nenya_kanadka: cartoon teddy squees with joy (@ squeh!)
Mucca, holding the cat, and turning to me: I have a serious question.
Me: Okay...
She: WHO'S A KITTY??

I'm afraid Kaylee-cat has just lost the title of Most Cutest after only two weeks. It reverts back to Mucca. ❤ Kitty still holds world record for Best Cat Ever, though.

Kitty is doing MUCH better (further updates, as well as pictures, forthcoming from somebody or other here). Does not like the taste of antibiotics, but they've had a magical effect and she's bouncing around with a far more normal-looking properly healing spay site. Didn't need to take a taxing trip to the vet (so far! fingers crossed!) after all. Out of her cone collar all day today for the first full day, without worrying at that bit of her tummy, so we've left her free tonight as well.

She is the loveliest, snuggliest, silliest little critter. Hilariously enthusiastic about catnip mice. Bemused and determined when faced with the mystery of a paper grocery bag with a catnip mouse inside it??? *pounce pounce etc* Just a delight to have around.

We've named her Kaylee after another small, cheerful, enthusiastic, curious, calm in a crisis favourite of ours. So far no signs of spaceship engineering, but she's kinda into the parks radios, so give it time.
nenya_kanadka: I cannot go to bed; there is epic shit happening on the Internet (@ epic shit)
So I uh haven't posted here in...mumblety mumble...way too long. But [community profile] fandom_stocking is live. Hurray! I thought I'd post a link to my stocking here, partly so I can find it again and partly of course so anyone else who wants to put stuff in it can.

Nenya's Stocking 2016.

It's something of a tl;dr list this year because I went through all my old requests and updated them. But that just means more options for people who feel like stuffing it, I guess?

IRL we have a GIANT FUCKING TREE that Mucca found and cut down, and a bunch of small presents tucked under it for when her parents come out to visit next week. It looks like being a cozy lighthouse Christmas (interrupted by episodes of art class, for me). I'm looking forward to it.
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (@ panic button)
A line from the Lauren Esker shapeshifter romance [personal profile] muccamukk is reading goes something like, "Koalas were not very fast creatures, but she was a highly-motivated koala."

It is my new favourite phrase, and I foresee having many chances to use it--especially for those days when I'm trundling along, doing my thing, and then suddenly CRISIS!! and I have to shift modes from 0 to speedy while triaging All The Things to be done. A highly-motivated koala!

(We also have little wineglass markers in the shape of colourful koalas. (Oscar & Libby's is good to us.) Which we finally got to use last night when we had park wardens and let them use the big wineglasses. :P)

Said Lauren Esker book apparently also contains baby puppy shapeshifters (werewolves?), and I wonder if the author has seen The Cage by Alyx Dellamonica?

(...aroooo!)
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (Default)
So yesterday was our second anniversary. It doesn't seem like it's been that long! Then again we've been together since 2010 so we haven't yet been married as long as we were dating.

Anyway, we celebrated with pancakes (in the morning) and fancy booze (in the evening--I believe Mucca made a manhattan based on chocolate rye, which was just as swanky as it sounds). I gave her this adorable card and she gave me this necklace, though she actually got me the necklace in town so I've been wearing it for a couple of weeks already. :D (It's pretty amazing, and manages to combine romance, my fannish history, and a reference to my first try at college, all in one piece, which I figure is pretty great.)

There will be fancy cake for Mucca's birthday later in the week, but we are waiting on the grocery tender, which has not yet arrived. (Tomorrow perhaps?) Today I have poked at my accounting homework, and am procrastinating on fest fic, during which time I looked at cute pictures of boys in lipstick and then fell down a rabbit hole into a couple of fannish queer criticism essays. Which, well, I spent the whole time going "Fuck your 'sites of transgression against heteronormativity', give me some actual women in love!" (Even though, sure, I can buy fanon bisexual Howard Stark, or ship Sam/Steve or Peggy/Angie, or whatever. I just don't think some of this stuff is as revolutionary as the essay writer did.)

Anyway. Lifes goes on. I should probably make a whole post squeeing about how I got Mass Effect 3 to work (AT LAST) and how much I'm enjoying that. (A fandom which, as a matter of fact, does have canon f/f in this installment and hot boys to perv over. And fireballs to throw. It's pretty great.)



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nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (SW BB8 flower crown)
So yesterday was our second anniversary. It doesn't seem like it's been that long! Then again we've been together since 2010 so we haven't yet been married as long as we were dating.

