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The new campsite was a dozen or more miles away, next to a creek, and the only sign of bear was aged dry bear scat that was old and dry enough that it didn't smell. Scotty headed for the outhouse -- and backed out. I took a look in -- I've seen pincushions less full of needles. It seems that a porcupine had climbed in through the outhouse's tiny window (chewed a bit larger for the trip, from the teeth marks) in order to gnaw on and lick salt from the toilet seat (yes, sweat contains salt.) Scotty took a pair of plyers from the car and spent half an hour pulling the most obnoxious of the porcupine quills so the place was usable. (I kept a handful of them for years; I think they vanished in a move.)

We put up the tent, hiked a bit more, cooked dinner, put the rest of the food in the car (the creek was too nearby, and we'd used up the things that needed to be chilled. It was a dark night, clouded over, so we went to sleep fairly early.

And in the middle of the night I woke up.

I had the sense that someone was watching me.

It wasn't Scotty. He was asleep, like a rock.

I could barely hear something walking around outside the tent, circling, looking in at the flap (which was zipped to keep out mosquitos but had a gap where it tied,) and circling again. And again. A faint sense of someone breathing. Not as big as the bear, but with more intention and curiosity. It must have circled half a dozen times before it left.

I fell asleep again.

In the morning, it was plain that we'd had a visitor -- a wolf whose paw prints, with the clearly marked claws, were longer than my hand (and I have long fingers). He'd left us an indication that this was *his* territory -- a small mountain of wolf droppings at least a foot high, right in front of the Mustang's fender. We didn't see him again, and I didn't sense him, but I wished I'd had a bit of plaster of paris to make a cast of one of those tracks, and find some proportion chart to learn just how big he was.

We didn't have any more encounters, and stayed there the rest of the time -- but I had my ears and eyes open in case that wolf was keeping an eye on us still.
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It was grad school, and I had a short break coming up. Scotty, the guy I was dating, and I decided to go camping in the Adirondacks for a few days. He was from Alaska; I had gone camping for several years with Girl Scouts. We had the equipment, and we headed off to a campsite in the mountains; you didn't have to reserve one, you could just show up and if it wasn't being used, you could have it.

It was raining the first night we were there, so we slept in the Mustang; Ford should know that Mustangs are designed as road cars, not as hotel rooms. Not the best way to sleep, so I wasn't that awake the next day. I made a fire, we had breakfast, and after we hiked for a bit to find the nearest stream and look around, Scotty went to see if there were any other campsites open, such as ones with a lean-to -- those usually need reservations, but you could get lucky.

I stayed at the campsite, which had an outhouse, a fire pit, and not much more. We'd sunk the food in the creek to keep it cool and also reduce the food smell for any animals around, so I wasn't that worried. It was quiet. I went into the outhouse to do what you do in an outhouse.

And, not long after I'd turned the wooden latch on the door, I heard footsteps outside, heavy footsteps, and the kind of deep-in-the-throat growling that comes from something very large. I thought at first that it might be a puma; they're not common in those mountains any more, but they come through sometimes -- but they're shy. This was a big animal, sniffing and sniffing and muttering to itself. And then it pushed on the outside of the outhouse and made a scraping noise, and I nearly stopped breathing. Then it got quiet. I stayed in the outhouse, barely moving at all, until Scotty's Mustang turned off the road and around the corner into the grassy parking area.

And then I got out, several shades whiter than usual. And told him what had happened.

"Bear," he said. And we both looked up at the scratch marks on the outhouse, about eight feet up. "Marking his territory.

We'd seen a much-rolled-upon area in the tall grass about a mile away that he'd said was probably where a bear had slept -- but neither of us had expected it to visit. It was probably looking for food, which we had not had nearby. We decided to move to a different campsite ....
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Chris Christie's opioid commission and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Re the article on psychologists who were involved in torture, the movie Doctors of the Dark Side is about this, and is supposed to be good.

Where are the nurses trained in dealing with sexual assault, to take the evidence for a rape kit?

The Supreme Court on free speech and gerrymandering.

The NY State Division of Human Rights is investigating Fox News over claims of sexual harassment and retalliation.

The Seneca Nation of Indians has stopped payments from its casino earnings to state and local governments, based on their interpretation of a contract; the state says the payments should continue, based on further paperwork.

New York State raises the age for marriage to 18, eliminating child marriage. Which confuses me a bit, since I knew a couple who ran off to Virginia to get married because they could do it there but not in NY. She was 18 and he was 17 then; according to this article they might not have needed to cross two or three states to do it.

It will take a village to save the Colorado River.

Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris have become the stars of the Russia inquiry, and rightfully so for their incisive questions. And we are told that, despite the possibility of blackmail, former National Security Advisor Flynn had access to the most sensitive intelligence.

The race to solar power in Africa.

A new industry in China: mistress dispellers.

Nora Ephron on making "Julie and Julia", and much more. An older article but a good one.

My body doesn't belong to you.

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21 June 2017 20:14
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Smokey and I are throwing ourselves around in attitudes, as it’s very hot (for Britain) and very humid. I’m all miserable and sweaty, and I’m sure I can say the same for Smokey but she only sweats through her paws. She has quite sweaty paws, though, and was once found to be allergic to a specific type of kitty litter for that reason.

In other news, I’ve done the first pass of ripping my DVDs to soft copy. I’m left with a few irritations – some of the seasons of Criminal Minds didn’t rip properly and I’ll have to rip them again, this time into MKV files. Plus the titles got somehow mixed up (it was obviously my fault) on the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films, and I’m going to have to go through them patiently and make sure the right title is attached to each film. But it is mostly done.

I’m still following what’s coming out about the Grenfell Tower fire – the worst case of a fire since WW2, I think, and was totally avoidable if Kensington and Chelsea had just listened to the people who lived there and actually spent money on the place where it was needed. ‘Not political’ indeed! Ptui!
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The wildcats you've never seen.

