HIMYM

31 March 2015 19:48
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The dvd-makers, in their infinite wisdom, have given me the option of watching the final episode with the "alternate ending", thereby ensuring that I will not hate them for the rest of eternity. In my reality, Ted and the mother lived happily ever after, and that whole Ted/Robin endgame thing was just a horrible dream.

On the other hand, even though I heard about the broadcast ending, and even though I'm still annoyed by Barney and Robin splitting up, it was never really going to ruin the show for me, because it wasn't at all why I was watching. Emotional arcs weren't the point; the point was the most spectacular use of unreliable narrator I've ever seen.

what I mean )

Dual nationality

30 March 2015 20:19
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Two dual nationals and their Daddy. The sticker on Humuhumu's shirt is Neptune, from her Usborne "Space" sticker book. (This means that her version of the solar system as recorded in the book has only seven planets.)

+1 )

Last Friday we headed to the embassy in London to register Keiki's birth and apply for his other passport.

When we did this for Humuhumu, the bloke's trousers split as we were navigating the packed morning Tube. He got to swear his oath of truthfulness before the consular officer with his jumper artfully tied about his waist to keep his pants from peeping out playfully from beneath his trousers. We were therefore anticipating some manner of sartorial disaster to befall one of us during the adventure.

It didn't happen during the commute, which was unnecessarily exciting due to the cancellation of our first train. We hustled to get on a train going in the opposite direction so that we could travel instead via fast train. The fast train, by virtue of being fast, was also rammed, so we ended up getting on the next slow train, which stopped at the station we started in, only 15 minutes later. Humuhumu, who loves public transport, entertained morning commuters on the busy platform by gleefully greeting the arrival of every train with, "OH, TRAIIIN!", whilst her parents attempted to disappear into their hats.

Despite the delay we still arrived a comfortable margin before our appointment to go through the security checks and unintentionally play "spot the celebrity". (Last time it was Jay Rayner. This time it was Rita Ora. Her assistant interrupted our initial check-in to determine where to go for a VIP appointment.)

Once we were through into the citizen-only waiting room, Humuhumu gravitated towards the soft play area and promptly befriended a small boy. Or rather, attracted a small boy follower whom she scarcely noticed. (This is a theme at her nursery as well. She has a staunch attendant there who always fetches her coat and bag when we come to pick her up.) He toddled loyally after her, presenting her with blocks that she could integrate into her sculptures, which she then kicked over gleefully.

After paying the fees for the registration and passport, we settled down to wait until we were called before a consular officer. Keiki woke, realised he hadn't been fed for a while, and squawked. I arranged my cover and sat down to feed him. When he was finished, I removed the cover to find that the sartorial disaster had struck. These days I find I don't have much leakage from the opposite breast whilst feeding, and when I do, a breast pad is more than sufficient to soak it up and protect my clothing. But of course, not this time. My entire right side was soaked. There was no way to conceal it without putting my wool coat back on, which I did, even though it was tropical in the waiting room.

In the end, I swore my oath of truthfulness to the consular officer whilst sweating profusely and smelling faintly of stale milk. Classy.

Underblogged

30 March 2015 18:40
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So, the last couple of weeks have been slightly underblogged... It was my birthday yesterday (thank you all for the good wishes!!!), which involved a return to the parents' homestead and a nice lunch, including pudding wine, the leftovers of which is calling my name from the fridge. It was however, also an hour too short, glad as I am about the clocks going forward (light! Till 7.30 in the evening!! Even on horrible cold and gloomy days like this one!!), and also rainy. But never mind!

I also managed to graduate from my PhD last weekend, finally (after submitting last June), so I am now a Doctor! Updating the world is a pain in the arse, so I mostly haven't bothered, but I did buy a mattress last week, and when the man asked me if I was a Miss or a Mrs I got to say the immortal line of 'Erm, it's actually Dr...'. I was then told that I looked quite young for a doctor, but I don't care. The tyranny of Miss has ended and the great world of joy has begun. I must tell the bank. Not sure when.

The painting of my flat is also complete - and by the end of next week it may even be the case that there is some useful bits of furniture in it. So I am rather happy.

I have committed to Seasonal Spuffy but am not sure about my ability to come up with anything (sing me a new one, they say!). I had one idea, but I don't think it's going anywhere, and then another idea that [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch helped with which is very silly, and I am going to see where I get with that, though I fear I am not writing humorously enough with it at the moment. (Humour! Where did you go???) There's no reason why I can't produce a story and I want to produce a story. I shall have to figure out the Spuffy of it as I go along, like I always did when I just came up with a random premise and went with it. So there. Watch this space.
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[personal profile] verity and I are running a Sid/Geno fic exchange!! All the info is linked here from our Tumblr (cleverly named [tumblr.com profile] sidgenoexchange).

