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I've been doing less book bingeing and more reading of fic over the last month, which is probably, ultimately a happy balance for me.

Liberty and Other Stories (Prosperity, #2-4, 6) - Alexis Hall - ★ ★ ★ ★

A diverse series of stories expanding on the Prosperity universe, both before and after the events of Prosperity. read more )

The New Born Year - Kris Ripper ★ ★

I love this series, and I really liked getting to know Ally better, but I found this a difficult and unpleasant read. read more )

Full of Briars (October Daye, #9.3) - Seanan McGuire ★ ★ ★

I'm several books behind in this series, and figured this was a good way to dip back in. Because Quentin. Who is awesome. read more )

Gun To My Head - Dira Lewis ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reread. First read April 5, 2017. Second read April 6, 2017. Third read now, by which you might infer that I really fucking love this book. read more )

The Mystic Marriage (Alpennia, #2) - Heather Rose Jones ★ ★ ★ ★

I continue to adore this series. This second installment continues to follow Barbara and Margerit's lives, while expanding the focus to two characters who played a supporting role in the first book. read more )

The Element of Fire (Ile-Rien, #1) - Martha Wells ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reread. I think I first read this sometime in 2010.

This is a secondary-world fantasy set in the approximate equivalent of 17th Century France only with both sorcery and Fae creatures.read more )

Point of Dreams (Astreiant, #2) - Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett ★ ★ ★ ★

In some ways the murders are the least interesting part of this book. They matter, and they drive the plot, but it's the thematic stuff going on around and in cause of the murders that I found most interesting.

This is a book about relationships, and the ways they are seen and controlled by society and societal pressures. read more )

Seven Summer Nights - Harper Fox ★ ★ ★ ★

This was not the book I expected it to be, but I quite enjoyed the book it turned out to be.

This is, as the cover copy stated, a just-post-WWII historical romance between an archaeologist and a vicar, both of whom came back from the war changed. It's about two men trying to fit back into roles and ways of life they no longer fit. read more )

Bound to Be a Groom (Regency Reimagined, #1) - Megan Mulry

DNF.

It's queer, kinky, poly, historical erotica. I'm pretty much THE target audience for this book. And I gave up at 13% read. read more )

Death by Silver (Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey, #1) - Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold ★ ★ ★ ★

This was a rougher read than I expected from the ad copy. Good, but at times decidedly difficult.

This is a queer, steampunk murder mystery, but that's not really what it's about.

What it actually is is a book about institutionally-sanctioned bullying and abuse and the different ways in which adult survivors of childhood trauma cope with their past. read more )

Another Busy Week Ahead

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:35 pm
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WordPress entry.

Sometimes, I don’t understand my district. It’s like they go out of their way to make things as difficult as possible for the teachers. Take next week, for example. We are supposed to work on progress reports next week. We fill out out the computerized form saying how they are doing in each subject, and then fill out comments. Filling in the form doesn’t take long (in fact, I’m already done), but the comments do. Especially because over half of them need to be in Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish, so I need to either run my comments through Google Translate or hunt through my comment books for comment appropriate for my students. I usually do the former, even though it makes me nervous since Google Translate is notoriously unreliable. I remember when I was trying to tell my parents to have their children count change and Google Translate translated it as “cambio”, which is not what I wanted.

Plus, I like to make my comments specific to each child, so I don’t use the pre-defined ones that come with the program and I don’t like using professionally published books (although I get ideas from them sometimes). So, it takes awhile.

So what does my district decide to do? Hold meetings during the week. The first isn’t their fault; my principal and the PBIS committee (which I’m on) decided to meet on Monday after school. But the second meeting is the district. We’re having grade level collaboration for the whole district on Wednesday. Why it has to be next week instead of the week after, I don’t know. I honestly think that the district expects us to do progress reports on our own time, which isn’t fair. We should be able to do it during our prep time. But every year, this is what happens. And I didn’t it easier on myself because I scheduled an appointment on Thursday.

But, I’ll get it done. I always do. But I’ll still complain because it’s just not fair.

In other new, I’m decorating my room for fall tomorrow. I’ve never done that before, but a) I’m in the mood and b) I’m trying to make my room prettier and more engaging. I found this sign at Michael’s that's orange and says 'Fall' on it in cute font. I also bought some leaves at the Dollar Store. The sign is going to go on my cabinets and the leave will go on the cabinets and the board (I think). I’ll do it tomorrow morning and take pictures. I hope it’ll look good. I’m not very good at decorating. My apartment is all superhero art I got at Comic Con. Grown-up decorations baffle me.

