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This has been the shortest work week EVAR. I was off Monday for MLK Day, which I spent mostly doing laundry and also driving my friend Michael to Lowe's to pick up some boxes (he's moving out of Spavinsville, lucky stiff). I worked Tuesday and Wednesday, and then on Thursday I went home early because I caught The Plague from lolmom (who had it last week) and had to call in yesterday as well. I'm feeling better (albeit heavily medicated) now that I'm not coughing until my eyes water every fifteen minutes, and I was well enough to do some errands today (if by "errands" you mean "I got my every-two-weekly pedicure" and "oh yeah, I went to the bookstore and spent the FUCK out of the $50 gift card my father sent me for Christmas and still wound up going over because I am constitutionally incapable of avoiding the bargain rack").

Also, you can always tell I am really out of it when I can't follow a battle scene; I watched Samurai Banners last night and towards the end, kept going, "Wait, what the fuck?...Oh, right, there's the vanguard, yeah. Did Takeda win this one? I don't remember." (He said he did, though a lot of Takeda Shingen's battles with Uesugi Kenshin were pretty inconclusive.) Also, if I were lost in the snow and some guy who looked like Toshiro Mifune were following me, I'd let him find me, but I'm not gonna lie, I'm shallow.

So that's it. Now, it's time to get back on the wagon, I guess.
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I spent ~23 hours at work this weekend, by which I mean I did 8 hours on Saturday, 9 on Sunday, and 6 today. But! My quota for the weekend is made, and I am done. At least until tomorrow.

Cosi Fan Tutte tix go on sale to the general public tomorrow. Why yes, I will be going to the opera this year. I haven't gone in years mainly due to lack of money, and dude that is changing. I'd like to take lolmom to see Carmen in Louisville, but the dates are problematic, viz.:
23 September is the day I'm having my wisdom teeth out, and I definitely won't be up to much of anything.
25 September is doable, but just; we're probably going to have to leave right after lolmom gets back from Religious Ed. (For those of you just joining us, lolmom teaches the confirmation class at her church.) I don't know how long mandatory overtime is going to continue, so I might need to have a day free, or else a lot of wangling.
30 September is doable for me, but it means not bringing lolmom because she has to work, and now I don't feel like I can do that

Randomly: I admit that this is my fault for using such a vague search term, but while punching "samurai" into Amazon will bring up some hugely entertaining stuff, it also brings up a lot of crap. Including some lolarious romance novels, which I may need to purchase for future snarking...
xifeng: (Force 'n hoes)
I seriously need to be in bed on account of I am taking lolmom to Louisville for the Jane Austen Festival tomorrow, yes yes we are litfags. DUN JUDG.

Also, I have goddamn samurai in my brain, so here, help me out with a very srs poll that should be taken very srsly.

[Poll #1760229]

And that's it, going to bed. :D
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+ Where is all this snot coming from? I was fine and then I began sneezing at work (in conjunction with Stomach Issues, so I was trying desperately to keep my bodily wastes in my body whilst sneezing), and now I'm clogged up. I realize the seasons are changing but seriously what the hell, I don't have time for this sneezy-ass bullshit. And I have a 7-hour shift in about 12 and a half hours. I am tempted to look into those pots that let you flush out your sinuses or whatever but the last thing I want to do is stick something up my nose.

+ I am about halfway through The Price of Spring by Daniel Abraham, the final installment in the Long Price Quartet, and I am in love. Seriously, the entire series is damn fine and you need to go out and read that (I AM LOOKING AT YOU IN PARTICULAR [livejournal.com profile] galhea). I would be happy if I could produce something half as good.

+ I really, really, really hate the piece I'm working on. This is par for the course for me, and usually things pick up, but the whole thing just rings entirely false and it's not at all something I want to be working on. (I am working on it anyway in the hope that I will a.) warm to my theme and b.) get a quick buck and a publication credit out of it.) Seriously: one of the heroines acts entirely out of character for most of the 20+ pages I have so far. The villain's motives are unclear. I have a completely unintentional romance B-plot on my hands. The plot is a clusterfuck. (On the plus side, the other heroine has turned out to be pretty fun to write, which is nice since I initially had no idea what to do with her and was afraid she'd turn into an unlikable simp in my hands, given that I am poorly adapted to writing women who are not badasses and/or not like men. Given that nineteenth-century rural Ireland was not a place where badasses had a lot of opportunity to flourish, I'm pretty much stuck with her as she now is.) I have to make myself work on this shit, y'all.

