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Hello my darlings, I did not mean to be so long away. I have been having ADVENTURES and also being busy. Which is better than being not-busy. I have read several terrible books and a few good books and binge-watched a lot of television ([livejournal.com profile] a4yroldfaerie, when you told me of Young Americans the first time why did you not tell me that Bella was AWESOME?).

For Valentine's Day I winged out my eyeliner and dressed in fuschia and Swarovski and went to hear Dvorak's Symphony from the New World. The performance was excellent and the program notes were snarky.

In early March, I went to KPOPCON to hear Javabeans and Girlfriday talking about idols in dramas.

For St Patrick's Day, I finally bestirred myself to go see Frozen, and you know what, I have A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT IT. Despite its massive narrative problems, I spent most of the screening with tears of joy running down my face. I am not exaggerating even a little bit. There were actual tears. ON MY FACE.

Finally, I convinced some friends to see the Veronica Mars movie with me last night. IT TURNS OUT I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THIS ALSO. I came home and lay on the floor with the expectation that the feelings would recede to a manageable level. They did not. The ONE THING that would have made it possible for SPOILER and SPOILER to finally SPOILER ACTUALLY HAPPENED ;ALSDJFLASKF;ALSKJFAL;KJDFAL;DKJA;DJKSF I cannot deal. I feel kind of like [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth after seeing Revenge of the Sith, only less SPOILER and more SPOILER.

It didn't work the first time, but I am so overwhelmed with feels that I think I will try this floor thing again. Dvorak is not helping either, because as it turns out, I have feelings about that too.
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Last week I somehow got roped into attending a midnight showing of The Avengers (i.e., I had nothing better to do after getting out of work at 11:15 pm), despite the fact that I only know who half these people are because of fanfiction.

This morning I saw the movie with [livejournal.com profile] cadragongirl a second time.

...

Am beginning to suspect that Nick Fury is my spirit animal.
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I've been trying to make my posts more thematically linked and less random, but I don't really feel like sorting through all the thoughts I've had since my last post, so you're going to get an old-fashioned rambly epistolary sort of thing like I used to write back when I had adventures and no job. Here you will find detailed descriptions of food, some talky bits about books, and the long-awaited return of that anchor of adventures, the staple of swashbuckling, the don of drinks--BUBBLE TEA!

First proper snow of the season. On March 1. )


Life: it's happening.
timeripple: (nyc summer)
Thanks to bizarre circumstances that could have been avoided if Jin actually had a competent management team for his American tour, I will be going to his New York concert on Sunday! (I bet that is not where you thought that sentence was going!)

[livejournal.com profile] mousapelli and I are flailing in preparation for Super Awesome Fun Times in the City. There will be karaoke! and accessorization! I am getting super excited, even though I’m not terribly familiar with Jin's new stuff. Still! There will be bagels. And possibly gold nail polish. And I have tons of thin gold ribbon left over from Halloween. Oh, the possibilities...

...

I showed up to an off-hours sales presentation today in an outfit I’ve been meaning to try out--black & off-white patterned sundress over 3/4 sleeve black shirt, black skirt underneath (for added length), new grey patterned tights, heeled boots. I think it worked pretty well--a cute but dressy vibe, inspired by this classy San Francisco scientist lady and her penchant for layering skirts and dresses all over the place.

I did not expect anyone to notice.

CO-WORKERS: Oh, wow. Do you have a date later?
FIONA: ...I--no, actually I don’t.
CO-WORKERS: You look... very put together. We are surprised and impressed.
FIONA: Hey, I don’t have to dress like a homeless hipster musician, you know.
CO-WORKERS (suspiciously): Are you sure you don’t have a date after this?
FIONA: ...it was laundry day? XD

...

A few days ago I watched 8uppers, the Kanjani8 movie. seven men. one baby. it's pretty clear who's in charge here. )
timeripple: (nyc summer)
Thanks to bizarre circumstances that could have been avoided if Jin actually had a competent management team for his American tour, I will be going to his New York concert on Sunday! (I bet that is not where you thought that sentence was going!)