Color-linked feline personalities, and more.

And dogs that are trained to find human remains, even just bones, are to be used to find Amelia Earhart. Thing is, they may be looking in the wrong place. In Adela Rogers St.Johns' memoir "The Honeycomb", she writes about getting to know Amelia when she was flying in the US, and, after WWII, long after her plane disappeared, speaking with Marines who told her that they had taken the body of a white woman that had been identified as Amelia from the island where they had found her, and under strict orders to keep it quiet, flew her back to Hawaii and buried her in the military cemetery called the Punchbowl, without a marker. So I don't know. Either Adela was lied to -- and she had a superb bullshit meter -- or someone else was buried secretly by night in the Punchbowl. It's not a large place; I'm not sure how it could have been done without being noticed by someone.
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Even the Republicans want more details about the health care bill.>/a> And yes, it is frightening that the health care of millions of us depend on a handful of Senators. In addition, some Senators want to change the rules to avoid reconciliation (of the bill) and proceed more quickly. I would call it a deadly scam in the making if it didn't mean life or death for so many of us. But if Mitch McConnell is going to play dirty, Democrats are willing to match him and raise the stakes.

Meanwhile, RetroRepublican VP Mike Pence explains that the Disney movie 'Mulan' is a ploy to get women in the military. He apparently missed the part where a) it's historical, b) she went in instead of her elderly and ill father, c) it's a movie for kids, it's not Top Gun (which could have racked up a lot of enlistments if they'd had recruiters in the theatre hallways when it opened.) Or maybe he's a bit of a nutcase.

298 million US voters' personal information leaked in a security lapse. Read this one.

Trump is taking action against LGBTQ Americans.

Should Amazon become The Place To Buy Everything? And does it want to be more like Apple?

The Green Revolution will happen -- without Trump. But it would work better and faster if pale environmental groups included more diversity.

New Orleans and the Gulf brace for flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy, who is speeding up. Unrelated to Cindy but still FEMA-related, FEMA is preparing for a solar superstorm that would (not could, would) take down the grid in huge sections of the country. We don't know when this one would happen. At least the Trumpets aren't trying to get rid of this... so far.

No, Han Solo isn't a comedian; he's a cynical, sarcastic, selfish jerk (most of the time). And that's why the directors of his movie have been fired, and are being replaced in mid-shoot.

Laura Dern would like actors to get over themselves, please. She should know; she grew up in the business with her father, Bruce Dern, and mother, Diane Ladd.



What the Watergate Committee taught me. The difficulties that cause problems are political alliances, cynicism and fatigue -- sound familiar? Read this.

Where did 'We the People' go?

A lawsuit filed on behalf of former prisoners reveals details about psychologist-approved torture techniques from the psychologists who approved them -- and who now may be held responsible for their use.

Journalist's notebook: Into the battle of Mosul armed with a camera.

The king of Saudi Arabia has replaced his heir with his son. I have no idea how this will affect things, but it will.

The Supreme Court announces broad protections for Internet surfing rights, including for sex offenders.

New York's governor would like to treat hemp like any other crop. This is somewhere between ironic and hilarious to anyone who went to college in the early 1970s--the Doonesbury cartoon about Zonker being jailed for one weed seed is scarily accurate to the times. Yes, I am delighted that hemp is back, and I look forward to being able to buy comfortable hempcloth shirts here instead of going to Canada for them.

The US is relocating a town because of climate change. And this is unlikely to be the last one.

Cats domesticated themselves. And tabby coloring is relatively recent.
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In the ever-exciting news of the long slow process of co-op buying, late yesterday afternoon, I received a revised version of the appraisal - the one I got on Saturday had one number on the cover page and then another within the body of the document, and when I pointed that out to the lawyer, and he was like, "They're gonna go with the number in the document." Which was the lower number. But as of yesterday, the apartment is apparently worth the number on the cover page, which is $5000 more than the other. It's still $10K lower than the asking price, but it's proof that appraisers are human and make mistakes, so. We'll see what happens. I'm also still waiting to be contacted to set up the board interview. Sigh. I did find my black dress, though, so I'll be able to wear that when the time comes.

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Last night, I made formulation #2 of anti-itch lotion and it doesn't have salt in it but it does have baking soda, so the unfortunately slightly gritty feel continues and also it didn't work (not to mention being an unappealing-for-a-skincare-product gray in color), so I think I'm just going to stick to more tried and true methods going forward.

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Wednesday! Books!

What I've just finished
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan. I enjoyed this - the action is a lot of fun and Leo got more to do - but oy, Apollo as narrator is annoying.

What I'm reading now
Despite an endless TBR pile, how could I resist Joan Aiken's The Five-Minute Marriage after reading amazing reviews by [personal profile] rachelmanija (here) and [personal profile] skygiants (here)?

I have especially fond memories of both The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea, though I haven't read either since I was a kid (I probably should reread at some point, and I did not know there were like five other books in that series), plus it's about a fake but real marriage set in the Regency era, so it was like five of my bulletproof narrative kinks in one book.

And boy does it deliver. Not so much on the actual romance, but with the hilarity and the fake marriage that turns out to be legitimate (in the sense of they are actually legally married rather than it being a fraudulent ceremony as they expected) and will likely turn into a real (as in they actually care about each other and stay married) marriage by the end of the book, grand romance notwithstanding, as well as the apparent alpha asshole hero who turns out to just be really stressed about babysitting his sister's TEN kids.

Anyway! I am enjoying it a lot and if that sounds like your cup of tea, you probably will too!

