I know it's even hotter in places like Arizona, and it's been nearly as hot in places that are much less prepared for heat (e.g. much of southern Britain), but I wanted to complain anyway, if only because the heat half-melted my brain and I forgot about this meme for a couple of days.
16. One of your favorite classical songs
I'm pretty ignorant of classical music, and to the extent that I have opinions they are odd ones: if it's much more recent than Bach, I probably don't like it. Plus, the question got me into a mental twist about what counts as a song. So I picked something that is definitely a song, if not technically classical since it dates from the 13th century. It's one of the most famous pieces of medieval music, quite catchy, and the first documented English use of the verb "to fart." There's more info here (including a transcription and modern English translation) and here (primarily about the manuscript).
The Hilliard Ensemble, "Sumer Is Icumen In"
Heh. I do like this song, but it feels odd to post it given how little joy I feel about summer right now, and how much I wish it was igonne away.
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It's been hot the past few days, so if I hadn't needed to do anything during that time, I didn't do it. If I was in, I just read or caught up on TV and was hot. As was Missy - hamsters don't do well if it's too hot and they don't like the humidity either. But she's enjoyed frozen peas and frozen carrots and she's been outside. Because it's been so hot I've had the back door open while she's out playing, so of course she went out onto the doorstep and then fell off. After a few times falling off she was happy about where she was and tried to wander off. At one point she found a pebble and decided she wanted it.
Monday I had one of my (on average) two days a year when I wished my car had air conditioning. I did some stargazing from my back door, where I was sat because it was cooler and I could keep an eye on Missy escaping. Not that I could see many stars because even by the time I went to bed late it still wasn't properly dark.
Now, though, the weather is much better, I have a couple of days off work and I am catching up on things.
Tennis is crazy. Queens sometimes has those years when all the seeds go out in the first couple of rounds, so we were probably overdue one. But I feel like the third, second and first seeds all going out one after the other must be some sort of record. And a whole load withdrew due to injuries. But it'll be interesting to get a winner outside of the usual suspects - although a few former champions are still in the draw.
Unconventional Courtship is on again. I spent some time at the weekend with the Generator and ended up signing up with this summary:
310) Night of the Living Wed by Michele Hauf
Dayna Mellanby and Del Tarrant's evening turns deadly when some uninvited guests show up at their friend's party — a horde of hungry zombies. The couple is in a fight for their lives when a new, heroic side of Tarrant emerges, and he vows to protect Dayna no matter the cost….
Obviously explosions will follow. I will probably change the zombies, but I went with this one because it was just so perfect for them. And will be different to what I've written for it before.
Mirrored from my blog.
Besides Duolingo, I have been able to practice my French with lots of other free resources on the internet. In fact, it's amazing how many resources are out there if you go and look. Here are my favorites so far:
-- Watching episodes of a French anime series, "Les Aventures de Ladybug et Chat Noir" (The Adventures of Ladybug and Black Cat). I have primsong to thank for this; she recommended this show and it is both charming and addictive to watch. I watch in French with English subtitles, although I sometimes watch without the subtitles just to gauge how good I am at picking up the French without the translation. (Not too good yet, but improving.) The episodes can be found on youtube.
-- A site that has you watch French music videos and fill in pieces of the lyrics. Sometimes there are technological hiccups (asking for the word before the video played the word; not allowing you to type in apostrophes while requiring apostrophes for the correct answer), but it's so much fun, I have to list it here. Also, the site has introduced me to the French musical group "Carrousel," and I now love their music, especially the song "Le Manque De Place." Here's the site: http://www.bonjourdefrance.com/karaoke-
-- Reading fanfic in French on AO3. So far, I have read several French Doctor Who fanfics and a few Marvelous Ladybug fanfics (i.e., Les Aventures de Ladybug et Chat Noir). I have also managed to comment on the fics in French, although you'll have to ask the authors how comprehensible I was. Anyway, it's another great way to strengthen my reading comprehension with material that I'm actually interested in reading.
My body is trolling me. On the plus side, my usual collection of poor circulation aches and pains are non-existent right now. And of the two things, heat rash is so very much easier to treat.
Sadly for me the temperature is due to drop tonight. Kheldar is likely to be unhappy about this too but at least we got a glorious few days of hot summer sunshine. It's due to rain as well and the garden will be very glad of that.
ETA: Kheldar just arrived and rubbed his very wet head around my legs. Normally this indicates that it is raining outside. It is not raining outside. Only the front half of the cat is wet. He has clearly Had An Adventure.
Hello everyone! And welcome any new listeners!
So, my episode reviewing 'Knock Knock' is finally here! And this time around I talk lots about everything from my experiences at the recent local Doctor Who convention 'Wholanta', to laying down a few delightful podcast recommendations, to some musing on the whole Race!Fail period of S3 and all that really great meta that come out of all of that WAY BACK on LiveJournal (remember that site?), to Jo Grant's grandson as the Iron Fist (!), and on to dark fairy tales and (mis)interpreting them, to British English spellings vs. American ones, and to some classical geeking about Dryads, all the way to musing a bit about this adventure as an episode of the reality show 'The Real World'. Phew!
