The Waiting Game/Free Time Ideas

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:55 pm
dolewhip: (Descendants: Mal)
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I'm playing the waiting game a lot these days.

Mainly, I'm waiting to hear back about that job I think I got, as well as some other formal aspects of rl. The job isn't a concerned sort of waiting, though - the woman I talked to was very straightforward that if I didn't hear from them by Wednesday, I should call to see what delayed the process. I just... Rather hear from them first, of course, heh.

Then, of course, there's waiting for Steven Universe to come back from hiatus. Obviously, a very different kind of waiting game. In that one, it's just something that enters my head twice a week, makes me irritated, and then it passes. No harm, no foul.

Still, I'm thinking it can't hurt to find more productive things to do during my "me time". I've been really bored lately, and in case I don't get this job - well, obviously I'll still be looking for a job. But when I have downtime from that and other basic daily activities/social activities, I'd like to keep in a mentally happy, healthy, and productive place.

My ideas for this include wrapping up shows I've been meaning to finish (Legend of Korra, All Hail King Julien, Burn Notice, etc.), reading books from the local library, and doing more hands-on creating! For that last one, I found this Disney DIY video; part of a series of eight - so there's bound to be some fun ideas there!

So, guys, what's been keeping you busy - for better or worse - lately?


Sep. 18th, 2017 08:45 am
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I'm offering Podfic as part of [community profile] harvey_fanaid. Details are here; please considering donating if you have the ability.
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The professionally filmed version of Disney's Broadway!Newsies is up on Netflix. Actually, it has been for probably over a week now, and I'm doing the stupid thing where I'm so psyched to be able to finally watch it that I almost don't want to watch it, because what if it's not as good as I expect it to be? So ridiculous, I know. Talk about your first world problems.

In other news, Tangled: The Series gifs keep popping up on my Tumblr feed, and I really need to watch more of the program, because I cannot figure out if people are just more interested in giffing Eugene's devotion to Rapunzel than vice-versa, or if the relationship has just become super one-sided in that context. Because damn, from what I'm seeing, Eugene is madly in love with a woman who is super detached from their relationship. And that's as uninfluenced by the fact that I'm hardcore shipping Rapunzel and Cassandra as is possible. No, it has far more to do with Rapunzel telling Eugene things like - and I'm only slightly paraphrasing - 'You're still my second best friend after Pascal. Oh! Why don't you take that romantic cruise you just mentioned with your pal Lance?'.

I don't know who Lance is, but regardless...

Dept. of Pain

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:40 pm
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Okay, This Is New. And Awful

Pain. Pain. Pain.  )
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Photos of my Blue Pearl doll beneath the cut!

[community profile] trickortreatex dear creator letter

Sep. 17th, 2017 11:04 am
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Dear Creator,

Happy spooky Halloween season... Says the girl who signed up for all treats. Not so spooky, me.

Anyway, thank you very much for whatever you'll be creating for me! I love these kind of exchanges and can't wait for this one to get underway.

Like I always do, I'll start off with some general DNWs, and then I'll get into fandom-specific likes and dislikes. As always, everything but the DNWs are just suggestions!

  • Sad endings
  • Explicit sexual content
  • Non-Con/Dub-Con
  • Incest
  • Genderbends
  • Body Horror
  • Gore of any kind
  • Crackfic
  • Character Bashing
  • Non-Canon Character Death
  • Drug Use (unless canon)
Read more... )
Thank you so much,
[ profile] Jingle 

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Title: Hearts & Moons Recall the Truth
Author: [personal profile] kaffyr  
Chapter: 28
Previous Chapter: Chap. 27, here, on LJ, or Teaspoon
Characters: the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness
Rating: PG-13
Author's Note: In which even villains think they're patriots, and we edge closer to a conclusion.
Edited by: the remarkable [personal profile] editrx , who helped me excise unnecessary verbiage and streamline the narrative - thanks! And by my beloved [ profile] dr_whuh, without whom none of this would be possible. 
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, but do thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox. 



Sep. 14th, 2017 02:54 am
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I... May have gotten a job yesterday? The interview at the coffee place was seriously just 'what are your availability hours and can you get here reliably?'. It would be awesome to be working outside the house again, but I'm also kind of nervous about getting along with my co-worker. Just an anxiety thing, though.

I've been looking into healthy eating, (again... Finally!), and I'm trying to plan out a nutritious shopping list. I'm also looking to get back into a good exercise routine as it cools down a bit, weather-wise. Mostly walking and Tai Chi (the latter via youtube instructional videos) for a start; might get back to the gym and work on some of the weight-lifting kind of machines eventually.

