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Oct. 9th, 2016

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Hello, Yuletide author! This is my placeholder letter post. Real letter coming soon!

Apr. 11th, 2015

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Just noticed that I haven't posted here since January. Oops.

In my defense, I've spent a lot of that time — like a completely appalling amount — dealing with some major brain weasels, exacerbated by my grandpa passing away just as I was starting to claw myself out of the pit I'd fallen into. cut for personal stuffCollapse )

In fannish news, I'm still translating Takahiro Arai's Les Mis manga because I am a crazy woman, and my translated scripts have even been turned into an actual scanlation for the first chapter, which I'm still flabbergasted at. I do encourage any Les Mis fans to check out the manga if they haven't yet, though, as it's an astonishingly good adaptation of The Brick, including a lot of things that usually get left out. For instance, the section I just finished translating has the bit with The Orion, which understandably usually gets cut but didn't here, and is presented in a dramatic enough fashion that I think Hugo would be proud. [/shameless self-promotion]

ETA: And while I was off DW, the 10th anniversary of my LJ occurred. (This started out as a mirror of, and now my LJ is a mirror of my DW. Uh…if that makes any sense). You can eyeroll at my first-ever entry here if you want.

Jan. 27th, 2015

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Whelp, it's a snow day. I don't know that the office has ever been closed in all the years I've been here. Quite a few late start/early release days (including yesterday — two hours early for the feds as per joint consultations between the Long Island, JFK, and Jamaica Queens offices, one hour early for the state as per Gov. Cuomo's declaration), but no "the office is closed today."

And while the storm might've been not quite as epic as predicted, we've still got a lot of snow here. 18" according to the National Weather Service as of 9 am, and it's still snowing a little bit.

Fortunately, I got my grocery shopping done on Sunday. It was bad enough then, but a couple of my coworkers went to the supermarket next door during lunch yesterday to do a bit of stocking up, and returned, ten minutes after lunch was technically over, with tales of epic lines and no bananas or bread unless you like garlic bagels. Also, rampant speculation about what exactly one can do with four gallons of milk, because seriously, people, unless you have a huge family, you're not going to drink that all before it goes bad.

So I'm kicking around today, doing some housework, a bit of baking, some poking around on tumblr, a bit of reading, and, since the wind and snow seem to have died down a good bit, I may go out and clear off my car so that I'm not trying to dig it out of an entire storm's worth of snow in the dark tomorrow morning. I suspect the office will be open for business as usual by then.

Jan. 1st, 2015

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Hello, 2015! I am quite disappointed that this year has not come with Back to the Future style hoverboards so far, but knock wood, there won't be any Angel attacks. :D

And with the New Year comes Yuletide reveals!

First of all, I'm going to re-link to my gift from moonlight69, Un Regard Volé, un Coeur au Désespoir, a lovely little slice of life from the Les Mis Dallas AU, with Jean Valjean trying to deal with Cosette growing up. It gave me warm fuzzies inside, and y'all should read it if you're familiar with Les Mis.

And then there's my gift for Oanja, entitled Jumbo &!. As you might guess from the title, it's a Yotsuba&! fic, centered around Jumbo and Koiwai, with little scenes from when they first met, how Jumbo got his nickname, and Jumbo's first meeting with Yotsuba. It's pretty much G-rated gen, although I suppose it could be taken as shippy if you turn your head and squint.

Also, unrelated to Yuletide, I wrote a canon-era Les Mis fic, A Very Feuilly Christmas, which is just a bit of (again, G-rated and gen) Christmas fluff that has nothing whatsoever to do with me being slightly melancholy in the days leading up to Christmas about how I wouldn't be spending it with most of my friends and family.

Dec. 26th, 2014

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Hope everyone had a delightful 25th of December, regardless of whether or not you were celebrating a holiday that day. This was my first year having it away from the bulk of my family, which I worried about a bit leading up to it, but as it turned out, it was much less stressful than the endless socializing with people who I largely don't know that tends to happen when I go home to spend the holiday with my parents — my stepmom loves to entertain, and feels that us kids need to be CELEBRATING ALL THE TIME for our entire visit, otherwise Christmas Is Ruined. Basically, she's a huge extrovert, and my dad and all his kids are huge introverts, and the clash always seems to result in major tension. I missed seeing my youngest brother and grandparents, but I think I made the right decision staying home, especially after the breakdown I had after travelling back home for Thanksgiving.

I had a delightfully low-key Christmas here with my younger-but-not-youngest brother. Our original plan — me going into Brooklyn to celebrate with him and a couple of his friends who also didn't have family in town — was derailed with the gal who was hosting it had a family emergency and had to fly down to Georgia.

So after a bit of texting back and forth, we decided to hold Christmas at my place, just the two of us, and have a sort of mini version of our family's Japanese New Year's feast (more based on family tradition than actual Japanese New Year's food as the years have gone by) Then we planned to go and see Into the Woods. And so we did. He made the scarlet shrimp, I made the sesame green beans and namasu, and we made inari sushi together, going off of Baachan's notes for sushi rice seasoning. She was known as one of the best sushi makers in the Twin Cities back in the day, and did her best to pass down her knowledge to the grandkids before she passed away.