What I'm reading next
I do not know! However, I did want to give a heads up to anyone who doesn't know that Frances Hardinge has a new book coming out in the fall: A Skinful of Shadows. I am excite! And maybe I will read The Lie Tree next. I was saving it because it's the only Hardinge I haven't read yet, but if there's a new book on the horizon, I don't have to hoard it anymore. *g*

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you oughta keep me concealed

20 June 2017 14:04
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I spoke with my lawyer yesterday afternoon and he said that the appraisal coming in low shouldn't affect the loan because I'm putting 50% down, but that it can affect how much I have to pay, and he's going to ask the seller's lawyer what they're willing to do regarding bringing the price down a little to align with the appraisal (or explain why the appraisal is wrong). We agreed that I would still pay the full asking price if necessary, but he's going to see what he can get since this happened. We'll see!

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Last night, I met up with [personal profile] chicklet_girl, who is visiting NYC, and we had steak dinner and fannish conversation and it was lovely. I managed to mostly avoid getting soaked too, right up until I was half a block from the restaurant, at which point the skies opened and I got drenched from the knees on down (I was wearing a dress so it didn't bother me that much). And then later, as we left the restaurant, the sky was a weird yellow color as the storms had moved east. I didn't see any rainbows, but I've heard from various people that they were all over.

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So I made some anti-itch lotion, but I don't find it particularly effective, and also it has salt in it, which makes it gritty, which is not a sensation I want in something that's not meant to be an exfoliant. I mean, maybe if I mixed it up with a mixer it wouldn't feel that way, and but I'm not ready to commit my handmixer to non-food-related items. And since it doesn't really work any better than any of the other million different things I've tried (and it works significantly less well than a few of those methods), I can't see using it again. I do have a couple other formulations to try out, none of which contain salt, so that at least shouldn't be a problem.

The bug repellent lotion bar seems to work, or at least I haven't gotten any new bites since I started using it. I guess we'll see how that goes. it's a good thing I don't mind the scent of citronella.

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Ugh, really?

20 June 2017 17:06
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There's a bit of an ongoing debate in my line of work about what you need to be able to do to teach English to people where it's not their first language - some people seem to think that it's enough that you're a native speaker as if that magically gives you the ability to help other people learn it as well. Short version: it's not. Alongside this, there's the whole 'can't it all just be done by well-meaning volunteers?' argument which makes me break out in hives. As if our learners don't deserve properly-qualified teachers who know what they're doing and are paid to do the job, just because the qualification they're doing is tailored for them and not folks who were born here.

We just got some funding to run courses for people who're not otherwise eligible to access our classes (for example, we only have a very small pot of money for asylum seekers to get access to classes each year, so when it's gone that's it) and it's to support volunteers teaching them. See previous argument and why I won't be applying for the temporary secondment to run that project, because I probably couldn't keep my mouth shut about how I feel. The question is, I guess, whether it's better for folks to have something rather than nothing?

I was asked a couple of weeks back if I wouldn't mind one of the volunteers coming to spend the morning with a class I'm teaching, which I happily agreed to. It's useful for us as teachers to see other people doing stuff differently and I have no problem with someone coming in, but then the guy in question turned out to be the absolute epitome of white hipster nonsense. I had my learners asking him questions so they could practice on him and he wants to teach 'poor children in India' but hasn't really got his head around all this grammar stuff. Ugh. Get away with your white saviour BS, 'poor children in India' deserve better than you too. Thanks too for reinforcing my previous decision.

Rewatch Week Eight

20 June 2017 09:48
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    This week we're watching Series One, Episode 8!


1. No live watchalong, so no timezones to worry about
2. (Re)watch the episode when you have the chance, then come squee!
3. No chatroom component, let's keep the discussion on Dreamwidth
4. PLEASE share in the comments: fic ideas, drabbles, icons, artwork, meta, random things you notice, songs you love, trivia, gifs you've posted on tumblr, etc, anything inspired by the episode.
5. There's no time limit on participation. You can join in any day of the week, not just Tuesday. One post doesn't 'close' when the next one goes up. Even if you're a week (or three) behind, you're welcome.
6. Possible SPOILERS in the comments for the entirety of LoM and also Ashes to Ashes.



Resources: screencaps | transcripts
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Reviving a lost language of Canada through film. I am looking forward to this movie -- I thought Atanarjuat (which I have probably just misspelled -- The Far Runner is the translation) was stunning.

National Geographic on the effects of melting in Antarctica.

Another far-right theocrat for the Trump Team.

The Atlantic on how ill-suited traditional the ideas of traditional masculinity are for the life we have now.

TED's playlist of how to deal with everyday life.

Is Mike Pence walking a tightrope? Or is this invisible man one of the ones causing it to exist in the first place?

How the Cosby mistrial happened, and what could be next.

A sociology of the smartphone.

New York City was hilly, varied farmland, with a lot of small farms and communities, at its start -- and here are photos of how it looked before it was leveled.

Photographer Harry Pollard's photos of First Nations people from Alberta, Canada.

Paul Krugman on the inadequacy of understanding of what Trumpcare will do to devastate health in the US -- the silence of the hacks. And here is the impact of Trumpcare, by state, with the people to contact to yell about it.

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods may usher in the end of the line for many cashiers.

Why many House members aren't rushing to declare themselves candidates for the Senate. Money, money, money.

The incredible shrinking Islamic state -- no matter the noise made by its believers, it's getting smaller.

Podcast: the budget disconnect within the Trump administration.

And it's 3:30 and I just heard the coyote howling again. But it's getting dark and we have storms just west and south that will be moving in. I still have heard only one -- and as I understand it, coyotes howl when they're looking for other coyotes. Maybe it's significant (maybe not) that none of the neighborhood dogs are barking.
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So apparently there are some comics fans who are trying to impose comics canon on Wonder Woman movieverse fans (as seen on Tumblr), and having been there oh so many years ago in the position of a movieverse-only fan, if you are tempted to say, "but in the comics...", my advice is, to quote Captain America: "son, just don't."

