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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 02:03pm on 12/06/2012 under , ,
I'd somehow forgotten how deeply satisfying it is to peer into the pantry and spontaneously throw together tasty food and then devour it. Even if it's just something as simple as tuna salad made with TONS of dill and tarragon and black pepper (along with more normal amounts of smoked paprika, garlic power, onion powder, onion salt, cayenne pepper, a dollop of whole-grain dijon mustard, and a dash of grated parmesan cheese), piled onto roasted garlic Triscuits.

Hockey season went out with a bang last night. I enjoyed these Cup Finals a lot; there's something to be said for watching two teams that I have mildly positive feelings about play some really good, hard-fought hockey. One of the things I really like about the playoffs is getting to know teams and players I didn't start out that familiar with, and this year has been quite rewarding on that level. Now I'm looking forward to the Draft! :D And the summer trade season and free agent frenzy, of course. Should be a very interesting off-season.

Also yesterday, we finally moved my stuff from the storage unit into the garage here. So for the first time in over fifteen years, all of my stuff is actually in one place. I have been living half out of suitcases and without access to most of my books and such for going on four years. Unpacking and organizing it all is going to be a huge, protracted task, but still. It's all here. This almost makes up for the multiple months of 100+ degree weather and having to drive everywhere, which are perhaps my two least favorite things about Texas. Well, besides the prevailing conservative mindset in most of the state, but hey, at least I live in Austin. It could be so much worse!

Tonight we're planning to watch the last episode of Game of Thrones, season 2. Tomorrow there's another So You Think You Can Dance. I have acquired a copy of Goon to watch sometime later this week when the hockey withdrawal symptoms start to set in.

Life is not always good, and it's definitely not always functional, but right now, this moment? I'll take it.
Music:: "Cosmic Love" by Florence + the Machine (in my head)
Mood:: 'content' content
location: Round the Bend
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 11:59pm on 08/02/2012 under ,
Pleasures, yes; guilt, no. Lucky bastard.

Went to see Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert tonight at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. I cannot remember the last time I laughed so much in the space of a few hours. I can feel my lungs expanding just that little bit extra, like I used to feel after a really good yoga session or voice lesson. It was satisfying on an intellectual level, too -- I think our relationship with food on both an individual and societal level is super complex, full of instincts and feelings and logistics and contradictions and absurdities and joys, and they didn't shy away from any part of that, which I appreciated. But right now, I've got this extra little kick of oxygen or adrenaline or whatever zipping through my veins as the physical side effect of all that laughter, and it feels... god, it feels like being alive.
Mood:: 'happy' happy
Music:: "happiness hit her like a train on a track"
location: Temporary Storage
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1. Dim sum! And they even had chrysanthemum tea! Served, exactly as it should be, with a little dish of rock sugar. *swoon* (It is strangely difficult to find in the US, so it is very, very exciting to know that there is a place nearby that has it!) Deliciousness. ) Definitely going back there.

2. [ profile] antumbral's Hockey RPF (Blackhawks)/Generation Kill fusion-crossover ficlet (also here), in which Duncan Keith is a spotter, Patrick Sharp is his sniper, Patrick Kane is their driver/communications guy, and Jonathan Toews is (of course) their fearless leader. It is just so ridiculously pleasing. ♥

3. Yes, I'm still basically in the process of falling in love with hockey. I watched half of 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic (only half because the Housemate twice (twice!) deleted the first two episodes before I had the chance to watch them) and it was awesome. I have had to start actively preventing myself from spending all my time reading articles and blogs (and re-reading fic), because there are a lot of things that actually need to get done this month (we're moving, among other things; there is a lot in my life to be stressed out about, at the moment), but it's fun to know it's all out there for me to absorb when I have the chance.

4. Porn Battle XI is coming! :D Prompting will start tomorrow and run through Friday, January 21st, and the dates of the actual battle are Sunday, January 23rd to Thursday, February 3rd. [ profile] oxoniensis has more information up here and here. All fandoms welcome! Come post some prompts! (See the FAQ for info on how to format them correctly and all that jazz.) I have started my brainstorming list for prompts, but got a little distracted by a fic idea, so I still have much to do. Possibly I ought to make sure to prompt something that the fic idea would fill, because my desire to write the scene that's been on repeat in my head for the past few days has gotten pretty strong. Two hockey players, one figure skater, 2010 Winter Olympics, happy shiny super-porny ménage à trois featuring oral sex and instructional dirty talk -- should be fun, if I can make it work!

