st_aurafina: HG gripping Myka's wrist from the episode 'Reset' (Warehouse 13: HG and Myka in Reset)
Would there be anyone willing to do an Ameripick on 5K of Warehouse 13 fic? It's femslash, Helena/Myka, I'll probably rate it PG, but there's not much more than hand holding and kissing in it. (Also some slightly depressing thoughts about the Boer War, hence the PG.)

Remember [ profile] 30_kisses? Now there's [community profile] 15kisses and its sister comm, [community profile] 15kinks. I took a kisses table for Root/Shaw. Eeee, maybe I can even get something written for it. *crosses fingers*
ETA: Also [community profile] 15woes for all your angsty fic needs, and [community profile] whole_new_world for AU claims. (Via [personal profile] chronikle)

Also [community profile] ssrconfidential (Agent Carter ficathon comm) is having a bit of a prompts fest: Plot bunny hutch (aka prompt sharing station!). Go, get your Peggy shoes on and kick some butt!

I am so sorry I didn't have a chance to post while the AHCA was being voted on - but I was collecting light and joyous linkspam to buoy my flist up - I'll post it now. Because we're all going to need buoying, pretty much until this time has passed.

The word buoy has ceased to have any meaning, also.

Begin Linkspam!
- Feel better about the nightmare world for 30 seconds with this tiny kid doing the haka. A most ferocious haka!

- Melissa McCarthy As Sean Spicer Performs "I Feel Pretty" In An SNL Teaser
The video won't play for me (in Australia) but the gifs are amazing. (Also, how omg pretty is Melissa McCarthy? She's gorgeous.)

- Kickstarter for a Frida Kahlo action figure

- My new favourite word cloud generator: Tagcrowd (Since Wordle has ceased to function and I am too scared to force Java to work so it does.) Just in case anyone else uses them for editing, like I do. (Helps me get rid of lazy words. Like/look/something/such/seem/almost. And so on.)

- Everyone and their dog has linked this, but please enjoy Tom Holland's lipsync battle. He kicks ass dressed as Rihanna and dancing his backside off. I feel quite different about Spider-Man now.
You can stand under his umbrella-ella-ella )

Whale, they’ve arrived. Whale watching season has arrived here. There are whales less than half an hour away from where I am right now - this delights me every year.

- Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie Join Elisabeth Moss for “Top of the Lake: China Girl”. Top of the Lake's first season was incredibly wracking. S2 is probably going to be the same, but I'm going to watch it, because Gwendoline Christie. She looks so incredibly bogan and adorable in her copper's uniform! And omg, Nicole Kidman's hair and her freckles! I am totally here for all the wrong reasons, I know. Just call me Miss-The-Point-Dan.
Trailer under the cut! )

- How to Read a Yarn Label. Things I ought to do before I start the project, but somehow never do.

- The Difference in Bernat Pop! Yarn Cakes, Caron Cakes, Mandala and Sweet Rolls. Yarn cakes are all the rage right now. I've only used the Premier Sweet Roll and honestly, the colour change is so abrupt that I might as well have just used regular yarn and had the colour changes where I wanted.

- Useless but adorable kitchen gadget, anyone? It makes radishes into 1-Up mushrooms )

- Free crochet pattern: Confetti Scarf. This is super cute, and I think I want to make one. I have some grey yarn and lots of coloured scraps. (I've been rolling my scraps into tiny balls and keeping them in a mason jar, it makes me feel very Insta.)

- Pink Moon Milk {a dreamy sleep tonic}. Because I'm a sucker for a hipster recipe with almond milk. Though I do not have any ashwagandha powder, and have no idea where I would find some. It just looks so pretty!

End linkspam!

I keep meaning to do a round-up of media consumed lately, but I keep getting involved in these linkspams. I do have thoughts that are not shallow and centred around craft and pink milk! Also, I need to do the music meme, but the next topic is "A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about." And presumably I have forgotten all the people I need to forget, because I can't think of anyone. Um.
st_aurafina: Bare-breasted lady, painted with olive tones (Art: Olive lady)
May the Fourth, guys. *sobs a little*

- Via [personal profile] spikedluv: Glitter for Carrie Day (I'm wearing a glittery pendant in the shape of a butterfly wing.)

I should be finishing up a fic for beta, but instead I'm procrastinating by clearing my inbox and answering comments. And also doing my job, to be fair. It's not the best environment for writing, a busy store.

New (or new to me) Comms
- [community profile] fanifesto - similar to [ profile] ship_manifesto. A community for fannish manifestos, or why this thing you love is the most amazing thing ever. (I should write a thing for this. I don't know what I should write about, though?)

- [personal profile] memekink - a masterlist of kinkmemes on Dreamwidth! This is a damn good idea.

- [community profile] rocinante - for The Expanse fandom. They're currently doing a S1 rewatch, which is good timing for me and [personal profile] lilacsigil, because we're watching it right now

- [community profile] weekly_food_challenge - Every Wednesday a moderator will post an ingredient or a cuisine; over the following week members will cook something with that ingredient or in that cuisine and post pictures and recipes.
I keep trying to cook something in time for this, and failing. But this week is chickpeas, so maybe I can have a go at some FODMAP-friendly hummus.

[community profile] beautifulmechanical - This is a place to share the music that you love. Please do join the conversation and share any kind of music that you like.
Lots of eclectic stuff posted here.

- [community profile] yurionicefans - a community for all fans of Yuri!!! on Ice.
I'm not in this fandom, but I originally read it as Yuri O Nice Fans, and thought it was cute. Also it's a megafandom, so some of you are bound to be in it. You are nice fans, I am sure.

Craft Links:
- Random Stripe Generator
For knitters and crocheters who need to generate a random stripe pattern, because faking random with your own eye is really hard.

- Crochet Water Balloons
Reusable water balloons that don't leave rubber debris all over the lawn. Made with Bernat Blanket yarn, then soaked in water until they are squodgy. Apparently they don't hurt as much when they hit you, either.

- My Stash Explained (Art)
This is for knitters but I have some of these things: "Really nice yarns I'm afraid to use", "The stuff I bought before I knew what was good" and "I don't feel like winding these."

- Lake Town Socks
I really hope stirrup socks aren't the newest crochet fad.

Actually, I think the newest crochet fad is going to be rag doll style amigurumi, like this:
Rag Doll Unicorn.
All the legs are on the same side! It's kind of adorable. I've seen giraffes, zebras, donkeys and unicorns in the last week.

Random links for the joy of it
- Poll Says Best-Ever Trek Episode Is...
This is a lovely nostalgic trip. I was somewhat surprised at how many TNG episodes made it in here. I was not surprised that no Enterprise episodes made it on here, because there is so much (UNJUST) hate for Enterprise. I do not hate Enterprise.

