lodessa: lol (dr. who-martha-possiblity and prosperity)
In my life as a housegirlfriend, my alone time is usually in the mornings. Today, however, he is working from 3 to midnight. So when he had to leave ... I felt sort of off. After calling [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and my mother I finally sucked it up, put on a sports bra and some yoga pants, as well as the sneakers I own solely for the purpose of exercising; I grabbed a bottle of water and my ipod, and I ventured out into the rain and walked over to our apartment complex workout room.

35 minutes of elliptical running to the sounds of Luscious Flow (my brother seriously produced something worthwhile) and Facing New York's new album (my bandslash is fucking canon so yeah be jealous) later, I felt incredibly rejuvenated walking back to my apartment in the rain, warm and cold at the same time. I captured a feeling that I always want to but rarely do with colder, wetter, weather. It was exciting instead of an impediment. It felt like being a kid, intentionally riding my bike through mud puddles with a friend.

Coming home, half sweaty and half rained on, heading to a warm shower, and and best of all, I had spiced hot apple cider at home to enjoy when I reached my destination... And I still kind of wanted to keep walking out in the wet darkening day.

Now I am going to go start my third soup/stew of the week and check on the laundry. I feel on a total high.
lodessa: lol (bsg-daddy issues)
Hello internet. I've been abysmally out of touch since leaving my job. Basically this is because I've been busy relaxing, playing video games, and catching up on visits (so far my maternal grandmother,[livejournal.com profile] countouttheday, my father/sister/brother, and soon [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields and possibly my aunt and paternal grandparents). Also catsitting [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix's LilycatTM. Basically I feel so much better (despite a bizarre sore throat) and quitting was the best thing I've done in a long time.

I will be online more in the next two days, as I need to be writing pinch hits (although possibly only one) for [livejournal.com profile] asoiaf_equinox and my Doctor Who femslash exchange fic, among other things. Also expect a write up on Season 1 of Life (which I totally liked and fulfills my kink for tough female cop detectives with daddy cop issues and men who broaden their horizons and deconstruct their reality... even though Charlie isn't a gateway to the supernatural like Angel and Harry Dresden) and the last two week's the Sarah Connor Chronicles (once I watch this week's as I was busy and didn't get to it Monday on account of Warhammer 40K Tabletop) plus the last two weeks of Bones and possibly season 2 of Torchwood depending on how fast we tear through that.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and I feel that we must go see Lustra (SCOTTIE DOESN'T KNOW) as they are going to be in town on Friday. Y/Y?
lodessa: lol (fables-ruined fairytale)
So last week I watched season 1 of BBC's Robin Hood series. And I ended up really liking it once I sort of got the hang of what they were doing. Possibly this has something to do with the fact that halfway through I realized that the guy playing Robin Hood looks a ridiculous amount like Eric Frederic, singer/songwriter/guitarist for Facing New York, whom I totally beyond admire who will be sort of the center point for my damned novel about singers as symbols if I ever get it written. But on top of that, if you find entertainment in the cracked out costuming ([livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix suggests it is costumed like a high school play, other running theories include a tabletop rpg player determining the costuming at random with charts and D20 dice, a blind person picking out the costumes, and a 4 year old being in charge of them) as opposed to fighting it and stop expecting it to be what it is not, you will enjoy the show. Robin is emo but it's in a nice way where he actually like has legitimate issues with the crusades and shit sometimes and also the show laughs at him a lot; there are plenty of slash options but that doesn't mean Marian gets relegated to obligatory damsel, in fact she's pretty proactive. It's sort of cracked out because one minute it's being gritty and cutting out tongues and the next it's making pop culture reference jokes. The best part is probably the Sheriff, who is an absolute sick fuck and brilliant in the role.

Now I really want to go see Facing New York and they are playing in Orangevale tonight (like seriously so close, I would not even have to get on the freeway) and they are playing with another band I like. Unfortunately everyone is supposedly coming over to play D&D tonight so I am sort of already booked. I am really tempted to flake on everyone though and possibly see if [livejournal.com profile] hella_em would want to go.

Additionally, I have been embroidering all weekend because [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix made me go into Michaels and the urge hit me. I love how it makes me feel like I am in a Jane Austen novel. [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields may possibly be getting the most awesome present of all time... just saying.
lodessa: lol (soiaf-jaime/brienne-in bed)
1) I am really behind on my flist, but I had a great weekend:

