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16th July 2011

12:28am: Recentish HP fic recs?
Probably inevitably, the arrival of the last HP movie, combined with that great Time article on fanfic, seems to be kicking me back into HP fandom, at least within my own head. Problem is, though HP was my primary fandom for a long, long time, it was also a long time ago. So all the archives/authors I've followed have either shut down or moved on, or I've forgotten what/who they were. The ones I can remember are the ones that pretty well took everything, and therefore contain mostly lousy fic with the occasional gem (like ff.n or fiction alley).

I suspect most people on my friends-list would be in the same boat, but I know there's at least one or two of you still active in the HP fandom, right? So, can anyone point me to active rec lists, or active selective communities, where I can find fic written post-DH (or at least post-HBP)? It doesn't need to be *set* post-series, and it can mess around with canon (especially, for instance, if a certain Potions Master survived after all), but I'd like to have that influence of the later canon.

Good recs to any current (or recent) comms and authors would work, but if you know a lot and want to narrow it down, I tend to be most interested in Snape, Harry, and the relationship (of any sort) between the two. Other favorite characters are Neville, McGonagall, Remus, Percy, and Luna. I'm more interested in adults than teenagers, and the only way I really care about the next generation is if the stories are really about their parents (with an exception for Al Potter as a Slytherin).

Thanks for any help you can give!
Current Mood: curious

24th December 2010

2:19pm: Winter Break!
Today is finally our first day of Winter Break. Normally, mind you, I crawl out of bed at about 5:15 AM. Today, since the break started, I nearly leapt out of bed at 3:50 AM.

But on the plus side -- the really big plus side -- I'm in Michigan with my family for the first time since the start of August. And that makes up for quite a lot.

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone.
Current Mood: pleased

21st June 2010

4:59pm: Writer's Block: Acquired taste
What is your favorite weird food combination? Have your friends ever tried it or do you only eat it in private?

Friendly's Reeses Peanut Butter Cup sundaes ... with mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Mmmm. So good.

If you have the misfortune of being unfamiliar with Friendly's, their PBC sundae is pretty much what it sounds like. Three scoops of ice cream (vanilla is the default) with hot fudge, their ultra-yummy peanut butter fudge sauce, whipped cream, a cherry, and a peanut butter cup.

When I was about eight, I decided that sounded perfect, so I ordered it and specified my favorite ice cream, mint chocolate chip, at which point the rest of my family looked at me in horror. I think it hadn't occurred to me to consider the combination of flavors, but I'd already ordered it, so I was determined that it was exactly what I wanted. And happily, it turned out to be absolutely brilliant. Probably every single time I've been to Friendly's since (not that often; the local ones all closed in the mid-late 90s), I've gotten the same thing. And it's still delicious.
Current Mood: nostalgic

9th June 2010

10:58pm: Does anyone know how much weight you should give online apartment ratings? I've been searching through apartments in the area where I'll be teaching next fall, and I'm seeing lots of places that look nice or reasonable. And then I check the reviews (mainly at, and find that apparently every apartment in the region is pest-infested, crime-ridden, falling apart, missing most advertised amenities, and staffed by assholes.

I need to live somewhere. The "nicer" areas in the region are generally way the hell out of my price range (which isn't that low!), and I'd strongly prefer to live within a 15-minute drive, at most. I'm an utter wuss about safety, in particular. Any tips on how to look more effectively? Random comfort, perhaps? Offers of a spare room?
Current Mood: scared

26th April 2010

8:56pm: Commencement
I graduated yesterday. :-)

Just thought I'd mention that.

This does not make me less nervous about the whole "rest of my life" thing. Nor does the realization of just how much I have to do this summer.
Current Mood: anxious

1st November 2009

11:52am: Great Cinema
A friend and I watched Shark Attack 3: Megalodon last night, of course starring the always-entertaining John Barrowman. It was flipping *hilarious* - really, I can't recommend this movie strongly enough. Not that it's *good*, mind you; it was every bit as awful as I'd heard. But seriously, watch it. If only for the jet ski scene.

4th October 2009

9:09pm: That was a first...
In order to finish part of an assignment for class, I just Googled the phrase, "Suri Cruise spitting image." No, really.

Then, of course, I selected the most reputable-looking source on the first page. Which turned out to be the Daily Mail.
Current Mood: annoyed

9th September 2009

11:18pm: Fun meme ;-)
Filched from minisinoo

Your result for The What type of MAN turns you on Test...

