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Well, LJ is barely working for me for some reason, but I feel like I should post something now that it's 2015.

2014 was hit or miss for me. I had some good things - made it to a year in the new job (and thus got a raise), moved into a great little rental house which I'm loving a lot, had some good times with friends, etc. Generally ending on a good note.

However, there were also multiple deaths in the family, a lot of loneliness at times, many depressing things going on in the world, and friends going through hardships as well. Been a bit hard to stay positive.

Here's hoping 2015 is better! I'd say I'd post more, but I'm not sure that many people are still around anyway, much less commenting, so I doubt I will. Sad times.
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Been sitting on this post for ages, so I should finally stop fiddling with it and post.

Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

This is haaaarrrrd. Most especially since I don't often see myself in film characters, but there are plenty of movies that you see in childhood or at certain milestones that stick with you. Or that at least sort of encapsulate your beliefs and ideals in small ways. Or that just explain your sense of humor or art in general.

Flight of Dragons
Fried Green Tomatoes
Galaxy Quest
The Princess Bride
Noises Off
The Journey of Natty Gann
Heart and Souls
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Dr Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh
Return to Oz
The Mouse and His Child

Okay, so that's done. Couldn't delete any of them, so have a baker's dozen instead of ten.

In other news, I'm moving house yet again. This time just across town, luckily, and I have most of October to do it instead of one day. While I like my current place a lot, I'm thoroughly sick of shared walls, especially due to some rather noisy neighbors in the condo above mine. I'm also tired of having to make guests sleep on an air mattress in the living room. So, after much hunting, I have found a rental house in a quiet part of town, with two bedrooms and a lot of features I'd been wanting (hurrah for all hardwood floors!) that is about the same price I'm paying now (less rent, but now I'll have to pay for water).

Will post the new address once it's official. Hopefully that'll be the last move for a while, until I'm ready to buy instead of rent.

I can't believe I've been here almost a year already. Work is good, social life almost nonexistent but oh well, can't have everything. It gets harder to hang out with coworkers when so many are married and/or have kids. I need to look into joining a group, if only a knitting circle or something.

Fall TV is back, so I'm watching more things again. Sleepy Hollow, of course, which continues to be fantastic. As does Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Planning on checking out Forever, How to Get Away with Murder, and maybe Selfie if only for Karen Gillan and John Cho (it doesn't look all the great, tbh, but you never know). Saw the premiere of Gotham and wasn't too impressed, mostly b/c I'm not on board with DC's usual dark-and-bleak MO, but I may give it a chance to see where they go with it. I was going to give Agents of SHIELD another chance just for Lucy Lawless, but then I was spoiled for that and said never mind.

Oh, and there's Gracepoint. Not sure I want it without Olivia Colman, but I do like the actress they chose, so I may tune in. If nothing else, maybe Tennant's American accent will entertain me.

Anyone else watching anything fun? Anyone actually still on LJ these days? I swear it's like a ghost town some days and that makes me sad.

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Home from con, with the usual case of post-con blues. Had a great time as usual, though, with the added bonus that this year I don't have to return home to a place I hate (though it is a place where Karl Urban doesn't continually show up, more's the pity).

Miss everyone already!


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I've been reloading the live show page on the WTNV website ever since I listened to yesterday's ep and heard they were doing an east coast/southern tour this spring.

This went up today:

Venue & tickets TBA soon"

I AM GOING TO THIS SHOW. I will reload the page every hour until ticket info goes up if I have to.

*happy fangirl*

In other news, new job continues to be good as far as jobs go, very low stress which is just what I needed. Never really planned on being a microbiologist, but hey, sometimes a change of pace isn't a bad thing. I'm learning new skills and brushing up on old chemistry ones, so that's good, too.

Kitty still does not have a name. She defies me on this and I suck at choosing.

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For Christmas this year, I brought home a new cat! It was time, and this rescue sort of fell into my lap right when I was ready to start looking. She's really sweet and cuddly, but also still a bit hyper, so we're still in that learning phase. She's already litter trained, though, and loves her scratching post, so my furniture and everything are intact so far.

However, she's big on climbing and jumping, so a cat tree may be in our future. She's also much more into toys than my last cat, so I'll be accumulating those as well.

Pics! She's kind of a calico in the front half and more of a tortie in the back. I love the half-and-half face ♥

I haven't decided on a name yet. It's always such a difficult decision to make and I suck at it. Soon, I hope!

Hope everyone else had a great Christmas!

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This year's fandom list for Festivids makes me SO EXCITED I CAN'T EVEN. If even a fraction of them get made, I will be a very happy vid watcher.

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Have car back, yay! Have less money now, boo.

I have mainlined almost all of Welcome to Night Vale since yesterday and am really enjoying it. Cecil/Carlos = ♥ I really hope it's nominated for Yuletide this year.

A lot of my fannishness is based on the radio these days, tbh. Cabin Pressure, of course, which led to John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (so much love), The Unbelievable Truth, etc. I wish we did more radio comedy in this country.

I do need some new shows, so I'll be checking out Agents of SHIELD and the new Sleepy Hollow series this fall. I may be done with Dr Who until Moffat goes away, so until Warehouse 13 comes back for its final season I won't really have much sci-fi to watch. I've been busy instead with period shows like Bomb Girls and Call the Midwife instead, and trying to watch everything Miranda Hart has been in. And of course there was Broadchurch, and I'm currently still watching The Almighty Johnsons. I've been really remiss about posting about things, possibly due to Tumblr but then I was never very good at keeping up with posts anyway. Oh well.

DragonCon is sneaking up on me this year and I am so not prepared yet. Two weeks to go!

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Connecting flight was late, then we got sent back to the gate because a fuel pump failed. Waiting now while they fix it. Was supposed to have landed by now.

