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Circle 
22nd-Jul-2017 12:42 pm - my love i am the speed of sound
L and I made a spur of the moment decision to see Dunkirk last night - well, as spur-of-the-moment as you can with purchasing reserved seats ahead of time *snerk* - and I have mixed feelings about it. It is beautifully shot and I could watch Tom Hardy spoiler ) all day, but mostly I feel like it took an amazing real life story and didn't deliver on the emotional impact of it. spoilers )

I liked that it was nearly dialogue free (and I didn't mind that I couldn't understand half the dialogue that there was), but I felt that the structure was overly fiddly and unnecessary and it kept me from full immersion (um, pun not intended?) emotionally. Also the music was too loud and there was too much of it.

It also suffers a little from Band of Brothers syndrome in that I couldn't tell the two young dudes apart for most of the story. Once they're both wet so you can't tell which one has curly hair and which one has straight hair, I couldn't tell them apart, and I honestly didn't care that much about them beyond the generic - I mean, I didn't want any of those guys to die, and I felt there was nothing specific about those two to make me care more. spoilers ) (Otoh, casting Harry Styles - who was good, I thought - was a smart move, because I always recognized him, even half-drowned.)

Mark Rylance and Kenneth Branagh (and James D'Arcy!) were great, as was Tom Hardy. I mean, I would have watched a whole movie where Tom Hardy spoiler ) But overall, it's a B to B+ kind of movie for me. I wouldn't see it again.

If you do see it, I can say it was definitely worth seeing in 70mm, if you have that option. Otoh, if you have a fear of drowning, I don't recommend it for you.

Both L and I had similar mixed feelings. We discussed it on the walk to the bus stop, and my god, I have never sweated as much as I sweated yesterday - it was not a day for walking but I did a lot of it. I was so overheated that I never once felt cold in the movie theater despite being sleeveless, which has never ever happened to me before.

Before the movie we were going to meet at a Mexican place that looked good, but it was so jam packed with people, we ended up at the Cafe Tallulah, where the cheeseburger is fantastic, but again, on a day as hot as yesterday, wtf were the front windows all doing open, so you couldn't feel the air conditioning hardly at all? I never sweated so much in my life while doing nothing.

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musesfool: Peggy Carter is gunning for you (your heart is a weapon)
22nd-Jul-2017 10:39 am - well- this is fun /sarcasm
Found out that someone who had contacted me for a dog-sitting job- has possibly either been trying to scam me out of money, or is trying to drag me into a human-trafficking situation.
masakochan: (Elementary - Sherlock - *frown*)
21st-Jul-2017 09:16 pm - arghhhhhhhhhhhh
I LOVE IT WHEN THE US POSTAL SERVICE LOSES A REALLY IMPORTANT THING THAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET IN THE MAIL TODAY.
masakochan: (KLK - Ryuko - *angry*)
21st-Jul-2017 10:05 am - when the sun burst through the sky
I spent last night reading fic where Jason and Cass turn out to be biological siblings, not just adopted siblings, and squee!, that is one of my favorite Batfamily tropes. Plus, there was some awesome Jason-Cass-Steph bonding which I feel canon has repeatedly cheated me out of, even though they would get along like a house on fire (literally, probably, given Jason's involvement and enjoyment in blowing things up). Plus there is some hilarious snark at poor Tim's expense that made me laugh out loud repeatedly. Oh Tim. (There will be recs at the end of the month as usual, but here and here for those of you who are impatient and also not following my pinboard.)

Also, yesterday, my consolation birthday present arrived - a beautiful red patent leather Love Moschino tote bag (wow, there were three left in stock when I ordered mine and now there are none! I'm glad I got there in time!). During the whole epic search for a new bag, I coveted a red patent leather bag, but couldn't find one (or, rather, couldn't find one that was less than, like, $800 and while I'm profligate, I'm not that profligate), since I guess they aren't in style right now? Except it's red patent leather so I can't imagine how it could go out of style? But whatever. On a whim on Wednesday, I checked Zappo's to see if there were any available, and lo and behold, there it was. It's beautiful. It's big and kind of unwieldy (and unpleasantly sticky against the bare skin of my arm in the heat), but I don't care, because it's gorgeous.

