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I seem to have dropped all podcasts except the backlog of Stuff You Missed in History Class, which is fine. But it has this ad in it for another podcast, about futuristic stuff, IDK, and in it, someone shouts out futuristic things I might be interested in, like 'fistpunch evolution'. I don't know what it is but it scares me.

[community profile] halfamoon has an Awesome Ladies Rec post: Go rec me some fics?

State of the me
boring stuff about my meds and my brain and my knees )

State of the Garden
One capsicum! It's yellow-green and I believe it needs to be yellow-yellow before we pick it, but it's there. The other capsicum, a dwarf variety, is remaining very dwarf-like. It's leafy and covered in flowers but so tiny. It's palm-sized. I'm not sure if that's how it's supposed to be or not.

I tied up the tomatoes again, and there's lots of fruit on everything except the Black Russian, which has flowers. But! There has been some kind of baby massacre - something has bitten into the tiny baby green Romas, and spat them out again on the mulch surface. So wasteful! Further investigation revealed some nibbling on the ends of the zucchinis, also. I suspect parrots, or maybe possums. [personal profile] lilacsigil enacted chemical warfare in the form of sriracha and dishsoap in a spray bottle.

I harvested the last of the beets this week. And spinach is over, waaaah. I miss you, spinach! I'm trying to track down seeds for warrigal greens, which are supposed to grow well at this time of year (spinach, for us, is a seed you plant in cooler weather) but no luck yet. I have some spinach seeds which I'll try, if I can't find something more seasonally appropriate.

Zucchinis are go! We've only got two plants this year, which are producing at exactly the pace we need for zucchini in our meals, with nothing left over for bread/muffins/other recipes I use in desperation. I'm a bit sad about that? But also, it's nice not to be picking armfuls and armfuls of giant marrows that are hollow in the middle and full of seeds.

The plants we grew from seed have finally taken off. Leeks are shooting up and starting to look like leeks, a bit. There's button squash starting to turn yellow, and I think the pumpkin has fruit too - either that, or we planted two varieties of button squash? Time will tell. Cucumbers are showing up - still in the tiny, cute-cumber stage, but they're there. And one capsicum that we grew from seed but stayed in the two leaf stage since December has suddenly started growing and growing, so who knows what will happen with that. I threw a seed packet of mixed salad down one end of a bed and it grew and now there's a lettuce patch, yay! I can go out in the morning, pick a bowlful of salad, and have it for lunch. It's very civilised.

A while ago, we planted the ends of our spring onions, and have been snipping them off when we need them. This is much, much better than buying them from the supermarket! If you have the means - a flower pot on a windowsill would do - I would suggest doing it. They grow really well and don't need much care. And it saves money. And they taste better.

Heads up that there's going to be a bit of spamming from me as I catch up fic I've posted everywhere but this journal. Stuff for [community profile] fandom_stocking, and [community profile] 100words and [community profile] yuletide. (And I'm catching up on AO3 comments, too.)
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No Frills Multi-Fandom Friending Meme, thanks to [personal profile] snickfic.

Hello to the new people! I have a sticky post with all the basics and an 'All About Where I Live' post

Hey, Aussie fats - does anyone want to try We Love Colors tights? I bought a pair in fuck-off neon yellow, and fuck-off stop-sign red, and the colours are amazing, but they don't bloody fit me around the thighs. They're fantastic around the calves, and they fit me around the waist, but they don't go comfortably over my thighs. Frustrating! They're so nice and colour-dense, and vivid and so exactly what people tell fat women they shouldn't wear, so I'm really sad. They're size EE. Free to a good home inside Australia - I'll cover the postage.

[ profile] marvel_bang goes along and along. I really wanted to have old!Peggy take a part in my mystery, and I'm writing her now, but gosh, I worry I'm not going to do okay by her. I know the things I don't want in old!Peggy fic: a cure, Peggy suddenly doing things she's really not physically or mentally capable of, sweet old lady things (because she's never been sweet and I doubt she found it in old age.) It's a matter of working out what I want her to do, what she's plausibly able to do, how she can be awesome, without her sections becoming deus ex machina or overly sickly. It's a very interesting line and I'm glad I have [personal profile] lilacsigil to bounce my draft off as I write it. And I really need to get going on the art, for both of us.

In the garden, there's finally been a bit of spare time to plant the seeds, so yesterday we put tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumber (all heirloom mixes, so who knows what we'll get? So exciting!), mesclun mix, rocket, and basil. They're all in the hothouse which is nice and humid at the moment. Tomatoes need to be ready to go into the beds by Cup Day (which is the first Tuesday in November.) There's tons of bok choy in the beds right now, so I'm making ramen tomorrow to use it up. (There's stock cooking up now while I'm typing this. And I can totally soft-boil eggs now, it's brilliant.)

I finally got 8tracks to work on my laptop and now I can listen to fanmixes again. (I miss megaupload!) I really liked this mix of French rap and pop:
Player embedded behind here because the art was cute too )
Being able to interact with 8tracks makes me want to re-upload all my old fanmixes that I lost when megaupload went down.

A recipe: Lemon buttermilk donuts. (CN: some diet/'clean eating' talk in the link.) Recipe has quantities in grams as well as cups (important for me, because Australian cups are bigger) and it makes a nice small batch. I had a donut pan that I'd never used but really wanted to, enough that I held onto through the giant kitchen purge before we moved to the new house. I'm glad I tried it because it cooked these little sweeties really perfectly. Definitely going to mess around with that recipe some more in the future.

This is how ours came out )

I found something to nominate as a microfandom for this year's Yuletide: Find the girls on the negatives. I love the photos - so beautiful, so mysterious - and I think there's lots of potential there for fic. Like, femslash (since it seems possible that each woman photographed the other, right?) Or mermaid femslash - they're going home together at last! Or, really, anything.