I finished What Teacher’s Make and am now looking for something else to read. I was going to try The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, but the lack of quotation marks bugs me. Any suggestions?

Giant Days, Vol. 5, by John Allison

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:42 pm
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Giant Days: Volume 5, written by John Allison, illustrated by Max Sarin, colors by Whitney Cogar: Nonsensical, disjointed, and not as charming as earlier volumes. Even Esther's clothes are visibly less amazing. Plus the episode where a stranger from Susan's past—another one—drugs her drink. No thanks.

I think I'm done with this series for reals now.

Where Freedom Rings...

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:08 pm
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It's been interesting to watch the brouhaha about the NFL controversy. The saddest thing is that this is just another example of Trump's attempts at misdirection. He could care less what the players are doing on the field. He sure as heck doesn't care about them as human beings. If he did he wouldn't whine that they're not playing rough enough since the newest safety measures were put in place to try and keep them from incurring such severe brain damage from the hits they take during the games.

My father fought in World War II, my brother fought, and died, in Vietnam, to earn, and continue to support, every US citizen's right to peacefully protest. Whether you agree with them or not, they have the right to protest what they perceive as a racial injustice. It's part of the freedom we enjoy living in this country.

Adventures with Katniss Everpounce

Sep. 24th, 2017 03:36 pm
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(Okay, that is not actually our kitten's name, but I use it sometimes anyway, because.)

Today we had our third bath, and this time it went well!

The changes were Z's idea... )

I feel unreasonably proud of this. Kitten bathing: achievement unlocked!
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For two bisexuals, my wife and I sure tick a lot of the lesbian boxes*. The one thing I regret about yesterday's wedding celebration up in Tilden Park, on a golden fall Saturday in Berkeley, is that we didn't get to pin a note to our little board with the photos and such, to remind people of Bi Visibility Day.

* A love for cats, hardware stores, tea,...

I'll post photos when they come in -- my former work wife took some GREAT ones, obviously already posted with acerbic commentary to social media. Ah. I miss her snark. My wife's sister-in-law, one of them, took photos with a nice DSLR, and I got a few shots in.

(I have hundreds of icons, but this is the singular one of two queer women together and alive by the end of canon -- skins' Naomi and Emily.)

Gratitudes

Sep. 24th, 2017 01:58 pm
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1. Although it is after the autumn equinox in my hemisphere, it is unseasonably warm right now, so I am grateful for air conditioning, even if I feel ridiculous using it on September 24!

2. Apple-picking with Mr. Kid today! This is one of our fall traditions and it is so sweet. The orchard is near our old house. Rows and rows of beautiful apple trees stretching toward fields and hills. And we got two bags of honeycrisps, my favorite apples of them all.

3. Related to the above, there is a granola-topped apple crisp cooling now on my counter. I'm also making a chicken curry in the slow cooker to eat all week, and I've cooked up some ground turkey and vegetables with soy and sesame and cilantro and will add rice noodles to them later for dinner tonight.

4. Dishwasher (now running) and washing machine (also now running.) The fact that we have these appliances; the fact that we have power with which to run them.

5. Watching Mr. Kid gleefully play with Mr. Kitten, who has a catnip mouse and is carrying it proudly around the room in his mouth. I can't tell whether the catnip is making the kitten goofier, or whether this is just his natural three-month-old goofitude, but either way, it's adorbs.

Alone again

Sep. 23rd, 2017 06:36 pm
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Well, this morning my sister and her wife flew back to Hawaii after an eight-day visit here. We were up at 4:30 and out the door by five to take them to the airport, so I'm a bit tired, but I'm also really sad. I like my sister very much, and this was a great visit. They stayed with us, in our new den/guest room, which worked really well and, they tell us, was very comfortable. Yay! I took some photos, which didn't really turn out, but I'll post two anyway so you can see the new blinds on the French doors:

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And here is the other end of the den:

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We really like the blinds but mostly we like that they're installed because that's the official end of the remodel. We might do more stuff later, but right now, that's it. Done and dusted.

I spent several hours with Mother today, too, and as she said, it helped ease the pain of losing my sister until she returns in February. We had a quiet day, spending part of it in the garden, and then I massaged lotion on her arms and legs and rubbed her feet.

