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2017-07-11 12:52 am

Transmogrifying

Title: Transmogrifying
Fandom/Rating:
Sherlock (BBC), rated G
Word Count: 455 words (this chapter, entire work 1077
Summary: Final adventures of John, Sherlock, and a transmogrification device. Or, the time John and Sherlock are accidentally turned into cats, the time Sherlock turns John, and then himself, into cats as an experiment, and the time Sherlock couldn't leave well enough alone.
Author's Note: All three chapters written for different [community profile] watsons_woes challenges. Chapter one originally posted 21 Jul 2012 (for the prompt "Look directly to your right. The first object you see is your prompt, to use as you see fit.") which happened to be two sleeping cats, chapter two was originally posted 1 Jul 2013 (for the picture prompt of two cats under an umbrella) and chapter three was written for the 10 Jul 2017 prompt "Close your eyes. Turn to your left and open them. Now incorporate the third item you looked at into today's work." which happened to be one the same cats from the first prompt so.....

Story begins in chapter one, Transmogrified, (or just link to the new addition, Transmogrifying)
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2017-07-05 11:29 pm

Hope Forever Past

Title: Hope Forever Past
Fandom/Warning/Rating:
Sherlock Holmes (ACD), BLEAK AND DEPRESSING FIC WARNING, rated G
Word Count: 517 words
Summary: It was far too late by the time he was discovered, but his fate and final note finally see the light of day.
Author's Note: Written for [community profile] watsons_woes JWP#5. The title is from Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "Time Long Past." Other notes about the fic available at the story on AO3.

Hope Forever Past
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2017-07-01 10:10 pm

Gravitating Responsibilities

Title: Gravitating Responsibilities
Fandom/Rating:
Sherlock (tv), rated PG (for language)
Word Count: 829 words
Summary: There are certain lines even a criminal will not cross, especially a halfway intelligent criminal. Carl can't believe when he comes face to face with that line a second time.
Author's Note: Written for [community profile] watsons_woes JWP#1. As it was a redo of the very first prompt from the very first JWP in 2011 I decided to write a sequel of sorts to the story I wrote for that prompt, On Genius and Stupidity, although you do not need to read that story to understand this one.

Gravitating Responsibilities
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2017-05-17 08:53 am

And you get renewed! And you get renewed! And.. oh dear

I was looking at the list of shows that had been renewed over at [community profile] tv_talk and found it interesting to see a)how many shows there are that I had watched at one point but stopped, b)how many shows there are that I have never, ever heard of despite some been on for numerous seasons, and c)how many times I thought holy crap how is that show still on the air?

I started trying to figure out how many renewed shows I knew/enjoyed/hated/gave up on and decided to come up with a list. (note- it appears to count shows that will be airing a new season this summer as having been renewed since that season is still yet to air although there are some returning shows not on the list so...)

Having watched at least an episode or so and given up/never got into: ABC- Designated Survivor, Once Upon a Time, CBS- MacGyver, FOX- New Girl, NBC- L&O:SVU

Having watched regularly for a bit before sanity prevailed (kidding): ABC - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. AMC- Humans, CBS- The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds, Elementary (although if this were streaming legally somewhere I'd probably try to catch up), Hawaii 5-0 (I am boggling that it was renewed for an 8th season), NCIS (14th season!! this show WILL NEVER DIE), NCIS:LA, CW- Arrow, Flash, iZombie, Supergirl, Supernatural, Whose Line is it Anyway, FOX- Gotham, Lucifer, the Simpsons, X-Files, HISTORY- Vikings, MTV- Teen Wolf, NCB- Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Shades of Blue, This is Us, NETFLIX- Daredevil, Longmire, SYFY- the Magicians, USA- Mr Robot, Suits. (Shows I know are returning that are not on the list but I watched some of before quitting are Preacher, Cleverman and Shadowhunters)

What I still plan on watching (to one extent or another) come time for new episodes to air: Legends of Tomorrow, Lethal Weapon, Stitchers, Timeless, Killjoys, Wynonna Earp, People of Earth (if I can get caught up?) and The Librarians. (Also The Night Shift, if I remember, which isn't on the renewed or cancelled list) To be fair, I'm still vaguely interested in most of CW's shows in a 'I hope the characters have happily ever afters but watching their adventures just got too painful to do every week' kind of way but it would take a lot for me to go back to watching regularly.

