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    Friday, January 10th, 2020
    11:59 pm

    (18 modest proposals | eat a baby)

    Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
    6:49 pm
    culture created Tuesday: salad days
    I made a salad for church supper last week -- spinach and lettuce and tomato and zucchini and carrot and yellow squash and avocado -- and have had salad for dinner almost every day since then -- first the leftovers, then I moved on to buying new ingredients, including jalapenos (the first one was kind of a dud; the one in the salad I'm eating now... is not) and steak tips, which I cooked last night.

    The brownie cheesecake I made last week turned out well.

    I did the normal church stuff, and some extra schedule juggling.

    Only three more days of work.

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    Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
    11:21 am
    culture created Tuesday: talking to strangers
    The sum total of my contributions to the Q+A portions (and thus the formal portions) of SBL/AAR was So Jael the Vampire Slayer is a thing that exists in the world.

    Off-record, I managed to say to a speaker I encountered later at a restaurant, "I really appreciated your critique of [scholar's] paper."

    And everything else was culture consumed.

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    (1 modest proposal | eat a baby)

    Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    2:04 pm
    December talking meme
    I have surrendered to peer pressure. I failed miserably at this last January, so I have penciled in the topics leftover from then. Please, feel free to make requests.

    Things I successfully talked about last year:
    wacky Bible hijinks
    baking
    wacky Bible crossovers

    Things I am extremely likely to talk about:
    food
    religion

    Things I am less likely to talk about:
    things that aren't food or religion

    But you can try, and I will try to answer. :)

    November 30: Something I hope to accomplish in the coming year (moving this to Advent 1)
    December 1: BSC members and their favorite things to bake
    December 2: Easy and delicious dessert recipes suitable for very novice bakers.
    December 3:
    December 4: Bible story I find most difficult
    December 5: queerness vis-a-vis the Bible.
    December 6: tips for beginning bread bakers
    December 7: the ELCA
    December 8:
    December 9:
    December 10:
    December 11: Food and church
    December 12:
    December 13:
    December 14:
    December 15: Biblical food
    December 16:
    December 17:
    December 18:
    December 19:
    December 20: Cats in my life!
    December 21:
    December 22:
    December 23:
    December 24:
    December 25:
    December 26: gender
    December 27: Fred and Illyria
    December 28:
    December 29:
    December 30:
    December 31:

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    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
    7:49 pm
    culture consumed Wednesday: pumpkins, pirates, perfume, and gender-based violence
    ELCA Draft Statement on Gender-Based Violence. It is well-written and I'm pleased with it in various ways, but I'm definitely most personally pleased about the inclusion of non-binary genders (not perfectly and not using the language I would use, but clearly intentionally inclusive.)

    books
    I read two Jincy Willett novels: Amy Falls Down, which is a sequel to The Writing Class, and Winner of the National Book Award: A Novel of Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather, which it turns out I'd read before, although I didn't remember any details.

    I liked both of these books, but neither as much as I liked The Writing Class.

    Winner of the National Book Award is full of gender-based violence, helpfully tying this post together thematically.

    I read Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding. I... well. That is a choice you could make, Helen Fielding!

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    unspoilery: Like the previous two books this is laugh-out-loud funny. Bridget remains adorable and sympathetic. It was enjoyable on all those levels, but not ultimately emotionally satisfying because of reasons under the cut-tag (which, while spoilery, I don't think will spoil one's enjoyment of the book, whose pleasure lies mostly in humor and character voice.)

    There are children in the picture, whom I didn't find particularly realistically drawn but who weren't annoying.

    It's definitely not porn; it's also definitely more sexually explicit than the previous two books. I once read a review of the film that said something like, "There's a suggestion that Daniel and Bridget indulged in anal sex, something that would never happen in the book." This book doesn't have anal sex, but it would not be out of place.

    I miss Shazzer. :(

    Content note: there is a fairly substantial plotline involving weight loss/fat/obesity in a way that's different from the previous books and might be more triggery (on the other hand, it's fairly self-contained, and the rest of the book has less yo-yo dieting than the previous books); if it would be helpful to anyone I'd be happy to talk about this in more detail.

    There are also other ick things that are common squicks -- there are parts that it would be wise not to read while eating.

    It makes me wish that I could write fanfic again because it desperately needs a completely different ending. :(

    I started reading cite>Clariel</cite> by Garth Nix. This is a major tonal shift from the other books I read this week and I'm finding getting into it slow-going.

    games

    I played some Puzzle Pirates while on the phone with Elizabeth the other day.

    perfume
    (Spoilers: I suck at identifying scents.)

    I finished the 'weenies:

    Pumpkin I
    should be: "Pumpkin cream with cardamom, black tea, allspice, and ginger milk."
    was: Cake! I probably need to stop acquiring MORE BPAL foodie scents because they all smell indistinguishably of cake to me, but in the meantime, cake!

