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Yesterday's responses to my call for hysterectomy stories was overwhelming (in a good way) and incredibly helpful. I was touched by the care and compassion of friends and complete strangers, who shared intimate details about their experiences. I fucking love the internet.

This morning I was lying in bed, checking in with my body. I do it every morning. It's my pre-flight check to make sure nothing is so wrong that I might not make it through the workday. I...have never typed that out before, and now that I've done the equivalent of saying it aloud, I realize how bizarre it is. Who does shit like that? Me, I guess. Anyway. I was checking in and made myself aware of the near-constant slight abdominal pressure I've known about for a long time (at least a year, perhaps more). I always thought it was gas or something not sitting right or maybe I just needed to pee. It felt like menstrual cramps, but surely I wouldn't have menstrual cramps if I wasn't at that part of my cycle, right? Lying there this morning, I realized/admitted to myself, that's probably the giant fibroid. Gross.

I don't often have regrets, but I am very much regretting not wearing tights under my skirt today. I am freezing. I've got a lot going on this weekend, but hauling out the winter wardrobe on Saturday is a must. I don't have a record of when I switched out wardrobes last year, but I think this might be a record for lateness thereof. Hurray for boots, sweaters, and tights! I am not a fan of cold weather, but I least I enjoy cold weather fashion.

Here's a job I would've been really good at, y'all. But that would also mean living in a big city, so...no. Ah well! Last night at Henna Time I sold [livejournal.com profile] hdsqrl and [livejournal.com profile] radiantmephit on Hamilton, and that was great. I also started following Lin-Manuel Miranda on Twitter because he is fucking hilarious and I'm starting to develop such a crush on him.



This has been in my head all week so I'm sharing it with you, too. God damn I love this song so much.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda will be ill the day of our performance.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will step down before we go.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will die before we go.

[livejournal.com profile] mckitterick will die before we go.

I will die before we go.

Our plane to New York will crash (it can crash on our way home, whatever).

There is a rule about Broadway Wednesday matinees that only the understudies perform for those.

The Rodgers Theater will burn down the week before.

We'll get lost on the way to the theater.

We'll be murdered on the way to the theater.

We'll forget our tickets at home.

Our tickets will be lost in a house fire a week before the show.

I'm sure I'll be adding to the list as the day progresses.
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I actually, literally, honestly, started crying at my desk.

[livejournal.com profile] mckitterick totally wins Best Partner Ever forever.

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For those of you wanting more takes on Crimson Peak, may I offer two favorable and lovely reviews, one is from local horror notable [livejournal.com profile] orrin and the other is from [livejournal.com profile] beren_writes.

And here's something for all my friends who I know want another Joss Whedon smackdown critique.

[livejournal.com profile] mckitterick bravely listened to Act 2 of Hamilton with me last night. About a third of the way through he asked "is this just a continuing trainwreck until the end?" and I said yeah, pretty much but he kept listening and agreed that even though it's sad it's also very very good.

I'm not going to say I looked up if orchestra pit seats are still available during our Spring Break but orchestra pit seats are totally still available during our Spring Break. Not cheap. BUT AVAILABLE.

Can we talk for a moment ([livejournal.com profile] curieuse, I'm looking at you) about the stylistic differences between King George's song (click the play option at the top) and the rest of the score and how that corresponds to the completely-different-from-everything-else tone of King Herod's song in Jesus Christ Superstar and how might that be intentionally referential? I hope so. I know LMM is a huge musical theater nerd I really want this not to be coincidence.

ETA: found on the toast, this Hamilton analysis/review from Talib Kweli.
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[livejournal.com profile] mckitterick and I saw Crimson Peak yesterday. I have a lot to say about it, but there's a ton of shit I gotta do today (food prep, laundry, housecleaning since we lost our housecleaner GOD DAMN IT, and with a bit of luck and timing, getting laid again because holy fuck Crimson Peak you guys).

For now, I'll just say if you like old school (and I mean old school) gothic romance, creepy-ass shit, and drop-dead gorgeous cinematography, get your ass to a theater for this one.

A gift

Oct. 14th, 2015 08:44 am
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I can't go into details, obviously, but I just received my due South Sekrit Santa assignment and you guys it is so perfect for me I actually started to tear up just a wee bit. This piece is gonna be amazing.

