ahoy hoy & warm weather cooking

What's new, magoos?

I have this weird transition-to-warm-weather issue, and it's figuring out what the hell to cook.  Basically it seems like though I long for the fresh berries and tons of in-season vegetables of summer, I get faced with warmer temperatures and go, "Bzuh?" when trying to think what to make.  I have no idea why!  I guess fall and winter are easier -- heavier, cheesier, which is already sounding like a lovely lyric to me.  And I love roasted vegetables and will continue to make them all year round (even if I doubt my own sanity when the temps will begin to inch up to the 90s with hiiiigh humidity).  But if you would be doves and tell me what the hell you're making these days that's great for warm weather serving, I'd love to hear about it and get some inspiration.

What I've made recently, in case you're curious:

  • A pureed Zuppa di Ceci that's always good, because who doesn't like pureed chick peas, tomatoes, rosemary, garlic-scented oil, etc. (even if hot soup on a day that turned out to be 80 degrees was, well, perhaps not totally the smartest move?

  • Butternut Squash and Kale Quesadillas -- quite good, but are you starting to see my issue?  Does that not sound like a fall dish???  Still, they were yummy with more chili powder added, a fresh lime squeezed in, and collards rather than kale.

  • My standard Tofu and Greens (marinade of ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice), which is such a fail-safe served over brown rice, but can be made any time of year, oh my god.

  • These Spicy Tuna Cakes -- I have no interest in cooking Paleo, but they were super good (even if I don't totally understand why the hell ghee is more paleo (did cavemen take the time to herd cows and then make ghee while they were walking twelve hours a day foraging?  I'm kind of doubting it?  Sorry, I am a little impatient with paleo, even though I like some of the recipes, so there's possibly an obvious answer I'm being too dismissive to recognize.) But yeah, must it be summer to cook that dish?  No, it musn't.  You're picking up what I'm laying down, right?


So yes, suggestions welcome!  However, do not tell me to make something with ramps.  I've seen so many recipes using ramps, and they're impossible to get.  NO ramps!  >:(

Meanwhile, lilacs are still abloom here, and it is glorious.

writing, gywo, camp nanowrimo

This is my third year of doing GYWO, an LJ community where you join, set a writing goal for the year, and report in monthly on the state of your YTD.  There's lots of other great stuff too, like scheduled word wars throughout the month, cheerleading and resource posts at LJ and DW, etc., but the word count goal and the task of meeting it is the community's main purpose.

It's a great challenge for me; though it's not about completing specific things per se, I've finished fannish and advanced original writings really in large part due to trying to meet my goals.  The first year I went just over my goal of 250,000 words (by about 2K); the second year, I met and wrote 20K above my goal of 300,000 words.

This year I'm signed up for the Difficult level again, with a goal of 300,000 words for the year.

The point of all this is that I just reported in for March, and I am already up to 100,118 words this year.  :DDDDDDDD

Today is the official start of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I've pledged to try for 35,000 words of my novel (I've got about 33K already from November's NaNo -- strictly first-draft stuff, which obviously is going to get edited the hell out of and/or go to the word graveyard).  I'm a little nervous about diving back in, but also looking forward to advancing that damn plot and moving forward on the eventual goal of having a publishable original novel ready.

Anyway, I've had to recognize that part of my overall writing process, in getting to that fantastic place where I lose myself in the stories and the words come tumbling out, is dealing with discouragement on a regular basis.  It's sometimes feeling guilty (it's just going to happen; I can't handwave guilt entirely no matter how much anyone tells me I shouldn't feel guilty) or realizing I need days off despite wanting to go full force as much as possible (sometimes needing several days in a row, which feels ooky, but hey, it seems to be part of the game for me) or just feeling like I need to be more directed (I should work on this, not that!  I'm working on that specific thing, sure, but what about Overall Nearly Impossible Goal, huh???).

So it's just nice to have a day on which I can say, hey, my writing is going really, really well today. 

puppies man

One thing I will never understand -- daily puppy blog entries enthusing over how marvelously the puppy gets along with a resident cat, and then there are no pictures of the puppy and the cat cuddling?  *hands*  Why would you do something like that? 
I've been super lax about posting fic links and updates here, but I wanted to share that I just posted Chapter Nine of my Kirk/Spock modeling AU fic over at AO3.  Btw, I'm assuming most people prefer to read at AO3 these days, so I'm just linking rather than also archiving here. If I need to be disabused of that notion, have at it.

Stellar Explosion
Details: Jim Kirk/Spock, Star Trek AOS, AU, Mature, 30863 words.
Summary: Recently discovered model Jim Kirk has his first major gig with none other than fashion world superstar Spock.
Notes: The one where Jim and Spock are models and totally hot for each other.
Parts: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9

I'll be posting Chapter Ten, the final installment, next week!

camp nanowrimo

Anyone out there doing Camp NaNoWriMo?


I decided today I would jump in, and now I'm trying to decide if I should join a random cabin or avoid cabins altogether.  Anyway, the main point is that my goal is to write 35K during the month.  Rather than start a new project, I'm going to use the challenge to continue the original novel I began in November's NaNoWriMo.

If you're doing Camp NaNoWriMo, I'd love to hear what you're working on.

spriiiiing!

One silly thing I really miss about LJ-ing regularly is userpics.  I just changed my default to this umbrella one, and even though plenty of people are not fond of rain, rain would be so lovely and spring-y and NOT SNOW that it looks marvelous to me.

