athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2014-10-09 02:22 pm
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A good day

I'm in the middle of the most recent October Daye book by Seanan McGuire and enjoying it ridiculous amounts. Over the past month or two I've read the most recent Dresden Files book by Jim Butcher (which was awesome and heist-y and delightful), the most recent Iron Druid book by Kevin Hearne (which was overall entertaining but a bit disjointed), Among Others by Jo Walton (which was haunting and distinctive and basically tailor-made for people who were the kind of bookworm I was growing up; unsurprisingly I loved it), Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride (which is the sequel to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer; both were pretty hilarious and fun, as you might guess from the titles), and the first three books of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles (which were full of fascinating world-building and endearing characters, and I'm eagerly awaiting the concluding book(s) of the series).

I have chilled coffee with agave and milk that my partner made for me this morning and stuck in the fridge for drinking in the afternoon. I have a part-time job that I like and sporadic freelance work. The Yuletide tagset is open for perusal -- there are so many awesome fandoms I want to write for, and I have eight nominations in mind that I must whittle down to six, which is hard because I love all of them, but that is the best kind of problem to have. Soon it will be writing season, which means [ profile] mini_wrimo is taking signups for daily writing in November, woot!

And hockey is back! I stayed up late watching the two games NBCSN showed last night, the Dallas Stars & Chicago Blackhawks will be on my television tonight, and I'll be at the Texas Stars season opener (and Calder Cup banner raising!) on Saturday. I wish sometimes that Hockey RPF fandom hadn't essentially jumped ship wholesale to Tumblr, which I don't keep up with, but it's okay, because the best thing it gave me was the opportunity to discover a love of the game, and that I get to keep regardless.

Life has been kind of mixed recently. But today, today is a good day.
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2014-04-12 05:23 am

things are really hectic right now, so this is going to be short

But I just need to say that I have never been happier that I accidentally Stockholm Syndromed myself into becoming a Dallas Stars fan. Jamie Benn has grown into the C so fast, and so strong... His little spontaneous speech at center ice tonight after they clinched their first playoff spot since 2008 was perfect, and it's something I would've had a hard time imagining him doing a year ago. It's been pretty incredible to watch both him and Tyler Seguin blossom into leaders this year, both on and off the ice. I've always had a thing for a good coming-of-age story, after all.

Also, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was amazing. My favorite of them all, I think. Not perfect, not that anything is ever perfect. But truly awesome and incredibly fun to watch.
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-12-24 01:04 am

so i was all grumpy tonight

And then I watched the Dallas Stars' holiday greetings video. And now I can't stop smiling!

Highlights include Jordie Benn (Jamie Benn's older brother, a defenseman) and Cody Eakin (whose shockingly orange-red hair is sadly hidden under his santa hat) pretending to be each other, Maxime Fortunus's gorgeous arms and shoulders and face and total failure to help Brenden Dillon and Kevin Connauton (defensemen being adorable goofballs!) sing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the way Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin's arms are pressed together the whole time they're on screen (see my tags for more gushing about them, particularly this post), and absolutely everything about Valeri Nichushkin (ridiculously talented 18-year-old Russian phenom winger). So much giggling and laughter! It's so obvious how much they all actually really enjoy being around each other. Ah, this made me so happy. And so I share it with you! :D

In other news, [ profile] mini_wrimo went well, though I still need to polish up the thing I finished and actually post it at some point (anyone want to beta ~4k of ridiculously filthy pure porn? Hockey RPF; it probably wouldn't be until sometime in January). And I uploaded my [ profile] yuletide story by the deadline! I wasn't sure that was going to happen, but it did! And I quite like how it turned out and so did my betas, whew. So that is pleasing. There's a treat that I am very tempted to try writing, but I am basically stuck getting up super early tomorrow for travel and then doing family stuff all day and I don't know if I'll be able to get away, and it's harder than it used to be to run on very little sleep (ah, getting older), so I proooooooooobably shouldn't stay up late to write it. And it's already midnight. But oh, it's tempting.

