st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
Brief discussion of workout matters, no weight loss talk, some swearing )

Nano goes:

I went with fanfic, because I plain old ran out of time to plan the original fic properly. It's going okay? First week was wobbly, because things kept happening, but I'm on track now. For the time being.

W13 femslash for (belated) trope bingo: 5K
(How much fun is W13!! I love writing it! I had forgotten how much I love it.)
Sanctuary fic for (belated) trope bingo: 1K
Killjoys fic for for (belated) trope bingo: 2K
[Redacted fandom] for Yuletide treat: 8K
POI fic for no reason other than it pleases me: 3K

I didn't make the trope_bingo deadline, but I'll hopefully have something to post during the amnesty. I might even have a line. So that's a good thing.

I'm in the middle of the POI fic, that has somehow come out with Harold POV. Why? Why would I do this to myself? I'm not like Harold, and I know bugger all about computers, so I'm constantly having to look up terminology. This is why I like to write doctors and scientists. I can fake that stuff with some authenticity. Harold is a rod for my own back. (Still love him, though!)

My actual Yuletide prompt is a little intimidating but entirely doable. Just need some canon review. And some time for some canon review.
st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
I am a little bit ahead in NaNo, huzzah! This is thanks to Steve telling an old man story about this boil he had one time in Poland. That bit is slated for destruction. Steve, you're a super soldier, you probably can't get boils. (He says "Firstly, I got a boil when other men were dying of septicaemia, so have a little respect, and secondly, it was more of a carbuncle.")

Old man stories. I love writing this fic! [personal profile] lilacsigil will be giving me major side-eye when she reads this, because she had to sit through three weeks of hair tearing and chest beating while I got to this point.

(Also, I'm rapidly approaching the part where I really need to know what happens and I really don't know what happens. Again. Every year. I cannot plan for shit, I really can't.)

I work out twice a week with a personal trainer, and we meet at the local netball courts to do this - lately there's been this super cute blue heeler coming to vist me. She's a chronic escape artist - it's a heeler thing - and she pops across the road to see what's going on, and she has this adorable wriggly dance of "HEY PEOPLE I LOVE YOU IF I APPROACH BUTT FIRST WILL YOU PAT IT?".

This morning, I was doing crunches on the mat, and I had my eyes closed because I was dying. I could hear my trainer giggling, which seemed unusually cruel of her, so I opened my eyes to find doggie standing over me, gazing adoringly into my face.

There's a doggy under this cut, also some discussion of workout goals for this year )

The other thing I wanted to note down so I remember it (because it happened too fast for the phone) was on Tuesday. We were driving along the ridge of a gully, and there was a bird kerfuffle off to the left (my side, the passenger side.) When I looked left, I was eye to eye with an eagle, omg. It was flipping huge, flying through the gully, while magpies buzzed it. It's too late for chicks in the nest, so it must have had a go at the adults? Anyway, wedge tailed eagle, bloody enormous, flying like a boss with those amazing swoops they do, while two magpies about the size of its head chivvied it, fluttering over it and under it, and oh wow. It was like suddenly being in the middle of an aerial dog fight.

Eagle. Very big. (Sometimes they stoop on cars here and damage the roof with their talons.)


The Deep End (8697 words) by emilyenrose
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Sex Pollen, Dubious Consent, Humor, Angst

In this story: exquisitely tragic and beautiful Russian romance, James Bond shenanigans, designer drugs with highly specific effects, Steve Rogers’ overactive imagination, a swimming metaphor. Also: a villain has a secret sex room, some assassins join the mile high club, and Captain America punches a shark.

Spy shenanigans, and Natasha/Steve/Bucky, and it's all good.


what you are asking fits with everything on my list (7356 words) by irnan
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Fluff and Angst, Crack

Bucky's been trying to set Steve up since 1935. Natasha's been trying to set him up since 2012. What's more logical than that they should join forces?

Bucky would like Sam Wilson to know that that is not actually a dirty joke about him and Nat, thank you and fuck off. (Even though it kinda is.)