Hamilton

Sep. 28th, 2015 02:43 pm
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If anyone can score me a ticket to see Hamilton, I'll buy my own plane ticket and take it from there.
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A collection of reviews, essays, and comments:

"There are memorable male and female characters, and their respective personalities and desires are varied...Some of the women are victims, some are heroes, and some are merely trying to survive...Suffice to say, this is not remotely a story about a strong male hero selflessly rescuing helpless damsels from male aggressors...But one of the bonuses of having many female characters is being able to provide a variety of characterizations and presenting male and female characters that are equally shaded and flawed. That this is a wholly feminist movie goes without saying, and that’s the icing on the cake, along with the fact that it works as an emotionally engaging movie, that makes it something more than the world’s greatest sizzle reel." Forbes review

"'I've gone from being very male dominant to being surrounded by magnificent women. I can’t help but be a feminist,' says George Miller." VF Hollywood article

A whole bunch of links and tweets on Storify (including some reviews and analysis I didn't like and/or don't agree with).

"In the film, Miller has Mad Max, Furiosa and the wives team up with a matriarchal motorcycle tribe...George Miller says in this hero myth, women of all ages were an organic element." NPR story

"In fact, as Fury Road unfurls, it becomes a surprisingly feminist tale: Miller spinning a yarn about women reclaiming their agency from an oppressive system that has long denied them any sort of autonomy. This is still a macho, muscled-up movie, with grizzled men warring over beautiful babes. But those babes—among them Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Zoe Kravitz—are themselves rebelling against their victimization, with the help of battle-scarred Max and haunted, determined Furiosa. (Theron cuts an arresting, sympathetic figure throughout.) We meet other women in this odyssey too, and by the final, madcap battle, Fury Road has become an empowering, distaff take on dystopia. Max, played with monosyllabic magnetism by Hardy (he says little, but does so much), proves a big help to these damsels in distress, but the effort is collaborative, a team of nothing-to-lose women and men (but mostly women) fighting to destroy the most brutal of patriarchies." Vanity Fair review

"Mad Max: Fury Road fails to be the lecture on the inherent superiority of masculinity I have to give myself in a Christian Bale Batman voice in order to climax sexually. Instead, it’s a lecture on the destructive, brutal folly of masculinity and the virtues of femininity CROWBARRED INTO OUR BRAINS. Watching a movie about a strong woman smuggling escaped sex slaves out of bondage felt, to me, like having something unwanted and incredibly encroaching literally shoved down my throat. Watching sex abuse victims depicted empathetically onscreen was an incredible violation of my delicate and SIMULTANEOUSLY VERY MANLY tastes."Jezebel (which I usually avoid, but this is brilliant)

"When the final trailer for “Mad Max: Fury Road” dropped back in April, I questioned if George Miller was secretly giving audiences a feminist action movie. There’s nothing secret about it. “Fury Road” is two hours of high octane action that is also a giant middle finger to every sexist action movie trope that has come before it. From the moment Imperator Furiosa takes a hard left into the desert to the second the end credits rolls, Miller is not interested in the status quo whether it comes to stunts, storytelling, or stereotypes. It is the most subversive action blockbuster in existence and it is glorious." Hitfix

"The effortless manner in which this film has presented a character’s disability is incredible. I literally could not ask for anything more. It’s ubiquitous. No big deal. Her body is never a plot point. It is simply allowed to be...In addition to being a total badass, the TRULY amazing thing about Furiosa is that she is also KIND, EMOTIONAL, AND COMPASSIONATE. The main plot of the film is her struggle to help these women escape abuse and slavery, to return to her homeland and family, and find peace in a simple life, away from war and suffering. She transcends the female action star stereotype of the unfeeling hard ass. It’s as if she were an actual human being, with real emotions and struggles, not reduced to a caricature of human existence." This random person's Tumblr post

"I have been unable to think of anything else since seeing this film. All I want to do in my life now is drive around Australia in an angry hedgehog car shooting people and having eye-contact-murder sex and washing myself with breast milk. With guitar man." Buzzfeed