Bosses 1 & 3 both admired it as I unpacked it from the box, and they were like, "Are you going to save it for special occasions?" and I said, "Hell no!" (note: I did not actually say "Hell no!" I just said, "no! I bought it so I could use it! Because it is beautiful!") And I recommend to all of you to use your beautiful and special things rather than waiting for some mythical special occasion to crop up, because frequently, you will be waiting forever and never get to enjoy the beautiful thing you bought for yourself. Using a special bag/wearing your beautiful new shoes/opening that expensive bottle of wine - they can all make a regular occasion special, and I recommend you do that rather than wait for some occasion arbitrarily deemed "special" enough to break out the fancy lipstick or whatever. Live your best life whenever you can, people!

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musesfool: Stephanie Brown as Batgirl (can't hardly wait)
20th-Jul-2017 02:15 pm - and the taste of dried-up hopes in my mouth
Dear co-workers:

* I cannot finish your urgent project in a timely fashion if you keep interrupting me to ask when your project is going to be finished! Please stop!

* We have already done Thing based on all your requirements (and with your approval!) last quarter. We can just update it instead of spending so much time trying to come up with a new way to do it (only to come up with basically the exact same Thing). There is no need to spend hours reinventing the wheel!

* You have to decide whether you need a meeting to happen ASAP or if you need everyone involved present, because it's July coming up on August, and half the people you need will be out on vacation at any given moment and I have no control of that.

* I don't want healthy snacks in the vending machine. If I am driven to getting food from it, it's generally because I want Frito Lay corn chips or terrible plasticky cheap chocolate, not some sort of chip made from beans or some kind of granola bar! WTF?

no love,

me

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musesfool: wendy watson in a wetsuit with a gun (come at me bro)
20th-Jul-2017 11:41 am - 2181 / Fic - MCU
Lessons in Unsubtle Diplomacy
MCU | ~12,700 words | Steve/Peggy, AU | Thanks to [personal profile] sheafrotherdon and [personal profile] trinityofone for all their help with this. Written for [personal profile] thedeadparrot for the [tumblr.com profile] fandomtrumpshate auction, with thanks for her generosity and her patience.

(Read also on AO3)

Steve, Peggy, and a visit to an English country house after the war. What could possibly go wrong? )
siria: (ca - peggy)
19th-Jul-2017 10:55 am - Never knew no good from bad
I went to bed early last night and I slept like a rock. I should not still be sleepy! Arrgh!

Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Caliban's War by James S.A. Corey, which I enjoyed a lot, mainly because Avasarala is the best and also Bobbie! ♥ Holden still needs a lot of punching though. Ugh. Why is this guy the main character? Not only is he a dead bore, he's a ridiculously common dead bore!

I like TV!Prax better than book!Prax, I think, but I also think the show compresses the timeline in a way that means I don't get bored with a character having repetitive beats, the way I can, and do in this case, in a book.

What I'm reading now
Still, I picked up Abaddon's Gate and started it this morning, so I'm still entertained enough to continue.

What I'm reading next
The next book in this series, probably. I don't even know what the name of it is. *looks it up* Ah, Cibola Burn.

I also read two really long stories that both turned out to be in progress, which I probably should have noticed but didn't. I mean, when I see a thing is 175K words long, I figure it's done. I mean, who has that much to say in one story? But no. Sigh.

In my recent fanfic readings, I learned that I will nope out of a story if you kill off Wedge Antilles. Which was a surprise to me - how strongly my kneejerk NOPE was - but there you go. Do not want! (I mean, I don't care for any character death in my fic, and generally not in canon either! but I get that some AU premises require it. But like Bartleby the scrivener, I would prefer not to.)

I also learned that I don't really ship Bodhi with anyone but if I did it would have to be Jyn and Cassian. Gotta keep the Star Wars OT3 pattern going, I guess. I just don't find Jyn and Cassian all that compelling. *hands* I'd much rather read about Baze and Chirrut being the most married. (I think Rebels is the only place that doesn't have an OT3, but I am okay with that. I'm already bracing for Kanan and Hera to get an undeserved tragic ending.)

I also realized that in addition to believing that Luke Skywalker is asexual, I believe Anakin is demisexual, and both Leia and Padme are bisexual. Ahsoka is mostly into women except that I also ship her with Anakin (and Rex, a little), so there are exceptions? And Obi-Wan is pansexual and flirting his way across the galaxy at any given moment.