So we did that, cooking the meal together and then sitting down for deliciousness accompanied by green tea and decidedly un-Japanese Smoking Bishop because I was intrigued by the idea of Victorian-era alcoholic beverages. Then hanging out a bit before the movie, while I tried to explain how fandom worked to my brother and he vented a bit about his new job as a sort of all-purpose assistant at one of the major NYC performance spaces (apparently the latest artist they've worked with is an alcoholic, entitled asshole).

Into the Woods was very, very good, by the way. Yes, there are some cuts, but they're done so smoothly that you don't even notice they're there until you stop and think, "Wait, didn't Cinderella have more songs?" And much of the darker themes and scenes made it through, much to the surprise of both me and my brother, and because Red Riding Hood and Jack are played by actual children, some scenes get extra resonance that they don't have in the stage show. Meryl Streep as the Witch hams it up delightfully, and most of the rest of the cast is excellent. The Narrator isn't a character, but much of the narration in the first act makes it through intact, and the tie-in at the end to it is a very nice way of tying everything together. The Baker's Father is also largely cut as a character, but again, the rejiggering of everything means that you don't really notice his absence.

And also! I got a fabulous Les Mis Dallas fic for Yuletide! As [tumblr.com profile] pilferingapples noted, you can totally tell which of the Les Mis Dallas fics (four of them! Such luxury!) is meant for me, because this one really did hit all my buttons of warm, fuzzy, found family feelings.

Dec. 11th, 2014

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Hey, guess what time it is? It's "Will the Congress Pass A Budget Time," yay!


So, once again, if a budget doesn't pass by midnight tonight, the government turns into a pumpkin. And by "turn into a pumpkin" I mean "will shut down," because asking them to pass a budget for the ENTIRE year all at once was too much for them last time, and they just funded to government until the end of December 11, i.e. today.

It looks like they've got a bill of some sort put together, bristling with pet projects and put together with all the care and thought of that finals project you didn't start until two in the morning the night before it was due. But it's a budget, more-or-less. And knock wood, it will pass. And maybe, just maybe, if we're really, REALLY lucky, they'll actually manage to fund the entire government for an entire year next time, so that we don't have to play this fun game where none of the agencies can plan for anything because they never know how much money they have to work with.

DHS, sorry, you're still SOL, since the bill that's being passed around only funds that agency until February, since the Republicans wanted to be able to write that department's budget all by themselves.

Nov. 6th, 2014

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We had an office day today due to rain. Since there's a safety inspection coming up, our office's two safety officers took it upon themselves to clean out the lab fridge. This led to a slightly surreal scene early this afternoon where one of them walked out of the lab, cradling a duck in her rubber-gloved hands. Like, an actual, real duck, fully intact, feathers and all. She'd found it in the freezer.

Several phone calls later, it was determined that the program head had gone duck hunting and, rather than take what he shot home, he decided for whatever reason to swing by the office and stash the duck in the freezer.

The general consensus was that if it was anyone else, there would have been an office meeting about What We Do Not Keep In The Office Fridge Even If It Isn't The Fridge We Use For Food. As it was, Program Head said to put it back, as he was going to have it stuffed really, really soon, no really. Oookay then.

Oct. 24th, 2014

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Dear Yuletide Author

Dear Yuletide Author,

This year I wanna erector set and a new dolly and a real live pony and…

Just kidding.

So, obviously you are a person of discerning taste, since you like at least one of these fandoms enough to have signed up to write it. Rest assured that I will totally love anything you write for any of these fandoms. If you read my requests and went, "Oooh! Oooh! I know exactly what I am going to write!" go for it! I'd far rather you write what you want to write than have you tie yourself in knots trying to please me on every little detail. But if you need or want a little extra help, read on.

I swear these get longer every year…Collapse )

Sep. 26th, 2014

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*pokes head in*


I'm not entirely sure how I managed a combination of overtime (manning a booth for the work program at the Long Island Fair) and class (a Scanning Electron Microscope course through Nassau Community College's "lifelong learning" program) so that I won't get a chance to sleep in and actually take a day off until mid-October, but that seems to be what's going on. Granted, work never offers overtime — the last time was, I think, back in 2010 — so I'm eager to take advantage of the opportunity. And the first time that course was offered, last semester, it was cancelled, probably due to lack of interest. And, well, being me, I've wanted to learn how to use a scanning electron microscope ever since I was a little kid looking at pictures in World magazine that were taken with one.

On top of that, I'm submitting a loaf of my multigrain bread for judging at the Long Island Fair, which means I have to get up at 7:15 tomorrow morning in order to drop it off. I fully realize this is sleeping in compared to my normal weekday schedule, but my mind rebels at the idea of being vertical before 8:00 on a Saturday. I just pulled it out of the oven, and it looks good. Hope it's all right on the inside, since I had to make an unusually small loaf in order to satisfy the submission requirements (wrapped in tinfoil, put on a disposable plate, and the whole shebang has to fit into a ziploc bag which, wow, good thing this recipe's merits don't lie in a nice crackly crust because that would not survive being stored like that).

Oh! And last weekend I partially deconstructed my computer in order to replace my super-dead optical drive with a hard drive. Specifically, I moved the pre-existing hard drive into a case that can fit in the old optical drive slot, and put a brand-new solid state drive in the old hard drive slot. It's been a week and so far nothing's gone "fzzzt" on me, so I think I done good.

Wow, this makes me sound so busy.

Sep. 6th, 2014

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Doctor Who 8x03


Cut text is banter, it"s not even funnyCollapse )

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