Over on tumblr I'm doing one of those month-of themes: 31 Days of Dinner (or, if like me you would say, but why can't I start from the beginning???: here they are in chronological order).  Stop by if you want to gaze in wonder upon my crappy cell phone pictures and satisfy your curiousity about exactly what we've been eating at night!  They include links to recipes when I remember (if/when they're online, or if indeed I used/adapted a proper recipe), but if you want any guidelines to anything there and I can link you or quickly type something up, hit me.  I've been almost entirely consistent in posting dinners (I only missed Day 1).  Though on what should have been this Saturday night's dinner post, you'll see I said fuck it, and posted photos of these amazing soft-boiled eggs baked inside cheddar chive biscuits that I made for Sunday brunch.  Sooooo good!

My birthday is coming up, which I have sort of been aware of but fully realized this morning.  Whilst doing my freaking annoying daily knee stretches on the floor, I shouted suddenly, "My birthday!" and the mister called from the other room, "Yes, I know, soon!"  My birthday is kind of a Big Deal to me.  I would say, "Isn't everyone's?" but then I know people who prefer not to celebrate their birthdays.  That is totally their choice but kind of sad to me.  I mean, an excuse for celebration and cake?  A way to mark you've made it through another year?  A day upon which you can say, "Hell if I'm doing that, because today's my birthday!"?  Where's the bad?

I think I might have picked the cake I'm going to make for my birthday.  This is also a Big Deal, particularly because I don't eat cake freely nearly as much as I used to.  Last year's cake I planned for pretty much months to find the right components.  This year I've been more cavalier, but the pressure is on now, people!

Hey, I should post links here of fics I've been posting/updating on AO3.  But on the other hand, I don't think I've got many people reading here who dig Star Trek either in its original series or the reboot films.  Eh, I'll try to remember anyway, if only for my weird compulsion for tracking things in various places.

How are you all doing with fannish and rl things and such?  I think of you all often and laugh nostalgically to myself, and slink away from the people in stores gazing at me suspiciously because why is that woman laughing nostalgically at nothing at all?
I won a thingy!  Over at hpfanficfanpoll, my Charlie Weasley/Draco Malfoy fic Mouthy got 2nd place for Best Slash Smut Fic.  *\o/*  You can see the award winners here, and if you want to read my fic, it's on both LJ and on AO3.

Meanwhile, I've updated some other fics, including my Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov Star TrekAOS fic, Stubborn Heart.  Three chapters recently posted (with just two more chapters to go until the exciting conclusion, haha).  Links and header info under the cut:

FIC: Stubborn Heart (links/updates)Collapse )

Also, VERY IMPORTANT -- This Friday, January 23rd, is National Pie Day here in the USA!  I know, every day is Pie Day in my heart of hearts, but it's good to have an excuse that's all official.  So start planning for pie....now!  I often only remember to post on the day of or the day after, but I want to give everyone plenty of pie-making or pie-buying notice so no one goes pie-less!

I'm thinking pizza piiieeee for dinner (though I may mix it up and instead do a cauliflower-potato-cheddar pie, or a root vegetables pot pie, or an old favorite, Spinach Ricotta Pie -- doubled, with sauteed mushrooms added to the filling, easily tops off two deep-dish pie shells).  And then for dessert, argh, SO HARD TO CHOOSE JUST ONE PIE.  I may go with apple, though, as I haven't made one this entire fall-winter, and we're probably way overdue.  I believe last year I made a Buttermilk Pie, as I had recently discovered that sub-genre of pie and was going nuts with them.  And there's always a pretend-it's-summer type pie celebration, like my favorite Tequila Lime Pie.  Also I noticed a Lemon Pie made with a saltine crust and whipped cream atop it over at Food 52 recently, and obviously that has been haunting my thoughts.

Anyone else going to make or buy some yummy pie on this occasion?  What kind???  PIE!!!!

trope bingo! I can has card!

And here it is, under the cut (though sadly you'll find no apologies there for my outdated cheezburger speak):

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By the way, I'm posting a couple of fics right now on AO3, and I keep forgetting to update on LJ.  So here are some handy-dandy linkses:

Stubborn Heart
Details: Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov, Star Trek AOS, Teen, 31,660 words so far (out of 53,800 total)
Summary:  Leonard McCoy never figured himself for anyone's Prince Charming. But when a planetary crisis and a bid for precious resources puts Pavel Chekov and the crew of the Enterprise in a tricky position, Leonard finds himself engaged to the not-quite-twenty-year-old newly-dubbed monarch of Regalis Prime. Now if only he can navigate ridiculously elaborate wedding planning and try not to offend oversensitive sycophantic aliens, all without letting his fiance know he's falling for him, maybe the situation won't turn out to be a complete disaster.
Notes: What do you get when you take a canon-typical mission, an arranged marriage/marriage of convenience, and a royalty AU and mash them up all together?  This fic right here!  Not actually AU, though of course the circumstances compelling the marriage fit those AU tropes.  This fic is complete; I'm posting it serially/weekly.  There will be twelve chapters total.
Parts: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7

Stellar Explosion
Details: Jim Kirk/Spock, Star Trek AOS, AU, Teen (and rising in later chapters), 3294 words so far, WiP.
Summary: Recently discovered model Jim Kirk has his first major gig with none other than fashion world superstar Spock.
Notes: Yes, it's a Modeling AU!  *pauses for wild applause*  I'm projecting seven chapters on that one; be mindful if you decide to give it a go that this one still is a work in progress.
Parts: Chapter 1 | Chapter 2

