oh god why

Oct. 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm
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The continuing education tax course I took today needed so much copy-editing.

SO MUCH.

Like seriously, I spent as much time unraveling terrible sentences as I did translating legalese into either English or math, and there is no universe in which I should be able to truthfully make that statement.

*headdesks ad infinitum*

That Time of Year

Oct. 23rd, 2017 05:32 pm
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My family and I went to Lakewood Cemetery on Sunday. It was a beautiful day, even if the wind was cold. We went to clean off Ella*'s grave and to enjoy the cemetery. It might seem a little weird, but when Shawn and I live in Uptown, Lakewood was a favorite place to stroll. This time when we were there, we saw two moms pushing their strollers through the cemetery. It really is like a park, especially since it has an actual lake in the center of it.

And there are geese:

geese among marble headstones

Shawn had brought along flowers to leave at Ella's grave. We had purchased a built-in vase, but it'd been quite a while since we'd last visited and it took some wedging and struggling to get it up out of the ground. It's hard to describe, but it's a self-contained thing, where there's a vase inside a metal sleeve that sits in upside down, until you twist it out and put it upright. The interior had gotten filled with quite a bit of dirt, but with the application of water I was able to loosen it enough to get it out. (There's a built in drainage hole, but that had also gotten a bit plugged with roots.) At any rate, that was quite the ordeal. We did get it working, though, so that's what's important.

We tend to think of Ella now, rather than on August 5, her death day, because she was conceived on Halloween. We know this for a fact, of course, because we did the artificial insemination at a clinic. (Not as much guess work that way!) We don't visit the grave annually, but every so often we get the urge.

Mason is never quite sure what to think about his sister that he never knew, I don't think, but we've always been upfront about who she was. Still, I know it's a bit weird for him to see his parents sad, and not have any sense of Ella. He mostly kept his distance, though he helped with the cleaning of the vase. Then, he and I wandered around looking at all the amazing graves. We played a little "game" of trying to find the earliest birth year on any of the headstones. We found someone born in 1773!

There's also just a ton of amazing stone work.

Celtic Cross gravestone bearing the name "Christian."

It was a lovely, contemplative time.

Of course, every time we go to Lakewood, we end up driving past our old duplex on Girard, and we have to remark on how much Uptown has changed in our absence. (A LOT!)

---
For any newcomers to my blog, Ella is my daughter. She was stillborn about 15 years ago (August 5, 2002). I have a bit of a memory page still up for her on my website, though it needs updating as, obviously, we did continue to try and now have Mason.

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Title: Screen control your mother(board)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] furloughday
Reader: [personal profile] momo 
Cover Artist: [personal profile] annapods 
Rating: General
Length: 01:17:18
Fandom: BBC Merlin
Pairing: Arthur Pendragon/Merlin
Tags: Modern AU - Non magical, Boss/Employee Relationship, Mistaken Identity, "Enemies to Lovers" (in a very loose sense)
Warnings: Ableist language

Summary: Arthur is Merlin's tech support at work.

Link: AO3 [MP3, M4A, M4B, streaming]
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Fic: Screen control your mother(board) by [livejournal.com profile] furloughday
Reader: [personal profile] momo
Cover Artist: [personal profile] annapods
Beta Listener: [personal profile] misssnowfox
Fandom: BBC Merlin
Ship: Arthur Pendragon/Merlin
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Reader's Notes: I originally recorded this for last year's Big Bang but never finished editing it, so here we go :D

Summary: Arthur is Merlin's tech support at work.



MP3 [71 MB, 01:17:18]
Podbook [35 MB, 01:17:18]

Podfic Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth | LiveJournal
Art Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth | LiveJournal

[Silmarillion] Three times, the forge

Oct. 22nd, 2017 09:06 pm
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Title: Three times, the forge
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LiveOakWithMoss
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chestnut_filly
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Pairing: Celebrimbor/Narvi
Rating: T
Summary: "Celebrimbor kisses Narvi. Narvi kisses Celebrimbor. Somehow, Celebrimbor is still perplexed."
Length: 8:35

Mediafire link | Tindeck link

Crossposted to AO3.
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I've been thinking off and on about this Tumblr post about clothing presentation styles, sorted by both gender impression and level of effort.

blather about my own clothing style )

...

