My favorite day of the trip was the day we went to Fontainebleau. The weather was perfect, the gardens were stunning, and the palace itself was full of fascinating history. (These are also the best photos I took, so if you look at any, look at these!)( Read more... )
I’m trying a new cookbook, Vegan Cooking for One. It’s got a bunch of weekly meal plans, for spring/summer and fall/winter, for quickly-prepared single-serving meals. It even provides a shopping list at the start of every week. This solves a bunch of my cooking issues: I hate making shopping lists, I get sick of eating leftovers, I don’t want to go to the grocery store more than once per week, I don’t want to spend hours preparing a single meal.
So I’m trying the first week’s meal plan. Everything’s been good so far. But I feel sad not having anyone to share with, so here, friendslist, have some photos.( Italian Pasta Salad )
( Potato and Lentil Bake )
( Apricot Brown Betty )
( Plus: Rum Raisin Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World )
( And Bonus: Angel the evil lunatic monster cat )
I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to see the fireworks from here. Turns out, my new apartment has a PERFECT UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW. I love this place! (Please don’t let them build anything tall across the street! The concrete factory is edgy and low and I don’t mind the noise and its presence keeps my rent down!)
So I just sprawled on a chair in my living room, turned on the TV so I could hear the accompanying sounds/music, and enjoyed the show.( photos of the nyc fireworks from out my front window )
PS: Happy Fourth of July to my American friends! :)
I’ve been organizing my collection of digital photos, so while I was at it, I pulled out the cutest cat pictures from over the years.
Here’s highlights encompassing thirteen years of the cutest things my cats have ever done (that I’ve managed to capture on film).
I (just a bit belatedly!) posted my photos from DragonCon 2006.
I’m generally a terrible photographer, but I get lucky sometimes. These ended up being some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken:
There’s also photos of the Cruxshadows, Godhead, Voltaire, George Romero, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Billy West, random pirates, the Snape trial, R2-D2, and lots of random convention stuff. If you’re interested.
a) she's a badass rock star
b) she's a badass lesbian icon
c) she's a badass animal rights advocate
d) she guest starred on "Highlander" that one time
If you guessed d), you know me disturbingly well!
(Anyway, here's a picture of Joan Jett and me.)
[Cross-posted to InsaneJournal]
In other news, jaydk and drujan came over after work on Thursday and we had a little pirate party. Watched the first film, ate lots of takeout and got drunk, then headed to the theater for the 12:01am premiere at the AMC 25 (most comfortable theater in the city).
It was good. So good, in fact, that we went to see it again Friday night at the Ziegfeld. So I've seen Pirates 2 twice in 24 hours. :)
It's amazing how shallow the mainstream reviews are. As if they assume the genre is inherently shallow, so they utterly refuse to see any depth in the film itself. Like willful blindness. I don't get it.
Meh, whatever. Maybe I'll write up my own review at some point. I'm sure I'll end up seeing it plenty more times. (drujan is at the theater now, but I bowed out of a third viewing in three days.)
Also, I really wanted to see Macbeth; it's Shakespeare in the Park and tomorrow is the last day. I went to get tickets on Friday, but the line was INSANE, and I didn't feel like getting up at 6am today. *sigh*
I bought this Japanese magazine on eBay and it has nice photos of Raymond Watts (with Schwein) that I've never seen online before.
And then when I was filing it, I came across a couple of adorable old SPIN magazines from 1992. One is on "The Industrial Revolution" and has photos of a baby-faced Trent Reznor. (Awww!) The other is "The Year of Grunge," kind of historically neat, with a great cover photo of Chris Cornell.
I'm posting pictures behind the cut, and you can click any of them to see a bigger version.
( Piccies! Raymond Watts, Sakurai Atsushi, Trent Reznor, Chris Cornell )
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Well, that's not exactly true. More like there are two very different sorts of Buffy fandom (in which I'm involved), and I've drifted from one (the fanfic side) toward another (the convention side). But I'm tentatively inching back toward the fanfic side (I'll still be doing cons all summer, but I really need to catch up on fic for Writercon anyway....)
My god, this fandom is a strange place. I didn't quite realize the extent until I came back after a month away from LJ. I started reading my friends' list again yesterday and just ... what the fuck? Or maybe right now is just a particularly weird transitional period. I'm thinking of stuff like fanfic_hate -- how stupid and juvenile and pointless, petty anonymous cruelty directed at writers who have the generosity and courage to share their work with strangers.... (I'd like to see this community become more comfortable with criticism, too, but cruelty is an entirely different thing.) Well, Kita said it better than me, anyway.