- How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained
I found this really interesting, because American Italian names sound so odd to my ear - we've obviously all come from different parts of Italy, but it's cool to see how that ancestral difference has played out linguistically.

- 10 Podcasts You Need in Your Life After S-Town
I did not know Jermaine Clement had a podcast. (Note: I need to talk about Jermaine Clement and Legion. LEGION, omg.)

I have a complicated relationship with S-Town, after [personal profile] runpunkrun linked me to an article talking about S-Town and consent: S-Town is a stunning podcast. It probably shouldn't have been made.

- Via [personal profile] kass, Meta: Swift musings on the Moffat era.
This made a few things a bit clearer for me about Moffat, about whom I do not always feel happy. (But I am so enjoying this season! Three great episodes so far, and Bill Potts is a treasure.)

- Speaking of Bill, Doctor Who hid secret clues to the new series in plain sight
The mysteries of Bill's jacket!

- The X-Files is back again – sort of – as new spin-off reveals what happened BEFORE the revival series
AUDIO PLAYS OMG. I am so here for this. I have pre-ordered. I am ready to crochet and listen to Gillian Anderson in my ear. (I am considerably more excited about this than another season of TV, to be honest, though I'll watch that season and like it, damn it.)

- Cookie Butter Choco Cookie
Sesame Street (Japan) takes on PPAP. Because Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen will never die, it will just be memed and re-memed. Incidentally, I am so weirded out by Cookie speaking Japanese. I think it's a primal, child-brain reaction. I am less disturbed by Elmo doing it, because I am way too old for Elmo, but Cookie? So weird...

Music Meme: A song that reminds you of summer )
st_aurafina: Rainy day, person with a rainbow umbrella in the distance  (Rainbow umbrella)
I'm not doing very well. The prednisolone did not go down quietly, I had rebound inflammation and I've been back on pred once already for a massive skin flare up (let me tell you about the 1 in 10,000 chance of getting photosensitivity while taking frusemide.) The cellulitis came back and I had another round of antibiotics (let me tell you about the rare side-effect where you can taste clindamycin IN YOUR SALIVA.) I've had lots of meds changes. I feel wrung out and tired all the freaking time. I am pretty down about this. I want to feel well, and not like my skin is crawling off my body. It's busy at work, too, and that is more exhausting than it ought to be.

I've signed up for [community profile] wipbigbang and Camp NaNo, so hopefully I can get some fic posted. I wasn't game to sign up for an actual exchange, so I sadly had to miss out on [community profile] ssrconfidential. I'm starting to be more chatty on Dreamwidth, which is nice, and I did manage to do a big push on answering AO3 comments, which feels like an achievement. My only other achievement was to crochet a sock monkey hat with a big red pompom. I'm quite pleased with it, even if my sister says the button eyes are demonic. That's part of the charm, I think.

Button eyes will eat your soul, my sister says )

I've been hoarding linkspam, too, which I shall try to group in themes:

The Expanse
- From Indiewire, The Expanse: How The Syfy Series Found the Unfindable Actress (Which Means Other Shows Can, Too)
About casting a S2 character, who is apparently female, Polynesian and tall/muscular. This is what made me want to start watching The Expanse, and I'm so glad I did. (I've just finished S1, so no spoilers, please. Apart from what's in this article, I guess.)

Podcasts (mostly The Strange Case of Starship Iris)
- From buzzfeed, 27 Podcasts You Should Listen To In 2017
Which reminds me, I've been listening to The Strange Case of Starship Iris and it's really lots of fun. The first episode drags a bit, but once there's more than a cast of two (from episode two), the dialogue bounces along, and the world building opens up. The story is building f/f UST between Violet and Arkady, it has a trans character and a gender fluid character, and I really like the crew of the Rumor. Would recommend.

You can listen here: The Strange Case of Starship Iris

For non-listeners, there's a transcript of Episode One, which isn't the best episode but it sets up the dynamic between the two characters well:
The Strange Case of the Starship Iris, Episode One: Violet Liu, written by Jessica Best

There's an official tumblr, where (I presume) the author discusses world building, nuances of the alien language, and other cool stuff: [ profile] iriscasefiles

Iron Fist
- via [personal profile] netgirl_y2k, who also has an excellent post about Iron Fist, Here's The Important Stuff That Happens In Iron Fist So You Don't Have To Watch It
There were so many weird things about Iron Fist, (apart from the obvious weird thing of why they cast Finn Jones as Danny.)

brief spoilers )

Dance-themed links
- From Pointe Magazine, #TBT: Watch Baryshnikov Do 11 Pirouettes in White Nights
Because Mikhail Baryshnikov is so pretty.

And through that video, I found a slo-mo analysis of the move, which was really interesting. It's mind blowing to count those turns in slow motion.
embedded under the cut )

Speaking of ballet, the Dance Academy movie comes out next week!
Trailer under the cut! )

More Dance Academy links:
- I wish I’d grown up with ‘Dance Academy’, ABC’s beloved teen drama

- The career of Joanna Werner, and how Dance Academy remains en pointe

Other random links
- From HuffPo, Dolphins Might Be Chewing On Blowfish To Get High
Dolphins are bastards and kind of sketch.

- From Buzzfeed, 23 Accidental Google Image Searches That’ll Make You Pee A Little
Very silly. Somehow very satisfying.

- via Nalini Singh's facebook, The Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake
The word moist has ceased to have any meaning that is not disgusting, but I do like a mug cake.

- via the medical tag on Ravelry, Dressed for Success
Crocheted stethoscope sweater. CN: anthropomophising of a stethoscope. Also not addressed is how this could contribute to spreading infection? IDK. The idea is cute though.

- via [personal profile] dine, Artist Paints Realistically Detailed Animals on Smooth Stones
So beautiful!

- From The Age, Police hunt for unicorn after attempted servo smash and grab
CN: armed robbery, only extra.

12 Yarn Ball Types and How to Knit with Them
Hankenstein. Heh.

I still need to post fic here that I've had up at AO3. And get planning on what I'm going to write for Camp NaNo which inexplicably starts tomorrow omg. Tomorrow is April Fools, too. *reminds self to watch out* I always fall for stupid shit, me.
st_aurafina: Shy guy from Mario, rendered in red wool (Crochet: shy guy)
Have we settled on a name for this? Also, I shamelessly rely on later timezones for these posts, don't I? It's still Tuesday somewhere in the world, I reason. (Actually, by now, it's probably not.)