And a teensy stand alone:

Exchanging Hats
Details: Chris Pine/Zachary Quinto, Star Trek RPS, Teen, 393 words.
Summary: Chris wants to prove a point. Zach sees things in a different light.
Notes: Baby's first Pinto RPS.  I honestly probably should have kept this off AO3 (it's just so teensy, and it feels weird to share a ficlet when it's the only thing I've done in a fandom).  But I buried it in a tumblr photo reblog at first, and I thought a couple of people might like it (and hey, be nice if they could actually find it).  I have a longer Pinto fic in the works; we'll see how that comes along and if/when I share it. 
*jumps back into LJ*

Anyone watching The Great British Bake Off on PBS?  SO EXCITED IT IS AIRING HERE!  And I refuse to call it by PBS's retooled title.  I think we know what a freaking bake off is, PBS.  *sniffs indignantly*  I missed ep 1, but last night's "Biscuits" was just fabulous, and had me swooning at memories of eating those crisp biscuits the times I've visited England.  It's so funny how we prize softness (with a hint of crispy) for cookies in the USA, and that's just Not On in the UK.  I like both versions, though, and I want to eat aallllll the savory biscuits featured in the competition.

I see I have once again missed the start of the Snowflake Challenge.  I might still do it!  Um, probably everyone else is way ahead of me, so I'll cut-tag it for sure if I begin later.  Possibly February?  I want to write *cringes* but am I overdoing the parenthetical/asterisked remarks?  ~Possibly~.

I met my getyourwordsout goal for 2014!  Actually, I went over my goal of 300K by about 20K, which was damn exciting, son.  I laughed at myself a moment ago because in the "these people met goals" post, I felt a little self-conscious about being like, yay, I made it!  But sheesh, what the hell is taking on a big challenge for if not to bask in the success if you meet it?  So!  I AM BASKING, OKAY?   I've re-pledged for 2015, again at 300K.  I really urge any of you who find a word count goal helpful, or who find a writing community helpful, to check out GYWO and consider becoming a member.  There are encouragement posts and writing discussions and word wars and oodles of helpful entries and opportunities to get and keep your writing goals in gear.

One of my 2015 resolutions is to stay in better touch with people, and that includes fannish friends.  Sometimes I think about emailing or calling or messaging people and then think, nah, they don't want to hear from me!  So I'm sort of going to push past that and get in touch much more (though I hope I won't be poking anyone who would prefer to remain in blissful unawareness of what I'm up to nowadays).

Finally, holy guacamole, it's Trope Bingo sign-up time again?  Technically sign-ups for the first card stay open until April 15, but better to get a jump start on that business, am I right?  Last year I made amnesty with five different works; maybe 2015 is the year I make an actual bingo line. Hustling over there to request a card right now!  ETA:  New list or old list, new list or old list.... *dithers*

nao can be awake tiems!!!

One of my cats decided the best way to wake me up from a nap today was to leap down upon me from her perch atop the open bedroom door.

The weight of what felt like a chunk of the ceiling crashing down on my stomach, in combination with the blood-curdling shriek that was already coming from my mouth when I reached consciousness, definitely gave me an extra special spike of adrenaline start to the rest of my day.

The mister was napping too (we've both gotten colds and are trying to shake them).  At the hubub, he sort of came to halfway alertness, agreed with my pronouncement that our cat can be a dick sometimes, and FELL BACK ASLEEP for another half hour.

I mean.  That is a skill
Title: Stubborn Heart
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: Star Trek (AOS)
Pairing: Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov (background James T. Kirk/Spock)
Warnings: None
Chapter One Word Count: ~4,200
Author's Notes: When I first dove into Star Trek fandom last spring, I never expected I would write Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov, much less feature the pairing in a 50K marriage-of-convenience royalty AU. But man, this idea took hold and would not leave me alone! I so appreciate everyone who encouraged me along the way, including new friends in the Star Trek fandom who cheered me on and friends from other fandoms who urged me to keep going. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for her beta reading. I've already completed this story; it just needs minor edits for posting. My plan right now is to share a chapter a week. I really hope you will enjoy this fic, because I've had a wonderful time writing it. I'd absolutely love to hear your thoughts on any aspect of the story.

Summary:  Leonard McCoy never figured himself for anyone's Prince Charming. But when a planetary crisis and a bid for precious resources puts Pavel Chekov and the crew of the Enterprise in a tricky position, Leonard finds himself engaged to the not-quite-twenty-year-old newly-dubbed monarch of Regalis Prime. Now if only he can navigate ridiculously elaborate wedding planning and try not to offend oversensitive sycophantic aliens, all without letting his fiance know he's falling for him, maybe the situation won't turn out to be a complete disaster.

Read Chapter One below, or over at AO3.

FIC: Stubborn Heart (Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov, PG-13, 1/12)Collapse )

on the thanksgiving menu. probably.

Okay, so I keep taking away and adding dishes, but here are three four definitely-on-the-table items:


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Are any of you trying out fun new recipes this year?  Bringing out the old standards that everyone always applauds?  Going to someone else's place and sitting back all suave and cool while other people bring you dishes like you're a fancy prince or princess of some kind? Having the most awesome snack-filled marathon instead of the traditional meal?  Whatchoo eating next Thursday if you celebrate or kind of observe the USA version of Thanksgiving, is what I want to know?  :D

Oct. 9th, 2014

Sorry I haven't posted in forever.  Life has been crazy.  I have been crazy.  I went to the doctor because I started to get hives and he said, "Maybe you've been under a little stress lately?"  Ahahahahahaha!  HA!  Ahem.  So after I could breathe again after choking on ugly laughter, he said, "Maybe try not to be so stressed?"  I'll get right on that, chief!