I must have been on a bit of a poly bender? This is also Natasha/Steve/Bucky, and also has an excellent villain


A particle, a wave (1068 words) by kvikindi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Howard Stark
Additional Tags: Manhattan Project, References to Injury of a Child

"My father helped defeat the Nazis. He worked on the Manhattan Project."

Short and very ouchy Howard POV.


Hooked on a Feeling (2901 words) by fmo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel (Movies), X-Men - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: mildly a crossover with X-Men, Fluff, get-together

Some guy creates a machine that gives everybody in New York mutant powers. Bucky gets empathy, which initially makes him very cranky, but later enables him to figure some stuff out that he might not have figured out otherwise, and ultimately turns out to be the very best power of all.

X-Men fusion, which is always like candy for me - who gets what power? What do they do with it? This is short, not particularly angsty, and very neatly done.

And back to the carbuncle mine I go.
st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
Happy Thanksgiving, USians! Hope you are full of good things and nice feelings, or at least not miserable. Enforced family jollity can be the opposite of fun, so hang in there, if you're working hard on that level. *hugs all around*

1. I found an Australian version of Graze, the subscription service that sends you tasty snacks in the mail in a pretty box: Harvest Box. It does have some fairly dodgy "We're nuts about nuts!" blather on their website, but the box is fun and I'm enjoying having a protein-y snack during work. I share a box with [personal profile] lilacsigil, and we have one snack each on Thursday and Friday. We've had two boxes so far, and I think I'll keep going.

Here's last week's box. Can't take a photo of this week's because we et it already. )

It's $7.95 a week. The packaging is recyclable, and the snacks are inventive, so overall, I think I'm going to stick with it for now. I have a code for half-price packs, if anyone wants to try it out. Lemme know!

2. The local pool opened this week for early morning laps, and we've been twice. Which is awesome. The water is EFFING COLD. Which is not so awesome. If, at 7am AEST, your dogs twitch and the windows break, that will be me, failing to embrace my inner penguin.

3. Our Relay For Life team is having a sausage sizzle tomorrow, yay! We will have sausages in bread at work! I was amazingly productive last night, and made chocolate brownies and sesame squares to sell at the adjacent cake stall. This is the first Relay For Life event since the car accident - Shirley was a team-leader - so we're all a bit on tenterhooks but I'm hoping it does well. Also, sausage! Inna piece of bread! Probably with onions!

4. Local birdlife has hatched their babies, and we get to see all the adolescent birds learning how to bird. There's a family of magpies that come to our back yard, and the adolescent magpies are ridic and adorable, and lazy. They do not want to bird! They don't want to hunt for grubs! I know when they've arrived, because they have a whingey kind of EEEEEEE EEEEEEEE EEEEEEE cry, which I can only interpret as "Mum, Mum, why can't you just spew down my throat? I'M HUNGREEE! MUM MUM MUM!" Their parents ignore them, and eventually they start digging for grubs, but there's a lot of EEEEE EEEEE EEEEE and also some faceplanting, because balance is hard.

There's a family of wood ducks that live in the creek behind work, and they're much more polite. Soft quacky noises only, and everyone, even the teenagers, busily grubbing away.

5. Loving TV right now! Sleepy Hollow, SHIELD, Elementary. We're giving Almost Human a go even though I'm not sure yet if it's meant to be a dystopian story of the rights of the individual, or a massive bro-yay party. (Or ro-yay, as [personal profile] lilacsigil calls it.)

Hey, can someone give me a vertigo report on Catching Fire? Is it as bad as the first movie? (Which I would give a 9.5 on the Blair Witch Scale.) I'd like to see it with [personal profile] lilacsigil, but Hunger Games was pretty much unwatchable for her. I'm hoping a different director will be good.
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: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
- Today with my personal trainer, I got down on the ground! Like, on my side, and on my back, and (most miraculous) on my stomach. I normally work either on my fitball or (more and more as my knee recovers) on my feet, but she tentatively suggested it last week as an option, and I said that as long as she didn't mind me flailing inelegantly to my feet, that I'd be willing to give it a try. This is testament to the amount of trust I have in her - I have quite a lot of belly, and lying on it is a weird, uncomfortable experience, but she wasn't phazed, and suggested different ways of arranging all my bits, and how to feel for the right muscles engaging, and it was awesome. Definitely felt it in my abs. Hopefully won't feel it in my back tomorrow.

