Yesterday. I had to fit in a sauna, a flex 'n stretch class, a gym session, the usual walk on the common (particularly great), a facial, and a 'Chi Harmony' treatment.
Totally rush, rush, rush, eh?
There was another bout of WiFi connectivity problems whereby I was eventually catching up with the virtual world after dinner, in the public lounge.
I know, but somebody has to do it, right?
Not Through With You , NC-17 Dawn/Faith and Infinite , Dawn/Willow by consumedly.
Chapter Seven of Geometry Of Chance by sharelle.
Chapter Two of Into the Abyss by aadler.
Meta on Harmony by rbfvid.
Giles banners and wallpapers by 0_ruthless_0.
Spike gif by marilymay. Thanks to sueworld2003 for the link.
Buffyfest previews a Scott Allie interview.
Also, on a less jolly note, here's a drabble for open_on_sunday and the prompt "record". I always liked Lydia... I want to say Chalmers, but apparently that's all fanon thanks to this awesome fic? Anyway, here's my take on her.
Lydia’s father was a Watcher, like his before him. She studied for years, but not everyone’s fit for frontline duty; they also serve et cetera, and archivists are always needed. She grew to love it. Countless unique records going back to antiquity and beyond, brittle from age, Slayers whose entire civilizations were lost but were remembered here.
She survived the blast that destroyed the Council long enough to recognize the ashes raining down around her. Lydia grasped a burning piece of paper, all that remained of Gunda (376-391 AD), and held it tight as the walls collapsed.
I.e. I have already exposed my dr rdrz to thortz on Clutch of Constables and The Three Hostages, with passing comment on The Bridge (still not finished, but I got to the bit from the POV of the bisexual, academic historian, wife of the protag, who is probably most interesting and sympathique character in the book and ought to have left him years before she did).
Also read The Man in the Queue, which came up in a discussion on Tey and which happened to surface.
Reread Barbara Hambly, Good Man Friday, which was on my to reread list.
Indulgence: J D Robb novella,Taken in Death.
Currently reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah, which is amazing, as well as continuing to make my way through Women Destroy Science Fiction.
Nostalgic and As You Wish , Giles/Buffy by angelus2hot.
Subtleties , Spike/Xander by Anna S. Thanks to herself_nyc for the link.
Chapter One of First Aid , Spike/Willow by pickamix.
Chapter Twelve of Shattered Remains by xspike4evax.
Sign-ups now open over at the iwry_marathon.
I kind of did myself a disservice this week by booking more shifts than I really want to: 4 dayshifts in a row, ugh. Sometimes when I'm prebooking shifts for a month away I don't realize how much I'm going to end up working; the trouble with being a casual is that you have to take the work when it's there, and realize that some months shifts are going to be a little thin on the ground. Oh well, I'll just think of the money.
Today was the day we do all the stalls because it's our employee's day off. We really motored and got all the work done by 10:30! It really helped that Jack was there to push all the wheelbarrows to the manure pile and empty them for us, so Sue and I could just clean. We wanted to get it done before Jack went to work (he's working the afternoon shift),and before it got too hot.
It was stinking hot this afternoon. I was working in my garden and it felt like I was in a sauna, the sweat was just dripping off me. Picked some peas and some greens for dinner, did a little weeding. I have to plant more salad stuff and some spinach for a fall harvest. My little garden is doing quite well, considering how late a start it got.
There are 4 of the biggest squash plants you've ever seen growing on the manure pile; some of the seeds from my kitchen scraps germinated, and presto! giant squash plants. I checked today, and I think I have butternut and acorn squashes. Lots of little squashes on the plants. They certainly like the manure pile!
We had someone come and mow the field on Saturday. Midnight and Rochelle are really having a great time out there. Rochelle was super pissed that she had to come in for a few hours while the mower was going; I think she's getting a bit spoiled with all that space and grass. It's good for her, she's looking great, getting lots of muscle. I have to start thinking about what I'm going to do about getting her under saddle in September. The hardest thing about having young horses is getting them started; finding someone who can do that isn't easy, as we've learned with the others. I have some options, I'm just trying to do the best thing. I love that little horse; she's such a sweet tempered girl, and very smart. I think we'll have a fun fall and winter working together.
oops. Almost burned the rhubarb. I'm making stewed rhubarb with the rhubarb from the garden. I love stewed rhubarb. So tart and sweet, delicious with yogurt. mmm.
I've finished my Dresden Files reread. It's really interesting when you read a series from start to finish (or to the end of the current chapter), knowing how it all ends, and seeing little foreshadowings, and wondering if the author had it all mapped out, or if he took an off the cuff remark and later on used it to swing the story line in a direction totally unexpected. Now I'm anxious for the next book!
