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I really appreciate online shopping. So convenient! So flexible! Definitely one of my top 100 things I like about the internet.

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fleece time

May. 4th, 2017 06:50 am
marcicat: xkcd sunset (xkcd sunset)

Yesterday at work I actually said to someone, “I don’t have a bathrobe. I have a home fleece.”

Which made perfect sense to me! (Maybe not to them? IDK, who can tell?)

But then I got to thinking, and I thought I should celebrate ALL my fleeces!

*the home fleece — for when I walk in after work and it’s a bit chilly; acceptable substitute for blankets when I have to get out of bed in the morning; the *most* cat fur

*the work fleece — lives at work for times when extra coziness or warmth is needed; lifesaver when I spill something on my shirt; can’t bring it home (see: cat fur)

*the car fleece — for when it was hot before, but now it’s cold and the car fleece is all warm from the sun; safety fleece

*the winter pajama fleece — because it’s cold in the winter; my most well-loved fleece of all time; shows up in a bunch of pictures of me because the benefit of wearing regular clothes as pajamas is that you can wear your pajamas all day and it looks like regular clothes!

*the 3-season pajama fleece — for when it’s not winter anymore but still not quite t-shirt-all-the-time weather

Basically fleece is The Best, and since it is sadly frowned upon to bring a cozy blanket everywhere on the off chance you might get to take a nap, a fleece is a perfectly stealthy alternative!

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Things I Like About Post-Christmas Winter:

1. Sometimes snow is pretty.

2. My birthday is in a winter month!

3. Typically very few biting insects around.

4. Stylish winter hats.

5. Winter coats have a lot of pockets.

6. The only season when having a shovel in my car isn’t weird.

7. How quiet it is when you walk outside and it’s snowing.

8. Hot tea.

(Eight things is pretty good, right? I mean, it’s not nine or ten, but it’s more than five!)

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marcicat: (hershey kiss)

310 pinboard tags this year! Approximately. I mean, a lot of those were non-fic-related — recipes, and wishlist things, and just general helpful links.

(Seriously, it looks like I should go back to January and just start re-reading. Look at all those Star Wars cuties!)

Let’s see, in an entirely unscientific survey, the fic links appear to have the following rough breakdown:

A Lot Of:
Star Wars
Avengers

A Surprising Amount Of:
Fantastic 4 / Spiderman
Harry Potter

Timely Cameos By:
Zootopia
Supergirl

Classic Standbys:
Merlin
Teen Wolf
Star Trek

Where Did This Come From:
Leverage

As far as I can tell, my top tag is “AU.” Not shocking.

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So it turns out I’ve fallen a few days behind on both posting and nano-novel-ing. One of those seems far easier to get caught up on than the other. In that spirit, here are some fun Florida vacation notes!

1. I love penguins. If you didn’t know me as a small child, you might not know that exciting fact about me, so I thought I’d lead with it. And guess what Sea World has? PENGUINS. (Or rather, PENGUINS!!!1!!1!!)

2. It is already CHRISTMAS at Sea World. No lie, we have a picture in front of the Christmas tree.

3. We saw a CAT at Sea World too! (It was cute. And not officially part of the park exhibits.)

BONUS: *ANDREA is the MOST AWESOME and VERY GOOD at not freaking out about things like ‘but where is our BUS?!’ and ‘why is there no WATER?!’

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There’s something so comforting for me about going back and re-reading fics I know I’ve read before and enjoyed. Sometimes everything is just too much to figure out a new story.

AO3 makes it so easy, too! I just pick a fandom, relationship, or other tag, sort by kudos, filter by completed, and boom: reading list suggestions. Thanks, AO3!

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Since I don’t want to think about work right now, how about a list of things that are awesome today that have nothing to do with work:

1. fall leaves
2. caffeinated beverages
3. candles
4. indoor plants that have lived for 17 days!
5. 92.5 The River
6. the ‘hold my flower’ meme
7. cats
8. finding recipes on the internet
9. finding everything on the internet
10. not everything has to be an even number
11. sometimes primes are the way to go

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picnic

Sep. 18th, 2016 06:43 am
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Yesterday’s picnic lunch spot — still very summery despite my expectations! Bonus: met a cute border collie.

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Just started hearing this one on the radio: White Flag, by Joseph

Three sisters! Fun to sing! (Great car song!) Catchy as heck!

Ten out of ten, would sing along again.

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2016 is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in the US, which is pretty cool. (Love the article title that calls the national parks “America’s best idea.”)

As a heads up, on August 25th through 28th there will be no entrance fees for any of the national parks!

And closer to home, today is also a fee-free day at New Hampshire state parks! (It’s unclear whether you actually have to *say* “happy birthday” to get your entrance fee waived, but it certainly won’t hurt!)

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From the Great Hiking Trip of 2016: Mount Monroe, probably, in a break between storms. No Perseids for us that night!

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summer!

Jun. 21st, 2016 06:32 am
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Now that summer is officially here, this is my list of five awesome things I like to do in the summer!

1. stay inside where it’s cool

2. not get sunburned

3. drink lots of water

4. watch movies

5. lie on the floor and contemplate my life

Historically, I have also enjoyed staying up very late at night reading, but I’m trying to be better about getting sleep, and the cat’s going to make sure I’m up at 6:30 no matter what, so… we’ll see.

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I’m feeling a little grumbly about the cold and snow, so here’s my list of good things for today:

1. at least it’s sunny!

2. seeing the bird footprints all over the snow on the balcony

3. cold weather a good excuse to wear hoodie to work

4. it’s not Monday

5. there is currently a purring cat in my lap

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The Cyborg Arm Job, by copperbadge

The Leverage crew run into a new friend, find some buried treasure, and fight some Nazis. It’s a pretty good day.