"At a certain point, Fury Road becomes a metaphor for its own place in the current cinematic landscape. The term “wasteland” is a little harsh, maybe, but in a time of half-baked reboots and problematic depictions of women in film, here comes Fury Road with a Immortan Joe Concubine Chorus yelling “We are not things!” and dodging Hollywood conventional wisdom like so many exploding spears. (This, as you can probably imagine, does not sit well with the “men’s rights” movement.) Miller’s beefed-up war vehicle is a female empowerment tale hidden in a macho action flick—one bombarded on all sides by flashier movies, being chased by powerful masters who claim to own the world it lives in, yet holding on to a fighting shot of surviving." Wired Magazine

Every Killer Car in Mad Max: Fury Road Explained: Enter the post-Apocalyptic chop shop of quite possibly the most explosive, adrenaline-fueled chase movie ever. Bloomberg Business

"...The most interesting thing about Fury Road is how it reveals that, contra the wailing of Return of Kings’ “resident economist” Aaron Clarey, the Mad Max franchise has always on some level been a feminist franchise. It’s a franchise about toxic masculinity, and how all of us—including the “good guys”—are infected by it, and how there’s no hope unless we can someday build a world without it, which might mean building a world without ourselves." The Daily Beast

And, finally, this quote from Charlize Theron:
“I knew instantly from understanding the project that George had an innate understanding of what women represent to society and he wanted that to reflect in a post-apocalyptic world in the most truthful way possible. People keep saying ‘strong women’ but we are actually just women. We had a filmmaker that understood the truth of women is powerful enough and we don’t want to be put on pedestals or made to be unnaturally strong. What we are capable of doing is really interesting and informs a story like this.”

Also see today's Tumblr collection, Tuesday, May 26: Mad Max Fury Road.

FRIDAY

Jan. 23rd, 2015 10:03 am
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Right before I left for work yesterday, I discovered that the spreadsheets I created for today's morning meeting hadn't saved properly. I had the raw data, but about two hours of formatting work was gone. I managed to recreate everything this morning in only ninety minutes, though. Done in plenty of time for today's 11:00 meeting.



After talking with [livejournal.com profile] msmitti about it, last night I put on some music and danced in the living room for my daily half hour of movement. It was fantastic and I'm doing that more often. The thirty minutes flew by and even though the last song to come on during the time frame was a slow, steamy one (always more tiring to dance to because low low low), it was great--like really pushing it in the home stretch. When I finished, I had sweat dripping off the end of my nose. I certainly did some work and had a lot of fun doing it. Much more fun than walking.



I'm getting excited about February's Whole30. I'm taking the extra step of not just cutting foods that have crept back into my life (too much dried fruit and nuts, flavored teas, stevia), I'm re-introducing more demanding movement for short periods of time (like last night's dancing).

Last night, I was basically doing HIIT for thirty minutes--all out for about 30 seconds of a song, then a minute or whatever to sort of just groove and get my breath back, then throwing myself back in until I started to feel it get tough, back off until I had my energy back, etc. I didn't feel any lingering fatigue last night or this morning, so I think I'm safe as long as I keep it to half an hour. I can apply this to boxing as well as calisthenics. For boxing: spar or hard bagwork for 30-60 seconds, then walk it off or practice my (pitiable) kicks until I get my wind back. For calisthenics: burpees, lunges, or airsquats for 30 seconds, then appropriate calming but active yoga poses for a minute. Down-dog is good for that, so is bridge pose and some seated twists. I'll research others so I have a rotation.

I need to buy a timer/stopwatch so I'm not constantly looking at the clock.

In other exciting news, our UPS delivery person is lying about getting signatures from packages. Over the holidays, he claimed the other secretary signed for packages when she was on vacation and yesterday he claims to have received a signature from me when I was at lunch. In the meantime, people are complaining about lost packages and calling me because UPS is telling them that I signed for them. We've filed a complaint--well, two complaints now, since we filed one on behalf of the other secretary earlier this month. What an idiot.



God, Hiddleston is so beautiful in that last gif. *sigh*
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Today's Tumblr collection is Tuesday, August 26: Due South (part five in an unending series). If you need more dS today than just that, you can check out the previous dS collections:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

I don't think I have any repeat posts. If I do, they're rare.

And that's all I have energy for right now. I am physically and emotionally wrung out. Oof.
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My Tumblr is FERGUSON FERGUSON FERGUSON WHAT THE FUCK FERGUSON right now (and let's not even talk about FB where I actually had someone I knew twenty years ago piping up to talk about PROPER USE OF TEAR GAS and LAWSUITS*), so I really need LJ to be something else for me today.