I'm still furiously crocheting hats, for no reason that I can decipher. I've got quite a pile now that I'm going to donate to Lifeline, even though it's summer here. Winter will roll around and someone will want a woolly beanie, I'm sure. I think I need to invest in a hat form or something, because hats photograph very badly flat, and some of them could do with blocking, tbh, but there's no point in blocking them flat, I'd need to block them on a form. I just don't know if I want one of those polystyrene heads looking at me all the time. Those things are creepy af.

Anyway, these are (some of) the hats, the ones that are ready to to donate:
It's like that story of the monkey with all the hats )

I think I'm getting past hats now, though - I've got some kitchen cotton that I want to try making scrubbies with, if I can handle the texture. Cotton is sometimes okay for me and sometimes not. But I want something loofah-ish that I can rewash and so on, and I'm thinking I'll try cotton for that.

Also, the more yarn I use, the more yarn I can buy. I'm on a one-for-one deal here in the house - [personal profile] lilacsigil has declared my stash to be maximum size, so for one skein to enter, one skein must leave. It's like Thunderdome, only crueler.

ETA: Also I made this icon! GIP! Crochet GIP!
st_aurafina: Platypus headshot (Platypus)
State of the notes left on my bench at work
No spiders were harmed in the making of this lj-cut )

State of the Dwircle
Hello people from the friending meme! Hello people not from the friending meme! HELLO EVERYONE.

I have an intro post about me and where I live: right here.

I realised my sticky post doesn't have a lot of personal information, so I updated it with this:
Things to know about me: I'm queer, I'm fat and body-positive, I'm Australian, I'm left-leaning in a big way. I was born in 1971 so I'm basically old as balls. I'm cis-female, white, the daughter of an Italian immigrant.Fannishly, I'm multifannish, I multiship. I love gen, slash, femslash and het. You can track my preferences through my Dear Author tag, here.

So. That was a thing I needed to do, and now it's done.

ETA: I meant to also say that though I pretty much give access to everyone, it's done with no expectation of reciprocity.

State of the garden
Lots of spinach, which is great, because I crave that mineral. I think it's low-key bolting? But I keep chopping bits off and eating it voraciously, so it's working out. Some of the pea vines died, but we're still getting plenty of snow peas. [personal profile] lilacsigil cut the coriander back murderously hard, but it's springing back fast.

Tomatoes are running so, so late; we've only just got flowers in the last week. The button squash are titchy but flowering, and we've got baby zucchini that's looking promising. It was a really cool run up through November, and things are sloooow. But I fed everything again yesterday, and we've got hot days coming so I'm hopeful. The basil is doing great! And we put in a tarragon plant, because there was a space on the fenceline and tarragon will be handy. None of the capsicum seedlings made it, so that's a thing we can put where the celery was. And soon we'll have a space when the beets are finished, because I don't think we'll replant them - I did it originally for the greens, so we'd have a pick-and-eat green between autumn's bok choy and summer's lettuce, but they got tough fast. Though, apparently you can steam/saute the leaves? That would possibly be nice and tasty, but now I have spinach and spinach is the superior green for me. (I've had so many weird cravings since I was sick in November - spinach and salmon and squid, oh my. Alliterative cravings, that's me.)

I wish we were warm enough for a curry tree. No, actually, I will forgo curry leaves for cooler weather.

State of Writing
- [community profile] fandom_stocking got extended, yay! I think the Christmas weekend really messed up people's schedules because I wasn't the only gobsmacked by the date creeping up on me. We've got till the eleventh, now, apparently. This is good, because I am disorganised but I want to stuff stockings.

Next up for me is going to be editing and posting some of the NaNo fics I wrote. (And wtf-ing at them, too, because I was writing with a fever and I know it's going to be weird in there.)

State of the Big Scary World
For the new people, since the US election, I try to pass on various activism links, even though I'm not from the US because I feel like that's a positive thing I can do. A lot of them come from [community profile] thisfinecrew, which is an excellent resource, if you haven't heard of it.

- From [community profile] thisfinecrew: Action and community Challenge: Call your reps about the ACA, which is encouraging and has a step by step action plan. I can't call, but I can appreciate an excellent action plan and share it around.
- from [personal profile] snickfic who said "Re:act is a weekly email newsletter full of info and suggestions for actions to take in response:" re:act.

State of yarning
While I have prednisolone-brain, I'm crocheting and crocheting and crocheting. It's very soothing. I have gathered up a collection of cozy murder TV on Netflix, and I put on a show and I crochet into the night.

My cozy murder schedule:
Shetland (aka Scottish murder) (Actually, this is my favourite of the cozy murder TV lineup and I've started being sparing with it because there's not much of it. Yet.)
Hinterland (aka Welsh murder)
Granchester (aka English country garden murder)
The Tunnel (aka on the dotted line French/English murder) (Clémence Poésy is in it playing a delightfully prickly, possibly non-neurotypical French detective and I love her.)

I've tried and not clicked with:
River (aka I see dead people murder, nothing wrong with that, but it didn't work for me)
Wallander (aka you're too smart to be this stupid about your diabetes murder)
Marcella (aka can we stop mental illness as a plot device ffs murder)
Paranoia (aka I wish I would watch a female detective in her late thirties do her job and not be all about her biological clock murder) (I'm particularly mad about this one because Indira Varma, omg, she's so beautiful, I want to watch her solve crimes.)

I do most of my yarn networking on FB (and ravelry: [ profile] dansnark), and the current fad is these hats with a hole at the top for your hair - messy bun hats or pony tail hats. Hat aren't my usual thing to make - I make blankets and stuff for peoples' babies - but I tried one, and they're a really fun, short project. So I've made a bunch in the last week. It's hilarious to me because (a) it's summer here, and (b) I have close cropped hair anyway so they're useless to me. I'm showing them to people here, though, and they seem to think they're a good idea. Maybe I'll set a trend? Anyway, here are some good patterns that worked for me:

- Mango Tree Crafts messy bun hat - top down, worked around an hair-elastic. It's a yarn-eater, but it works up fast.
- Simplicity Bun Hat - top down. It doesn't work around a hair elastic, but you could easily do that - I think they work better with that stretch, honestly. The ribbing on the brim looks really good, especially if you're working in one colour.
- Bonfire Babe messy bun hat - this one works from the brim up, and either my foundation HDC is too wonky or they work very loose, because it came out huuuuuuge. So I frogged it, but I'm going to try it again with a smaller hook because it's super pretty.

And I think that's about it for me. *waves hello again to all the new folks*
st_aurafina: (Coffee!)
I'm im-ing with [personal profile] lilacsigil at work. She's inputting catalogue data which is all caps, and so her messages are all caps too.