Anyway, I send you all ♥ and xoxoxoxoxoxo and I'll try to catch up with everything on LJ soon.  For some reason tumblr seems easier to keep up with; probably because it doesn't have nearly the level of engagement as LJ (which is obviously not a great thing, but certainly does make it easier to dip in and out of in times of high stress).

As my tiny contribution of seasonal content, I'll say that I've been singing, "This is Halloween!" ever since the ritual watching of The Nightmare Before Christmas on October 1st.  Only now I sing it "This is Penny-ween!" for our Penny cat, who goes all wide-eyed, tail-chase-y, pounce-on-her-bumblebee-toy now whenever she's serenaded with it.

*leaves warm apple cider and halloween cupcakes*

sometimes man

I just want to have you all over for a slumber party where we have lots of cocktails and eat brownies with caramel and sea salt and watch "Once More with Feeling"; IS THAT SO WRONG?

Tags:

yes! we have no banan -- er, lemons

I can't even explain what huge good news this is locally, but I'm so relieved to hear this deal has been sealed.

A happy ending for Market Basket employees, customers

It's absolutely wild to see an employee-led grassroots movement for a company that isn't unionized end up successfully achieving their goals of switching back to the CEO they want at the helm.

Not to say there aren't issues and problems with the situation. I would love to see the Market Basket employees form a union.  It's great that the people working there are thrilled to have back the CEO they want, and in terms of management-worker relations, Arthur T. does indeed seem to deserve his well-loved status.  But it's a reminder of how easily companies can shift management and ownership and how, without unions, workers are not protected and are in no way ensured that the generous treatment they might find under one group of leaders will continue if power changes hands.  And it's wise to remember, no matter how pleased workers and customers might be right now with the return to Arthur T. as CEO, that this crisis was essentially created by a fight between two billionaires hashing out family grievances.

Even given those issues, I'm still seriously thrilled to be returning to shopping at Market Basket.  It's my main supermarket -- they have some of the best produce in the area, a great range of items in just about every ethnic cuisine out there, and low prices.  Plus they really are community supermarkets, where you run into people you know, chat with other customers over the cheeses or have a passing discussions about which brands are better when you're deciding between items.  I know that other grocery stores nearby will actually be relieved; they had to absorb all the customers boycotting Market Basket, and let me tell you, that was a large number of people.  Far from just reveling in the additional revenue, they were absolutely overwhelmed by the number of people at their stores (cashiers often told us how exhausted they were and how shocked by the crowds) and unable to keep commonly used items in stock (I posted several weeks ago lamenting there were no lemons to be had in the area, and seriously, there were NO LEMONS; the strike radiated outward and definitely impacted these other stores).

So basically, though concerns remain, this is definitely good news.  I'm sure shelves in produce/dairy/anything perishable are still currently empty, what with the effective cutting off of distribution during the strike, but what the hell, it can be stocking up on canned goods time!  I'm psyched to get my damn Market Basket back!

summer visit

My BFF NYC was here!  But now she is gone, and I has a sad.

Because she was having problems getting a dogsitter, she brought along my goddog, and we got to see how our two kitties reacted to a doggy.

Short answer: they were not impressed.  Long answer,doggy detailsCollapse )

Besides watching furry shenanigans, we took a bunch of long walks and a fun hike; headed to some funky towns for daytripping, shopping, and noshing; watched way too much louis ck and not nearly enough Star Trek (she liked The Trouble With Tribbles just fine, but did not elect to watch another episode, so I feel like I have failed in my fandom conversion, woe!); and just generally talked so much and so late about so many things that I'm losing my voice a teensy bit.  Anyway, it was just so lovely to see my friend, and I was happy to get to snug with the goddog and give him bully sticks and ice cube treats, so all in all I'm declaring it a highly successful visit despite the lack of obvious kitty-doggy detente.

Also, we ate such delicious things -- I made a scrumptious artichoke tapenade served with wheat peasant bread crostini, an eggplant and zucchini parmesan, salted caramel brownies, amazing french toast, cherry yogurt parfaits, and I would have made a BILLION other things for her, but the mister insisted that there is only so much food one should make and eat for a 3-day visit (I don't know what he's smoking, but okay).

(You know, I don't think I ever reported on all the adventures I had with Miss C when she and my sister visited, but maybe that'll turn up in another post.  Also I should report on the best latte in the world that I drank recently.  That's an entry unto itself for realsies.)

Now today I am moping at having hours and hours of driving between us again, so I think I will try to immerse myself in going outside and writing and coffee drinking and pretending that the end of summer isn't at hand.  What do you all have planned today?

what's up this saturday night

I've been doing visitor prep stuff all day, cleaning and laundry, and was despairing of getting any writing done.  Then I saw one of those "stop what you're doing and write now!" posts and scribbled out 671 words of a scene in my Chekov/McCoy ST fic I've been avoiding so.  *\o/*

I'm making sangria to chill in anticipation of my sister arriving tomorrow afternoon (Miss C will get limeade with soda water and a splash of raspberry syrup so she won't feel left out of the fun beverage-ness).  After dosing the fruity Italian wine with the traditional brandy/sliced & squeezed oranges and limes and a teensy bit of sugar, I decided to toss in a bunch of dark cherries that I pitted and halved as well.  Oh my glob, it smells amazing.