Anyway, my sister is three thousand miles away.

Because they were here and we were so busy, I didn't practice ukulele or yoga, and I didn't read much online. I do have a few links but first I want to recommend the documentary Score. I loved it so much and am encouraging Webster to see it as well. I gather it was kickstarter funded??? Whatever, it was really interesting and I learned a lot.

I also want to recommend a new-to-me podcast, The Fall Line. I learned about it from Georgia Hardstarck on My Favorite Murder and I'm grateful she mentioned it. Dannette and Jeannette Millbrook (often misnamed as "Millbrooks"), 15, disappeared on the afternoon of March 18, 1990. They have not been seen since. Their case was closed in 1991, and not reopened until 2013. Many neighbors expressed surprise, stating that they didn't even know the girls had gone missing, or that they heard the twins had been found.

What happened to the twins? Why was their case closed? Why did they receive so little media attention? Where does their case stand now?
Heartbreaking. Similar in structure to Somebody Knows Something, another great podcast.

I miss the ocean! So I really enjoyed this timelapse of a thirty day sea voyage. Found via Kottke, of course.

Alas, I have been paying attention to politics and we have called both our senators about that horrible health care bill, fat lot of good that will do. But as a Bay Area girl in my heart, I was pretty thrilled to read the official Golden State Warriors statement: We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. Ha!

And that's it from me. I need to recover a bit, get back into uke and yoga, and of course catch up with all of you. I hope you are well.

Swish and flick

Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:00 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] synn and I went to Universal Studios in Orlando to celebrate our twentieth friendiversary! The main purpose, besides seeing each other, was to wander around Harry Potter World.

We were dorks, albeit adventurous ones. W/pix. )

I am glad to be out of the land of $20 sandwiches and ubiquitous soundtracks, though. Whew.

Obviously this hurricane season is a nightmare and a lot of people fall somewhere between inconvenienced and in dire straits, and I'm doing what I can do help, but at the same time I was selfishly glad that our timing worked out so that we made it there and back between storms. I met some people on the flight down who were hoping to find their houses relatively undamaged and some families at the hotel who were waiting for power to be restored from Orlando and Tampa all the way down to Miami. Good luck to everyone.

The first few days of 5778

Sep. 23rd, 2017 08:36 pm
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VIDDING

I finished a draft of that Equinox treat! Now I can't stop watching it. It is a really special feeling to have the time, energy and capability to make something that comes close to realizing the aesthetics and emotions of the initial conception.

READING

So You Want to Be a Robot by A. Merc Rustad. I bought this at Readercon after being bowled over by How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps. I was afraid the rest of the stories would pale in comparison to that one, which is placed at the end of the collection here, but almost every one so far has left a lump in my throat. Hardly any duds in the bunch. Compelling SF and fantasy concepts with a ton of agender, transgender, genderqueer, asexual and/or queer protagonists and supporting characters. Robots and merpeople and aliens and monsters and supervillains and plots that stand on their own even as they allegorize things like systemic oppression of homosexuality by the Church. Highly recommended.

DOING

After years of struggling to build a sustainable exercise program to help manage my PCOS and address chronic muscle tightness without hurting myself, I bit the bullet and rejiggered my budget to accommodate a package of sessions with a personal trainer. I dunno, it seemed like a thing reserved for athletes and wealthy people, but I'm really glad I admitted I needed help and went for it. After two sessions and three or four weeks, my hips are less screamy and I'm noticing slightly improved stamina, like when [livejournal.com profile] synn and I climbed a millionty stairs to go on the water slides at Universal. Although it's still early days, simply feeling like I am in knowledgeable hands and am doing something instead of worrying about it is helpful. As expected, the main issue so far has been balancing gym time and hobby time, especially with all this weekend travel. I'm trying to take it a week at a time.

WATCHING

The Vietnam War documentary on PBS. Star Trek reruns. (A channel called Heroes & Icons started coming in over the digital antenna, so now there's TOS + TNG + DS9 every weeknight, and VOY & ENT after I go to bed.) Soon, Star Trek: Discovery. Auction vid sources continue on. Let's see: I skimmed the first seasons of The Magicians and Powers, both darker than expected; BrainDead, too close to reality to enjoy; and Supergirl, a welcome shift in tone. James Olson is a cutie. Penny from The Magicians wasn't hard on the eyes, either, although the showrunners' reluctance to let him wear shirts started to make me feel manipulated.