So, I truly hope you will all join me for this episode and, as always, glad to have you all aboard. Do enjoy the ride!
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All the Joys by Violsva
Summary: The fundamentals of a case: a young lady, a threatened inheritance, a villainous relative.
Last Sunday, it was the last day of my long-standing part-time telecommuting job. It's not quite completed - I've still got one last paycheck coming - but all the work and responsibilities are now gone. Over and done with. At thirty-six months, it was the longest I've ever had a job in my life, and it'll be the new measurement for employment length. The work was sometimes annoying and petty, and I really only had to put a lot of effort into it during the first couple of months to make everything easy enough to sustain my responsibilities on an average of ten minutes a week for the rest of things. Still, I liked it well enough. On Sunday, as I've done about a dozen times in the past three years, I went to my boss' house in Jersey City, except this time it was to wrap everything up. I sent out a few emails, completely cleaned out the organization's email inbox and got it to zero, put every related file I had on a USB drive and handed it over, and that was pretty much it. She gave me tea, a mug with a giraffe on it, and the two of us and her husband went out to lunch together.
Today I would have liked to have gotten more stuff done, and I don't even have reasons for it, just excuses.
So I found that what the book was actually about was rather unexpected for me. But in a good way!
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Fandom: Person of Interest
Warnings/Content: Sick fic
Notes: For 15kisses, Prompt: Endure. Part 3 of Fever (Part One: Getting Warmer, Part Two: What a Lovely Way to Burn)
Summary: Root is convalescing. She's just not very good at it.
Also at the Archive
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Usually I would go back and read many reaction posts/reviews of the movie by other people now, but I work full-time now and there are fewer hours in the day and it's very annoying. Still no time machine. (Though to be fair if I had a time machine there would be more important things to do than go back a few hours every day just so I have more free time.)
There seems to have been a change in local spawning locations as well, which has made the walk into work slightly less predictable than it has been... and it looks like one of the Pokéstops in Cabot Circuit is about to become a gym. Which may encourage me to participate in the gym end of the game a little bit more since it's under cover and can therefore be battled over even when it's raining.
Kheldar cares about none of this and continues to attempt some form of patrol duty even in the heat. It's funny when there's a breeze because his tail perks up and then the rest of the cat perks up and he positively bounces off into the garden. He seems to be mostly enjoying the weather now despite that fur coat of his. The balcony door is open most of the time which means that he can sit in the shade of the doorway and sniff at his garden without having to exert any effort at all.
This is another one where I have to link two songs.
First, and predictably if you know my taste, is the Doug Anthony All Stars' cover of "Throw Your Arms Around Me," originally by Hunters and Collectors. I've listened to a lot of versions of this song (OMG stop judging me!) and this really is the best I've heard.
Second, here's Jonathan Coulton's cover of Alanis Morrissette's "You Oughta Know." I've picked this not so much for the musicianship or the singing (it's just a little whim that Coulton released online, and he's audibly embarrassed by some of the more explicit lines) as for the way it totally changes the meaning of the song--making it more interesting, in my view--without changing a word.
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Kheldar is torn between wanting bask in the sun and wanting not to have a fur coat. We've put extra water bowls outside for him and yesterday battlehamster was kind enough to keep him company on the balcony.
We chose the right year to buy a bench for the balcony :)
C'est un des premiers comics de super-héros que j'ai lus ! Et je n'avais rien contre Karolina/Nico, mais celui-là, je suis tombée complètement fan, peut-être à cause des implications politiques (autant j'aurais voulu que Xavin revienne autant j'adore sa fin), peut-être parce que c'est une relation où, malgré le début en mariage arrangé, elles sont vraiment ensemble, ont des désagréments, font avancer les choses. Le mariage arrangé n'est même pas un de mes tropes préférés d'habitude ! (et puis bon, bien sûr, j'adore les personnages qui font du super-héroïsme ensemble, mais cela s'applique à tellement de mes ships, je suis gâtée !)
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16) a indie/other comics couple : Asami/Korra (Legend of Korra)
On pourrait dire que c'est de la triche, qu'elles comptent comme un couple de cartoon (et oui, je les shippe à cause du cartoon, depuis la saison 3 seulement), mais j'attends le comics centré sur leur relation avec tellement d'impatience que c'est tout à fait sincère.
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17) a non-canon couple (at least one of the characters must be canon lgbt) : Speed/Prodigy (Young Avengers - Marvel)
J'adore leur interaction en tant qu'amis et collègues aux personnalités totalement opposées. C'était avant même que Prodigy fasse son coming out comme bi (et il faudra bien qu'il renonce à Teddy qui est totalement pris), et avant que Speed explique qu'il était assez fluide aussi. Plus le côté embrasser une Eldritch abomination pour que Speed revienne, est-ce que ce n'est pas romantique ? Hum. ^^
J'espère vraiment que dans le futur ils finiront ensemble, ha ha.