As far as I know, there hasn't been a single-ship exchange before in this fandom, and clearly that meant Verity and I needed to make one. Sid/Geno/other threesome and moresome requests also allowed! (One of my requests is for a sedoretu. :D)

Come write the thing! Or at least reblog the thing and spread the word! :D!
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Last night I checked my phone before heading to bed and noticed I had a text message from my sister-in-law ([personal profile] rackham's twin sister) that said, simply: "Would you tell your husband there's a creeper in the treehouse."

I knew pretty much immediately what it was about, since our nieces play Minecraft on our server... but I also had this brief *blink*blink* moment where my brain sort of balked at the sheer silliness of it all. Heh.

The creeper was taken care of BTW, and Rackham made sure there were enough torches around that it shouldn't happen again.
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Tell Me Upon Your Return , Buffy/Giles by [personal profile] littleotter73.

Chapter One of Destiny Came a Calling , BtVS/Teen Wolf crossover; Chapter One of Copper and Axinite : Summer , BtVS/Teen Wolf/TMI crossover by [profile] kwritten.

More news from the Sunnydale Press.

Postcards, Round 3

26 March 2015 14:34
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Mia has made one of her recent pieces available on Redbubble to purchase on a number of items. “Aswang, at Night” is an incredibly powerful image wrought from many hours of work with ink and watercolour.



I've ordered a set of 16 postcards. If you would like me to send one to you, please provide an address that will reach you, either by leaving it in the poll below or in a DM. Please note the following. First, I’m happy to send outside the UK as I have a stockpile of international postage. Second, if you provided your address in one of the previous postcard polls, you don’t need to leave it again. Just say, “Yes, please” or equivalent. If you need to check whether or not you've left me your address before, links to my previous postcard posts for "When Dragons Speak" and "Princesa" can be found by looking at the free stuff tag: DW and LJ.

It usually takes several days for a Redbubble order to reach me, so these will be going out over the next two to three weeks.

Poll #16560 Aswang, at Night
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 4

I would like an aswang postcard by Likhain. Please send it to this address:

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Let's Make Out : Comment Ficathon .

Thinky thoughts on the recent internet article about the Buffyverse by [profile] shadowkat67.

Hhwlod podcast of Reptile Boy & Halloween.

ah ah ah

25 March 2015 21:54
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urgh dad if you want to set me up for a networking dinner with, as you put it, "the local gentry," let me know beforehand!!! he says "wanna grab a burger after yoga," he means "show up and impress strangers." i mean, i would at least have put on some fucking lipstick and not shown up in my leggings and flannel.

... i did impress the strangers, anyway, so there's that.

Big Purple and Meg & Mog

25 March 2015 10:23
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
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I finally got a few pictures of Keiki in Big Purple, getting ready for a walk. He was practising his "Haaa haaoo" noises during the photo shoot, which led to pulling some interesting faces.


"I can eat this, y/y?"

+1 )

Humuhumu is presently obsessed with the set of five Meg & Mog books that sister-out-law gave her for Christmas. I think they're from the seventies; both the bloke and sister-out-law remember them vividly from childhood. Meg is a witch, of the spellcasting-pointy-black-hat-and-cauldron archetype. Mog is her black and white striped cat. The illustrations are colourful and the story lines are quite sparse and more than a bit absurd. I have them memorised now as we frequently have to read all five at bedtime.

Shirtless man with children behind the cut )
Photo: Keiki on Humuhumu on Daddy, reading Meg's Eggs, in which Meg magics up three big eggs for supper, but the shells can't be broken. In the night, the eggs hatch into dinosaurs, two of which are plant-eaters (Diplodocus and Stegosaurus). The third is a T. rex who wants to eat them all. Meg makes another spell and the dinosaurs are miniaturised to a non-threatening size. The End.

This one is second only to Meg's Veg in Humuhumu's view. Meg's Veg is her favourite because there is a page on which Meg fetches the muck for her garden. Which, of course, means we all get to shout, "POO!"
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OK, we're taking a wait and see on this buggy issues

Chapter Twelve of Answering Prayers by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Chapter Thirteen of Dreams and Mirrors by [profile] kikimay.

AtSverse icons by [profile] shameless666.

TheToast give us "Every Argument About BtVS on the Internet From 1998 Until Now".

MindyKaling talks about Buffy/Angel/Spike.

Why Oh Why

24 March 2015 14:49
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Petzi Sis evidently got a buggy e mail and now the brand new computer has to go to the shop to get de-bugged. So here we go again, don't know how soon I'll be back.

I'm thinking about becoming Amish, they don't have to deal with all this stupidity.
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It's official: There will be a six-episode X-Files miniseries starring DD and GA.

