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[personal profile] mako_lies   Feb. 25th, 2017 09:47 am
My internet's been down because for some unfathomable reason, I have two internet bills (only one of which actually looks like a bill). All connected again. 

Considering picking up FFVII for the PS4, since my PS3 is still stateside. (Such a mistake to leave it, hahahaha). 

I've been writing self-indulgent fic. Monica & Prompto bodyswap fic that explores some of the personal/political failings (lol I should really watch Kingsglaive, I guess). A angsty exploration of Kisumi/Makoto. My fandom interests are all over the place rn, to be honest. 

Japan is Japan. I'm really enjoying my time here, but the things that upset me/made me anxious in America make me upset/anxious here. Plus the added language barrier. Learning Japanese is a struggle, but I'm doing my best. I'm staying another year, at least. Likely, I'll stay until the education system isn't being run by that terrible woman. :/ Otherwise, I might just find a new profession in the US. IDK. 

Finding my groove teaching here, I think. It's difficult not having my own classroom, especially since I think I'm more qualified than a lot of my teachers are??? These textbooks many of my teachers cling to religiously are.... pretty goddamn terrible. Ah and rote memorization. And the completely awful homework the kids have to do. Sometimes I just want to scream endlessly about student-led learning, task-basked and dialogical pedagogy. But there's only so much I can do when I'm in an assistant position. :/ I like all of my teachers as people, but working with some of them makes me want to scream and/or cry. 

Still, it's gratifying that even when I mess up a lesson, or something flops, that it's still better than sitting and reading the textbook for fifty minutes. 
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[personal profile] psyche29   Feb. 24th, 2017 03:18 pm
FB memories today shows me an update I made 02/24/2011:

Puberty discussion w/ Boychild tonight. I said an egg is about the size of a period at the end of a sentence.

Boychild wants perspective: "Yeah, but what font?"

Still one of the damn funniest things he has ever uttered!
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[personal profile] psyche29   Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:24 pm
I say it every time, but it's true every time: it's been AGES since I last posted.

So much has happened, though looking back at it, it seems like piddly stuff.

Also, I forgot how to code a cut, so I apologize in advance for the length.

Boychild: IS EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD. Seriously, where the eff does the time go?! He VOTED in November. (Not for the JOKE currently in office, TYVM. Kid is a hard-ass lefty. Why, yes - I AM proud of it.)

He also has been on meds since about September of 2015; he definitely hits the ADHD scale, though noticeably without the H. Doc's got him on 20 mgs of Adderall a day, with 5 mg supplements as needed after school for homework. It has definitely helped to start, though he may actually need to up it a little, as we are still having to drag him through getting homework turned in and remembering things.

Hubby: Had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy in March 2015. He's since lost about 200 lbs, can buy clothes at regular stores now, and no longer hits the diabetic scale. He was off all diabetic meds within a couple months of the surgery. He is basically the poster boy for "Doing This Right;" I've never seen a surgeon bounce on his toes with pleasure before.

He's hit a plateau now, and has fallen off the diet changes a little, but is getting back on track now with this unseasonably nice weather. It's been a total life change for him, and he's really happy about all of it.

Me & Food: As part of the process (and in the name of being supportive), I started watching my diet, too. I hated every effing second of it and it didn't matter that I continued to lose weight, it took all the effing joy out of food and I hated everyone and everything. We bond over food, come together as a society over food, and having to watch it carefully like that - and deny myself of everything I love because everything that tastes good to me is "bad" - is the absolute worst. And it was harder, too, because Hubby was having the easiest time of it, and couldn't understand how it could possibly be difficult. I stayed silent about a lot of my anger over it.

I had actually started losing weight the previous August (2014); suffice it to say I had a week where Imodium was not working, so I just had to suffer through it. I must have lost ten to fifteen pounds that week alone, and so I continued to lay off the soda so much and stopped eating the snack cakes and stuff entirely. So when hubby started his pre-op diet, I started actually using the My Fitness Pal app every day, and it mostly sucked. I was almost always hungry, meals generally did not last me till the next one. I had enough calories available to me that I could have snacks, but I really had to watch it. I'd switched to diet sodas, which sucks because they all taste terrible, but I want soda more than I want to avoid the taste, and regular soda has too many calories, so-.

Since then, I've lost a total of about 80 lbs, give or take 5, and gone down 6 pants sizes and 3 shirt sizes (depending on the brand). Other noticeable changes are that I can sit in a chair with arms and the arms no longer dig into my thighs, and all my rings are too big, as they keep sliding around my fingers willy-nilly.

I don't religiously record my calories each day, and I stopped denying myself of all the things I love, because I've always said that's no way to diet. I do try to be very reasonable about how much I eat, and I try to avoid too much bread, because it's a freaking killer (even though it's OMGSODELICIOUS). I may not be actively losing weight now, but I'm also not gaining it back, so I'm much happier. We try to walk more, too.