Adventure man

You scored 60% masculine, 41% athletic, 64% exotic, and 44% refined!

You like a man who doesn't need the crazy muscles to prove he is a 100% man. He is mysterious and his pictures make you want to jump into his head to see what is going on in there...or his pants I suppose. You like a little bad-ass in him and you may like someone like.....Jude Law. But let's face it, the whole point of this was to look at a bunch of hot guys. If you liked what you saw, please rate my test!

Take The What type of MAN turns you on Test
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Current Mood: amused

31st August 2009

10:12pm: Technology fail
I love it when my DVD player decides the best possible point to freeze and refuse to play a given disk is right at one of the movie's big climactic points. That I can't find on You Tube. It's great, really.
Current Mood: annoyed

24th August 2009

6:39pm: Torchwood S1 rewatch
I'm currently rewatching S1 of Torchwood, and I know that a lot of people consider Small Worlds among the worst episodes of the series. I can understand that, and there are certainly a lot of ways that I think the episode could be improved.

But far more importantly, how much can you complain about an episode that gives you a half-naked John Barrowman splayed out on a bed, restless and panting?

20th August 2009

10:51pm: Yay, birthday! :-)
Today I managed to get free - to me - lunch (beef dip and fries), ice cream (Yellow Brick Road from Ben & Jerry's), and dinner (spinach/artichoke dip, pecan-encrusted chicken, mashed potatoes, veggies, and key lime pie). Plus, I finally bought the Doctor Who Series 2 DVDs, paid for with a coupon, old gift cards, and birthday money from Mommy and Daddy. Also, I "worked" for 8.5 hours, the bulk of which was spent either not actually there or watching (other) DVDs while the computer scanned things. Yay!!!

The only downside was that I had to go to a 2nd Borders to get the DVDs, so I was running late for dinner, then I got stuck in three separate patches of construction traffic. But I got there, which is what matters.
Current Mood: happy

7th August 2009

10:33pm: Summer vacation! Finally!!
Having finally turned in my last paper, I have no classes or schoolwork for an entire month! Yay!! :-D

(So, of course, I plan on working full-time or more for that month. Boo!!)
Current Mood: relieved

1st August 2009

5:44pm: Work and Laziness
I have a major paper due this Thursday, a shorter-but-still-major paper due next Saturday (turned in online), and this Thursday I'm taking a major test that will, by itself, determine whether or not I have to take psychology this fall. Plus, I have roughly a month's worth of housework to do, plus a bunch of other stuff.

And really? I just want to sit and read fanfic. Or daydream. Possibly watch TV. It's nearly 6 PM, and so far today I've done some brainstorming and little else.

This is bad.
Current Mood: lazy

31st July 2009

12:02am: Resource request for paper I'm writing
Quick question, possibly aimed more at the Brits on my flist.

My understanding is that the whole "evolution vs. creationism" debate, which tends to be a pretty massive issue in schools in America, is a complete non-issue in most other Western countries, yes? Moreover, I've gotten the impression that said other countries (the UK being the one I'm most aware of), tend to laugh at us because of this, or scoff at our schools, or something along those lines.

Does anyone know where I could quickly find any articles or other vaguely reliable/notable sources that would either discuss this or, just as good, demonstrate it?

Current Mood: sleepy

25th July 2009

1:24pm: Fresh food!
I made it to the local Farmer's Market for the first time in probably 1.5 - 2 years today. Our Farmer's Market is actually downtown (it's a parking lot the rest of the week), so it's easier to walk to than drive. It takes about a half-hour each way, most of which is fairly pretty.

Anyway, I spent $16 to buy:
1 large garlic-cheddar roll
2 ears of corn
3 zucchini
4 basil plants (in one tray; one of them is really tiny, though)
5 oz. jar of cherry jam
6 peaches
and however many blueberries are in one pint.

Which makes me happy. I don't know whether to make some zucchini-squash-basil pasta (I already have the squash) or find that savory chicken and peach recipe I saw a few days ago.

13th July 2009

9:24am: Meme-age
Which American accent do you have?


You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for.

Personality Test Results

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Yay! I've lived in metro Detroit since I was 4 months old, so I *ought* to get that. However, there were times when I was growing up that classmates would ask where I was from because they thought I had an accent.

7th July 2009

7:59pm: Torchwood
Two weeks until Torchwood is shown on BBC America. I plan to wait and watch it then, rather than trying to see it on You Tube or via the uploads that I'm sure are already available (but both of which are a total pain and much lower quality than even my shoddy TV). I also hope to remain spoiler-free in the meantime. We'll see how well I can hold out, on both counts. Wish me luck!!

