tielan: Hulk angry (AVG - wtf)
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 09:33 am
Looks like I'm being dropped back to Team 3 in hockey. I hope it's not skill related - I know I'm better skill-wise than Team 3, but...

I always seem to be the person dropped a grade when it comes to these things, and it's frustrating.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 08:18 am
The MCU AUfest profile says there's only 10 sign-ups so far.

D:

If you're thinking of signing up, now is a good time!
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Monday, April 24th, 2017 12:27 pm
Have been feeding the cat of a friend; the cat has been very friendly, most likely because she's been pretty lonely the last few days (they left for a 2 week holiday on Thursday, and someone was going to come and catsit on the Saturday, but due to family things is only coming around this afternoon).

She's very small and very pretty and very enthusiastic about nudging and licking and bellyrubs.

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Played 2 games of hockey yesterday, although I knew I probably shouldn't. My foot is a bit achey and weird today, and the toe is giving that 'I could rebel, I totally could' feeling that it does.

Also: because I played in Team 3 as well as Team 2 (the team I was hoping to be in), I've been asked by the president if I want to play in Team 3. Team 3 is also the one I was coaching last year - they're a good team, and they're better this year because they've got a bunch of players who used to play in Team 2 now playing in Team 3 (like Team 2 has a bunch of players who played in Team 1 last year come down to the next team)...but I'd rather play up a grade. It challenges me, and I think I'm in the middle of the skillset, while I'd stand out a bit too much in Team 3.

Although I won't deny it was nice to be one of the better players and score two goals, with an assist on a third, but I did that in Team 2 the first week, too. (We lost in Team 2 this week because we played the top team in the grade and they kicked our asses 4-0, although three of those goals were in the 1st half, and we managed to mostly keep them out 2nd half, although we couldn't score any of our own - their goalie was good.)

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Smut Swap is in: my story has been well-received by my recipient (at least on the surface, and I'm not going to look any deeper), and my gift is sweet and hot!

I haven't really looked through the stories, I'm not in a mood for reading fanfic right now.

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I'm back to plotting the sedoretu fic, trying to work out the events and the emotional beats. Once again, I think I might have something that works. Now to write it...

And Camp NaNo has been a bust. Again.
tielan: (quilting)
Friday, April 21st, 2017 09:26 pm
One of the most finicky quilts I've ever had to quilt myself. Took 4 hours from go to whoa.

beneath the cut )

That was most of my day today. And some writing.
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tielan: (PacRim - Mako)
Friday, April 21st, 2017 12:11 am
Dear Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me - we have matched on some characters or character dynamics that I adore, and I hope that you likewise adore them, and that this assignment will not be a big arduous thing for you, but something fun and enjoyable and satisfying. I will most definitely be appreciative of whatever you've written for me, because these dynamics don't often get written, and so it's a pleasure to read a new take on it!

Note: if you see something that you know I've asked and received before, then please know that there are some bunnies I really like and I want to see all the options and iterations possible for them!

I've tried to keep this simple... )
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 11:25 pm
Dear MCU AU Writer,

Welcome and thank you for writing for me! Before you click on the cut, please remember that apart from the pairing and the AU specified, my ideas are all OPTIONAL. If you can write the ideas I've put down, then by all means go for it! If you find they're not in your style, then just go for whatever you envision as the relationship and the AU and it will be fine! Considering how rare these relationships are, I will be OVER THE MOON that anyone has written about them at all.

pairings and AUs )
tielan: (Merlin - gwen)
Thursday, April 20th, 2017 06:03 pm
So, it's the weirdest thing actually having to go 40 entries back through my Readlist in the space of a day. WEIRD. I haven't had to do that in, oh, about 8 years (and that was LJ).

Mind you, a lot of those entries are the 2017revival introductions and the comm that lets you know about new comms popping up. And friends who are crossposting from twitter and instagram.

Still, that's a helluva lot more action than I've seen in a while!

