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Jul. 15th, 2014

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bet you didn't miss me

I can't believe it's been quite so long since I updated! Sorry!

Things in my life: I decided I needed to listen to more music, and figured that since I'm no longer quite so young as all that, Radio 2 was the way forward. After 5 minutes, I thought, well, I'll give it another couple songs. I think I lasted 8 minutes total. Apparently I am not too old to listen to Radio One, thank God.

Also thank God: Michael Gove is out of Education! Although I'm sure he's been replaced by someone else awful at least she will be awful in a different way. Although I see that she is keeping her brief as Minister for Women, because that is obviously not an important of full-time job, and can easily be combined with oversight of education. Why not just call her the Minister for Women and Children and be done with it?

I really need to become a citizen here, so I can vote against everyone ever.

On television: Utopia is back! And much the same as the first season: very pretty and colorful, but also very violent and confusing. Over the past couple of years I've stopped enjoying the following things on tv: shows about serial killers; shows about masculinity; shows about violence; shows which use endangered children to prove that they are making a serious point about something; shows without two or more female characters. This ends up ruling out a surprising number of things on TV. And weirdly seems to rule out more UK-produced shows than US imports, although that might just be the slow season speaking. But I do think that the fashion at the moment is to produce Serious Drama, and that the way to prove the seriousness of your drama with lots of graphic violence and child endangerment.

Oh my God! I need to stop grumbling! I don't hate everything! Really!

In fact, US people, you all need to start watching The Almighty Johnsons so we can talk about it and I can prove that there are things I like (that, or Nashville, but Nashville isn't genre so I'm not holding my breath.)

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May. 30th, 2014

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Last night at dinner Spartacus told me how Gaius Marcius captured the town of Corioli* with his electric fire-y lightsaber, and then we spent a while talking about whether Marcius was better at using a sword than Westley or Inigo Montoya.

*On the map he drew, it's spelled Cory-owly.

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Apr. 15th, 2014

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Happy Passover

So, true story: I changed my facebook password because of the heartbeat thing, and now I have no idea what it is. But I wanted to post these pictures, so I did it on tumblr instead (I also changed that password, but I used a less important one which I've managed to remember.)

Pharoah, afflicted by the plague of frogs, or How I Am Everything Wrong with Passover.

(We had a very good set of seders this year, though: Spartacus is now old enough to be interested and pay attention and participate. So happy Passover, belatedly, for real.)

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Feb. 2nd, 2014

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sourdough starter

I've just put my fourth batch of sourdough bread away to rise, and I have to say that it is (so far) ridiculously easy and everyone should try it. I'm sure I'll eventually get tired of having fresh sourdough bread every couple of days, but I can't see it happening soon.

(The real problem is persuading myself to bake anything else: I have some old bananas that really need to be turned into muffins tomorrow...)

And I think it might be time for a round of the crossover game: give me two fandoms, or two characters, and I'll work out the crossover.

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Jan. 29th, 2014

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recent achievements

1. Spartacus and I watched The Princess Bride together last weekend (finally! a movie without cars!) He told me that his favorite part was when the two men who looked alike chased each other all through the castle, and across the castle, and down the stairs into a different part of the castle, and then they fought with sticks. The next day he told me how they all climbed up a really high cliff with a rope.

1a. I mentioned this to the father of one of Spartacus' schoolmates, who had never heard of the movie. This surprised me, because I have seen his DVD collection and he is clearly a geek of some caliber. Now I'm wondering if this is just chance, or down to gender/nationality/age.

2. Yesterday went like this. Morning: write lecture. Lunchtime: roundtable discussion on women's history (both the history of women, and history as written by women). Afternoon: school pickup. Early evening: seminar paper on FGM in ancient ethnographic and medical texts.

2a. Also yesterday, I lost my voice. Luckily it was back in time to deliver the lecture this morning.

3. I've started to play Fallen London. It is interesting, but slow because I don't spend actual money on it. And I am a little irritated by the constant "invite someone to play" stuff.

4. I made sourdough starter! And baked my own sourdough bread! Twice! And it tastes like it should! Although it is still pretty dense, I am pleased with this, because I love sourdough bread but the good stuff is really expensive here.

5. I bought heavy winter coats for myself and Spartacus on sale after the New Year, and although it hasn't been very cold, it has been very wet, and it is nice to have a big waterproof coat to wear.

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Jan. 11th, 2014

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Proof of flooding

I did walk into town yesterday, and took some pictures on the way in (or of ways I couldn't actually walk!) The rivers are moving fast, but the real problem is with the storm drains, which are overflowing and probably have some sewage mixed in. The road is still closed today, but I think the water is going down.

I posted the photos here on my tumblr.