[livejournal.com profile] mousapelli and I are flailing in preparation for Super Awesome Fun Times in the City. There will be karaoke! and accessorization! I am getting super excited, even though I’m not terribly familiar with Jin's new stuff. Still! There will be bagels. And possibly gold nail polish. And I have tons of thin gold ribbon left over from Halloween. Oh, the possibilities...

...

I showed up to an off-hours sales presentation today in an outfit I’ve been meaning to try out--black & off-white patterned sundress over 3/4 sleeve black shirt, black skirt underneath (for added length), new grey patterned tights, heeled boots. I think it worked pretty well--a cute but dressy vibe, inspired by this classy San Francisco scientist lady and her penchant for layering skirts and dresses all over the place.

I did not expect anyone to notice.

CO-WORKERS: Oh, wow. Do you have a date later?
FIONA: ...I--no, actually I don’t.
CO-WORKERS: You look... very put together. We are surprised and impressed.
FIONA: Hey, I don’t have to dress like a homeless hipster musician, you know.
CO-WORKERS (suspiciously): Are you sure you don’t have a date after this?
FIONA: ...it was laundry day? XD

...

A few days ago I watched 8uppers, the Kanjani8 movie. seven men. one baby. it's pretty clear who's in charge here. )
timeripple: (dulac fiddle)
LJ! I intended not to abandon you for weeks on end while I gallivanted, and then I did. I am sorry!

Most of the gallivanting took place at the lovely [livejournal.com profile] notlob451's wedding last weekend. It was a really beautiful wedding, and I got to see many people I don't get to see often. The Fiddleheads were very kindly asked to play a set at the reception, so I was super nervous excited about that. [livejournal.com profile] cadragongirl and I drove out to Ithaca with a friend of ours on Friday evening (okay, she did the driving. We just sat around and and made comments about my DJ-ing skills. Note to self: prepare several mix CDs for road trips! Not everybody wants to listen to Laura Cortese for six hours. Even if her new EP is RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME, who even gets that kind of energy on a studio recording, seriously). We made it in one piece, though not without adventures involving the GPS, dodgy back roads, and several epic thunderstorms. continued in ridiculous detail )

I miss everyone terribly and have thus thrown myself into work. Am making a playlist for the bookstore. Unfortunately most of my music is much too energetic/awesome/Japanese to be really good Random Background Music, but I've got a few things. I hope everybody likes Crooked Still.
timeripple: (dulac fiddle)
LJ! I intended not to abandon you for weeks on end while I gallivanted, and then I did. I am sorry!

Most of the gallivanting took place at the lovely [livejournal.com profile] notlob451's wedding last weekend. It was a really beautiful wedding, and I got to see many people I don't get to see often. The Fiddleheads were very kindly asked to play a set at the reception, so I was super nervous excited about that. [livejournal.com profile] cadragongirl and I drove out to Ithaca with a friend of ours on Friday evening (okay, she did the driving. We just sat around and and made comments about my DJ-ing skills. Note to self: prepare several mix CDs for road trips! Not everybody wants to listen to Laura Cortese for six hours. Even if her new EP is RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME, who even gets that kind of energy on a studio recording, seriously). We made it in one piece, though not without adventures involving the GPS, dodgy back roads, and several epic thunderstorms. continued in ridiculous detail )

I miss everyone terribly and have thus thrown myself into work. Am making a playlist for the bookstore. Unfortunately most of my music is much too energetic/awesome/Japanese to be really good Random Background Music, but I've got a few things. I hope everybody likes Crooked Still.
timeripple: (anenome)
So... that was emotionally draining.

I decided to watch the movie Bright Star instead of doing actual poetry work. It's about John Keats and Fanny Brawne! That's practically like doing poetry, right? Right?

Um. Well, now I'll be useless for the rest of the evening.

To outrageously stretch the spoon analogy, it's like opening up the silverware drawer thinking "oh, yes indeed movie, you will help me polish the spoons" and three hours later you look down and the movie has made off with not only the spoons but also the cutlery. And the silver polish. And you don't even care, because that would require spoons and the damn movie stole them all.
timeripple: (anenome)
So... that was emotionally draining.