(And it's kind of good. Not quite the meta-y stuff that I have long been longing for around here, but nice to see some activity. Here's hoping it remains active!)

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story of a quilt )

Tonight, I have to dig up some lemongrass, only it's already dark outside. Luckily, the lemongrass is right in the line of my headlights as my car is parked in the carport. SCORE! I'm digging up a clump of lemongrass to swap with a woman 30 mins away whose parents have an olive tree whose olives are ripe. Basically, I'm going to try curing my own olives. Probably by brining them since that looks like it involves less water. (But will probably end with them more salty. Oh well.)

I also have to drop around to a friend's house and check on her cat. They've gone to visit the US and while a friend is coming to stay in a day or two, I'm occasionally looking after the cat.

family stuff )

Today I logged into an application for the type of work I do...and discovered that my company has not yet severed the connection between my login for that app and their partner grouping. So I still have access to all their trouble tickets for the customers on that app... Oops!

Finally, Not Primetime sign-ups are GO!

(And thank you to whoever picked up my smut swap pinch hit. I hope the other lonely PH recip has also found a home.)

This has been a ramble straight out of my brain. Sorry about that...
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 10:36 pm
Finally saw Moana at a friend's house. Was just dropping something off for her to give to a friend during her trip to DC from tomorrow, and she and the hubs were out in the garden doing household things, so I went inside and found the kids watching Moana.

I'd never seen it before, although I think I must have listened to the soundtrack at least once, because a lot of the music seemed really familiar. So I sat down and started watching it.

I'd definitely heard "How Far I'll Go" and "We Know The Way" and "You're Welcome" which are the big three songs, I think.

And yes, I enjoyed it a lot.

One thing disturbed me - I had it in my head that the voyaging chieftain was sung by Lin-Manuel Miranda, but watching the music video, it's a relief to see that it's not - that he's just the narrator for the voyagers, and the chieftain's part is voiced by (presumably) Opetaia Foa'i.
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 07:43 am
I made a bag!

(okay, I've made several, but I'm kind of pleased with this one)

The Parisville Bowl Bag is done - and well in time for Sew Sweetness' bag contest! While I've made a 'Fireside Bowl Bag' before, making this iteration involved leather work, fussy-cutting, and creative pocket making! 😀 Link to the blogpost (and b


I called it the 'Parisville Bowl Bag' which is a smushname of the key fabric in the bag (the Parisville collection by the modern quilting designer Tula Pink) and the design (the Fireside Bowl Bag by modern quilting designer Sew Sweetness).

more under the cut; it's image heavy )
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tielan: (clings)
Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 07:10 am
Still four smut swap pinch hits waiting.

Yes, one of them is me.
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Monday, April 17th, 2017 01:07 pm
The [community profile] sga_flashfic comm has been transferred over to DW. My author tag appears 62 times!

Wow, I did write a lot of SGA fic back in the day.

Maybe I should start transferring some of that to AO3...
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tielan: (AVG - maria)
Monday, April 17th, 2017 08:31 am
[community profile] fail_fandomanon is a fascinating and terrifying place. But sometimes you get actual discussions that aren't just people calling each other names.

Like this one about Civil War.

yes, I'm taking it seriously )
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Saturday, April 15th, 2017 05:55 pm
(ie. the post that I lost earlier today)

I want a better app than Gardenate, which has some useful features, but doesn't really do quite what I need.

Wantlist:
- list what I've planted (type, variety, location in garden, and time of planting), note how it's going, when I've fertilised it, and see how it compares to the 'recommended' time before harvest
- lists the moon planting cycles as well as when to plant for my climate region
- store seed notes (type, variety, year saved/bought, expiry year)
- be able to set up bed locations and suggest what to plant next in those locations

There are probably other things that I've forgotten from when I typed up this morning - it was a much longer post. This'll probably get edited as time goes on.
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Saturday, April 15th, 2017 04:31 pm
...it doesn't save a draft?!?