On the media front, I just watched Pitch Perfect and really enjoyed it. Ensemble movies about women and involving lots of female friendship and camaraderie make me happy. It reminded me a little of Whip It in that way. Not a perfect movie, of course, but delightful nonetheless. Television-wise, we're behind on most things because my SO's family is super intense about the holidays and so that's been cutting into keeping up with our shows. I'm happy about the winners of The Voice and The Sing-Off, though! I've also been watching my SO play through the Mass Effect games again, which has been really entertaining. We're playing a female Shepard and I made her at least somewhat Chinese-looking; the port of her from the first game to the second game changed her coloring a little and made me realize that she actually kind of looks like one of my aunts, so that's nifty. And the character and character interactions are so great. We're midway through Mass Effect 2 and I'm all torn about who I want her to romance. I just like so many of the characters!

So... I didn't really mean for this to be a mini-update when I started it, but I guess now it is. Life overall is pretty good. Started a new part-time job and am liking it a lot. Fantasy hockey is up and down, sometimes frustrating, sometimes vindicating, but always fun. Still don't have the energy levels and ability to get things done I wish I had, but I do think it's slowly getting better with time, which is at least better than the alternative.

Happy holidays, everyone. May they be everything you want them to be!
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-11-18 01:08 am

I just. How is this possible to resist?

From here, after Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin combined for 11 points in a single game:
When the two were combined this season, Benn was moved back to left wing and Seguin was moved back to center. And in a normal relationship, that means Seguin carries the puck and Benn shoots it. But this pair might not be so normal — and that’s a good thing.

“We’re definitely learning each other’s game,” Benn said. “It just takes awhile to find out where the other one is going to be and what the other one likes, but we’re learning.”

Ruff said he’s seeing the development of the kind of chemistry that can create a special line.

"They like playing with each other, they feed off of each other, there’s great communication there,” Ruff said. “As a coach, you can see if a relationship is working, and that one has pretty much worked right from training camp. They like playing with each other, they hang around with each other, they’re good friends now.”

When Benn was getting interviewed by the Canadian media Saturday, Seguin was trying to distract him. When the question was broached whether the two were close, Benn laughed and said: “We’re closer than you think.”

Jamie's gotten so much better at dealing with the press just in the last year. It's clear he came into camp this year with a new confidence and determination to be a real leader, and he has quietly taken the captaincy and run with it. It helps that Seguin has turned out to be the perfect running mate.

Who knows if they'll make the playoffs, despite all this, because the West and the East are both hilarious this season, just in completely opposite directions. Why yes, as of the standings right now, the top team in the East wouldn't even make the playoffs in the West, why do you ask? And every single team in the Central division would slot in at ninth or higher in the standings in the East.

But at least the Stars seem to have collectively confirmed on these two back-to-back road trips that they do, in fact, kinda like each other. Western Canada is now especially aware of this. :D

Actually, it occurs to me, the Stars basically had two days off in between games in Vancouver, and the Benn brothers are from Victoria. Wonder if they took Tyler home with them...
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-10-03 04:38 pm

so... many... feelings... (and a Hockey RPF rec!)

Holy shit, apparently the rapidly developing bromance (which I talked about a bit a couple of weeks back) between Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn is so visible from outer space that there's even an entire story about it linked on the front page sidebar of Given how little the Stars tend to get covered in the national media, that's kind of seriously astonishing.

Here be quotes! )

Even before the trade I had more Tyler Seguin feelings than I really wanted to admit to myself, but now that they've collided with my Dallas Stars and Jamie Benn feelings... it turns out that's almost too many feelings to be able to write about them. But the good news is, it doesn't matter if I manage to beat those feelings into submission long enough to shape a fic out of them or not, for [ profile] hapakitsune has provided:

settle down, it'll all be clear (2002 words) by hapakitsune
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Tyler Seguin/Jamie Benn
Characters: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
Additional Tags: Power Dynamics, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot
Summary: It just felt right, going up to Tyler's place instead of his own.

Bookmarker's Notes: A perfect balance of hot and sweet, with really lovely, deft characterization -- somehow intense and understated and full of nearly-unspoken context all at once, which is exactly, exactly right for the pairing.

Seriously, I loved this fic SO MUCH. I've been falling down on the job lately in terms of reccing (or even commenting, sometimes, which I feel bad about, but well, I'm kind of in a mental state where either things happen or they don't and I don't seem to have much direct control over it), but with all the Benn/Seguin feelings I've been having, I just had to call this one out. It made me so happy! I bet you will enjoy it, too.

A few pictures for reference, because why not! )
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-09-19 02:50 am

five things that made me happy today

Today has been a very grumpy day, but there were a few bright spots, and I feel it would be good for me to make a concerted effort for forget the crap and highlight the good stuff.