+ I really just want to write samurai. Samurai pr0n seems to do well enough at Torquere and similar fine publishing houses, thus proving that I am not the only person who is a sucker for it. Also, judging by some of the excerpts I have read, I have the singular advantage of actually knowing something about samurai. [livejournal.com profile] duokinneas, will you be my beta?

+ I also want to go back to writing badass women. I'm just not good at the regular kind. Unfortunately if I exercise my particular hobbyhorse too much, everything starts to read the same.

+ Unrelated to the above, this is what makes my hometown the best. :D I found the link via the Consumerist, which referred to him as the Taco Avenger.

+ I'm so glad it's cool enough to enjoy tea comfortably. ♥

+ 7 more days until Chautauqua Weekend. I offered to bring the lolmom along, but pointed out that I mean to leave pretty early (so it would probably be something like "oh hi you're home change your clothes and get in the car we're leaving"); she was game at first but then was informed that she has to work that Saturday, and she has to be at work before I do that day. I'm still going, but it's always more fun when you've got company.

+ I started on this thing almost 2 hours ago and there is still snot despite DayQuil and tea. I CERTAINLY HOPE THIS IS NOT INDICATIVE OF HOW MUCH FUN I AM GOING TO HAVE AT WORK TONIGHT~
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+ Had my performance evaluation at work. I get a raise (w00p, in the immortal words of [livejournal.com profile] galhea) and there are some indications that I am possibly being Groomed For Promotion at some date in the distant future. In all candor, I hope to fuck that I won't be around for that, preferably by virtue of having gotten a different job or gone back to school or both.
+ Am a powerhouse of activity today. Plants are watered, car is clean, I only need to pick up a little of the floor in my room (and under the bed and nightstand), I'm almost done with the book I'm reading, and I'm getting ready to prepare resumés. This after a full day at work. I still have a lot to do, though.
+ Toshiro Mifune in Shôgun: Yep, still hotter than Hell in the summertime.

+ Still not done with laundry.
+ Am sick. Initially I thought it was just a reaction to dust I had angered by kicking it up while I was cleaning, but usually when this happens I sneeze a few times and then get over it. I am completely stopped up (in the sinuses, you guys) and can't go lie down because I'm not finished with the shit I have to do. DayQuil and liquid are my friends.
+ Also, because I am lazy and never got around to writing it, Hittite Week is not this week and will appear whenever I finally get to writing some actual content. Please look forward to it, though.
xifeng: (OMG YAY)
Last night, I engaged in the following exchange:
l33: (quietly sits at computer, looking at Int0rwebz pornography or something similar)
l33: (grabs can of Die Spider Die and engages in chemical warfare) OH YEAH? YOU THINK YOU'RE BETTER THAN ME? ARE YOU ALSO BETTER THAN POISONOUS DEATH? WHERE IS YOUR SPIDER GOD NOW???

I have yet to see the spider again. Such will be the death of all freaky eight-legged nightmare beasts which have the misfortune to cross my path. My paranoia has taken some very embarrassing routes that I'm not going to share with you because they're that stupid and paranoid.

Also: OMG YOU GUYS THE TOMATO AND PEPPER PLANTS ARE STARTING TO FLOWER. The Japanese eggplant and yellow pepper plant are delicate snowflakes and tend to wilt easily, but hopefully some more water took care of that. Also, the herbs are doing really well. (The lolmom's diabolical plan involves letting the caraway plant waste itself to seed and then using the seeds for rye bread.)

Also also, further thoughts on Shôgun, hidden under the cut in case there are spoilers and you haven't seen it yet for whatever reason )
xifeng: (OMG YAY)
Here are some other things that happened while I had no Int0rbuttz:

All beings shall know the bounty of my produce, and also some stuff about samurai! )
xifeng: (OMG YAY)
By any objective standard, my life hasn't been very entertaining of late, but I'm feeling chatty, so you're stuck with this post. Read it and squee, or don't.

