brilligspoons: (aragorn's feeling frisky)
2013-12-16 09:40 am

Does he know you can move it like that?

Thanks to the snow and rain we got this weekend, Boston is now a block of ice. You can imagine how exciting my walk to the bus stop and to the office was this morning. Weeeeee. :\

Anyway, things!

Yesterday I went to the MFA with [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers! Karen's a member, so we were able to get into the Sargent watercolors exhibit super early - not that the museum was at all crowded the whole time we were there (the bad weather did serve a purpose, I suppose), but it was nice to wander around and see only the guards and two or three other visitors. Strange, but nice. We also got to go through the She Who Tells a Story exhibit, which was AMAZING and possibly my favorite thing I saw yesterday. It's closing on January 12, so if you're around Boston between now and then and haven't seen it, I highly recommend you check it out.

Karen and I also went on a gallery lecture called "Expats, Immigrants, and Exiles: Geopolitics and Art" led by this really great and knowledgable grad student who I desperately want to be BFFs with. I would HAPPILY listen to her talk about art and identity and cultural context for the rest of my life. I also want to buy her a million drinks for deftly handling this one dude's inability to understand American South =\= Mexico. (Just. All the applause for this woman, holy shit.)

Other thing that happened: DESOLATION OF SMAUG. [livejournal.com profile] starsparkle333, [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah, and I went to the midnight premiere and HOLY FUCK, YOU GUYS. I'll...just go ahead and put the rest of my thoughts under a cut, because there will be spoilers. Uh, I should preface this part by saying that I really do love the movie and want to see it a million more times. DON'T THROW ANYTHING AT ME.

HOBBITSSSSSSS )

In conclusion: I may have reached the perfect balance of critical and batshit-in-love fangirl on this one. /shrug
brilligspoons: (iron man YES)
2013-10-21 08:49 am

After my blood turns into alcohol

So, I made a thing on Friday night.

Pic! )

My shoulder is still radiating pain down my right arm from cranking the forge blower (as seen here) and swinging a hammer down on an anvil for a couple hours, but GUYS, blacksmithing is fun! I mean, frustrating as hell until you figure out what the fuck you're doing (and even then you spend an inordinate amount of time going OH GOD WHY IS THE IRON NOT HEATING UP WHY IS THIS IMPOSSIBLE), but that's pretty much how all crafty-type things are for me. The dudes at the forge were really nice and hilarious, neither [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green nor I came away with any serious burns or anything, and I kind of want to go back and make more stuff. Maybe in the spring? We'll see.

Anyway, I got to hang out with Tina and Decklin's cats for a few hours on Saturday afternoon, and then there was the Project Runway finale and Iron Man 3 to watch. Yesterday I played a lot of WoW, caught up on The Voice, and did laundry. So...I was a little productive, at least.

Also yesterday morning: Bella facetimed me for help on a school project. :D :D :D Am the most ridiculous of ridiculous aunts, I realize, but I can't help but be pleased that she wanted to consult with me. She had to paint a pumpkin to look like a character from a book and answer some questions about personality traits that the author explicitly shows the character having with examples. Luckily for all involved, she's reading the first Harry Potter book and I have scary recall abilities? So we settled on honor and curiosity as the traits to focus on, and I gave her specific sections of the book to reference.

Yes, my $100,000 degree in English literature finally gets some use. \o?

Oh, and Yuletide assignments went out! I'd be a lot more excited if I could make myself write anything at all. BUT. I matched on two fandoms this year, so if I can kick my ass into gear, maybe I'll write my recipient two stories. :D? Still need to figure out how my TWHols fic is going to work, too, but I think I know the main plot. I'm also still interested in doing NaNo next month, but I need to sit down and work out more character details and do some world-building before I fully commit. Maybe I'll do that this coming weekend.

Okay. Let's do this, Monday.
brilligspoons: (h50 team)
2013-02-09 10:39 pm

"OK, who wants to learn how to remove a bullet from a gunshot wound?"

So I've had a couple months' worth of Elementary and H50 episodes on the DVR for a while now, and since we're snowed in, I decided to use the weekend to get through as many of them as I could. I'm finally up-to-date on Elementary (JOOOOOAAAANNNNN, guys, my emotions), and I started in on H50 this evening. I think I've still got five or six episodes before I'm caught up, but I just need to flail about S3E10, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE EPISODE I MUST HAVE WILLED INTO EXISTENCE.