[personal profile] lilacsigil: JUST READ MY MESSAGES IN BRIAN BLESSED'S VOICE

Also I think the cafe lady made me a babycino. It's all milky froth and no coffee. I feel foamy and undercaffeinated.

[ profile] marvel_bang is done and in editing. I've done the art. I based mine on a vintage condom tin.

This is the tin. It has a brief cameo in the fic, so I feel like it's basically relevant. )

I'm going to have a push at finishing a line for [community profile] trope_bingo before the deadline. I have one whole fic, and two halves of fics. I think it's worth the effort, anyway.

Then it will be NaNo, and I haven't decided if I'll do original fic or if I'll pants it with fic. Fic is easier, but I'm still sitting on 50K of Winter Soldier fic from 2014 which I'll probably post around, I don't know, 2020. I don't like having unposted backlog.

I have vague ideas on how to finish up The Victorian Boarding House of Together We Solve Crime. And if that's not enough to fill 50K, I could segue into the sequel, The Victorian Seaside Holiday of Together We Solve Crime. (My catchy titles!)

(This is me at

My little sister sends me links to a facebook group that posts stuff from tumblr. It's weirdly recursive. Sometimes I send her stuff straight from tumblr, but I wonder if that's the internet version of drinking straight from the cordial bottle.

She's so great, though. She's done her final exam. (Please let it be her final exam, please let her decide not to go on to other things.) She asked if she could come down here for Christmas, which is lovely and wonderful, but it gives me faint quakes of terror regarding what the hell my family is doing if she is already planning her escape.

- Flowers for Memories was a crochet art installation at Yarndale 2015. I sent some flowers for their giant garden, and there are photos here. I can see mine!

- How difficult it is to shoot a lock off? Spoilers: pretty difficult

- Altoid tin watercolour palette. We don't have altoids or that brand of gum, but I think I could improvise. (Or you know, use a vintage condom tin!) And how great are those waterbrushes, with the water stored in the barrel? Pretty effing great, let me tell you.

- [ profile] antarctic_sue is posting again! Daily photos from McMurdo. Some seals. Some weather balloons. Some science corridors. I like it.

- From [personal profile] conuly, Australia in British sign language. Etymology and sign language, differences between countries. The British signs for Australia are really interesting to me: one references convict transportation, the other our slouch hats (from contact with WWI Diggers, presumably?)

- From tumblr: Things I love about the Villain Turns Good trope. I love all of these things. I love that when you write, this is the payoff you get for building nuanced villains. I think about how often we see this in fic, and how rarely we see it in fiction. Right now, I'm thinking of comicsverse!Magneto and Zuko. Maybe it's the babycino speaking, but those two are the only ones I can think of. Oh, and Root. Yeah, Root, though I don't think she has the vulnerability and self-doubt that this talks about, not that either of those are a deal-breaker for me.

I'm pretty excited that I will be watching the next season of POI with all of you guys. Even if it's the last one - I got in on time.
st_aurafina: Sam Wilson in his Falcon suit (Marvel: Falcon)
Today I very much feel like the world is a terrible place, and people are always going to be hurting other people, and I just want to lie down on the grass and pretend to be a tree.

But it's raining.

([personal profile] lilacsigil: Trees don't lie on the grass.
Me: Dead trees do.)

Cheerful things:


[Mary Berry's elation at the mention of gin.]

My life is made whole again. And wow, 9 million viewers for the first episode, yay.

2. Captain America NaNo rewrite is in the middle of a Howard POV bit, a WWII flashback. I really like this fic. I like writing it, and I like editing it, and I need to hurry up so I can get to my favourite bits. And I need to get it posted before it gets jossed by a third MCU movie. (This fic has JARVIS in it, and old Agents of SHIELD before shit went down, and apparently there's a scene with 80's Peggy Carter in Ant Man and she doesn't have the steel bob I imagined her with in this fic so i probably need to check this out.)

3. [ profile] weelittlestitches put out an X-Files pattern.

[Mulder and Scully, cross-stitched figures. Text says 'The truth is out there']

4. Whale season! At our local beach, we've had Southern Right whales, porpoises, dolphins, and seals. And a pod of orca - I didn't know we even had orca down here. There's seals lazing outside the surf lifesaving club right now.

Further afield, back in July there was a Migaloo sighting: Rare white humpback whale spotted in Cook Strait

5. Spoilers for Agent Carter )

6. Hats for dogs! Hats with ear holes for dogs! By [ profile] jessie-plaskett.

[The noble Golden Retriever, in a pink and white striped beannie with plaited ties.]

7. This terri-bad movie is finally coming out:

It was shot in Warrnambool, and it mostly seems to be fart jokes and it looks so amazingly cliched and bad. But Warrnambool is all WE'RE IN A MOVIE COME TOURISTS COME LEAVE YOUR LOVELY TOURIST DOLLARS HERE! I don't know. There are Maremma dogs guarding the penguins, that's true. I'm just all cringe-amazed by the trailer. It's so Strayan. Onya, mate.
st_aurafina: Rainy day, person with a rainbow umbrella in the distance  (Rainbow umbrella)
July was sucky, in a broad spectrum way, spanning from cat sick on the doona to an emergency hospital visit. I seem to be consistently making and sending sympathy cards, too, which can stop any time now.

I need to take said doona to the dry cleaners but life keeps getting in the way, and it just sits there, all crumpled up and judging me. I think I am that doona. I am that sad, suspiciously stained, sunken-in-the-middle doona that nobody will help.

*massive le sigh*

On the other hand, I just found a note to myself in email drafts about a fic plot point that I had completely forgotten, and it fixes a problem very neatly. Clever past!me.

Ooh, and clearly I meant to put this in a post and then lost it in the morass of drafts:
Customer: I'd like these scripts filled, please. *is a dear little old lady in her eighties, wearing a black cardigan*
Me: Sure! That will be about ten minutes.
Customer: *turns to browse giftware. Her black cardigan has ELVIS' FACE KNITTED INTO THE BACK.*
Customer: *gives me a sly little wink*

Later, when she is collecting her scripts:
Me: And now you can take Elvis up to the counter.
Customer: And then Elvis will leave the building.

My customers. Seriously. Love 'em.

I must go through these email drafts more often - there are treasures in here.

As We Go blanket progress )

Fic recs:

The Haunting of Captain America (2309 words) by celeste9
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers & Avengers Team
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Thor (Marvel), Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Ghosts, Alternate Universe, Canonical Character Death, Friendship, Team, Remix

Steve's being haunted by the ghost of his best friend. The other Avengers find out.

This is super cute, and surprisingly lacking in angst considering Bucky is an actualfax ghost.

