Tags: craziness


"You can tell he's an epic warrior because he jumps off his horse and shoves it at the enemy"

Ah, Korean historical costume drama... so much crazy crammed into.... well, it's actually quite a lot of time. Time and hair ornaments.

Also the Hwarang ("Flowering Youth"). Who were an actual historical thing: a group of noble-born young men who were trained in fighting and ethics and poetry and the appreciation of nature and so on.

Comically stupid servant girl:* They are so pretty! And they were all in the shrine, painting their faces! I peeked!
The king's young pregnant wife: Wait, what? They were what?
CSSG: Face-painting! I'll show you!
TKYPW: Ohnoes! Don't you know anything about the Hwarang? They only paint their faces when they are GOING INTO BATTLE!!!!

Hwarang: This is some very fierce blush!! Rarrrr! This eye shadow? Absolutely vicious!!!

TKYPW: They want to be sure that they will still look pretty, even in death!

Me: Okay, I can see that; that's actually interesting, and the take on masculinity and fighting; very interesting... but I have one question. You put your hair up and get it out of the way... and then you go with the long dangly silver earrings? Because that just seems to be asking for trouble...

*No, really-- if this were "Iron Man," she'd be following Robert Downey Jr. around with a fire extinguisher; she's that kind of comic relief character. Works in her favor sometimes, though; when she has to sneak a Plot-Relevant Secret Baby out of the palace when it's in lockdown, she's freaking out so badly that she keeps trying to hand the baby off to the guard who catches her... which makes him assume she's trying to avoid scandal, so he sternly tells her, "You play, you pay!" and shoves her out the gate.
kidding, Ryuuki

I would say I could never get the hang of Thursdays, but.....

This day, I cannot even tell you.

It was my first day back to work after a couple of days out due to one of the horrible creeping-crud-unidentified viruses going around. So, you know, a fair amount of "ack, halp, reschedule!" all over the place.

I was, however, VERY proud of myself, because I got up early and managed to get a nice smoky bean and beef chili into the slow cooker (chipotle peppers, mmmm....) before heading out to catch the bus.

.... of course, when I finally made it home, Intrepid Roommates informed me that I had neglected to plug in said slow cooker.

She had turned it up on high once she got home, but we were both a leeeeeeeettle bit uneasy....

Me: I'm .... just gonna call my mother. Hi, Mom? Is this the Virginia Cooking Hotline, food safety division? Uh-huh. Well, see... uh-huh. Uh-huh. Okay, then?
d_ragondaughter: What's the verdict.
Me: We've basically ended up with the Death Stew of Deadly Death in there.

Did I mention the part where the traffic was completely nightmarish due to an 18-wheeler running into a highway sign, thereby shutting down one of the main commuting highways for ALL of rush hour? Took her two hours to drive what normally takes 20 minutes; the bus ride was insane (not even counting the bit where I caught a bus that then proceeded to sit there for fifteen minutes due to...scheduling, I guess? I don't even know).

Considering that her day started out by falling down the stairs, I'm thinking this day overall is just fired. Possibly out of a canon.
Medieval Lady

Darn you, Mercury! *dramatic fist-shaking*

One of the things that is always very exciting is to get to actually meet good friends I only know from online. And, having dinner (or lunch, etc.) out with friends is also always excellent (and doesn't really happen that often-- in the "hey, let's get a bunch of people together and go get food and converse" sense, not the "Hey, roommate, want to grab a hamburger?" sense-- yes, indeed, we really live it up down here in one of the major amazing restaurant cities in the Southeast, woot).

So, I was REALLY psyched when it turned out that sekiharatae was going to be in reasonable driving distance for a wedding this past weekend. Yay! And plans were made! And they were, let me tell you, pretty darned awesome plans Although part of that is because The Melting Potis a) one of my favorite restaurants (fondue! more fondue! an amazing salad!-- yes, I know, but it's a fairly terrific salad-- dessert fondue!), and b)... um... yeah, I don't care how much time they spend telling you it's a Romantic Restaurant for Romantic Dinners for romance--- I used to go with d_ragondaughter and amaranthadanae and the three of us would order one of the fondue dinners for two, and we would STILL be waaaaaay toooo fuuuulllll and have leftover cheesecake. Four people (d_ragondaughter, me, sekiharatae, and her husband)? Perfect for a fantastic night out!!

Monday: "Um... yeah, there may be a teeny problem with a hurricane....but we could evacuate in the direction of the restaurant! This is completely logical!!!....what?"
Tuesday: "OK, looks like the hurricane is not hitting here, so, we're good!"
Wednesday: "Gosh, I hope these driving time estimates are ok... I would be SO embarassed to show up late..... we will just have to coordinate the HECK out of meeting up after class to get on the road... (and hopefully no students will want to talk to me after class...) Ack! The warning light for tire pressure is on in my car! I really can't just ignore that.... hopefully it's not anything major..."
Thursday: "Hah! It was just that the oil change people set the tire pressure too low- we are good to go! We have Tae's Christmas present all set, we have assorted anime and books to inflict upon her lend to her, we have filled up the gas tank! Awesome!" (with, I might add, a side order of feeling VERY happy at defeating various weather- and car-related potential obstacles! Yes!!!)
Friday: "Wait, classes are cancelled as of 2:00? WOOOT! *ahem* I mean... darn? Ok, this is good, this is very good-- well, getting out of downtown before the downpour, definitely good, but getting on the road an hour early, EVEN BETTER!!! And now we won't be late! And maybe, even, *evil grin*, added bonus, we will have a bit of time to stop in at the IKEA! It's only an exit up from the restaurant!! THIS IS GOING TO BE FANTASTIC!!" *dramatic anime pose of WIKTORIES!*

d_ragondaughter: Um... yeah... about that... heard from sekiharatae... that cold that she and her husband had which morphed into the Horrible Death Blargh is, well, still at the Horrible Death Blargh state. So they had to cancel.

Me:.. *big anime wibble-eyes* Can...cel?

d_ragondaughter: On account of Horrible Restaurant-Unfriendly Death Blargh.

Me: Waaaaaah!!!! *tragic!!*


Me: Oh, also? The express commuter bus is starting up two hours early on account of "let's get everybody off the peninsula before the weather gets too bad"-- can you come get me at the bus stop? And then, darn it, we are going to go get a frozen pizza. And chips.

d_ragondaughter: And cake?

Me: Darn right, cake.

(obviously, Horrible Death Blargh right before a family wedding which involved flying across the country is WAAAAAY more important than having to cancel dinner with random internet peoples. But, you know, I have a) no social life, and b)umm.... let's just say that there's an annoying giant steamer trunk up in my personal mental baggage which is labeled "nobody wants to spend time with you/nobody remembers you" and is full of photos and newspaper clippings of relevant moments in my life, which means that anytime something like this happens, it takes a couple of seconds for the logical side of my brain to slam the fool thing shut and sit on it.)

Tae, hope that you feel better soon!!!