And then there's writing. I haven't written much yet this month, although I'm working on a piece of Pokemon fic that centers around original characters. I really love the characters I've come up with, too, so it might be a step towards original fiction featuring these guys. I personally never have valued original fiction over fanfiction, but let's face it, only one of these things will make me money. :P

Of course, reading is a huge part of being able to write well, at least for me. My reading goals aren't particularly lofty right now, though. >-> I bought one of the Descendants: School of Secrets books because it's about Lonnie, Jay, and Jordan - three of my faves! - and that's aimed at a pre-teen to early teen audience. I just hope it will be a good step into reading more substantial things? And also that it'll be a fun read!

I'm taking a two-session writing class with my local adult education program, too, and looking forward to that a lot.

...You know, half the times I write an entry in here, I think of the film version of The Princess Dairies: "And then I realized how many stupid times a day I use the word 'I'."

Sure, it's different when you're writing a journal entry, even one to share online. It's very different. Still, it got me thinking about including questions in these entries. Conversation starters. It's always fun to hear about others' lives.

So, what goals are you all working on lately? Have you read anything good, or created anything you're particularly proud of?


Sep. 13th, 2017 11:17 am
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I've gotten into the habit of checking for new episode airdates of Steven Universe at least twice a week... Siiiiigh. Now I know how those who've watched the show from the start have felt with all these hiatuses. Ah, well. They have to come eventually... I hope.

My brother sent my an Etsy gift certificate for my birthday, and an absolutely stunning Blue Pearl doll is coming my way soon! The doll is customized from a Monster High model, and I'll definitely link to the inevitable instagram pictures.

My birthday was really nice, too! I went with some family to one of those Japanese restaurants where you keep ordering sushi by checking off a piece of paper, and you just pay a flat price? It was delicious.

On an actual serious note, if anyone is in a hurricane-affected area, or knows someone who is, please know that you are in my thoughts.

Dept. of Woo-Hoo!

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:11 pm
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I Am Typing This Headline ...

... on my own, my very own, my beloved and darling, laptop PC. 

Dept. of Ear Worms

Sep. 10th, 2017 08:02 pm
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It Won't Let Go

I find myself still drenched in Steely Dan, with many of the band's songs in my head when I wake up. This one especially; it's the one that makes me want to dance, and the one whose words least remind me of Becker's and Fagen's intermittently irritating schoolboy cynicism. 

Dept. of Things Get Better

Sep. 9th, 2017 07:54 pm
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A Productive Saturday

After feeling uncomfortably down by the end of Friday night, and after worrying about having to clean up the storage basement so early Saturday morning, I found that it worked out quite nicely. I rolled out of bed, staggered to the grocery to buy some bagels, orange and grapefruit juice for whatever laboring condo owners were going to turn up to help clean, and discovered a nice little group of them ready to go. That was a relief, since one of my worries had been that no one would show up (I was supposed to put out a pre-cleanup notice by email and forgot; that, too, made me feel down.) I did discover that yesterday was one of the days where I couldn't drink grapefruit juice, which was a shame, since I love the stuff, but by the end of the cleanup, I felt a lot better than I had going to bed Friday night. 

My mood temporarily tanked when I came into the house and found that I'd forgotten to put the lid down on my work laptop; Phillip immediately got on it, and managed to turn on a function that I couldn't turn off, and which made working on the laptop progressively more difficult. I reached the point of screaming at the computer, because doing that prevented me from actually slamming the thing into the floor. I'm not kidding. When I get furious, physical action is something that often happens, and is often the stupidest thing I could do (i.e. tossing everything out of a dresser drawer when I can't find something I want, or physically hitting a piece of machinery that's acting up. It's a serious and dangerously immature habit of which I've never quite broken myself.) Hence the screaming, which damaged nothing except, possibly, my husband's sense of calm. 

All hail, therefore, to 
[personal profile] owlboy , for answering my plaintive cry for help; he correctly ID'd my problem, and led to the brightening of my world. (And since my own laptop is still in the shop, this is even more important.) I told him he deserved a sonnet, but I didn't have the mental wherewithal to write him one. I may yet do it, although I'm not sure whether that's a threat or a promise ....
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Bingo card for [community profile] ladiesbingo

Physical imperfections Injury Dreams, Daydreams, Wishes The Writing on the Wall High School / College AU
Pre- Slash / Femslash / Het Hey, it's that guy: Minor characters A Blessing is Bestowed Icy Politeness Wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey: Time travel
It Wasn't Meant to Be Fire and Firelight Wild Card Road trip Partnership
Angst Laughter Wings Declarations of Love It all depends on this one choice
Soldier, Sailor, Airman: Armed Forces Member Watching Helplessly Secret Identity Oaths / Promises Infiltration

Oh boy...