Things I'm boggling at:
there's apparently 2 different "The Bachelor" shows that have aired for 26 season between them
AT&T has a network? And makes it's own TV content?
there is a show called 'Superior Donuts' that that aired a whole season that I've never heard of
South Park was renewed for three seasons- 21st, 22nd, and 23rd! WHY?
The Simpsons is still on the air and renewed for 2 more seasons?
35 seasons of Survivor. THIRTY-FIVE
L&O:SVU is still on the air and will have a 19th season. I wonder if they want it to beat out the mothership's amazing 20yr run
Wow, Netflix has a lot of shows (many of which I've never heard of, despite having Netflix. At least Amazon's original shows I could claim I didn't know of because I don't have Prime)
I never even heard of the channel TRUTV, let alone knew it aired original TV
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2017-05-13 03:21 pm

Timeless is (sort of) uncancelled! Also, Wynonna Earp!

Erik Kripke has tweeted that now the show has been picked up for a 10 episode season that will air sometime in 2018 (possibly over the summer, possibly as a midseason replacement starting in Jan-Feb). Some articles are attributing the network's turn around due to fan outrage and the social media storm that arose post cancellation announcement, so yay fans!!

Also, I just have to share this quote tptb gave when asked about 'how gay' S2 of Wynonna Earp will be: "Think like a dolphin at Studio 54. Glitter bomb. Liza Minnelli is there. They lock eyes across a crowded dance floor and Donna Summer is playing. Clay Aiken is there even though it’s the 70s. Mike Pence is like ‘I don’t know about this.’ I’d say capital G Gay.”

I wonder if that means they will be doing more than just the canon f/f then?
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2017-05-13 07:57 am

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Thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone! Yesterday went pretty nice and the weather was actually gorgeous so I could take Molly for a long walk which was nice and then we capped the day off getting pizza so I didn't have to do anything for dinner :)
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2017-05-11 08:12 am

Timeless

I think at least someone else on my flist watches this....

Timeless has been cancelled. *sighs* This was one of those shows that I always had that "but" whenever I thought about it. I really liked it! But... there were numerous aspects to it that infuriated and frustrated me. I think it was unfortunate that there were so many time travel shows that wound up coming out at the same time (this fall's Frequency as well as midseason replacement shows Making History and Time After Time have all been cancelled as well) and it's a hard line to straddle - the how do you go to the past with/without affecting the present - which is what Timeless struggled with.

Timeless did a lot of things right. It often dealt with the fact one member of the team was black and another a woman and how society and people in the different times they went to would react to that. It gave nice nods to people in history who had been 'forgotten' or overlooked due to race (Katherine Johnson at NASA, U.S. Marshals Bass Reeves whom the Lone Ranger might be based off of, etc) and also PTSD and the fact that sometimes bad things have to happen if better ones are to occur later. That said, the fact it established in the pilot that their actions could create ripples in time and change the present but then never faced any real changes other than a new Bond movie after that despite making some rather major changes to the past was really annoying. *sighs again*

Here's hoping the actors and all involved move on to bigger and better things.
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2017-05-09 08:53 pm

TV News and Blatherings

Sleepy Hollow has been cancelled :( I know a lot of people ragequit post S3 ending, and many thought it never lived up to S1's promises but I liked S4 and thought there was a lot of potential for future storylines. (And, well, Tom Mison in period garb on my screen on a regular basis? Yes, please.) *sigh*

Emerald City (which I posted about a bit back) was also cancelled, but I can't say I'm surprised about that. I think it probably would have worked better if they sold it as a 'television event' as opposed to as S1 of a tv show and with only a little tweaking it would have worked really well as that and left the door open for further 'events'/seasons if those were to happen. Oh well.

I'm not watching anything that's currently airing and it's a really weird feeling. I decided not to pick up Supernatural and Blacklist again when their seasons began this fall. I gave up on iZombie, Flash, Blindspot, the Magicians and Arrow at various points into their current season (although I will watch the Arrow finale due to a returning guest star) and I just couldn't be bothered to watch Lucifer when it returned last week (I may still catch up, I dunno). It's frustrating. I want to have shows. But...

