Daily Happiness

19 Jan 2017 12:20 am
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1. It rained today and is supposed to rain a lot for the next few days!

2. This morning I got up from my chair here in the computer room and realised my pants were wet and at first I was afraid Jasper had peed on the blanket that's on my chair, but upon closer inspection, it didn't smell like pee, just cat food, so either he barfed a bit or stepped in his food and wiped it on the blanket, either of which is better than him peeing on something.

3. Tonight after I got off work, we went down to the mall to go to Cheesecake Factory. We just got an appetizer and cheesecake, but even the appetizer ended up being too filling for us to eat the cheesecake, so we brought that home and were still too full all night to eat any, so we still have it for tomorrow. The appetizer we got was their nachos, which were delicious. Really thick, crunchy, salty chips with lots of tasty toppings.

4. We also went to Hot Topic and the Disney Store while we were down there, and apparently that Hot Topic is going out of business, so everything was 50% off. Carla got a Stitch mug, Pikachu earrings, and some other stuff, all for super cheap.

5. Look at this sleepy Molly. So relaxed up on the top shelf where no kittens can bother her.

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Just include the following in your custom CSS:

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It's a hack I figured out just tonight. I spent awhile on it before realizing I didn't need to use > (CSS child selector), which works on .page-recent but not on .page-entry here.

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Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Just when things were starting to get serious with Kawada-san...



Chapter 13: Enough Said

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18 Jan 2017 07:59 pm
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In short, it's both weirdly old-fashioned and weirdly pornographic. As, I suppose, am I.


Context has doubts about "experimental, visually-driven product".

The OTW Needs Volunteers!

18 Jan 2017 10:40 am
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The OTW is recruiting Open Doors staff, TWC volunteers, and translators who know Arabic, Croatian, Japanese, Latvian, Marathi, Romanian, Serbian, Vietnamese and Welsh: https://goo.gl/EYp2gs
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DEAR ABBY: My 25-year-old daughter suffers from Peter Pan Syndrome. Three years out of college, she wants to live an "extended dorm" lifestyle with other young men/women (and their girlfriends/boyfriends), instead of settling down and moving out with her boyfriend of two years.

She says she has "a high need for affiliation" (she needs a lot of people around 24/7). But she also has a high need for change/variety and rotates roommates every two to three years. Looking for a "mini commune" in a crowded city like San Francisco is very difficult. What makes matters worse is that she also has hobbies like sewing that require a lot of space.

Is there something wrong with this lifestyle preference? And if so, how do I help her break out of it? -- WORRIED DAD IN CALIFORNIA

DEAR DAD: At 25, your daughter is an adult. Many people her age live communally because it's less costly than living independently, and San Francisco has become so expensive that it's often their only option.

If she's already living in an "extended dorm" situation, it's her life to live and she'll learn lessons. If you feel compelled to offer her advice, suggest they relocate to a less expensive and crowded area, which may entail a longer commute, but with fewer roommates she will have more room for her hobbies.

Culture Consumed Wednesday

18 Jan 2017 11:36 pm
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Books

Finished reading Twelfth Planet Press's Kaleidoscope (YA speculative fiction anthology.)

Reading Daring Greatly and feeling frustrated with how white and straight and US middle class and status quo it is, and how she doesn't really engage with how her research is largely on people like her. There's a passage about how a man at one of her presentations called her on that, as her research at the time was primarily on women, not men. So she went into what the research does show about men. But (so far in this book) she hasn't gone into whether perhaps these major sources of shame and vulnerability she's identified are perhaps very different (both in their nature and how they operate) in cultures other than the one she's interviewed within. I don't mind her focusing her research on a particular population, I mind the larger problem of systematic bias in research, and how findings like hers get generalised and universalised and made into policy without further research being done on other populations.

Started T Kingfisher's (aka Ursula Vernon) The Raven and the Reindeer last night. Have just gotten up to the reindeer. Am a little frustrated with how the villain seems to be the same type of villain as in Castle Hangnail, the pretty/perfect woman who makes you (a woman) hate yourself for existing next to her. That's a reasonable villain to write about, I just didn't really need two of them in a row. Which is my bad for reading them in that order, she doesn't always write about that villain. I like the genderfluid raven.