GUYS. DANNY AND STEVE GO ON A CAMPING TRIP WITH GRACE'S GIRL SCOUT TROOP. STEVE WANTS TO TEACH THE GIRLS ABOUT THE KILL ZONE AND HOW TO THROW KNIVES. DANNY APOLOGIZES TO THE TROOP LEADER FOR STEVE BEING STEVE. AT THE END GRACE GIVES DANNY A WILDERNESS PATCH BECAUSE HE EARNED IT. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS EPISODE IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

Steve: I'm going to teach these girls how to kill and gut a pig tonight, Danny.
Danny: That's actually a horror film.

*screaming* I can't even handle how wonderful this episode was. CANNOT. It's basically all I've ever wanted since I started watching the show - Danny being long-suffering about Steve's special brand of intensity, Steve wanting to make sure the girls could ~survive in the wilderness~, the team being fiercely protective of each other, the girls all being super smart and brave and resourceful. Just. UGH. SO GOOD. I LOVE THEM ALL.

:D :D :D :D :D

Continuing to have lots of feelings about the following: Community (ABED), North and South, The Hobbit, a theoretical fic where Erica asks Lydia out on a date, Dylan O'Brien and those stupid fucking glasses he wears in The Internship, and Richard Armitage (ugh, that recording of him reading T.S. Eliot is TERRIBLE and I listened to it way too many times today).

In other news: tomorrow's surprise party for my brother's 40th was cancelled on account of snow. :\ The T is completely shut down, so it's not like I would've been able to get to South Station for my train anyway, but I was really looking forward to seeing my babies. And celebrating John's birthday, I guess, but mostly the babies. I was able to cancel my tickets and get a voucher for the amount of the round trip to New Haven, so I'll just schedule a weekend to go down there and hang with John, Jen, and Evan.

I think it might be time for hot chocolate. Yes.
brilligspoons: (jem is totally outrageous!)
2012-10-22 08:10 am

"Make way for jerklings, Boston!"

This weekend we had Florida (a.k.a. [livejournal.com profile] momebie and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers) visiting, and despite the fact that I was exhausted and cranky from the last few weeks of work, I ended up having an AWESOME time. We did brunch at this cafe/bookstore on Newbury Street on Saturday morning (decent food! friendly waitstaff! books! I would definitely go back there at some point!), and then I went home to nap and do some work things.

Yesterday morning I met up with [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery, [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green, [livejournal.com profile] metonymy, [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash, KL, and Lisa at Park Street where we embarked on our own special version of the Freedom Trail, which was dubbed Jerk Tour. Becca spent a lot of time editing the Freedom Trail guide to fit our particular brand of humor, and she did a kick-ass job of leading all of us jerklings around the city. If you follow any/all of us on Twitter, you were probably inundated with quotes and pictures for four and a half hours as we wandered through Beacon Hill, the Common, a couple graveyards, Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market, and other places. It was excellent times, all around, let me tell you.

Some favorites -

"The unicorn IS Boston?"
"No, the unicorn OF Boston."
"Okay. I had some issues with that metaphor."
"We're horny and a little mythical."

~

"I'm really concerned about these tombstones three deep."
"They had OT3s back then too, guys."

~

"Fuck you, hungry poor people!"
"You're in America now--you pay full price."

~

"Iamanoppressedcolumn dot tumblr dot com."

~

"'There were so few slaves left in Massachusetts that slavery was abolished.' We got rid of slaves...ery!"

~

"I said 'erected,' Margaret. You had one job to do!"
"Sorry, I was singing Brick House."
"I'll allow it."

~

"::points to circle on ground:: This is the site of the Boston Massacre."
"::everyone immediately steps inside it::"

~

"Not the last time the phrase 'baby I need your underwear for America' got a girl out of her pants."

~

And so on. :D

But now we're back at work, and everything is terrible. I have a metric fuckton of stuff to do today and no will to do it. I have to call some number this afternoon after 3 to find out if I actually have to show up to jury duty tomorrow. REALLY hoping I don't, but preparing for the worst. (Yes, I know this is my civic duty. But it's super inconvenient, okay? And I'm allowed to complain about it. Whatever.)

How are all of you, friends? Everybody still in one piece? Hopefully?

<3!
brilligspoons: (jem is totally outrageous!)
2012-10-22 08:10 am

"Make way for jerklings, Boston!"

This weekend we had Florida (a.k.a. [livejournal.com profile] momebie and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers) visiting, and despite the fact that I was exhausted and cranky from the last few weeks of work, I ended up having an AWESOME time. We did brunch at this cafe/bookstore on Newbury Street on Saturday morning (decent food! friendly waitstaff! books! I would definitely go back there at some point!), and then I went home to nap and do some work things.