I decided to watch the movie Bright Star instead of doing actual poetry work. It's about John Keats and Fanny Brawne! That's practically like doing poetry, right? Right?

Um. Well, now I'll be useless for the rest of the evening.

To outrageously stretch the spoon analogy, it's like opening up the silverware drawer thinking "oh, yes indeed movie, you will help me polish the spoons" and three hours later you look down and the movie has made off with not only the spoons but also the cutlery. And the silver polish. And you don't even care, because that would require spoons and the damn movie stole them all.
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[livejournal.com profile] mousapelli got me a Stuffy Puppy V-Gift! THANK YOU MOUSI! ♥♥♥♥

Drizzly rainy day. Going to bake bread in a bit, I think, and try to compose a poem about why I can’t stand Dr. Seuss.

Let's do this post old-school, where a bunch of stuff happens and I do a diary-style entry!

well we went down the road, got soaked in moonlight )

Apparently April is Poetry Month? So I guess I’d better keep posting poems, then. Here, have a dark rainy day poem I’m thinking of putting in my anthology project:

Like wolf--and black bull or goblin hound,
Or come in guise of spirit
With wings and long wet waving hair
And at the fire its locks will dry,
Which will be a certain sign
That one beneath the roof must die
Before the year’s decline
Forget not now what I have said,
Sit there till we return.
The hearth is hot—watch well the bread
Lest haply it may burn.

(by Charlotte Brontë, found in Victorian Women Poets, ed. Angela Leighton & Margaret Reynolds. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1995. p. 161)

I’d better go get started on that bread, then. And keep a close eye on it.
timeripple: (dulac fiddle)
[livejournal.com profile] mousapelli got me a Stuffy Puppy V-Gift! THANK YOU MOUSI! ♥♥♥♥

Drizzly rainy day. Going to bake bread in a bit, I think, and try to compose a poem about why I can’t stand Dr. Seuss.

Let's do this post old-school, where a bunch of stuff happens and I do a diary-style entry!

well we went down the road, got soaked in moonlight )

Apparently April is Poetry Month? So I guess I’d better keep posting poems, then. Here, have a dark rainy day poem I’m thinking of putting in my anthology project:

Like wolf--and black bull or goblin hound,
Or come in guise of spirit
With wings and long wet waving hair
And at the fire its locks will dry,
Which will be a certain sign
That one beneath the roof must die
Before the year’s decline
Forget not now what I have said,
Sit there till we return.
The hearth is hot—watch well the bread
Lest haply it may burn.

(by Charlotte Brontë, found in Victorian Women Poets, ed. Angela Leighton & Margaret Reynolds. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1995. p. 161)

I’d better go get started on that bread, then. And keep a close eye on it.
timeripple: (nakatsu fainted)
At the airport! In the ghetto terminal, but at least there’s free wireless. Ryo's uchiwa is safely in my bookbag; hopefully he won’t get squashed.

Registered for ALA Midwinter. Exhibitions pass only, since I am not made of money. Oh well. Hopefully it’ll be good, whatever it is.

Previously on Fiona and Rachel's Excellent Adventure: arrival, tentacles, karaoke, KinKi Kids, Meiji Shrine (accidentally), Harajuku, rock violin!

A steady diet of Italian food, energy jelly and narrative theory )
timeripple: (nakatsu fainted)
At the airport! In the ghetto terminal, but at least there’s free wireless. Ryo's uchiwa is safely in my bookbag; hopefully he won’t get squashed.

Registered for ALA Midwinter. Exhibitions pass only, since I am not made of money. Oh well. Hopefully it’ll be good, whatever it is.

Previously on Fiona and Rachel's Excellent Adventure: arrival, tentacles, karaoke, KinKi Kids, Meiji Shrine (accidentally), Harajuku, rock violin!