This summer Stitchers, Killjoys and Wynonna Earp will be returning so that's something at least.

I need to get off my butt and quit looking at all the NPT prompts and thinking "ooh, shiny" and actually open up a word doc and start writing one. (The prompts are all here for those who might be interested)
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2017-05-05 06:47 pm

The Road Ahead Beckoning Darkness

Title: The Road Ahead Beckoning Darkness
Fandom/Rating:
The Losers, rated PG-13
Beta: [personal profile] ride_4ever
Word Count: 6814 words
Summary: The combination of a Were, a witch and a warlock sounded like the beginning of a joke, not the solution to helping Jensen, especially when there was a blood demon thrown in for good measure.
Author's Note: Written for the [community profile] ante_up_losers exchange for mnemmy. This is a complete AU, with no real canon knowledge needed to understand the story and the AO3 footnote goes into a little background on the world and word choice usages and whatnot.

The Road Ahead Beckoning Darkness
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2017-05-04 11:34 am

Bunnies!!

It's incredibly early to have little ones this big, but the first baby bunnies have been spotted out and about! Revel in the cuteness!

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2017-05-02 12:24 pm

Wow I feel old

When I first came out to MN for college I didn't listen to the radio a lot, but when I did it was the "oldies" station, Kool 108, which mostly played stuff from the '50s and '60s. Everly Brothers, Herman's Hermits, Richie Valens, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding etc. Fast forward a decade or so later and I'm always in the car driving my kids places and occasionally turn to Kool 108 and there's some of the same stuff but also slightly newer things too, focusing mostly on songs from the '60s and '70s from groups like the Rolling Stones and Elton John and the Grateful Dead but including a handful from the bands I used to hear more often on the station.

I turned it on today and hear them playing Prince and Toto and Men at Work and Men Without Hats.

These are apparently considered oldies and classics now?

"Africa" and "Safety Dance" and "Purple Rain" are all good songs. But.....
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2017-04-24 07:32 pm

Simple Bread and Biscuits

We eat a lot of bread-type foods in this house and while stuff from the bakery is awesome, it is also expensive and needs to have been bought and planned for ahead of time so isn't always feasible. When I have time I'll make rolls and bread but that can be either labor intensive or requires time I do not have (or both, like challah) so I tend to wind up whipping up my standard "Mystery Biscuit" recipe I found in an old church cookbook at a garage sale ages ago.

Mystery Biscuits
2C flour (all purpose or half AP/half whole wheat, I've never tried all whole wheat)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
(shredded sharp cheddar or other flavorful cheese) - optional
(dash seasoning - Old Bay/paprika/pepper/whatever) - optional
1 C milk (or water+dry milk)
1/4 C Mayo

Mix it all together (dumping the mayo into the measuring cup with the liquid and whisking a bit with a fork before adding to the dry makes it easier). Drop large spoonfuls onto greased or lined cookie sheet. Bake 375° 18 min. (The temp and time can be adjusted to fit an entree that's baking, anywhere from 350-450 should work fine).

Less than 30 minutes from the 'crap I forgot a starchy side dish' to tasty goodness. And unlike most biscuits there's no cutting in butter or rolling so easy on the wrists and quicker to do.

Today I had a little more time so I tried a whole wheat stir-and-pour bread recipe I'd bookmarked ages ago and was quite happy with the result. With rising and cooking it took longer, but hands-on time was a lot less- five minutes total. (5 minutes to stir together, 30 to rise, 45 to bake, 5-10 to cool and then slice= 90 minutes or so from start to finish)

Whole Wheat Stir-and-Pour Bread
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp active-rise yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
dry milk (I didn't measure- 2-4 Tbsp maybe?)
1 egg
2 cups warm water (120°ish)

Stir everything together. Cover bowl with a towel and let rise 30 min. Preheat oven 350°. Dump into well greased/buttered 9" loaf pan. Bake 45ish min. Turn out. Let cool a little and slice.