* Here is his entire comment: If the police use tear gas improperly, then they are liable. If it used properly, the mother can be charged with child endangerment. There is a middle ground where the mother is not liable and the police used it properly as well. Because, you know, throwing tear gas into a non-violent crowd that has families and children can TOTALLY BE "proper use."



Nerdfitness has a good article on how to get over your fear of going to the gym. There's a link in the story that takes you to this piece on how to be a good spotter which I'm linking here as well because this is good information for long-time gym folks who might not be inclined to read that first piece.

I walked this morning, and met up with [livejournal.com profile] sherwood21 who volunteered to be a motivator for me. Thank you, bb! I got there right at 6am and it was so dark. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to do this. I don't relish walking around a dark track. Pffffff. It was pretty cloudy this morning, though, so provided Wednesday and Friday are clear, I'll be able to better judge lighting conditions for the next week or so.

Also, you guys, I have what would be an embarrassing confession to make except for the fact that ho ho ho don't you wish it was so easy to embarrass me. I bought a vibration platform. I know. Right? But I saw on someone's LJ that she'd bought one and that a friend of hers tried it and had near-immediate improvement with her digestion.



I started to read a bit about them and found studies show that vibration platforms can assist with the improvement of circulatory problems and bone density protection. Hm! So [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick offered to buy me one and it arrived last week and you guys it is so weird and strangely enjoyable. I haven't noticed any immediate improvements, but we all know I'm slow to change.

So y'all locals, if you're over at the house and want to stand on it for a while, lemme know. It's a hoot.

And then there's this:



Empty Bar

Feb. 24th, 2014 11:15 am
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Human brain now registers smiley face emoticon as real facial expression. OH MAN I FUCKING LOVE THE INTERNET.

If you haven't read the essay from the Duke University Porn Star, I encourage you to do so.

"I, like all other sex workers, want to be treated with dignity and respect. I want equal representation under the law and within societal institutions. I want people to acknowledge our humanity. I want people to listen to our unique narratives and dialogues.

To the anti-pornography feminists out there: I very much respect your opinion. Nevertheless, I want you to consider how you marginalize a group of women by condemning their actions. Consider that when you demean women for participating in sex work, you are demeaning THEM, and consequently, YOU become the problem.

Please do not continue to make the mistake you have made in the past of ignoring the voices of minority communities. Listen. Listen to the women who have for so long been silenced. Listen to their thoughts and their needs. Only then can we achieve solidarity and true progress within our movement."


Along a similar vein is this video starring Carmen Carrera, a transwoman and model. NSFW, but amazing.



Carmen's personal essay about the experience and her motivations for doing the video is here.

I want to leave something behind so people can look back one day and say, "Wow, remember when transpeople were discriminated against the most? This person was like, ‘Screw everybody! I’m going to parade around half-naked and be superproud, because that’s how everyone should be!’"

This weekend I spent money I didn't have on a neutral matte makeup palette from Stila. I need a neutral palette for travel because I'm tired of carting around a bag full of single pot colors and I wanted a matte collection because Reasons. It would've been nice to shop around a bit more before purchasing, but no time (or gas money) to hit Sephora in Kansas City. So picked this up from the local Beauty Brands (also, BB has a faboo return policy and they're local, so no driving to KC for a return). I was able to combine a $3.50 off coupon with my 10% off voucher that I've been holding onto for ... a year? and saved nearly $8 so my total came in just under $35. This is my second day wearing the colors from it and I'm *this close* to chucking all my old single-pot eyeshadows and replacing them with the other Stila palettes. THIS COLOR IS AMAZING. It doesn't look so much like pigment resting on my skin as it looks like my skin is actually stained/pigmented. And it lasted all day yesterday, through kitchen chores and laundry and even an occasion when I rubbed by eye because I forgot I was wearing eyeshadow. Very happy I took a chance on these.

