the BBC's The Musketeers, and now I must find the rest of season one and watch. Feel free to share any ideas for how to accomplish this, if you're so inclined and informed.

Links! Most of you probably know that J.K. Rowling wrote a sharp-tongued Rita Skeeter 'report', but I figured I'd link it anyway. Really fun and a quick read.

A Short History of US White Women's Measurements Used for Patternmaking, or, why nothing seems to fit...

This DIY pool noodle pom shooter looks like a fun thing to make and use with kids or without 'em

I tried this bleach and lace patterning on an old tee-shirt and was pleased with the results. I'd definitely not do a first try on a clothing item you treasure, though.

Speaking of tee-shirts, here's a clear post on how to alter a boxy tee-shirt. And a post on making a very large tee (or other stretchy fabric shirt) into a skirt. The shirt's front placket became the skirt's back walking slit--nifty!

And... that's about it for now, I think. Maybe I'll do a half-hearted attempt to catch up on your posts, but I'd say your best bet is to leave a comment with link(s) to anything you really want me to read.
rose_griffes: batman: "Despite all my rage, I'm still just a bat in a cave" (bat in a cave)
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 08:11 am
I let my paid account here on livejournal lapse, and now I'm seeing ads... most often ads for fabric I need to buy. Darn cookies, telling everyone my business (in order to drum up business of its own).

But in order to sew something, you have to actually do work, and for the next little while I plan to cultivate one of the seven deadly sins--specifically sloth. Ah, sloth. (Actually, the word plan is a bit misleading. That would imply deliberation and intent. Such is not the case.)

Anyway! I loooooove summer. And it's now time for that annual post in which I state that I probably won't be around much... though that seems a bit unnecessary this year, considering I haven't been here much in the first place. Nonetheless here it is: I'm going to be busy cultivating sloth, and other activities, so I won't be reading here very often.
rose_griffes: Olivia, Walter and Peter from TV's "Fringe." (fringe)
Sunday, April 13th, 2014 06:27 pm
Hi, I'm still here, though I haven't been around much the last week or so. If I missed commenting on your post and I should have, I was cleaning, hosting a guest, grading papers, and experiencing a sudden resurgence of the sewing virus.

As for that, my next project is to work my way through the pile of jeans, trousers, and skirts that need elastic inserted in the waistband. Which is the easy way to get rid of that gap I nearly always have at the back waist of clothing. (I can post more about that, if anyone is curious. It's not complicated at all.)

Anyway, here are a couple of sewing links: a lot of free clothing patterns. These are from Lekala, a Russian pattern company. They offer a service where they'll tailor a pattern to your measurements, but you can try out a few the non-adjusted patterns for free.

25 awesome DIY blogs for the refashionista. While I do plan to sew some garments from scratch this year, my main sewing activity is modifying and altering existing clothing. I'm usually fairly conservative: my trousers remain trousers, or maaaaaaybe shorts. But there are people out there doing amazing things with clothes, like making a long tartan skirt into a cute short dress, two pairs of trousers and a skirt into an entirely different skirt, or this fantastic peplum dress made from a man's shirt.

Other topic! Typefaces that are more user-friendly for people with dyslexia.

And lastly, Texts from Jane Eyre, which made me laugh and laugh. Of COURSE Rochester texts in all-caps.
rose_griffes: Leslie Knope loves her pancakes (pancakes)
Monday, October 28th, 2013 08:05 pm
I need to get off this couch and go make a dessert for tomorrow. (Co-worker's birthday.) But I don't waaaaaaaaaaannnnnna get up. Also, Buckeye Brownie cookies or chocolate chip cheesecake? Huh, looking at the second recipe, it calls for two 3-oz. packages of cream cheese. I don't think I've ever seen cream cheese sold in packages that tiny. The package in my fridge right now is eight ounces.

The school year continues apace. That is a really weird word, now that I think about it. Apace. And I'm pretty sure I've only seen it used with the verb continue. You could say he worked apace, but no one does, right? Or She ate apace. We danced apace. Etc.

Okay, rather than write about the other stuff I was going to mention the next time I posted, I'm going to get up and make dessert. Cheesecake wins, simply because I have an inherent distrust of recipes that call for boxes of cake/brownie/cookie mix. (Or rather, that don't make a list of what supplies you could use if you don't happen to have the required box mix on hand.)

Really, cheesecake wins because CHEESECAKE.
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Thursday, August 15th, 2013 08:20 pm
My summer travels are really over, instead of mostly over. So you know what happens next. (Work. That's what happens next.)

I've been reading The Gift of Asher Lev, the sequel to Chaim Potok's well-known My Name Is Asher Lev. Someone should tally up how many times the author switches from past to present tense. It doesn't really bother me, and when I do notice, I can almost always pinpoint a reason for the switch (it's deliberate, not random), but it's definitely weird.

In addition to watching occasional episodes of Nikita (2010), I've started watching Longmire on Netflix. I'd call it a cowboy procedural. :) It's set in Wyoming, and the crime-fighters are a sheriff and his deputies. Katee Sackhoff is one of those deputies, which was part of the initial draw, but it's proven to be enjoyable as its own thing so far. I've watched maybe nine episodes?

As for Nikita, I'm about halfway through season two, and I'm not in a hurry to finish that, because season three isn't available on Netflix yet. Which probably means I won't be watching season four 'live' anytime soon. Hm. (Live usually means online within a week or so after it airs. That's how I watched Elementary, at any rate.)