Texture-wise, it's a little denser than bread usually is, probably due to the gluten not being developed via kneading but it was still quite tasty. I'll definitely be making it again.
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2017-04-10 08:20 am

This that and the other thing

After seeing a gifset on that whumpers tumblr I wound up bingewatching all of "Stitchers" (2 seasons of 10 eps each, a 3rd will air this summer). Which is one of those 'small group from secret government agency solve crimes' shows but the characters are engaging and they hit the right level of case-of-the-week vs overall season story arc that works for me. Also, it's from the Freeform (formally ABCFamily) channel so mostly if there's violence or sex it's alluded to instead of shown and that makes a nice change since it requires writers to come up with dialog and things like that instead of just going for the shocks and tits and ass. It's also got some familiar faces - the people who played Allison on Eureka and Claudia on Warehouse 13 oh, and Oded Fehr- who is now a lovely silver fox- guest stars. :D (The premise of the show, btw, is sciencey people figure out how to put main character into memories of dead person. Ridiculous sounding, but they sell it well.)

iZombie just came back. While I like the show, it's always straddled the line for embarrassment squick (as Liv takes on personality traits of the victims) for me and appears to be doubling that with Major also slotting into that role this season. *Sigh* Also, the premise of the show is getting strained as they add in more arcing SL ideas and whatnot and move away from the case-of-the-week format as a result I'm not sure if I'll continue to watch it as a result. *Double sigh*

The prompts for Night on Fic Mountain (small fandom exchange similar to Yuletide) are available and I was so excited to see a prompt for tiny-fandom-of-my-heart but then realized it's basically the same as a yuletide prompt for that fandom and the requester obviously interprets the fandom radically different than I. *sighs* Maybe there'll be a Not Prime Time req that catches my eye that I can treat.

Due to the craziness here and other factors I'm not hosting a seder this year and flaky sister didn't step up so I won't even be attending one this year, which feels oddly strange. Also, due to health issues, I'm not entirely sure how carefully I'll be keeping Passover this year or for how long. :(

I found the best thing out via tumblr the other day. Apparently pygmy marmosets like toothbrush massages. You're welcome.
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2017-04-07 08:57 am

Whump-de-whump

So I just bingewatched all off Emerald City (10 episode show that aired Jan-Mar of this year and with no word for renewal as of yet) which is a gritty retelling of the Oz story. My interest in it was mostly piqued by a post on whumpersunited's tumblr detailing all the whump and h/c one of the characters goes through in the first few episodes (I'm sure news this surprises no one- sexy, stoic, injured amnesiac? Sign me up.). The whump was glorious and the story for the first half really good. I don't know the Oz books at ALL so I can't say if some of the twists and turns were actual 'twists' but overall it was a good enough story, if flagging a bit in the later episodes. It didn't end on a complete cliffhanger, but pretty close. If it returns, I'll probably watch it, but, kind of like Damien and numerous other shows of late, I won't be broken up if it doesn't.

I've been paging through http://whumpgalore.tumblr.com and may have stumbled on other shows to watch as a result. Handsome guys hurting has always been the best part of a canon for me for as long as I can remember, it's not a guarantee I'll keep watching, but it will at least encourage me to turn in to check it out. (That one gif of Percival carrying Merlin? The only reason I checked out the show after being bored and noping out of the pilot years earlier) Gifs are telling me there is an amazing amount of whump in the most recent seasons of Teen Wolf, SPN, Arrow and Flash but sanity is telling me not to go back down those rabbit holes. We'll see if sanity prevails or not. :)

Nominations for Not Prime Time - a 'medium sized' fandom (aka the larger Yuletide eligible ones up to anything smaller than the powerhouse fandoms with 20k+ fics) fic exchange - are going on now. I've treated and Pinch Hit for it in the past so nommed some fandoms I'd like to write in in hopes someone requests it. (Hey, it worked for yuletide! I wound up treating the heck out of the Losers and if I hadn't nommed it that couldn't have happened.) It is taking the new trend of nomming character relationships vs just characters which, since I'm not the best slasher, might affect my ability to write, but oh well. There's a number of people on my flist who write in eligible fandoms so if you think you might be interested, go check it out.
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2017-04-05 12:03 pm

Nero Wolfe fic rec

The amazing [personal profile] awanderingbard has written a wonderful Nero Wolfe story inspired by my oft requested Yuletide prompt of a hurt Archie and how Wolfe responds. It's utterly amazing, go check it out!

