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Apr. 23rd, 2019 11:03 am
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Oops. I just checked recently and apparently my 10 Year DW Anniversary was on April 11th. I missed it! I can't believe I've had my DW for 10 years. That's just wild. I kind of want to do a comparison of my life (real and fannish) then and now to see what changed and what didn't. Maybe later.

I'm home and it's a good thing I came home on Monday because I found a notice that they're redoing the pavement today and tomorrow for the entrance of the apartment complex (thus I can't enter the complex), then the next two days after that are repaving the exit (thus you can't leave!). I'm fortunate that it's my spring break still so I don't have to go anywhere, but people are still working, so the street will be filled with their cars because they can't enter/then exit, depending on the day. They're going to repave the rest of the apartment complex parking areas in the beginning of May, but as I'm looking at the map and the colored sections...it looks like the one for my side and another section include the entrance/exit parts that are supposed to be repaved these four days. What?

I'm making a list of things I need to do around the apartment while I'm stuck here. It's a bit of a mess because I'm usually busy with my grad program, but I need to start organizing because I'll have a classmate living with me for a month before we start clinicals. I'm going to move my computer desk into my bedroom, but that leaves my living room completely empty since I don't have furniture. The goal, after saving up money for the name change, is to save up for things I need before he arrives in the guest bedroom, along with some stuff for the living room. I was looking at pinterest and I was thinking a bench and some chairs would be nice. The only couch I want is at IKEA and too expensive for me right now, but bench and chairs I could save up and swing for.

I keep fiddling around with my requests for Not Prime Time, but I think these are the fandoms and relationship tags I'm going to stick with. There's currently 52 participants so far, but I'm surprised no one has requested Mulan yet. There's a bunch of fandoms I expected to be requested since they were nominated into the tag set. We'll see! Right now Captain Marvel is the most requested fandom, though Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms is the most offered.

Sign ups for Not Prime Time close on April 30th. Instructions to sign up are here and the tag set.

Dear Prime Time Player

Apr. 22nd, 2019 11:05 pm
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Dear Prime Time Player,

Thank you in advance for writing in one of my fandoms. My AO3 name is BridgetMcKennitt.

I like femslash, slash, het, threesomes/moresomes as you can tell from my various requested relationships. I like reading explicit as much as I do non-explicit. Don't feel you need to write a certain way because you don't. I've listed many different, varied options for each fandom below, and I would be thrilled with whatever road you decide to take.

I do have some likes and dislikes when it comes to fics. I don't expect you to use everything in my kinks/likes section, and I wouldn't want you to as a lot of it doesn't work together and/or doesn't work for a particular fandom, so don't worry about that. Just please don't write my dislikes and I'll be a happy camper.

Likes: Character driven plot, worldbuilding both big and small, alpha/beta/omega, smut/PWP, threesomes, bondings (forced or otherwise), obsession, tension, misunderstandings, subtle flirting, fluff, dub-con, non-con handholding (or whatever non-con non-sexual situation), kidfic, mpreg/fpreg (or preg in general, I don't have a particular person designated as the pregnant one), established relationships, foodporn or other non-sexual things described in loving detail.

I'd like happy endings for any fic you write.

Dislikes: Crossovers, first or second POV, character death, crack, bashing, not!fics, unhappy endings.

Fandoms: Ao no Exorcist | Blue Exorcist, Batman (Movies - Nolan), Captain Marvel (2019), Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (TV 2018), The Chronicles of Riddick Series, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Hikaru no Go, Justice League (2017), RED (Movies), Wonder Woman (2017)


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are good pesach brownies possible?

Apr. 22nd, 2019 07:39 pm
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I regularly keep TJ's brownies in my freezer but not this week, so I went looking online for a pesach brownie recipe. TBH a crucial necessity was that I had the ingredients on hand (eggs, cocoa, potato starch, butter (well, vegetable oil, so they would be parve, but I don't care and only keep olive oil around)) and I found one such, claiming to be the "best pesach brownies". They are not very good, even allowing for calling for cocoa rather than actual chocolate, but it could be me. They came out stratified and I wonder is this is inevitable or if I didn't mix them enough. I dunno, the batter certainly seemed well mixed, but I did it by hand; perhaps the Kitchenaid would have made a difference. I also wish I'd given them another five minutes, but that would not affect the stratification. Anyone know about baking with potato starch?

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Apr. 21st, 2019 06:30 pm
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I'm currently visiting some friends in a different state for spring break and it's been pleasant and chill hanging out with them. Just what I needed. We watched some movies and we also finished up the second season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina because they were still marathoning the series. They haven't seen Game of Thrones, not really, so when that comes on tonight, I'm going to go and watch it by myself.