I think we all agree that this could be either the best thing ever or a total disaster, but what do you actually wish that would happen in it (or not)? Because I just realised that since the death of the Lone Gunmen was apparently retconned in the comics, they could be back too! And obviously I'd be ecstatic if Doggett and Reyes made an appearance.
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Meme thing from [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash instead:

Comment with the title of one of my fics and a number (or more than one of either) and I'll witter egomanically about:

1) how I came up with the idea
2) something I deleted
3) my favorite bit
4) something I struggled to write
5) what the writing process was like
6) how I thought people would respond
7) how people actually responded
8) something I wish I’d done differently
9) something I think I did right


My fic is here or "The one where..." is fine.

Anyone?

report from the front

23 March 2015 20:43
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Elf is sick of being overlooked in favour of the baby. He just meowed me indignantly to the couch, where he proceeded to grab my hand with both paws and smugly purr all over me. Every time I try to move, this whole cycle starts all over again.


In other news, I'm enjoying a fun activity I call "parenting through peer pressure". It involves the kidlet sitting in his highchair with his plastic cutlery (no solids yet) while we eat dinner, and using his gumbrush while I use my toothbrush. The idea is that he thinks this is just What We Do, so that I can avoid having to introduce him to Scary New Things and instead just slide him effortlessly into our everyday lives. (Those of you who are parents, this is where you get to laugh hysterically at me using "effortlessly" in a sentence about parenting.)

So far, it's working well.
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Your Cards Are Just a Mirror, You're Reading Them Wrong , Jenny/Willow by [profile] kwritten.

The Meaning of True fear , Giles/Anya; Mine , Giles/Ethan and Sparks in the Darkest of Caves , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

Thinky thoughts on the Buffyverse by [personal profile] shapinglight.

Spike/Buffy banner by [personal profile] comlodge.

WhatCulture posts "33 Great Behind the Scenes Shots You Need to See". Definitely a blast from the past.

More news here and here from the Sunnydale Press.

so, that game last night

22 March 2015 07:20
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Okay, offense is dying, penalties are being called at historic lows, but as long as we still have Mike Smith in the NHL, there's still entertainment value to be had. Because Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, ongoing student of the butt goal in all its forms, scored an own goal last night off Brandon Sutter's butt:

GIF EVIDENCE )

It's just a really terrible attempt at clearing the puck by Smith, and yet it's so wonderful. My favorite part is definitely Sutter turning around, seeing the puck in the net, and going, "Oh yay! Goal for us!" Him standing there flat-footed with his arms in the air: best.

Post-Gazette David Molinari was on the scene after the game, and he reports, Sutter, on Mike Smith's clearing attempt that hit his rear end and landed in the Arizona net: "That’s my touch around the net."

Or his tushy. Whichever.
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Scullion , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Prodigal Son , Giles/Ethan by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

Love Lesson No. 24 from Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Lisa Cheby .

Chapter Thirty Five of A Little Bit of History Repeating by nomelon.

Out talks to Danny Strong.

The Calgary Herald talks to Luke Perry about BtVS.

ugh Marvel why

20 March 2015 06:07
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I haven't been bothering to keep up with Marvel news because this "Secret Wars" thing looked so profoundly stupid, but recently I stumbled across the June solicits, which are chock-full of just about the most bewildering, unappealing, commercially unviable new titles I've ever seen (in my vast experience of slightly less than 2 years in comics). This morning my fav retailer columnist, Brian Hibbs, went into a lot more detail about exactly what those titles are and what the general Marvel strategy seems to entail, which confirms all my fears. And finally here's a list of things that will for sure be canceled as part of the Secret Wars event, although some of them will get relaunched. (For example we already know the Captain Marvel book will, and there's a new book called Thors, except it doesn't have Russell Dauterman on it, which was that meandering, story-less book's saving grace.)

Just. Why. It all just looks like such a mess, and I don't in the least understand why anyone thinks that I as a consumer would be remotely interested in trying to keep track of it all. Does management really have so little idea of how unappealing and bewildering and off-putting it all is?

My decision earlier this year to drop Marvel for being just not worth it: confirmed so, so hard.

Seasonal Spuffy

19 March 2015 15:59
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I expect most of you that care already know, but [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy is open to signups again. If you feel like producing one or more Spuffy fanworks of some kind, you could do much worse than this venerable institution (in its 18th round!!).
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Chapter Eleven of Answering Prayers by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Sign-ups now open for [community profile] seasonal_spuffy.

Sign-ups now open for [profile] spring_of_cordy.

"When She Was Bad" is the topic over at [community profile] fantas_magoria.

Hhwlod podcast of School Hard & Inca Mummy Girl .

Storywonk podcast of I Only Have Eyes For You .

AngelRewatch podcast of Dead End .

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