FEELING

Sometimes crummy and sometimes happy. There's the world, as you know, and on a personal level, alongside the gym stuff, my doctor and I are switching around a couple of things and seeing how they go; I'm still in the adjustment period. If the above sounds unusually upbeat, it's because I waited for a time when I didn't want to complain or sigh or strangle everyone at the office to write this post. Having 10 of the last 11 days off work helped as well. More on that in the next entry.

Yuletide letter

Sep. 23rd, 2017 06:50 pm
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 Placeholder!

In case you were wondering...

Sep. 23rd, 2017 07:16 pm
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...the LEGO Ninjago movie is charming as hell. There's a delightfully meta frametale, plus Jackie Chan, plus bonus points for excellent use of a cat. I think I laughed as much as my kid did, and that's saying something. :-)
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  1. LONG WEEKEND FTW! \o/ \o/ \o/

  2. Today's turning out to be a 3 Hours of 90s Alt/Rock Hits kinda day. ^___^

  3. Website

    Lately I've been enjoying tinkering with my website: igoss.net/archive. I barely know anything about php and css, but like playing around until, through trial and error or happy accident, I get the result I want. I'm really glad that I finally fixed the menu. It's now on a separate (and easily updatable) page, hence the having to teach myself php thing. That meant going back and manually changing the code and extension in what felt like billions of files, but at least from here on out, updating the menu will only mean changes to a single page. :b

    It's been about 4 years since I've done a proper update, so it's slow going. I've uploaded some 2017 fanart to the site, but still have to deal with all 2013-2016. Plus I now gotta give MCU fanart a whole page for itself. Eh. Keeps me occupied when I need to take my mind off RL stresses.

  4. The Defenders

    I spend this week *finally* watching The Defenders. Just finished episode 6 - just 2 more to go. Surprisingly, I'm really enjoying it? I don't even find Rand that utterly annoying (except for his hair). I'm sort of liking how every character has clear flaws, and the push-pull of having to work with each other. I particularly get a kick out of Jessica Jones being 100% done with everyone, especially Matt.

    I haven't even gotten to the end as yet, but I'm already looking forward to more in this 'verse. I mean, I'm not gonna subject myself to watching S1 Iron Fist - let's not get crazy - but I'm definitely gonna go check out more of Jessica Jones (I'd only seen the first 2-3 eps).

  5. Inktober

    I'm psyching myself to try Inktober, since it's definitely gonna be integrated into [community profile] drawesome's challenge activities for the entire month of October. I want to attempt to create something daily for the first week. And maybe stick to weekends for the rest. We'll see how it goes. At least I have the official list of Prompts to get my creativity going: 2017 Inktober Prompt List )

    I'm thinking of trying brushwork with ink, not just using a pen or marker. Will be interesting experimenting with an ink pot, and painting in monochrome as well. I tend to lean heavily on colour blending to create visual impact in my art, so it will be a good opportunity to play around with positive/negative space etc. instead, to get that sense of drama.

Back to school Teaching Tag

Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:53 am
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Back to School Teaching Tag

This teaching tag was started by Kayse Morris at Teaching on Less. It feels a little weird to be doing a back to school post when I’m seven weeks into the year, but I liked the questions and thought I’d give it a whirl.

Where do you teach? What grade? What subjects?

I teach in a small town near California’s Central Coast. I teach second grade, all subjects.

When did or when does your school start for you?

School started on August 14. I wish I taught in a district that started after Labor Day, because August is too hot (although September was too hot this year, too), but, alas, I don’t. The school board tries to push our start date back every year, but so far we’ve been successful in keeping it around the same time.

What fun things did you do this summer?

I went to Universal Studios with my brother and sister. We had so much fun, and Harry Potter world was amazing. It was the highlight of the summer (that and spending time with my siblings, of course!)

Give 3 tips to teachers when starting back to school.

1. Teach your routines and expectations over and over and over, until they become habits.
2. Over plan. Better to have too much to do than have to little and have to scramble around to fill time.
3. Be gentle with yourself. The first week is tough and you will be so much more tired than you think you will be. Go home, rest, and relax.

What’s your back to school go-to resource?

