A Query:

Dec. 22nd, 2012 01:40 pm
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So for reasons that don't need explaining that this juncture (mostly TEACHER DISCOUNTS FUCK YEAH), I'm considering moving my phone service to T-Mobile and replacing my phone at the same time. Do any of you fine humans (esp. those of you in the Northeast) use T-Mobile? On the phone-companies scale, how much does it suck? Are there phones you would or would not recommend in particular? TELL ME THINGS.

In other news, J is covered in kittens and we are both off work for a week and a half. Victory is ours, great day in the morning, &c.
etben: flowers and sky (rl: yes but wait what)
hello internet! I thought for sure I'd posted this at some point, but I can't find it, so I figured I would share with you all!

ma po tofu, the lazy asshole version )

In other news, today I read a book with pages and it was great. I did not do anything else of substance, and that was also great.
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ahahahaha I have not posted in one million and twelve years (or, okay, a month, whatever) and I have approximately one MILLION things to say, most of which are AUGH OH MY GOD SCHOOL IS EATING MY FAAAAACE. There are a lot of stories to tell! but many of them would violate FERPA like nobody's business, so instead I will just say that my job is the best and you're all jealous of how I get to spend my day with douchetacular high school students, neener neener neener.

BUT MY POINT IS, I'm writing a thing? And it's almost done (and due on Sunday, ahahaha WHAT), so is there anybody out there who would be willing to run a quick beta on a Teen Wolf story at some point in the next few? I would love you forever and/or provide you with the baked good of your choice. Hit me up here or via email if you are available/interested!

PS I love everybody on the internet - even when I am a lazy asshole lurker who doesn't say anything, know that I am thinking fond thoughts about all of you, because you make my life better, weirder, more informed, and more ridiculous every single day. ♥!
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Oh, yuletider! first off, you are always and forever my favorite for offering to write in any one of these fandoms, and I will be 100% delighted by whatever you write, because it will be a story! for me! I may or may not be able to comment when Yuletide actually goes live, for reasons of family, but rest assured that I will be INCREDIBLY pleased regardless.

So, no pressure! but if you're looking for some guidelines...

Generally, I don't care for: death, pining that doesn't get resolved, rape, torture and abuse, incest.

Generally, I like: shenanigans, snappy dialogue, domesticity, porn, teams, stories about characters teaching and learning, stories about making the world a better place, stories about found families, stories about local government, stories with kittens in them, stories with babies in them, smart and competent characters, characters who have to make difficult decisions, absurdly codependent bff pairings, outsider POV, obliviousness, awkwardness, pining that gets resolved, roadtrips, bodyswap, telepathy, fucking around with gender, cross-dressing, fake dating / pretending to be married, epistolary fic, libraries, historical retellings, cuddling (for warmth or otherwise), characters taking care of each other, any character that could ever be described as 'longsuffering', negotiation of kinks, threesomes and moresomes, open relationships negotiated well, stories with sex toys in them, shenanigans. ALL OF THE TROPES, GIVE THEM TO ME.

Specifically: The Unusuals, The Darkangel Trilogy, Pitch Perfect, Tomboy )

As ever, if you have any questions, [livejournal.com profile] soundslikej is a good reference point for things I will and will not like. And if you're not feeling inspired on the fandom that we've been matched in, let me remind you that Tomboy and Pitch Perfect are both relatively short movies - Tomboy is on Netflix, last I checked - The Unusuals is a really short TV series, and the Darkangel Trilogy is a 3-book YA series! And all of them are awesome pieces of media in their own right. You have options, is what I'm saying. And also, THANK YOU. ♥!
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So, okay: I have never in my life had a credit card. This is something that baffles a lot of people, but it's true! My name is technically on my parents' card - it was supposed to be one of those "use it WISELY, pay it off, build credit" things parents do, but I have literally never once used it. Because...idek, paranoia? Being stuck in my ways? Failure to Adult? I have a debit card, I have a checkbook, I am FINE.