I am slowly getting to the season end of "The 100". I think I have 3 more episodes to go, but I just haven't had time to watch. I really think it's a show with lots going for it, and I've been quite impressed by the acting and the plot. Good show. And I just realized that I still haven't watched the season finale of "Orphan Black". Must do that ASAP.
Quite excited to see that Doctor Who is starting next month. It's been a long time since the Christmas special. I think Peter Capaldi is going to make a very intriguing Doctor. Going to have a great suit, too.
Okay, time to shut it down for the night. My eyes are starting to close as I type, so I will take the hint.
Sdcc 2014 Drabbles
To those who celebrate, Ramazan Mubarak
Drabbles for the Road - Eid al-Fitr.
As always there's a certain sorrow to the end of Comic-Con as I leave the wonderfully welcoming atmosphere and return to the real world, but it's of some comfort that we go forth to create the things we love.
I've already recapped Thursday, so um, as already posted. Medusa. Which I love doing. I walk differently. Stroll. There is nowhere she needs to rush to. Smile widely and with teeth.
I've seen a little of the dealers room. Got into panels for big bang, korra, bones, a mix set of actors, and agent carter/agents of shield.
Friday cosplay was Medusa. Fairly simple black lace dress. Something I could wear to a cocktail party. And the hair. Oh, my hair was awesome. Snakes on snakes on snakes. With sunglasses to protect the unwary.
On Friday, I was all day in Ballroom 20, and got a Lanyard as part of the Agents of Shield panel. Your lanyard is important! Or something. Great panel with some hardcore geekery from the cast. From there we headed over to 6BCF to catch Sleepy Hollow. Very funny.
Afterwards I was interviewed by some broadcast company or another. I assume something to do with Sleepy Hollow as I received a free backpack afterwards. I let them know that Medusa was not a monster, but simply misunderstood.
We went to Geek and Sundry for a spot of very energetic dancing. My not-actual hair snakes (as opposed the ones braided to my head) fell off at times, but fortunately, were easy to reapply.
The green hair spray took a bit longer to come off when we got back to the room and did result in a few green towels.
Saturday Cosplay was fifties dress/hat with gloves in a ray gun. But, well, it took on a bit of church lady vibe, because when I was wandering about, I wore the Line Monk outfit over it.
Okay, my Saturday high light was well, I errr… well, every year we have religious protestors, which is one of the reasons we put together the Line Monk costumes. But also walking the long lines of Comic-Con is almost a meditative experience, much like walking a labyrinth.
Anyway, we got a text that the protesters were out walking in front of the convention center megaphoning the attendees. Now, I have a very carrying voice. I project, not yell. It's from the center and out. Generally, I try not, because well, it's loud. But… yeah, so I followed the guy with the battery powered megaphone and was louder than he was asking attendees if they were ready to meet the creators of their fandoms and complimenting their costumes and generally exclaiming on the wonder of the day. So many people laughing and saying it was an awesome costume. Great response.
Then I joined Melinda down by Hall H, where we told people that the End of the Line was Nigh, and soon they'd meet the creators of their fandom (with air conditioning). Also, lots of laughter and cheers.
Interestingly, the religious protestors complained to the guards that we were making fun of them and they should make us stop. To which the guard (laughing and smiling as he told us this) replied something like, "You were just telling us about your right to free speech. We'll that's their right to free speech. For the rest of the time we were over there, they kept coming back to see if we were still there and then turning around to walk away from us. It was Awesome. Also, we sang, Everything is Awesome at one of the protestors. So maybe it was our singing.
Then I had like panels and stuff, so we went in and I spent the rest of the day in 6BCF attending the always awesome quick draw, cartoon, voices, cup of joe, 75 years of batman, 1st episode of Constantine (very cool and evocative of the comic), and Persons of Interest. Best part, where Jim Caviezel climbed over the table to give a very sweet 11 year old questioner a hug. She was shaking she was so happy. Very sweet, but you could see the con staff having minor heart attacks.
I went to a Welcome to Night Vale / Thrilling Adventure Hour. After which, the laughter on the live recording shows made a lot more sense. I shall be picturing Cecil's hand gestures in his pauses now. A bit like squid. If a hand can be called squid like, which in the context of Nightvale, I'm sure it can be.
The next morning, Melinda and I spent some more time on the Hall H line being line Monks. Going through a line of patter with those entering into Hall H. Hopefully amusing at least.
Sunday cosplay was Line Monks over t-shirt and shorts.
Sunday was a day of much wandering the Dealer's Hall, which was vast and chaotic as ever. Went to a very nice Women of Marvel panel. All people (but one) on the panel were women in all areas of Marvel. Writers. Producers. Social Media. Very interesting and interestingly was also a bit of a recruitment drive for more female talent.
I went out and did some of the activities in the Gaslamp. Went to the Constantine experience which was a projection dome, that immersed the viewer into scenes from Constantine. Walked by the Gotham zipline, but did not attempt that line. Meandered through Godzilla. A bit more dealers room.