Cut off at the Knees (on livejournal) (on dreamwidth)
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2017-03-31 09:52 pm

As the seasons end....

So with so many shows having different length seasons several have already run their course for the season.

Lethal Weapon wound up being amazing. It did the 'it looks like we're going to take the typical way out for this one storyline but NOPE' (which is what I'd hoped it would do) but then took it a step further with a twist I didn't see coming. As a result I kind of want to rewatch most of the season to see if they'd teased it and I just missed it. That's the best kind of feeling about a show.

Grimm's series finale aired today and... wow. I only bothered with it this year because I knew the sixth season was its last and it was given the 13 episodes to sum everything up. To be kind, suffice it to say it didn't do a great job at it.

Sleepy Hollow aired its season (and possible series) finale today too. I know the show got a lot of flack for Abbie's fate last year but I actually liked this season. And it ended in a decent place in case it wasn't renewed.

Legends of Tomorrow finishes up next week. I dunno.. we'll see what happens. If I never have to see DCTV's Damien Dhark or Malcolm Merlyn again it will be too soon. I just want to watch the White Canary's bisexual romps through history. Is that too much to ask? (apparently so)

Hubby flies home Sunday after being gone nearly all month, the longest we've been apart since... well a very long time. Possibly before some of my flist was even born. I cannot WAIT until he's home again.

Molly and I randomly came across a turkey on our walk the other day. They are SO much bigger than any kind of wildlife we usually come across but she was not impressed (perhaps slightly confused, but unimpressed). The plastic bag that blew past us a few minutes later however, was terrifying. Utterly TERRIFYING. Dogs. So weird.
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2017-03-09 07:50 pm

We're all just people too

I've really been enjoying the new show Lethal Weapon (which has already been renewed, YAY) and was impressed with how they updated it to be even more inclusive with POCs but in last night's episode it got even more inclusive- when calling the Captain (the only white character other than Riggs) but needing to make sure no one knows who he's talking to, Roger tells the Captain to pretend he's "Todd".... who is apparently the Captain's husband. Now, a previous episode had the Captain bemoaning a visit with his inlaws so I'd assumed he was your basic straight, white boring character. Way to prove me wrong, show!!

I am loving this new trend in shows- Timeless earlier had the Department of Homeland Security agent in charge invite Lucy to her house to meet her wife and kids.

Captain Avery and Agent Christopher are just people, their sexual preference is just a small part of who they are not the entirety of their characterization. This is a great trend, Hollywood. Keep it up.
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2017-02-23 11:24 am

Weather and that other thing thing thing

So yesterday it hit 62 (16.67) and they're saying it'll have a high of 26 (-3.33) tomorrow with a possibility of up to 6 inches of snow. Go home, Mother Nature, you are drunk.

Timeless had its season finale Monday (and possibly series finale, since it hasn't been renewed yet) and it did that annoying 'everything seems to be all happy and going fine but then in the last two minutes there is SHOCKING TWIST and SURPRISE and OMG WHAT WILL HAPPEN? Better hope they renew us so you can find out!' thing that seems to be the way tptb want to do things more often than not lately (well, always I guess because while I can think of a number of shows that ended that way last year there's also a bunch from ages ago- Alien Nation comes to mind and that was more than 25 years ago.) I'm just... not a fan of shocker tactics. *sigh*

On the good news front, Lethal Weapon was renewed! And for a full 22 episode season! (Unlike the 18 episodes that I think S1 was given). Watching Riggs' one-step-forward-two-steps-back recovery and growth is wonderfully painful. Good job show and congrats on the renewal.

I hit 1k on my exchange fic and it looks like if I wanted I could either end it at 1.5k(ish) or spin it off into some long 5-10k (or more) monstrosity. Or maybe not. Eh, there's plenty of time, I guess I'll just see how it goes.
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2017-02-21 10:48 am

The Walls We See Around Ourselves

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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2017-02-20 11:25 am

Rainy Days

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*