My session with Andrew wasn't quite as thrilling, but it was good and informative. Last week wasn't a good week for me, physically. I felt worn down and fatigued, I had some swelling issues, and I started spotting on Wednesday. On Saturday I started bleeding for real (five days early) and the cramps were pretty bad. But I went to my training session on Sunday and just warned Andrew that I wasn't feeling at peak fitness. After the session he said it was interesting to watch me perform all the lifts with perfect mechanics and form, but at twenty to twenty-five percent less strength than previously. On the push press and bench press I struggled with just the empty 45lb. bar. We talked a little bit about how people can psych themselves out of lifting a weight because they think it's too heavy for them and he said he could tell that wasn't the problem (and he's seen me psych myself out of lifting a weight). He could see me reaching for it, could see my arms shaking with the effort, but the weight just wouldn't go up. So now I have something close to actual proof that my occasional weakness and fatigue isn't psychological. My body is actually chemically, physically weaker when I'm having A Spell. FASCINATING.

And then I spent pretty much the rest of the day alternating Couch Time with Folding Laundry. So grateful [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick was home most of the day so he could carry the laundry baskets up the stairs for me.

Update: Well shit. Harold Ramis died.

Empty bar

Feb. 24th, 2014 11:15 am
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Human brain now registers smiley face emoticon as real facial expression. OH MAN I FUCKING LOVE THE INTERNET.

If you haven't read the essay from the Duke University Porn Star, I encourage you to do so.

"I, like all other sex workers, want to be treated with dignity and respect. I want equal representation under the law and within societal institutions. I want people to acknowledge our humanity. I want people to listen to our unique narratives and dialogues.

To the anti-pornography feminists out there: I very much respect your opinion. Nevertheless, I want you to consider how you marginalize a group of women by condemning their actions. Consider that when you demean women for participating in sex work, you are demeaning THEM, and consequently, YOU become the problem.

Please do not continue to make the mistake you have made in the past of ignoring the voices of minority communities. Listen. Listen to the women who have for so long been silenced. Listen to their thoughts and their needs. Only then can we achieve solidarity and true progress within our movement."


Along a similar vein is this video starring Carmen Carrera, a transwoman and model. NSFW, but amazing.



Carmen's personal essay about the experience and her motivations for doing the video is here.

I want to leave something behind so people can look back one day and say, "Wow, remember when transpeople were discriminated against the most? This person was like, ‘Screw everybody! I’m going to parade around half-naked and be superproud, because that’s how everyone should be!’"

This weekend I spent money I didn't have on a neutral matte makeup palette from Stila. I need a neutral palette for travel because I'm tired of carting around a bag full of single pot colors and I wanted a matte collection because Reasons. It would've been nice to shop around a bit more before purchasing, but no time (or gas money) to hit Sephora in Kansas City. So picked this up from the local Beauty Brands (also, BB has a faboo return policy and they're local, so no driving to KC for a return). I was able to combine a $3.50 off coupon with my 10% off voucher that I've been holding onto for ... a year? and saved nearly $8 so my total came in just under $35. This is my second day wearing the colors from it and I'm *this close* to chucking all my old single-pot eyeshadows and replacing them with the other Stila palettes. THIS COLOR IS AMAZING. It doesn't look so much like pigment resting on my skin as it looks like my skin is actually stained/pigmented. And it lasted all day yesterday, through kitchen chores and laundry and even an occasion when I rubbed by eye because I forgot I was wearing eyeshadow. Very happy I took a chance on these.

My session with Andrew wasn't quite as thrilling, but it was good an informative. Last week wasn't a good week for me, physically. I felt worn down and fatigued, I had some swelling issues, and I started spotting on Wednesday. On Saturday I started bleeding for real (five days early) and the cramps were pretty bad. But I went to my training session on Sunday and just warned Andrew that I wasn't feeling at peak fitness. After the session he said it was interesting to watch me perform all the lifts with perfect mechanics and form, but at twenty to twenty-five percent less strength than previously. On the push press and bench press I struggled with just the empty 45lb. bar. We talked a little bit about how people can psych themselves out of lifting a weight because they think it's too heavy for them and he said he could tell that wasn't the problem (and he's seen me psych myself out of lifting a weight). He could see me reaching for it, could see my arms shaking with the effort, but the weight just wouldn't go up. So now I have something close to actual proof that my occasional weakness and fatigue isn't psychological. My body is actually chemically, physically weaker when I'm having A Spell. FASCINATING.

And then I spent pretty much the rest of the day alternating Couch Time with Folding Laundry. So grateful [personal profile] mckitterick was home most of the day so he could carry the laundry baskets up the stairs for me.
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Putting this here for later: Spine Stabilization: How Your Core Should Be Working. Lots of anatomical descriptions and a self-test for spinal stabilization. And have a partner article: How to Unlock Your Athletic Potential Through Good Posture.