One last TV note: I watched the first two episodes of The Bridge. It's a summer show on FX, a remake of a Swedish/Danish production. I actually used my blu-ray player to watch through Amazon's instant video service, which was way easier than watching on the FX website. (I did have to pay, however.) Anyway, I just couldn't keep watching: too much suspense waiting for another woman to get murdered, too much of Ciudad Juarez as "that place where the murders happen" and nothing else to the town. Too bad, though, because I really liked the possibilities of the show.

Seriously tempted to use Amazon's instant video thingy to watch Jim Caviezel's movie Savannah. Chiwetel Ejiofor is in it! And so is the woman who plays Sif in Thor and Thor 2. Anyway, maybe this weekend.

Any interest out there in a post filled with pictures of France? If yes, one big post or split into three or four?
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Monday, May 20th, 2013 05:26 pm
I'm just going to admit the appalling truth: I don't care much about Phil Coulson in the Marvel Avengers universe. There's a vague Oh, he survived, that's nice sort of feeling lurking about somewhere, but that's about it. So I hadn't really considered whether I would watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this fall or not.

I finally watched the trailer for it. Y'all didn't mention that J. August Richard is going to play a super-hero on the show. Now that is a reason to tune in.

TV-related: I've now watched through episode 19 of Jericho. Too bad I can't watch more tonight; I have a ginormous stack of papers to grade.
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Saturday, March 16th, 2013 05:07 pm
I was (over)due on some regular health checkups, so I decided to get as many of them done on the same day as I could. Which really only took up Friday morning, but oooooowwwwwww, it was an annoying and painful morning.

TMI about my breasts )
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Sunday, November 25th, 2012 06:51 pm
First, an announcement: you can watch Ken Burn's documentary The Dust Bowl online for free until December 4. That's only a week and a half left. I watched it during the Thanksgiving break at my parents' home.

family losses and parental memories )
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Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 09:28 am
It's Thanksgiving here in the US, and I'm grateful for:
  • my sister-in-law's sweet potato soufflĂ©, quite possibly the most wondrous Thanksgiving dessert ever created

  • my adorable youngest niece with her head of curly hair

  • a quiet bedroom where I can retreat if the cute nieces and nephews are too much

  • feeling like a normal human being now that I'm over the horrible stomach virus

  • having only the epilogue left to write for popcorn fic (ALMOST DONE!!!)

  • lovely people like you to interact with

  • a job that I enjoy

  • and many more things...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 07:14 am
Too bad I didn't vote early this year. I am sick as a dog. (Why do we say that, anyway?) Or how about just really sick. Stomach virus 1, Rose 0.

At some point I hope to have enough energy to pick up a book. This laptop is already too heavy and I'm putting it down after this.
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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 02:31 pm
After work yesterday I went by the shop that usually does my car repairs. One of the guys came out and popped the burned-out headlight bulb in about three seconds. The secret? PUSH REALLY HARD on that lever mentioned in the manual. I honestly don't know if I could have gotten enough leverage; I had already tried using a flat-head screwdriver to push against it with more force.

Anyway, it's done. No charge, either. (I honestly didn't expect that they would ask for compensation, though I did offer. This is a really great shop, with *gasp* honest employees.)

Working on popcorn fic in the sunroom today. Only two more chapters to go, and they have extensive notes and even little sections of dialogue already written.

I may go outside in a bit; it's surprisingly beautiful outside, even though it's already November.
rose_griffes: batman: "Despite all my rage, I'm still just a bat in a cave" (bat in a cave)
Thursday, November 1st, 2012 06:57 pm
Steps I took that did NOT lead to successfully changing the car headlight bulb this evening:

  1. Take out owner's manual. Pat self on back because this looks so easy.

  2. Fail at disconnecting the negative battery cable, in spite of attempts with wrench, needle-nosed pliers, WD-40 and glaring looks.

  3. Call Dad to check if I'll die if I don't have the battery post disconnected. He says no.

  4. Succeed at removing electrical plug from back of headlight bulb. Congratulate self for not dying.

  5. Make many and varied attempts to pull burned-out bulb from back of headlight: following directions, not following directions, turning and twisting various things, talking to Dad on phone while he tells me that his car is apparently different, employing death glare, sitting on ground in frustration, and then start over on this step multiple times.

  6. Make pouty post on LJ.

I've changed the blinker bulbs before, but the clamps holding the headlight bulb in place defeated me. Woe.

*manly womanly sniffles*
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 03:13 pm
I'm HOOOOOOOOME. And done with summer traveling, although right now I have relatives at my place for one more day. So, having missed whatever has been going on here in the last week or two, and not having paid very close attention before that, I would love to know if there's something you or someone else posted that I should read.

Linking to your own stuff is not only allowed, it's encouraged. Comments are hidden, so no one will know except me. :)

I updated my LJ reading list, including taking a few people and comms off my reading list. Enough time has passed that my fannish interests have changed. Please feel free to hang around even if you're not on my regular reading list; I still lurk on occasion. Yup, I'm a quiet, stalkery lurker on LJ at times.
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Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 05:37 pm
So first there was the "I'm ignoring the internet to WRITE" stage, and then there was the "I'm ignoring the internet because I have no time to do otherwise" stage. I'm not sure when one turned into the other, but those days have come to a middle.

Possibly an 'eye of the storm' kind of middle, so I may be able to do some online reading and actual writing in the next few days before things get hectic again.

Speaking of that: I'm taking my mother to San Diego soon! Just because! (Well, we have friends to visit there, among other reasons.) Anything I should see there? I've been to San Diego once before, but this will be a longer visit with fewer people's schedules to juggle, so I have time to investigate cool things.

Also, if you have things I missed, feel free to link me. I may ask again after the post-middle stage. *grins*