The Cage is Full, The Day is New (7738 words) by banerries
Chapters: 10/?
Fandom: Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death, Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Joel Luschek, Wanda Bell - Character, Scott O'Neill - Character, Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes, John Bennett (Orange is the New Black), Maritza Ramos, Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales, Gloria Mendoza, Dayanara "Daya" Diaz, Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett, Carrie "Big Boo" Black, Galina "Red" Reznikov, Brook Soso, Poussey Washington, Eliqua Maxwell, Nicky Nichols, Lorna Morello, Piper Chapman, Maria Ruiz, Blanca Flores, Erica "Yoga" Jones, Angie Rice, Janae Watson, Mei Chang (Orange is the New Black)
Additional Tags: Friendship, Female Friendship, Ensemble Cast, Survival, Zombies, Crossovers & Fandom Fusions

As the zombie apocalypse quickly overruns the world around them, the women of Litchfield must rely on each other to survive.

I don't normally rec WIPs, but I love this too much to wait. Practical and in character and frustrating in the right way (Caputo's first instinct at a zombie outbreak is to immediately keep the news from the inmates, for example.)

the family evans (3529 words) by dirgewithoutmusic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Petunia Evans Dursley & Harry Potter, Petunia Evans Dursley & Lily Evans Potter, Petuna Evans Dursley & Remus Lupin, Dudley Dursley & Harry Potter
Characters: Petunia Evans Dursley, Harry Potter, Dudley Dursley
Additional Tags: What-If, Family
Series: Part 4 of boy with a scar

What if, when Petunia Dursley found a little boy on her front doorstep, she took him in? Not into the cupboard under the stairs, not into a twisted childhood of tarnished worth and neglect—what if she took him in?

Petunia was jealous, selfish and vicious. We will not pretend she wasn’t. She looked at that boy on her doorstep and thought about her Dudders, barely a month older than this boy. She looked at his eyes and her stomach turned over and over. (Severus Snape saved Harry’s life for his eyes. Let’s have Petunia save it despite them).

Let’s tell a story where Petunia Dursley found a baby boy on her doorstep and hated his eyes—she hated them. She took him in and fed him and changed him and got him his shots, and she hated his eyes up until the day she looked at the boy and saw her nephew, not her sister’s shadow. When Harry was two and Vernon Dursley bought Dudley a toy car and Harry a fast food meal with a toy with parts he could choke on Petunia packed her things and got a divorce.

I love all of these AUs, but this one is my favourite by far. Amazing Petunia, still very much herself, but with all that ferocity tapped and sent in a more positive direction. (And thanks, [personal profile] dine for the rec!)
st_aurafina: two women kissing, one has flowers in her hair (sens8: nomi and amanita)
I am working an extra day this week and I am sooky about it. But I get to order my lunch today instead of bringing it, which is a nice bribe. I had an amazing burger, so amazing and full of wonders. Like, bacon.

I'd link to my instagram but that's in my meatsack name and only half of you know that /is good at secret identities like Daredevil )

Tentative yay: I started writing again. It's mostly due to the neighbour dude, who is a great neighbour except for those random days when he gets out the chainsaw. (Not in a massacre-y way, just in a endless drone-y way.) So I put on my headphones and opened a file and wrote, and somehow chainsaw neighbour dude helped me over that initial hump of fear. But not in a massacre-y way. I finished the rewrite on Chapter One of the Winter Soldier NaNo project, yay. Thanks, chainsaw neighbour dude.

A question: Where does Sam live? Are there any clues in the movie? Pic to illustrate, if that is helpful.

Someone's knocking at the window )

The crochet world lost an artist this week.
CN: mental illness, suicide )

Here, look at Nomi and Amanita. From Sense8. Precious babies. I love them so much.

[Tall blonde woman holding hands with a black woman who has brightly coloured braids in her hair, standing against a wall of graffiti.]

I just watched Ep 4. (The one with the Four Non-Blondes bit, for people who have already finished watching.) Ugh, I never knew how much I wanted an 8-way mindmeld. At the same time, eight characters is a lot to work with. (This is me thinking ahead to when I will inevitably want to write a Sense8 AU with another fandom. Eight characters? Wow. But so interesting.) I need to know more.

I was listening to Kate Bush's 'Cloudbusting' the other day, and realised that I've been listening to this song for nearly thirty years and never actually looked up what the heck it was about. (It's a good forward-moving song, so I put it on a lot of my writing playlists. And also my housework playlist.) Turns out it's about a lot of stuff. A LOT OF STUFF. Like, wow. Mad science and oppressive governments and orgasmic (I think?) energy and actual cloud seeding.

The video was directed by Terry Gilliam and it stars Donald Sutherland standing on a hill, and Kate Bush standing well below him in a pixie wig. I should google more lyrics from the eighties.

I put the video here behind the cut: )

Things I have found on etsy:

Come window shop with me! )

Ugh, I could shop forever, and my house would be full of tiny useless but pretty stuff. So much better to share here.

Remainder of linkspams:
- Mini fox terrier proves 'working dog' status to council officers
Ahaha, don't fuck with working dogs. And working dog people. I'm just saying. Unless you want to be given the eye and moved into a pen.

- 8 Grand Yet Forgotten Profane Expressions
For maximum Middleman effect, say these out loud, and add "Dubby!" at the end.

- A Glimpse of What Magazines Like Time, Forbes, GQ & More Would Say About Marvel’s New Black Panther
Ugh, can't we have this movie before Ant Man? Seriously.

OMG, it's nearly home time, again! You know, if I got my act together and posted more than twice a month, these things would be a little less epic.
st_aurafina: woman's face close up, she has big hoop earrings and sunglasses (sens8: amanita)
Ugh, my concentration is so messed up at the moment. I can't read! Nothing more than a page or two at a time, anyway, which is boring and depressing. I know why I'm stressed but for some reason, even when you know what's stressing you out, it still stresses you out. Seems unfair.

I am crocheting a whole damn lot, though, and intend to continue until my brain comes back or my wrist gives out. I started a ginormous blanket, as part of Project Cover Every Bed With Handicrafts, and it's very satisfying. (I'm following the As We Go pattern here: As We Go Stripey Blanket.)

Crochet pics )

Recipe Friday (because it is Friday here):

Yoghurt Pot Cake
I love the sound of those pot cake recipes where the quantities are based on the size of the yoghurt pot you buy, which is fine, except that I buy really big pots of yoghurt which would (presumably) result in a giant cake. This recipe has quantities in grams and ml. And it works. And it's a bit fussy because it has egg whites whipped separately but the texture is really nice. But it needs a lot more lemon - I'd add zest and juice to this, for a really lemony flavour.

Coconut Macaroons
Made these again. SO GOOD. And they keep for ages. I bet they'd keep for years, but they never last long.