My exercise program this week looks kind of nuts.

Overhead Squats (5x5) 25#
Power Snatch (5x5) 15# -> 45#
Front Squat (5x5) 55#
Power Clean/Push Jerk combo (5x5) 35# -> 55#
Super set of One-Arm dumbbell presses 5x10 each arm 10# each arm and T-Bar rows, 4x12 153 -> 25#

But when I did it last night it seemed really easy. Maybe the trainer bar I was using wasn't the standard 15#? Not sure. But I finished up feeling like I could have done more and this morning I feel like I didn't do a workout at all, so I'm thinking I'll up some of those weights on Thursday. Except for the front squat. I'm a little irked at that low front squat weight, but in light of my recent SI joint unhappiness I'm making my peace with it. Look at that Power Clean/Push Jerk number, though. My last set I'm doing five reps at fifty-five pounds. Just a few months ago, the max I could get over my head with one rep was sixty pounds. I'm repping at almost my former max. And I might rep at my former max this week! Boo-yah.

Thanks to [profile] etcet, here is Tom Hiddleston on Top Gear. Some behind the scenes shots here. And of course a gif set. My baby is a really good driver. Who is surprised? Nobody is surprised.

Oh my god an electric pressure cooker. And oh my god, I can make bone broth in this thing? Sign. Me. The Fuck. Up. Seriously. I am putting this on my wishlist NOW.

I would look so fucking good in this top.

Then there's this.


And now I have an admissions committee meeting that's going to last most of the morning. Good times.
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Putting this here for later: Spine Stabilization: How Your Core Should Be Working. Lots of anatomical descriptions and a self-test for spinal stabilization. And have a partner article: How to Unlock Your Athletic Potential Through Good Posture.

My exercise program this week looks kind of nuts.

Overhead Squats (5x5) 25#
Power Snatch (5x5) 15# -> 45#
Front Squat (5x5) 55#
Power Clean/Push Jerk combo (5x5) 35# -> 55#
Super set of One-Arm dumbbell presses 5x10 each arm 10# each arm and T-Bar rows, 4x12 153 -> 25#

But when I did it last night it seemed really easy. Maybe the trainer bar I was using wasn't the standard 15#? Not sure. But I finished up feeling like I could have done more and this morning I feel like I didn't do a workout at all, so I'm thinking I'll up some of those weights on Thursday. Except for the front squat. I'm a little irked at that low front squat weight, but in light of my recent SI joint unhappiness I'm making my peace with it. Look at that Power Clean/Push Jerk number, though. My last set I'm doing five reps at fifty-five pounds. Just a few months ago, the max I could get over my head with one rep was sixty pounds. I'm repping at almost my former max. And I might rep at my former max this week! Boo-yah.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] etcet, here is Tom Hiddleston on Top Gear. Some behind the scenes shots here. And of course a gif set. My baby is a really good driver. Who is surprised? Nobody is surprised.

Oh my god an electric pressure cooker. And oh my god, I can make bone broth in this thing? Sign. Me. The Fuck. Up. Seriously. I am putting this on my wishlist NOW.

I would look so fucking good in this top.

Then there's this.


And now I have an admissions committee meeting that's going to last most of the morning. Good times.
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I posted a bunch of Coriolanus gifs to my Tumblr today, along with a couple other random things. But go for the Coriolanus gifs. Because NAKED BLOODY SHOWER. AND BOY KISSING. AND GIFS.



JFC this play is going to kill me.
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Back at work today. Yay.

My Whole30 ended on January 31. I didn't talk about it much because it really wasn't a big deal for me this time. Apart from a couple social occasions where it would've been nice to have a glass of wine, I didn't hardly notice at all the changed eating. I was just a little more strict than normal when it came to how many nuts I ate, and the elimination of white potatoes (which I've started using in some of my soups because I like how they thicken the broth).

Anyway, I didn't expect to see a lot of changes, but I did notice some. First off, and most notably, I fit (barely! but I fit!) into a pair of jeans I've not worn in almost a year. This wasn't due to weight loss or even change of size (more on that in a moment). The only thing I can attribute it to is decreased inflammation--which means that booze, increased nut consumption, or white potatoes are causing a significant inflammatory response. I'm going to go out on limb here and say I'm doubting the white potatoes were the culprit. This is easily tested, though, by simply adding white potatoes back in. I'm not sure if I want to try that immediately or wait until after my travel in April.

