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My aunt died late Thursday night. She was with a health care aide. I'm told that when the aide came in to give her last set of medications for the night at 9pm, she said she wanted to sleep a little longer, and when the aide came back at 9:30, she was gone.

I had seen her the day before. She'd finally gone home from the nursing home/rehab center, and then fell again and was rehospitalized a week later. This time a cracked vertebrae, though it might not have been the result of the fall. I left work early on Wednesday to be with her in the emergency room, but I had to fly out to Denver the next morning for a conference I was presenting at. I got back late on Sunday, taught Monday morning, and then headed back to the hospital. They released her that night, and she went home with her primary aide.

Wednesday morning I got a call from her aide that the agency hadn't sent someone else yet. (Lorna was private, not from the agency.) She'd been there for 48 hours and was tired and stressed. So I told my staff I wasn't coming in and cancelled my appointments (I lied and called in sick, because I had been taking off so much time due to my aunt -- luckily, as long as I don't miss classes, I've got some flexibility . . . but people have been out and we've had a problematic grad student client and there are things that need to be done). I took a taxi uptown, got Lorna some food, and spent the morning and halfway through the afternoon with my aunt, who had yet another nurse coming for assessment. I also fielded quite a few phone calls from the agencies about people coming for various appointments.

Lorna needed a few days off after her 48 hour shift, so the agency booked some other people, though I'm happy that on Thursday we had Lakeisha, who was new since she'd been home and who we really liked. Someone else was with Aunt Isabel when she died. But I'm glad I saw her on Wednesday and I'm glad Lakeisha was there for most of the day Thursday.

Friday was meant to be a grading papers day, but it became a fielding phone calls and running Isabel-related errands day.

If we're friends on FB, you've seen my two posts:

#1. The two things Isabel valued most in the world were her independence and her intellect. Her physical disabilities had taken away the former -- she was going to need 24/7 attendance (luckily she had saved & invested very well and had the money for it, at least for the near future) and as Parkinsonian dementia got worse, she was losing the latter. She was tired and it was ready for her to go.


#2. The police sealed the apartment. So my mom, who's the executor, is coming down and can't get into the apartment. She's meeting with the funeral director on Monday, and we are meeting together with the lawyer before I go to campus Tuesday morning. And we can't get in and the police were rude and dismissive and basically treated me like a crazy person because I raised my voice. If someone told me at 5am, when I'd just lost a family member, that I could come by and pick up the keys, and then when I was there (in a rainstorm so intense I was soaked despite umbrella and raincoat) they tell me a different story, and *actually think I should have had the presence of mind to get the name of the person I spoke to at 5am when my relative just died* then they are neither kind nor logical. *Everyone* else I have been dealing with, from the agencies and lawyer and building and etc. has been super kind and helpful. But not the cops.

I went to the building anyway and expressed my concerns to the super (who had assumed she was just rehospitalized) and a coop board member who fortuitiously was taking her dog for a walk just while I was there. They reassured me and put me in touch with the managing agency, and everyone (except the police, apparently) is on my side.

But mom will have to sleep here, even though the apartment is empty, because if we break the seal, we're subject to arrest. (She's obsessive/phobic about cleaning, and you may guess my apartment has fallen into disarray. But as I've said to M, I'll vacuum and change the cat boxes, and I want her to see what all this has done to my ability to cope -- I'm grading papers this morning, not scrubbing floors.) And there are a lot of records we don't have access to. This is ironic because I have been handling Aunt Isabel's affairs since early July and everything was IN MY APARTMENT until Isabel went home a few weeks ago, when I moved her documents back to her place. Hell, I had her *wallet* in my possession for almost 3 months, and returned it when she went home.

Our lawyer is going to help us get back in. He says it's good that the original will is in the apartment (I know just where, because I found it, photocopied and scanned it, and then returned it) because we need it and the surrogates' court will have to let us in.

But *swearwords* my 82 year old mother is taking an 8 hour train ride from Buffalo and she can only stay in NYC for a few days because she is sole caregiver for my 85 year old father, who's had several strokes and walks with walker very hesitantly and sometimes falls. (Wonderful family friend Chrissy is staying with him for a few days.) And we can't even get into the apartment to get the bloody documents we need for her to start doing her work as executor. (Aunt Isabel intended to add me as co-executor but never got around to it and sometimes was convinced that it had already been done, but it hadn't. So yeah, I'll be doing all the work, but mom will be the executor.)

Also, stupid stuff. Lorna left some of her belongings in the apartment and I can't return them to her until we can get in. I spent all summer keeping Aunt Isabel's plants alive for her because she cares about them. I spent most of the summer clearing out the apartment to de-hoard it and get it made safe for her to come home to. In fact, since early July, I HAVE SPENT MORE TIME IN THE APARTMENT THAN ISABEL HAS!!! There is fresh food in the fridge (which I bought for her) which is *going to go bad*. And although her mail was forwarded to my address some time ago, a lot of it was still going there and her mailbox will explode, and her mailbox key? In the apartment.