The movies are not the comics! They were not the same in 2000 with the first X-Men movie. They were not the same with Iron Man or Captain America or Age of Ultron or Civil War. They are not the same with Wonder Woman (I can't speak to the other DCU movies I haven't seen, but Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel was sure as shit not the Jonathan Kent from the comics, in the worst way possible).

There's a back button/exit button on every screen. Learn to use it if you can't handle the idea of multiple versions of canon that are not the same*. (Though how any (superhero) comics fan can possibly cling to some notion of strict canonicity is beyond my understanding - it was in 2000 and it remains even more so now that I've actually read superhero comics! - because even within the published comics there are multiple universes, alternate realities, reboots and rebirths, and even the published writers/artists pick and choose from that broad swath of material. And that's before even getting into TV/film/video game/animated adaptations! So don't even. I mean, you're not going to bitch at the people who write Ezra Miller movie Flash for not writing Grant Gustin TV Flash, are you? Then stfu.)

*I can see being annoyed when movie characterization etc. invades the comics tag on AO3 (or v.v.), but that's just an inevitable side effect of people trying to grab the widest possible reading audience.

This makes me just as angry now as it did seventeen(!!!) years ago. I thought maybe the MCU blowing up to be a huge and non-comics-corresponding fandom would put a stop to it, but I guess not.

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American Gods: A Prayer for Mad Sweeney and Come to Jesus
spoilers )

I imagine this show will play better once you can view it all at once, because it is glacially slow in parts, and not particularly emotionally evocative, but beautifully rendered.

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I posted a story yesterday! Woo, the streak is intact!

You Can't Front on That (on AO3)
Star Wars; Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, Luke; AU; g; 3,960 words
When he hears Kenobi's voice again months after killing him, Vader wonders if perhaps he's begun to go mad.

[personal profile] silveronthetree and I have talked more than once about all the stories where Luke and Vader meet up and have adventures together, or Vader turns from the dark side earlier than in canon, and yet how those stories almost never have Force ghost!Obi-Wan turn up to commentate (or at least harass Vader for his terrible life choices most specifically regarding his children), and how much we wanted that. And we were tossing around the things they would talk about, and so this story happened. I definitely enjoyed writing it, and I'm glad people are enjoying reading it. <3

And now work has interrupted repeatedly, so I'm going to hit post. Sigh.

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You Can't Front on That
Star Wars; Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke; AU; g; 3,960 words
When he hears Kenobi's voice again months after killing him, Vader wonders if perhaps he's begun to go mad.

For [personal profile] silveronthetree. Thanks to [personal profile] snacky. She knows what she did. ;) Title and cut-text from the Beastie Boys.

Or read it on AO3.

You think that you can front when revelation comes? )

~*~

Feedback is always appreciated.

~*~
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I got the appraisal yesterday - it came in low, which the internet kind of told me to expect, but the mortgage broker says that since I'm putting 50% down instead of 20%, it shouldn't affect her end of things (i.e., the loan). We'll see what the lawyer recommends about the difference. I know I shouldn't say I'm happy to pay the asking price, but I was happy to do so prior to this, so I'm happy to do so now; I don't care about 1. home values in the neighborhood, or 2. resale value down the line, because I pretty much feel like wherever I buy, it's going to be the place I live in until they cart me off to a nursing home. Otoh, if the seller is okay with lowering the asking price to match the appraisal or splitting the difference, I wouldn't mind having an extra $5-10K at the end of the day. So we're supposed to discuss it on Monday after the professionals have all had their chance to talk.

Why can't anything just be easy? It's always something. Sigh.

I caught up on Orphan Black last night. spoilers )

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17 June 2017 20:05
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I've been listening to the Harry Connick, Jr. cover of Smile a lot recently. Written originally by Charlie Chaplin as an instrumental piece, lyrics written by some people less famous than Chaplin called Geoffrey Parsons and John Turner (presumably not the same John Turner who was briefly Prime Minister of Canada back when I was in preschool). And it's a great song, don't get me wrong, but when you think hard about it, the lyrics are a little...fucked-up.

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just
Smile


But I love the song anyway, so I probably shouldn't put too much thought into it. Otherwise, I'll just end up giving myself a complex. And there are lots of hummable tunes out there with MUCH worse lyrics, after all!

So, what are people up to this fine Saturday evening?

listening

17 June 2017 22:00
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I am sitting here, in bed, listening for the same thing I heard before I went to bed.

And it's something I did not expect to hear in urban Maryland.

There's a coyote howling out there, somewhere within a block or so.

This development was built in the postwar 1940s, leaving as many of the big oaks and tulip poplars and other trees in place. There's a park at the bottom of the street that runs about 8 miles -- we are somewhere near the middle of it. It has deer, raccoons, possums, foxes... and we saw a coyote a few years ago. One coyote, cutting through the back yards. Normal sized, about 25 lbs.

There are dogs in the area, and when they're outside and want to ocme in, they bark and yip. That's not what I'm hearing out there. This is a howl -- it's singing -- and it's not singing at the moon since we're in the last quarter and it's not that bright. Whoever is howling is moving around a bit, calling from a slightly different place each time.

And it's a deeper voice than I'd expect from a 25-lb coyote. Coyotes tend to be sopranos or altos, in terms of range; this is definitely a tenor with a tinge of baritone. That argues a larger animal making the sound, possibly a coydog--that's what happens when a coyote in season gets caught by a bigger horny dog, and the coyote raises the pups to be coyotes. They can be up to 50 lbs. -- they were that big a dozen or more years ago in Virginia, across a couple of bridges and about 15 miles. And according to studies, the coyotes that are moving in cities are actually coywolves, crossed with Canadian or Adirondack wolves, again, something larger.

I made sure to bolt the back door. I'm pretty sure whatever it is has been around, marking the doorstep and the brick wall -- Beautiful has been afriad to go into the yard at times recently, and when she did, she stayed within sight of me, which she seldom does when she first goes out in the morning.