30th May 2009

1:49am: Absent-Minded Professor
One of my profs for the upcoming fall term is responsible for setting up our field experience placements with teachers in local schools, and she sent us an e-mail tonight to let us know where they are. Advance notice, - great, right? Um, yeah. First off, she sent the important part of the e-mail (the placement list) in a WordPerfect file -- who the hell has WordPerfect?

Second, the message actually said that we should get in touch with the teachers now to set up a time to *meet* with them *before* schools close for the summer, in order to set up our schedule for this fall. So, I have a field experience placement for a class this current term, which means I'm at a local school right now. There are less than two weeks left in the school year. The cooperating teachers do NOT have time to deal with us right now. They have *better* things to do than deal with people who are going to be imposing on them for a couple hours a week next fall. Just as importantly, we students probably fall into two main categories -- those of us taking intensive spring term classes (like me), who similarly do *not* have time to go meet with a teacher, and those students who are not taking spring classes. And in most cases are home for the summer. Or somewhere else entirely, including out of the country. But who may well not be anywhere within a few hours drive of the school that they're supposed to show up at, on someone else's schedule, sometime in the next week and a half.

Seriously, *what* is this woman thinking??
Current Mood: sleepy

30th April 2009

10:04pm: My hair is nearly a foot shorter than it was this morning. I can't seem to stop playing with it.
Current Mood: amused

25th April 2009

12:57pm: If God had meant for us to run, he'd have given us wings
I decided to join folks in starting the Couch-to-5K running plan today. It promises that Week 1 is good for lazy bums like me, then you work your way up to a 30 min (or 3 mi) jog in two months. So I went out today all full of motivation and self-efficacy and other vital stuff I learned about in ed psych ... all of which were gradually lost over the course of the workout.Collapse )
Current Mood: exhausted

21st February 2009

12:35am: I have finally finished the autobiography from hell and uploaded it onto the course website. Which means that I have now "really" started Winter Break. At about 12:15 on a Friday night. With major snowfall expected tomorrow keeping me home. Yay. Also, the proofreading of the autobio was shoddy, due to my being tired and unwilling to read all 15 fricking pages that carefully, but here we return to the point where it's a one-credit pass-fail class, the damned thing took me days to do, and I just don't care. Again, yay.
Current Mood: exhausted

16th February 2009

7:11pm: Wha?? and also, Help?
I'm currently writing my autobiography for one of my classes; it's due next weekend, but I'm trying to get as much of it out of the way as possible due to other things going on this week. Writing your autobiography may sound like an interesting assignment, but this particular one has been set up so as to leech anything potentially fun or interesting out of it, like, say, your life history or emotions, and instead replace all that nonsense with a never-ending series of open-ended questions, mostly dull, about your family's history, lifestyle, beliefs, and values. Mine is currently six full pages long and *maybe* half-done. Mind you, this is for the mandatory one-credit, pass/fail class that is somehow pushing my workload totally over the edge this semester (and about that, seriously, wtf?).

Anyway, this class never meets in person, so I'm going by the uploaded documents and descriptions for all of it, and of course, most of it assumes you're already totally fluent in educational lingo and whatnot. In the first class most of us take in the teaching program. Yeah. The bulk of it's not too bad, so I can least figure out what I'm supposed to be saying, but I only have a vague idea of what "group orientation" means. So, in other words, could someone translate the following passage for me and explain what I'm supposed to be talking about in this section??

"Describe yourself related to how you family viewed Individualism vs. Group Orientation. Progress to your current ideology regarding individualism and group orientation by providing links between these past expectations and your current values. Relate ideology to yourself and your expectations for others."

Also, how about this, especially the last part: "Describe the value of Time as it related to your family and for you as an individual. Is time considered linear or circular?"