New York Cheesecake
I have been craving lemon lately. And of course, cheesecake is an excellent way to get more lemon into me. Right? I actually made this as a slice rather than in the springform pan, so I could cut it into bars and portion it out through the week. I needed more biscuit for the base - for the Aussies, this was a pack and a half of Marie and 125g of butter - but it worked really well.

Soft Pretzel Buns
I am so glad I conquered my fear of the soda bath, because pretzel buns are the bomb. So good.

[community profile] femslashficlets has a prompt table challenge going. You can make a claim here: Prompt Table Challenge. I am going to try!

One adorable thing I did read was this Bad Blood/Daredevil crossver. Short but very much in the spirit of the song:
we're so fancy (700 words) by anonymousdaredevils
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Daredevil (TV), Bad Blood - Taylor Swift (Music Video)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Frostbyte (Bad Blood), Catastrophe (Bad Blood), Matt Murdock, Karen Page, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson
Additional Tags: Crack, how much do i love that bad blood IS A FANDOM, Sort of RPF

Catastrophe and her crew invade Hell's Kitchen.

"And - what - you're jealous because it's not you punching people and destroying property?" Karen asked.

Oh! I started watching Sense8! And [personal profile] such_heights made a bunch of Sense8 icons, so beautiful. And a comm for Sense8 fans, [community profile] thecluster. All here: New Comm and icons.

I've only seen up to the second episode, but I already love this show so much - I love telepathy type stories, and stories where people are mentored through telepathy and soul bonds and all of that stuff. So, telepathy and visible queerness? This is going to be awesome. (Please be awesome!!)
st_aurafina: The Winter Soldier wearing a mask and showing his metal arm (Marvel: Winter Soldier)
Still haven't moved. Send help and reinforcements. The real estate agent has a tenant lined up for our old place; she keeps knocking on the door to ask when we'll be vacating so we can lease the house. IDEK. At least it won't be sitting empty. At least it's rentable without major renovations (and at least this tenant is willing to move in while the not so major renovations are done.)

I survived my major dental appointment by having a panic attack on the Sunday beforehand that was so intense and so horrifying that two hours of crown work was nothing to fear in comparison. The panic attack wasn't even to do with the the dental appointment - it was my mother's birthday on Sunday, and when I went to text her, I had to scroll and scroll to find our last communication, which was in January - hence panic attack and waves of self-loathing that far outweighed my fear of dentistry. I do not recommend this as a method of dealing with dental phobia. I feel like a piece of fruit leather at the bottom of a schoolbag. But the temporary crown is in and the next appointment is not so arduous. OR SO THEY TELL ME. /dire looks

Tinee media review:

- Doctor Who: tentatively enjoying it on the proviso that I read no negative reviews and allow myself to soak in a syrupy non-critical solution of self-care while watching it. A new Doctor is always a treat, in that assorted chocolates way. I don't really know what Twelve is like yet, but I'm pretty sure he's not a soft-centre. (OMG where is this analogy going? I release my grip on sanity! Let it go!)

- Reign: Watched the first two episodes and really, really enjoyed them. It's like, history on crack with fancy dresses and ooooh, boys, and lots of girls hugging.

Tinee linkspam:

- Seriously adorable crochet pattern: Crochet a baby Groot (warning for animated gif)

- Somewhat underbaked science that nonetheless rang true for me and my many hearing problems: Middle ear may hold answers for autism treatment (Warning for discussion of familial abuse)

- H/T to [personal profile] cofax7 for this one: The Most Amazing Lie in History (I feel like I want some kind of Peggy Carter encounter with this guy. Maybe Judy Dench's M can be in it, too. She must have been pretty deadly in WWII.

- Misty Copeland will be performing Swan Lake in Australia - this photo from her instagram is just beautiful. I love the strength and compassion on her face - I usually find Odette a bit mimsy, but this is amazing. (Eeeeeh, using facebook to embed from Instagram to my journal - this is a little too close to crossing the streams, if you ask me.)

Instagram clearly too evil - am hotlinking like a crime lord )

- I wish this scene had been in the Winter Soldier: This Is What Hawkeye Was Going To Do In Captain America: The Winter Soldier

- Speaking of Winter Soldier, [personal profile] famira has made a trillion textless icons from the movie: all under their Captain America tag. Go snaffle them up!

Since my last post, I've mostly been reading comics: re-reading Captain America's Winter Soldier arc, also Young Avengers (omg Miss America! Amerikate foreva!), Ms Marvel (omg the latest team-up killed me with the adorability).

Also made a bunch of icons suddenly and out of the blue: some Doctor Who, some Young Avengers which are, admittedly, 90% America Chavez )

And that's all there is. There isn't any more.
st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
1. Tonight's X-Files was Hell Money, which I tend to skip in my constant rolling rewatch because it's kind of shitty. But we're keeping up with Monster of the Week which means no skipping. (Last week was Teso Dos Bichos, with the amazing fake kitties.) Anyway, this episode had surprise!Lucy Liu! And surprise!B. D. Wong! So the rewatch was definitely worth it.

2. This week is Freezer Food Week! (Which comes around whenever we've filled up the freezer.) It's a surprise with every meal. Except breakfast.Tonight was lasagna! And this weekend, I'm cooking a giant batch of curried sausages - lovely Nana food, especially when it's cold.

3. I had a really, really good swim on Tuesday, for the first time in five weeks. The Warrnambool pool has been so crowded, but they just opened the outdoor pool for early morning laps, and it seems to have eased the pressure on the mid-morning lap swimmers like me, yay. And they're filling the local outdoor pool now, so hopefully soon we'll be swimming laps closer to home.

4. The green zebra tomato seedlings are ready to go out in the main beds. The cherry tomatoes aren't far behind. I planted some Lebanese cucumbers, but most of them didn't come up, so I shoved in some cantaloupe seeds. And then some things came up but I'm not sure if they're cucumbers or cantaloupes. I guess we'll find out.

5. Crochet!

Pics of crocheted things, mostly hats )

Sadly, as a result of all this handcraft, I have amped up the tenosynovitis in my right wrist, but I've got a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, and hopefully there will be a cortisone shot. Hopefully. Because I'm sad about rationing my crochet time.
st_aurafina: A shiny green chilli (Food: Green Chilli)
Ack, life is oddly frantic!

- Planted our tomato seeds today, along with some Lebanese cucumbers and some coriander. I planted another thyme plant out in the back garden, where most of our herbs seem to be accumulating. And [personal profile] lilacsigil bought a bay tree, which she transplanted into a pot to sit down with the veggie beds. Peas and lettuces are growing!

