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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 10:48am on 21/02/2017 under ,
Title: The Walls We See Around Ourselves
Fandom/Pairing/Rating:
Captain America, Bucky/Sam/Steve, rated G
Beta: BridgetMcKennitt
Word Count: 883 words

Summary:
 Bucky and Sam gang up on Steve to find out why he still doesn't know how to dance.
Author's Note: A chocolatebox treat for Yeomanrand

The Walls We See Around Ourselves
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 11:25am on 20/02/2017
It's currently 57 degrees (13.8 celcius) outside and utterly pouring- sheets of rain coming down. There is so many things wrong with that, it's not even funny. I live in Minnesota, it's supposed to be 27/28 maybe with tons of snow. We've only shoveled three or four times all winter, and other than in shady patches and where there were huge piles, the snow is completely gone. But climate change isn't a thing. *sigh* I've been able to open the windows some so the cats are happy though, so, bright side?

Frustratingly, I haven't enjoyed the last two Lethal Weapon episodes. Two weeks ago the subplot was with the Murtaugh's teen daughtersubplot ranting ) And, meanwhile the main plot involved the shrink, Cahill, having a stalker (which wasn't a great plot to start with but then ends with Riggs saving her life and main plot ranting )

This week's was slightly better and saw the return of Hilarie Burton's DEA agent character which led to Murtaugh and Avery basically trying to shove her and Riggs together. The man is still grieving his wife, he's started baby steps to getting past the worst of it (vague attempts at sobriety) but he has a ways to go before attempting any kind of relationship... I just wish the show let him grieve and cut it with the romantic crap. Not everyone needs to be in a relationship/flirting/whatever to be happy.

Ugh ugh ugh. I was SO into this show and now.... *sighs some more*

The list of shows I've tried/given up on keeps growing (and groaning, I guess, which is what I mistakenly typed first). Powerless, This is Us, Blindspot, Blacklist, Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Magicians, and others? I know I'm forgetting a ton. There's also People of Earth which I watched some of and liked it well enough, but keep forgetting it exists.

I'm liking Sleepy Hollow's new season, which is a nice surprise. Every fandom space I've found *hates* it though, mostly as blowback for Abbie's fate as opposed to anything actually airing from what I can tell. Grimm's last season is... bad. There's no other word for it. But, like I have with other shows, the end is so close I'm sticking it out. Lucifer's most recent twist was.. well, not what I hoped for, but it's currently on break so we'll see where it goes with it when it returns. DC's Legends of Tomorrow is floundering, the camp can no longer cover for the plotting and acting issues. John Barrowman is *awful* in DCTV. Sorry, John, I loved your Jack Harkness, but everything since then has been a huge disappointment and borderline terrible.

Timeless has only one more episode this season with no renewal word, here's hoping it has an acceptableish 'ending' that'll work as series or season finale.

Oh! There's been an update to that adorable story about the Muslim and Jewish families who were photographed protesting next to one another at O'Hare airport (my previous post about it). The families did get together for that dinner and apparently had a lovely time. *sniffles happily*
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 04:47pm on 01/02/2017 under ,
Overall I try to stay away from political rants or flailing in my DW and LJ (because there would be SO much flailing), but I saw this picture of a Muslim girl and Jewish boy protesting next to one another and shared it with [personal profile] ride_4ever who tracked down some updated information about it and it's just so perfect I had to share it with everybody else:



Nine-year-old Adin sits on his father Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell's shoulders smiling at Meryem, 7, who sits on her father Fatih Yildirim's shoulders while the dads carry signs saying “empathy" and “we’ve seen this before, never again.”

The two families were at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport Monday night protesting President Donald Trump’s travel ban and got to talking and they're going to meet next Friday for Shabbat dinner. (article one, article two)

There's a lot of awful stuff out there right now, but some good stuff too. Try to remember that.
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 07:43pm on 24/01/2017 under
I just discovered a cable channel is showing "Hogan's Heroes" repeats every night. In every episode the good guys win, the Nazis are inept and Sgt Shultz 'knows nothing, nothing!' It's quite the balm for what's happening in the real world, politically speaking.

