merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (kate hewlett)
So the last time I posted was, um, almost a month ago? Uh. Hey. ::sheepish wave::


*Right after that, my trusty netbook died. My mom got me a new one for Christmas (this one, if anyone's interested) which was cool of her since I couldn't really afford it on my own at the moment. That said, it was something like three weeks with no home access to the internet except for my iPhone, just in time for the penultimate Merlin episode. But I survived! It's possible! I read books and shit! Though I know I missed a crapton of flist goings on, so sorry. (Point me toward the notable/good stuff?)


*I have finally seen Merlin, and Sherlock Holmes, I've read some Yuletide, and I even caught the Doctor Who finale yesterday while clutching [personal profile] mklutz's virtual hand. It seems a little silly at this point to comment on anything, as everyone else has already said pretty much everything ages ago. Okay, but seriously, Doctor Who. Hmm, not so much with squee. )


*Also [personal profile] rageprufrock and [personal profile] thehoyden made me watch (okay, I went willingly) Die Hard 4 over New Years. This resulted in me spending most of this weekend indoors (it was freezing, okay?) reading John/Matt fic. This is what happens when everything is on hiatus.


*Lots of people seem to have done 2009 Year in Review stuff, which is cool. I have whipped up my own version:

Fandom lines I used to have but misplaced somewhere in 2009, the shame shame shame edition. )

Lesson learned: lines are silly, and meant to be crossed. I am on track for 2010 to have no lines/standards whatsoever. By this time next year I fully expect to be doing nothing but injecting MPREG and sweeping Civil War AUs (and sweeping MPREG Civil War AUs) between my toes like someone from Trainspotting.


*So. How are you guys?
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (sn dana *headdesk*)
Dear Self,

Eating your breakfast while getting ready for work is, in theory, not a bad idea. In the future, though, please remember to draw the line at showering while eating toast. It doesn't matter how exhausted/hungover/starving/late-for-work you are, it will not save you any time in your morning routine. Trust me on this one.

WTF, why are there breadcrumbs in the shower drain,
Me


So. How was everyone's St. Patty's?

(Mine was totally worth it. :)
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (katie is pretty)
*I saw Watchmen and it was pretty solid. It was also not the best thing that happened to me on Friday. :)

*It was actually nice out! Spring. Hi. HI.

*Sprinting like a mother at the end of a run is fun, will amusingly startle the people you blow by on the street, but it will also make your legs hate (HATE) you the next day. (Seriously, though: fun! I had no idea I could even run that fast. Yay for surprising oneself. :)

*I totally failed at doing anything lj related. I barely managed to beta the stuff I said I would beta/look over (sorry [livejournal.com profile] j_apollo and [livejournal.com profile] mariamme, I suck, etc. etc.)

* The only fic I've managed to read (sorry sorry sorry, [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin! There is so much awesome fic there and I haven't had time to keep up with any of it! Bad Mod! D:) is [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza's latest, which is one of those given things that doesn't need a rec, but if you like The Time Traveler's Wife or Quantum Leap or John/Rodney or SGA or well-written sci-fi romance or OTP boys or any combination of the above you should go check it out if you haven't already and marvel how it takes 5 dimensions to explain John Sheppard.

*I'm going on a offsite class thingy in Pennsylvania tomorrow and Wednesday and then [livejournal.com profile] lillianloop is coming to visit for the weekend (!!!11!!1!) and we're going to Altantic City on Saturday so it's possible the Livejournal Fail will continue. D:
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (eddie izzard castles)
I've been totally failing at livejournal lately. I have so many "to read" tabs open in my browser at the moment that I've stopped counting them. *weeps, rends clothing* I'm going to try to be better at commenting, but I have to devote more of my work time (normally my prime livejournaling hours) to you know, work, so we'll see.

As for TV, I've also been failing at watching shows. (So what have I been doing instead? Honestly I have no idea- I went to the Dentist?) In fact, the only TV I've seen lately is Season 2 of Skins. I'm catching up! Overall I think Season 1 was a little tighter, but it was still v. enjoyable and awesome. Also, I can already tell that I'm going to be the only person in the world who freakin' LOVES Pandora. (Anyone? Anyone?)


On the bright side, I have managed to (very belatedly) post some Merlin multishipping recs over at [livejournal.com profile] attheroundtable. They're here if you want to check them out.