Here's where the really interesting part comes in, though. My measurements (I'm only tracking Waist, Navel, and Hip) were exactly the same as they were on January 1. In fact, the measurement at my navel might have been up a wee bit. And yet I was able to fit into those jeans. So obviously it's not the actual inches but how they're distributed--and I can definitely see some different distribution. My ass is starting to stick out a little farther in back (aw yeah) and my lower back muscles are really developed. When I'm just standing, no flexing, no nothing, the line of my spine makes a significant valley/hollow from my ribs to tailbone. Basically, my posterior chain is starting to take up a lot of real estate. And now here comes the kicker: I'm up nearly three pounds. THREE POUNDS! Up three pounds with no change in abdominal measurements. That means I put on three pounds of muscle in one month.

I am a forty-four year old woman who put on three pounds of muscle in thirty days. I'd say those testosterone supplements are working.

I want to start incorporating more fermented foods into my diet. Does anyone have suggestions on how to actually go about doing this? I mean, not the making them, but the adding of them to meals? You know, actually eating them instead of just thinking about it?

How much do I love this theory about Mary? A LOT. I LOVE IT A LOT.

Also, now is a good time to reveal my [livejournal.com profile] pennswoods-inspired cosplay for 221B Con: CIA Agent Mary. Gotta drive to Leavenworth in the next few weeks to hit up the Army/Navy surplus stores for tactical wear.


This showed up on my dash this morning and I'm all FUCK YEAH less than a week and a half until Coriolanus at the Tivoli in KC.


Tonight is Laverne Cox speaking on campus! I am so excite! I shall probably be the only person in the audience who hasn't seen a single episode of Orange is the New Black but OH WELL.

I canceled Saturday's PR test with Andrew because there's a basketball game that afternoon and no way would I get a parking space when I returned from the test. And there's another Saturday afternoon game on the 15th. Note to [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick: we need to do other stuff before returning home from Coriolanus that day. I'm thinking there's no point in getting home before 6pm. UGH.
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Back at work today. Yay.

My Whole30 ended on January 31. I didn't talk about it much because it really wasn't a big deal for me this time. Apart from a couple social occasions where it would've been nice to have a glass of wine, I didn't hardly notice at all the changed eating. I was just a little more strict than normal when it came to how many nuts I ate, and the elimination of white potatoes (which I've started using in some of my soups because I like how they thicken the broth).

Anyway, I didn't expect to see a lot of changes, but I did notice some. First off, and most notably, I fit (barely! but I fit!) into a pair of jeans I've not worn in almost a year. This wasn't due to weight loss or even change of size (more on that in a moment). The only thing I can attribute it to is decreased inflammation--which means that booze, increased nut consumption, or white potatoes are causing a significant inflammatory response. I'm going to go out on limb here and say I'm doubting the white potatoes were the culprit. This is easily tested, though, by simply adding white potatoes back in. I'm not sure if I want to try that immediately or wait until after my travel in April.

Here's where the really interesting part comes in, though. My measurements (I'm only tracking Waist, Navel, and Hip) were exactly the same as they were on January 1. In fact, the measurement at my navel might have been up a wee bit. And yet I was able to fit into those jeans. So obviously it's not the actual inches but how they're distributed--and I can definitely see some different distribution. My ass is starting to stick out a little farther in back (aw yeah) and my lower back muscles are really developed. When I'm just standing, no flexing, no nothing, the line of my spine makes a significant valley/hollow from my ribs to tailbone. Basically, my posterior chain is starting to take up a lot of real estate. And now here comes the kicker: I'm up nearly three pounds. THREE POUNDS! Up three pounds with no change in abdominal measurements. That means I put on three pounds of muscle in one month.

I am a forty-four year old woman who put on three pounds of muscle in thirty days. I'd say those testosterone supplements are working.

I want to start incorporating more fermented foods into my diet. Does anyone have suggestions on how to actually go about doing this? I mean, not the making them, but the adding of them to meals? You know, actually eating them instead of just thinking about it?

How much do I love this theory about Mary? A LOT. I LOVE IT A LOT.

