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Sooo... Hi, y'all! Updates have been thin on the ground in recent months mostly because I have been so tired and full of hormones, and while I am somewhat less full of hormones I am now even more tired so I'm not sure when I'll get back to my usual chatty self, but -

I had a baby! This is him:



Kieran Hartley York, born 3/3/2013 at 3:15 am after way more labor than I was anticipating (over a day in the hospital before his arrival), weighing seven pounds 15 ounces and measuring about 21 inches long. He is wonderful.
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Tonight at Target I saw a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic board book. I flipped through it while Jameson hovered impatiently over my shoulder, then put it in my basket.



Jimmy made a disgusted face.

"What?" I said defensively. "We're planning on having a kid!"

"And this book will teach it wrong things!" he replied.



He turned to the page where Twilight Sparkle brings a cake to the party. "Why would Twilight Sparkle bring a cake? Pinkie Pie is the one who works in a bakery!"

He has a point. Maybe I can spin it as being an ice cream cake or something?
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It is summer; therefore, ants. Omfg, so many ants.

The antsplosion kicked off last week when the little monsters found a pinhole in the bottom of the cat food bag and feasted mightily. I had an air-tight storage container for cat food, but I bought it waaaay back when Xerxes was just a tiny kitten and ate food that came in tiny kitten food bags, and so when we buy large bags of food, not all of it would fit. Up until this summer, amazingly, that hasn't been a problem, but I guess I always knew the food left in the bag was vulnerable. So, fine. It was frustrating that they got into that food, and I was not at all pleased with the RIVER OF ANTS in the kitchen, but we tossed the bag and I did some furious sweeping and no real harm was done.

And then they BREACHED THE SEAL ON THE STORAGE BIN.

Jameson opened the cat food bin last night to feed the mewing horde, and got bitten like three times while he stared in startled horror at the teeming mass of ants within. Auuuugh!

The good news is that the new storage bin is big enough to accommodate a large-sized bag of cat food.
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Jimmy and I finished our first run-through of Mass Effect 3. I am full of feelings, mostly of the "augh story in which I was very emotionally invested has now ended" variety. We only did one ending (I bet anyone who knows me can guess which one!), but I am totally open for SPOILERY DISCUSSION of any of them, if any of y'all have played and want to chat.
Spoilers! Also probably in comments if there are any! )
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Ooh, ooh!

Happy Galentine's Day
my thread


(I am sick and feeling sorry for myself, if that inspires anyone to extra lovingness. Just sayin'.)
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So I made some bread today! The recipe indicated that it'd take up to fourteen hours for the first rise, and our sourdough culture laughed in the face of that estimate. Then I punched it down and made pan loaves, and then let it rise again, and then slashed (somewhat inexpertly, as you will see) and baked and...it is mediocre, alas. The texture is excellent, go me! The flavor is pretty bland. I can taste what will be a very nice sourness, when the culture is a bit older, but it's barely there. However, it will be good sandwich bread, or nice for toast with butter and jam, and I am content.

Behold, pictures! )
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I suspect that some of you will be interested to know that Belle and Claire are getting the old band back together and offering up elements of the next Dorgian Galaxy novelette in the Con Or Bust auction this year. Bidding starts on the 11th!
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In accordance with my sort-of resolution thingy, I have been reading from my TBR collection. Go me! Also, not buying any new books. Go me some more!

I read (among other things) Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro, which I liked very much indeed, though the copy I have on my e-reader is full of copy-editing-type errors. Extra or missing words, slight misspellings, etc. Boo. But I got it via the Baen Free Library, and the "free" aspect made it less frustrating than it could have been. When I am allowing myself to buy books again, I'll see about getting my hands on the sequel(s) and hope for better editing.

Another thing I've been doing the past little while is working on a few dolls. I finished two that are clothed in comic book panels - which was really fun to do, though also really sticky - and they're up in my Etsy shop if you want to take a look. Or, y'know, buy one. Please do share links to anything there if you think a friend would get a kick out of 'em, btw. I would love to sell some dolls, not so much for the money (though money is nice) but because I enjoy making them a lot, but I enjoy it even more when someone else gets to have one that makes them smile.

Resolved

Jan. 11th, 2012 12:42 am
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I didn't make any resolutions for the new year, mostly because I never remember that that is a Thing that one might wish to do, but I have one as of today! It is this: I resolve to get through at least half of my freakishly huge TBR shelf, which includes not only multiple actual physical shelves but also a ton of space on my e-reader.

I'd say get through all of it, but I want to go with a goal that is, y'know, achievable. All would be nice, though! To that end, my supporting resolution is to not buy any new books for... Um... Let's say three months?