    Pumpkin IV
    Should be: "Warm pumpkin with three honeys, oudh, sweet frankincense, and champaca resin."
    Was: And yet another cake, with maybe the faaaaintest hint of something darker -- cinnammon? incense? underneath. Yup, definitely need to declare foodie scents from BPAL off-limits. They smell perfectly nice, like a generic sweet baked good, but, e.g., these didn't really smell of pumpkin to me, and I now own enough of them that if I desire this scent I have maybe half a dozen options. Sigh. Really disappointed, because description sounded sooo promising

    I got Anne Bonny as a frimp from [community profile] synecdochic_decants.
    Should be: "A blend of Indonesian red patchouli, red sandalwood, and frankincense."
    Was: Oooh. After ALL THE CAKE this is kind of a relief. Brine? It does have an aquatic sense to it, but maybe like a seaport, a bit of salt and -- cedar? -- I am definitely getting pirate feels from this. I think I might be sensing the same "trickle of blood" that's in Valentine of Rome.

    music

    I actually listened to Spotify for awhile this afternoon. All David Haas.

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    (eat a baby)

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
    9:14 pm
    culture consumed Wednesday
    books:

    I finished The Night She Died and read all of Six Feet Under by Dorothy Simpson. I really like these books; they are British cozies featuring an police detective, and all the mysteries are of the small village/lots of secrets/complicated interpersonal relationships kind, very Agatha Christie (and particularly very Jane Marple; Jane Marple would solve all of these cases in basically a day, but we provide allowances for Detective Inspector Luke Thanet.) They were written in the 1980s and 1990s and are set then, which is really nice and appropriately period, and only occasionally provides confusion of the, "How did people live before Google?" variety. (When reading Christie, it's easy to put myself in that time period, but these are much closer to contemporary so I keep doing doubletakes and thinking, "Can't you just check the internets?")

    I also read 1 Kings and a good bit of 2 Kings for Sunday school. I will try to finish 2 Kings, and then read Micah, which is what's next.

    In terms of fiction, next up is the set of library books that I am very excited about -- there is apparently a third Bridget Jones book, there are two more books by Jincy Willett, and there is Clariel.

    For many years of my life, I looked fruitlessly for Regiment of Women by Clemence Dane. A chapter was anthologized in Chloe Plus Olivia: An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the Seventeenth Century to the Present ed. Lillian Faderman, and that chapter plus the things mentioned in the preceding biographical blurb were basically tailor-made for my burgeoning kinks. (It is not a happy story and is deeply homophobic, according to the summary, and ends with pastede on het, but!

    [behind the cut for trigger warnings, because your kinks are not my kinks. (Probably internalized) homophobia and mention of suicide]

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    Anyhow, I fruitlessly searched for many years but couldn't find it, and yesterday I suddenly remembered it -- I saw mention of "queer literary fiction" and it popped into my head -- and lo, there is is on Project Gutenberg. If we have this technology, why don't we have the technology to send it back in time to me-at-fourteen, who really wanted to read it? I suck at reading long things on my computer, and my interest in self-loathing lesbians is substantially less than it used to be, so I suspect I won't actually read it. Which is sad, because teenage!me. (and because I feel like a crossover between this and Discworld's Monstrous Regiment needs to exist.)

    perfume

    My BPAL 'weenie decants from [community profile] synecdochic_decants arrived just in time for me to wear the first four on the correct days. Brief writeups, since heaven knows I won't manage longer ones:
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    food

    I usually talk about this on Culture Created Tuesday, since most of the food I eat is created by me, but we went out to eat for my birthday.

    We went to Alladin Cafe. I got lentil soup ("Red lentils seasoned with saffron, curry, cumin and lemon") and lamb kabob ("Tender marinated lamb, grilled and served with cucumber yogurt sauce" and with basmati rice and sautéed vegetables). It was all quite delicious.

    I also got crème brûlée from Cosentinos, which was, as aforementioned, both disappointing and inspirational.

    coloring books

    I am not sure where these fall on the consumed/created scale, but Elizabeth gave me a Care Bears coloring and activity book for my birthday, so the first hour of being 29 was a lot like being 5.

    sports

    I half-heartedly watched the by-play on mlb.com during the last game of the World Series, so I would know whether my pie was celebratory or consoling.

    +++

    idk, I feel like I don't know where the week went. I mean, frequently I frivol away time, but I usually at least know where it went. I guess I did a bunch of baking, and read a novel and a half, and did a bunch of personal writing, and went out to eat with my roommates, and had a long phone call with my dad last night, and these things add up.

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    Monday, November 3rd, 2014
    8:44 am
    love meme
    for my birthday

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    Saturday, November 1st, 2014
    12:01 am
    time to begin procrastinating on NaNo! (I have really low expectations given how very little I've been able to write in the past several years, but I don't have to work so I'm gonna at least pretend to be trying.)