There was no real point to any of that, but I wanted to get my thoughts down in writing so hopefully they will stop popping up distractingly at random moments. *wry*

Avengers: Wiping off the Dust

Oct. 22nd, 2017 05:58 pm
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Fic: Wiping off the Dust by dentalfloss
Reader: tipsy-kitty
Cover Artist: dentalfloss
Fandom: MCU Avengers
Rating: T/PG-13
Warnings: implied child abuse
Reader's Notes: This was recorded for the very patient dentalfloss for an auction so long ago I don't remember the cause /o\ Thank you, dentalfloss!
Summary: Teenaged Clint, it turns out, is a little shit. Naturally this makes him Tony’s new favourite person.


MP3 [351MB, 06:22:36]
Podbook [176 MB, 06:22:36]
Podfic Post: AO3

Recent AO3 update: It's ANGST WEEK!

Oct. 22nd, 2017 03:22 pm
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I think I wrote one decent angst fics in each of the three fandoms I've written in, and I decided to post them the same week for...reasons. For me, it was interesting to compare the styles of each, for starters.

Flayed Horses (Gundam Wing, HeeroxWufei)
Wufei found Heero a few months after the war had ended and spent over a year helping him find that end of the war for himself. It was...a lot of work. There were still no go zones and things they could not do together as a couple, but a museum should be safe enough-

Wufei found Heero a few months after the war had ended.

The war had ended. Ended. Ended.

never ends never ends never ends never ends never ends never ends


Missing (Naruto, GaaraxLee)
'Missing in Action' they tell Gaara.

'Concrete proof of his death', 'absolutely certain', 'name added to the cenotaph', 'don't cling to false hope' and other irrelevant things are added. The first word is all that matters.

If Lee is dead, Gaara would surely feel it to the bottom of his soul because Lee is the better part of that soul. He's not dead, he's missing.

Gaara is going to find him.



Cold Dish (One Piece, Gen)
Take one blood-soaked tragedy
Baste in unfair odds and pepper with deceit
Break it apart and flambé the pieces
Pour into a crockpot and bring to a slow boil
Crack two shipmates and add one at a time
Blend well and leave to stew for a year

Makes one portion
Serve cold
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Today Miss Cactus introduced me to the pawpaw (Asimina triloba), the largest native North American fruit. They are apparently one of the rare temperate members of the Annonaceae, or custard apple, family; most of the related species are tropical. She has a pawpaw tree growing wild in her new backyard, and therefore has more fruit than she really knows what to do with right now. (Pawpaws don't keep or transport terribly well.)

The outside of a pawpaw fruit is sort of leathery yellow-green-brown with lots of brown spots. The inside is creamy yellow with huge black seeds, easily removed. The texture is a bit like avocado crossed with banana, ranging from relatively firm to very mooshy/squishy, and the flavor is... hmm... kind of like banana-pear with a hint of lemon, maybe? Or mango-guava-banana? Hard to describe, anyway. It's very sweet and gets cloying rather quickly; one fruit would probably be most people's limit.

It turns out that I am mildly allergic to raw pawpaws, but not terribly so -- a single Benadryl tablet was enough to mitigate the reaction, and I didn't start getting excessive phlegm/throat-closing issues until I'd eaten nearly a whole palm-sized fruit.

I don't particularly need to eat another pawpaw ever again, but I hear they make pretty good ice cream (which I would readily believe) and they can be subbed into almost any recipe in place of banana. Miss Cactus said she used a bunch in a banana bread recipe this week and it turned out well, so. :)

