So Far So Good: Final Poems 2014-2018, by Ursula Le Guin. As the subtitle says, this is Le Guin's last book of poetry, finished just before she died; death was definitely on her mind here, especially in the last section. It's good, but either not as good as other poetry that I've read (none of it in the last couple of years), or -- likely -- death just isn't what I want to read about right now.
(The new glasses are drugstore reading glasses, while I wait for my eyes to finish healing post-surgery and can get a new eyeglass prescription. For most purposes, my uncorrected vision is now better than my corrected vision a year ago, but for reading and other close work I need glasses, and will be glad when I can get prescription glasses that correct for the astigmatism.)
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Main Fandoms: THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY seriously this show has all my uwus and if people talk about it with me I get so excited happy !!
Other Fandoms: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Marvel/MCU, The Haunting of Hill House, American Horror Story (not so much Apocalypse or Hotel but all other seasons esp 1, 2, 3, and 7), pretty much any horror film (horror has been my obsession since I was little), Stranger Things, It 2017 (and the book), MTV Scream, Riverdale (a little bit).
Fannish Interests: I'm a writer, mostly, but due to extenuating circumstances I haven't been able to write much in awhile. I've recently started reading fanfiction again, too.
OTPs and Ships: just some random things I ship in no particular order - Klaus/Dave, Klaus/Ben, Hazel/Agnes, Five/Delores (lol), Vanya/girls, Violet/Quigley, Klaus/Duncan, Steve/Bucky, Carol/Maria, Scott/Hope, Tony/Bruce, Thor/Starlord, Venom/Eddie, Peter/MJ, Mike/Will, Mike/Eleven, Bill/Eddie, Bill/Richie, Ben/Beverly, Archie/Betty, Archie/Jughead, Archie/Reggie, Betty/Veronica, Cheryl/Toni. (My taste in ships is really weird ig.)
Favourite Movies: Any Marvel film (notably Winter Soldier, Infinity War, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel), any horror film (my all-time favourite is John Carpenter's Halloween
TV Shows: The Umbrella Academy, Stranger Things, American Horror Story, Shutter, MTV Scream, Rick and Morty, Always Sunny, and I watch jdramas rarely.
Books: Anything by Chuck Pahlahniuk, The Ruins, Shutter Island, a lot of Stephen King stuff.
Music: I like a ton of really random music, but my two favourite artists are The 1975 and Mindless Self Indulgence.
Games: Not really a games person but I like Kingdom Hearts and Pokemon.
Comics/Anime/Misc: I read Marvel comics sometimes, and The Umbrella Academy.
Other Info: I'm male, if that matters. In my journal I sometimes talk about things like mental health, just a warning. I also can post kind of sporadically since I'm other sites a lot - but if you want to, we could add each other in twitter, plurk, discord, and tumblr; I just wanna make some friends!
ground beef calculatorwhose calculations agree with my own so it does what I expect.
The new cats in cages were Fieldfare, who hisses a lot but otherwise didn't give me any trouble, and Oz (in the picture), who's a bit shy but likes attention.
Associated Press picked up the story of Larry, the cat who had been missing for 5 years, and it's shown up at least as far away as the DC area.
Adoptions are slow, and we've got some nice cats who could use good homes. If you know anyone near the northern Massachusetts seacoast who's looking for a cat, send them our way.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie which tells the story of the unnamed narrator and his friend Lou as they are re-educated in rural China during the 1970s. It's apparently based off of the author's real life experiences of the same and it's alternately charmingly silly and deeply sad. The narrator and his friends are the sons of doctors and, therefore, class traitors, and have pretty much resigned themselves to a perpetual life of shit, at least until they discover a suitcase full of forbidden Western literature and a hot local girl. They're both a pair of teenage idiots and I found myself alternately charmed and frustrated by them. I kind of wish I'd gotten to see more from the Little Seamstress. Lou basically decides that she's hot, but uncultured and takes it upon himself to fashion her into his ideal woman using Western literature only for it to backfire spectacularly in a My Fair Lady sort of way. I would have loved to see how she felt about it, but since the story is told from her boyfriend's best friend's POV their whole romance feels weirdly distant and detached.
I liked it, but I probably wont be keeping it. I'm trying to get better about not hoarding every book I buy. Only the stuff that really sparks joy, as Marie Kondo would say.
?????? Probably some more unsatisfying Umbrella Academy fanfic before I find another one that really hits the spot. Anyone got any recs?
The state is now considering holding hearings on the subject of the SHSAT. I'm considering going, but as my only input is "The scoring is whack, we don't know if it tests for what it says it tests for, and those schools are overrated, and everybody in this room needs to seriously get a grip" I'm not sure I'd be quite welcome. Literally nobody ever appreciates my truth.
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Cat sitter: prepped!
Backup cat sitter: on call!
And also: xparrot somehow edited another chapter of Kaleidoscope while in a hotel on her phone and tablet? BEST BETA. ♥ (I feel this is one of those sections where a few thoughtful tweaks made a huge difference overall.)
With a Twist of the Kaleidoscope (80534 words) by naye
Fandom: 镇魂 | Guardian (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Shěn Wēi/Zhào Yúnlán
Characters: Shěn Wēi, Zhào Yúnlán, Dà Qìng, Yè Zūn, The SID Team
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Angst with a Happy Ending, Mutual Pining, Slow Burn, (...yeah the established relationship comes before the pining and slow burn), Mind Manipulation, Hurt/Comfort, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Fix-It, Overthinking Guardian canon, Good thing fic has an unlimited f/x budget, Wordcount: Over 100.000
Chapter Summary: Shen Wei is no longer in the SID lab.
I had the one-week follow-up appointment after the cataract surgery on my second eye today. All is well; there's a bit of swelling, but no more than would be expected. I have the doctor's okay to resume normal activities--exercise other than swimming, leaning forward, carrying more than eight points, sleeping without the eye shield. The doctor sent me home with samples of the two kinds of eye drops I still need, the Durezol that the insurance won't cover, which is what I had called and asked for, and the Ilevro, which is covered but still not cheap.
I have one more follow-up appointment, in mid-April, at which time Dr. Lazzara will prescribe new eyeglasses. In the meantime, I have to make do with the drugstore reading glasses. I told the doctor I was having trouble reading my computer monitor, because it's at an inconvenient distance, and he suggested I try a weaker prescription, maybe +0.75 or +1.0 (I'm using +2.0 for reading on paper or with the kindle). I have now measured the distance from where I normally sit to the monitor, and am going to try drugstore glasses while holding something to read about a foot and a half away.
I am enjoying being able to see, though not read, without glasses; it's weird having to remember to take my glasses off to see properly when not reading. I figure I'm going to want prescription glasses that can deal with the astigmatism; I may buy small ones that I can look over, rather than something complicated in the way of bifocals. That's a decision for next month at the earliest, but thinking about it now seems reasonable.
But then, in this series they also breed dragons, which you'd think would have the same problems but eversomuch moreso, so I'll just forget it. This book is much better than the last, you all were right on that front.
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