5. Shearwater is still one of the best live shows I have ever seen or ever will see. Never fancy, just them and their many, many instruments (all of them played between 3 to 6 instruments over the course of the show), but breathtaking, engrossing, charming, intense, and so, so gorgeous. They performed The Island Arc (Palo Santo, Rook, and The Golden Archipelago) all the way through (with 10 minute breaks between albums), seven people on stage (if I remember correctly the previous two times I saw them they usually had five people) all playing with total commitment. I am a little bit in love with Jonathan Meiburg, I think, and his voice. I am definitely in love with his band. Just incredible.

Um. *cough* That was a lot of hockey, wasn't it. I might be a little obsessed. But it's not the only thing I'm thinking about! I have been also contemplating a lot of other fandomy things! )
location: Circular Stone
Mood:: 'happy' happy
Music:: Psychostick, "The Hunger Within" (in my head)
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Crazy in love:

1. Stéphane Lambiel and Daisuke Takahashi and the Chinese pairs as ice skaters, and pretty much everyone in the figure skating community as characters written by the tiny corner of figure skating rpf fandom that I have been swimming about in for the last few days. Now I just yearn for more more more more more fic, as I always do when I first fall for a fandom. I've been having to google a lot, though -- it's been upwards of a decade, decade and a half since I last paid even the tiniest bit of attention to figure skating, so there are lots of new participants to get to know. It's been fun remembering how much I used to love watching people skate.

2. Candy making. I've been experimenting with caramels (a lot of work, but worth it), and Baileys balls (like rum balls only not quite) were out of this world easy and delicious, as were cinnamon-sugar almonds. I think there might be toffee in my future. And more Baileys balls, in white and milk and bittersweet chocolate. And possibly some cookies and brownies and rice krispie bars... *rubs hands together gleefully*

Crazy in hate:

1. I've been a totally irresponsible fandom lurker recently -- I haven't even managed to properly thank the people who commented on the stories I wrote for Yuletide! There's a ton of fic fb I still need to leave from the past month at least, and I've been reading lj so sporadically I feel quite out of the loop. I think that I'd probably be in better mental health if I fixed this.

2. I've been totally irresponsible in my non-fandom life, too. I don't really know how to explain the listlessness and lack of direction; I'm happier than I've been in a long time... it's just that that's not enough to be completely healed and actually functional, I guess. But I think I'll get there. Possibly even soon. I hope.
location: Circular Stone
Mood:: 'okay' okay
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aka: Listen, Don't Say Shit Like That To Him, People Can Hear You

Project Runway Season 3 )

Rose Red )

It's a Boy Girl Thing )

10 Things I Hate About You (the movie, and a little bit about the new tv series) )

Random thoughts that seem to belong here despite being neither netflixian nor yuletidian:

Ritter Sport chocolate bars are delicious. I especially like the whole hazelnut bar and the butter biscuit bar. According to their website they have a king-size bar that's biscuit & hazelnut, I wonder if anyone around here is selling them. I mostly see the std size bars in stores. Which is probably good because that might be too much chocolate even for me. Anyway, they are amazing. Cheaper than a lot of the other European import chocolate, really solid and filling, and just darn yummy.

Also, I am kind of in love with Green Day's video for "21 Guns." I adore its almost-but-not-quite black & white sepia-toned look, and something about it reminds me strongly of a different song -- in a good way! --something older, a classic, but I can't quite figure out what. At first I thought it was Neil Young's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," but there might be something even closer. *ponders* This happens to me a lot.

I also think the song would make for a great Glee number. :)
location: Lucien's Library
Music:: (500) Days of Summer soundtrack
Mood:: 'cheerful' cheerful
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 02:20am on 11/01/2009 under ,
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at linking to your results. (Original post here.)

The VGT Omnivore's Hundred )
Mood:: 'cheerful' cheerful
Music:: My Chemical Romance, "Kill All Your Friends"
location: Lucien's Library