I wish the coyote, whatever it is, well -- but it is similar to Tevye asking God to bless and keep the Tsar... far away from us. I want it to live on mice or rabbits or squirrels (there are plenty of all three) and not on cats or small dogs.

And now it's quieter...

It will probably be a flurry of comments on the neighborhood listserv tommorow.

we go out in stormy weather

17 June 2017 15:05
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[personal profile] musesfool
Clothes removal = accomplished! Well. At least most of the dresser now only contains clothes I actually wear. Except for the sock drawer. That is a nightmare of single socks I need to get rid of.

Hair cut = accomplished! Woo! And it only took 80 minutes since I didn't have any color done. He was a little judgy, I feel, but I can't help what the last people who did my hair did! Anyway, it looks nice and he blew it out straight and even used the flat iron on it, and meh, the smell of hair being steamed is not pleasant but it's better than the scorching hot blow dryer setting, so I'll take it. Plus it was cheap, since I didn't have any color done. And then of course, I had to walk a whole block and a half in pouring rain to get home, but my hair didn't frizz up, so that's good. (I mean, given the amount of heat used, it shouldn't have, but I am always apprehensive.)

DIY Bug repellent = cooling on the counter! I cut the recipe in half and didn't infuse the oil (also, I subbed mango butter for the coconut oil and used half shea butter and half avocado butter - avocado butter is my new favorite thing I can't even tell you) but just used the Nature's Shield EO blend, which has a bunch of stuff in it but smells like citronella so it's a good thing I like that smell. Now hopefully it will work. (I also have a recipe for anti-itch lotion if this bug repellent doesn't work, but it requires a couple of things I didn't have on hand, so they'll be delivered tomorrow and we'll see how that goes.)

I've also written about 1400 words of the ghost!Obi-Wan trolls Vader story, which is amusing me even though it's not actually funny.

Pretty good for a rainy Saturday.

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It's not raining yet...

17 June 2017 09:31
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These are the 15 people criminally charged in relation to the Flint water crisis.

Whether the Republicans realize it or not, not one state supports Trumpcare.

Religious liberals are gathering to fight Trumpcare and the other hideous policies of this Administration. And here is a look at the party registration of Christian religious leaders, by denomination. It does not include Quakers, but many Quaker meetings don't have pastors (we rotate responsibilities among members) so, again, we're outside the statistical view.
And it does not include the views of leaders of Hindu, Muslim, Wiccan, Asatru, Pagan, Native American Church, Christadelphians, Vodoun and other religious groups, though Jewish leaders are included. I would like, for once, to have *all* religious leaders included in things like this, not just Christianity and Judaism.

Just like Trump, Sessions is uninterested in Russia hacking US computers and interfering with democracy here.

Small towns where former migrant workers have settled and established businesses and lives are being devastated by Trump's ICE taking 'illegals' away -- never mind that these people are part of the community and have been there for years, living their lives, paying taxes and following the law. And here is a Holocaust survivor testifying against anti-immigration laws that tear families apart.

Simplifying the search for birth control.

The National Park Service explains the crippling effect of Trump's proposed budget. Bear in mind, again, that Trump's budget has no legal or fiscal standing, and the budget is made by Congress, not the president.

Vanity Fair: A personal look at Robert Mueller and the FBI investigation.

Ancient food traditions in Guatemala.
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If you were planning to go to Cuba to hit the beautiful white-sand beaches, think again.

A woman is suing a casino that tried to give her dinner instead of her $43 million jackpot.

Governors from both parties want a bipartisan approach to health care, not this Repubs in the room, Dems not allowed business that's going on now.

According to EU sources, the UK has to sort out its Brexit situation before there can be trade talks.

You know it's getting serious when Trump's lawyer hires his own lawyer.

Trump is considering travel restrictions on North Korea since Otto Warmbier has returned after 18 months, in a coma and with significant loss of brain tissue and function. Seriously -- who would want to go there, except international aid workers who would not be welcomed by the regime?

Marco Rubio confirms details of Comey's testimony during Sessions' testimony. Complicated enough yet?

Trump picked a right-wing blogger for a judgeship. His confirmation hearing was *such* a train wreck. Maybe choosing someone who compares abortion to slavery wasn't such a good idea?

The EPA and the Department of the Interior (which is in charge of parks and monuments) held a private meeting at Trump's hotel with 45 gas and oil CEOs. This does not smell good.

Jeff Bezos, who may be the world's richest man, is asking people on Twitter to help him form his philanthropic goals.

A student who lived in the Grenfell Towers pulled an all-nighter bringing food and help to people who had escaped the fire in the tower, then took his A-level exams.

Los Angeles lit the Bat-Signal in memory of Adam West.

Trump's transition team orders aides to preserve Russia-related materials. Hmm. How very un-Republican of them.

How do you draw a circle? The answer may depend on where you're from.

Some Republican congressmen will go to any excuse to avoid meeting with their constituents, who don't necessarily like what they're doing.

The Dutch have solutions to rising seas. They've been living with flooding forever; they find ways to accommodate it and keep going.

The continued effort to silence Kamala Harris speaks volumes.

An Ohio coroner warns emergency personnel: throw away the latex gloves when you're dealing with opioid overdoses, because the gloves can become a way for the opioid to get to you.
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I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you may respond to the drabble challenge at ANY point during the week, not only the day that it's posted. You can also use the awfully handy "track this" button if you want to keep an eye on it.

The rules, such as they are... )


Complicated


Here's a link to last week's challenge, in case you missed it.

It *is* Friday, isn't it?

16 June 2017 14:07
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Republican Senators say their phones aren't ringing about keeping the ACA and dumping Trumpcare so here's the contact list.

The mayor of Jackson, Wyoming, has removed Trump's photo from City Hall because we don't live in a dictatorship, and he'd rather post an organizational chart of local, state and federal government.