Anyway, we celebrated with pancakes (in the morning) and fancy booze (in the evening--I believe Mucca made a manhattan based on chocolate rye, which was just as swanky as it sounds). I gave her this adorable card and she gave me this necklace, though she actually got me the necklace in town so I've been wearing it for a couple of weeks already. :D (It's pretty amazing, and manages to combine romance, my fannish history, and a reference to my first try at college, all in one piece, which I figure is pretty great.)

There will be fancy cake for Mucca's birthday later in the week, but we are waiting on the grocery tender, which has not yet arrived. (Tomorrow perhaps?) Today I have poked at my accounting homework, and am procrastinating on fest fic, during which time I looked at cute pictures of boys in lipstick and then fell down a rabbit hole into a couple of fannish queer criticism essays. Which, well, I spent the whole time going "Fuck your 'sites of transgression against heteronormativity', give me some actual women in love!" (Even though, sure, I can buy fanon bisexual Howard Stark, or ship Sam/Steve or Peggy/Angie, or whatever. I just don't think some of this stuff is as revolutionary as the essay writer did.)

Anyway. Lifes goes on. I should probably make a whole post squeeing about how I got Mass Effect 3 to work (AT LAST) and how much I'm enjoying that. (A fandom which, as a matter of fact, does have canon f/f in this installment and hot boys to perv over. And fireballs to throw. It's pretty great.)

swan

May. 5th, 2016 08:21 pm
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (Default)
So right now there's a...white swan? chillaxing in our bay. O.o

It's a very nice swan, from what I can see through binoculars. (I missed the attempt to view it with a telescope.) But I did not know that swans were even ocean-going creatures. ???

(Also, is it "creature" or "being" in that last sentence? I think "being" is usually reserved for sapient lifeforms, right? But who knows, maybe this is a star-swan from Alpha Centauri. At this point, I have no idea.)

Swan! :D



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swan

May. 5th, 2016 08:21 pm
nenya_kanadka: Carl Sagan: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known" (@ something incredible)
So right now there's a...white swan? chillaxing in our bay. O.o

It's a very nice swan, from what I can see through binoculars. (I missed the attempt to view it with a telescope.) But I did not know that swans were even ocean-going creatures. ???

(Also, is it "creature" or "being" in that last sentence? I think "being" is usually reserved for sapient lifeforms, right? But who knows, maybe this is a star-swan from Alpha Centauri. At this point, I have no idea.)

Swan! :D
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (DW Two)
I repeat, the Time Lords have the clock:



Left to right: Delgado!Master, Third Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Sarah Jane (on clock tower), Jabe, Sixth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, and (in front) little boy from The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. (Most figurines originally courtesy of [personal profile] settiai. I really want a Missy one but apparently they are $$$ right now.)



In other news, we're in the midst of moving from one building at the lighthouse to another. The floor plans of the two houses are mirror images of each other, so we know where most everything will go; it's now a matter of actually moving furniture (mostly done, and ow, my arms) and sorting through things (it's a good chance to cull items we never use, and there were a few things left behind by the previous tenants that we don't need).

Upsides include that we now have all our books together on one shelf for the first time ever (we have a lot of sci-fi, and I'm feeling undereducated looking at Mucca's collection of social justice and history stuff). Downsides include me not getting any schoolwork done all week, and also the aforesaid noodle arms.



Progress!
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (Default)
This is the helicopter which evacuated Mucca on Thursday and took me along for the ride:


source

And this is what it looks like with humans next to it for scale:


source

It is fucking big, you guys, is my point. From inside it I was estimating space, and it's seriously the size of a Victoria city bus. One page I googled said it could hold 30 troops seated or 45 standing, when used as a military transport. This one was stripped down to just a few seats inside, and packed with search & rescue gear. 5 crew, I believe, a pilot, copilot, and 3 paramedics. All very competent and reassuring, and dealt really well with having a severely hard-of-hearing spouse of the evacuee on board.

It was literally so big it could not land on our lightstation's helipad; it would have warped the wooden supports for the pad and, like, crushed it. O.O

In order to get through the fog (which had earlier that day stymied delivery of groceries via smaller helicopter) they literally opened the side door and looked out while flying. While attached by very strong lines to the inside of the helicopter, BUT STILL.

By contrast this is the chopper we usually fly in:


source

And for scale:


source

I'm still quite croggled and impressed.