Otherwise, tv-wise, The Librarians just ended. The show's cute enough, and I was happy to find out it got renewed, but I really can't say I'm remotely fannish. Honestly, though, other than Lethal Weapon (which is SO GOOD), I can't say I'm fannish about any show I'm currently watching (mostly Lucifer, Timeless, Grimm and Sleepy Hollow) or somewhat following (This is Us, Legends of Tomorrow). And I've totally given up on Flash, Arrow, Blacklist, SPN, Teem Wolf, NCIS:LA (RIP Miguel Ferrer, you were a good egg) and... probably others?

In attempts to eat healthier I've stopped getting the delicious, but probably totally unhealthy muffins they sell in the supermarket and tried to start making them more often. I came across this easy mug muffin recipe which makes just one large muffin with very little clean up needed:

- ¼ cup of ground flax seed meal
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of oil (I just eyeball it)
- 1 egg
- pinch or two sugar
- raisins or other dried fruit

Mix together in a mug or smallish microwaveable container with a fork, microwave 45-60 seconds.

When I'm more ambitious I make these http://gyzym.tumblr.com/post/35309900247/the-best-motherfucking-muffins-you-will-ever-make (but with tweaks, using a 15oz can pumpkin and replacing half the oil with unsweetened applesauce and then baking 24 as muffins and one smallish loaf all at the same time) and then freeze a bunch for later (unless the kids are home because wow they can eat a lot).

It's been in the 30s here. In January. When typically it's in the negative teens or twenties. We've even had RAIN. But climate change isn't a thing, not at all. *sighs* Molly's happy about the lack of negative temps, and the cats are liking all the squirrel activity, so it's not all bad I guess.
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So Sherlock was a thing that happened.

S4 was both worse and better than I'd hoped, especially since I'd thought The Abominable Bride was a hideous mess. They tried some effects they really, really didn't have the budget for and were laughably, extremely bad as a result. Some of the powerful acting moments were actually powerful. Some of the writing/action was godawful and unbelievable (John's reaction to *spoiler* at the end of episode 1 was to basically do nothing medically speaking? Sorry, for an army doctor that was OOC to me) some was amazing. The zillion of ACD nods were cute/fun, if sprinkled a tad too overzealously. The ending worked just fine as a ending for the show in general if they chose not to make more episodes. It didn't really spark a new fannish interest in the show for me, but at least (unlike CA:CW) it didn't sour anything for me either so that's something at least.

Timeless and Lucifer return tonight. *crosses fingers they'll be decent*

Grimm has been pretty much a huge mess, but I am enjoying Sleepy Hollow's direction.

I did catch up with Legends of Tomorrow but I'll probably be giving the rest of the season a pass. I loathe both Damien Darkh and Malcolm Merlyn, I really wish DCTV would just remove them from the canvas. *sigh*

Dusty has taken to worming under blankets on the couch before falling asleep, causing minor heart attacks when suddenly the pile of blankets next to you sneeze or start to purr or snore. Cats. What can you do.
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 05:02pm on 07/01/2017 under
So, due to the extreme cold we decided to get Molly a coat. (Not the best picture, sorry, she refused to pose.)




She, unfortunately in a way, really loves said coat and as a result she wanted to go on a REALLY LONG WALK today, despite it being around -7F. Yay and ugh?
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 07:27pm on 05/01/2017 under
I've just finished backing up my LJ to dreamwidth, not really due to any fears of where LJ's now based but rather because I'd been meaning to do it for a while. Overall, my friendslist/reading page are fairly sparsely populated of late, a lot of folks seem to have moved on and out of fannish circles, but I figure be the change you want to see and all so here I am, posting.