Supernatural: In Arcadia Ego

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:23 pm
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Fic: In Arcadia Ego by [livejournal.com profile] glasslogic
Reader: [livejournal.com profile] eosrose
Cover Artist: [livejournal.com profile] accrues
Fandom: Supernatural
Relationship: Dean Winchester/Sam Winchester
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Consent Issues, Unrelated Winchesters, Vampires
Summary: Sam is the only child of the great hunter John Winchester, but life under his father's thumb is miserable for him. When a scholarship gives him the chance to escape to college, he seizes the opportunity to leave the grim world of hunting behind for the promise of a normal life. But when the same unknown creature that killed his mother year’s earlier murders his fiancée, Sam, embittered and heartsick, returns to his father’s side. John seems strangely reluctant to have him there though, and soon Sam is hunting on his own. While stalking vampires in the central states, he is forced to strike a deal with one to save the lives of hostages. Now, torn between a hunting community that’s shut him out and a vampire that enjoys inflicting pain, his father missing, and innocent lives over his head, Sam finds that simple survival might be more than he can manage, and there are even darker things looming on the horizon…
Reader's Notes: Thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] accrues for the amazing cover art and all the encouragement! This podfic was a long time in the making and I'm so glad to finally be finished. For those of you familiar with the story, this is the first part of the In Arcadia Ego series, which was just recently updated with a new installment for the 2017 [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. I do hope to podfic more of this fabulous series.

Cover image for In Arcadia Ego

mp3 [216.4 MB, 04:01:01]
m4b [144.3 MB, 04:01:01]

Podfic Post: Archive of Our Own

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Fic: like a map of a place you've never been by [archiveofourown.org profile] bydaybreak
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Readbyanalise010
Cover Artist: [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte
Beta Listener: [archiveofourown.org profile] shmaylor
Fandom: Leverage
Ship: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No warnings apply
Reader's Notes: Podfic Big Bang is the highlight of my summer. It inspires me to push my own boundaries and make the stories that I love, but convince myself I don't have time for. Second, I have to thank my AMAZING beta, [archiveofourown.org profile] shmaylor, and my cover artist, [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte. Finally, a big thank you to my podfic sister, [archiveofourown.org profile] itsadrizzit. Not only did she help me edit and loop the music, she also kept me going when I wanted to give up. Without these amazing people, this podfic would not exist. ♥

Summary: He knows it’d be so fucking easy, if he’d let himself. Because he’s easy for them, has been since that first job, since the day he hauled Hardison’s ass out of a building about to explode. It’d be so easy.

So he won’t.



MP3 [150 MB, 02:44:39]
Podbook [80 MB, 02:44:39]

Podfic Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth
Art Post: At infatuated_ink’s LiveJournal
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Fic: like a map of a place you've never been by [archiveofourown.org profile] bydaybreak
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Readbyanalise010
Cover Artist: [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte
Beta Listener: [archiveofourown.org profile] shmaylor
Fandom: Leverage
Ship: Alec Hardison/Parker/Eliot Spencer
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No warnings apply
Reader's Notes: Podfic Big Bang is the highlight of my summer. It inspires me to push my own boundaries and make the stories that I love, but convince myself I don't have time for. Second, I have to thank my AMAZING beta, [archiveofourown.org profile] shmaylor, and my cover artist, [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte. Finally, a big thank you to my podfic sister, [archiveofourown.org profile] itsadrizzit. Not only did she help me edit and loop the music, she also kept me going when I wanted to give up. Without these amazing people, this podfic would not exist. ♥

Summary: He knows it’d be so fucking easy, if he’d let himself. Because he’s easy for them, has been since that first job, since the day he hauled Hardison’s ass out of a building about to explode. It’d be so easy.

So he won’t.



MP3 [150 MB, 02:44:39]
Podbook [80 MB, 02:44:39]

Podfic Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth
Art Post: At infatuated_ink’s LiveJournal

Meteor Chasing

Oct. 21st, 2017 12:18 pm
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These two nights will be the Orionid meteor shower (remnants of Hailey's comet!)  

Mason and I decided that one road trip was not enough, so we headed out at 1 am in search of a clear patch of sky. We drove in the direction of the Cherry Grove observatory that the Minnesota astonomers like, intending not to go all the way, per se, but to stop somewhere on Goodhue County Highway 1 to see what could be seen.  I didn't think we'd make it out of cloud cover, but somewhere around Canon Falls, MN, we started to see stars in the sky.  So, I drove a little further and we pulled off in a corn field.