Which is probably more than anyone cared to know about my Star Wars head canons. *snerk*

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musesfool: bodhi rook (honor the heart of faith)
18th-Jul-2017 01:23 pm - in the corner garden
You've all been watching Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, right? Leia, Rey, Ahsoka, Padme, Jyn! They're so adorable! I might be shipping Leia and Sabine a little bit now too. At least I said, "NOW KISS" at the end of "Bounty of Trouble." *g*

I caught this week's Orphan Black.

spoilers )

Ugh I stayed up way too late last night reading and I'm paying for it now. I just want to sleeeeeeeeeeep.

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musesfool: Daisy Ridley as Rey with lightsaber (you were not mine to save)
17th-Jul-2017 09:20 pm - 2180 / Beta?
Would anyone be interested in betaing something for me? It's a Steve/Peggy AU, about 12,500 words, some canon-typical violence. I just want to be sure there are no egregious plot holes and that the voice/characterisation rings true.
siria: (ca - peggy)
17th-Jul-2017 12:34 pm - i'm surrounded by your embrace
Five things make a post:

A. I had a most excellent birthday dinner on Saturday evening. L and I went to Uva, which I had never been to before and it was so worth it. They have an adorable little courtyard in back, so we sat outside and drank a lot of wine (A LOT OF WINE) and ate like queens.

2. I was going to make myself a birthday cake, but then I was sad and also I wasn't sure it would be good and I didn't want to make a cake that big and have it be terrible (because then I couldn't foist half of it off on my coworkers). That would just be one disappointment too far. I still want to make it though. It looks amazing. And terrible. But mostly amazing. (I would have made fresh whipped cream though instead of using Cool Whip. I'm not much of a food snob, but fresh whipped cream just tastes better, regardless of authenticity.)

iii. The A Wrinkle in Time trailer looks fantastic.

D. Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Behind the Scenes. I might have burst into tears when Carrie Fisher said, "It's all about family," but you can't prove it!

5. I posted a story for my birthday:

Sing a New Song (@AO3)
Star Wars; Vader, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan; AU; g; 4,130 words
In which Ben has a bad feeling, Luke makes it to Tosche Station, Leia takes control of the situation, and no one understands how hard Vader's life is.

This is the sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating but probably not the one that people were asking for. *hands* I'm probably never going to write a long involved epic AU where they actually overthrow Palpatine. I'm just not that kind of writer. I just want the fraught family reunions where the Skywalkers get to be all ~dramatic~ at each other.

I don't usually write multiple POV stories anymore, but this one seemed to require it, so we could see Luke's "Wtf?!", Obi-Wan's "I have a bad feeling about this," Leia's ability to roll with the weirdness (and also ameliorate the tension between Vader and Obi-Wan), and Vader's misguided belief that he has control of anything, let alone his kids.

As I said in an endnote on AO3, the title is from U2's "40" (and not the Mountain Goats' "Psalms 40:2"*) and I kind of feel like the title of the concluding story of this little trilogy should also come from Psalm 40 but right now it's tentatively titled "How Soon Is Now" for ~reasons. I still have to figure out how to actually write it. Because I couldn't leave Ahsoka out! The story was originally going to end with that - I felt like Vader saying "no, there's someone else" was kind of analogous to Yoda's "no, there is another," but given that it was Luke's section, I thought he ought to have the last word.

Anyway, I like how it turned out, and I'm glad some other people did too. *g*

*which I still think should have a SPN vid made to it, and from which I already used the title "If I'm Not Beyond Repair" for Bucky, or you know I'd be using that for a Star Wars story ("Lord, send me a mechanic, if I'm not beyond repair" could definitely be a Vader and Luke story, you know? Though I could probably do something with "in the burning fuselage of my days" or even "feel bad about the things we do along the way, but not really that bad" if the right story idea struck. Huh. *adds them to the list of titles to use someday*)

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musesfool: han/leia from TFA (stlil crazy after all these years)
16th-Jul-2017 08:40 pm - 2179 / Orphan Black, 5.06; Spider-Man: Homecoming
I am back in the States and only mildly jetlagged, after a brief delay courtesy of the flooding of an air traffic control tower in Canada and the usual encounter with the incredibly rude US Border Patrol agents. (I understand that they're required to satisfy themselves that I'm not a nefarious criminal, and that it must be a tedious and repetitive job, but let me put it this way: whenever I walk up to the booth when entering Ireland or France and say "Hi, how are you"/"Bonjour, monsieur/madame", I get a response other than a grunt or silence. And that's the least of the issue.) It's always a little bit of a shock to the system to go from Ireland's milder summers and late-setting sun to North America's heat and earlier darkness, but so it goes.