SO BLOODY RIDICULOUS! Apparently they seal the apartment so that no one who is not next of kin can go in and take things. Except next of kin/the executor is my mother and neither she nor my cousins (who live in Ohio and near DC; I am the only local one) have any objection to my taking *anything* I want considering how much time and energy I gave to Aunt Isabel over the past four months. They've said so. But honestly, I need to get in there to get bills and financial records so we can start cancelling things (everything except the power) and save the plants and clean out the fridge and etc.

Beyond exhausted. And did not get the grading done that I thought would happen this Friday/weekend when I left the office Thursday evening.

Luke Cage

Oct. 5th, 2016 05:15 am
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I finished Luke Cage last night, and really enjoyed it. At the beginning, it felt really mainstream, more of a crime drama than a Marvel show -- it wasn't until we got Luke's backstory and then Claire's arrival that I felt really grounded in the JJ/DD NYC world. (Loved the Trish Talk cameo, too.)

This show has such a wealth of well-drawn women characters of color -- Misty, Claire, Mariah, Priscilla, even the precinct captain. Heck, even Connie, who I wish hadn't disappeared completely.

But in the wee hours of the night, I wondered if the Luke/whoever 'ship wars are already rumbling over on Tumblr? I'm not including Misty, because it seems they both moved on from it pretty quickly, but Claire (who is the most awesome character in the Netflix MCU) vs. offscreen Jessica (whom I adore).

Contemplation under the cut: Read more... )

In any case, I really hope this does not turn into one of those woman against woman fan battles, like the ones that made Sleepy Hollow fandom so unpleasant.

And, coming from another perspective, I paired Jessica *with* Claire for a ficathon awhile back. It's called "Better Late Than . . ." and it was written before s. 2 of DD, so it assumes Claire is still in Hell's Kitchen. Check it out if you like:
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Dear Author:

I think you'll find I'm pretty easy-going about my preferences. I'm not really looking for darkfic over the holidays, but if it fits with my requests (with Penny Dreadful, especially), then it's okay by me. I'm primarily interested in character and plot; I really don't care if it's G-rated or sexually explicit, or anything in between, but I'd prefer that the sex is secondary to a plotty or character-exploring story.

The Bletchley Circle: Jean McBrien, Susan Gray, Lucy Davis, Millie
Anything about these ladies, during or after the war. Mostly, I prefer explorations of friendship and case fics, but Millie slashes well with any of the others, if that's where your fancy takes you.

Penny Dreadful: Caliban/John Clare, Vanessa Ives, Brona Croft/Lily Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein
My two favorite characters are the Creature/John Clare/Caliban and Vanessa -- I only *friend*ship them myself, but I'm open to something more between them in your story, if that's what you'd like to write. What I'd really like to read is either something about their friendship, or what happened to the Creature/John next after he's seen sorrowing at Vanessa's grave. Does he head back to the Arctic, as in the novel? Does he return to his (earlier self's) wife, who's regained her sanity? Does he befriend Lily? Do he and Victor meet up again?
Honestly, if we matched on this show, but this doesn't inspire you, I'd also love to read anything about Catriona Hartdegan, Dr. Seward, and/or Ferdinand Lyle, preferably having adventures . . . .

Jessica Jones: Jessica Jones, Patricia Walker, Luke Cage, Malcolm Ducasse
I'm super-interested in the Jessica-Trish friendship, and I 'ship the hell out of Jessica/Luke, so anything on either of these would be amazing. I also find Malcolm's growing friendship with Jessica interesting. (But, btw, having just finished Luke Cage, I should mention that I also adore Claire Temple; I don't mind if the romantic situation gets complicated -- read that as you will -- but I don't want to see either one of the women dissed on the other's behalf! Girl power and all that . . . )

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange, John Childermass, Arabella Strange, Stephen Black
I chose the book, but I love both book and miniseries. The women are overall better developed on TV, but Stephen Black's story is much better developed in the book. So mix and match as you please, but I'm especially interested in anything to do with Childermass, Arabella, and/or Stephen Black.

Forever: Henry Morgan, Abe Morgan, Abigail Morgan, Jo Martinez
I'd love more in this canon. I'm especially interested in what happens next when Jo turns up at Henry's door, but backstory on Henry, Abigail, and Abe is also very welcome.
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I'm cross-posting my Goodreads review here because I *really* enjoyed this one, and I think it might interest other folks here.