And finally, I know equity and equality are different things, but I can never quite remember how so, or which one of them is which. Do any of you?
Current Mood: annoyed

31st January 2009

10:37am: says I"m an Uber Cool High Nerd.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

Not bad. I confess to fudging a couple of the answers a bit - For instance, I don't have a complete copy of the Iliad on hand, but I do have multiple mythology books, some of which would cover the Iliad, and there was no question to give me credit for my complete works of Shakespeare or Norton Anthology of Poetry, so, yeah. Others just had no right answer. Also, as always on these things, the science/math questions don't give enough credit to biology geeks.
Current Mood: sleepy

22nd January 2009

7:16pm: Seriously, brain, what the hell?
Because I had class all day today, I had my alarm set good and early - 6:07, to be exact. So, about 5:30 this morning, I woke up, went to the bathroom, and went back to bed. At some point in this interval, I started dreaming. I don't remember much about the early part of the dream, except that I may have been annoyed at something one of my housemates did, like clean the house, and I was hanging out with another housemate. (Notably, I live alone. The living room in the dream did look like mine, though.) Suddenly, in the dream, an alarm clock went off. Loudly, and annoyingly. So I turned off the alarm, but it kept going. Apparently a lot of alarms were going, because I kept finding more alarm clocks and turning them off, but it kept *going*, though not always at the same volume. I was getting more and more annoyed and frustrated because I COULD NOT FIND THE DAMN ALARM CLOCK and OBVIOUSLY someone had moved it and I was going to kill them just as soon as I found the STUPID ALARM THAT WOULDN'T SHUT UP!!! So then I finally woke up. At 6:40. I spent 33 minutes *dreaming* about my alarm clock going off without managing to wake up to get out of bed.

Fortunately, that was still plenty of time to get up and moving, deal with personal hygiene, and make it to class on time. Unfortunately, that was not enough time to make lunch or eat breakfast, and I have class straight through the day, so at about 2, I ate a stale pop-tart I'd tossed in my bag, and otherwise I didn't eat anything until 4 PM. I wasn't happy about that. I set my alarm early for a reason. If only it actually managed to wake me up at the time I actually set it for.
Current Mood: overworked

5th November 2008

9:14pm: Election results
Cute story I heard today. I'm a museum tour guide; this morning I gave a pair of tours to 6th graders from a mostly African American school in Detroit. After we were done, one of the other docents said that, as she was getting started, one of her kids looked very sternly at her -- "Did you vote yesterday?" The docent assured her that she did. "For Obama?" Of course. And then the girl started jumping up and down and cheering - "Oh, yeah, oh, yeah, oh yeah!" :-)

I finally found the website for the local and "minor" election results yesterday, and was a wee bit amused. I have never voted straight ticket, and in the first few elections I voted in, my tallies tended to be about half-and-half between the major parties, with scattered third-party votes. A lot of the Republican votes have been for local offices and the sort where party really doesn't matter, though.

I currently live in Ann Arbor, one of the most liberal cities in the midwest. Most of our local offices were Dems running unopposed, so no choice there, anyway. I looked over the only local partisan races - county sheriff, AA mayor (Dem vs. Lib) -- and much preferred the Democrat in both. President was a no-brainer, and not only do I really like both my Congressman (John Dingell) and Senator (Carl Levin), but they were both running against people I really disliked as soon as I checked them out. That only left the state Board of Education and the three public university boards, electing two candidates each. Those I checked out and was almost relieved that of my eight choices, three were Republicans. So my total votes-by-party yesterday went for 3 Republicans and 18 Democrats, with no third-party votes. Checked the election results. Of the 21 partisan winners, I voted for 18 of them. Yep. All three Republicans I voted for lost; none of the Democrats did. I'm guessing there was a *lot* of straight-ticket voting this time around.

On the non-partisan ticket, I voted no on a local amendment that passed, but given that my feeling about the amendment was, "eh, too much bother," I'm not really distraught. I also 'lost' on one of my choices for WCC Trustee, but I'm okay with that, too (despite working there). The two real non-partisan races both went to my choice (and both were close!), including the really nasty state Supreme Court justice. I wasn't feeling strongly about that one until I found the point in one questionnaire where the incumbent proudly pointed out that he was one of the key figures in interpreting the 2004 anti-gay-marriage law to disallow any form of partner benefits for state employees, something that I think is still being fought by most of our massive public universities. I'm happy he lost. The other big Michigan battle, over stem cell research, passed narrowly, making a *lot* of my former coworkers happy - especially the ones working in stem cell research. And amusingly, medical marijuana passed by the predicted large margin - we worry about stem cells, and in the last two elections got rid of affirmative action and narrowed gay rights - but we've got no problem with pot.

Others have said everything I want to say about President-Elect Barack Obama (woo-hoo!) and the disappointment in California (to understate things).

On a personal note, I'm officially a student again - I register for classes tomorrow. Already, next semester's schedule looks like it's going to suck. Yay!
Current Mood: cheerful
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