you are the wind

May. 24th, 2017 05:49 pm
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Chandra Prasad, On Borrowed Wings (2007): in the 1930s US Northeast, a rich-WASP-family mother and Italian American quarrier father had two children. Charles was homeschooled rigorously to attend college; Adele, quicker of memory, was always told she'd marry a quarrier, even as her father began dying from the stone dust before middle age. Then something happens, and Adele takes Charles's place as a Yale frosh in drag.

I had expected rather worse. (Sorry.) As it is, the narrative has about the critical depth of a '00s jdrama: the story lines up some dots, then leaves the reader/viewer to connect them or search for more while it flits to the next scene. Adele cannot help but activate dots as she muses upon quarry misfortunes, her mother's iron recollections of being a rich girl, or the entirely new landscape of Yale, where the maids in the dining hall remind her of herself, taking in laundry a few months prior. But Adele is only a bit too thin as a character enabling the writer's gaze to slice and parry some dust bunnies of privilege; it's fine. It's actually a relief to have the cross-dressing topos given straight so that one may focus upon 1936 as depicted: Adele takes a workstudy placement involving eugenic research which she (incredibly) bends from the inside out. The love interest is obligatory, probably the weakest aspect.

Adele's heritage is based upon that of one of Prasad's parents. I borrowed Wings from the library after seeing a ref to Mixed, an anthology of short stories edited by Prasad which the local libraries don't have.

NOPE

May. 24th, 2017 03:12 pm
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I clicked in a special weather statement and discovered THIS ATROCITY:

... Snow at higher elevations of the interior through Friday...

Snow will develop at elevations above 1000 feet late tonight and Thursday. Snow will melt after it hits the ground in most areas, but above 2000 feet of elevation snow could stick... with 2 to 4 inches of accumulation. This accumulating snow is expected to impact the summits of the Elliott, Dalton and Steese highways and the Richardson Highway through the Alaska Range.




It's almost the end of MAAAAYYYYYYY ...

Well, the summer I worked in Denali Park, it very memorably dumped several inches of snow around June 6 or so, and my husband likes to talk about the year it snowed in his hometown (Glennallen) on the Fourth of July parade, so I shouldn't complain too much or I'll probably regret it. I'm glad I haven't put my garden in yet, though.

Wednesday Reading Meme

May. 24th, 2017 04:24 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing!

What I'm Reading Now

Black Panther #14, Captain America: Steve Rogers #17, Infamous Iron Man #8, Mighty Captain Marvel #5, Secret Warriors #2, X-Men Blue #4 )

What I'm Reading Next

Still nothing! It would be nice to read something! Maybe I will!

Reading: Flying Too High

May. 24th, 2017 07:57 pm
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Flying Too High is the second of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher mysteries. Like the first, I thought it was entertaining fluff with a strong feminist slant. I felt the plotting was a bit tighter in this one than in the first, perhaps because Greenwood had already introduced most of the major characters and didn't have to devote time to setting up their relationships this time round, and overall I enjoyed it a lot. (I note that my review of the first book said that I didn't feel compelled to rush out and buy all the subsequent books, but I did just that last night. There are quite a lot, so that'll keep me going for a while!)

So very subtle, brain

May. 24th, 2017 11:48 am
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I started to suspect part of my fatigue and brain fog problem right now may be a UTI -- no pain, very few of the usual symptoms, but cloudy pee that smells funny is not a good sign -- and I've been wondering if I should message my doctor and see if I can get tested and, assuming I do have one, get on antibiotics. I don’t like taking antibiotics, but I’ve suspected possible UTI for at least a week and it’s not going away on its own, and it’s probably not a good idea to let an infection go untreated just because it’s not painful.

Then last night I had a dream where I took Monkey to a specialized vet because -- and my subconscious is being super subtle here -- I had two weeks earlier taken her to my regular vet, who thought she had a UTI but there were two tests and one said yes and one said no so they weren’t sure but suggested I go to this other place, but I waited until after I got back from a week-long trip that included going to some sort of conference; and the new vet was yelling at me about how I needed to take better care of my cat, I should have canceled the trip and brought her in right away, blah blah blah.

No cats were harmed in the making of this dream, but, like I said: subtle. I wonder what it means...

(Called my doctor’s office, which was a hassle and a half -- partly because I don’t have most of the typical UTI symptoms like pain or burning or urgency, partly because they kept wanting me to make an appointment and I kept having to say “I am disabled and can’t give a urine sample at the doctor’s office, she’s going to want a urine test anyway so I should do that first, I’m fine with making an appointment but I want to get the urine test done first yes I fucking well ‘have trouble walking’ I am in a fucking wheelchair and can’t fucking use regular toilets what the fuck (paraphrased; I didn’t swear), my doctor is familiar with my circumstances please just send her a message” -- it would have been less work to message her myself (“suspect uti, please order test”) but that doesn’t always get seen the same day. We shall see what happens.)

#

In other news: For all that I am way behind on making the yarny stuff I want to make, I find myself wanting to make a small stuffed bunny for someone I’ve never met. (I don’t remember if I posted here or not about the 11 year old girl with FOP that was in ICU because of complications of parainfluenza and FOP-created scoliosis, and she had to be intubated, which can cause FOP issues but was kind of a Hail Mary as it was? She’s still in the PICU and will be for a while, but she’s doing better; got extubated yesterday and is on bipap, and in much better shape, though there’s still a long way to go. I asked her mom what her favorite animal and color are (bunnies/turkeys and pink/purple respectively) because I just … I don’t know, want to do something for her. And a crocheted pink bunny seems doable?)