We just got situated on the trunk of the car when, sure enough, we saw a bright light streak across the sky.  It was the only one we saw, however, because the wind picked up and the clouds rushed in. 

Still. Kind of a magical moment.

If it clears up, we're going to try again tonight.  
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Title: hush hush (we both can't fight it)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] citadelofswords
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: the Penumbra Podcast
Pairings: Juno Steel/Peter Nureyev
Rating: teen and up
Summary: “You’re not telling me something, Juno,” Nureyev said. “And I don’t like it when people keep secrets from me.” “Pot,” Juno said, gesturing to Nureyev. “Kettle,” he said, gesturing to himself. “You don’t get to say anything to me about keeping secrets.” (or, five kisses Peter gave Juno in the wrong spots, and one time Juno corrected him.)
content notes: none
Length: 0:27:33
text at AO3



direct link (left-click to download, right-click to stream)

cover by me!

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Title: A stillness full of lights
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] raven
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Imperial Radch
Pairings: Awn Elming/Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen but also gen
Rating: general audiences
Summary: A gift from Mercy of Kalr; or, a brief history of becoming.
content notes: none
Length: 0:13:30
text at AO3



direct link (left-click to download, right-click to stream)

cover by me!

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Title: sometimes you roll the dice and get a hand full of cards
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] ladyalysv
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: hockey rpf
Pairings: sidney crosby/evgeni malkin/alexander ovechkin
Rating: explicit
Summary: This is how Sidney Crosby ends up in Alex Ovechkin's living room, one wolf cub in his lap and another gnawing on his Reeboks.
content notes: none
Length: 0:26:43
text at AO3



direct link (left-click to download, right-click to stream)

I'll be honest, I'm pretty fucking furious that the Pens went to the White House, and between that and many (many many) other things, I'm pretty much out of hockey rpf. But I had recorded this as a gift, and thought other peple might like it too.
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 We were supposed to head to Indiana this weekend, but we were derailed by Shawn's bad back. (She re-injured herself helping with the air-conditioning.  Ironically, I did ALL the heavy lifting, but last minute she decided to give the bed a tug... and that was all she wrote, as they say.)

Mason and I had  been itching for a road trip, regardless, so we pulled out our handy guide to random Minnesota Road Trips, Oddball Minnesota: A Guide to Some Really Strange Places.I picked something at random, an entry called: "Hitler's Handkerchief."  Apparently, in the Military Museum at Camp Ripley, there is, on display, a handkerchief supposedly once belonging to Hitler that was brought back as a war souvenir by a Minnesota soldier after World War II.  

Google maps led me to believe that Camp Ripley was only about an hour and a half or so out of town, so it sounded like a lark.  

It took us FOREVER to get there.  

Getting punchy, Mason took pictures out of the car window:

Central Minnesota landscape

You can see, at least, that it's a beautiful day.  Today, temps were up in the 70s F/ 21s C.  We stopped in Coon Rapids (a Saint Paul suburb/exo-suburb) at a Panera Breads for a spot of brunch and extra caffeine fortification for me. Turns out? I'm kind of cranky without enough caffeine. WHO KNEW? This is where I think we lost time, honestly. I wouldn't have thought it took us that long to find the Panera, but we were driving up and down Main Street a LOT.

At any rate, it was almost 1:00 pm by the time we finally hit Camp Ripley.  Camp Ripley is military base/training center and the museum was inside, so we had to drive through a checkpoint and show ID.  Shawn had warned us of this before we left, so I actually grabbed our passports. It's really the only picture ID Mason has, but, it turns out they didn't really care THAT much.  They just took my drivers license in and swiped it and waved Mason and I through.

We were issued a pass:

the pass that got us into Camp Ripley. Not very official looking, honestly.

Not very official looking, but there it is.  I also forgot to drop it into the box on the way out, so I guess I went rogue with this....