I just lost an entry I typed out over the course of several hours, because I thought the new DW beta post page saved a draft...

This is not making me like the beta Create Entry page. At. All.
tielan: Leia, RotJ, concerned (SW - Leia concern)
Friday, April 14th, 2017 10:35 pm
...and I'm not even hungry.

(I cooked roast chicken for dinner, with accoutrements. It was really good. But now my mouth wants more food, while my stomach is most definitely full. BAH.)
tielan: (XM - scott)
Friday, April 14th, 2017 09:18 pm
Blogspot: Me-Made May - Sign Up
I'm trying to work out what to do for this - or if I do it at all. The challenge is usually to wear one thing you made every day of the month. I reckon it's easier when May is a month that's tending towards summer instead of one where everything is getting cold and rainy.

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Youtube: "Clarke and Dawe: Cyclone Malcolm. This is a Watch and Act Warning."
Unlikely any but Australians will get this. Laugh and cry and weep at the passing of a great comedian.

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The Guardian: The Destruction Of Hillary Clinton: Sexism, Sanders, and the Millenial Feminist Or: How To Burn Your Own Bridges While You're Standing On It Screaming That Someone In Politics Isn't Good Enough For Your Extremely Speshul Vote.

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Dreamwidth: Thoughts on racism, sexism, and fandom: How to Suck Less by [personal profile] beatrice_otter.
Thinky thoughts, or how not to get stuck at an intermediate step of sucking less in fandom.

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fic rec: Political Animal (Zazu/Triton, Human AU, Political AU)
From Yuletide, recced by someone else, it's both hilarious and hot!

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nngroup: Participation Inequality
How the voices we hear are not a majority of anything.

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And finally this Good Friday:

Common Grace: Siding With Jesus: The Real Cost
Following Jesus requires we love people in costly solidarity, and requires us to expose any ideology that pretends inequality is natural or ordained by God.
I have a lot of thoughts on this, not sure if they're coherent yet.
tielan: (Merlin - merlin)
Thursday, April 13th, 2017 12:56 pm
So, gardening. Mum called this morning at 8:30am to say she'd be coming around with her garden helper to help put in some fruit trees.

We got the avocado (grown from seed) and the two apples (my birthday present this year) in the ground, and moved the apricot over. We also discovered a large chunk of cement in the front garden - too large to lever up. So we just planted the apricot a little beyond it.

I also put in some sweet potato (we'll see how that goes, but I had the length of vine), and started clearing space in prep for the attempt at autumn-winter corn.

It doesn't feel much like Thursday, I gotta say. More like Friday, probably because of the long weekend upcoming. Apparently the traffic is already awful out there...
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 10:36 pm
Hockey training tonight. I didn't realise it was going to be 'warm' (16C) and wore heavy stuff. Which I then had to run around in and it was hot!

Also, new training coach, who runs us a lot more, uses different terminology, and is very verbal in his explanation (not always the most helpful with women who are tired and not entirely compos mentis).

It was an interesting session. Good, because I needed the run and got to practise some skills, but so tiring.

Now I'm home, and all I want to do is go to bed. Which I think I will. And may very well fall asleep before midnight at this rate...

Oh, and the osteo stuck more needles in me today, so they ache too.
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tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 08:59 am
Etiquette Hell would definitely think this was unconscionable.

My cousin T's widower is remarrying. He and his wife-to-be are asking guests for assistance in setting up the hall out the back of the church, and assisting with put away at the end of the 'afternoon tea reception'.

They've just sent out an email to a handful of friends/guests asking if people are willing to help with one, the other, or both. The party itself is catered, and the caterers will be managing most of the food and utensil clean-up, but the hall needs to be set up and taken down again.

There's a part of me that's a bit annoyed at being asked, a part of me that's willing to be helpful, and a part of me that's kind of gleeful at doing something so "anti-etiquette" (where the rule is that one is guest or one is servantry, and never the twain shall meet).