Orphan Black, 5.06, Manacled Slim Wrists )

Spider-Man: Homecoming )
siria: (Default)
16th-Jul-2017 06:42 pm - "Well... here we go again."
I'm just a tiny bit sad that I was unable to enjoy the fandom meltdown in real-time over Jodie Whittaker- since I was stuck on a road trip for 11 hours without internet.
masakochan: (DN - Matt - Yay!)
15th-Jul-2017 04:53 pm - *DINOSAUR SCREAM*


THERE'S A RELEASE YEAR!!!!!!!! 2018
masakochan: (LoZ OoT - Link - Gamer)
15th-Jul-2017 03:14 pm - fic: Sing a New Song (Star Wars; Luke, Leia, Vader, Obi-Wan; g)
Sing a New Song
Star Wars; Vader, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan; AU; g; 4,130 words
In which Ben has a bad feeling, Luke makes it to Tosche Station, Leia takes control of the situation, and no one understands how hard Vader's life is.

Sequel to Just a Little Bit of History Repeating. Thanks to [personal profile] silveronthetree for cheerleading!

Read it on AO3.

Sing a New Song )

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Feedback is the best present!

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musesfool: anakin's lightsaber (this is your life)
15th-Jul-2017 11:05 am - Spins a web any size / Catches thieves just like flies
Happy birthday to me! Maybe there'll be a story later? If I can wrangle all the characters into cooperating? Skywalkers! *hands*

I was woken up at about 5 am by the chirping of the smoke/CO2 detector. It needs a new battery. Because that never happens during the day when you could easily replace it. So I have to run to CVS in a bit to get that.

So yesterday, I did an online HIPAA training and then had my mid-year check-in lunch with boss3. Which went well but was also kind of awkward because she ordered prosecco to toast my birthday and then I had to be like, and yes, my co-op application was denied. (She wrote a recommendation for me.) So she smoothly switched to "then maybe this glass of wine will help ease that pain." *snerk* I had an excellent cheeseburger and fries (the fries at Odeon are great) and for dessert, the strawberry-rhubarb crumble with buttermilk ice cream, which was fantastic. And probably not going to be on the menu much longer as rhubarb season is coming to a close.

When I gave L. the news, she insisted we meet up for dinner even though we are going to dinner tonight, and since I was already going to be on the UWS because I was going to see Spider-Man: Homecoming (I hadn't intended to, but my niece saw it and was excited about it, and so I couldn't resist), we met up after the movie so she could commiserate with me. It was nice, despite the fact that the table behind us had three or four little kids who were completely out of control running around and shrieking. She wanted to complain but I didn't let her. I mean, if I had known, I wouldn't have agreed to take the table (there was a choice) but I didn't know, and ugh, who wants unpleasantness? Even if parents should do a better job of corralling their kids in public, especially in tight spaces. At least one of them thanked us for our forbearance when they left.

As for the movie, I liked it. I didn't think it was necessary, and as much as I love Peter Parker (and you know I do), I feel like it should have been a Miles Morales movie (I mean, was Ned not basically Ganke?) and also I kind of felt terrible for Donald Glover.

I personally really liked Amazing Spider-Man, and this movie didn't quite match the emotional response I had to that one. Otoh, in this one, the teenagers mostly looked like teenagers, and it also looked like the real world in terms of diversity in the high school.

spoilers )

I guess I better go to CVS now.

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musesfool: ultimate spider-man (what a good boy)
14th-Jul-2017 04:32 pm - hfdsjka


Mental reaction:
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Outside reaction:
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...and maybe one tiny moment where I forgot to breathe.

I AM NOT READY.
masakochan: (Doctor Who - 10 - *stares*)
14th-Jul-2017 12:21 pm - there's no use crying about it
I spoke to the realtor a few minutes ago and my application was rejected. So I guess no amazing birthday present for me this year. He sounded shocked and baffled ("I've seen people with less stellar finances get accepted into co-ops!") and was like, "after you get your deposit back, we can start looking again" but I have to figure out what to do about my apartment, since my lease is up September 30, and I don't know if they'd be willing to do month-to-month since it's a rent stabilized apartment. Ugh, I really didn't want to have to move twice, but I kind of do need somewhere to live.