So, I did update my website finally (I know, I suck). And I'll be continuing to try to catch up with fic. If you've written something you think I should archive, or you've seen something someone else wrote that would be appropriate for my site, please let me know. Especially if you're an author I've archived before--I really want to read what you've written lately. A couple of people have done this already and I thank them immensely.
And if you haven't submitted your author bio yet, please do.
And in other news, I brought Lucifer with me to work the last two days. He hated being in the cat carrier (I put him in it and took a cab), but he quite enjoyed the office. He's a people-cat; he needs to be around others in order to be happy. He hates being left alone all day.
Everyone in the office fell completely in love with him. He's the perfect office cat--lounges around, sits near people or on their laps, totally well behaved and affectionate. People kept coming in and saying how calming our office was--no one ever says that. It was Lucifer's influence.
Probably the only problem was his name--I got quite a few weird looks. We are supposed to be this progressive, spiritually in-tune place, so why is the cat named Lucifer? Y'know, when you're a sixteen-year-old goth girl, naming your cat Lucifer seems perfectly normal. When you're a twenty-two-year-old professional bringing your cat to work ... well, "The cat in Cinderella was named Lucifer" isn't much of an excuse. Ah, well -- everyone calls him Lu or Luce or Lucie anyway.
He was exhausted after two days of "work" (we decided that he's officially responsible for office morale) so I let him stay home today. Hopefully I'll be able to bring him in at least once a week, though--it's good for him to meet new people and have some excitement in his life. He's an adventurer/explorer in spirit.
I still haven't found a roommate. Five days until rent. *panic* I think I'll go put another ad on Craigslist....
And also, btw, I scanned my Ghost of the Robot in Long Island photos. Go here to see:
My favorite photo is one that Ingrid and I took of ourselves scrunched together in the front row, but alas, Ingrid has it, not me. If I can get a copy I will scan it, however.... these are just photos of the band. (And I will say, one more time, at this show in Long Island, they played well, they were in good moods, they were "on" creatively--they were not too drunk to play well. That came two days later....)
So I'm thinking of maybe going to this show, because it looks like I could get a LIRR train from Penn Station:
Thursday, July 22nd
39th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival
Chapin Rainbow Stage
In Heckscher Park
Free & All Ages
And then there's this:
Saturday, July 24th
If I could figure out how to get to Woodstock, I would go, since it's a Saturday.
Anyone else going to any of these?
I'm totally out of touch with fandom, which I feel guilty about. I was going to try to catch up on email and maybe read some fic last night, but I fell asleep instead. Life is just so much more pleasant when you're sleeping eight hours instead of four.
Roommate hunting continues. God, I hate this. I've only met one person so far who I'd be willing to live with, and he ended up not wanting it. (I've been interviewing men as well as women. I don't want to live with a male--I'd just feel uncomfortable--but I also don't want to have to pay next month's rent by myself.) And I can't do anything after work because I'm always running home right away to meet with these strange strangers who only bother to show up about half the time.
Random: here are some photos of my cats after moving into my apartment. My favorite is this one. These came right before the Moonlight Rising photos, so as you can see, I'm working toward scanning those all in.
And, um, also random: I bought a ticket to this. I can't believe I bought this, but I think I'm going to go. I've never been to London before. I'm going to be in debt for the rest of my life, but at least I'm going to have a fun Halloween. Anyone else going?
I also have Common Rotation at the Bitter End from early this year, and Eric Kufs solo early this year.
I spent my weekend absorbed in the latest Dark Tower book. (How did I not know this came out? I walked into the bookstore this weekend and almost screamed.) I've been following this series for (what feels like) forever--I'm not actually much of a Stephen King fan, but I adore The Dark Tower.
( mild spoilers; my reaction )
Me and Captain Jack!
Annie and me
Jane, Circe, and me
Many more ...
I'm not going to link this page from All About Spike (though it's in the AAS format) because it's mostly pictures of people hanging out--none of the celebrity photos are very good. So this is the only place I'm posting the link.
They're in chronological order, 'cause I'm picky like that. You probably want to skip through all the "me and Jane in the airport/hotel room" stuff.
If you find any errors, let me know. I was working on this really late last night, and my brain was getting kind of fuzzy near the end.
If anyone is uncomfortable having their picture online for all to see, let me know and I can either 1) remove the photo or 2) remove the caption. Whichever. Don't want to annoy anyone.
Also, I got doubles of all the photos, so if you're in one and you want a copy, send me your address and I'll put it in an envelope and mail it to you. There's only one extra copy of each, though, so first come, first serve.