Celery Flakes/Dehydrated Celery

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:15 pm
teland: Tim staring broodily into a bag of chips as Helena looks on. (Tim finds food complicated.)
[personal profile] teland
This is one of my fave seasonings. While I grew up seasoning my tuna/potato/pasta/macaroni salads with celery *seed*, Jack quickly turned me on to the beauty and rightness and savory-green-sparky-peppery-YUMMINESS (and non-bitterness) of celery flakes. It's *nothing* like fresh celery, and trying to replace it in your salads (or your cous cous, or your freekeh, or your cucumber-yogurt marinades, or your *whatever*) with fresh celery is just *heartbreaking*. You used to be able to find it everywhere around here (NE U.S.), but now? It's gone. *Gone*. Sometimes you can find it online, but then it usually costs a small fortune, and -- yeah, no. When I want to spend that much money on herbs and spices, I want it to be for stuff that I can't make myself.

So. ONWARD. as you may have guessed, this is as vegan as it's possible to get )
musesfool: baby Terry from Batman & Sons (it's always time for hugs)
[personal profile] musesfool
I was tweaking my yuletide signup - I had to re-add Mr. Butler to my Miss Fisher's request - and I was hit with sudden confusion. Say I only offer two out of a possible 8 characters for a fandom, and someone requests Any. Can I still be assigned to write for them? That is how it used to be, and I don't want to deal with that again.

I guess what I'm saying is, I feel a need to be more conservative in fandoms I'm offering this year. A couple of my perennial offers weren't nommed (also, no Max in Batman Beyond *sadhair*! And yet Bruce Wayne is in. How even did that happen? I guess there's always one - like Wolverine last year), so I can't offer them, and I almost never say Any because I know how easy it is to be surprised by a request that unexpectedly hits the DNW button.

I still have a couple more days to think about it, I guess.


Work was busy from end to end today, and will be tomorrow as well, but just two more days and then Boss1 is leaving on 3 weeks of vacation. And yesterday when I told her I was nervous about her retiring and being replaced, she said I was valuable to the organization and while she couldn't promise anything she was pretty sure they could find a place for me if the new CEO didn't want me. So there's that. I mean, I'm still going to be anxious about it, because hello, have you met me? But it was nice to hear.


Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell - a near-future eco-thriller that I wanted to like more than I did. I feel like it spent a lot of time info-dumping in ways that bordered on lecturing sometimes without providing a full cast of fully rounded characters - Anika, the protagonist, was cool, and Roo, the Caribbean spy, was interesting, but I feel like everybody else was flat.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, only a year after everyone else. I liked it, though I don't really have thoughts, per se, beyond how ancillaries are kind of like Cylons? Except worse, because they were people first, not clones engineered and grown in vats. And I guess more like Centurions than skinjobs? Also, I guess there are occasions when I'm supposed to know someone's male, but because of the default 'she' in the narration, I'm just always picturing everyone as women, and I'm okay with that.

What I'm reading now
Ancillary Sword, of course! Though I've just started it so I have nothing to say.

What I'm reading next
Why do I even keep this question on here?


The Flash
spoilers will take Things You Can't Outrun for $500 Alex )


Recipe: Pizza Puttanesca

Oct. 21st, 2014 07:32 pm
teland: Tim staring broodily into a bag of chips as Helena looks on. (Tim finds food complicated.)
[personal profile] teland
Pizza Puttanesca

This is a (version of a) pizza we used to get all the time from one of the local restaurants here in CT. Unfortunately, there was Drama between the owners, and the restaurant went from Fantabulous to Deshiteful overnight.

We have pined for this pizza ever since. OH, how we've pined.

I mean, we ordered it by accident the first time, not realizing it was cheese-less until it was too late (Jack and I are both serious about our dairy consumption), but it smelled so good that we *had* to try it, and --

Yeah. We were addicted from the first bite. It's THAT good.

Even though we usually run the other direction from cheese-less.

Even though *I* usually HISS LIKE AN ANGRY CAT at *anchovies*.

It. Is. That. Good.

On with it. Includes vegan options. )
musesfool: abbie mills & ichabod crane from sleepy hollow (are you thinking what i'm thinking)
[personal profile] musesfool
Brooklyn Nine Nine: Halloween II
spoilers )

The Good Wife: Shiny Objects
spoilers )

Sleepy Hollow: The Weeping Woman
spoilers )

I keep hoping to have a story to post, but I have been choosing sleeping over writing lately. *hands* I feel like I will never get enough sleep. It's a problem. And I've only redone my yuletide signup once so far, so I'm sure I'll be tweaking my offers right up until the deadline, especially as more letters get posted.

gehayi: (50 shades of kite-eating (wouldbedorothy)
[personal profile] gehayi
I apologize for not having mentioned Chapter Five Part II—the worst car chase in the history of the world—on Tumblr, Dreamwidth, LiveJournal or Twitter when it went up. And we both apologize for having missed a week. This book is annihilating us both.

And now, on to Chapter Sex Six…

In which Grey and Ana have sex AGAIN—ten minutes after fucking in the car at the end of Chapter Five. Oh, and butt plugs are shocking and forbidden and dark this time, though they weren’t the previous two times that they were used, and there are pictures of a butt plug Christmas tree from Paris and a statue of Santa Claus also known in Rotterdam as the Kabouter Buttplug, or “Butt Plug Gnome.”

Definitely NOT safe for work. Or children. Or anything living.
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
[personal profile] moetushie
- So I wrote a thing -- The Deplorable Word, 1,110 words, Fingon/Maedhros, CNTW -- for the horror fic meme (that's still chugging along! Check it out if you haven't already.)

It's also available in SWG.