Right now I'm sad and tired but probably not as shocked as he was, because I just didn't have a good feeling when I didn't hear right away. I'll probably be angry once that wears off, at the way they wasted my time and money and energy. I guess it's better to not be where I'm not wanted, but man, I really loved the apartment.

Sigh.

Comments are appreciated but I doubt I'll feel up to answering them.

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musesfool: sad cap is sad (too sick to pray)
13th-Jul-2017 09:34 pm - "Hellooooo~ professor"
People on tumblr who are posting promo pics for DW Series 8 with Peter and Jenna and being like "remember when..."

They keep forgetting the best promo pic:

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masakochan: (Bleach - Urahara - *smirk*)
13th-Jul-2017 03:55 pm - I have felt the edge of silence
Two things to look forward to:

- The Mrs. Ws from A Wrinkle in Time

- The Wakandan Royal Portrait

I AM EXCITE.

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musesfool: (it's good to be the queen)
12th-Jul-2017 03:15 pm - leave behind your sorrows, let this day be the last
Since I'm sure you're waiting almost as anxiously as I am, no, I haven't heard yet if I've been board-approved. Sigh.

I did lock in the interest rate on my mortgage, though, at the urging of my mortgage broker, who knows what she's about, so there's that at least.

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Wednesday reading meme ahoy:

What I've just finished
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. As I mentioned last week, having finished both seasons of The Expanse, and not wanting to wait until 2018 for more, I started reading the books the show is based on.

I definitely think I like the show better, and I definitely see why they made some of the changes they did (especially bringing in Avasarala so much earlier - she's so great!). Book!Miller is more palatable than show!Miller, though I still wish they'd subverted the "hardboiled detective falls for missing girl" thing more, since it's a tired trope without any subversion. But getting his internal narrative helped a lot in making him less of a giant creepy bore.

I still want to punch Holden in the face most of the time, and I didn't think it was possible but the romance is handled worse in the book than it is on the show, where it's basically unremarked most of the time. Having Holden's internal POV made the show's underwritten version seem brilliant in comparison to how poorly it's done in the book. *hands*

I also think making the crew at odds to start was better narrative choice, though had I not seen the show first, I wouldn't have questioned the easy camaraderie in the book.

It's an old-fashioned page-turner of a space opera with some interesting ideas about space travel and humanity, but if I hadn't enjoyed the show I don't know that I'd be interested in continuing on to the next book. Choosing two generic white dudes as the only POV characters was a lazy choice, imo.

What I'm reading now
Book 2 of The Expanse, i.e., Caliban's War. I just finished Avasarala's first chapter, and she's so great. I imagine Shoreh Agdashloo eating pistachios and cursing a blue streak and it pleases me tremendously. And Bobbie's story is a lot less fraught than it was in the show, which is another choice I think the show made correctly. Or maybe it's just that I saw the show first, so it's my template for the story and the characters. *hands* Having two interesting lady narrators definitely offsets some of Holden's annoyingness. I like Prax on the show, but I'm as yet undecided about him as a book character. I guess we'll see.

What I'm reading next
I don't know if I'll be up for Abbadon's Gate next (the reviews are not heartening) but we'll see I guess.

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musesfool: Reboot Uhura (never tell me the odds)
11th-Jul-2017 05:02 pm
holy shit

Last night I was like, nah, you're seeing things, wishful thinking, etc, but after treatment #2? The cords really ARE shrinking, dramatically so.

"Stops progressing" would have been a good outcome. Actual reversal happens in a minority of cases, almost always in patients who treat it very early. I'm SO FUCKING GLAD I insisted on going as aggressive as possible. Even if I wind up with more chronic pain out of it, I'll keep use of my hands for a fuck of a lot longer, thank ANYTHING THAT WAS LISTENING
synecdochic: torso of a man wearing jeans, hands bound with belt (Default)
11th-Jul-2017 04:00 pm - she eyes me like a pisces when i am weak
So I did a locked post* earlier with all the grisly deets, but the interview may have gone well? It was very short, anyway, which everyone I've spoken with seems to think means it was pro forma, and that it's a good sign. They told me I would hear within a week, so I'm trying to be hopeful (not my usual state) and to not second guess myself too much or freak out because they didn't immediately welcome me with open arms.