1. [ profile] oxoniensis is one of my very favorite enablers, and it's really great to see her around and posting again.

2. It's been delightful perusing what people have nominated for Yuletide so far. I haven't quite completely decided, but I'm pretty sure I'll be nominating Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Zhuangzi - Zhuang Zhou, Lost Coastlines (Song), and prooooooooooobably Gosford Park (2001), though some part of me is tempted to nominate Sentinels of the Multiverse, which might still win out over Gosford Park or Lost Coastlines. Rivers of London and Zhuangzi are just about definite, though.

3. Ulta was having a sale on Butter London nail polishes, and while I like to keep my fingernails natural, I've been thinking a lot recently about how I wear flip flops essentially year-round because it's so warm here, and so I've been wanting to experiment with some toenail polishes. This was inspired in part by getting the occasional nail polish in my Birchbox subscription (which I have been really enjoying), as well as by the people on my flist who seem to have fun with their polishes. I ended up picking out Keks, Blagger, Champers, Shag, and British Racing Green, and I'm really looking forward to trying them.

4. Hockey is being played!! Sure, it's just the preseason, but... HOCKEY! With all the changes the Dallas Stars made in the offseason, I have been really curious to see how training camp would play out, and so far, it's been both interesting and promising. Obviously a work in progress, but lots of good things and excitement!

5. One of those good things, this quote from Tyler Seguin after an intrasquad scrimmage in which he and Jamie Benn played together for the first time (on a line with Erik Cole) and seemed to click pretty darn well: “For Day 1 playing together, it was nice,” said Seguin. “Away from the rink, the Benn boys and me have been together pretty much 24/7, so the chemistry on the ice is just going to come.” (The Benn boys = Jamie and his older brother Jordie, who's a defenseman with the organization.) They're living in the same building and it sounds like they're hanging out a lot, they've been really complimentary about each other's talent and play style, they've keyed into the importance of on-ice communication as they both get back to playing their natural positions, they've already started using each others' nicknames, and apparently Segs spent the summer studying clips of Jamie to start figuring out how to adjust to his play. They've both sounded really positive in quotes, and that makes me super, super happy (and honestly, kind of relieved). I'll miss Loui Eriksson terribly (and I liked Reilly Smith, too), but I'm pleased that the Stars got Seguin (and also Peverley!) and am very, very glad to see some early signs of potential good things to come.
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-09-07 01:54 am
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Women's Hockey RPF aspiring masterlist

Ahoy, Hockey RPF denizens! Here are all the Women's Hockey RPF (and related) fics I could find upon a quick scan through the Hockey RPF tags for relevant tags of various types. If you know of other fics, either on AO3 or elsewhere, that have a significant Women's Hockey RPF component, please drop me a comment to let me know and I'll add them to the list!

Note: This is a masterlist, not a rec list. If a fic features a (canonically) female hockey player as a main character or significant side character, features female hockey players as a significant part of the ensemble, or features women's hockey as a significant part of the setting, it belongs in this list. Organized by author and then title.

Women's Hockey RPF! :D )
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-09-06 01:20 pm
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holy hell, I haven't posted since March?

I... didn't realize it had been that long. This year has been seriously, overwhelmingly Full Of Things -- tons of travel, tons of drama, tons of events and organizational crap that had to get done. But hopefully things have calmed down, just in time for my favorite fannish things to commence! Those being, of course, hockey season and Yuletide. :D I could go on and on about how giddy finding the Hockey News Yearbook in the mail made me, and how I plan to play way too much fantasy hockey this year, and how many thoughts I have about the Dallas Stars (actually more like how many thoughts I have about the entire league and the coming Olympics and hockey in general), but I'll spare you for now. Soon to come, a post compiling all the Women's Hockey fic that I can find on AO3, as people seem to be excited about that right now (as evidenced by this fantastic primer). There is sadly little of it, but it does exist! Maybe there will be more for Yuletide!

Speaking of Yuletide, a preliminary list of potential requests/nominations! Shorter than my usual, as I've been distracted this year and failed to keep a running list, and I don't feel like going back through previous years quite as comprehensively as in the past. But unless something else smacks me in the face (always a possibility!), my nominations (and likely also requests) will be drawn from this list.