Yesterday morning I met up with [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery, [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green, [livejournal.com profile] metonymy, [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash, KL, and Lisa at Park Street where we embarked on our own special version of the Freedom Trail, which was dubbed Jerk Tour. Becca spent a lot of time editing the Freedom Trail guide to fit our particular brand of humor, and she did a kick-ass job of leading all of us jerklings around the city. If you follow any/all of us on Twitter, you were probably inundated with quotes and pictures for four and a half hours as we wandered through Beacon Hill, the Common, a couple graveyards, Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market, and other places. It was excellent times, all around, let me tell you.

Some favorites -

"The unicorn IS Boston?"
"No, the unicorn OF Boston."
"Okay. I had some issues with that metaphor."
"We're horny and a little mythical."

~

"I'm really concerned about these tombstones three deep."
"They had OT3s back then too, guys."

~

"Fuck you, hungry poor people!"
"You're in America now--you pay full price."

~

"Iamanoppressedcolumn dot tumblr dot com."

~

"'There were so few slaves left in Massachusetts that slavery was abolished.' We got rid of slaves...ery!"

~

"I said 'erected,' Margaret. You had one job to do!"
"Sorry, I was singing Brick House."
"I'll allow it."

~

"::points to circle on ground:: This is the site of the Boston Massacre."
"::everyone immediately steps inside it::"

~

"Not the last time the phrase 'baby I need your underwear for America' got a girl out of her pants."

~

And so on. :D

But now we're back at work, and everything is terrible. I have a metric fuckton of stuff to do today and no will to do it. I have to call some number this afternoon after 3 to find out if I actually have to show up to jury duty tomorrow. REALLY hoping I don't, but preparing for the worst. (Yes, I know this is my civic duty. But it's super inconvenient, okay? And I'm allowed to complain about it. Whatever.)

How are all of you, friends? Everybody still in one piece? Hopefully?

<3!
brilligspoons: (worst friend ever)
2012-06-04 11:39 am

They're harsher than yours

Apparently we live in a world where I have David Mitchell/WILTY dreams and [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery does not. I don't really understand it, but that is a thing that happened last night. I mean, I like David Mitchell and all, I just didn't think my admiration had reached dream level already.

Anyway. The weekend was good! I got to hang out with friends on Saturday, and then yesterday afternoon I watched the EE of Return of the King and ended up drowning in feelings in re: Eowyn, Eowyn/Faramir, and the 4 hobbits, as you do. I'm actually surprised at how little I remembered of the extended scenes - it was sort of like watching the whole thing for the very first time again, which pleased me. I'm also (finally) starting to get excited for the first Hobbit movie to be out. I like to think I can trust Peter Jackson not to fuck it up, but fingers crossed, just in case.

In other news, I like it when I'm able to cross things off my lists.

-write the first Queer Fest fic (posting date: 5/28)
-finish the Suits BBMU story and have it beta read (posting date: 6/5)
-figure out where I'm going to host the BBMU mix (posting date: 6/6)
-write second Queer Fest fic (posting date: 6/10)
-finish the Marvel ladies BBMU story and have it beta read (posting date: 6/11)
-write third Queer Fest fic (posting date: 6/16) / I'm about a third of the way through this one.
-write both ZombiFICation fics and submit to mods before 6/23 / One of these has been submitted already.

The Suits story drove me up a wall towards the end, but it's DONE and mostly ready for posting tomorrow. So now I just have to write the rest of the Marvel ladies AU, figure out what I'm doing for the QF fic due on the 10th, and then I'm...in a good spot for a change. :D

*flop*

I've had the first part of this story in my In Progress folder for months, and I decided yesterday that my reward for finishing the first BBMU would be to work on it. The prompt came off a bingo card, so if you're wondering why the hell I even started writing it in the first place, that would be your answer.

one-sided Steve/Tony, non-explicit bloodplay, sort of. 621 words. )

...yeah.

Back to work! Fuck Monday!
brilligspoons: (black cat)
2011-10-31 10:01 am

Still the wanting comes in waves

It's Halloween! Let's do a little trick or treating, shall we? Comment here (as many times as you like) with "Trick or Treat!" and a request (for a picture, or a drabble, or something!) or a prompt or whatever, and I'll either respond with whatever that is (treat!), or I'll give you something entirely different of my choosing (trick!).

:DDD

Scary Things and Me. )

How are things, friends? Everyone hanging in there?