Except, okay, I'm 25, having a credit card is not actually an unimaginable thing to do, and possibly actually a good idea. Except...where do I even start? I have five accounts with four different banks (...don't even ask, my family does savings in a way that is the most special), do I talk to one of those? Except the bank that is local doesn't offer credit cards, so that's out. I get mailers from Southwest and stuff, but I feel like that is...somehow not a good plan? AUGH THIS IS SCARY AND BEWILDERING, GIVE ME ADVICE, I seriously have no idea what the fuck I am doing with this nonsense.
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Okay, so, hi, I have a lot of thoughts and feelings about The Dark Knight Rises. Trust me: there is absolutely nobody on this planet who is more surprised about that than I am.

TDKR thoughts + spoilers )

…On the other hand, I spent a lot of quality time leaning over to [livejournal.com profile] soundslikej and whispering WELL NOT MY MOM OKAY SHE DIDN'T IT WAS INJUSTICE / SHUT UP BATMAN YOU'RE RUINING THE SONG and laughing until I cried. So that was awesome.

Also, I watched this video of NASA mission control during the Curiosity landing and legitimately teared up. SCIENCE.
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I wrote a thing!

break common laws in twos and threes (2650 words) by faviconetben
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Iron Man (Movies), Marvel Avengers Movies Universe, The Avengers (2012)
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Characters: Pepper Potts, Tony Stark

OR, How Tony And Pepper Make It Work.

They get five glorious minutes all to themselves, wrapped around each other on the rooftop, before reality comes back. Tony and Pepper, in the interval between IM2 and the Avengers, making it work together.

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So because I am a MASSIVE DORKFACE, [livejournal.com profile] soundslikej and I went to see the This American Life live show. Yes, that's super dorky, but it was also AMAZING - heartwarming and funny and sharp and all of the things that TAL always is, but with the added benefits of:

a) excellent animation sequences,
b) live music by OK GO (and audience participation! I love audience participation!),
c) a short film with Terry Gross, which - okay, if you know who Terry Gross is, this will crack you up - it's funny regardless, I think, but it is particularly hysterical if you grew up listening to public radio.

AND ALSO THERE WAS D) IRA GLASS, oh my god, sir, please never leave my life. *________*

Some of the sequences were less my bag - David Sedaris' bit had some gratuitous fat jokes; some of the other bits were overly long or mottsy - but overall it was an extremely enjoyable night, well worth leaving the house on a rainy Tuesday.


Before the show, [livejournal.com profile] soundslikej and I hit the bathroom, as one does. Since The Avengers is still playing on several screens, we briefly discussed sneaking into a later showing, but concluded that the spirit was willing but the flesh was likely to be sleepy. This conversation turned into an appreciation of Natasha Romanova, as all such conversations must do, and somehow Amy Pond entered the discussion.

While we were washing our hands and silently pondering the hotness of that, a woman emerged from a stall toward the end.

"So what do you think - have you had enough of Amy Pond?"

We admitted that we would probably never have enough of Amy Pond, but allowed as how the last season had gotten a little much, in places; all present agreed that we were psyched for the new season of Who - depending of course on the new companion and the quality of the writing, etc.

This woman proceeded to follow us into the theater and sit in the row behind us. J and I whispered "one of usssssss" and tried not to giggle too terribly hard.

Which is all by way of saying: If you were sitting behind us in Theater 5 at the Showcase Cinema De Lux in Revere, hi! We should probably be friends.
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We are rewatching Thor tonight, as every wonderful household does on a Friday night, and I have THOUGHTS. And FEELINGS.

...spoilers for Thor? Can people still be spoiled for Thor? )

5. God damn, Hemsworth really is a blond Heath Ledger, isn't he? HEEEEEEF ;____;

In other news, I'm done with classes! and am guaranteed to graduate! Which means that, with the exception of some interviews and some family shenanigans, the only things I need to do between now and the end of the month are:

• pack for the summer
• put the gd a/c in the window
• write the story about how Tony and Pepper Make It Work (which is also the story about how Stark Tower comes to be, maybe? And might also involve a threesome with Bruce Banner, fuck you, don't judge me.)
• write the ridiculous gen epic about Steve Rogers Discovering The 21st Century, ugh, [livejournal.com profile] angelsaves and [livejournal.com profile] soundslikej are the WORST enablers.
• write about Thor and Jane sleeping with everybody
• write about how everybody sleeps with everybody in the Avengers Mansion, for reasons of plot.