Also, now is a good time to reveal my [personal profile] pennswoods-inspired cosplay for 221B Con: CIA Agent Mary. Gotta drive to Leavenworth in the next few weeks to hit up the Army/Navy surplus stores for tactical wear.


This showed up on my dash this morning and I'm all FUCK YEAH less than a week and a half until Coriolanus at the Tivoli in KC.


Tonight is Laverne Cox speaking on campus! I am so excite! I shall probably be the only person in the audience who hasn't seen a single episode of Orange is the New Black but OH WELL.

I canceled Saturday's PR test with Andrew because there's a basketball game that afternoon and no way would I get a parking space when I returned from the test. And there's another Saturday afternoon game on the 15th. Note to [personal profile] mckitterick: we need to do other stuff before returning home from Coriolanus that day. I'm thinking there's no point in getting home before 6pm. UGH.
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There was/is a lot of debate in fandom about this season. I don't think either of the two previous seasons inspired so many confused and ambivalent feelings. Myself, I kind of like that. I understand and feel for the people who are put off by the feelings of betrayal and unease this season generated, though.

I especially appreciate how much meta sprung from these confused feelings, though. Oh my god, SO. MUCH. META.

This is why we love this show: The post that made me feel better about this season after I was feeling a little disappointed after episode 2.

Incredibly detailed analysis of The Empty Hearse Part one, Part two, and Part three: Not much conjecture, but a lot of good analysis of the cinematography and film-making.

Why I really really do not like that ‘Holmes Parents’ scene and a followup post by the same author here: I agree completely, even though I couldn't put my finger on why until I read these posts. It was charming to see Benedict's parents in these roles, but the scene rubbed me wrong from the first.

The Empty Hearse: Some Thoughts on the Fans and the Fannish.

The fine line between comedy and pathos: The train carriage sequence analyzed from a very literary perspective.

The loudest subtext in television: The more I read posts like this the more I wonder how people don't see the subtext.

John Watson's feelings: Completely leaves aside the potential shippiness of the Sherlock/John dynamic and focuses on how (if not why) John Watson loves Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock's Dilemma: Why loving John Watson would destroy Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes's feelings: Pretty much the opposite of what everyone else saw and thought about the ending of The Sign of Three (including me) and I love it.

Johnlock is not just for fans anymore: Some important thoughts on queerbaiting that the post in my first link doesn't address. A companion piece that references this post is here: An ode to unconventional relationships (or, queerness vs. queerbaiting — there’s another possibility).

Another Johnlock isn't just for fans anymore essay: Addresses only what we see on screen without attaching politics and culture to the issue (at least, without attaching them as much as one can).

It wasn't John and Mary's wedding we were supposed to witness: [livejournal.com profile] pennswoods nails it, succinctly and beautifully.

You Asked For It, You Got It: A shot-by-shot analysis of John and Sherlock's body language in the drunk guessing game scene, done by someone who analyzes body language for a living.

Sherlock reacts to the nurse's story: How much of her story is a reflection of his feelings about John?

Humanizing Sherlock: This is the post that converted me to being 100% okay with the decreased emphasis on cases.

Dixiebell's argument that Sherlock did tell John that he loved him.

Penance: Sherlock in S3: this is a fantastic observation of how S3 was Sherlock's paying for his betrayal of John, and how much more painful that is than would be his punishment for actually murdering someone.

Love and Breadcrumbs: The entire season broken down into John and Sherlock's relationship arc, with gifs and analysis.

I don't feel the same way about Moffat, but I am 100% on board with [livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa's thoughts on John and Mary's love.

What to do when None of This Makes Any Sense to you.

If you wanna get all SRS BSNS and academic about it, here's Bakhtin, Dialogue, and The Empty Hearse.

Stone Romancer, John Watson: Some thoughts on John’s Sexuality.

All these holes in his habit: A fucking brilliant analysis of John Watson's wardrobe.

Hands down absolutely the most amazing macro-meta analysis of the general show is right here. And she's got a host of addendums (to which she is still adding as of 02/03/14) here. ETA: If you don't read any of the other meta I linked here, read acafanmom's stuff because seriously she is amazing.

And if all that's not enough for you, here and here are giant lists of collected meta posts. I also put up a shitload of reblogs on my Tumblr today. Some are the ones I linked here, some aren't, and there are several fanvids and gifsets, none of which I linked here.

Happy reading.

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