12/12/13 10:08 pm - sarah531 - Set to Rise - an Amy Pond fanmix
12/12/13 10:08 pm - sarah531 - Set to Rise - an Amy Pond fanmix
12/12/13 04:06 pm - thistlerose
12/12 John and/or Abigail Adams - for ilyena_sylph
Oh, my historical OTP. It should come as no surprise that "1776" is what sparked my interest in the Adamses. I first watched it in high school, when I was 16 or 17. I have a soft spot for grumpy, ornery characters who secretly - or not so secretly, in John's case - have rather lofty, high-minded goals. I was kind of intrigued by the fact that we don't do much to celebrate Adams. I mean, he isn't on any of our currency (apart from the special edition dollar coins, which I've seen maybe once). Granted, he was not one of our best presidents (the Alien & Sedition Act was BAD) but come on. He was instrumental in wresting the colonies from the British. He could have lived comfortably, but instead chose to risk his life (the British would have hanged him if they'd caught him). Though he didn't fight in the Revolution, he spent a great deal of time overseas, trying to gather allies for the colonials.
It was learning that he'd successfully defended the British soldiers in the trial following the Boston Massacre that clinched it for me. The dude believed that everyone, even his enemies, had the right to a fair trial.
I read Adams's biography by David McCullough, which I highly recommend. I also read "My Dearest Friend," which is a collection of the letters John and Abigail exchanged, from when they were first courting (he addresses her as "Miss Adorable" in one *melts*) to John's presidency. The letters were what made me fall in love with Abigail.
( A few random things from what I've read, which I remember, and which made me love John and AbigailCollapse )
You can give me more things to talk about, if you like. There are plenty of dates available. On DreamWidth or Livejournal
12/12/13 03:09 pm - copperbadge
Awkward Coworker and I are sitting near each other again.
Me: So, Coworker X is leaving, everyone says you know him best and know what we should give him as a going-away present.
Awkward: Well...how much can we spend?
Me: Up to about $200, usually.
Awkward: He loves music. Maybe some stereo stuff for his house.
Me: Any...uh...specifics? Something small I can...carry? Because I have to go buy and carry it back.
Awkward: Oh! Oh I can do that. I know what he needs for hie stereo. If you give me your corporate card I can go to Best Buy this weekend. I have a car.
Me: Seriously? That's not a pain in the ass for you?
Awkward: I actually kind of love going to Best Buy. It's probably my favorite store.
Me: Oh. Well. I'll give you my card. I'm glad you'll have fun!
Awkward: That's much more positive than the reaction I usually get when I say that.
12/12/13 08:04 pm - miscellanny - ...DARY
So I had a night of consoling a course-mate on Friday; a lot of wine was involved and it was a pleasant evening all told. I found a receipt for half the bill the next morning and couldn't quite work out why I was so gosh-darned poor.
Turns out that they charged me half the bill, then, when my colleague proved entirely too merry to pay his half and I said it was fine, I'd pay the whole thing, they then made me pay the whole bill again. So essentially I paid for one and a half times what we ate and drank, and both he and the bar owe me half the bill.
Wonderful. Wonderful. Not like I have to pay for Christmas presents or anything, it's fine.
12/12/13 05:53 pm - miscellanny - My hatred for this module is LEGEN (wait for it)
Essays carry new stories on their backs always. I wish they wouldn't taunt me like this.
(I have left this too late, I am so, so screwed. But I will get through it, and I will not fail it, and that is enough).
12/12/13 09:45 am - loneraven - ficlet:: the way the autumn came [Parks & Recreation]
Yesterday was a hard day, on the personal rather than the professional level. (I'm fine! Everything is fine. But being a grown-up is hard, sometimes. Tum-ti-tum, here I am on back on the 8.15)
No meme post today. Instead, it was thingswithwings' birthday
(Set during early s4, for Reasons.)
ficlet: the way the autumn came
1200w, Parks and Recreation, Leslie/April. "I hate corn," April tells her, "I hate mazes, I hate corn mazes, I hate trees and I hate cotton candy and I hate parks and recreation."
( getting a rollercoaster is stupid if everyone in town can have a ride at onceCollapse )
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12/11/13 04:54 pm - thistlerose
Hi, all. Money is pretty tight this month. (Vet bills aren't cheap - thanks, Sophie.)
I have an Etsy store. If you know anyone who is interested in sparkly, affordable jewelry (mostly earrings, with some pendants) please point them in my direction. I do 3-day priority shipping and I'm not going on vacation until the 23rd, so there is still time to get some Christmas goodies.
If you have any questions about anything I sell, let me know.
12/11/13 07:28 pm - miscellanny
WHY ARE ORGASMS SO HARD TO WRITE UGH.
12/11/13 08:01 am - copperbadge
I WILL DIE STANDING.
So, it's my third day in the new office, and I have to say that if we had to move to a terrible place, at least they gave us nice desks.
My cubicle is smaller, though there's better storage, but the best thing about it is that the portion of the desk where my monitors rest is adjustable. I can raise or lower it depending on my needs, which is great because the last cube had a desk that was just sliiiiiiightly too low for me. But it also goes up to standing height, and I hear standing while working is all the rage now.
I do like it -- it makes the mixture of computer-and-paper work that I do easier, and since I basically hate chairs it relieves the awkwardness of sitting in one (you should see me in large chairs; they're basically just structures across which to artistically drape myself). That said, the leg cramps are occasionally awe-inspiring.
I'm doing all the good ergo stuff you're supposed to be doing; sitting when I get tired, standing with my weight equal on both feet, making sure the monitor is at the proper height and I'm not reaching up at all to type. But I read on one website that it takes 4-6 months to get used to standing all the time, and I believe them. I can do about three hours in the morning, then I just do like 40-60 minute bursts for the rest of the day.
Ow, museum foot, I have it.
12/11/13 06:16 am - rushlight75 - Home for the Holidays
Whew! I just spent a week in California visiting with family, and now I am home again. It is so nice to be back. My cat and dog both missed us terribly and have been showering us with cuddles and attention, to the point where we can barely walk through the house without stepping on one of them, LOL. I really enjoyed sleeping in my own bed again last night, and being in my own house. Visiting is fun, but coming home again afterward is even better.
It's hard getting back into the swing of things, though. Waking up to an alarm, going to work, going to martial arts class, cooking dinner on a schedule. And writing! I've been going through withdrawal not having the time to write this past week. I'm nearly 120,000 words into the sequel to Pathfinder, and it was almost physically painful to let it sit for so many days. But I did finish off a new chapter last night, and am eager to dive back into it later today.
I do have to mention that sitting underneath a blanket on my couch in the evening with my dog cuddled on one side and my cat on the other, sipping hot peppermint tea with honey drizzled in it, is one of the greatest joys life has to offer. So peaceful.
I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season. I'm starting to stress just a little bit because I still have a lot of gift-buying to do. But that's what Amazon Prime is for, right? ^_^