I spent part of last night looking up all the references to apocalypse scattered in episodes of Adventure Time and made myself all mope-y.

Then this afternoon totally succumbed to napping and had a dream I committed the perfect crime (murrrrrderrrrr, for those of you curious).  One of the points on my master plan to cover my trail was to donate a bunch of money to a local Girl Scout troop.  Now I feel like I should donate to a local troop for real in penance for my sleep-murrrrrderous thoughts.

I don't know where the hell I was when I heard this song, but "Sweet Talkin' Guy" has been whirling around my head almost nonstop the last day.

What's going on with you all this weekend?

summer stuff

I have so, so many mosquito bites.  *cries*

It's partly because we have a fun outdoor dining set this year, and so we're spending more time outside and inviting friends over for drinks.  But I have a suspicion that mosquitoes like me Most of All between me and the mister and of all our guests.  I'm trying various bug repellants, both the serious business DEET ones and the forest fairy natural ingredient combos.  I still get tons of bites no matter what, but maybe I'm getting fewer than I would if I were repellent-less?

Some good stuff amid all the itchiness, though -- my sister and Miss C will soon descend for their summer visit!  While Miss C said she wanted to stay two weeks (d'awww!) they're staying with us five days/four nights, because our current place is small-ish.  I realized last summer after a few sets of visitors that even if I completely adore our guests, I want to shout, "Get out, get out, GET OUT!" a la Dawn Summers after about four nights.  So we'll pack in the fun stuff with a shorter visit and then see our way to regaining space and sanity even if things get a little close-quarters-y.

The hard thing in anticipation of this particular visit?  Okay, so Miss C is eight going on nine (though not till February).  But like, WHAT DO EIGHT YEAR OLDS LIKE?  It was so, so easy when all I had to buy her was a few Barbie outfits, a new set of fancy-schmancy-markers, some funky clothes that she would happily wear, Star Wars or Harry Potter doodads, and various little tchotchkes like barrettes and candy necklaces and little plastic monsters with big eyeses.  Now it's like she has her own taste that changes frequently (omg how dare she?) so clothes are not always easy, and I think she's less and less into Barbies to the degree where I don't want to load her up with too many frou frou tiny outfits and eensy accessories, and somehow her obsession with 1Direction has waned enough that I can't count on the crap from Claire's or Hot Topics doing it for her.  So far I've gotten her a few glowstick-type bits of plastic jewelry to wear and share with her pals, a kit to make friendship bracelets, and rainbow sidewalk chalk, because chalk is still cool when you're eight, right, as long as it's the funky rainbow kind?  *hands*  I'll probably take her to pick out the outfit of her choice at some point but I wouldn't mind having something else on hand for her.  Any ideas are totally welcome!

Okay, off to travel the land in search of lemons, cilantro, and scallions!  It really is a quest; workers at one of our local supermarket chains are semi-striking, absolutely understandably so, and so every other supermarket has been pretty much swept clean of all their stock.

Hope you're all doing well this fine Tuesday!  Come by later for lemon bars, some Magic Hat #9 Not Quite Pale Ale, and an array of bug sprays of your choosing!

me and my magic box

I just spent fifteen minutes trying to figure out why my mousepad/cursor seemed to be totally frozen.

I won't lie -- there's nothing that can send me toward a potentially serious tizzy faster than a wifi breakdown that keeps me from online everything or a computer glitch that blocks me from getting to a story I'm writing.  And this, looking at the cursor not moving, seeing the little pointer frozen, was making me want to beat a fist down on the mousepad to force it to work.

Obviously this is not reasonable behavior; I get this!  I was explaining this and complaining to the mister about my dumb HULK SMASH! reaction to computer issues.  And he said, "Well, I don't blame you!  It's like everything that you care about is inside that magic box!"

Ahahahahaha, HE GETS ME, RIGHT???

ETA: As I was writing this, the rain came back (we've had off/on storming all day) pouring SO HARD outside, like sheeeeets of rain just flooom flooom flooom! falling to the ground!  I just now said to the mister, "This is amazing!"  And he said enthusiastically, "I know! I'm watching it on television!"  And lolol, HE WAS -- it was the weather map movement on one of our local channels.  My god, that is when you know you are getting older, right?  When you are excited to watch the weather LIVE ON TELEVISION! 

cats and calls and writing stuff

It's a good thing neither of my current kitties is as smart as our previous kitty, Frankie.  Penny has been trying to sneak in to gnaw at the straw to my iced latte for a few minutes now, but I've been able to stave her off.  Frankie would already have yanked out that straw and run away with it, chirruping, "Brrrmew! Brrrrmew!  Brrrmew!" to declare his victory.  Then I would have found the straw six months later when it rolled out from underneath the refrigerator.