A steady diet of Italian food, energy jelly and narrative theory )
timeripple: (nakatsu fainted)
At the risk of sounding like T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics: Dudes! I WAS IN JAPAN. I went to see Japan and [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth, who was the most amazing hostess ever and let me crash on her floor and arranged everything and is basically the Most Awesome Person Ever, is what I'm saying. (Except for the part where she got me addicted to Wieder-in energy jelly, but that might have been a teeeeeeensy bit my fault as well.) I am eternally glad I had that Star Wars cereal box back in first year. Thank you for everything!~ ♥

Our forbears, making poetry of everything in their lives, transformed what by rights should be the most unsanitary room in the house into a place of unsurpassed elegance, replete with fond associations with the beauties of nature, or, Why I Should Not Re-read In Praise of Shadows )

To Be Continued.
timeripple: (nakatsu fainted)
At the risk of sounding like T-Rex from Dinosaur Comics: Dudes! I WAS IN JAPAN. I went to see Japan and [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth, who was the most amazing hostess ever and let me crash on her floor and arranged everything and is basically the Most Awesome Person Ever, is what I'm saying. (Except for the part where she got me addicted to Wieder-in energy jelly, but that might have been a teeeeeeensy bit my fault as well.) I am eternally glad I had that Star Wars cereal box back in first year. Thank you for everything!~ ♥

Our forbears, making poetry of everything in their lives, transformed what by rights should be the most unsanitary room in the house into a place of unsurpassed elegance, replete with fond associations with the beauties of nature, or, Why I Should Not Re-read In Praise of Shadows )

To Be Continued.
timeripple: (anenome)
Safely in CA and counting down the days to Japan. I expect to spend most of them wandering around the house, Donald Keene translations in hand, absentmindedly wrapping things and trying not to kill myself with the stairs.

airplanes, Gilbert & Sullivan, and keeping the fire department entertained )

Pre-semester booklist just came in. Heigh-ho Prius, away! To the library!
timeripple: (anenome)
Safely in CA and counting down the days to Japan. I expect to spend most of them wandering around the house, Donald Keene translations in hand, absentmindedly wrapping things and trying not to kill myself with the stairs.

airplanes, Gilbert & Sullivan, and keeping the fire department entertained )

Pre-semester booklist just came in. Heigh-ho Prius, away! To the library!
timeripple: (toma guitar)
At the airport, and suspecting those five bites of Cinnabon were a bad idea.

Let’s see if I can do a temporal recap, because a thematic one is just not going to happen. So right after last time we checked in, I informed a bright-eyed incipient Harvard first-year that yes, Boston weather does indeed suck. Check. And then I stole an hour in the bookstore reading about vampire boybands. Check. It was good to hide out for an hour, to feel like myself again.

No, really, Sarah Rees Brennan's story in The Eternal Kiss is like SRB writes JE, with vampires! It's called "Undead Is Very Hot Right Now," and I highly recommend it.

Cut for dust and fish descriptions )

In conclusion: Airports airports airports! I love airports. And my parents' pond of goldfish.
timeripple: (toma guitar)
At the airport, and suspecting those five bites of Cinnabon were a bad idea.

Let’s see if I can do a temporal recap, because a thematic one is just not going to happen. So right after last time we checked in, I informed a bright-eyed incipient Harvard first-year that yes, Boston weather does indeed suck. Check. And then I stole an hour in the bookstore reading about vampire boybands. Check. It was good to hide out for an hour, to feel like myself again.

No, really, Sarah Rees Brennan's story in The Eternal Kiss is like SRB writes JE, with vampires! It's called "Undead Is Very Hot Right Now," and I highly recommend it.

Cut for dust and fish descriptions )

In conclusion: Airports airports airports! I love airports. And my parents' pond of goldfish.
timeripple: (toma sakura)
A few preliminary remarks before I get down to the business of being intelligible:

Okay, so Tatta Hitotsu no Koi is kinda schmoopy and I just watched the finale because I wanted to know who died (remarkably, no-one), but Toda Erika’s character is actually kinda cool and the soundtrack is really pretty. And Kaname Jun. He looks a lot like Kame, actually, only, you know, pretty.

And now, the Organized Movie Post.

Due to the various forces of the internet conspiring against me, I have not been able to find the latest full subbed episodes of Black & White. And thus I have been reduced to watching actual DVDs--some of which have actually been in English. Astonishing, I know.

PIE! )

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