Other random things:

- 51 facts you probably didn't know about the Great British Bake-Off. The audition process sounds intense.

- Via [personal profile] conuly, The Disastrous Australian Emu War. I should add that emus don't tweet, they make a thumping drum noise. BOOM BOOM BOOM.
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I keep trying to make an intro post, and real life keeps intervening. Like, tonight, for example, I accidentally murdered the microwave. (Maybe I can plead manslaughter on that?)

But tonight I soldier on!

Hi! Hi friending meme people! Hi, my dear old friends also! This is a belated introduction post. (Here's a similar post from 2009, which is still correct.)

I'm Danielle! I'm 41 and I live in the country. KOALA COUNTRY. My partner is [personal profile] lilacsigil, we've been together for fifteen years. She seduced me with X-Men comics, and it was all comfortably downhill from there. Cis-female, white, bisexual, GAD-sufferer, on the spectrum. Taurus.

I'm a pharmacist, I am the co-owner of a pharmacy in a small country town in a primarily dairy farming region. I've lived here for twelve years, and I love it, despite the occasional gossipy flare-up. We're the only out queer couple here. We're the only out geeky couple here. It's a little bit isolating sometimes.

We have three cats: Aeon (our aging lady), and brothers Baggins and Chewbacca. They are all lovely!

I lead an HAES oriented life. I have recently discovered a love of swimming and a surprising lack of fear in the changing rooms, which means a lot to me. (This time last year, I was trying to pluck up the courage to actually get in the pool. Now I have a season membership, yay!)

What's big in my life right now? We had our back yard landscaped this year, you can see the progression here. We've gone from growing tomatoes in tubs to having a full-on vegetable garden this year, and it's going well.

Baby vegetables under this cut )

Fannishly, I've been a Who fangirl since before I can remember. I love X-Men and X-Files and Twin Peaks and Harry Potter and Sanctuary and Warehouse 13 and Once Upon a Time, and, and, and. I'm very multifannish. Where we live, we get no television reception at all, so I have to download everything.

I co-mod [ profile] comicstore_news with [personal profile] lilacsigil. I've won NaNo the last six years. I write fic and make icons and sometimes fanmixes.

I'm [ profile] st_aurafina and [ profile] st_aurafina. I am not so active at [ profile] st-aurafina and not active at all at [ profile] st_aurafina. My chat IDs are in my Dreamwidth profile, and I'm happy to chat.

Now, because I killed a major electrical appliance the week before Christmas, I really want to do that Yuletide meme. Also, It's like the last possible straw of procrastination I can think of, before I have to finish the final edits on my story.

Ghosts of Yuletide past )

That was a fun retrospective, and completely took away the sting of burning out the microwave. COMPLETELY. *convinces self*
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Dreamwidth has activated the cross posting function, hooray! I can post to LJ from here. This is very exciting.

I don't think I've ever done one of those introduction type posts. And I guess this is a good place to answer any questions you've ever wanted to ask me, if there are any.

1. The geographical part: I'm an Aussie, and I'm discovering more and more that I'm a patriotic Australian. I'm the eldest of four - we go sister, sister, brother over the span of five years, then another NINETEEN years until my baby sister was born. I'm a first generation Australian - my dad came over from Italy when he was four. I don't speak Italian, but I wish I did. I live in Victoria, the wedge-shaped state in the bottom right quadrant of the mainland. I live at the fat edge of the wedge, in a tiny country town with a population of less than 1000. It gets a bit feral out here.

2. The personal part: I have a life partner, [personal profile] lilacsigil. Legally we can't get married. We've talked about it, and though I don't know if we would, we'd both like to have the choice. I met [personal profile] lilacsigil at a role-playing convention. (For the vintage Victorians, it was Conquest '94. Good times!)

3. The professional part: I'm a pharmacist, this makes me cautious with my identity - I don't share details of my personal or professional life much online. I've been a pharmacist for thirteen years. (Thirteen years? Wow.) I also have a Bachelor of Science degree. My life was going to be one of academic pursuits, huddled inside a lab, making bold discoveries in the field of endocrinology, until I discovered, in my honours year, that I actually loathe research.

4. The fannish part: I've always been a fan, but [personal profile] lilacsigil hooked me up with fandom. (Critical statements include: "Read my fanfiction about Henry McCoy", "Do you know, some people on the internet think Remus and Sirius are lovers" and "There's this thing called Livejournal".) Famdoms I've dabbled in include X-Men, Daredevil, Harry Potter, House MD, Doctor Who, Hellblazer, Lord John Grey, Narnia, Bones, Middleman. A few other bits and bobs here and there. I'm just starting to get into manga.

5. The TMI part: I have a pretty hefty dose of social phobia. I'm exploring the possibility that I'm somewhere on the autism spectrum. I'm trying to be more aware of my privilege as a middle class, educated white woman, especially living in a part of the country with strange racial dynamics that I know I don't have a handle on. I can put my foot in my mouth in spectacularly stupid ways, and I'd like to apologise if I've ever done that. Please, call me on my mistakes. I would like to know where I've wrong-footed myself.

6. The journal part: It's perpetually defriending amnesty day, here; I do not take offence if you decide we've drifted apart fannishly. On the other hand, I really enjoy reading the journals of people from the fandoms I'm not so involved in anymore. I may not always subscribe to your OTP, but I will respect you and enjoy your passion for the fandom alongside you. My journal is a body-positive place, not a place to discuss weight loss or body-hatred.

7. Cats. Three of them! I quite like dogs, but I'm owned by cats. Aeon, Baggins, Chewbacca, our darlings.

*ponders* I think I've covered everything? Yeah.


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