I just got back from trying to see my mum in the hospital (don't worry; it's nothing urgent, and she'll be back to her residence soon), but I never made it there because there was some kind of crazy tie-up on the highway.  It took me ten minutes to get up the entrance ramp, and then twenty minutes to get to the next exit (less than half a mile away).  At that point I got off the highway and turned around, because, you know, traffic jams are good excuses to put off anything you didn't really want to do in the first place.  Anyway, I got home and left a message with the nurse for my mum explaining the road situation.  "So that person coming in for the job interview wasn't lying!" the nurse exclaimed.  "The highway really is backed up!"  Now instead of feeling badly I didn't make it to the visit, I feel all accomplished -- I totally saved some person's not-lying ass today, and maybe helped them land a job!  *pats self on back*

So I'm supposed to be finishing this Leonard McCoy/Pavel Chekov compelled marriage, royalty-sort-of-AU, kinda canon-typical mission fic by the end of this week, according to the very stern talking-to I gave to myself.  I'm so close -- so close!  But I have spent today figuring out character entrances and exits (like, you know, that canon character I mention in chapter 7-ish should probably make an appearance in the prior 49 pages, etc.) and researching ST:TOS minerals for Very Important Reasons.  Honestly, though, this is going to be done soon, if only because I signed up for some Big Bang with an approaching deadline and I have no idea which of my too-many ideas to pick for that story and yeah.  *cringes*

What are we thinking for dinner?  I'm thinking baked lemon cod and roasted asparagus and a big ol' salad, if anyone wants to come over and bring dessert.  I like caramel chocolate-pretzel ice cream, if you needed ideas.

Jul. 9th, 2014

I have a little challenge to myself whenever I take stock of my cookbook bookcase and realize I've bought a bunch of cookbooks over the last six months or so that I haven't explored/used enough: make at least one recipe from each one I have neglected in the next month, or cookbook buying goes on hiatus.   And how sad would it be if that happened?

The Smitten Kitchen cookbook made it to the list because though I can testify that I love those gee dee lemon bars (and nope, they're not the same ones on the blog) I hadn't tried any of the savory dishes until tonight.

Zucchini Ribbons with Almond Pesto, y'all.  Seriously.  *faints dead away*

So, toasted almonds, parmesan, a little garlic, lemon juice, crushed red pepper, olive oil, and raw ribbons of zucchini made using your joe basic peeler.  Simple, right?  I do not think I can communicate how freaking amazing the results were.  The Mister, who likes zucchini anyway, kept exclaiming things like, "This is a keeper!" and "Can we make this the next time we have friends over?" like he wanted to show off its awesomeness.  Like, I had to cram the remainder into a container and shove it into the refrigerator so I wouldn't finish off the whole thing when I was putting the leftovers away, that's how good this dish was.  It's basically a raw food dish (though I did toast the almonds as recommended you wouldn't have to), and it could absolutely stand for a "pasta" type dish for someone who is gluten free but can tolerate/likes tree nuts.

Has anyone else been making savory dishes from that cookbook that they've really enjoyed/would recommend I give a try?  So not from her blog this time -- yes, I use the blog too, but I actually would really love to encourage people to buy this cookbook or come tell me all the dishes they love so far from it. 

holiday stuff

Happy 4th of July to everyone celebrating it!

Happy Friday to everyone who isn't!

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insanejournal *hates* me

My InsaneJournal account has been suspended, dun dun dunnnnnnn!

I'm a bit annoyed because with the suspension I've lost all the comments on fics I have posted over there.  It's a shame particularly concerning my Daily Deviant fics, which cumulatively got lots of nice feedback at that community.  I don't necessarily revisit comments on stories I've posted often, but it's nice to know I can, and now for a whole slew of HP fics that got more traffic there at the time than LJ, I can't.  And I'm slightly aggravated because they never warned or notified me.  Plus I bought a stupid Permanent Account there back in the day when we were all looking frantically for other journal spots besides LJ.  You would think paying them cash money, even if it was a while ago, would merit some kind of email saying what was up before they slammed me.

A small part of me is doing a fingertip-touch to my lips while I make a mischevious face, because obviously I did something very excitingly naughty to be suspended.  I mean, I actually don't think I did, because I can't see any way I violated their TOS, and I doubt they're just randomly going after fanfic journals when those seem to be most of their bread and butter still.  But as long as I'm suspended, I might as well look coy and flash "Wouldn't you like to know?" expressions around just because.

I've definitely already opened a ticket there to find out, you know, what the hell; haven't heard anything back after four days.  It's tempting me to leave an additional comment to the ticket with a "*tap tap tap* Is this thing still on?" because I kind of assume that site has slowed even more considerably these days than it already had in the recent past.  I mean, if LJ is quiet, IJ must be a veritable windblow-prairie tumbleweed land, except probably all the tumbleweeds have likely rolled off elsewhere as well.  I hope to get the account back because of those DD entries and comments, but yeah.  We'll see!
Where have you come from, sudden and intense urge to meet William Shatner in person?

*investigates Shatner's con appearances*

the wide reach of bay and the long sky line

I have lots to do today, but I'm still sort of half blissed-out from a weekend on Cape Cod and not really able to pay attention to Life Stuff.

We had so many delicious meals, a bunch of long walks, drives around to see gorgeous coast and fun spots in various towns, and visits to favorite shops (let us not speak of the many things I came out of my favorite kitchen shop clutching in my hot little hands).  It was the absolute perfect time to be there -- warm enough, not too hot, some chilly time to curl up with, plenty of sunny moments to luxuriate in, all the flowering trees popping with blooms, the weekend before the season so still very manageable and quiet crowd-wise.