How's everyone doing? ♥
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (Arthur/Merlin)
I had a pretty busy weekend- I went out a lot and only did about half the things I intended to do. I also had the fun experience of buying a much-needed new pair of jeans, wearing them later that night, and almost immediately ripping a GIANT HOLE in the knee when I brushed past some person's inexplicably spiky license plate holder while walking in front of their parked car. (BOO.)

HOWEVER. I also went here on Sunday:

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Yes. I did go to the Medieval Times in New Jersey. More pictures of me and this Renaissance Faire/Dinner Theatre Extravaganza under the cut. This will probably only be amusing to the Merlin fans on my flist. )


Overall, it was a pretty awesome time. Also, my brain definitely went to the Merlin AU place where Arthur is a struggling actor who's trying to make it on Broadway and is working at the Medieval Times while waiting for his big break and Merlin's his roommate who makes fun of him all the time for it.


Also, Merlin rec! [livejournal.com profile] syllic is writing an Oxford rowing AU that is awesome and I'm totally reccing it even though I have an aversion to WiPS:

Easy There by [livejournal.com profile] syllic (Arthur/Merlin, Rated NPY for Not Porny Yet)
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (Morgana <3)
*In college, I used to be a fairly ridiculous person. I don't mean in the frat-girl, dancing-on-the-table, streaking-the-quad kind of way (OK FINE ONLY SOMETIMES), but more that I used to be way more of a spazz. A procrastinating, all-over-the-place, sometimes-a-flake of a girl. Consequently, I spent most of my time in college when I was not in class fighting the urge to walk to the sunken gardens and do a massive, full body, HOLY SHIT WHY IS MY LIFE SO AWKWARD faceplant into the grass.

I'm not saying this is a great way to live, and I do enjoy being mostly (ha) on top of my shit and on time/early to work every day, etc. Still, there is a part of me that wishes I could go back (metaphorically) to that time in my life where my mom walked into a room with me and my friends and said, I found this vibrator when I was cleaning the basement, where do you want me to put it? (TRUE STORY, KIDS.)

That's weird, right?

Anyway, the point of this story is actually not my post-adolescent angst, it's about vibrators. (Surprise!)

Cut for vibrators. And my blathering. )


*In fandom news, I’m being feeling a wee bit strange. As in bizarrely wandering back down memory lane and reading stuff like Professionals fic and Ray/Ray Due South stuff and sad McShep stories that remind me why John Sheppard can break my heart into tiny pieces like no one else. I think it has to do with Merlin being on hiatus and SGA being over and maybe I’m a wee bit adrift? I dunno. :(


*In more news, I signed up for the Pay It Forward meme from [livejournal.com profile] verav and then, ignoring the whole point, forgot to post it to my lj. So! Here it is! Look out for baked goods, probably vegan ones (even though I’m not vegan anymore). But who knows, I might get inspired to do something else like write all that fic I mention but never finish:

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me. It will be about or tailored to those five lucky "victims."

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
- What I create will be just for you.
- It'll be done this year.
- You have no clue what it's going to be or when it’s going to be. It may be fic. It may be poetry. I may draw or paint something. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

If you comment in this post, you have to post this in your journal. Thats the catch. So do it. DO IT.




*So. How you doin'?
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (dr who barefoot)
I was about to write an open letter to the person who stole my iPod on the subway tonight- you know, the one that's basically full of little more than Hilary Duff songs and copious amounts of podslash? Oh yeah, that iPod.

(The letter was going to go something like "Die in a fire and ENJOY THE GAY PORN.")

However, apparently I actually dropped it and some very nice person who should not die in a fire found it and emailed me and I'm picking it up from the Apple store where they work tomorrow or day next. Yay humanity!

Also, it is a roomie's birthday today, so there is cake. Well done, Universe.
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (SGA McShep)
I was in SGA fandom longer than any fandom I've ever been in before or since. It was a great ride and it's basically over and I've been struggling for a while to sort it all out.

Now thankfully I don't have to because [livejournal.com profile] spike21 has done it for me, and just in time for the finale tonight:

Her thoughts on SGA 5x20 and SGA in general are here- SPOILERS OBVIOUSLY.



Also, after at least a week or so of low-grade fatigue and nausea, I'm prepared to admit that there's a slight possibility that I'm pregnant. And by that I mean getting sick. (AHAHA got you! I hope someone was drinking tea near their computer.) I can feel a cough coming on and I just hope this isn't another bout of Welcome to Your First Winter in New York City Have Some Bronchitis That Lasts For Two Months like last year.