The guard told us to turn left at the tanks. For some reason, I wasn't entirely expecting THESE kinds of tanks:

military tank

The museum... well, was it worth the long drive?  The hanky was there, so I guess there was THAT. I did take a picture of it, but I decided against posting it on Facebook because: Nazis, you know?  I did take some pictures of the interior:

military uniform and museum display

There were a lot of displays like this one of the Viking Division of the Minnesota National Guard, with uniforms and other memorabilia.  It might have been more interesting if I had someone other than an Already-Bored-of-It teenager.  Mason was far more amused by the sign we saw on the way to the museum which read:

A sign proclaiming "You Can't Beat Rickey's Meat."

"You Can't Beat Rickey's Meat"---ah, teenagers.

On the way back, we saw a sign for 'pick your own' pumpkins and a Corn Maze.  Corn Mazes are such iconically Midwestern thing that we decided we HAD to stop.  It was actually quite a lot of fun.  I mean, really we just wandered around on dirt paths that had been trampled in the dry corn stalks, but... I dunno. It was a THING.  Kind of made the whole ridiculous road trip worthwhile.

enter sign at beginning of corn maze

Mason taller than the corn stalks

The funny part is that I *think* corn mazes are supposed to have the reputation of being scary.  This one wasn't.  I mean, it was BROAD daylight, so that was probably part of it. I suspect this could have been a little more spooky in the twilight, but also, as you can see from this picture--Mason is almost taller than the corn stalks. So, there was no real way we'd get lost.  Also, we're not two, so I suspect that's a big part of it.

We also picked our own pumpkin.

pumpkin patch

Still, all and all, this was a fun trip.  We didn't really do much except drive A LOT, but we always say: it's not the destination, it's the JOURNEY. Mason and I had a blast listening to crap country music, chatting, and giggling at various oddities along the road. Good times.

Though... I do think I will cross off "Hilter's Hanky" from my bucket list.  I may also attempt a lot more research before randomly choosing another site from the Oddball book.

Maybe.
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Fic: we're on the road to nowhere (let's find out where it goes) by impossibletruths
Reader: Jadesfire
Cover Artist: [personal profile] akamine_chan
Fandom: Critical Role
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None
Reader's Notes:

I can't thank impossibletruths enough, both for this fic and giving me permission to record it. Critical Role has been a welcoming home to me, and Star Wars is the fandom of my heart, so this fic hit me right where I live. As well as the whole-story version, there are downloads of individual chapters, each with their own awesome cover, so please click through to the AO3 post to see them. Because of this, there are MANY links in the post. Please let me know if any are broken, just...please do it gently? I think the first thing to break was my brain...

Summary:

He collects them slowly, and mostly by accident. [or, a Critical Role Star Wars AU]

sun emerging from behind a dark planet, with title and story credits above

MP3 (with music) [42.6 MB, 1:31:40] / MP3 (without music) [41.4 MB, 1:29:06]
Podbook (with music) [70.7 MB, 1:31:40] / Podbook (without music) [68.8 MB, 1:29:06]

Podfic Post: AO3

a day of less argh :)

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:47 pm
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I triumphed over the never-ending stack of leases, after which it was a slow-ish day. I showed two apartments and I think some of the people who went on the tour will come in tomorrow to rent an apartment, so that's nice.

I also got a raise! Only a small one, but even so. And what's nicer is that it's retroactive to June 1 (because our owner is an organized human being, really, I swear...) so I have a paper check I get to cash tomorrow. Yay unexpected extra money!

In news from my other job, today I finished one of my two tax update courses, and have registered for three live in-person continuing education classes, one of which is tomorrow night. The other two are next week, and I need to ask Miss Cactus whether she's willing to swap my Tuesday shift for her shift on either Monday or Friday, since the courses all start at 6pm and I work until 7pm on Tuesdays. (Failing that, I will ask Mom Boss if I can leave early that day.)

Continuing education requirements for tax preparers are 18 credit hours per year, allocated as follows: 13 federal tax law, 2 ethics, and 3 tax updates. You can, of course, take more than the minimum. I have currently finished 2 credits of tax law and 2 credits of tax updates. The three live courses will knock off another 9 credits of tax law, I have the second 2 credit tax update course ready to do whenever (probably Friday or Saturday), and the ethics and another 2 credits of tax law won't be too hard to knock off.

Then, of course, there are the New York state requirements, but I will deal with those in November. :)

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