I do still have assignments to do over the break and I've been slowly working on quality assessment on RCTs and systematic reviews for my research course. It's so slow going though because I'm second guessing every answer for the quality assessment and there's a bunch I have to do.

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4/21/2019 Inspiration Trail

Apr. 21st, 2019 09:20 am
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The trail is dry and I spent a couple of hours out and back. It wasn't at all quiet, bird song and calls constantly, but again I didn't get bins on a lot of it. New arrival was lazuli bunting, further north than one's been before. I heard Caspian tern overhead three times, could never spot one against the sky, which was frustrating as I sometimes have. There was a perched Cooper's hawk that I almost didn't look at because I thought it was a branch, and a lesser goldfinch nearly had me with his white-breasted nuthatch imitation. They are mimics and he was good, The list: )

So that was nice.

ETA after a four hour "nap": I wore my bins on a harness again, a new one (Bushnell, this time) because I'd cannibalized my old ones for the clips, but two hours isn't much of a test. Also I cannot be sure whether the vague discomfort I felt was real or anticipatory. I'm a champ at anticipatory pain.:(

It is spring

Apr. 21st, 2019 10:02 am
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I look out into the back garden. There is a rustling in the undergrowth and a little black one-eyed panther appears, trotting towards me. "Mrrah? Mrrahh?"

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The heated towel rail in the bathroom has been turned off and therefore I'm making the switch from cotton to linen bath towels.

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This being the UK, spring may be revoked at any moment without notice. Much like Brexit.

what I've been up to

Apr. 21st, 2019 09:04 am
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sorry for the radio silence I was just so tired all the time so I've been mostly watching netflix et all and youtube videos.

under the cut there's an assortment of relaxing vids mostly from beauty youtubers
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Apr. 21st, 2019 01:01 am

4/20/2019 Alviso Salt Ponds

Apr. 20th, 2019 05:55 pm
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Today U and I went of the first of three GGAS bird-a-thon trips we've signed up for, exploring an area neither of us had visited, the southern part of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, salt ponds in process of restoration. I was initially skeptical because the leader hadn't been to the area in a few years and I assumed he hadn't scouted. But not only had he clearly done virtual scouting (ebird, perhaps?) but is such a good birder and so generally knowledgeable about birds, especially in the Bay Area, that it was fine. The group was pleasant, too, and the men were quiet. I so rarely bird with men that I had totally forgotten that there were bound to be some in the group!

We had nine species of duck, which surprised me, though most were represented by one bird or a pair, and quite a few species of shorebird although they'll be mostly gone by the end of the month. Bird of the day was a hybrid duck, blue-winged teal (perfect facial crescent) X cinnamon teal (IMO, for whatever that's worth, based on breast color and bill shape). Very cool. Early Spring at the bottom of the Bay: )

Besides the leader we had someone from California Coastal Conservancy to tell us about the history of the salt ponds and what was being done and planned for their future. She was amazing, and added so much to the afternoon. U and I are already making plans to return in August, when the early shorebirds start moving south again, as well as next winter. It's always great to discover a new place.

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Apr. 20th, 2019 08:47 am
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Sign ups are open for Not Prime Time and instructions for it are here. They'll close on April 30th.

I actually finished season 2 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in 2 days and it was wild, but I loved it. I hope there's a season 3.

I also got HBO streaming so I can watch the last season of Game of Thrones. The best part though is how many movies I want to watch/haven't seen are on it, that aren't on Hulu or Netflix. Score!

2/19/2019 Mitchell Canyon State Park

Apr. 19th, 2019 02:57 pm
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This has been one of those days when the only response is to either stop birding alone altogether, or go out alone tomorrow, the next day, and every day after that until I'm better at it.:( I'm not going to do either one, so mostly I'll just be deeply frustrated. What I have to try not to do is read other people's birding reports or talk to anyone on the trail, ever. ANYway.

When I got to Mitchell Canyon about 7:45 the gate was already open (official time is 8 am which is far too fucking late in summer, but there does not seem to be anywhere to park outside in order to walk in earlier). I walked up Red Road and took the north spur to the top of a rise from which I could see the fence at the Park boundary, then up to the crest, where the Park boundary is .8, .7, and .3 mi away to the north, south, and east. Maybe next time I'll take the trail east a bit. This time I turned back as usual, by which time it was pretty damned quiet. I had a bad warbler day, hearing many and getting bins on nothing (one orange-crown does NOT count). Bird of the day was an almost certain western tanager. It was bright yellow, sharing a tall, bare tree across the canyon with an ash-throated flycatcher so I had a size comparison. Only Wilson's warblers are that yellow, and they are tiny and very active. Still, it was a looong ways away. Fifty species or so: )

Saw western tiger swallowtail and California sister butterflies, as well as painted ladies on every piece of scat.:) They love shit. No ebird today, a combination of feeling overwhelmed and embarrassed./0\

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Apr. 19th, 2019 01:01 am

(Western) Easter weekend reflections

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:24 pm
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How kind of the Attorney General to time the release of the Mueller report so that we all have something to read over the long Easter weekend, during the current Brexit lull. (The end times have clearly arrived: I'm voluntarily watching CNN.)