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18) an alternate universe couple : Leah/Illyana (Secret Wars Siege - Marvel)
Dans l'univers principal, je shippe Illyana avec Kitty, mais en tant que fan à la fois d'Illyana et de Leah, j'étais impressionnée par à quel point sur le principe, les personnages allaient bien ensemble ! Toutes les deux dans la magie noire, avec des personnalités complémentaires. Et en plus, j'aime bien leur histoire dans cet univers, ce qui ne gâche rien (mais bien sûr en pratique l'univers est détruit et ça ne finit pas bien, ouin)
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19) a wlw couple + a palette of your choice : Storm/Yukio (Marvel)
Je triche pour celui-là et le suivant. Déjà, j'ai dit que je ne savais pas faire les retouches d'images. En plus, je suis sûre qu'on était censé prendre un couple canon, mais je ne saurais pas où mettre mes deux ships presque canon. Donc les voilà.
Parce que Yukio a appris à Storm à concilier ses sentiments avec son besoin de contrôle, parce que Storn à appris à Yukio qu'elle pouvait tenir à quelque chose même sur le long terme. J'adore leurs interactions, toujours en train de faire quelque chose de complètement fou et de sauver le monde, et elles sont presque canon.
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20) a mlm couple + a palette of your choice : Cable/Deadpool (Marvel)
Encore un ship presque canon mais qui aurait dû l'être. J'adore leurs interactions, elles tapent totalement dans mon intérêt sur les ennemis forcés de collaborer, au début, et ensuite ils deviennent de plus en plus proches sans vraiment se l'avouer... Sans compter, bien sûr, que j'adore Deadpool. J'aime moins Cable, mais Deadpool réveille en lui des choses qui me font l'apprécier plus (comme son sens de l'humour bien caché)
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21) any character(s) + a quote : Zimmy (Gunnerkrigg Court)
Je ne sais pas s'il s'agit de choisir une citation de l'oeuvre ou de leur appliquer une citation, mais j'ai choisi la première version. En fait, j'aime tout ce dialogue.
Pauvre Zimmy qui est complètement amoureuse de Gamma, ce qui n'empêche pas que sa relation est assez malsaine parfois. J'espère qu'elles sortiront de ça et auront une happy end.
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I also made my favorite potato salad with blue cheese and bacon. I can't remember if I've ever said how this is made, so here goes. Boil some potatoes cut into chunks (red-skinned potatoes are best because they hold their shape, although this week I used a mixture of red-skinned and yellow potatoes). Meanwhile, cut some bacon crosswise into strips and fry until crisp, and make a dressing by combining roughly equal amounts of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt*, mashing in as much strongly flavored blue cheese as you like, adding a tiny sprinkle of garlic powder and a few drops of cider vinegar, and then adding in some finely sliced green onions/spring onions/scallions. Once the potatoes are done, drain them and let them cool in the colander for a few minutes until they're warm but not hot, then combine with the dressing and top with crispy bacon pieces. It is delicious. The bacon isn't essential to the recipe, if you don't care to eat bacon, but oddly enough the green onions are. I've had it without and it just seems stodgy. If you hate green onions, though, you could try substituting something else fresh, bright, and preferably pungent: lots of parsley, or some peppery greens like arugula or watercress, or even some grated radish. (*I use half yogurt purely for taste reasons, because I find all-mayonnaise dressings overwhelming and I like the yogurty tang, but you could certainly use all mayo if you prefer.)
Today the weather was relatively cool, an interval between two hot spells, so this morning on impulse I made a loaf of this beer bread. I used Smithwick's for the beer, used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups bread flour, and mixed most of the butter into the dough, reserving about a tablespoon to grease the pan and go over the top of the dough. It made a very nice, flavorful bread.
Today I also put together the dough for some lavender shortbread biscuits I'm going to bring to this week's Buffy watch.
Something I have concrete plans to cook in the near future: For the Buffy watch I'm going to make some hummus with cooked chickpeas I have in the freezer, and a lemon and lavender posset to go with the shortbread, from this recipe by Paul Hollywood. I'm a little worried about the shortbread dough, because it was very crumbly when I made it and I couldn't form it into a cylinder even after adding a few drops of cream. Maybe it'll be better after a day's refrigeration, and if not I'll just pat it into a round and cut it into wedges.
Apart from that, my plan is more salads, and bread and cheese and maybe pasta, because it's going to be stinking hot. Oh, and ice cream. I've been avoiding store-bought sweets, but only within reason, and ice-cream deprivation in this weather is unreasonable. Mm, I want ice cream now.
Something I have vague plans to cook someday: Ugh, too hot. If the monsoon starts (yes, we have a monsoon season here in semi-desert New Mexico) the afternoon rains will cool things off and maybe I'll feel like cooking again.