My life choices: actually fairly valid, for a change! If you have thoughts on Thor, or on the Avengers more generally, or if you have things you think I should write, you should come have opinions at me in the comments!
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Here's a twist on that one meme: I've got a list of 15 characters from the Avengers and various associated films. Give me two (or three, or four, or whatever) characters and a thing they do together, and I will do my best to write you a snippet of how that happens! So, for example, "2 and 5! Cuddling!" or "3, 7, and 12 on a road trip" or "4 and 9, oral sex".

These probably won't happen right away, for reasons of or relating to the PLOT, but I will do what I can!
etben: flowers and sky (rl: \o/)
If any of you are ever in need of something adorable and hilarious, I highly recommend this playlist of various guest stars hanging out with Elmo. Zoe Saldana's 'transportation' clip is my personal favorite, but Amy Poehler is also great, as are the many many other fabulous people.

In other news: finished my student teaching, watched the Avengers twice in less than 24 hours, and spent the entire day hungover on the couch, reading fic and refreshing tumblr. My weekend: pretty excellent, thanks much!
etben: flowers and sky (middleman!)
So I was thinking about doing that "my week in pictures" meme, but 90% of my day would be a FERPA violation, so, nope! Instead, here's a post about things I have recently watched and enjoyed. Feel free to share your feels and/or suggestions in the comments - I think the next thing in our netflix queue is The Fantastic Four, for reasons of Chris Evans and his stupid rubber face, but we are both very suggestible humans.

My Week With Marilyn, The Hunger Games, The Artist, Entre Les Murs, Friends With Benefits, Project Runway All Stars, Parks and Recreation, Korra )

In other news, I'm wicked excited for the Avengers, I can't even lie. The fact that it comes out the same day as my last day of student teaching is just the cherry on top of the sundae of fabulousness that is that movie. MOVIES ABOUT SUPERHEROS AND BLOWING SHIT UP, PARTY OF ME. *\o/*
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Internet, for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture (aka I took a practice licensure test, because I like suffering), I am the proud possessor of a $100 gift card to Penguin Books. Rejoicing! Celebration! But I have to use it all at once, which is...I mean, not that I couldn't spend $100 on books at one go? But being restricted by publisher is kind of a tricky thing.

SO: What books should I own? Don't worry about checking if Penguin has them (although if you know that they do, that's cool!) - if nothing else, it will serve me well to have a list of recommended books to come back to at a later date.
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OKAY, so, for reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture, I have been pretty much DEAD for writing purposes for the past...while. Like, excepting Yuletide, I've written exactly one story since early 2009, when I posted my last bandom longfic. Which, ugh, cue guilt guilt shame shame NOT CONTRIBUTING TO THE FANNISH ECONOMY WHY DO YOU SUCK SO MUCH, SELF? -type spiral of unproductive feelings, eurrgh, please exit to your left, o ye haters.

BUT. I am graaaadually getting back into the fannish swing of things, by which I mean that I am feeling like I might like to write something again EVER, which is pretty thrilling. And yet: blocked on absolutely everything I have ever started ever.

SO. We're going to play a game that goes like this: you comment to me and say something like hey, M, tell me about the time that Tony Stark accidentally dyed his hair blue, or hey, what about the time Jake Jensen wore women's clothing on a bet, or but what about that time that Amy Pond met John Watson and they totally made out?

And then I try to write it! for values of "write" that contain an awful lot of handwaving and FOR REASONS OF PLOT. This is STORYTIME, not fic-writing time; High Literature Hour has been cancelled due to inclement weather and a shitty acronym.

FANDOMS: Avengers/Captain America/Iron Man, the Losers (but preferably movieverse, because I like it when everybody lives), Doctor Who, Pride and Prejudice, Friday Night Lights through s1?. Anything else I've written or capslocked about is potentially up for grabs, but those are probably your best bets.