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Having been to the library this morning, my actual Easter-adjacent reading is Why Angels Fall: A Journey Through Orthodox Europe from Byzantium to Kosovo by Victoria Clark and Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah Lipstadt. (This might seem an odd choice but given the content of the Holy Week services, I always feel a bit of a moral obligation to give some thoughtful attention to antisemitism over Easter.)

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My father gets to choose where my parents go for dinner this Sunday because it's his Easter, but he's suffering from indecision because where he really wants to go is the Puritan in Manchester, NH, that Greek community institution (my grandmother worked in their ice cream shop as a teenager). And of course their Easter specials won't be till next Sunday, which is why my parents will probably go then. He says he's spiritually Greek. What he means is that he really likes their lamb.

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As for me, I think I'm going to go to Magdalen College Chapel tomorrow at noon because their Good Friday liturgy is featuring Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah.

I was in Durham earlier in the week and made it to half of Evensong on Tuesday evening by racing up the hill at high speed the minute my work appointments were done for the day. I might not have made the effort were it not for the news about Notre Dame: you might think you can always visit another time, but it isn't always true. Naturally there were prayers for Notre Dame, "our fellow World Heritage site."

At the top of the nave was a tall wooden cross hung with burgundy fabric. After the service everyone just filtered out, some people stopping to talk with the priests, but I couldn't resist the instinct to go up and kiss the cross. These Orthodox instincts, I don't know.

By Easter (but which Easter?!) I'll probably have reached my limit with church services, and stay home. We'll see.

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Apr. 18th, 2019 01:01 am
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U, MF, and I arrived at Mitchell Canyon just about 8 am in gorgeous weather and set off down the fire road. We weren't much past the parking lot when we heard ash-throated flycatcher, only just arrived. Warblers weren't as easy to see as two weeks ago, but we heard them enough for them to be VERY frustrating. We're pretty sure of MacGillivray's, I saw two black-throated grays, and there were Nashvilles around, although we didn't get a good look (probably also hermit but we got no look at all), as well as Wilson's, orange-crowns, and yellow-rumps. Bird of the day was a short but very clear look at a male calliope hummingbird, my first out there, although they come through every Spring. I was also pretty excited by the Hammond's flycatcher because not only could I see that the bill was smaller and darker than that of the Pac-slope, but it vocalized! So helpful. Oh, and MF spotted an orange bird that I identified as a hooded oriole, so that was pretty cool. I guess it's really Spring: )

When U and I are out alone we tend to postpone lunch, but MF prefers otherwise.:) After lunch spent trying to figure out what the black phoebes are up to under the bridge (nesting, certainly, but at what stage are they?) we headed back west, making a stop of an hour or so at Diablo Foothills Regional Park hoping to see the newly arrived western kingbirds and Bullock's orioles, and we did. Gosh, the male orioles are bright! We had three in some sort of mid-air dust-up and they were spectacular. More newly-arrived birds: )

There were good butterflies at Mitchell Canyon, tiger swallowtail, pale swallowtail, red admiral, and still lots of painted ladies, and there were wildflowers everywhere. Here are woodland star and royal foxglove )

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Apr. 17th, 2019 12:00 am

Happy Anniversary to us!

Apr. 16th, 2019 10:15 am
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I get cuddles on demand, tea in bed every morning, and integrity.

He gets… hmm. Cuddles demanded, something different for dinner every day, aesthetics.

Something like that. It works.

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Apr. 15th, 2019 12:00 am

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Apr. 14th, 2019 12:00 am
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Since I was in the area I spent nearly four hours walking up to Zhone Way and back and spending a little time on the boardwalk that goes out over the marsh. There were more birds around than I expected in this transition between Winter and Spring. Lots of shorebirds of a limited number of species. So many dunlin with their black belly patches coming in, and dowitchers coming into their beautiful brown and rufous breeding plumage. Also in breeding plumage was a double-crested cormorant with his two crests on either side of the top of his head, giving him almost a Princess Leia look, only in black. There are a LOT of mockingbirds along the path; I took two species off my list because I could not be sure I wasn't hearing mockingbird imitations.:( A nice, long list: )

There were harbor seals (presumably) hauled out onto the mud edges of the marsh. I've never noticed that before.
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