- Finished my baby afghan. I still need to wash it and reblock it, but it's done, and I really like the way the trim came out. I had a lot of yarn left over, so I made a little pixie bonnet, and I've started a pair of booties:

Booty and bonnet sounds surprisingly rude, actually. )
st_aurafina: A woman in a top hat and veil dominating another woman (Kink: top hat)
Ugh, I think I have a virus. I'm running a temperature and I have a scratchy throat. I am Friday-night drunk and cranky and happy is haaaaaaard.

*works hard* Um, um, um.

1. Paranormal Activity 4 is on, and it's surprisingly not handheld. Spooooky times.

2. I pulled a muscle in my groin working out. (I think my groin might be my Achilles' heel!) But it got better through the day, and I think I'll be able to work out tomorow.

3. Yesterday on ABC FM, Emma Ayres referred to Tchaikovsky as "Tchaik". G'day, Tchaik, mate! Bonza symphony.

4. We have planted cos lettuce and peas in the garden. The peas are in little biodomes made from Sprite bottles.

5. [personal profile] lilacsigil made me a hold-all for my crochet paraphenalia:

She's also making cushions out of the groovy orange and beige fabric )


- [community profile] femslash_kink, has opened prompts for filling on the 2013 kinkmeme. The masterlist is here. SO. MANY. PROMPTS.

- Flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake. But I'm probably going to make lemon and blueberry bread this weekend because I have a bunch of lemons and limes to use up.

- Birds like this guy is why we need to keep our garbage safely inside the wheelie bins, and not have any poking out over the top.


Okay, I'm going to bed now. Today wasn't awful, and tomorrow will be better.
st_aurafina: Helen Magnus from Sanctuary - a shot of her face (Sanctuary: Helen Magnus)
1. [personal profile] lilacsigil was rummaging in the freezer today and found a random lasagna from last year. Yay, surprise lasagna dinner!

2. My Cat From Hell is my new favourite show. We're going to try Chewie on a leash. He's a pretty happy guy on the whole, but I think he'd like more energy burning activity if we could give it to him, and there's no chance we're going to let him be an outside cat. (He just stuck his tongue out at me, so I'm pretty sure he's reading this as I type!)

3. We're watching Dance Academy season 1 as our lunch time show. It's the first time [personal profile] lilacsigil has seen it. I'm really enjoying seeing all the proto-people that I've gotten to know so well.

4. I've gotten my little sister hooked on Sanctuary. I get random texts from her that tell me where she up to. Today I got "EHMAGERD MAGNUS KISSED A GIRL! Were you totes happy?" and "WTF IS THIS MUSICAL EPISODE?" Bless.

5. I made what was supposed to be a tiny, chunky hat for a newborn, and for some inexplicable reason, it came out flat on the top. So, since I'd made it in red yarn, I turned it into a tiny baby fez:

As always, lilacsigil is my hat model )


- Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style. I just. Her expression is so perfect. My poor abs hurt.

- [ profile] antarctic_sue started posting daily photos again. I love seeing daily life in Antarctica, and after her 2012 winter-over, I thought she was never going back, so yay!

- This awesome post: Crime Scene Science: The Modern Methods for Solving Crimes. So handy for anyone who writes for procedural fandoms, or original fic. (NaNo is looming, omg. I haven't written anything since... ack. February?)
st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
This is really last night's happiness, but I had to get to bed so I could get up early for my work out. So, mid-morning happiness it is.

ETA: And it took me all day to write this entry, so now it's late afternoon happiness. Stay tuned, it may become evening happiness again after all.

1. My personal trainer day is now Thursday! I was going to have to ask her to switch days when summer starts, because our local pool will be open for laps on Friday morning, and since it's only open three days a week, I didn't want to miss one. But she actually texted me to change days, so it's all fitting together very neatly.

And speaking of which, the pool will be opening in a month! I don't like summer, but I do like having a pool so close that I can drive home in my bathers and shower in my own bathroom. That's extremely convenient.

2. I discovered the cats had clawed an opening in the mattress box, and have presumably been climbing inside and romping around. I guess I don't mind that so much - they've destroyed their share of upholstery, and that's just a part of having clawed creatures in our house - but I don't want to accidentally squash one when I lie on the bed. So, [personal profile] lilacsigil made a patch for it, and lay on the ground to stitch and tack it on and now the bed is kitty free. Also, I can now stop saying box gap. Because gross.

3. Isn't it cool how we still say 'glove box'? It always makes me think of a genteel time when we would put on our goggles and gloves to go motoring.

4. I think I'm still high from working out. I feel good. ETA: Not high anymore, but still feeling good.

5. HAT! This hat.

Featuring lilacsigil's new career as a hat model )


- [community profile] femslashex is taking nominations for a femslash exchange this year, here. Yay!

- [ profile] lyssie has a round-up of comment fests here and about.

- Genine's desktop calendar is super cute this month: September.

- More Ladies Please, this amazing collection of fancasts for media that should exist but doesn't. This is the TV programming I want! How can I get these shows on my telly?

- Tumblrs I have found recently:
[ profile] unimpressedbassethounds. You ridiculous, noble dogs.

[ profile] fuckyeahwarriorwomen, mostly because of this post coming across my dash.

[ profile] superseventies, could honestly have been shot inside my tiny house.
st_aurafina: Puffin, walking tilted forwards, expression of great purpose (Puffin: srs business bird)
1. It was a beautiful spring day today - all warm breezes, daisies coming up in the lawn, and green, green grass. We pottered in the garden and planted some garlic chives. Our non-garlic chives have come back from their winter holiday, and I had some with my lunch snipped over goat's cheese on the bread I made last night. It was very civilised, even if I will be complaining about the heat in what feels like no time.

2. I faced my fear of dealing with the crocheted afghan today, largely because [personal profile] lilacsigil practically frogmarched me through it. I am a chronic non-finisher of craft projects, and the urge to stuff this thing in a dark corner and forget about it was strong, but the steely eyes at the other end of the craft table kept me soldiering on. Now it's blocked and drying on a big towel, and hopefully the wonky corner will vanish and a nice rectangle will emerge ready for trimming.

Behold, the quadrangle )


Actually, watching the fish and shrimp and tube worms going up the vacuum was hilarious, and I would watch that every day. They were so surprised! You just don't expect that kind of thing on the sea floor!

4. While I'm waiting for my perfect rectangle to form, and for more yarn to finish my pom-pom hat, I'm making a coffee sweater, which is more of a coffee cardigan, really. I just liked the buttons! I like crocheting rib - it's easier than I thought it would be, and it looks really good.