Oh, interesting. Trump's power broker has resigned from the company he founded and sold all his stock in it, one day after it was revealed that he is a massive slumlord. Apparently most of the 31,000 houses he owned through the company were badly built and are falling apart, and -- oh my! -- someone noticed this.

Trump is facing three emoluments lawsuits.

"Dreamers" can stay for now -- Trump says so -- but nobody knows their longterm fate.

Michelle Carter, who sent her boyfriend dozens of texts telling him to kill himself, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter -- the boyfriend killed himself with carbon monoxide in his truck, and she told him to get back into it when he texted her. She didn't call anyone -- his family or police -- when he was killing himself. She could be sentenced to anything from probation to 20 years in prison. Warning: someone who tells you to hurt yourself is not your friend.

Twitterer RogueSNRadvisor said Trump is really upset today, very freaked. And then someone sent him the transcript of the Comey tapes -- yes he did tape that conversation, and here's Page One.

A Vox reporter who has covered the ACA since day one has never seen lying and obstruction as bad as this before.

A new solar powered device can pull water out of the desert air. Think of the possibilities for places with little to no groundwater or streams.

Facebook wants input on hard questions about censorship and terrorism.

A local paper's dogged search for information about the congressional shooter. I am not calling it the Virginia shooting -- it took place in Virginia only because the ballfield was there; it is not about Virginians or Virginia politics. It is about Congress.
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From Sarah(from here)'s tweetstorm, collected for non Tweeters by Cassandra Troy on Facebook:


A Rant About the Reaction to the Congressional Shooting:

It was okay when it was just a lady Democrat getting shot in the head.

It was okay when it was just twenty six year olds in a school.

Was okay when it was a black President being burned in effigy or asking "2nd amendment people to do something" abt a woman candidate.

Was okay when it was folks walking, driving, living while black.

It was okay 153 times in 165 days this year, but now, NOW rich white people are getting shot at and lines must be drawn.

And now--NOW--it is all the fault of the party that is telling the truth about what those rich white guys want to do to their constituents.

The party that wanted to do things like deny guns to people with arrest records for domestic violence, by the way. The party of gun*sense*.

And now these people that hang around outside mosques open-carrying so as to intimidate peaceful worshippers--

These people who refused to re-up the Violence Against Women Act and who treat violence as their religion--
--are going to cry on the news because "my kid was at that field with me."

Yes. Because 153 other times this year, it was other folks' kids.

And you did not really care about any of them. Not one. Because guns were sacred to you when it was our lives.

Now it's your life, and your supporters are all over Facebook like "OMG KATHY GRIFFIN," bc when Obama was lynched in effigy for EIGHT YEARS
that was all fine, but now that someone is angry about a white President who wants to kill thousand of poor Americans, that's unthinkable.

The sanctimony of the gun-waving right. Unbelievable.

I would never want to see anyone get shot. But the Republican party drove drunk with rhetoric for 8 years, and now they are surprised?

I am sorry anyone is hurt. I am not surprised. I am surprised it took this long.

And anyone pretending that it's because liberals are telling the truth about health care, climate change, etc that this happened--no. No.

You voted in monsters that only cared about themselves and you handed out guns like candy and *this is what you get*.

where do you get your food?

16 June 2017 11:28
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Food wars and skirmishes:

Amazon is buying Whole Foods. (Maybe some of their worse employee policies can change, like employees finally getting health care.) This is apparently part of the unseen-by-shoppers grocery wars, in which major combatants are Amazon and WalMart. I am assuming Wegman's is not big enough to count for this yet. In other areas, you may want to stock up on Butterfingers -- Nestle is planning to sell its US confectionary business, which is apparently not in line with its plans to provide more healthy food. Dear Nestle: healthy food includes the right to drink the water that is under your land or adjacent to it. Get the hell out of the business of merchandising a vital need -- water-- and btw how about shutting up your CEO who says that access to water is not a human right?

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In other matters, the FBI issued a warrant for Lyle Jeffs, one of the leaders of the polygamous radical Morman sect that endorsed child marriages (his brother's in prison already on charges relating to that.) Jeffs was wanted for 'federal food stamp fraud.' (See, it's not people of color that cops should be looking at for that, but skinny white guys running communes.) But he was captured, after nearly a year on the run -- he was apparently living in his car. And he seems to have used olive oil to get rid of the GPS tracker that was attached to his ankle for earlier misdeeds. But Lyle has not been a kinder or gentler version of his brother. Quote from the Salt Lake Tribune:

"Lyle, in his brother's name, has enforced rigid doctrines unlike any the faith has had before, former members say, with bans on marriages, sex among spouses [you can read more on this rule here] and a grocery list of foods, such as beans, milk, sugar and chocolate. No one is allowed to read or watch secular media or view the evidence law enforcement collected against Warren in Texas. Lyle also has evicted perhaps hundreds of men, women and children. Others have left on their own. ...

"Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor ordered Lyle, some FLDS businessmen and the church itself to pay fines totaling almost $2 million for using children and unpaid labor during a 2012 pecan harvest. The fines remain under appeal and have not been paid."


And, from a NPR report earlier this year:

" 'This indictment is not about religion. This indictment is about fraud,' U.S. Attorney John W. Huber said in a statement.

"In the indictment, prosecutors say FLDS church members receive millions of dollars in SNAP benefits each year. The program is intended to help low-income families and individuals buy food. Jeffs and other church leaders allegedly ordered members to give their SNAP benefits to the church, which then redistributed them to the community. In some cases, prosecutors say, church leaders told members to transfer their SNAP benefits to church-owned stores without receiving food.

"The money from the alleged scheme, prosecutors say, helped finance the purchase of paper products, a tractor and a truck — all of which are ineligible under SNAP rules."