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nenya_kanadka: Doc Brown exclaiming "1.21 jiggawatts!" (BTTF 1.21 gigawatts!)
This is the helicopter which evacuated Mucca on Thursday and took me along for the ride:


source

And this is what it looks like with humans next to it for scale:


source

It is fucking big, you guys, is my point. From inside it I was estimating space, and it's seriously the size of a Victoria city bus. One page I googled said it could hold 30 troops seated or 45 standing, when used as a military transport. This one was stripped down to just a few seats inside, and packed with search & rescue gear. 5 crew, I believe, a pilot, copilot, and 3 paramedics. All very competent and reassuring, and dealt really well with having a severely hard-of-hearing spouse of the evacuee on board.

It was literally so big it could not land on our lightstation's helipad; it would have warped the wooden supports for the pad and, like, crushed it. O.O

In order to get through the fog (which had earlier that day stymied delivery of groceries via smaller helicopter) they literally opened the side door and looked out while flying. While attached by very strong lines to the inside of the helicopter, BUT STILL.

By contrast this is the chopper we usually fly in:


source

And for scale:


source

I'm still quite croggled and impressed.
nenya_kanadka: Wonder Woman poster (kneeling with sword) (Default)
So Mucca and I are doing some relief lightkeeping at the next lighthouse up the coast from our usual haunts--or rather, she is doing the lightkeeping and I'm studying for my final exam (Intermediate Accounting I, yay) next week.

We were told we could pick the blackberries behind the other keeper's house, so I did. Some are not yet ripe but some are tasty and delicious. AND defended by huge-ass thorns! Much nastier than raspberry bushes, which is my closest similar experience. (They're kind of built differently, too? Like there's one long stem with one big berry (usually ripe before the others) and then a whole bunch more branching off that main stem. Weird.)

I don't know what they live off when they can't get humans, but whatever it is (bears?) presumably has a pretty thick hide, because these things mean business. I suddenly understand the urge to write about mutant man-eating thornbushes on alien planets. Ow.

The berries are pretty good, though, and make a decent snack before dinner.

The other crop in abundance here is sci-fi DVDs. The people we are filling in for are apparently huge fans, though not in quite the same way I am (they express it by doing things like keeping dozens of TNG action figures in their original packaging and displaying them in the guest room, for example). They've got all of BSG, B5, SG1, SGA, Star Trek TOS, Quantum Leap, and Warehouse 13, plus a bunch of other stuff both fannish and not. So it's something of an embarrassment of riches, and we're having a great time picking random cool stuff to watch of an evening.

(The Star Trek stuff is on Blu-Ray, with updated special effects, which makes it not so jarring to the modern eye but keeps the cheesy 60's primary-coloured aesthetic. It's quite nice.)

Also rewatching The Middleman (see icon), the only DVDs we actually brought with us (and one of the few our hosts don't actually have).



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nenya_kanadka: The Middleman makes exclamatory jazz-hands (Middleman !!!!)
So Mucca and I are doing some relief lightkeeping at the next lighthouse up the coast from our usual haunts--or rather, she is doing the lightkeeping and I'm studying for my final exam (Intermediate Accounting I, yay) next week.

We were told we could pick the blackberries behind the other keeper's house, so I did. Some are not yet ripe but some are tasty and delicious. AND defended by huge-ass thorns! Much nastier than raspberry bushes, which is my closest similar experience. (They're kind of built differently, too? Like there's one long stem with one big berry (usually ripe before the others) and then a whole bunch more branching off that main stem. Weird.)

I don't know what they live off when they can't get humans, but whatever it is (bears?) presumably has a pretty thick hide, because these things mean business. I suddenly understand the urge to write about mutant man-eating thornbushes on alien planets. Ow.

The berries are pretty good, though, and make a decent snack before dinner.

The other crop in abundance here is sci-fi DVDs. The people we are filling in for are apparently huge fans, though not in quite the same way I am (they express it by doing things like keeping dozens of TNG action figures in their original packaging and displaying them in the guest room, for example). They've got all of BSG, B5, SG1, SGA, Star Trek TOS, Quantum Leap, and Warehouse 13, plus a bunch of other stuff both fannish and not. So it's something of an embarrassment of riches, and we're having a great time picking random cool stuff to watch of an evening.

(The Star Trek stuff is on Blu-Ray, with updated special effects, which makes it not so jarring to the modern eye but keeps the cheesy 60's primary-coloured aesthetic. It's quite nice.)

Also rewatching The Middleman (see icon), the only DVDs we actually brought with us (and one of the few our hosts don't actually have).