Oh god, I suddenly have such a strong book-buying urge. Stay strong, Robyn!
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I've seen this one going around, and haven't been able to answer anyone's yet (I'm thinking it over!), but I figured I'd repost it anyway, because the results promise to be entertaining:

"If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach." -- Alfred Hitchcock

If I wrote a story today, what would the readers immediately look for?
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[personal profile] karenhealey came for a quick visit this week, and we did many things. One of them was to go to the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, which is probably worth visiting if you're ever near it. It was hella hot while we were there, and the donkeys and ostriches were all sluggish, but many of the fallow deer came right up to the fence and stuck their heads out as far as they could go to lick little pellets up off our palms, and the goats were downright aggressive in their eagerness to interact. One of them bit another to get access to a particular hole in the wall (the goat wall, omg. I can't even describe it. It's an amazing idea) and then stole my cup of pellets. I'm pretty sure it was the same white goat as in the picture on this page, and I would not get anywhere near as close to it as that woman is. The lorikeets were pretty, but also too hot to be very playful. A couple did come sit on my hand to drink, though.

Hooray for odd roadside attractions!
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Me, when Jimmy came home this afternoon: I accidentally slept almost all day.

Jimmy: Well, it could be worse.

Me: Yeah?

Jimmy: You could have been on fire that whole time.

Me: *laughs, concedes the point*

Me, suddenly remembering: Oh, can you do me a favor?

Jimmy, looking horrified: You want me to set you on fire??

Me: ...I was gonna ask you to take out the recycling, actually.
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I saw the new Pirates movie with Mom and Jimmy today. I was expecting to actively dislike it, so I was pleasantly surprised that parts of it were quite fun/interesting/entertaining, and the rest was not generally as irritating as I had feared.

Then we came home, and I took a nap, during which I had an intense, narrative dream. I don't remember what it was about, but I do remember that it was all in rhyming couplets. Jimmy woke me up before the end of the story, and I demanded "twenty more minutes," because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I should have told him what it was about at the time, in hindsight. Alas.

Then he played Mass Effect 2 for me (I just can't do the fighting. At all. I can barely wander around the Normandy without slamming into bulkheads - taking cover is never going to happen) while I gave vague commands and ate cornbread for dinner. I never finished it when it first came out - Mass Effect 2, I mean, not the cornbread - not from lack of interest, but because my skillz are so unleet, and I had too much going on at the time to work out how Jimmy and I could coordinate playing time together. So I'm glad we're doing it now, because while I got spoiled on enough plot and watched enough of his playthrough and videos online and all to know the shape of things, that's no substitute for playing all the way through with my very own Shepard.

MELTED.

May. 27th, 2011 07:51 pm
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Tucson Chayon-Ryu is having a yard sale to raise money so that a couple of my students can go to Houston to test for their black belts. We started today, and did pretty well despite it being miserably hot out. I got sunburned on my forearms, which I always forget to protect (you'd think I'd learn), but I wore my hat all day and the rest of me is fine.

My calculator, however, MELTED.



Guys, it wasn't even in direct sunlight! It was in a little box under the table where we had all the books, in the shade.

I was pretty fond of that one, too. :(
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So I've been having the insomnia pretty bad, as you may have heard. Which means I haven't been wearing my grind guard for as many hours at a time, because it starts to feel uncomfortable after an hour or so when I'm awake. But I think I must be clenching my jaw a lot even though I'm not sleeping much because OMG it hurts to open my mouth.

I did actually manage to fall asleep at night time and stay asleep for several hours last night, though! Maybe I can do it again...?
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My second column for Strange Horizons is up: "Dice and D-Pads: Fannish Enthusiasm."

Also available for your reading pleasure is the latest in the Hathor Watch-Along series for Firefly, for "Safe." Again, I'm really pleased with the discussion. I'd hoped that doing this series would be both fun and thought-provoking, and so far it really has. Hooray!
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I have an irrational fear that someday I will be scratching an itch in my bellybutton, and I'll poke through into my, y'know, innards.

I know this is very unlikely! Very, very unlikely. But it's just one of those things that continues to make me nervous.

This entry brought to you by insomnia and dry skin!
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Okay, so I just saw Thor.
Spoilers! Kinda. )

Opinions?

May. 7th, 2011 07:37 pm
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I think it's time for some further Adventures in Sewing. I've been wanting to try my hand at shirts of some kind for a while, because I would, y'know, like to have more shirts. Especially if they fit me and look nice.

So! I think this pattern is within my skillset and is cute and etc., but I have a concern. It is that back when I was small of chest, I found shelf bras uncomfortable and essentially useless, because I didn't need a bra at all, so I have long been in the habit of not buying anything with built-in support. And now that I am somewhat larger in that area, I have no idea if a shelf bra inside a top will actually be worth anything, support-wise, and haven't worn one in way too long to guess. Anyone in the C-D cup range want to weigh in on this?

Dooooork

Apr. 18th, 2011 11:33 pm
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So, I'm reading the Stargate Atlantis Legacy novelizations, which are sort of a season six. I feel sillier about admitting that I'm reading TV series tie-ins than about my romance novel habits, which is hilaaarious. I mean, what? Am I really that kind of snob?

EVIDENTLY.

Anyway, I am enjoying them, and I think I will be looking up the authors' original setting work, too. Because the stories are engaging, the writing is solid, and omfg you guys, these are TV series tie-ins that have excerpts from Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry in the front.

*geeks out on multiple planes*