This year, my go-to resource was Haley O’Connor’s First Week Survival Kit from TPT. I found some of her posters on Pinterest and thought they were wonderful. And I did not follow my second piece of advice, which was to over plan (I thought I did, but I kept getting through things too quickly), so having that survival kit really helped out a lot.

Who do you follow on social media that inspires you?

I’ve said it before, but Pocketful of Primary. She’s really inspired me to become a better teacher and renewed my passion for the profession.

What routine do you set for your students in your classroom on day 1?

We do a lot of routines, but how to line up and walk in line correctly is one of my biggest ones. By the end of the day, the kids know the expectation and are doing it correctly. The other big one is that I expect them to be active listeners and participants at all times. They don’t get let off the hook for anything.

1 thing/item you can’t live without during school.

My recess coffee. First recess, I get coffee and it makes me feel so happy. Other than that, my document camera and projector. I don’t remember how I ever taught without them.

Easy lunch pack recipe for teachers!

This is better on toast, but I eat it on bread:

Guacamole, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and red onion (optional; I usually skip that because I forget). Layer it on bread, and you’ve got a delicious and filling lunch.

I got the recipe from With Salt and Wit.

What do you love most about back to school?

I love the anticipation that for the new school year. It’s bright and fresh and there are so many possibilities in store. It’s that New Year feeling that you can do anything and everything, and it will be wonderful.

Made it to Friday

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:28 pm
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WordPress entry with another picture of my room. I got 9 views yesterday; it was so exciting.

I survived the week! I actually went in early every day this week, worked on things that needed to get worked on, and feel like I ended in a good place.

I had another surprise drop in today. On Friday mornings, we take our weekly ELA assessments on the iPads. It’s nosier than paper tests for some reason, but the kids do a lot better (probably because they find out how they did right away, and that motivates them to do their best). Anyway, we were in the middle of doing the tests when the superintendent walked in! I hate when that happens! I mean, I don’t know this superintendent, because he’s new, but he seems nice, but, still. I never want the top boss walking into my room because I get nervous.

I smiled and explained what we were doing. He nodded and hung out a few minutes, looking at my boards and everything before leaving. Actually, he left, came back, looked around a little, and then left again.

Next week is unit 1 assessment week. The unit test is long, has 4 stories to read, a phonics section, grammar (and the grammar is so hard. It’s almost not fair, because it’s not tested like it was taught and it’d be difficult to teach how its taught. It’s just… ugh.) We’re taking them on iPads because a. it’s easier to grade and b. the kids are used to it and c. it’ll help prepare them for state testing.

But, honestly, mostly because it’s easier to grade. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Skip Beat 39

Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:18 pm
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Just read vol 39 of skip beat and I continue to love this series sooo much. I'm like I called it on the Sho bit and love seeing how in his asshole way he's been trying to help her. I also can't wait to see this next acting arc. It's going to be so fun!

The waiting game 1

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:28 pm
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So last friday I went in to the doc and was artificially inseminated with donor sperm. I've spent the last week learning a ton more about how pregnancy works and when you can test to see if you're pregnant. Realistically the middle of next week is the earliest, but I want to know now! My stomach has been twinging this evening and this morning the bra I went to put on felt really itchy, so of course I'm spinning fantasies about the process being successful. Another week and we'll see!

Surprise! An Observation!

Sep. 21st, 2017 05:16 pm
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Wordpress entry with pictures.

So, today I was sitting down to do a small group with math while my other students were working on the skill I was reviewing with my group, when the principal walked in. And this is what I looked like:

(imagine me with a butterfly winged headband)

Yup, that’s me, wearing butterfly wings on my head.Read More )

Teaching with a Migraine

Sep. 20th, 2017 06:23 pm
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Teaching with a migraine suuuuuucks, y’all. My patience tanks, but desire to be there dissolves, and I’m not in my best. Luckily, today, the migraine didn’t surface during the day. I woke up in the middle of the night with one, took medication, woke up feeling okay, got through the day, and, BAM!, it hit during collaboration. Which I can deal with. But I was crankier and less patient than I want to be, so, overall, it wasn’t as successful a day as I was hoping for.

I did get a bulletin board done. The space above my board didn’t have any background to it; I was just putting posters up. It looked ugly. So, I threw up some fabric I had, surrounded it with border, redid a couple of anchor charts to fit, and now it looks better. I still feel like my room is really ugly, but it’d a little better. No pictures, because I didn’t take any.

WWW Wednesday )

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