a) Geeky Friday night of BSG and World of Warcraft with Jeremy and my brother.
b) Delicious homemade Macaroni and Cheese I had been craving but not making for a while.
c) A state of the union conversation with Jeremy that actually went somewhere.
d) Actually doing the laundry Saturday morning, and folding it.
e) Udon, Tempura, and Pot Stickers with Jeremy and [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix for Saturday's late lunch.
f) Some walking around on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, mocking the drunk undergrads.
g) Delicious boysenberry frozen yogurt topped with cookie dough, marshmallows, bits of waffle cone, and fresh raspberries.
h) Going to the used bookstore and buying (or rather letting Jeremy buy me): William Gibson's Idoru, Neil Stephenson's Snowcrash (because my lovely early 90s copy disappeared a while back), Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (which our copy of has also wandered off), Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Deadeye Dick, and a copy of Sartre's The Wall which was translated by Lloyd Alexander.
i) [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields arriving so that we could go to a show in the city that evening.
j) Quality time with Jeremy while [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields went to the movies.
k) Getting to the show at just the right time, Desa being great as ever, and Facing New York going predatory and completely draining my soul with their amazingness and seeming more awake than I have seen them in a long time. Also their being symbolic of everything about Contemporary Art(no matter the discipline) as a whole.
l) Art is not a science.
m) Cheese fries and mozzarella sticks at Denny's to recharge after the soul exfoliation.
n) Getting up at 9:15 Sunday morning, despite not getting home until 3:30 and reading Fables: Volume 9 and 1001 Nights of Snowfall while waiting for [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields to wake up.
o) Successful shopping trip for the beginning of [livejournal.com profile] sainfoin_fields new wardrobe, in which she actually ended up with more stuff than [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and I, rather than the reverse.
p) Surprise date night with Jeremy, which included tasty fake Mexican and a margarita which ended up excitingly since I had failed to eat anything during the day.
q) Actually getting a full night's sleep for the first Sunday in ages.


2) I'm also behind on my TV, 2 weeks behind on Doctor Who and still haven't watched any of the NBC stuff since it returned. I am up to date on BSG and Bones though.

3) Why has no one ever mentioned to me the fact that 100 Years of Solitude is the most incest filled book ever?

4) I need a beta for a ASOIAF fic. It's Jaime/Brienne.
lodessa: lol (dr. who-ten)
1) Last night I watched Waitress at [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and [livejournal.com profile] actoplasm's and ate Tasty Bites with Whole Wheat Naan. The movie was heartbreaking and uplifting and had just the right touch of realism mixed in. As a result today I am a little in love with Nathan Fillion as tends to happen sometimes. Also I wanted pie by the time we got 15 minutes in.

2) I have realized that the music I have on my computer/ipod is really out of date not just in terms of not being new but because it's really out of step with who I am now and is kind of depressing. I have invited my brother to select 100 songs for me to start listening to. I now invite you all to pimp me up to 5 songs (preferably with download links or you can email me the mp3s). Like I said I am leaning towards things that are more upbeat but I am open to pretty much anything.

3) After discussing the problem of radio button options as opposed to ticky boxes I present another poll, featuring every icon that was no one's favorite )

4) That 10 Things That Are Making Me Happy Today Meme:

* The prospect of getting my hair done tonight.
* Getting to see Jeremy at lunch (even though it is because he is home in pain).
* 2 Dics of Tru Calling waiting to be watched while snuggling up with Jeremy.
* The arrival of my new minion to work her first shift today.
* My ipod and it's ability to shield me from everyone's yapping at the office.
* The fact that the cat followed me around this morning as if she liked me.
* That it's been fairly warm and sunny this week so far.
* The fact that the Plain White Ts actually got nominated for a Grammy.
* The "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" video.
* A general Matt Damon renaissance.
lodessa: lol (30 Rock-Feminism vs. Capitalism)
So I've been listening to So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter and Living In Clip, both of which J bought me for my birthday last May, and having an Ani DiFranco renaissance as I not so rarely do. Seriously, if you don't have any appreciation for Ani DiFranco I kind of don't have any for you. She's amazing on so many levels and if I had to pick one artist to listen to exclusively for the rest of my life... she'd be it.



But anyways this got me thinking about female artists and feminism and fandom and how often we spend most of our time focused on pretty boys and then I was thinking about Dan Bern's song "Chick Singers". And here's a list of the women mentioned in said song ( personal favorites are bolded):

Bjork, Courtney Love, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, Liz Phair, Sinead O'Connor, Suzanne Vega, Jill Sobule, Melissa Etheridge, Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco, Michelle Shocked, Kate Bush, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Bessie Smith, Patti Smith, Annie Lennox, Chrissie Hynde, Bonnie Raitt




To follow that up I add a some additional female artists on my list of favorites:

Alanis Morissette, Butterfly Boucher, Fiona Apple, Joni Mitchell, Mirah, Poe, Regina Spektor




So I invite everyone to share their favorites with me, even if it's just by name and nothing else.

Also, downloads and/or pimping available upon request.
lodessa: lol (dr. who-sexy hyroglyphics)
"Except all the radios agree with all the tvs
and all the magazines agree with all the radios
and i keep hearing that same damn song everywhere i go.
Maybe i should put a bucket over my head
and a marshmellow in each ear
and stumble around for
another dumb-numb week for another hum drum hit song to appear"
-Ani Difranco, "Fuel"




There are always those songs. You hear them in stores, during that 15 seconds before you flip from the radio to your cd player in the car... They are everywhere. You change the station to avoid them and they are on the other station too. So I am issuing a Challenge...