Comics and Manga

I was going to read the first tpb of Brenton E McKenna's Ubby's Underdogs, but apparently I grabbed the wrong volume. Who knew 'Heroes Beginnings' was volume 2, and 'The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon' is book 1? I didn't, and given that my library only has book 2, I'm guessing they didn't either.

Am flailing daily about Bubbles' situation on Questionable Content right now.

Fanworks

Finally watched [personal profile] thingswithwings and [personal profile] eruthros' 'Dance Apocalyptic'. Yeah, I've been slow. It was great and very hopeful, and just what I needed to see.

Read [archiveofourown.org profile] idiopathicsmile's World Ain't Ready (Les Mis, Enjolras/Grantaire, high school AU, fake dating, pining, 185K words) which absolutely destroyed me. Highly recommended if you also want to be absolutely destroyed. I recommend not reading almost all of it in one sitting over an entire night, like I did.

TV and Movies

Watched What We Do In The Shadows, the 2014 mockumentary-horror film by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement about gross vampire housemates Viago, Vladislav, Deacon, and Petyr. (Very brief Bechdel pass: Deacon's human servant Jackie argues with her former classmate Josephine about who (Josephine) gave Jackie a nickname she hated, before inviting her to be dinner.) Brief mention of death of a pet. Lots of gore. Walks a careful line in making it clear that the vampires are actually terrible people while keeping the viewer engaged in their story. (Exit ramp: very early on, Viago talks about how he left Germany because he'd fought for the Nazis, and post-war being a Nazi vampire... forget it. So yeah, if that was not a good enough hint for you that these amoral blood-sucking killers are not good people, nothing will be.)

I enjoyed this a lot, especially considering that normally I can't stand horror at all.

Watched Ghostbusters (2016). Yeah, took me long enough. :D It was everything the happy fans said it was re female friendship and not male-gaze; and I think I wouldn't have found it scary even when I was a kid (although I probably would have stubbornly refused to watch it for fear of being scared. In fairness to young me, Gremlins 2 actually scared me when I was ten.)

Games

Reinstalled Long Live the Queen and started a completist playthrough using a guide. It's amazing the plot stuff I'm learning. This game is so much bigger on the inside. I already knew it was harder and plottier than it looks, but I'm struck even more with each playthrough how much harder, and how much plot there is.

Podcasts

Listened to the first 40 or so episodes of the Hidden Almanac. Which is not a lot, since they're about three minutes each. Very soothing. Ursula Vernon wrote them on the basis of what if WTNV but Writer's Almanac, not A Prairie Home Companion. It is considerably less queer than WTNV, unfortunately, but it is also considerably shorter and quieter and calmer. 480-odd episodes to go.

Crafts

Knitted another mitred square of the never-ending mitred square blanket.

Garden

Three tomatoes on the vine now, and one of them is starting to look less green. Am pondering indoor cacti or other small and low care/low light indoor plants for my bathroom.

Other

MeLuna cup arrived. (See previous locked entry.) It was sparkly purple, not sparkly pink as advertised and hoped for. The Iron Bull would disapprove slightly (-1). However, on inspection it seemed still... fit for purpose, and has now been successfully put to use. (That's my attempt at being not too TMI about this in a public post. My previous purchases in this endeavour, from other companies, were... not fit for purpose.) Suitable for a fairy tea party, if your fairies drink blood (and if they don't, why not?)

Activism

Did a thing for marriage equality.

Daily Happiness

18 Jan 2017 12:12 am
torachan: scott pilgrim pouting (scott pilgrim - pout)
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1. With the bedroom closed off, Jasper hasn't had any other accidents.

2. Carla got the baby gate taken to the UPS store today. We didn't even open the package (in fact, I had tried to cancel the order before it was shipped, but it was too late). It was only $16, but I'm glad that's one less thing we need.

3. I have fallen back into the bad habit of not eating much in the way of veggies again lately and my digestive system is not happy about it, so I'm trying to get back to eating salads for dinner several times a week and I had a delicious one tonight. Having a huge salad for lunch every day is one thing I really miss from my days of working from home. Now I don't even eat any meals at work, maybe just a quick snack, because I never have time to sit and eat, but even when I did take a lunch break, I never felt like taking a salad because it's a pain in the ass.