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And in the same spirit as the previous section, there's a new study on why men harass women. It focuses on the Middle East, but I think it's applicable elsewhere.
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Last night, L and I met for drinks after work and she had the frozen watermelon margarita (too much tequila / not enough watermelon flavor for me!) and I had the frosé, which is a frozen rosé slushy - it's really tasty! (we think there must have been something else in it, though - vodka or triple sec maybe? - because two knocked me on my ass and they were not large drinks.) I do love a pink drink, especially an alcoholic one.

Today was supposed to be our employee picnic, but the weather is cool and damp (and lots of rain was predicted but has not yet materialized) so they moved it into the office. On the one hand, it means I don't have spend a day outdoors; on the other, forced work socializing is easier in a park than it is in a conference room. *hands* At least the food will be good.

In other news, I have an appointment to get my hair cut tomorrow by a new (to me) stylist. L's friend KH recommends him quite highly, and he just took care of L's post-chemo hair renaissance (she's now a platinum blonde), so he should be able to cut a few inches off my unmanageable mane. (I won't have to sit through a dye job since I did it myself two weeks ago. whew!) We'll see how it goes. I didn't manage my recent Mother's Day tradition of getting my hair did, so I guess it'll be my Father's Day weekend thing this year instead.

My other big weekend plans are to bag up and get rid of some more books and clothes. Sigh. As I've said before, I keep the pictures of the co-op open in a tab so I can gaze longingly at them during all the stuff I have to do to get moved there. It helps.

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Title: Defence, Pretence, Offence - Chapter 57/70 - With a Few Tweaks
Author: Beren (aka Tasha)
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.
Warnings: This story is canon compliant until the end of Order of the Phoenix and then goes AU. None of the HBP or Deathly Hallows plot will be used, or the Horcruxes for that matter since this story was planned before we knew the details about those things, and hence has it's own fanon. This includes birthdays and other information that have since been revealed on Pottermore and in further productions.
Summary: The threat of open war in on the horizon. The Order and the Ministry are of one accord and both know that where Harry Potter is, Voldemort will eventually be. Preparations are being made and this time the side of the light will not be caught unawares.
Summer classes, sabotage, revelations about Draco's father, teaching and the final showdown with Voldemort all await Harry and Draco in this exciting sequel to Gold Tinted Spectacles (LJ | AO3 | Wattpad).
Author's Notes: This is the second story in the Hecatemae universe. It starts up just after the end of the first instalment and I advice reading that one first so you understand the premise. Thanks go to my sister Sophie for the beta reading.
It has taken me 12 years to finally get around to finishing this, I very much hope everyone enjoys it.
Link to other parts: LJ | DW | AO3 | Wattpad
New chapters will be posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Chapter 57 - With a Few Tweaks )

Update

16 June 2017 13:06
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According to the news this lunchtime, the number of people known to have died in the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 30, with that number due to rise still higher.

On the BBC News website, “Architect and fire expert Sam Webb said: "We are still wrapping post-war high-rise buildings in highly flammable materials and leaving them without sprinkler systems installed, then being surprised when they burn down.

“"I really don't think the building industry understands how fire behaves in buildings and how dangerous it can be. The government's mania for deregulation means our current safety standards just aren't good enough."”


I do believe that this fire was caused by corners being cut by the local council, the cladding used not being correct for the use to which it was being put, and the fact that cladding was in place was at least partly – from the paperwork mostly – put there so that posh people living locally weren’t offended by the sight of a scruffy block of 1970s flats.

I spent most of Wednesday morning in tears, and then had to go and be interviewed for a job. Not surprisingly, I didn’t do especially well at the job interview.
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My credit union just upgraded its online system, and in the process of this I had to relog, change passwords, go through email verification (not fun -- email was slow and their system didn't allow enough time for me to put the new code in, so I had to repeat) and then had me review my information.

And at that point it got a little odd.

The system seems to think I'm a saint. Or a street. The prefix before my name was St., not Ms.

It also thinks I'm the first in a long line of saints or streets -- the info added Sr. after my name.

I called the info number for the credit union and learned that this is a bug that has hit a lot of people and they'll be dealing with it.

But I'm charmed by the idea of being considered a saint without having to deal with the Vatican at all -- it's encouraging and broadens my notions of what saintliness might be, since it now seems to include me. And if it includes me -- and I'm so far from what the Vatican might consider qualified, including no longer being Catholic -- it might well include everyone I know, which I think is great. (And it undoubtedly includes many people I don't know, since it's everyone in the Credit Union.)

Isn't it wonderful how sainthood spreads subversively and unexpectedly?
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Just because Congressmen got shot at doesn't mean they'll change how they do things, despite America's lethal politics.

The universal phenomenon of men interrupting women.

Anita Pallenberg affected fashion far more than you might think.

How New York is saving a fish that swam with dinosaurs -- the lake sturgeon.

Trump declares the FBI and Robert Mueller 'very bad people' as he deals with the obstruction investigation -- or doesn't deal with it. And his aides admit he brought it on himself with his twittering.

Most of Trump's properties (which he tends to lease, not own) are being bought by secretive shell companies.

In Virginia, Danica Roem won a healthy victory in a four-way primary to become the Democratic candidate for the 13th State House district this fall. She is a transgender woman and plans to take on the Republican sponsor of Virginia's hideous bathroom bill.

The Guardian: Jeff Sessions is an amnesiac who somehow doesn't have to follow normal rules. And if you believe that, there's a bridge for sale...

A bill to authorize automatic voter registration has been introduced in Congress.

States are leading the fight against birth-control restrictions levied by Trump.

What to read after 'The Handmaid's Tale.

22-year-old Otto Warmbier is in stable condition since his release from prison in North Korea -- he was brutalized for 18 months.

Slate tries to figure out the Administration's latest non-answers about Robert Mueller.

Since Roger Ailes left, and died, Faux News has abandoned any effort (or slogan) concerning being 'fair and balanced'. Well, truth in advertising -- they never were fair or balanced.

A sexist audition for a movie -- no, the movie didn't involve a bikini, but the audition did.
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Republicans don't want to protect creatures that are helpless to protect themselves from humans. This time, they've gotten rid of a rule that protects whales and turtles.