As anyone who knows me will guess, I'm not really good at being sick. I manage to walk that oh so irritating line of wanting everyone to do stuff for me while simultaneously insisting that I don't need any help and what's more I'm not sick anyway. Thankfully for me and all of my friends/family/coworkers/roommates, it doesn't happen often.

I'm going out tonight and meeting someone around lunch tomorrow but after that I think I'll spend the rest of the weekend curled up with my PJs, Brideshead Revisited (1981) Disc 2, a large thing of OJ and a stubborn insistence on mind over matter.
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (Morgana smile)
This is probably pointless but [livejournal.com profile] astolat wrote fic and it's grand and sweeping and brilliant and it hits practically every one of my buttons all at once and I also got a raise today so life FTMFW. Go read now and collapse in a puddle of happy goo like yours truly:

Onfindan by [livejournal.com profile] astolat (Arthur/Merlin, ME/THIS STORY, R/NC-17)
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (dr who barefoot)
After 10 days of travel all over the place and very (VERY) little sleep- between weddings and snoring relatives and one of those fun nights out that ends up with a friend drunk and sobbing into a toilet until 3:30 in the morning- I finally returned to New York late last night to faceplant into my bed. I am really glad to be back home, and work should be mercifully quiet this week.


In fannish stuff, I still have a pretty insane amount of Yuletide to get through though. I think I'm going to hold off on a recs post until I finish- damn me and my completist tendencies!


I did watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special )


I also fianlly managed to make myself watch SGA 5.20 )


PS. I finally got your card, [livejournal.com profile] krazykipper! Thank you! It was lovely! ♥ (And yes you did spell my name right. :)
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (GA Callica shoulder)
Happy Christmas to all those who celebrate it!

My grandparents have internet but no wireless and only a computer in the living room. I love my grandmother but I'm not even out to her and I'm pretty sure she would cry if she saw what I get up to online on a normal basis (in my grandparents' house "Democrats!" is a curse word, trufax) so it turns out I've only been able to get online occasionally.

I can't wait to read all the Yuletide fic!

Anyway I just wanted to poke my head in and say hi to everyone. Best flist ever!!! Big s to you all.
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (dr who barefoot)
I'm sure most of my fandom friends are familiar with the [livejournal.com profile] crack_van. I stumbled on the [livejournal.com profile] crack_van shortly after its inception; it was instrumental in bringing me out of my Harry Potter/FF.net phase (I know!) and into my lj period.

Anyway, I still check up on it occasionally, and it looks like there's a lot of new fandoms making the rounds in December. People are doing Idolslash (which, um, only [livejournal.com profile] astolat can make me read), and Chuck and Primeval and whatnot.

I'm the most excited about [livejournal.com profile] allyndra (a Chad/Ryan shipper!) reccing High School Musical and [livejournal.com profile] goddessdster reccing Hot Fuzz! I've never gotten super fannish about either, but I figure I should start squirreling away my fandom acorns for the post-Merlin 1.13 winter that's coming.

Anyway, it's definitely worth a look if you're bored. :)

Also, meeting [livejournal.com profile] linaerys for dinner tonight! We're going to Velselka, which should be fun. Pierogies and Merlin-squee, mmm.
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (Morgana smile)
Hope everyone had a good American Thanksgiving if they celebrate it. I've been sleeping a lot and eating a lot of food. (The joy of having divorced parents means you get two ridiculous meals but you also have to listen to them bitch about splitting the cost of flying your sister home because what, they can't afford it? Oh wait, no, they're both just incredibly petty about money.)

ALSO, [livejournal.com profile] lillianloop and [livejournal.com profile] wordweaver06 are coming over today and [livejournal.com profile] circa_eve and I are pimping them into Merlin!!

So far, since we don't have time to watch the whole series, we're thinking 1.01, 1.04, 1.07, and 1.10 in terms of the essentials. (And maaaybe 1.08 if we have time mostly because Morgana is awesome in it and everyone needs to share in my ridiculous crush on her.)

Any other recommendations? We'll possibly show them the DVD extras as well, because Meg and I need someone else in RL to understand why we're saying "Je suis LOSER" all the time now.



ALSO ALSO, more Merlin fic recs, most of which y'all have probably read already, BUT:

Anniversary by [livejournal.com profile] thehoyden (Arthur/Merlin, PG)

Such a charming little story, and it perfectly captures Arthur's emotionally stunted way of expressing affection. Great Arthur voice all around.