Post-Yuletide means a massive drop in fannish activity for me. I thought about signing up for http://chocolateboxcomm.dreamwidth.org/ but despite the tiny commitment (300 word fic) but, as a mostly gen writer I'm finding the whole "'Character A/Character B' is shipfic while 'Character A & Character B' is genfic" thing a bit offputting and hard for me. What counts as / vs &? Is implied pairing good enough? Fade to black? etc. Looking at the letters posted I'm also finding I don't know very many fandoms and almost no prompts I could treat, let alone risk being assigned. *sigh*

I've dropped more shows out of a lack of caring/inertia. Wednesdays were problematic since Blindspot, Arrow and Lethal Weapon were all on at the same time. With cable and onDemand, it was easy to watch the two I missed the next day but I realized I'd no real desire to catch up on the Arrow or Blindspot episodes I'd missed. I skimmed the episode summaries and... yeah. Little to no interest. I might pick Arrow back up again eventually, we'll see. I also randomly missed the last Legends of Tomorrow episode and haven't bothered to catch up either. If I drop that show too it'll mean I've dropped all of CW's DC shows. I really want to like those shows, but there's just so much about them that just makes it difficult. *sigh*

I am still loving Lethal Weapon though. (Found family + broken character? Yes, please!) Lucifer introduced an clever twist before breaking in December so it'll be interesting to see where that goes and Timeless is... still Timeless? (Overall mostly enjoyable, but with plot problems if you stop to think about it). Sleepy Hollow and Grimm return on Friday. I'm watching Grimm mostly because it was announced it was the final season so I decided to stick it out (not the best reasoning, I know) and I'm curious where Sleepy Hollow goes with the changes they introduced at the end of S3 so I'm provisionally looking forward to that.

MN is in a cold snap again, with highs in the negatives (Fahrenheit). Most of the time I like it here, but right now, not so much. Molly (the dog) does not approve of it either. I also pulled something shoveling a few weeks ago and it's still kind of achy. Getting older sucks. Do not recommend. (Well, it's better than the alternative, I suppose, but I want my holospray and magic-light-beamy-fix-you-up technology already.)

Considering all the doom and gloom political news that have been dominating the airwaves of late, I can say I'm proud of my state for having elected the first female Muslim and Somali-American legislator in the US, Ilhan Omar, who was sworn into the MN state senate on Tuesday. She's both a refugee and immigrant and the second person ever to be sworn in holding the Quran (the first being MN's Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim U.S. congressman). (picture of the swearing in and a picture of the HUGE Quran she used) Yay Minnesota!
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 06:47pm on 31/12/2016 under
I'm going to try to do more than just a list this year, we'll see how it works.

Yuletide blatherings, writing processes and thinky thoughts.... )

Overall, I'm really happy with how Yuletide turned out this year. I got an awesome fic (Longstreet/Nero Wolfe crossover!!! Woot!) and wrote just over 26k worth of stories and most of the recips commented and seemed to really like their fics so success all around!! :)

Yuletide Ficlist (all 17 of them!) )
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 09:55pm on 25/12/2016 under
Happy holidays/Winter/Whatever to one and all! I hope you're having a great whatever you're celebrating.

It's raining here (wtf, MN, it was -28F last weekend, possibly even colder after windchill, and now it's 38F and raining?). And I am working my way through the Yuletide collection.

I got an AMAZING FIC. It's a crossover between Nero Wolfe and Longstreet!! (How awesome and surprising is that?) called French Fish and a Nice Dish and is utterly wonderful and everyone should read it and heap praise upon it.

I wrote a bunch (12 fics in the main collection and 5 in madness). As always, I feel they show terribly obvious signs that they are mine, but oh well, what can you do? I'll make a post linking to them post reveals. There's a ton of great fic there, so if you have some time GO READ.

http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2016
http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletidemadness2016
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 11:32am on 23/11/2016 under
So a few weeks ago son and I discovered a rather, shall we say, questionable item at the grocery store



We had a good laugh over the sheer wtfery of it.

Then I made the mistake of sending him to pick up a few things on his own. The following is now being made in my kitchen....



(He's taking them to a friend's house where a group of them are going to consume and mock them.)

(The gummy bears' colors keep getting brighter, I am teetering between scared and disturbed.)

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