I was early enough that I did a little reconnaissance to see what was in the vicinity and found the closest diner and the Dunkin and the Starbucks, the CVS and the nail salon, and also at least two Chinese places and a pizza place, all within a block of the subway station (I mean, it's Queens Blvd so it's not like there's not tons of stuff on it). So that's good.

Anyway, I don't want to press anyone into feeling they have to wish me good luck every time I post about it. (And thank you so much to everyone who has!) It's just, like, everything in my head right now, so I can't stop fretting.

*My general policy on access is if you subscribe you get access to general access-locked posts, of which there aren't that many, but when there are, they are mostly about work or family, or in this case, househunting, and I just don't feel comfortable having it all out in the open even though it's not really private. I just went through and updated, so I think everyone who subscribes has access? But if I missed you and you're interested, let me know.

Meanwhile, L and I are trying to plan my birthday dinner, and I just want to eat pasta and be comfortable. And to be able to walk home afterwards. Especially if I'm not going to be in the neighborhood much longer. Is that too much to ask of a restaurant? Idk. *hands* I guess we'll see.

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musesfool: art deco brandy ad (been drinking since half-past three)
11th-Jul-2017 01:25 am
First dose of radiation done, out of five (once per day this week). Aside from 20 minutes of "shitting cockgoblin fuckmuppet" pain levels just now, which did die down to just a slightly elevated from normal "ow ow ow ow ow", it was fairly uneventful! Holding the position required for the treatment is worse than the actual treatment, which is basically "the machine goes click whirr for 45 seconds".

So curious to see what happens in six weeks. The way this works, you see, is by activating all the dormant spots so the second round can nuke them in 12 weeks...
synecdochic: torso of a man wearing jeans, hands bound with belt (Default)
10th-Jul-2017 03:54 pm - fic commentary: the dream of flight persists
[personal profile] vaznetti asked for commentary on the Anakin-Inara scenes from the dream of flight persists for the DVD Commentary meme.

Which is interesting, because when [personal profile] silveronthetree and I hashed this whole thing out, my one note on them was "Anakin avoids Inara," as if it were a given, without any real reasoning to back it up, so let's see if I can piece together my thought process.

the dream of flight persists
Star Wars/Firefly; Anakin/Kaylee, ensemble; AU; pg; 16,740 words
Anakin's never found much serenity himself, despite all the meditation he's been subjected to over the years; maybe working on this ship will do it.

dvd commentary: the dream of flight persists )

*

I hope that answered some of your questions. I clearly have a lot of thoughts about this that didn't really make it into the story, since there was a lot of other stuff going on, and once Obi-Wan swans in, everything else kinds of fades into the woodwork.

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musesfool: Inara (i know where beauty lives)
10th-Jul-2017 11:02 am - i'm wild again, beguiled again
Board interview today! Eep! Got my black dress and my mom's pearls on. Had a pedicure on Saturday so my toes are a demure and ladylike pink that hopefully screams murmurs, "quiet and fiscally responsible spinster lady you want as your neighbor" (Fiji by Essie). (yes, I'm wearing sandals. It's 85 degrees!) I even switched bags to a very classy tan leather tote bag. I decided against going for a blowout, mainly because the idea of sitting for an hour under the heat of a blow dryer is making me even twitchier than I already am.

Cross your fingers for me!

Yesterday, I went out to Dom's for our birthday barbecue - he's turning FIFTY on Friday (a fact which he is not thrilled about) and I'll be 47(!!!) on Saturday. It was just us, which was nice. My sister brought her new puppy, Roxy, to visit as well, and after a short period of shyness, she and Bolton, my niece's dog, got along like a house on fire.

I also managed to only get two new mosquito bites, both in places that are not visible when I'm fully dressed, so that's good. I don't want to go into this interview looking all spotty and diseased. (No lie, when my parents took me to the hospital when I had my appendix out, the doctors first thought I had Rocky Mountain spotted fever because I was covered in welts from mosquito bites and my mother had to explain, no, they were just bites and I'm super allergic so they all swell up. I was five, so they probably looked even worse on a little kid than they do now.)

As you can tell, I have kind of a one-track mind right now, so even though I probably have other things to say, I can't remember what they are.

Eight hours to go! *meep*

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musesfool: sara ramirez applying lipstick (pull on your pout)
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