Plus while the mister napped during the final afternoon, I grabbed a few hours on my own ostensibly to write.  But instead I spent it happily bundled up on the porch just watching the bay, and I don't regret it one bit.  We had an absolutely wonderful time, and good gravy, it was so very much needed.  What a boon to get out of town and spend all that lovely time with the mister and my own thoughts.

I hope you all had lovely weekends!

the fuck is this?

Because my sluggish reaction to this situation is pretty much like Gandalf's here -- I have this weird not-cold that's leaving me really exhausted and a littledizzy and a teensy bit feverish and a lot annoyed.

I think possibly it's a sinus thing without much sinus pressure?  Or an ear infection thing without ear hurty-ness?  Or a flu-ish type situation?  Since it came close upon the heels of the mister getting a terrible cold (which he's still trying to shake; he's gradually getting better), I figure it's more or less the same bug/thing just manifesting in this horribly annoying way.

I mean, it's not like I want a stuffed up nose or other frustrating indications of having a cold, but it's highly irritating to just feel sick and weary but not have a clear thing to do about it besides just rest.  Nothing tastes good, my throat hurts most of the time, I have a lame cough that's not doing anything, and yeah, tired.

I'm all antsy and aggravated.  I mean, if that wasn't abundantly clear.

*goes to collapse in a grumbly heap*

I hope the rest of you are doing okay!

on my mind at the moment

One of the bonuses of going to see an awesome Synchronized Swimming performance was that one group of girls did a routine to Radioactive.

That song has been infusing my ear-worm-y impulses for what feels like ages, mostly because it's the freaking catchiest pop song in the world.  Yes, yes, I know it's all apocalyptical-y, but something that sticks in your head that much?  Pop song.  Anyway, for a while now I have been stomping around doing huge swooping motions around the kitchen while I'm cooking singing, "I'm waking up, I feel it in my BONES,"  while the Mister leans in to the room to sing, "Enough to make my system blow!", etc., etc.

So it was great fun to spot the song on the program and then see these young women sculling around and splashing to the whole "WELCOME TO THE NEW AGE!" stuff (plus I bet they were so psyched when their coach let them pick the music, right?).  And it makes me happy in a nose-thumb-y way to the lead singer, who I've heard talk about the song several times emphasizing its "masculinity" -- because moments of forceful epiphany are only ever for MEN, right?  So I would kind of love to send him a clip of these awesome swimmers with their Knoxed hair and glittery make-up and pointed toes and precise little hand flicks nailing this fantastic routine to that damn song.

also, what should I have for lunch?

Just getting back in the groove writing-wise and feeling a little LJ disconnected. So here are some of my disconnected fannish and other thoughts!


  • Star Trek, you guys, oh my god, Star Trek. *____*

  • You'd think that after reading a zillion Kirk/Spock fics and actually saying that chestnut of a fangirl mantra in all sincerity to the mister (you know, the whole "Everything is Kirk/Spock, and nothing hurts," insert your fannish obsession where appropriate, and I seriously meant it so hard when I said it), I would be writing that pairing for my next fic, but. Instead it's Compelled Marriage / Royalty AU (kinda) Chekov/McCoy that slammed into my brain and wouldn't let go. I DON'T KNOW EITHER! But I'm writing the humorous/angsty stag party right now.

  • Brussels Sprouts continue to rule my snacking world. I am having a harder time finding them locally; the other day I swooped in to grab the last two packages from under the nose of a shopper who was dithering around the cruciferous vegetable area. THAT IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU DITHER: NO BRUSSELS SPROUTS! >:D

  • I need lipstick. I need someone to tell me what lipstick looks good on me. I need you to come shopping with me for lipstick. Text me and tell me when you're free, because oh my god, I NEED LIPSTICK.

  • My friend gave me a little collection of glosses for my birthday that looked so purty in the box. With the exception of one, they all look horrible on me. D:

  • I got my eyebrows did yesterday, kind of a last minute thing where I called for an appointment and ended up running to make the next slot they had open, and ended up discovering the lovely woman I go to has been dealing with very similar personal issues this last year. Our fifteen-minute appointment turned into a forty-minute mutual comfort and assurance fest, and I felt kind of wrung out after. But my eyebrows look fabulous.

  • I'm going to see a Synchronized Swimming show this weekend. BOOYAH!

  • I need to make brunch plans with various friends because (a) I have told them I wanted them over for brunch and so need to make good on that and (b) I have so many new brunch type recipes I want to try out on people.  Like, you could make Crème Brûlée Baked French toast just for yourself and your partner, but it is probably not the wisest idea kicking around out there.  Imagine the rest of the weekend you would spend languishing in a carb coma.  Which...does not sound like the most awful thing ever, actually.

  • Also, I got the Smitten Kitchen cookbook yesterday in the mail, and I will be making those whole-lemon lemon bars, like, ASAP.  Anyone else also get their hot little hands on that book?  And have you made anything especially scrumptious from it, because if so, tell me riiiiiight now!


What's new with you, buttercups?  <3
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship, Canon Typical Violence**
Chapter Word Count: 2,937 words.
Total Word Count: 30,671 words.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. Now that the fic is complete, I would love to hear what you think of the story as a whole. Read this chapter below or at AO3. Or, start at the beginning at AO3 / find all parts at LJ at my journal.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 9/9) - **complete**Collapse )
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship, Canon Typical Violence**
Chapter Word Count: 5,681 words.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. Next (and final!) update is on Thursday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 8/9)Collapse )
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: ~3,900 words.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. Next update is on Monday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 7/9)Collapse )



I completely forgot to update here and tumblr when I posted this latest chapter at AO3 on Thursday; apologies for anyone looking for updates here!