NSFW Sep. 10th, 2017 04:30 pm
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Calling all ships at sea, particularly those who know their way around a Mac. 

I foolishly left the cover of my Mac open while I did some chores; BB came back to find Phil sitting on the keyboard (because cat). He shoo'ed him off, but the damage had been done; I now have a visual panel, or pane, up that I can't get rid of because I don't know what it's called, and I don't know which keys were depressed in what manner by the ^&%$@ cat to make this function start. 

It appears to be a panel that tells me exactly what my cursor is doing and where it is. Unless I turn the sound off, I also get a mechanical voice saying the same thing that appears in the panel. And whatever I put my cursor on gets etched in black (that's in addition to the descriptive panel.)

It therefore appears to be something that would describe what the cursor is doing, while making that description easy to understand for either a visually or aurally impaired computer user. So you'd think there'd be something in the files under "accessibility" or "accessibility aids," but there isn't, or at least not that I can find out. 

I've checked my Mac help files under "description pane" and "description panel," under "text pane (and panel)"; under "cursor," "cursor description pane" and a lot of other descriptors I can think of. Nothing leads me to any help subject that I can understand. 

I made a screen capture of it, and will show it here, if I can actually get photo bucket or the Google image process to work. If anyone can help guide me to whatever I need to do to get rid of this thing, I'd be grateful. 

Welp: I can't get the fucking image uploaded anywhere in order to embed it in this post, so I can't show you the thing that I'm looking at on the screen, which means that you really don't have anything with which to identify the stupid pane I'm dealing with. But it's making use of this computer - the only one I have to deal with, and my work computer, if you'll remember - almost impossible. It won't let me scroll properly, so it's incredibly hard to edit anything. Perhaps this information can help, though: As I'm typing this, the pane is actually showing each individual key I'm typing, including typing out the word "space" when I hit the space bar.

One more thing!

Sep. 9th, 2017 02:50 am
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The Very Definition of a Loose Canon

Sep. 9th, 2017 02:35 am
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I finally got a chance to watch the DC animated (but I believe not technically DCAU?) Batman and Harley Quinn movie. It was... An experience?

Like, seriously, all of my words to describe the movie more or less contradict each other. Cute and disturbing. Charming and tacky. Exciting and anti-climatic. Fun and dumb.

Not sure if anyone who has me on their reading list is going to watch it, but I will put my thoughts under a cut, just in case, cause there are some pretty serious spoilers here:

Spoilers! )

Dept. of Weariness

Sep. 8th, 2017 10:59 pm
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BB and I went to see "Spiderman: Homecoming" tonight. If you can get to see it, do so. It's the best superhero movie I've seen since, well, "The Avengers," and I loved all the other MCU movies, so that's saying a lot. It's funny — I haven't laughed out loud in a theater for quite some time — and smart, and has a villain who's both villainous and perfectly understandable, with a work ethic and a sense of responsibility to his staff and family. I found myself cheering him on in a couple of instances, a little to my surprise. Michael Keaton does villainy right. Tom Holland as a 15-year-old Peter Parker is so good that I can forget that he looks more like a 17-year-old kid. Sure, that's only two years' difference, but it's a difference. And that may be the only thing I can find to nitpick about. 

I'm glad I went to the movie, but I'm still fighting the Black Dog. In my case, it's probably more of a Black Puppy, but he (or she, who can tell with these little demonettes?) keeps dashing out of the shadows and nipping at my emotional ankles. Fucking puppy.  

So perhaps it's time to go to bed. I have another working weekend; helping clean out the condo storage basement, something I completely forgot until this morning, and then one of two separate union meetings, neither of which I want to go to, on Sunday morning. 

Fucking puppy. 

Oh, I said that already. 

Down, boy. 

About me

cassie_faith: (Default)

Like a small boat on the ocean

this is my fight song
take back my life song
prove I'm alright song
my power's turned on
starting right now I'll be strong
I'll play my fight song
and I don't really care if nobody else believes
'cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me

September 2017


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