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30 June 2015 @ 02:51 am
What is this even, how do people with insomnia survive?

If I'd known at midnight that I was going to be up for another 3 hours (at least!) I'd have tried to get something useful done.

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Loligo
30 June 2015 @ 01:05 am
I am guessing that unglazed tea pots must absorb caffeine and then leach it back out again. Because I am still awake at 1:00 AM.

The kids and I have been watching Natsume Yuujincho over dinner while Andy is out of town, and for a treat tonight I stopped at the international grocery and got some Japanese cakes and sweets. So we had a very fancy dessert while we watched Natsume, and I brewed some camomile tea... in the same cute unglazed teapot I've been making green tea in every morning for weeks.

Kal was out not long past his usual bedtime, but Chuckles was up till midnight, and I'm still awake.

I do not think this experiment should be repeated.

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Loligo
29 June 2015 @ 12:04 pm
... which is one of the cases that got rolled into Obergefell v. Hodges.

This story comes from my university alumni association magazine. It was originally behind their paywall, but in celebration of the victory they're making it available to read. It's a two-page article about Jayne Rowse & April DeBoer and their family, and how they came to be involved in this court case.

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Loligo
25 June 2015 @ 04:00 pm
Knitpicks has dramatically expanded the color offerings of their Alpaca Cloud laceweight yarn. In a first for KP, all the yarns are named for people rather than having more or less descriptive color names. I'm assuming all the names come from literary works in which people are likely to be wearing fancy shawls, since I see tons of Downton Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, and Sense & Sensibility names.

I'm not buying any yarn these days and I hardly even have time to knit (I'm working on a basic Gryffindor scarf for young Kal-El and it has taken me *months*), but for some reason it would please me to get all the names properly sorted into their respective works. And I think you all are just the crowd to do it.

I'll start out with the obvious, Pride & Prejudice: Jane, Elizabeth, Lydia, Bennet, Darcy, Bingley, Wickham. There is a Mary, but it's more likely to be Lady Mary from Downton, since Edith and Sybil are there, and it's certainly not a suitable color for Mary Bennet. No color for Kitty. There's a Charlotte, but does Charlotte Lucas merit a yarn? Also a Catherine, but I think that's more likely to be Catherine from Wuthering Heights, to go with Heathcliff.

Anyone else want to pick a work?

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Loligo
16 June 2015 @ 04:51 pm
I recommend it. Gorgeous visuals, cool sci-fi world-building, and a truly generous spirit. (I've seen through "Jail Break" so far and don't especially want to be spoiled for the remaining episodes.)

I first saw a couple random eps when my son was watching it. (BTW, his former internet nickname just was not fitting him anymore, so let's try Kal for a while, short for Kal-El of course, and see if that catches on. I don't know why Chuckles still works for Chuckles, even though she is now a grouchy amazon who is taller than me, outweighs me by 30 lbs, and will be THIRTEEN next month.) Anyway, the random episodes sort of reminded me of Cleopatra 2525 (in that there were three snarky bad-ass women with different colored costumes) only with an annoying little boy tacked on to make it a kids' show. This intrigued me.

Then I saw someone on DW (probably [personal profile] melannen?) say that the world-building was cool, so I set out to watch it in order. The whole family is watching it, actually -- three episodes a night over dinner. (I guess this is the part where I confess that we haven't eaten dinner at the dining room table in about four years, other than on holidays or when we have guests over. Instead we sit on the couch and the cozy chairs and watch science shows or cartoons over dinner. Parenting fail, whatever.)

I no longer find Steven annoying, but it did take a while for him to grow on me. I fell for Garnet, Pearl and Amethyst immediately. This is maybe the best cartoon I can think of for having multiple interesting, well-rounded adult female characters (I guess the last season of Korra was also a strong contender for that honor). Though maybe "female" should be in quotes, given that they are actually sentient, shape-shifting minerals, and it's not clear whether among themselves they have either biological sex or cultural gender. But for whatever reason, they have chosen to present themselves as female-appearing humanoids, and so that's how they read to us.

Perhaps my highest praise for the show: it managed to overcome my resistance to the Dead Mom trope. So common in YA media, and so freaking annoying. (Yes, it is true, nothing of any interest whatsoever can ever happen to my family as long as I live! I exist to nullify Story!) This is an area where I particularly don't want to spoil people who might be interested in checking the show out, but suffice it to say that the show does some absolutely fascinating and powerful things with this plot point.

So here endeth my recommendation. Is anyone else watching it?

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Loligo
26 May 2015 @ 01:04 pm
Just heard that Tanith Lee passed away this weekend. Her Tales from the Flat Earth series blew my mind back when I was in college. I had never read anything like them before.

I wonder if they're all lost in the wilderness of boxes in my sunroom, or hidden in my mother's basement? Either way, none of them seem to be available as ebooks, so I won't be revisiting that memory tonight... But someone should read some Tanith Lee for me.

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Loligo
20 March 2015 @ 09:49 am
... and then some days I burn soup.

(It was a tiny tupperware of leftover chicken broth, ok? I took it out of the freezer last night but there was still a chunk of ice in the middle, so I put it in a saucepan on high, walked off to another room, and got distracted. By the time I smelled something amiss, there was nothing left but a brown, crackled lacquer on the bottom of the pot.)

Now the whole house smells like burned soup. Before I took my shower, I was too congested to smell much of anything, which is how I missed the disaster in the making.

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Loligo
14 March 2015 @ 06:51 pm
A no-bake chocolate tart:



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Loligo
14 March 2015 @ 08:20 am
Now a second elderly cat in our household has developed chronic stomatitis, the only reliable cure for which is extraction of all the teeth. (It seems to be some sort of autoimmune condition where the mouth overreacts to normal plaque bacteria.)

So Orange just had all his remaining teeth pulled yesterday, and I shut him in the basement so he could get some peace and quiet and sleep off the anesthetic.

I went to let him out this morning and discovered that HE HAD KILLED A MOUSE.

Why we have mice in the first place is a very good question! We have six cats!! But some time in the past year they found some entry to our attic crawlspace, and from there they traverse the walls and sometimes visit the basement storage room. They are never foolish enough to enter the living areas of the house. We can't find the entry point ourselves, and I think it's time to get an exterminator in to find it, because no sooner do we trap the mice than new ones move in.

Anyway, all props to Orange: he just had all his teeth pulled! And he was on drugs! And the vet trimmed all his claws really short! But he still did his job. Good kitty.

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Loligo
12 March 2015 @ 07:17 am
My mother is visiting. I let her use my computer to check her email. She "helpfully" closed the browser when she was done, and lost all my tabs. Yes, I can reconstruct them all from my history, but I had them all RIGHT THERE.

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