Hoping to get to Durham sometime before dinner.

*wastes time on Tumblr some more*

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Amazing new Merlin vid from obsessive24 focusing on Morgana: Blinding

Seriously amazing. What a brilliant showcase of Morgana's arc throughout the show, with better storytelling than the show itself. This one hurts.

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Not abandoning LJ by any means, but like a few of you already know I have finally caved and joined Tumblr. It satisfies a small part of my fannish needs, despite the lack of any deeper communication other than "this picture amused me/is lovely/made me think deep thoughts/etc", and is of course a brilliant time-waster.

It also seems to be where most of the Cabin Pressure and Elementary fandoms are, so there's that at least. ♥

Anyway, I'm here with the usual fandom name for now. Would love to friend anyone else who's over there! I post a random geeky/scientific assortment, and of course Tumblr Savior cures all ills.


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Bletchley Circle gets a second series!

This makes me ridiculously happy.


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With Merlin ended and Once Upon a Time getting irritating this season, I've been feeling the need for a new show for quite a while.

So, I finally sat down to watch Elementary. I had a feeling I'd like it, but was wary after my experience with Sherlock.

No need. I'm in love. Progressive show is progressive, with awesome characters that it chooses to focus on over gimmicks and even over the cases. It also gives me one of the things I love about Warehouse 13 - a wonderful male/female friendship with no possibility of future romance.

Plus Clyde the turtle. Can't go wrong with that.

Sadly, most of the fandom seems to be on Tumblr, but the Elementary tag is rife with wank. Oh well.


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I have learned to make panna cotta.

It's very, very easy.

Also cheap.

Uh oh.


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Okay, so I went a bought a new couch. After not finding anything in the big box stores, and way too expensive options in the local design stores, I found a company in North Carolina still making furniture here in the US for surprisingly affordable prices. They had a similar design to the crazy expensive one I liked at the local place, but for less than half the cost, and they had a Black Friday sale that let me upgrade to the fabric I wanted at no extra charge. So, I took the plunge and ordered a custom-made sofa.

It's taken a while, and I was biting my nails a lot during the wait b/c of the whole "oh shit, did I really buy that?" thing (I almost never buy anything brand new when it comes to furnishings), but it was just delivered on Friday and I think I love it. It's comfortable, low to the ground so my feet can touch the floor when I sit on it, and the color is exactly what I wanted and looks FAB with the red accents I already have in the room. The plan is to slowly create a funky steampunk vibe in my living room but with some modern accents as well to keep it from getting too crazy.

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I'm very close to finishing my chair in upholstery class (post on that to come soon), so I may for once have a nice room with places for people to sit if they come over. Might be a good excuse to actually start inviting people over for a change.

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Festivids is probably my favorite gift exchange of the year, so today has been an awesome day. I haven't watched everything (master list is here!), but here are the ones I've enjoyed the most so far.

High Treason (Brisco County, Jr) - Focuses on the two-part finale. Very cute.

Turn to Stone (The Bletchley Circle) - I was hoping someone would make a Bletchley vid. They did, and it is awesome. More people should watch this show.

Just a Girl (Hogfather) - Because Susan kicks ass.

Glad You Came (Downton Abbey) - Although this song will always say "Avengers" to me now, it worked really well for DA as well. Surprisingly joyful and feel-good considering all the awful things that tend to happen in the show, which is a nice change. Dancing!Drunk!Molesley will never not be hilarious.

Nothing Left to Say (Falling Skies) - Awesome vid I was not expecting, damn. It almost makes me want to go back and catch up on this show, as frustrating as it was.

Devils (Gormenghast) - Someone did a Gormenghast vid and I am thrilled. Beautiful and epic and tragic and everything the series and miniseries are.

If I Was A Great White Shark (Jaws series) - HAHAHAHA. This was cute. I appreciated the message at the end, too.

Seven Devils (Kings) - Same song as the above Gormenghast vid, which usually throws me, but it's just as epic and awesome. Still makes me ache that this show was canceled so soon.

And we got three League of Their Own vids!!

1) Back to Avalon
2) Revolution
3) Va Va Voom - This one is my favorite. I just love how it focuses on the baseball skills of all the women, their camaraderie, their strength, etc. So joyful.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are (Still Alive) (R&GAD) - I had some trouble with the song (mostly the singing voice), but overall liked the vid itself.

Toy Sack (Toys) - Okay, I did find the song itself a bit distracting, and I was sad there wasn't much Patrick or Gwen, but dude, a Toys vid! So cool.

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I never can seem to get my recs together in a timely manner, but since I'm tired of sitting on this post I'm going to make it anyway and just use this for my own future reference. So, feel free to skip.

Anyway, yes, Yuletide! I was glad that this year there seemed to be more things I wanted to read, though the continued popularity of so many fandoms like RPF, comics and stuff I don't read, and all the music videos/songs/commercials/etc means I don't read as many as I used to. I still don't get how some of those last things count as a damn fandom, I really don't.

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I sold a few things and ended up with money in my Paypal account, so I ended up buying more art off Etsy. It's a sickness, it really is, but having fun art on my walls makes me smile so much (my little retro rocketships I got at con this year are right above my computer desk and they cheer me up every time I glance up at them).

This one's for the kitchen:

And I haven't decided where this one will go yet. Maybe the living room.

I seem to be on a tea theme this time 'round, but that makes me happy as well. My do-over birthday with seachanges was yesterday, with fun at the local medieval faire and then comfort food at Panera, plus Blackadder the Third. It was nice to have a mostly lazy day after the 16 hour stress-fest that was Saturday - I slept about 10 hours after that and feel much better now. Hopefully this week at work will be better, and at least it's a short one thanks to the holiday.

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