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At parents'. To me, this is what Christmas looks like -- snow on lawns, houses still with wreaths up.

Seem to be having all the periods I missed in September, October, November, December all rolled into one. I suppose it's good this is happening when I'm off from work anyway.

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At my parents and it is hard work. Mother is already worrying at me about what do I want for lunch but then apparently none of my answers are the right ones.
She wants to make some frozen Schwann's pot roast for dinner. I objected because that's not what you serve someone who's come a long way at great expense for a short visit, but far more importantly, because for at least FIVE years, I have been trying to get across to her that the added sodium in prepared food is the worst thing for dad. And she did this whole "I didn't know you had a problem with it" thing. I know she's getting forgetful but this is beyond anything.

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Getting anxious about Yuletide -- my recipient hasn't commented yet. I do have some kudos and a comment and I realize this is a real onslaught for people -- I need to reread my gifts and comment in more depth when I get home this weekend myself. (Much less go to the archive to read more . . . !). Also my recipient's archive is written in a language that suggests she didn't have a day off yesterday. I just hope I'm not "coal"! I loved writing in the fandom I did and have more story ideas for it.

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So . . . Wow, that was incoherent. I was watching with people who do not normally watch, and they really could not make sense of it. There were so many threads from past arcs that were fun for me as a fan. But it didn't really make a compelling story.

Hopeful for Twelve, but would be more hopeful if Moffat were leaving. With any luck a more experienced actor will keep the, er, Moffatness under control. Anyway, I've loved him in other things, so fingers crossed for this.

Spoilers:

Read more... )

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My goodness -- I somehow got two stories for Yuletide! I'll link them when I'm on a computer, but I got a Sleepy Hollow story (a lovely Ichabbie) and an amazing Sayers story with Harriet & Peter, the Oxford time travel universe and Kit Marlowe!

Now I just have to be nervous til I hear whether anybody liked mine. ;-)

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So, I'm coming out pro-Sleepy Hollow, which kind of surprises me. They're playing with every cliche (like Ichabod in the middle of the road with cars rushing at him which was in last year's Dark Shadows and every other time travel story ever), but it looks like they're well aware of the tropes they're playing with. And the cast is appealing and look! Not everyone is white!

Just a few things that I gotta snark at.

Cause Oxbridge professors ended up fighting in colonial wars all the time. Privilege had its privileges.

And do the writers even know what an Admiralty court is? (Hint: maritime jutisdiction.).

Also I take it this is a universe in which Washington Irving never wrote his story, cause in the real-world Sleepy Hollow, they all know it. Which is okay, I'm just saying.

But Abbie is great and the show is smart about its cliches and look, Orlando Jones! And cute guy, though I wish he could keep wearing that 18th century coat but I'm guessing he won't be looking at historical sewing blogs on the Internet like I do.

Pity, that.

Insert obligatory Kurgan reference.

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Got to train station and realized my laptop was still at my parents' house.

I will not be home til Sunday afternoon -- on my way from my parents' to ibshafer's in a sort of Grand Tour of upstate NY -- and Mom has Fed Exed it for Monday am delivery. But wow that sinking feeling,

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So when I move, do I change my username to EVill Woman?

The correct answer is no.

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Got the apartment! Chelseagirl will be a Chelsea girl no longer.

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Friday afternoon through After midnight Sunday, to Massachusetts and back for Watch City Steampunk, where I ran the Academic Track, Monday early interviewed for the apartment (which looks good but I'll believe it when they hand us the keys). Rehearsals uptown last night and tonight; concert tomorrow. Home at ten each night, unashamedly taking taxis despite my shortage of cash, soooooo tired. Good thing the semester is winding down.

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So, it seemed to go well, but who knows if anything will come of it. They seemed very receptive -- as opposed to my last MLA interview where I could tell the department chair didn't like me almost immediately.

And then as we were pulling into the airport, that New York song came on the radio -- the recent one that always annoys me -- came on and all I wanted to do was cheer and sing along. Oh, NY, you will always be both my One True Love and my most dysfunctional relationship. If I go I will miss you like hell. If I stay, I will always long for the things you just can't give me. But for the first time in a long time, I can embrace the uncertainty,

This post brought to you by jet lag and insomnia. Red eye flight ahead.

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On super shuttle van to hotel from San Diego airport; job interview tomorrow noonish. Wish me luck?

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Bethynyc phoned me; she's fine (as is her uncle who was running in the Boston Marathon) and will check in when she gets home.

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Lovely visit to [livejournal.com profile] ibshafer. I had no idea it was possible to MAKE chocolate dipped Oreos (I bought one at a Godiva shop once) and now must do my best to forget. ;-)

Pretty snow covered landscape and very relaxing. We drove into Cooperstown to look around at old houses and etc and saw some of her friends. Our planned Daniel Craig James Bond marathon got derailed when I asked to see the first episode of Girls on HBO on demand. Wow that show is painfully hilariously like real life. Also thank god I am not twenty something anymore. One last episode to watch before I go.

Helped I get started cleaning out her sister's closets -- she wants friends to have as much as possible before donating -- and ended up with a borrowed second bag to take home. One or two of the things I think I remember R wearing. Wish I could have helped with more, but hope I was good company anyway.

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Article proposal accepted for another edited collection on steampunk; this one on the literary geography of the steampunk novel, which also gets me reading some absolutely fascinating crit/theory. Yay me?

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Will respond to comments on last when I am not typing on my phone. Thanks, all.

Bought tobacco products from the Senecas for my beloved and fabric at Joanne's for two simple patterns -- a cute but very easy dress and an Edwardian walking skirt. Total fabric cost : $24. So if they don't turn out, what with being my first attempts, I've wasted very little money. I want to know what I'm doing before I emulate the Project Runway contestants and buy fabric at Mood.

I'm actually getting addicted to buying patterns, weirdly. Mostly from Colette and Craftsy, as well as various historical places. Well, there's not room in the apartment for a fabric stash, so I have a minor pattern stash instead. Which fits in the filing cabinet.

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Actually here at my parents', thus having broken the vortex of NYC not letting me go. Considering a more permanent separation, though it seems unlikely all the details can be worked out.

Nonetheless, five years of job hunting is taking its emotional toll, and both of my adjunct jobs are possibly in danger, due to institutional issues that have nothing to do with me or my performance. And living in a studio with my husband is really getting to me; it's hard to keep the place clean when there's two people's stuff in it and not enough room. Pending financial difficulties mean I will probably have to give up the writing space, as well. But as it is, if we doubled our rent, we'd still find ourselves in a studio. Which -- god yes we are lucky to have a great deal, but I feel trapped.

I know nobody here really wants to hear my whining anymore, but it's what I live with all the time.

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