+ I actually have some money left over after bills are paid. I am totally buying a few things. Like a dress, which I don't need, and some new tank tops, which I can technically justify, and more Samurai Deeper Kyo, which I can't but it's cheap.
+ My period has finally stopped. ABOUT GODDAMN TIME.
+ I have an arm full of yet moar Depo, and my bloodwork was just like "keep taking your meds, k?". Since I flip out every time my insulin levels have to be checked, this is a good thing.
+ At the end of last month, the lolmom bought a half-share in Seton Harvest, the only CSA in our immediate area. Today was our first pickup, and we are rolling in produce. We have green leaf lettuce, some garlic shoots (the green parts cut off the top so the bulbs can grow larger), kale, radishes, two green onions of unusual size, and something whose name I forget but which is a member of the cabbage family and resembles bok choy. Immediate plans for all this bounty include a salad with some of the lettuce and radishes (also avocado and roast corn, since corn at the 'Mart is like twenty-five cents an ear) and stir fry with beef, green onions, and bell peppers. I have no idea what we're going to do with the kale; I don't like kale, but I'm willing to give it the old college try. Lolmom doesn't know if she likes kale or not, so this will be interesting. Food faggotry ftw!
+ Two more days and then I'm off.
+ I saw The Twilight Samurai the other night. Despite the dearth of Toshiro Mifune, it was made of awesome and win, as anything based on the work of Fujisawa Shuhei should be. I got a little teary in parts SHUT UP IT'S PERFECTLY FINE TO CRY OVER A SAMURAI MOVIE IT DOESN'T COMPROMISE MY MASCULINITY.
+ I have a fun new RP going, in which I play Mr Meanypants, and may possibly have another fun new RP going shortly.
+ In conclusion, OMG YAY.
xifeng: (MY ASS IS ON FIRE)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] naiadea!

As to everything else: brb playing samurai right now, can't be arsed with the rest of it.


May. 2nd, 2010 01:21 am
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So the sequence of events goes like this:

1.) H leaves.
2.) I watch a shitton of chanbara films as part of the healing process.
3.) I develop a stupid crush on Toshiro Mifune and will not shut up about it.
4.) I make the icon featured above.
5.) Everybody defriends me.

That is all. XD
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1.) Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] daturabelle!

2.) For someone who was going to crash immediately upon arrival at home (after a 6-2 shift), I have done a pretty respectable job of staying up late. [livejournal.com profile] galhea and [livejournal.com profile] imperfectkatoru are good for that kind of thing, though.

3.) I have decided to save Duel at Ichijoji Temple for when I'm a.) not RPing and b.) less tired and can appreciate Toshiro Mifune its rich tapestry of themes and leitmotifs and oh shit are those SAMURAI??? better.

4.) T minus about 36 hours or so (leaving for weekend trip). Wheeeee!

5.) Note to [livejournal.com profile] duokinneas: NO PART 3 UNTIL YOU COMMENT ON PART 2. Or I'll eat all the waffles myself and not let you have any. (j/k you know I can't refuse you waffles, or anything for that matter ♥)
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1.) The only thing I hate about lamb is the huge amount of fat I have to cut off it in order to enjoy delicious lamb. This means that I am left with huge strips of gleaming fat. I suppose I could always offer it up to the gods, who got fat and bones in antiquity, but telling Zeus OHAI HERE'S THIS THING I MOSTLY ATE AND I DON'T WANT THIS BIT PLZ ENJOY just strikes me as asking for it.

2.) [livejournal.com profile] galhea, I could use j00r speshful plotting halp, when j00 have time. I have managed most of it All By Myself (tm), but I am still trying to figure out the angle I want to work in and sometimes it helps to get an unbiased second opinion. Also, j00 know RP. XD Also also, we should RP! 8D
2a.) Dear l33: This is an RPG, not a fucking doctoral dissertation. Is there some reason why you can't put down the basics and add more on an as-needed basis later? Seriously, your need for perfection keeps things from moving. Please stop acting like the source material is too, too overwhelming--you don't even read Japanese. No love, and get your fucking ass in gear, l33.

3.) My life has suddenly become exponentially more interesting as of late.

4.) Also, if you're at all interested in history meta, you should probably check Conversations About the End of Time (Stephen Jay Gould, Umberto Eco, et al). It's a lot of fun, ffs, and even though it's not topical anymore (it came out about 10 years ago), it's still a pretty interesting read.