That is to say, this list )
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-03-13 10:06 pm

Hockey RPF fic: just become a word (Zach Parise/Ryan Suter, NC-17)

Title: just become a word
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Relationship(s): Zach Parise/Ryan Suter, mentions of their relationships with their wives
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~2750
Disclaimer: So very, very fictional.
Warnings/Content Notes: Involves polyamory/open relationships and real life wives (though in conversation only). Also light bondage and D/s, only partially negotiated but very, very consensual.
Summary: "You need to tell him what to do." Her mouth quirked up in a tiny smile. "He likes that."
Notes: Set after the Wild @ Predators game on March 9th, 2013. Written for round 4 of [ profile] pass_shoot_porn, for the prompt "Low is a height." Indirectly inspired by the song of that name by Great Northern, as well as the video for it. Title (and cut-text) is from the song. Also on AO3 here.

Still like the sun around you )
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2013-01-20 10:40 pm

Hockey RPF fic: even the weight of our voices not speaking (Ryan Suter/Shea Weber, PG-13/R)

Title: even the weight of our voices not speaking
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Relationship(s): Ryan Suter/Shea Weber, mentions of Mike Fisher/Carrie Underwood, lots of ensemble friendships
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~10k
Disclaimer: So very, very fictional.
Warnings: None as far as I can tell.
Summary: Summer 2012 is not a good summer for Shea Weber. The several months that follow aren't exactly an improvement. (AKA: All the badly-suppressed pining. ALL OF IT. And some resolution, too.)
Notes: This was written for [ profile] littlesignsof as part of her [ profile] sixteenwins prize. It deals with some of the major canonical events of 2012 as known through the end of October (but diverges after that), and is AU in that some girlfriends/wives have been handwaved away for various reasons. It follows a modified version of the original schedule rather than the actual post-lockout schedule. The title is from the poem A Hunger So Honed by Tracy K Smith. I am so very grateful to [ profile] angelsaves for the lovely, fast beta (and for attempting to impose some much-needed order on my commas!), to the mods of mini_wrimo for providing a terrific, motivational writing forum that helped this fic get written, and to [ profile] nordicwrites for her wonderfully supportive comments as an early reader of a fair chunk of snippets through the [ profile] mini_wrimo process. I also a debt of thanks to [ profile] littlesignsof for requesting the pairing! It gave me an excuse to try writing it and ended up inspiring my longest fic yet. Also posted on AO3 here.

Shea is not calling him. He's not calling him because Ryan deserves as much space as he can get to make this decision, and that's that. )
athenejen: iAthena (Default)
2013-01-17 03:13 am
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five things make a post?

1. Yuletide was lovely and there will be a post forthcoming about it, but things have been hilariously busy and also I've been sick for three weeks, so! I'm finally almost better, but that just means I have to catch up on everything I was supposed to be doing all this time. Ahahahahaha.

2. The wonderful [ profile] oxoniensis is running Porn Battle again! Prompts can be left here or here until 21:00 GMT today (Thursday). All fandoms welcome, so go forth and prompt!

3. HOCKEY. ♥_♥ I've been enjoying following the AHL and World Jrs and all, but I'm still ridiculously excited the NHL is back.

4. Speaking of hockey, would anyone be up for betaing ~10k of Shea Weber/Ryan Suter sometime in the next couple of days? Please? ... Bueller? I've been working on this darn thing for what seems like forever, and I'm allllllllmost done and I'd love to post it this weekend to celebrate the start of the season. (Or if you're up for betaing but would like a longer time frame, please let me know that, too? It's mostly a self-imposed deadline, at this point, so it's malleable.)

5. There are too many options for a fifth thing! Cannot decide. So I will just hit post.
athenejen: iAthena (Default)
2012-12-07 10:41 am

yes, it's that time of the year

When everything happens all at once, all the good and all the bad and all the stress and all the related failure to keep up with all the things and just, ARGH.

On a mostly unrelated note, I'm doing something I had hoped to avoid ever doing, but hopefully it's only temporary -- locking some of my fic on AO3 to registered users only. (Out of curiosity, anyone know how to edit works that are in a closed collection? Is it just me having this problem?) (Apparently it's a bug, so hopefully it'll be fixed soon enough.) It'll still all be publicly posted here (and possibly I'll even start cross-posting to Dreamwidth like I've been meaning to do for forever) unless shit really hits the fan, because LJ has the "minimize in search engine results" options and AO3 does not. (Apparently I was wrong about that! Woot! Which makes it much more likely that I'll unlock it again later, once the attention-on-Hockey-RPF storm has hopefully blown past.) I allow anonymous comments (screened at first, but I'll unscreen them unless asked not to) and don't log IP addresses or use My Guests or anything like that, so you can comment anonymously without fear if you like. Feel free to ping me if you want pdfs or whatnot.