Caroline Kennedy wants to put her views against Trump into action; she's running for the Senate in 2018.

Gorsuch's first Supreme Court opinion lets debt collectors run amok.

Here is the Congress.gov listing for HR-861, To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency. At this point it has only been introduced in the House; this is the time to contact your Congressperson about not letting it out of committee, and talk to your Senators about not supporting any concurrent bills or this one if it gets anywhere. It has been sent to these House committees: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, House Agriculture Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, and
House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Environment. You can look those up at Congress.gov to see which House reps are on them, and concentrate on those people if you want.

Since neither Trump nor Sessions are doing a damn thing about police violence in Chicago, civil rights groups are suing Chicago about the police abusing people there.

I guess this is a sign of climate change -- a woman not 5 miles from me being bitten by a copperhead snake that climbed up into her bed. We're a bit further from the creek than she is, I think. We get deer, raccoons, possums, foxes, the occasional coyote, and any number of bunnies, birds, chipmunks, etc., but no snakes that I have ever seen. One turtle, about 15 years ago, and that was all.

After the shooting at the Congressional baseball practice, it all turned into politics fairly quickly. And a Republican Congresswoman gets a threatening note indicating that someone was after the rest of the Republican House members.

***

A Russian lobbyist just blew a hole in Session's words under oath. Has he picked up the habit of easy lies from Trump? Also, here's a photograph of Sessions and the Russian ambassador together at the Mayflower Hotel. Conan O'Brian has identified the 'tell' that indicates when Sessions is not telling the truth.

Comey's way of dealing with a bad boss may provide some suggestions for others in similar bad-boss situations. Though I truly hope nobody's boss is quite *this* bad. I have to say, the interaction between Comey and Trump sounds very much like the kind of emotional blackmail that I would expect in a sexual abuse complaint.

As a prosecutor, Kamala Harris's determination to get to the truth was praised; as a senator, the sexists are calling her 'hysterical'. Yet another attempt to cut down a strong and impressive woman doing her job.

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The policing of women, then and now, and how to curb it.

Why did Greenland's Vikings vanish?

The dark architecture of national security.
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The War of Silver and Ash (15883 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wiedźmin | The Witcher (Video Game), Witcher 3 - Fandom
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Geralt/Emhyr
Characters: Geralt z Rivii | Geralt of Rivia, Emhyr var Emreis, Emiel Regis Rohellec Terzieff-Godefroy, Lady Orianna
Additional Tags: Vampires, Toussaint - Freeform, War, Nilfgaard
Series: Part 7 of Witcher works
Summary:

He hadn’t come here with a contract. He’d come here to get the faces out of his head: the bloodless dead sprawled in heaps through the streets of Beauclair, the morning after the rampage Detlaff had unleashed; the blank eyes of the boy in the orphanage tilting his head to let Orianna drink from his throat, with the lullaby she’d been singing him still hanging in the air.


Wasn’t working that well so far.

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Yesterday afternoon at around 3pm, I got a text from the mortgage broker informing me the time had come! The application package had to be sent! So I whipped into a frenzy, ran to the bank, got my certified checks. Hilariously, the teller looked at the balance in the savings account, said, "Are you a priority customer?" and I said, "...no?" so she called her manager over and now I am a priority customer, at least until I write the final check purchasing this apartment and the balance falls below that minimum to more normal levels. It meant I didn't have to pay for the certified checks, though, so go me and go customer service!

Then I came back to my desk and finalized everything, made copies, and put together 4 binders, complete with tabs, table of contents, cover letter and cover page. It was like doing my actual job except more terrifying, because I know my board members by now, and I don't know these people at all, and I need them to like me! But it's done, and I have to stop second-guessing myself. They should be receiving it sometime today via FedEx, and then I just have to hope they review it and like it and call me for the interview in a timely fashion. Eep!

The realtor sent me a list of commonly asked questions and some advice ("Wear a suit, and if choosing between accessorizing with diamonds or pearls, choose pearls for your co-op board interview." !!!) and I of course will review the House Rules document repeatedly prior to the actual interview, but ZOMG. Things are happening! I hope! Keep your fingers crossed!

Then on the way home, when I got to the 83rd Street station, I stepped onto the ginormous escalator and it stopped moving. So I had to climb all the way to the street under my own power. Not pleasant under the best of circumstances, but especially not in yesterday's heat. Sigh. Should I be worried that it was a sign? This morning I almost got mown down by a garbage truck when attempting to cross the street (I had the light! Sometimes I don't, and I admit that, but this time I did!) - again, should I take it as an omen? After all, I'm not superstitious but I'm a little stitious. And if I were texting you, I'd put a wink emoji here, because that is just who I am now.

Meanwhile, every time one of my mosquito bites finally passes the itching stage, I end up with two more. This is not fun. Why do we need mosquitoes anyway? What possible ecological niche can they fill that other bugs can't do just as well? And why do they like me so much and why am I so allergic to their bites? These are the important questions that keep me awake at night while I wait for the itching to stop and exercise every ounce of willpower not to scratch.

I also forgot it was Wednesday, because this week has seemed endless and it's still not over yet. Sigh. So books:

What I've just finished
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey, which I enjoyed - it does justice to the premise, mostly - but which was too short to really invest in the characters.

What I'm reading now
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, which is the second Trials of Apollo book, and man, trials is the right word, because I dunno, I am just not digging this series the way I've enjoyed all the others - I am eagerly anticipating more Magnus Chase and I can't wait for more crossovering to happen with Percy et al. and Carter and Sadie Kane - but Apollo is just irritating to me as a narrator and there's not enough Leo.

What I'm reading next
Do I ever know? Though two people on my flist have recently reviewed Joan Aiken's The Five-Minute Marriage, which sounds right up my alley, so maybe that.

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