5.) I am not looking forward to my Exciting Lol-Mart Adventure this evening. 5 and a half hours, and then I can leave and I'm off tomorrow. GAEM ON U GAIZ.
5a.) I am, however, looking forward to watching Samurai I: Miyamoto Musashi tomorrow. Because these days I apparently do not think about anything unrelated to samurai.
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Samurai movies will cure what ails me every time. The mechanism at work is still not fully understood, but I believe it is one or more of the following:

1.) I love me some medieval and/or early modern Japan and I'm always up to lose myself in that era and culture. (Which reminds me: dude, why are there not more movies about the ancient world? Or about late tsarist/early Soviet Russia? Because I would be all over those too. Anyway.)

2.) I'm going to die (or fail, or have a bad life for a little while). But whatever happens, chanbara films remind me that I can still man up, give it my best shot, and die with both swords swinging like a samurai, preferably after having taken out my adversaries. That's the great thing about samurai flicks: you get points for trying, even if you ultimately bomb out. I guess the message I take away from all this is that I might fail, but I can choose to fail well or badly.

3.) One of King Zeus' finest creations EVAR, Toshiro Mifune, features prominently in many of these triumphs of cinematic art, sometimes with various of his body parts clearly visible. Hey, I never said I wasn't a shallow fangirl with a crush.

This is why I like samurai movies, by l33, aged twentysomething going on seventeen. :D
xifeng: (Force 'n hoes)
I have given some serious thought to changing my name to Sanjuro and becoming a wandering samurai. It can't possibly pay less than Lol-Mart. On the other hand, I'm not Japanese and would also rather quickly betray the fact that I don't know how to use my swords. It is always something. I guess I could be an Internet badass, but everybody's a tough guy on the Internets.

Good things:
+ I didn't work a full shift today. I also won't work a full shift tomorrow, but I will get out of work when it's still light out.
+ I'm off Monday.
+ The lolmom brought me a danish from the Donut Bank.
+ Delicious peach kefir, I has it.
+ I should have Sanjuro for Monday. When I'm off. YESSSSSS.
+ I am wearing rainbow-striped socks, which are awesome.
+ For Liberty and for Glory, fully 50% of my Amazon order, came today. (Apparently it takes them a little longer to get the assorted volumes of Samurai Deeper Kyo so I have to wait. Ain't no thing.)
+ 15 days until my weekend trip. :DDDDD
+ The lolmom is back to working nights! They've had her working split shifts for about the past month or so and this completely sucked ass.
+ Hyacinths and croci are up in the yard. :DDDDDD
+ I have plenty to read, omg.
+ Also, I have old-school hip-hop on repeat, which is proof that I am probably going to Hell but like I really care at this point. It has a good beat and is easy to "dance" to.

[EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] samanosukesgirl, and anybody else who's interested of course, you may wish to check out [livejournal.com profile] phony_boyfriend. Takeshi has appeared before, but I'm sure nobody would mind seeing him again.]
xifeng: (siiiiiing!)
Throne of Blood: WATCHED. I can check one off my amazing list of Chanbara I Must See Before I Die.
Cookie dough: MADE, partially EATEN.
Today: WIN.

What I Learned From This Film )

TL;DR: I hope everyone likes samurai movies! There's liable to be a lot more of the same in the near future!
xifeng: (hee!)
Good things:

+ My second earlobe piercings are completely healed, so I swapped out the captive-bead rings for my own studs.
+ I got off my lazy ass and made dinner this evening, so at least the lolmom has something to eat when she comes home. (For the curious: salmon, baked with a lime/honey/dill-and-rosemary glaze, with a salad made predominantly of escarole, fennel bulb, pears, and Gruyère cheese).
+ I'll have time to make dinner when I get home tomorrow, since I actually have a reasonable shift. I don't know how this has happened, but no complaints. At least we should have enough to tide us over.
+ My resumé was received by a company in Bloomington. No guarantee of an interview, but at least they have it.
+ I should have Throne of Blood by Friday, which is my next day off.
+ I finally finished Shôgun, which only took me a million years. It's really not bad if you just want a brainless adventure novel, but from my overeducated hyperaware perspective, there are massive issues of cultural appropriation and so on. Also, when I want samurai, I want samurai, not white people pretending to be samurai.
+ [livejournal.com profile] duokinneas read, enjoyed pr0n. :D
+ I overestimated the amount of my credit card payment this month, so I have a little bit of money left over before I get paid, even though I'm going to have to remediate the savings situation. (Also: car needs spark plugs.)
+ I was off today.
xifeng: (big strong manly girls r00l!)
Last night, I came home and made a samosa casserole, which on the plus side is not too spicy for the lolmom's tastes (the lolmom sadfaces me if I go overboard with such things as hot peppers and curry powder and the like), but on the minus side is mostly potatoes and therefore a bit bland. I mean, I like mashed potatoes as well as the next person, and the addition of garlic and onion and spices only makes them more delicious, but I feel strongly that it could have benefited from, perhaps, some additional vegetables. (I guess it could also have benefited from some meat, perhaps some chicken, but it is supposed to be a vegetarian dish and I'm trying to be Lent-friendly.) So yeah, okay but likely will not nom again. Ah well.