4. Carla caught Jasper just as he was about to yawn and he looks super adorable.

This Week in Fandom, Volum 38

17 Jan 2017 12:06 pm
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This Week in Fandom: Schools using fanfic to teach literacy, Joebama political RPF, and So. Much. Sherlock. https://goo.gl/p9nTIl
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[personal profile] cereta posting in [community profile] agonyaunt
DEAR ABBY: I bought my 11-year-old daughter a cellphone. My ex does not approve. We have been divorced for six years, and he still can't get over it. He despises me. He refuses to listen to why I want her to have a cellphone.

While I want her to be responsible with it, I realize she will make mistakes -- which she already has by being on her phone too much. (It has been taken away from her once.) I want her to carry the phone with her in case of emergencies. If it is confiscated at school, her dad will no doubt tell me, "I told you so."

Should I abide by his wishes and not allow her to have the phone, or do you think my points are valid? -- MOM WITH PHONE ISSUE

DEAR MOM: Wanting your daughter to have the cellphone in case of emergency seems valid to me. If you are her custodial parent, I think that prerogative belongs to you.

But I do have a question: Who took the phone away from your daughter? If you did it because she was abusing the privilege, then she will learn her lesson if you are consistent. If a teacher takes it away from her at school, there should be consequences and you should ensure that they are enforced.

Daily Happiness

17 Jan 2017 01:45 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
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1. At some point yesterday, Jasper had an accident on the bed again and we didn't notice until we went to bed and smelled it. So this time we moved his carrier and food into the computer room and are just keeping the bedroom closed at all times until he has a chance to forget that behavior. He doesn't mind us closing the door (though he does sometimes try to get in there when we open it), but Chloe does not like us being in there without her and will scratch and bang on the door to make her displeasure known. >_<

However, it hasn't been as bad as I was fearing. She made noise when she wanted to be fed in the morning, and once again after that when she felt we'd been in there too long after I went back to bed after feeding her, but she didn't do it during the night, and she doesn't seem to care when we're not in there, so that means she's not doing it during the day.

In addition to washing all the blankets again today (ugh, I hate to think of how much water we've wasted on washing blankets in the past few days!), we plan to take the comforter to get professionally cleaned, so hopefully between those things, that will end the accidents.

2. We went to Target today to get another litter box because the ones we got this week were just whatever they had at the supermarket, which are quite small. It's fine for Jasper, but the girls definitely seem cramped, and the sides are low so it's easier to scatter litter. (And Jasper only seems to want to use the large one! For all everyone was saying get him his own box, he only wants to use the one they use, lol. But the girls have been using the small one we put by the back door in addition to the big one.) But then Target was out of the large ones, too! However, I did get another scoop, so I don't have to keep going back to the computer room to get the scoop when I need to scoop the other box.

And even better, I got new jeans! I have been wearing an emergency pair that was just the only thing I could find when my previous ones tore and they really fit badly. It's easier to find jeans now that I'm in regular sizes and not "big and tall", but I was looking for a 40 or 42, which can still be difficult to find (and to find good fitting ones). Well, today on a whim I decided to try on a pair of 38s and they fit so well! Best fitting jeans I've worn maybe since I was in high school or college. And they had a second pair, so I grabbed those as well. They're super comfy and the material is not too heavy and they're close fitting but not so "skinny" that I can't fit stuff in my pockets (which is why I had to stop buying the kind I liked at Old Navy several years ago, because they changed the pockets) and they don't fall down all the time and I actually look pretty good in them! I also found two nice Star Wars t-shirts.

3. We went out to lunch with my aunt Amy who is visiting from Minnesota. She's only eleven years older than me, so she's been more like an older sister to me and she's the only one of my immediate family who's not an ultra conservative Christian so I really wish I could see her more often, but she moved to Oregon when I was in junior high and then moved from there to Minnesota a few years ago. It was really good seeing her and we had a nice lunch.

4. I posted manga (three chapters!) and finished translating chapters of two other things, which will hopefully be posted in the near future as well.

5. This warm bundle of kitten slept on me a lot today.



(I really need to make a Jasper icon! And also some new Chloe and Molly icons because the ones I have are of them at about Jasper's age!)

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 89-91

16 Jan 2017 06:55 pm
torachan: yoshiki from himegoto (himegoto)
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It's been a little slow going this month, but I think I'm finally starting to get back into the swing of things, so here's three new chapters of Himegoto to start off the final volume.



Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Kaito has one last chance to choose.



Chapter 89: Smile
Chapter 90: Pain
Chapter 91: Reflection

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