Also I think I have an AO3 invite kicking around, if anyone wants it.

Not-so-brief fannish update, because why not: under here )
athenejen: iAthena (Default)
2012-10-21 02:24 am

live hockey = HAPPINESS

I feel super freaking lucky to have an AHL team so nearby. Went to see the Texas Stars host the Houston Aeros tonight and had a really really ridiculously good time, even though the Stars lost. Damn you Mikael Granlund! *shakes tiny fist* The kid had 2G & 2A tonight (to go with his 2A against the Stars last night in Houston) and looked dangerous every time he was on the ice. Which is super promising for the Wild, if the #$*%$&^ NHL season ever starts, but between him and Nick Palmieri (rocking the mountain man look) and Scandella (who I really like! just... not when they're playing the Stars!), among others, the Stars just didn't seem to have the skill level to catch the Aeros. They had some bad luck, too, and definitely spent too much tie in the penalty box, but the chemistry overall just felt kind of off for the Stars tonight. Alas. Though the Eakin line got a couple of goals, including one very nice passing play w/ Dillon on the PK in the 3rd period, so it wasn't all bad.

But oh, just watching hockey again made me so happy. I've missed it so much. And we got seats in row D, close enough to the glass that every time a puck or body hit it, it elicited an almost visceral reaction, and close enough to the ice that it felt like the players could actually hear us shouting. Our section was pretty loud and into it, too, which was pleasing. Even the lone loud guy at the end of our row who was cheering for the Aeros was entertaining.

I'm seeing them again tomorrow (there was a Living Social deal, so tickets were cheap!), maybe they'll have better luck against the bb Avs (Lake Erie Monsters).

Sidenote: I might be shipping Brett Bulmer and Brenden Dillon just a little bit. They had an extended taunting session across center ice in the 2nd period, as the game got progressively chippier (more chippy?). Bulmer cocked his head to the side and had this little smirk on his face, and just kept talking, looking right at Dillon the whole time. It was... intriguing. Because what I really needed was yet another obscure prospect ship. I was already having a lot of thoughts about Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones because of the extensive article about them in The Hockey News, and I am hoping that more evidence of Jamie Oleksiak and Jack Campbell's bromance will surface now that they're both rookies with the Texas Stars this year. And there's always Nick Bjugstad & Kyle Rau tearing it up for the Gophers again at the U of M. Minnesota boys! ♥

... I've lived in too many places and like too many teams. It gets confusing. I'll always be a Minnesota girl at heart, and the Blackhawks will always been my first hockey love, but I have to say that I can't be sad that I accidentally Stockholmed myself into following the Stars. It almost makes me feel like a normal sports fan. Novel!

And now back to staring at the Yuletide tagset and trying to figure out what I'm going to request and offer. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Two of my requests are set, but the other two... I just don't know. (Also I promise I have not forgotten about [ profile] sixteenwins! /o\ Hopefully actually getting to watch hockey again, despite the lockout (GRRRRRRRRR), will inspire me!)
athenejen: iAthena (athena)
2012-09-20 05:47 pm

Hockey RPF fic: send us off to sleep (Gabriel Landeskog/Ryan O'Reilly, R)

Title: send us off to sleep
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Relationship(s): Gabriel Landeskog/Ryan O'Reilly
Rating: R
Word Count: ~1900
Disclaimer: So very, very fictional.
Warnings: There is a moment that could be perhaps considered very slightly dubcon, but there is also enthusiastic consent.
Summary: In which Gabe insists that Ryan takes a post-practice nap.
Notes: Written for [ profile] pass_shoot_porn, for [ profile] honeymull's prompt, "make me." The title is from "P.S." by James. Also posted on AO3 here.

I don't get why you're here. It's not like you can _make_ me sleep. )
athenejen: iAthena (Default)
2012-06-12 02:03 pm
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simple pleasures

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.
athenejen: iAthena (Default)
2012-06-03 08:34 pm

Hockey RPF fic: come so close that I might see (Jamie Benn/Jordan Eberle, PG-13)

Title: come so close that I might see
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Relationships: Jamie Benn/Jordan Eberle
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~1150 words
Disclaimer: So very, very fictional.
Warnings: None as far as I can tell.
Summary: Jordan gets an unexpected reward for being woken up in the middle of the night.
Notes: Written for prompt #33 of [ profile] hockeyrarepairs. Details that I couldn't find (like their Team Canada roommates) have been fudged. The title is from Mazzy Star's "So Tonight That I Might See." Also posted on AO3 here.