<3

Thank you so much to those who sent me Happy Birthday emails and LJ messages and the like yesterday! It's always wonderful to get good wishes from lovely fandom friends on that day; it lets me celebrate how enriched my life has been by all of you and fannish experiences along with the usual birthday brouhaha. :D ♥

As the mister had a work commitment last night and was very busy yesterday during the day, we'll be extending the celebrations through the weekend with official birthday cake eating to come later (thank goodness, because that eating stuff has to get spread out somehow). He did get me an amazing bouquet of flowers as a pre-celebration gift, so I have gorgeous roses and lilies and tulips and these pretty little pink flowers whose name I cannot for the life of me remember.

Shockingly, I did not have pie for my birthday! :o But I did get to go out for a lovely lunch with a wonderful friend yesterday and ate a most excellent brown sugar salted caramel cupcake (zohmahgawd delicious). It was on the small size, like regular cupcake portion tin rather than the ginormous monster ones you usually get. On the one hand, a perfect single serving! On the other hand, it disappeared quickly. D:

Now I'm going to return to drinking my french-press worth of coffee and getting to read a friend's soon to be published novel, and think about when Mexican-ish food dining and margarita-consuming will happen. Not bad for a Friday!
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 3,936 words.
Author's Notes: Here's a longer chapter with some big developments. I'd love to hear what you think if you're reading along! Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I plan to update next on Thursday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 6/9)Collapse )
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 2,867 words.
Author's Notes: Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. Next update should happen on Monday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 5/9)Collapse )

how-do!

I am back from California! :D

Of course I realize it may not look like I was gone, because I updated a fic in progress while I was away. But I was, for honest and for true!

We spend a week visiting with the mister's family, who, like us, are A+ at hanging out. let"s have another latte -- vacation blatherCollapse )

We've actually been back for a few days, but since we took a red eye on the return and didn't sleep a wink (how have I lost the ability to sleep on planes? I used to be able to when I was young and not-so-carefree!), we've been zombies for a while. Now that I'm walking without a lurch in my step, I'm catching up on LJ and tumblr and making delicious lentil soups.

Though it's always nice to return home, it's a little hard to come back to winter weather *cries*. The transition is not entirely awful mainly because I'm planning possible fun stuff for my birthday next week, which all seems to center around eating. I KNOW, YOU'RE SHOCKED!

On the list right now: eating a bagel (which I haven't done in a long long time because bagels are awful for me carb-y crack but SO FANTASTIC, AM I RIGHT?) visiting my favorite ice cream place, which will end its winter hiatus to have limited opening hours starting the weekend after my birthday because apparently I'm their favorite; getting cheesy cheesy cheesy Mexican-ish food with chips and salsa and guacamole and SO MANY GINGER-PEACH MARGARITAS, making myself a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream I have been planning for, well, months, because I'm nutso. I may have to spread all of it out over the course of a week (like that's a bad thing).

How are you all? :*
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 3,064 words.
Author's Notes: Written for this kink meme prompt. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I've returned from vacation, so the next update should be on Thursday. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 4/9)Collapse )
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 2,805 words.
Author's Notes: Written for this kink meme prompt. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I plan to update this fic twice weekly. The next update should be Monday, though as I'll be returning from a trip, it may take another day. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 3/9)Collapse )
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Chapter Word Count: 2,640 words.
Author's Notes: Written for this kink meme prompt. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I plan to update this fic twice weekly. I should update with the third part on Thursday, though as I'm traveling, please be patient if it takes another day. Read this chapter below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 2/9)Collapse )
Title: Someone to Notice
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Jim Moriarty/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Disclaimer: All Sherlock characters herein are the property of Steven Moffatt, Mark Gatiss, the BBC, and of course ACD. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **Minor Violence, Age Difference, Student-Teacher Relationship**
Word Count: 3,047 words.
Author's Notes: Written for this kink meme prompt. Many thanks to wesleysgirl for the beta. I plan to update this fic twice weekly. Right now I'm hoping to post early next week, though as I'll be traveling, please be patient with me if it takes a little longer. Read below or at AO3.
Summary: While training to be a secondary school teacher (and pursuing some rather illegal activities outside of the classroom), Jim Moriarty takes a keen interest in shy, bullied teenager John Watson.


FIC: Someone to Notice (Jim Moriarty/John Watson, NC-17, 1/9)Collapse )
Title: Mouthy
Author: EntreNous (entrenous88)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Charlie Weasley/Draco Malfoy
Rating: Explicit / NC-17
Summary: Charlie takes pride in being a good listener, in and out of the bedroom.
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters belong to J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warnings: highlight to read **none**
Word Count: ~2,000 words
Author's Notes: Has it seriously been YEARS since I wrote Charlie/Draco? That can't be right. This was written for secretsolitaire and her prompt from a while ago, "laughing in bed." PWP-ish, plus a smattering of relationship issues. I wrote this yesterday more or less in one fell swoop as a palate cleanser after finally sending my Sherlock fic off to beta. It's seriously nice to write something quickly for a change, after working on a longer fic for aaaaages. And hey, this fits a Round Three Trope Bingo prompt of mine (cut because it's a tiny bit spoilery): **poor communication skills**. Unbeta'ed. Now also at AO3.


FIC: Mouthy (Charlie/Draco, Explicit / NC-17)Collapse )

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