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

My fondest wish is that Susanna Clarke will put out another book in the same universe as Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. My next-fondest was that I'd find something I enjoyed as much. That second wish, at least, has been granted. Sorcerer to the Crown is worthy of the comparison -- it's briefer, fluffier, and not on the grand scale of JS&MN, and it's entirely fair to call it a cross between Clarke and Georgette Heyer, as I've seen written in more than one place. And it's thoroughly enjoyable.

Prunella Gentleman, one of the two protagonists, is in some ways the Jonathan Strange of the text -- her magic is instinctive; she gets bored reading magical theory. At the beginning, she wants nothing more than woman of the upper classes in her time and place want -- to make a good marriage. But the novel doesn't blame her for this -- it's the society she's raised in. And if she can convince this world to overlook her origins as the possibly illegitimate daughter of an English gentleman and an Indian woman, it's a goal she might well succeed at . . . if not for the something far better that awaits her talents and her real heritage.

Zacharias Wythe, the Sorcerer Royal, would prefer to be immured in a library somewhere with his researches, but his guardian, Sir Stephen Wythe, had groomed him as his successor. Zacharias might be the Mr. Norrell of the tale, except that he is young, handsome, and black -- a freed slave whom the Wythe family has raised. But while the Sir Stephen and Lady Wythe love him, the other members of the Thaumaturgical Society hold the usual prejudices of the day.

There are some wonderful secondary characters, and while the plot is somewhat secondary to establishing the world and its inhabitants, the whole thing is delightful. Regency(ish) England is presented as multicultural in the ways it historically *was*, and it's made clear that there is a much larger and more diverse world outside of its borders. Later installments should productively build on what's been established here, and if the stakes are raised, with the Napoleonic Wars at hand, as well as the wry, almost Wodehouse-like fairyland, anything could happen. The next installment will be a hardcover buy for me.
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I'm catching up on the American version of House of Cards -- I'd seen the British version before, but just hadn't gotten around to this one -- and I'm really enjoying it. BUT I'm nearing the end of season 4, and the notion that the First Lady would be nominated as her husband's running mate? Strains credibility.

I mean, obviously we have a former First Lady who has a good shot at being our next President, but that's not *at the same time*.

Also, Underwood was so much darker in s. 1. Obviously he's still unscrupulous, but the really dark edge is muted.

I keep thinking of the Underwoods as the Macbeths.
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I don't know if this is a thing for other people or not, but since I was 12 or 13, I have washed my hair every day. Read more... )
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So everything I am fannish about comes to an end -- both Agent Carter and Penny Dreadful. *sigh* Perhaps, at least, the closed canons (well, I do not give up hope of seeing Peggy again in MCU flashbacks, if not *fingers crossed* another iteration of Agent Carter) will make me feel comfortable with ficcing, not worrying so much about getting Jossed.

For Penny Dreadful, I have IDEAS, mostly centered around Catriona and John Clare -- er, separate ideas, that is -- not sure I see those two characters connecting *at all*. The question is always finding the time, but since there's now almost nothing on tv I care about, I should be watching it a good deal less often. ;-)

But I do have a thought about Henry Jekyll. Read more... )
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This may be an unpopular opinion, but if that was really the end, I am okay with that. It made narrative sense and Read more... )
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My morning run takes me past both the Joe Strummer mural and the bar they used as Luke Cage's in Jessica Jones. Some morning inspiration . . .
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The reveals have gone live on the SSR Confidential Agent Carter exchange. I'm still making my way through the collection, but I wanted to share my gifts, a lovely story I was privileged to beta, and . . . oh, I wrote something.

I didn't know about the exchange 'til after signups were over, so I was only a pinchhitter, but the organizer, Sholio, made sure I had a gift and it's a lovely bit of fluff. I love Peggy/Daniel, but I really liked Jason Wilkes and that tentative romance, as well, and she gifted me a delightful Peggy/Jason story, "It's a Good Life (but it can always be better)."

I had the privilege to beta selenak's definitive Ana Jarvis fic, "All of Me" which is a must-read. She captures Ana's personality and gives her a convincing history.

Selenak also kindly gifted me a fic outside of the exchange, Peggy and Manfredi at Howard's funeral, "Funeral Games" I am so interested in the lost years of Peggy and Howard and SHIELD and the glimpses we get of them -- this story does that wonderfully.

Finally, my pinch-hit. The requester, paperdream, had an amazing idea: Angie Martinelli with a dark side; Peggy trying to rescue Angie and finding out Angie can take care of herself. I'm proud of the story, but it's gotten relatively few hits; if you're so inclined to check it out, I'd love that.
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As I might have mumbled before, I am a huge fangirl for both Vanessa and our Creature, John Clare. So this week made me extremely happy.

First of all, it was an incredibly well-structured episode. Read more... )

Because you know I had to point out how Victor is an idiot . . .
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So, Vanessa, bad lifestyle choices, eh? To be fair Read more... )

And in conclusion, who do we talk to in order to make Ferdinand Lyle's Egyptology Adventures a thing?
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Watching the last episode of The Night Manager , M says, "*This guy* would make a great Bond!"