I want you to write a fic based in some way on one of this summer's omnipresent hit songs. It can use a line from the song, it can be conceptually linked, hell the characters in the story can be bitching about its existence. The fic can be no more than a drabble or a novel worth of writing, whatever you want. Naturally if there is a song that seems more appropriate for you than the one's listed go for it, but I have compiled a short list of the songs that I am getting that feeling from at the moment:

Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry"
Rihanna's "Umbrella"
Justin Timberlake's "Summer Love"
Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls"
Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah"


Post a link to your story in the comments to this entry and I will post a masterlist on August 9th.
lodessa: lol (AtS-lilah-victim)
Later I am going to squee about Regina, but right now I wanted to make a post I've been thinking about ever since the supreme court thing.

There are a lot of songs about abortion. I really love Ani Difranco's "Lost Woman Song" for instance. But the song that will forever stand out in my mind as the most eloquent explanation of why I am pro-choice and think everyone should be, is the Digable Planets' "La Femme Fetal". I loved this song because I really understood what it was even talking about, and when I got older and listened to it again, I was blown over by how intelligent and full of class the song is, and how well it describes why I will never be okay with anyone who thinks they get to decide what someone else should do.

So I quickly uploaded it after my workout this morning for you all:

La Femme Fetal

Also, quintessential lines for those unconvinced:

* "They don't really give a damn about life. They just don't want a woman to control her body, or have the right to choose."

* They just want a male finger on the button; because, if you say war, they will send them to die by the score."

* "If Souter and Thomas have their way, you'll be standing in line unable to get welfare while they'll be out hunting and fishing."

* "It has always been around. It will always have a niche, but they'll make it a privelege, not a right, accessible only to the rich."

* "Life doesn't stop after birth, and for a child borne to the unprepared, it might even just get worse."

*"If Roe v Wade was overturned, would not the desire remain intact, leaving young girls to risk their healths and doctors to botch and watch as they kill themselves."
lodessa: lol (firefly-simon/river- daphne and apollo)
[livejournal.com profile] sionnain Posted "6 Ficathons or Challenges You Would Like To See". I'm inspired to post: "6 Friending Frenzies You Would Like to See":

1) Booklovers' Friending Frenzy: Because there needs to be a way to up the amount of Sartre squee on your flist or find more people to discuss the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay.

2) Rarepairs Friending Frenzy: So here's the problem with multi-fandom friending frenzies... No one gets a chance to tell you WHAT they like about the show/book/whatever. So chances are you are going to end up with a bunch of Logan/Veronica and Harry/Draco and there's nothing wrong with popular pairings but I you're like me you are looking for people who are into Logan/Weevil and Sirius/Bellatrix instead and tend to avoid the popular shippers because well... it's overrunning your flist.

3) Philsophical/Opinion Friending Frenzy: Because you might like the same pairings or characters as other people but not for the same reasons and you could find you disagree with every real life issue and find their approach to life annoying but then again you could find someone you have opposite shipping choices from but feel a lot of resonance with.

4) TV Doctors Friending Frenzy: There are so many doctor shows on TV. For me it's Grey's Anatomy and Scrubs but there's also ER and House and it's a nice way to be multi-fandom without being ALL over the place.

5) Music Lovers' Friending Frenzy: So I'm not the only one who is obsessive about music... and it's nice to have other people to obssess with and share the discovery of new audio crack with.

6) Life Path/Living Situation Friending Frenzy: Maybe you want to find other people in med school or you're aspiring to be a teacher and want to find someone who already is to be inspired/mentored my, or maybe you just want someone to commiserate with. Either way it's nice to read other people's posts and think "I'm not alone" or "It is possible".


So. If you could make friending frenzies happen what would they be?
lodessa: lol (grey's anatomy-text-no grownup)
1) Joyful Casting Info for Veronica Mars and Grey's Anatomy )

2)Dear Desa, I love you but please stop re-recording songs because you inevitably RUIN THEM. Now you've taken the achingly beautiful ardour out to "Ardent Anthem". Did you not learn your lesson with "Burner Off" and "Bermuda Triangle"?

3)Only Two More Ficathons left and one of them I need to finish a draft of by the end of today for betaing. I swear I am never signing up for so many ever again.

4) I've gotten to see [livejournal.com profile] hobviously twice this week so far, and she's coming to play with me again. You are all highly jealous I know. And to that I say: You want to be me, but you can't be me.
lodessa: lol (veronica mars-black and white mac)
1)Either lying around on the living room floor with Davis until 4:30 in the morning is a habit I need to kick... or it's a totally viable lifestyle. I am not sure which.

2)Dear Firefox, stop trying to guess what I am going to say... it's extremely annoying.

3) I feel a friends-cut coming on. That is the nature of participating in friending frenzies... you add some people that you totally clivk with, but also some that you totally don't.

4)Does anyone else totally get choked up and cry or want to cry every single time they listen to "does he love you?" or is it just me?


ETA:

a) I just spent $32 dollars on cakes for mom's birthday
b) I also just faxed over the form that i had not known I needed to say "yes, I want to graduate."

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