I did a kind of a pushing up, arching my back move that she said was called "the cobra". Next stage: Namor's nimble-footed flutters )

- Baggins ran in the cat wheel! It's strictly been Chewie's territory up until now, but today Baggins jumped in the wheel, and [personal profile] lilacsigil patted it up high, and Baggins took a flying leap at the carpet and pulled the wheel into action. He got all bug-eyed in amazement as he rolled back and forth in the wheel, then he did it again and again. Chewie is quite put out. He's up on top of the bookshelf, gargoyling at us.

- Yuletide nominations are open. I haven't thought about it very much yet, but I'm thinking Dance Academy, maybe Sleepy Hollow. Death By Silver, because I'd love to read fic set in that universe.

- Not sure if good, but one of my elderly customers invited me to her house to talk crochet. I think that could be fun? I think I'd like a crochet buddy in town. But if I don't come back, you know where I was going, okay?

- One more thing! I can think of one more thing! (There are so many bad things happening in politics right now, here and in the world. I've had to drop so many people off my Facebook since the election.)

Okay. France is moving to ban child beauty pageants. That's a good thing.
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: Dana Scully, looking down over an autopsy table  (X-Files: Dana)
1. I had some vodka tonight. Oh, yeah.

2. Our X-Files rewatch is in sync with Monster of the Week, which makes it kind of fun, especially in the crappier episodes.

(God, I love Scully.)

It's a good rewatch: we open up IMDB so we can see why all these actors are from. For example, this week's episode, The Walk? The one where the quadruple amputee veteran is astral projecting to do murders? That guy is Adam Worth from Sanctuary. His mailman side-kick is Moz from White Collar. And the episode with the invisible elephant and the signing gorilla? The chief vet is Erin Strauss from Criminal Minds.

And the other thing we've learned from IMDB is that almost everyone has been on this one show, Da Vinci's Inquest. I have no idea what it is, except that it obviously functions as a nexus for X-Files extras.

3. Worked out with my personal trainer today, and wow, so tired now. But my knee held up. There was no screaming, and no rolling on the ground.

4. I don't know.

5. i'm gonig to bed now
st_aurafina: A shiny green chilli (Food: Green Chilli)
1. Helped my little sister with cooking adventures over the phone. When she was visiting in June, we did some baking and tried out some low-FODMAP recipes. She wanted to have a go on her own, and she did great! She made a great risotto, and a chocolate almond slice, and she's taking them both back to university. She can provision herself, yay!

Conversations we had: how to roast pine nuts, how to cut up pumpkin, how to chop spring onions. (Onions are generally out for low-FODMAP eaters, but the green parts of spring onions or leeks are okay for low-FODMAP, according to Monash's FODMAP app.)

These were the two recipes she made:

Gluten free, low FODMAP chocolate almond slice

Spinach, bacon and pinenut risotto, which she made without the garlic, and with only the green parts of spring onions.

2. Genine's August calender August calendar was a bit too dotty and busy for me to use on my desktop, but I found a nice alternative, with a cabbage moth, here. Moths! Seem to be a bit of a theme for me lately. Genine's calendars are normally a favourite, though - she uses a lot of handcarved stamps in her art, which I love.

3. My knee is, if not much better, definitely not worse. I'm moving around, and I'm hoping it will be okay for aqua aerobics tomorrow, even if I take it a bit slow. Cutting for body image talk )

4. I got my new crochet project started - it's a baby blanket, with a kind of a lacy structure. (It's here on Ravelry, if you're interested: Ocean Tranquility afghan.) It's the first time I've worked with something that wasn't acrylic or wool-acrylic blend, and it's a bit tricky. Definitely less grippy, if you know what I mean. I'm also not sure the colour is right for a baby's blanket - I'm using Claudia and Co's Cotton Ball in Whirled Peas, a variegated green which turned out to be a lot more olive than mint. But I'm pushing on - I got the first six rows done and it's certainly eye-catching.
st_aurafina: A shiny green chilli (Food: Green Chilli)
I pulled a muscle in my groin doing sidekicks in the pool yesterday. Today I am walking like a penguin.