Me: um, you mean the lead?
M: Yes.
Me: So, Tom Hiddleston, then.
M: Yes.
Me: So the one the Internet has been saying for weeks now is in consideration to play Bond? And I've been telling you this?
M: Oh.

*Sure* you listen to everything I say.

Also, The Night Manager so good and I adored Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) so much.

Outlander, I am ready to break up with you. Read more... ) I have seriously never wanted to see a couple make out less than I do Claire and Jamie.

Penny Dreadful hit such a high last week that I knew I would not get to see my faves this week, so I had to endure Read more... ) and I'm "Victor, you are an idiot," which is my usual response to Victor Frankenstein.
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Just posted this on Facebook, for those who see me there, but . . .

Friends don't let friends take rush freelance jobs over long holiday weekends. Unfortunately, I was not a good friend to myself, and have a big deadline Tuesday morning. Plus I need to check in with my online class from time to time. So . . . I will be pulling 12-14 hour days today and tomorrow.

Wish me luck, or even better, share something good that's happening with you? Cheer me up when I take quick breaks to check social media . . . thanks!

so . . .

May. 23rd, 2016 05:26 pm
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Saw Captain America. Read more... )

This week's Penny Dreadful was . . . Read more... )

Officially my online summer I (the next 5 weeks) class started today.Read more... )
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I'm pretty devastated about the Agent Carter cancellation -- even though it wasn't unexpected, I'd really given this show my heart. No, it wasn't perfect, but it was one of the first times since Buffy ended its original run that I felt that real excitement about something on television.

So I've been responding to other people's disappointment in their comments. But I thought I'd share something I wrote in a response to a comment on my FB page: I recently rewatched Winter Soldier since eventually I will get the chance to get to a theater and see Civil War, and it struck me that if we can't have more Agent Carter, we should have an anthology series about the founding and earlier years of SHIELD -- Peggy and Howard would be leads in some and background characters in others, and some would be purely triumphant while others would show how Hydra was positioning itself within . . .

Also, there's a petition to ask Netflix to pick up the show. Even if she's too committed to her new ABC show to do more than an even-more abbreviated run, it's worth a try:
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I had a nice chat about Penny Dreadful in someone's comment section recently, which had me curious -- does anyone else who reads this watch the show? I am full of thoughts, which will probably end up here in some form, but I'd love to really talk about it on a regular basis with people who will talk back.

We are going to seriously trim our cable package soon, so unfortunately that will slow down my access, but I am not especially spoilerphobic. (Except about who wins Project Runway . . . )

Also, if anyone loves Agent Carter like I do, or even likes it a little, THIS wonderful fic is taking the place, for me, of the season 3 we may not get:

Endings and Beginnings by truth_renowned

It's Peggysous, so if you are a hardcore Steggy or Cartinelli person, you might want to steer clear, but otherwise, it's just lovely, and still in progress.
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Finally got myself to do something I've been contemplating for a few months now -- to start running in the mornings. I bought the sneakers last week -- I hadn't owned proper trainers in probably a decade (just Converse high tops). And Saturday, I started. To begin with, I'm doing quite short runs -- just from my apartment up to and around Tompkins Square Park, and back -- which Fitbit tells me is just over a mile. I've gone the past two days and weather permitting will go on Monday as well; I'm not going to push myself on work days as I walk between 4 and 6 miles (again, according to Fitbit, but I do a cross-town walk to and from the PATH train which I take to work).

The plan is to build up -- once I've gotten to four times 'round the park, I will try East River Park, which has a trail along the water. Right now, I think I'd be totally winded by the time I get there!

My FB feed is clearly happy for me, as I've gotten more "likes" than I've seen on anything in a long while.
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My insomnia last night led to my sleeping less than three hours. After I set M's toast on fire and fed the cats a second time because I forgot I'd fed them to begin with, I realized my functional levels were limited, so I emailed the morning's tutoring staff to let them know I wouldn't be in 'til the afternoon. I did get a fair bit of work done, mostly making a dent in a stack of emails and projects that staff had sent me.

On the way in, I ran into the writing director who, since she's real faculty and not running an office, does a lot of her work at home. Which was terrific because we each had a ton of things to tell the other so we started our meeting waiting for the light rail and continued it en route and in my office . . .

And then there were a couple of meetings -- a department thing and a lecturers' thing -- that went well.

So a bad day turned into a pretty good day, though the evening was a complete waste -- M went to bed around 8 and I immediately fell asleep on the couch.

And for some reason my alarm (which I didn't think was even set as I haven't used it in years) went off around midnight, and then a second time. Weird. M slept through the first round, but was sure the second was our smoke alarm and that we were going to die . . .
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