Kaffee zum Kaffee

May. 24th, 2017 08:26 pm
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Die Mitbewohnerin hat Samstag Geburtstag und wünschte sich statt Kuchen von mir Muffins. Ich habe eben das entsprechende Backbuch durchforstet und beschlossen zum Geburtstagskaffee wird es "Latte-Macchiato-Muffins" geben. Da den hier jeder gerne trinkt, wird er bestimmt auch in fester(er) Form gut ankommen.

Wednesday reading

May. 24th, 2017 06:44 pm
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Finished since the last reading post
Millennium by Tom Holland, which I really enjoyed.

Currently reading
Georgiana by Amanda Foreman.

Reading next
As usual, I'm not sure.

"Sometimes my arms bend back."

May. 24th, 2017 03:02 pm
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Watched the first episode(s) of the new Twin Peaks today.

Non-spoiler comments: yup, that's a David Lynch production.

Spoilers for The Return )


Looking forward to keeping up with this.

Reading recs?

May. 24th, 2017 08:40 am
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Looking for stories about, "I did the Thing. Now what?" Any suggestions?

ETA: My 2004 Hat Full of Sky review touches on what I'm currently seeking in a story. There has to be a better ending than "We thought we were going to die, but we didn't, and now we don't know what to do with ourselves" than Frodo leaving the Grey Havens with the elves. Or rather, there has to be a way to begin again as a survivor even if what you survived is your own heroic triumph. What I want is stories about people finding that new beginning and having a purpose that's more ambiguous, and paradoxically more ambitious, than "saving the world." How do you live in a "saved" world, especially if saved still equals broken? How do you do the Rogue One thing if you don't die at the end? The single hero/savior is a great dramatic myth, but there's a toxicity to it as well.  

The superhero answer is that the world simply doesn't stay saved so you have to do it all again tomorrow. Which is true, constant vigiliance and all that, but what if you are not in fact a superhero or even a regular old hero? (Oh, dear, I'm headed into the world of Literary Fiction, aren't I?)


Cool dude

May. 23rd, 2017 11:58 pm
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Looking fly at the World of Coke in Atlanta, GA

Growth.

May. 23rd, 2017 11:39 pm
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It turns out that my hot mess of a friend known as the Med Student dared to graduate this weekend. Yes, how dare he. That means his blog name has to change.

Per his request, the Med Student will be known as the Intern for the next year. Then he'll be known as the Resident for three years. After that, we'll go with the Fellow for a year...and maybe, if I'm still stupid enough to be blogging in 5 years, he'll be the Doctor.

Did you follow? The Med Student --> the Intern.
Now he's fancy.

Candied citrus and chocolate

May. 23rd, 2017 08:40 pm
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So it turns out that coating candied citrus peel, does, in fact, have a purpose.  Two of them, even.

One is to keep the moisture in.

The other is to keep the damn things from sticking to everything in sight. 

I had a heck of a time even getting it off the parchment paper.  I tossed them in sugar, so that should help some.  They're already pretty dried out, so keeping the moisture in is no longer something to worry about.  A little chewy and I should probably have some concern for my fillings, but still quite tasty.
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My name is Mikazuki Munechika. I’m one of the five great swords of Japan, and well, I’m also said to be the most beautiful.
I was born near the end of the 11th century. I guess you can say I’m an old man. Ha ha ha.

procrastinating stuff

May. 23rd, 2017 09:14 pm
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I have some things I should be working on and I'm procrastinating because stuff is daunting.

I've had graham crackers for dinner. Not entirely convinced it is a good choice but at least I'm not hungry anymore, and it was easy.

Okay, okay...I'm going to give the things a go.
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Since I'm half-packed and we're leaving in less than 24 hours it's probably time to announce that I am coming to WisCon. (Now watch me wake up tomorrow with Lorayne's cold or something.)

I'm not signed up for any panels, I'm not volunteering this year. I'm not 100 percent sure that this isn't going to end in disaster again. Depending on how I react to the various allergens in Madison I may be very low-energy, I may be sneezy and stuffed-up, I may be spending a lot of time asleep, I may be slow and forgetful due to being low oxygen, I may recuse myself rapidly from controversy or trouble if I don't see an immediate way to be useful.

I may have to leave panels abruptly due to coughing fits. We may be leaving town abruptly to get me back to Canada for treatment. (My out-of-province insurance isn't going to cover me for another serious asthma event in the same damn' city as the last one. That's kind of the definition of 'pre-existing'). We have a plan for this. It's as solid as we can make it.

Or we may have trouble at the border and not get there at all.

Or it all may be just fine. I really don't know. There's no way to tell.

But I'm on a new med (Singulair), and taking ALL the other ones, religiously, and so far my lungs seem to be willing to stay fairly functional. I'm bringing my bike. I'm hoping to stay an extra week and see friends. I'm cautiously optomistic.

A small request: if you see me, and we're friends, and you possibly can, grab me for coffee or food or a quick chat? This is almost certainly my last WisCon for some time, and if I do have a dangerous reaction, it's my last WisCon, period.

I know that I've lost touch with a lot of you due to missing the con and generally being offline and preoccupied trying to get my health under control. I'm sorry about it, and I'd really like to connect this weekend if we can, because you all are one of the communities of my heart, and to be honest I'm coming much more for y'all than for the "official" con.

If you or someone near you is wearing scent, I may have to back away rapidly. I'm sorry.

I'm not really accustomed to being a fragile little flower, you know? I'm still working out how to handle it.

Also, if there's a volunteer task I can do, something you need help with, that you can grab me for on the spot, please do. It's hard to contribute meaningfully when you can't make any promises, and I'll appreciate any chances to do so.

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