5. Closing tabs. A good feeling.
From tumblr:
- [ profile] a-dinosaur-a-day. Keeps the... Time Lords away?

- Vintage Stamp Designs. I feel, like, some left-over gen-x guilt at how nice the stamps are from the former Communist countries. I remember they were very desirable at stamp club. Oh, god, I went to stamp club. I had forgotten that.

This weirdly makes a lot of sense to me, but I can't explain why:
- What Do London Underground Stops Taste Like? - London Underground, from a synaesthetic point of view.

Things to make in Skillets:
- One Hour Skillet Focaccia sounds good.

- Emergency Small Batch Brownies. Emergency! Somebody make me a brownie!
st_aurafina: (Star Trek: Uhura)
1. It's still raining! And blustering, and hailing, and hailing SIDEWAYS. So much water here! And it's icy, icy cold, the best kind of winter weather. Spring may be lurking, but winter isn't done just yet. I still have many beanie-wearing days ahead.

2. Knee is still good! I didn't take any NSAIDs at all today, huzzah. I managed my Tuesday swim with only a few quibbles from the knee department, and tomorrow I'll do my first land-based workout since the Saturday before last. Fingers crossed, I can get to my personal trainer on Friday.

3. I finally got off my arse and printed photos from visiting my grandparents and [personal profile] lilacsigil's family. I have one of those tiny Selphy printers, and it's actually really easy to use, but I use it so infrequently that every time is like the first time and I have remind myself how it works. But I'm done, and I've got photos to send to various family members.

4. Had a professional interaction with my dad that was not hideous, and did not cause me emotional suffering. This is noteworthy. And very positive. Something to tell my therapist.

5. I think crochet is my new fandom:

- I'm onto the last skein of yarn for the baby afghan. I think it's going to need some kind of decorative edge, so I ordered some yarn in an autumn brown colour. And I've scoped out this cute little flower hat to put with it - to make a kind of woodlands themed baby gift.

- Moogly has a round up of free Doctor Who crochet patterns. Kudos to the person who made the Ood mask - that is epic.

- I love that people use Pinterest and Ravelry to preserve patterns from the past. There was some spectacular crochet fashion going on in the seventies.

Is it just me, or does she look like Captain Janeway? )
st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
1. I was so pleased with how well my knee was going that I got into the pool via the ladder instead of the ramp. Big mistake - my knee gave a massive agonising spasm on the first rung, and I had to decide whether I'd go up or down. I chose down (SHE CHOSE DOWN? /obligatory Labyrinth moment) because at least if I fell, I'd land softly. Fortunately, I had a physio appointment that very afternoon, and unlike usual appointments, was able to give the phsysio very clear explanations on what kind of movements hurt and didn't hurt. (Adductor/abductor okay. Knee rises and leg curls, very not okay.) She put a lot of needles in. It feels better now.

Also, because I was kind of freaking out (OH GOD I BROKE MY KNEE AGAIN OH GOD) she reminded me that it's okay if it catches sometimes, and that it doesn't mean I've set myself back.

But wow, that was a bad day for the pool to have two heaters out of action - just when I wanted soothing warm water.

2. After talking to [personal profile] mossybomb, I've decided to give watermelon a go in the garden this year. I've bought some Sugarbaby seeds - it's a small melon that does better in cooler climates. I hope it goes well! I hope the possums don't steal them, like they did our pumpkins.

3. I'm nearly through the third skein of four for this baby afghan. I quite like it now, I think. Also, apparently you don't have to block crochet, so that's one thing less to worry about. When I'm done, I'm going to try some more hats. And maybe this scarf: Sushi Roll Scarf. When you roll it up, it looks like sushi!

4. An IRL friend who dropped out of contact six months ago reappeared, to announce that she's sold a YA book. I'm kind of surprised, because I never knew she wrote. I wonder if she's fannish? I WONDER IF SHE'S ON MY FLIST? That would be super weird but cool. (If you are, Mandi, drop me a cryptic hint!) I think I'll ask her if she writes fic. And what her feelings are on the matter. I hope her book does well. I don't know much about it, other than what she's got on the Facebook page: Six Steps Down.

5. Some cool tumblrs I followed recently (I keep meaning to save these for a Follow Friday, but I can't get my act together on an actual Friday):

[ profile] scullysface: Scully's face is a good face. And there are so many faces. (face of already forming argumentative counterpoints // face of he’s totally going to ignore every single one of those well-worded warnings i just gave him and do whatever the fuck he wants // face of well this ain’t good)

[ profile] truebluemeandyou: Crafty! And crafty recreations of trendy stuff! I like their round-up posts.

[ profile] ancientart: Found this one via [ profile] maats-asp. Pretty much what it says on the label. I like history. I learned most of mine on the internet.

[ profile] heckyeahgrilledcheese: Sometimes I wonder why people make tumblrs of these things, and then I see all the melty, gooey cheese and I understand.

[ profile] wtfbadromancecovers: So hideously hilarious. And features a good number of gay romances, too, which is nice, I think? In a backhanded way, it's good to see representation?

[ profile] paleoillustration: Is actually on break now. But when it's not, there are awesome paleolithic things, like this buck-toothed elephant thing that eats bark. (Warning for pics of spiders on the first page. Paeleolithic spiders, but still.)

I'm really enjoying tumblr again. It's nice.
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
My knee is not awesome, and my anxiety level is creeping up. I was just getting good! I was just starting to be able to walk without a limp! I keep telling myself it's going to get better but tonight I'm cranky and sick of being stabbed in the side of the knee.

I am searching for my happy. Let's see.

1. I'm a quarter through this baby afghan. I don't know if the colours are right for a baby, though I'm trying to sell it in my own mind as a contemporary baby's blanket. I do like it, but I might gift it elsewhere and make something more light-hearted for the baby.

See? It's quite like I've made it out of kelp. )

2. It's been raining pretty steadily since Saturday, and the Curdies River has broken its banks. That's a really good thing - this will be our summer water, soaking the undergrowth, replenishing the water table and hopefully setting us up for a not too bad fire season. We saw lots of swans, a couple of which had started building nests.

3. We had lunch in Warrnambool. At the new kebab place, yay! We had the kebab plate - lots of meat, bread and dips.

4. My auntie made it back to Canada, which is great news. I was really, really worried she was going to sell her house and move back to Australia to nurse my grandparents - which is what they've brought her up to do, and bullied and badgered her throughout her life. I'm so glad that she's back at home. She's a nurse educator in Toronto, really competent and totally boss, and it always makes me sad to see her around my grandparents being totally browbeaten and apologising in every sentence. I hope she's feeling okay, and I hope her people are supporting her.

5. I think I have a cold, so it's great that I have Wednesday off work. (Okay, that last one was reaching. But it's true.)


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