Attended my only Academic CAC panel, which was the annual sociology study done by students on the sociology of Comic-Con. I quite liked the paper on how families attending the Con is sort of a cultural transmission of fan values from one generation to another. Didn't agree quite so much (as several other attendees expressed) with the panellist who didn't understand why women cross play, and rather than presenting an academic point of view, said that cross players should find women characters they like. Which okay, I'm all for exalting women characters, but err… people like what they like. And there's such a wonderful fluidity to bending a characters gender. Thinking about what it would mean for x y or z to be a woman. To take that cultural dominance for yourself.
We went for a bit to the Agents of Shield fan gathering, and stuck around through to Monday, which…
Okay, so it was very nice not to have to pack up my stuff before heading to the con Sunday, but the sheer amount emptying a place that was so full vibrant crazy life the day before was a bit strange. Perhaps next year stay over, but head out earlier in the morning. We'll see how much vacation time I have.
All in all, a great con.
May I be so fortunate as to once again achieve tickets to next year.
Oh, and today's cosplay, Wonder Woman shirt, Silver head band (sorry, I don't have a gold), cutoff shorts with star patterns, and red high tops.
All clothing is costume.
Bring on yuletide.
Photos from the Con
Even if, not that this has not been encountered before, weird WiFi problems.
But, anyway, arrived this morning and the balance is all pretty much on the positive side.
Okay, steam room temporarily out of commission but had an excellent sauna.
Wonderful walk - although it was raining when I arrived it fined up by walk-time.
Good Pilates class.
Lovely seaweed wrap and float.
Delish healthy food.
Haute Cuisine , Faith/Buffy by brutti_ma_buoni.
Love's Bitch , Spike/Buffy by okdeanna.
(She's) Number Than Gold , Faith/Lilah by clockwork_hart1.
Smoke and Mirrors , Giles/Xander by sparrow2000.
Chapter FiveB of How to Be Good Or Evil by thedeadlyhook.
Chapter Six of Geometry of Chance by sharelle.
Chapter Thirty Five of The Queen by kikimay.
Chapter Two of Bruises by pickamix.
Chapter Five and Chapter Six of A Little B&E by dustandroses.
Buffyverse and AtSverse icons by dragonydreams.
Title: Office Party
Word count: 100
Fandom: Buffyverse, all 12 seasons
Pairings: Um... a few, none of them remotely canon
( Somehow the Big Bad conference always ended like this )
No Saturday rolls as I was working.
Today's lunch: seabass fillets marinated in whisky, maple syrup and avocado oil and smoked over bourbon-soaked oak chips, served with baby new potatoes roasted in goose-fat and okra and romano peppers roasted in pumpkin seed oil and splashed with pomegranate molasses.
This week's bread: I have a somewhat annoying book of bread recipes - it's all wholemeal all the time, and far too much yeast in every recipe (possibly to counteract the inevitable heaviness) but some of the ideas are not at all bad with some adaptation, and I made the Pumpkin Seed and Sultana Loaf, half and half strong white and wholemeal flours. Nice.
Have just been re-reading The Three Hostages - I was just so tired yesterday evening after a week of not sleeping very well + working Saturday, and partway through a re-read of a Pamela Frankau I've never liked very much to see if it had improved with time which was still not grabbing me (the protag needs a very large fish across the chops, if you ask me) - so it was hello, comfort reading.
And it occurred to me as it never has before that that whole last section with Hannay up a mountain and in a deer forest while a vengeful Medina pursues him -
- (and having not told anybody what's going on) -
- follows on from the main plot denouement where an awful lot of the heavy lifting was being, or had been, done by Mary and Sandy.
While they couldn't have done it without him on the inside, that really involved a lot of pretending to be the s in a d/s relationship with Medina.
Do we think he had Something To Prove?
Due to all the interest (and their server crashing), Big Finish is changing their 15 Days to 15 Offers, which each offer available for several days.
Make Mine Marvel:
Steve Rogers meta. Only connect, as Forster put it. And speaking of Steve, as you you can see in this bit from the Comic Con panel where the Avengers actors show up, Chris Evans got the most applause, which no one would have predicted a few years back. Methinks it was Cap 2 which made the difference.
Once Upon A Time:
Another SDCC goodie for those of us far, far away: The REAL reason why the writers decided to do that storyline in s4 which the s3 tag scene revealed. Read: a hilarious sketch in which the OuaT writing staff pokes fun at themselves. Complete with Jane Espenson's pizza fandom (known to the world since the audio commentary for Conversations with Dead People from BTVS was on dvd) and a cameo from a Dharma telephone from Lost. (The fact that some Lost alumni ended up in OuaT, others in Bates Motel and yet others in New Zealand doing Tolkien-Jackson stuff tells you all about what kind of a show Lost was. :)