In addition, my fingers still smell like garlic, and will likely do for the next week, week-and-a-half min. This is the only thing I hate about garlic. (Well, that and garlic-induced halitosis, but that's much more easily taken care of.)

Also! I watched Rashomon last night (WIN), on the grounds that it was likely the first opportunity I was going to have to watch it completely uninterrupted. It is ttly made of win, if only because I like multiple perspectives and recutting the same material and switching points of view and jumping back and forth in time and so on. (Plus also I am one of those people who thinks that if you put a samurai in your movie it automatically becomes A Triumph Of Cinematic Art.) Also, Toshiro Mifune is like the most underappreciated hunk in the history of ever; I am secure enough in my masculinity to admit when a guy is hot. You may all mock me now.
xifeng: (hee!)
While I was being held hostage at the dealership this morning, I was reading Shogun (slightly under 100 pages to go, thank God, it's good enough for an adventure story but I'd rather read a Japanese samurai novel), and came across the following gem:

"Eh?" Van Nekk blinked myopically into the darkness at Blackthorne, who stood with the samurai under the flares. "Jesus Godinheavensamurai!"

Which immediately, in my tiny little brain, led to this:

I apologize for this, I really do. )

This has been l33, in her never-ending bid to bring you things that are only hilarious to her.
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The weirdest thing happened today, y'all.

So remember where I couldn't get stuck last week? I finally went today and had the bloodwork done at the hospital in Newburgh (nearest insurance-approved lab), and inevitably had some Vein-Finding Issues, which came out all right in the end. But while I was checking in, I gave the nice middle-aged lady behind the desk my insurance card and verified my vital stats and all that, and presently she asked me, "Is there someone we can contact in case of emergency?"

Names edited to protect my innocent parent and her not-so-innocent ex-husband. )

I just watched Seven Samurai again for the umpteenth time. (Remember: You're going to die, so man up, go in with both swords swinging, and die like a samurai.) If I grow up, I want to be Kyuzo (Miyaguchi Seiji), especially if a cute kid like Katsushiro (Kimura Isao) fanboys me all the time. Seriously, Katsushiro has got the biggest guy crush on Kyuzo. One of my favorite scenes is where he's burbling cheerfully on to Kikuchiyo (Mifune Toshiro), who's then like, "Whatevs, kid. Stfu."

Also: speshful thanks to [livejournal.com profile] forgottensanity for spam (moar kittens plz!). I must now scroll down to see H's old e-mail. (I am not going to delete it because I have deleted e-mail from former partners before and still regret it. It is part of my history, even if it's in the past, and being a historian, I like to have all my materials.)

Oh, and my paper lantern arrived today. WIN.
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I've answered all my LJ comments, which means H's most recent e-mail has floated towards the top of my Gmail again, which dredges up pretty much everything I don't want to think about. And when my awesome paper lantern arrives so I can get excited and fix up some kind of workspace (and Get Serious About Writing Shit, I guess), I'll delete the order confirmation and shipping e-mails, so then it'll be at the top of my e-mail. Plz feel free to spam the hell out of me. (I am a dilatory correspondent at best, especially if I know LJ is among the fastest ways to get ahold of you, so I don't really want to promise that I'll write back, but I'll make a manful stab at it.)

Also, I have put Rashomon at the top of my Netflix queue because the two stages of grief are Samurai Movies and Acceptance. I like my model of the stages of grief better, anyway. Though "grief" may not be an appropriate word, since it's not like H died or anything.

I am trying not to have any panic in re: omg what if the Provera doesn't work, but since I think I felt the beginnings of cramps today, that's probably an unfounded fear. I am not looking forward to this, y'all.


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