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    Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
    5:32 pm
    culture consumed Wednesday:
    games
    I downloaded Puzzle Pirates to fill in the gaps while I waited for characters to heal in Marvel Puzzle Quest. 31 hours later...

    Things about Puzzle Pirates that are fun:
    +Gameplay/puzzles, for the most part. Naturally I am especially fond of the ones with mechanics similar to Bejeweled or Tetris.
    +Watching ranking go up in some puzzles.

    Things that are really not fun:
    +Inscribed gender binary.
    +The whole concept of interacting with other people is scary to me.
    +Complicated but not especially interesting worldbuilding (politics and economy).

    books
    I unpacked my mysteries and am reading The Night She Died by Dorothy Simpson.

    audio
    I've been listening to Savage Lovecast while I game, which isn't necessarily more improving, but is at least stimulating in a different way.

    tv

    I stalled in the middle of an episode of Once Upon a Time.

    ++++

    Next: I'm going to try to keep reading mysteries and also try to game less (or at least fucking play Dragon Age, which has a compelling storyline.

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    (1 modest proposal | eat a baby)

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
    10:01 pm
    culture created Tuesday
    Other:
    Assembled bookcase from Target

    Food:
    Pizza (Crust=Now or Later Pizza, makes two crusts, topped one with sauce and cheese and pepperoni and cheese and pepperoni, the other one will be baked when I'm done with this one.)

    Bagels (plain). I am getting better at shaping them.

    Ambitions: still pecan pie, gingerbread plus (=gingerbread cake with ginger syrup, which I intend to make from the ginger root I bought the other week), cheesecake with ginger syrup in. I am going to a party on Saturday night and refreshments on Sunday are potluck, and my birthday is on Monday, so variations on the theme of "birthday cake."

    The other pizza (which is easy, because just needs topped and baked).

    Worship:
    Created worship schedule with only two fuckups. :/ (All got worked out but still).
    Thursday email.
    Started drafting November worship team agenda.

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    (3 modest proposals | eat a baby)

    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
    5:18 pm
    culture consumed Wednesday:
    games:

    I'm playing Marvel Puzzle Quest, which is Bejeweled with Marvel heroes, because it was nominated for Yuletide. It is, as is the nature of Bejeweled, incredibly addictive. I should probably see if the computer can endure playing it and podcasts at the same time, so I'm not completely wasting my time.

    There isn't a lot of narrative, but the dialogue is witty and I've laughed a bunch of times.

    books:

    I read I and II Samuel for Sunday school. [personal profile] vass, I think I've changed my mind and wanna cliff David, so I suppose shag Saul?

    As happened when I skimmed I Samuel for that conversation with Vass, I have lots of Saul feels.

    The Inclusive Bible puts an intentional David/Jonathan slant on the story, because Inclusive Bible.

    Other reading:
    I finished The Family Trade, by Charles Stross. Not going to read more of the series, even though the book ends -- not on a cliffhanger, but also not at a particularly satisfying ending place.

    I read The Writing Class by Jincy Willett in one long sitting and enjoyed it very much. Possibly what Tiggers are in the mood for is mystery, not sf?

    Nevertheless, I'm working on the 22nd Year's Best Science Fiction ed. Gardner Dozois. Like the last volume of this anthology I read, this is fairly entertaining. I really liked the first story, "Inappropriate Behavior" by Pat Murphy.

    tv:
    Some more of OuAT. I most recently watched 2x13, "Tiny," and predictably cried. This show this show this shooooooow

    sports:
    Listened to an inning and a half of the Royals game last night. I really, really want to care about the Royals (because Kansas City is my home), but apparently I just don't. :/

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    (4 modest proposals | eat a baby)

    Friday, October 17th, 2014
    2:45 pm
    someone sit on my hands please
    [personal profile] cadiaries_exchange

    SO THAT IS A THING.

    A thing with a 2000 word minimum, which is only one of the many reasons I shouldn't.

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    Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
    7:21 pm
    culture consumed Wednesday: once upon a time in Kansas City
    TV: Once Upon a Time

    (So, Netflix is a thing, and I have access to S2 of OuAT)

    Good grief.

    I cried three or four times during 2x03 "Lady of the Lake."

    I suppose theoretically this show could push my buttons harder, but I don't really know how.

    Perhaps if more of the characters had complicated parent-child stuff going on.

    [several more episodes into the season] -- okay then.

    I was legit not expecting to have Regina feels but lo, here are my Regina feels.

    I keep thinking, "Gosh this show is not very good," through tears and then -- you know what, fuckit, show is enjoyable on many levels to me, and that makes it good even if it is tropediculous. (and just when I think this show can't get any more tropediculous, zombies arise.)

    okay, so, more specific thoughts:
    [spoilers through 2x09 "Queen of Hearts." Would appreciate no spoilers past then.]
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    Books

    Bunch of random reading. I skimmed stuff for Sunday school; I'm trying to read I and II Samuel for this week.