Mar. 1st, 2012 05:44 pm
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I have things to say, but this week has been an enormous pile of hot fresh RIDICULOUS, and so I don't really have the words to say them. Suffice to say that I have impersonated an actual grown-up on multiple occasions this week, mostly successfully, and also I have not stabbed anybody in the face, so I am going to sit right here and eat the chocolate peppermint cookies of righteousness (and possibly also the cauliflower chili of triumph?) before I have to go to class tonight.

Also here is my love meme thread! I will probably not actually leave comments tonight, because of the aforementioned class, but tomorrow is Friday and all things are possible. If I miss anybody's comment, though, I ♥ you all!

ETA: ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME. I got an email from instructor, saying that if we feel that it would be unsafe for us to come in to class tonight, we should feel free to skip class without being penalized (which is a big deal, because this class only meets for about 6 sessions overall).

I got this email at 6:15pm, which is...15 minutes after I'd already left the house. THANKS A FUCKING LOT. *grumps*
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I was going to make a post about my ~feelings~ after this weekend, but FEELINGS, and also ahahahahaha fuck no.

Then I was going to make a post about the things I brought home from my grandparents' house, but I can't find my camera charger, so that didn't happen.

Then I thought I might make J watch Lil Abner, one of my favorite childhood movies, and liveblog her horrified faces, but the movie is down in the car, and it's raining, so, no.

And then I said, oh, hey, I could post about going and getting the car appropriately insured and titled and registered today! ...which post would interest approximately NOBODY.

So instead I am just going to say project runway spoilers ).

I, yeah. That's what I've got today.
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So last night I made [livejournal.com profile] soundslikej watch O Brother, Where Art Thou? with me, for reasons of Clooney, and it was an A+ life experience! And then afterwards we were discussing Clooney and how great his face is, and this happened:

M: I don't think I've seen another movie where he was this silly, you know? Like, I guess Ocean's, but those are really more caper movies than actualfax comedies.
J: Yeah - he's like that in interviews, but I guess not so much in movies.
M: And he's got such an expressive face, while simultaneously being really classically attractive - you know who he reminds me of?
J: Who?
M: Chris Evans! Oh, and also the guy who played Steve Rogers.
J: ...
M: What?
J: ...oh honey.
M: .../o\

Relatedly, last week my parents went to the movies! During one of the previews, my dad leans over to my mother and says, "hey, this looks good, we should see it sometime!" Only for my mother to inform him that the movie in question was in fact the last movie they'd seen together, two or three weeks previously. I'm just saying, it's not like this shit is in any way surprising.

In conclusion, George Clooney is incredibly attractive and makes some really great faces, Oh Brother is still the only Coen Bros movie that I've really loved, and also my facial recognition circuit is a piece of shit. Happy Saturday!
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I had an absolutely EXCELLENT day today, with lots of wine and noms and fangirls and due south! There was a lot of hilarity surrounding the notion of a sex-voice GPS function (to be voiced by one ms. [livejournal.com profile] shiningartifact, CLEARLY), and also a great deal of general delightfulness - and on the car ride home I inflicted the following on C, who said that clearly this was something that needed shared with the rest of the world.

I'm just saying, blame C, not me.
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so I have actual posts to make (family stuff! flaily life stuff! oh my god I start student teaching in LESS THAN A WEEK oh fuck oh fuck panic stuff!), but I just need to get this off of my chest:

If visibility is less than absolutely perfect, put your fucking headlights on when you are driving. That includes twilight! That includes heavy rain or snow! And that absolutely includes heavy rain/snow/ick in the early morning or late evening! Your headlights may not do a fuck of a lot of good for your ability to see the road, but they make an enormous difference in how well the rest of us can see you.

This announcement has been brought to you by the department of JESUS FUCK, PUT YOUR FUCKING HEADLIGHTS ON, PEOPLE.

...and now I will go back to Operation: Bake ALL the cookies!

...bake ALL the cookies?


Jan. 5th, 2012 11:08 pm
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So J and I finally watched Bridesmaids! And as EVERYBODY EVER predicted, we totally loved it, so thanks for calling that one, everybody. Someday I will manage to pick up on the media you are recommending me in a timely manner!


CONCLUSION: A+++++ movie, would watch again, I am still the awkwardest human alive.


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