August by [livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock (Arthur/Merlin, NC-17)

More Pru fic, wherein Arthur and Merlin go back to Merlin's village for a visit. There's a lot of amazing things going on here. Pru writes a great Hunith, and those flashes of King Arthur and the Camelot to come that make me wibbly without fail. Also, naturally, she does a great job with the boys' relationship. Basically I wanted to curl up inside this fic and fall asleep. Definitely a must-read.


Lastly (but not least!), [livejournal.com profile] moonythrestrals WROTE MORE FRATBOY!AU. Just as wonderful and delightfully cracked out as the first (WITH A SURPRISE PAIRING NEAR THE END THAT IS AWESOME). I am making dolphin noises here! Go read it!
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (Morgana <3)
Again super busy this weekend, so I missed most of the Merlin 1.10 massive squee/flail-athon. (I have nothing to add but EEE.)

What was I doing? I saw Twilight on Friday, finally checked out the New Museum, saw some pretty decent one-act plays, and spent almost all day Sunday volunteering to set up/attending the GLAAD OutAuction. Fun times, though I'm pretty exhausted and the only thing that's keeping me going right now is the thought that it's a half week at work thanks to Thanksgiving.

ANYWAY, that said, have some (surprise) Merlin recs for your Monday morning!

Treason to Us by [livejournal.com profile] janne_d (Arthur/Merlin, PG-13)

This is THE best take on Arthur finding out about Merlin's magic I've read yet. This story is also like a clean brutal kick to the chest, and I mean that in the best way possible. It's a brilliant Arthur POV, quite deftly restrained and all the more powerful for it. (Also, it's fairly close to how I see this playing out in the show. *wibble*) Highly recommended. If you haven't read this already, GO. NOW.

Then, after that, to make yourself feel better there's [livejournal.com profile] ras_elased's Five Secrets Merlin Knows About Arthur (Arthur/Merlin, NC-17). Charming, delightful and very cute.

Both of these are from [livejournal.com profile] merlin_flashfic, which clearly I need to start paying more attention to.
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (GA Hahn +Straw = LOVE)
To all the New Yorkers on my flist, NewFest, the 2008 New York LGBT Film Festival is going on in the next few weeks.

There are a lot of interesting prospects, including, on a more fandomy note, On The Other Hand, Death, the latest Donald Strachey film! I'll definitely be going to see that one, possibly a lot more. (Too many choices, not enough money!)
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (GA Callica shoulder)
Uh Huh Her at the Highline Ballroom tonight with [livejournal.com profile] circa_eve and [livejournal.com profile] corporatepiracy!! (And maybe [livejournal.com profile] linaerys? Not sure.)
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (GA Callica shoulder)
Had a lovely birthday! Well, after I got off work, at any rate. Things that I got:

*2 bottles of wine

*Money from various relatives (yay for still being young/poor enough to rate that)

*Small, cute thing of flowers from my direct boss

*Crap from various people in my office for lamenting being "old" (everyone that I work with is at least 7 years older than me).

*New York Betty Boop PJ shorts from [livejournal.com profile] miripanda.

*AWESOME/HORRIBLE Yaoi manga from my Other Roommate M that she got free from work. Basically it's stuff that sounds like it came from a Harlequin challenge- complete with poor characterization, treacly florid writing, and borderline disturbing relationship dynamics. Plots include futuristic slaves, Arabian Sheiks who abduct their ex boyfriends back, and, my personal favorite, a touching Merman/non-Merman love story. Why would you pay money for this when you can read it for free in SGA fandom?

*Various drinks at Sing Sing, the karaoke bar we hit up that night.

*A "Desperado" serenade from Other Roommate M at said karaoke bar.

*The opportunity to sing "Breaking Free" from HSM in public to a bar full o' folks.

*Home safely at the end of the night.

*The day off work the next morning. (Thank God. Ow.)

Also, in other news, the McShep [livejournal.com profile] reel_sga story [livejournal.com profile] circa_eve and I are avoiding writing tried to grow a plot. Or something. *pokes at it sadly*

Also, GIP! New fannish obsession, HI. (Thanks [livejournal.com profile] st2102 for the screencap!) The Hahn and Callie kiss last Thursday? Also a bday present. Yes.
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (dr who barefoot)
Just added some new friends off the McShep Friending Meme, and it inspired me to get off my lurking butt and use this journal for its intended purpose and post stuff. *waves at the new folks*

First, a very brief life update because, well, not much has happened. My job's going all right (I have health insurance now, say what, working for The Man!). It's (almost) nice and springy around here- and oh, how I miss the southern coast of Virginia right now, let me tell you. I've also been pretty busy lately hanging out with folks and watching American Idol in my PJs with my roommates.