- IT CAN NO LONGER BE DENIED. YULETIDE IS UPON US! I bet everyone and their mum knows that Yuletide signup are open until Sunday? Yeah, they are. Of course, I've already edited my offers like a thousand times. I'm sure I'll match on the one I'm least certain about, as is always the way with me and Yuletide matching.

My letter is here (I edited it, after realizing that I was probably being unfair to poor Ralph Lanyon. Okay, 'poor' Ralph Lanyon, because he might be a fave, but I don't really like him that much? I just love his pained bitchiness so much. You go, Ralph Lanyon.) And also my Yuleporn signup is up! It's actually super-hard to think of kinks I enjoy? My rubric for enjoying (either written or visual) porn is that: do those people look like they're enjoying each other? Enjoying doing the things they do? Well, I'm a simple woman and I have simple needs...

All right! Let's go!

gifs to show my excitement! yay! )

the most wonderful time of the year

Oct. 19th, 2014 11:01 am
musesfool: Jaime Reyes is the Blue Beetle and he don't need no superpowers to kick ass (and i'm all out of bubblegum)
[personal profile] musesfool
Dear yuletide writer person:

First of all, I want to say a big thank you for agreeing to write a story for me. I love all the characters I've chosen, so I will be happy with a story for any request. If you've already got a story in mind, then go for it! I'm sure it will be fabulous. These are all just possible jumping off points if you feel the need.

Since it's entirely possible we don't know each other, I figured I'd give you some basics about me and some tips on the kinds of things I like/dislike in stories:

Where to find me: I am [archiveofourown.org profile] victoria_p/[archiveofourown.org profile] musesfool on AO3, and [tumblr.com profile] cacchieressa on tumblr, plus I have a recs journal at [personal profile] unfitforsociety.

Likes )

Dislikes )

Mostly, I want the characters to sound like themselves and have fun hanging out with each other, because I love hanging out with them. Most of the characters I've chosen this year are friends, family (found or blood or work), and/or partners, and I enjoy basking in their friendship, especially if it's bantery and draws on their history together.

If it can be described by the phrase "hijinks ensue," you're probably nailing it. In all cases, if you have an idea that uses all the characters I've requested, that's awesome, but if you don't/can't, that's okay, too. Certainly my suggestions include ideas that only use two or three characters at a time, so don't feel like you need to shoehorn someone in if it doesn't work with what you're writing.

To sum up, in case that was a bit tl;dr: partnership/friendship + shenanigans = YAY!

In terms of specifics, I feel like I am really just reiterating my requests in different words (actual request details are in italics, addenda in plain text), but maybe this will be helpful (note: these are in alpha order by fandom; I really do want all of them, so don't worry about which one you match on - I will be happy with any of them!):

Blue Beetle: Jaime Reyes, Brenda Del Vecchio, Paco Tejas
details )

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Terry Jeffords, Raymond Holt, Amy Santiago, Rosa Diaz
details )

Enlisted: Jill Perez, Donald Cody, Cindy Park, Tanisha Robinson
details )

The Middleman: The Middleman, Wendy Watson, Noser, Ida
details )

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Tobias Butler, Prudence Stanley, Jane Ross, Dot Williams
details )

Montmaray Journals – Michelle Cooper: Sophie FitzOsborne, Veronica FitzOsborne, Henry FitzOsborne
details )

Thank you again for writing for me! I hope you have a lot of fun and write something that makes you happy. I'm sure your story will be awesome.




i ask myself, is all hope lost?

Oct. 18th, 2014 01:48 pm
musesfool: korra, looking hopeful (all that heaven will allow)
[personal profile] musesfool
Last night, [personal profile] innie_darling and I went to see Marjane Satrapi speak at the NY Public Library. She was a really charismatic and entertaining speaker, and I thought she said some really great things about how we only understand people once we understand what makes them laugh, and that humor is both a sign of intelligence, and also so subjective (everything is subjective to some degree, but humor is especially so), and that people tend to surround themselves with people who get their humor, and it can be a key to feeling like you belong somewhere. Which seems obvious once you say it, but isn't necessarily something I've really given much thought to. It came up with the interviewer quoted something Milan Kundera (I think? I didn't take notes) said, riffing on the adage "Man thinks, God laughs," and how novelists collect the echoes of God's laughter in stories, and Satrapi was having none of his God talk, not even metaphorically. But she did like the part of the quote that said someone without any sense of humor at all is the natural enemy of the novelist/storyteller, and how that tied into oppressive regimes who want people to march in lockstep and be abstract rather than individuals.

If you haven't read Persepolis, I definitely recommend it.

(Also, happy birthday, [personal profile] innie_darling and [personal profile] tenaciousmetoo!)


I finally got a chance to watch this week's How to Get Away with Murder and Viola Davis remains amazing and tremendous and all sorts of other adjectives of praise. spoilers )

And this morning I watched Legend of Korra, which was mostly a setup episode but spoilers )

Now I think it's time for lunch.


Playing Tales of Xillia

Oct. 17th, 2014 11:53 pm
myaru: (Tales of Xillia - Milla)
[personal profile] myaru
The nice thing about Tales of Xillia is the cosmetic system, as it turns out. It's also fun, of course, but I'm only about ten hours in, and while some dramatic things have happened (Cline ;_;), I haven't run into anything big yet. My favorite thing about this series is that moment you get in every game where things turn out to be fucked up in some awesome way.

But in any case, as soon as I got those aviators... you know what had to happen.

Not my screenshot, but the magnificence is there for all to see.
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
[personal profile] moetushie
Wow, the Yuletide letter wank really left a bad taste in my mouth. (Full disclosure: I was one of the unfortunates who posted in the first, ill-fated letters post.)

I'm enjoying looking at the letters being posted today, but I think the freezing/disappearing of polite comments disagreeing with the decision is a bad choice on the part of the YT mods the OP of current letters post.



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