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Jan. 9th, 2014

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Hello internet and Happy New Year! I am sorry to have been so quiet, and to have such insubstantial things to say when I do. I actually read my friendslist every day, but even then can barely bring myself to comment, and even typing this post out is difficult. And even responding to comments is something I've become dreadful at. I want to interact, but it's like I can't actually make myself do it.

There are lots of things I could take about, though! The flooding here is the worst I've ever seen (at the moment I'm very glad that we never managed to sell our house and move, because we would currently be either flooded or at serious risk of being flooded -- but as it is we're safe up on our hill). Tomorrow I am going to put on my wellies and brave the Botley Road, just to see what it's like.

Or I could talk about television, but the problem there is that the shows I am excited about are not shows that anyone else is watching, or else I'm watching them at a different schedule to everyone else. And the shows I am watching at more or less the same time as other people are shows I don't care hugely about, or shows that I'd rather not talk about. I mean, I could write my Grand Unified Theory of Mike Johnson (and why he is my favorite Johnson except for maybe Ty, despite that one thing he did) post, but there even on Tumblr there are maybe eight people who would read it, so why bother? At least not until there is a US airdate for the series (it will show on Syfy! you should watch it, and I will make a post telling you why!)

(But I was very excited to see that Brooklyn 99 will be showing here starting next week! Andre Braugher! In something I can hopefully bear to watch, unlike that dumb show about the submarine crew, which, sorry Mr. Braugher, lost me pretty fast.)

Whoops! I just looked at the clock and have to go pick up Spartacus from school now! Time to hit post, and try to think of more things to say later.

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Nov. 28th, 2013

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Happy Hannukah! and Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday my son (who is currently shouting in my ear) asked me the important existential question, "Why does phonics begin with 'ph'?"

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Nov. 6th, 2013

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We are coming up with a list of worst possible directors for the new Star Wars movie, because we can't agree on whether or not JJ Abrams is the worst possible choice, and that Joss Whedon would be a great choice. So far our lists go like this:

Worst possible:
1. Lars von Trier (although totally worthwhile for the full-frontal nudity incest scene between Luke and Leia that would be bound to happen. And obviously a DOGMA film.)
2. George Lucas (QED, and probably should be in first place)
3. Mel Gibson (it would the Death Star of David! Come on!)
4. James Cameron

A. thinks also 5. Peter Jackson, because then the three movies would go on for 37 1/2 hours. Or because he'd remake Star Wars itself in a 7 hour director's cut. I would go for 6. Judd Apatow.


More interesting (mostly fantasy casting, granted)
1. Francis Ford Coppola (Tatooine. Shit.)
2. Guillermo del Toro
3. Ken Loach (this is like the GREAT MISSED OPPORTUNITY of Star Wars! No more saviors!)
4. Ridley Scott
5. Sam Raimi
6. Katherine Bigelow. (Possibly the best director out there at blowing things up, which is central premise of the Star Wars franchise.)

A. would like to add Tim Burton (but what roles would Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter play?) and the Coen Brothers, but only as a musical.

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Oct. 31st, 2013

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Goodbye October!

This is what happens when term starts: I stop updating. Plus in the first week of term I was unbelivably ill, actually too sick to go in to work all week, which has not happened to me since I became an adult (to be fair, academics tend to work through anything that doesn't leave you prone, because rescheduling lectures and teaching is so difficult). I may have developed an allergy to ibuprofen, which would be deeply inconvenient. Spartacus and I also had an exciting "is this arm broken? better check" adventure, involving X-rays.

There has also been even more preserving: another lot of tomato chutney, and bramble jelly (really, blackberry, haw, elderberry, redcurrant and apple, but that's too long). the chutney is for home consumption only, because I made it in a pot with burnt chutney stuck to it from an earlier batch, and that came off during the cooking, and so there are little bits of something that has the consistency and taste of metal in it. I picked out what I could, but not all of it.

In fannish news, this is a non-Yuletide year for me -- I did bookmarks some letters with prompts I liked to look of but I won't have time to write anything because see above re: term. Being busy has also kept me off tumblr, which all in all is a good thing, I think. It is sometimes quite soothing to see the pictures go past, but there seem to be so many posts about how dreadful it is to be female, very few of which reflect my own experiences. But now tumblr is sending me messages about itself, presumably in a bid to get me to log in more frequently.

I am watching a lot of TV in a not very serious fashion, and the only thing I feel serious about is The Almighty Johnsons. But I'm staying away from all fic and meta until I finish the season, since I've already managed to spoil myself for some plot things to come.

And wow, all of a sudden I'm really tired: I was up very early this morning, and all of a sudden it has caught up with me. So goodbye October, I'm going to sleep.

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