Also, lots of people visiting me soon, like [livejournal.com profile] duckfish (I think??), [livejournal.com profile] corporatepiracy, and [livejournal.com profile] sovietkitsch, and my engaged friends from college whose wedding I will be in at the end of this year.



And, in more fannish related things:

1. Meg and I are co-writing something for the [livejournal.com profile] reel_sga challenge. (And typing this reminds me that it's only a month away. Fuck.) We're attempting to do a McShep version of Imagine Me & You, a truly delightful movie that is perhaps the only mainstream lesbian romantic comedy ever. (With Lena Headey! And Piper Perabo, of Coyote Ugly, er, fame!)
ETA: IMO, Kissing Jessica Stein doesn't count as a mainstream lesbian rom com. One day, unless laziness prevents me, I will rewatch it, and compare/contrast these two to explain why.

Anyway, if anyone is up for beta-ing this when/if it's done please drop me a comment! We'd love more input, especially from someone who is familiar with SGA (and maybe the movie too).


2. [livejournal.com profile] moonilicious recently recommended the movie St. Trinian's, and I'm here to second it. For those who don't know (and I didn't), it's based of a series of drawings (and famous films from the 50s) about a rowdy, lovably chaotic British girls boarding school, run by an equally quirky headmistress, played by Rupert Everett in drag. If that wasn't enough of a carrot for you, Colin Firth is also in it, as the Minister of Education. And if that's still not enough, the two of them stare at each other a lot while violins swell offscreen.

Anyway, great girl characters, lots of hijinks/camp, and just generally fun. Get your hands on it if you can.


3. From [livejournal.com profile] scribblinlenore: In response to heat they're getting from the American Family Association, P&G is conducting a phone poll to see if people are for or against the Luke/Noah storyline on As The World Turns. Even if you don't watch the show, please consider taking a quick moment to support boy kissing and thwart homophobic bigotry. The poll is completely automated. You don't have to talk to anyone. And it really does take all of a second to register your opinion.

Just call 1-800-331-3774 and press #1 to continue in English (or #2 for Spanish), then 2 to get to the ATWT poll, then press 1 to continue the storyline.

Please spread the word if you're so inclined. The fight for good has never been so simple! :)

ETA: This might be different for callers outside the U.S., the jury still seems to be out. I just did it, and I had to press 2, then 1 instead of the other way around. Give it a try!
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (Gay Porn Procrastination)
Hi! I haven't been around much lately, as my hard drive crashed two weeks ago, and between one thing and Dell Technical Support Sucking Away My Will To Live another, it didn't get fixed until Wednesday, and then there was Thanksgiving. Due to awkward cubicle/computer placement, going on LJ at work was awkward and stressed me out ("Footsteps!!! Close the porn window!! Abort Abort ABORT!!!") more than anything else. On the plus side, I read a lot more books than usual.

I finally got a new hard drive over the holiday, but I did lose all my files, saved fics, vids, pieces of WIPs that were never likely to see the light of day anyway, etc. I've been building an offline fandom library for YEARS, so that's been a been a bit of a wrench, but you know, I'm feeling rather philosophical about it, most of it I can get back, and what I don't remember to track down probably wasn't worth saving just in case I get trapped some where without internet access and only my laptop for entertainment. Also, thank you, del.icio.us. And Google Docs. And that software that lets you rip music from your ipod to your computer.

Anyway, just wanted to say hi, and I know I update sporadically even with a working computer, but I'm not dead, and I missed you all and my icon is telling the truth for the first time in weeks and I'm very excited about new SGA this Friday and Thanksgiving was nice and yay.
merelyn: yes, that is panda from skins hugging a giant fluffy cupcake pillow. (SGA Drama Queen)

Back home for a day, before I go back to NYC for two more interviews tomorrow. (I have one at SI for Kids where I have to show a far greater appreciation of sports than I have- beyond rugby and hockey, the only two that matter, besides basketball sometimes. Quick!! Where are my Sports Night DVDs?) AAH. Hate interviewing. Me and the Chinatown bus are so not friends anymore.

In other news, I am coercing forcing enabling [livejournal.com profile] lillianloop to write a hilarious John/Rodney version of The Parent Trap. I am very pleased by recent developments.

Also, I got a JournalFen account today! (Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] moonilicious, you rock!) Same name, it's here. I've backed it up, and  will be synching it, along with GJ and IJ. To be clear, I don't have plans at this point to move off of LJ, this is more a just in case measure.

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