Aw, they’re so great! Leverage OT3 with bonus Bucky Barnes. Perfect Friday fic. I particularly liked the “fake FBI agent” conversation!

“Oh, the FBI’s giving you grief?” Hardison asked, head rising from his conference with Wilson. “Shit, that’s no problem. Parker and I are FBI agents.”

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marcicat: (winter deer)

Six fics this year, with a total of about 67,000 words.

1. The one about the 2014 movie version of ‘Annie,’ with time travel. I had a lot of fun thinking about the alternate future while I was driving to and from work back in January.

There’s Always Tomorrow (unless you time travel into the past)

2. The one with Valentine’s Day and a random assortment of Marvel heroes I like. Gotta love the B team.

Something Like Home

3. And then there was ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ which was 1000% fun to watch and also to write about. Only series (mini-series, really) of the year!

Pack It Up

4. Second part. More hugging. In space!

Move It Out

5. Then there was that point where I couldn’t decide whether to write an Age of Ultron fix-it fic or a Jurassic World raptor squad fic, so I did neither and called it a crossover.

Some Days There Are Dinosaurs

6. And finally, NaNoWriMo! The whole flying/swimming thing was supposed to be more important, originally, but somehow it didn’t turn out that way. That’s what happens when I pick a title before I write the story. (Some day I will learn. Or not.)

With Wings To Swim

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Okay, so the line I actually remember is:

“Did he threaten to hold his breath?”

But it makes more sense with the sentence before it:

“It’s not like a guy who’s been in the ice for seventy years and is now in SHIELD top-secret custody has a lot of chips on the table. Did he threaten to hold his breath?”

[from Living In The Future, by Closer]

(Iron Man: Armored Adventures — still my favorite Avengers canon!)

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If you ever find yourself trying to brighten up a semi-outdoor space, such as a porch or balcony, and thinking, ‘I could put something on the wall, but what?’

Might I suggest: CRAFT FOAM

[Note: suggestion comes via Mom, who is super awesome at this sort of thing.]

Craft foam comes in sheets of all sizes and colors, plus pre-cut shapes, plus you can get it in peel and stick varieties which is so easy and takes out that tedious ‘glue stuff to other stuff’ step.

And it’s just sturdy enough to be outside — it can handle sun and temperature changes and even the occasional wind-driven rain. It’s not going to last forever, but that turns out to be really good for someone like me who has trouble with the pressure of choosing ‘forever’ decorations.

[Pics to follow on crafturday, hopefully!]

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As a kid, I always liked the brontosaurus best. So I was dismayed when it was decided that brontosaurus wasn’t a real dinosaur. (I mean, I wasn’t moved to tears or anything, but it was a bummer.)

And since I did a cursory amount of research into dinosaurs for my June fic, I decided I’d recheck the status of the brontosaurus — and what luck! It’s back! (What’s next? Pluto’s a planet again?)

The Smithsonian article goes into more detail, but the Scientific American article wins best quote award:

This sauropod diversity emphasizes “that the Late Jurassic [period] of North America in which they lived may have been a weird time,” Wedel says.

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marcicat: (summer foliage)

Still one of my favorite poems to revisit, re-read, and enjoy again:

Art is a facebook status about your winter break
by b.e. fitzgerald


I swear to every heaven ever imagined,
if I hear one more dead-eyed hipster
tell me that art is dead, I will personally summon Shakespeare
from the grave so he can tell them every reason
why he wishes he were born in a time where
he could have a damn Gmail account.
The day after I taught my mother
how to send pictures over Iphone she texted
me a blurry image of our cocker spaniel ten times in a row.
Don’t you dare try to tell me that that is not beautiful.
But whatever, go ahead and choose to stay in
your backwards-hoping-all-inclusive club
while the rest of us fall in love over Skype.
Send angry letters to state representatives,
as we record the years first sunrise so
we can remember what beginning feels like when
we are inches away from the trigger.
Lock yourself away in your Antoinette castle
while we eat cake and tweet to the whole universe that we did.
Hashtag you’re a pretentious ass hole.
Van Gogh would have taken 20 selflies a day.
Sylvia Plath would have texted her lovers
nothing but heart eyed emojis when she ran out of words.
Andy Warhol would have had the worlds weirdest Vine account,
and we all would have checked it every morning while we
Snap Chat our coffee orders to the people
we wish were pressed against our lips instead of lattes.
This life is spilling over with 85 year olds
rewatching JFK’s assassination and
7 year olds teaching themselves guitar over Youtube videos.
Never again do I have to be afraid of forgetting
what my fathers voice sounds like.
No longer must we sneak into our families phonebook
to look up an eating disorder hotline for our best friend.
No more must I wonder what people in Australia sound like
or how grasshoppers procreate.
I will gleefully continue to take pictures of tulips
in public parks on my cellphone
and you will continue to scoff and that is okay.
But I hope, I pray, that one day you will realize how blessed
you are to be alive in a moment where you can google search
how to say I love you in 164 different languages.

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This, You Protect, by owlet

A post-Cap2 fic in which Bucky’s mission objective switches to protecting Steve. Then he discovers coffee, grilled cheese, and the benefits of befriending old people. Pretty much my favorite fic of the week.

This mission. So disorganized. He’d like to punch a hole in the wall, but sadly, mysterious home damage is incompatible with undetected surveillance. Instead he does the worst thing he can think he’d possibly get away with.

He resets Steve’s ringtone. To the banjo.

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