Jordan blinks awake to find his arm outstretched to the nightstand, phone buzzing under his hand and face still half mashed into the pillow. )
athenejen: iAthena (Default)
2012-05-22 11:26 am

three things that have made me happy recently

I have been wanting to make ALL THE POSTS, to go along with needing to do ALL THE THINGS (including ALL THE UNPACKING and ALL THE WRITING), and therefore miring myself in indecision and failing to post/do/accomplish anything. So instead of ALL THE POSTS, for now, have three things.

1. As someone who literally chose her undergrad major by sitting down with a list of the majors my school offered and crossing them off one by one, this might be my favorite xkcd ever.

2. Ryan McDonagh and Adam Henrique FOUGHT during the Game 4! It wasn't much of a fight, really, but I'd been contemplating shipping McDonagh & Henrique for a game or two now (for hatesex-type purposes, primarily), so this made me feel all vindicated. (Of course, I also ship McDonagh & Derek Stepan, in the "have known each other forever" vein. I've been tempted to write them, though it would be easier if they'd been Golden Gophers instead of Badgers together, just 'cause I know a lot more about the University of Minnesota than about Wisconsin, and it would be fun to write something set in the Twin Cities. But perhaps high school, or maybe summer. Hmm.) (Have I mentioned that I really like Ryan McDonagh? I really like Ryan McDonagh. His play has impressed me all year, and he's been a beast in the playoffs. He played over 53 minutes in that triple overtime game vs the Caps. 53! That's nearly an entire hockey game.)

3. The reactions of Team Russia and Team Slovakia upon winning gold and silver, respectively, at Worlds. Yes, I'd like have seen Team USA go farther (and Canada, for that matter, and also Sweden, for Loui Eriksson), but Zdeno Chara wearing Demitra's jersey for the ceremony was basically amazing and made me tear up, and oh, the Russians were SO HAPPY, it was a delight to watch them. They tossed their coach in the air! That is pretty freaking adorable. A couple of random observations: I hadn't realized Datsyuk and Malkin were so fond of each other! I wish Datsyuk and his sneaky sense of humor showed up in more fic. Ovechkin handed the championship trophy Varlamov, who kissed it, raised it over his head, and promptly fell on his ass -- but didn't drop the trophy! Nikulin grabbed it from him to pass on to another Russian player, while Ovechkin and Semin (or Syomin, according to his Team Russia jersey) helped him up, all of them smiling and laughing. Super cute.
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2012-03-20 06:41 am

thunderstorms + cocoa + hockey

= one of the better nights I've had in a while.

Things are really kind of unhinged right now, lots of stuff up in the air, lots of packing to do and administrative and logistical crap going on, both here in Austin and at my parents' in MN. But theoretically, by this summer I might actually get to have (nearly) all my books in one place, unpacked and organized and everything. I've been living out of boxes to one extent or another for years upon years; the idea that I get to settle into one house for the foreseeable future sounds like almost unimaginable luxury to me.

I have lots of feelings about all of that and everything that comes with it, but I also have a lot of feelings about hockey these days. SO MANY FEELINGS. AND SO MUCH BABBLING ABOUT HOCKEY. )

It is nearly dawn, so I stop this entry here. I have a lot of feelings about many other things, too, both fannish and non-fannish, but they are just going to have to wait.
athenejen: iAthena (Default)
2012-02-08 12:58 am

I have a soft spot for Tigger, what can I say

In the comments of my previous post about Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, Katarin said she hadn't seen the Shea-as-Tigger photo. THIS CANNOT STAND! Therefore, picspam. :D (Note -- if you haven't yet seen the ridiculously adorable video that Katarin linked in the comments of that post in which Weber and Suter host a kids Christmas party on the ice, go watch it RIGHT NOW. Oh, my heart.)

This is just a handful of photos from various places that were lying around on my HD -- mostly featuring Weber but also a few of Suter, with cameos from Ryan Kesler on his knees and Dan Hamhuis as Winnie-the-Pooh.

Enjoy! )