I've started using Spotify. Not sure how to make best use of it, though, especially finding friends. Should I let it have access to my Facebook? Do I want my family knowing what music I'm listening to? Do I want to know what music they're listening to? One of my brothers-in-law and the only one I know for sure uses Spotify, is a big Daft Punk fan, and I'm not, particularly, so I'm undecided on the matter.

Anyone here on Spotify? Can I, like, add you or whatever? If I can figure out how to do that. So far, I've just been throwing random artists I like at it and seeing what it spits out, which is working okay, but I'm sure I should be doing more or something.

Book signal boost:

Death By Silver by Amy Griswold and Melissa Scott, aka [ profile] amygriswold and [ profile] mescott.

This book is heaps, heaps, heaps of fun! Murder mystery set in Victorian-era London, with magic as an everyday kind of thing. Queer representation, public school beatings, and magic teapots. Harry Potter meets original flavour!Sherlock Holmes. Go buy it! This book needs a fandom of more than me. (There are ebooks coming soon, or so I believe.)

ETA: It's also available at Book Depository with free international shipping.

Recipes cannibalised from other recipes so I can cook it properly next time, part two:
Beef and Kidney Bean Stew

Despite the titillating mention of cannibalism, there are no actual kidneys in this recipe )
st_aurafina: Plus sized lady in a pink bathing suit, completely underwater (Exercise: Swimming)
My personal trainer noticed I walk on the sides of my feet, so she spoke to my physio, and my physio looked at my ankles and sent me to a podiatrist, and the podiatrist said "!"

I am so pronated, man. In bare feet, my ankle bones nearly touch the ground when I walk. I have been fitted for orthotics - fun with water activated chemical socks! - which will hopefully roll my feet back and give me some arch support. And from there, hopefully, there will be less hip and back pain when I walk, I will be more comfortable walking, and my knees will be a little bit healthier. Every little bit counts.

[redacted: big whiny paragraph on how this should have been detected when I was a tiny kid who walked like a duck]

Finished the Hunger Games trilogy! It was so good! And yeah, I see how the third book was problematic, but maybe some of that was offset by inhaling all three books in a week, because I am so in love with this world. This was some good world building, and some seriously smart plotting. I'm not going to be able to see the movie while it's in cinemas - I've heard it's very hand-held, and that's no good for [personal profile] lilacsigil, even if I could convince her to go to see something dystopian. But I really want to see it! I heard that Cinna is awesome - he was pretty damn awesome in the books.

And I've jumped from there to the Montmaray books. You know that feeling when you click with the voice of a book within a few pages? I have totally got that going on now. Sophie is lovely so far.

Hey, I might do a meme. What meme should I do? The mini fanmix one where you give me a character and I give you some songs? The timestamp one where you pick one of my fics and give me a time and I tell you what happened after or before or whatever? Another one I can't think of right now?

I can't believe my family had a discussion over the dinner table about the pronunciation of 'meme' on Easter Sunday. I very much felt as though the streams were crossing. I blame Facebook. (My little sister says "meh-meh"!)
st_aurafina: Beautiful fat woman in a red corset (Fat: Corset)
I made it into the pool! It was amazing! Everyone was really, really nice! I'm a little bit high on endorphins right now!

After twenty years, I had forgotten how nice it was to be in water - all floaty and relaxing and light. A really nice feeling. The class itself was fun and interesting, but long; I thought it was a forty minute class, but it went for an hour. It started easy, and got harder, and there were a lot of exercises that used resistance and buoyancy in clever ways. I thought about Iron Man a lot, and wished I had thruster boots on to weigh my feet down, because my body seemed to want to go end over end in the water. People talked about what TV they're watching, which was tricky, since I download everything and have no idea what's aired in Australia or not, but nobody asked me, so that was fine. And class was briefly interrupted by a koala who strolled across the lawn in front of the pool. Stupid koala.

Thank you everyone for your encouragement. I'm so pleased I went, and I'm going to go back next week. Presuming I can move at all tomorrow.


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