    I borrowed a new batch of books from the library and am reading The Family Trade, by Charles Stross, the first book in the Merchant Princes series. It's entertaining and reads fast?

    I dithered with some other books -- the random romance I had started reading, some other stuff I have out from the library -- I'm having a hard time committing.

    Games

    I'm at an obnoxious point in Rogue Soul where I've accomplished basically all the accomplishments -- actually, I think I have accomplished all of them but "finish the game" but some of them keep getting erased -- so there aren't any more short term goals left.

    I played a couple of hands of Free Cell.

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    (eat a baby)

    Friday, October 10th, 2014
    5:36 pm
    five acts
    Okay what the heck I'm doing this. It's not like any of this is a secret to anyone who's read my fanfic recently..

    blurb:

    Based on the community five_acts (check it out for more details!), we're going to have a week of indulging each other's favorite kinks, tropes, acts and pairings. We're onto round nine now! In a nutshell, what we do is:

    + Post a list of your five favorite acts/kinks to read about. Check out this list if you need some inspiration. At the bottom of your post, add what fandoms/pairings you're interested in.
    + Read other people's lists; the master list of lists is here.
    + Post comment-fic based on other people's interests.

    Once you've posted your list, give me the link in the comments here so that people know how to find you.

    Round Nine of Five Acts will be running from October 10th to October 19th. Enjoy!


    Five kinks and several fandoms under the lj-cut. Kinks are explicit and pairings are the special hell variety. Welcome to my blog.
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    (5 modest proposals | eat a baby)

    Thursday, September 25th, 2014
    12:59 am
    play it again, dick
    I keep forgetting to note on Culture Consumed Wednesday that this is a thing I am consuming.

    ... That's about it, really.

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    Thursday, September 18th, 2014
    10:09 pm
    vidding seriously vidding?!
    ... so I have a draft.

    I also have like 5 or 6 timing errors that seem to have snuck in there during rendering, but I have a rendered draft.

    Also I unclogged the bathroom sink's drain.

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    Current Mood: accomplished

    (2 modest proposals | eat a baby)

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
    12:45 am
    culture consumed Wednesday: random & extra
    written

    Finished Specials and read all of Extras (I finished it about ten minutes ago.)

    Shay and Tally are pretty slashy. That's all I've got.

    Next: I borrowed a bunch of sf/f anthologies from the library, not feeling ready to commit to anything longer than a short story.

    moving pictures

    I have sort of been watching Jesus Christ Superstar? I've been watching it with the sound off and in random order and watching particular clips manymany times.

    I think watching it all the way through and jotting down notes might help with vidding, both in micro terms of finding appropriate clips and in macro terms of figuring out exactly what the beats of the arc are.

    I've also been watching a lot of fanvids, for inspo. I've been using this masterlist, mostly.

    Next: I borrowed S1 of Mad Men from the library. I watched it (that is, S1) before, but that was six years ago.

    audio
    Listened to worship music a bit on Spotify, also vidsong 9000 times.

    games
    Various solitaire variations both on the computer and with paper cards.

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    (eat a baby)

    Saturday, September 13th, 2014
    3:10 pm
    lj workaround
    bestie pointed me in the right direction to find the deeply non-intuitive way to switch back to LJ being not-fugly.

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    Current Mood: relieved

    (2 modest proposals | eat a baby)

    Thursday, September 11th, 2014
    3:49 pm
    ugh lj I am basically ready to quit you
    I have 2 LJs, wisdomeagle and a private one. The one I'm usually logged into is displaying correctly in scheme=dystopia, which is how I have viewed LJ since 2002 and how I would like to view LJ for the rest of my life.

    The other will only show in the fugly redesigned scheme, even if I append ?usescheme=lynx or =dystopia (?usescheme=lynx works fine if I am logged in on the correctly functioning account). Angry comments on the official LJ comm suggest that the intention is to eliminate the historical schemes after the new one is out of beta? There doesn't seem to be any workaround that I can find.

    I am about ready to cry.

    At least the private journal is still displaying correctly for now. Maybe this is the incentive I need to migrate that over here too.

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    (eat a baby)

    Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
    11:36 pm
    music I have listened to this week
    Completely missed in "culture consumed:" have queued literally thousands of tracks of Christian music -- hymns, liturgical music, etc. -- on Spotify. A big bunch of the Gather hymnal, John Michael Talbot, Taizé, Marty Haugen, David Haas.

    I'm consuming this in such a way that I'm not properly appreciating individual pieces -- mostly it is background music -- but it is enjoyable and I think it's overall improving the quality of my life.

    Next: 5304 more of the same.

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    (1 modest proposal | eat a baby)

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