Work: Never dull. I've done so much since my last work-related post. We've lost two supervisors, a manager, another supervisor, and plenty of people have retired because they just couldn't deal with the stress anymore. Another one is leaving in the next 45 days or so. It's sad, but maybe it will help mgmt (wishful thinking, right?) to reorganize the way they want. Some things are better, others are as bad as usual. But hey, I've got 18 years under my belt now, and am currently only minorly stressed, so I'll stick with it.

Also, I now work from home full time. It's AWESOME. They provided us zero clients, two monitors, keyboard, mouse, all necessary wires, a really decent phone with a headset, and anything off our desks we needed; I came home with well over $1.5K worth of equipment. We have flex time on top of this, so as long as I get my 40 hours in M-F between 6A and 6P, I can do it almost any way I like. This, of course, means I roll out of bed around 5:45 in the morning, lurch into the bathroom, pull on pants and shirt, then stumble to my desk, turn on the computer, and clock in by 6:00 AM. It is the BEST THING EVER.

I might not have gone home full time, though, without my two best friends leaving. One (CK) quit September 2014...about 3 hours after I unwittingly provided the clinching argument for it. He is SO. MUCH. HAPPIER. now; it is amazing how relaxed he is now without this place eating holes in his stomach lining, among other things. We try to get out for lunch or dinner (and in one case, breakfast) every other month or so, and chat via FB messenger quite a bit - which is good, because it took me a long time to get used to not having him there at work.

And in November 2015, the other (MG) quit. Also a good thing, she was much happier at a new place - understandably, as my current coworkers, by and large, were absolute DICKS to her the entire time she was employed. An old supervisor (who, incidentally, was fired for having sex on her desk and bragging about it, and also for calling someone in mgmt a "bitch" in an email that replied to all instead of one person) had actually known MG, and told everybody so, and so most people assumed MG only got the job because she knew said supervisor...and everyone hated that supervisor, to be clear. It was awful. So MG finally left, but now I can't even see her like I used to because she moved out of state in December 2016. So sad.

Other Stuff: Dad had a heart attack Thanksgiving night, but is doing okay now; it wasn't massive, and the blockages, which range anywhere from 30-80%, are all down in the smaller vessels at the bottom of the heart, where they can't put stents anyway, so they're treating medically. He's doing taxes again for H&R Block, managing only one office this year instead of two. And thrilled as hell, because he and Mom turn 62 this year and are taking early Social Security, so he won't have to work at all next year.

Mom's doing well; good days and bad days with fibro and diabetes. She had a month-long bout with seizures in August 2013, but hasn't had any since then, and is now off the seizure med entirely. She's mostly back to baseline (by which I mean she feels as good as she did before the seizures, but has less of a filter). The seizures at the time seemed to have caused a metric shit-ton of brain damage, but she gained all of her faculties back for the most part.

One of my sisters is pregnant with her fourth child, another had her second a few years ago. Yet another is happily living with her boyfriend. And the other one is still living with our parents.

TV: Missing DWTS right about now, but loving BBT still, as well as Flash, Mom, Two Broke Girls, and Brooklyn 9-9. Also really enjoying The Grand Tour on Amazon. Have also finally started watching bits and pieces of HIMYM with Boychild. Pretty good.

Man, I forgot how time can fly when you're typing up a post like this!

I hope everything is well with all of you! ♥
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[personal profile] genusshrike   Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:50 pm
Chocolate Box this year was the first fic exchange I have participated in forever. And it’s been the best experience so far (helped by the fact that I’m better at judging what fandoms to offer these days).

So I got two lovely gift fics, puppet girl, let me cut your strings for Danganronpa, and A Thousand Times Fairer for Magical Girl Raising Project (a canon I keep meaning to write up and never do). I felt very lucky ♥

I also wrote two stories!

Nanami 3.0 (1975 words) for [ profile] NightsMistress
Fandom: Super Dangan Ronpa 2, Dangan Ronpa 3:The End of Kibougamine Gakuen
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Hinata Hajime/Nanami Chiaki
Summary: Hajime takes the remains of the robot with him after the destruction of the Future Foundation headquarters. (Danganronpa 3 fix-it fic.)

Love and Other Stories (944 words) for [ profile] theoldgods
Fandom: The Handmaiden (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Hideko/Sook-hee (The Handmaiden)
Summary: Hideko reads to Sook-hee. (Fluffy post-canon fic.)
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[personal profile] lokifan   Feb. 18th, 2017 11:47 pm
Title: A Right and Proper Lay
Characters/pairings: Charlie Weasley/Lucy Weasley, Lucy/her husband (background)
Word count: ~2200
Rating: Explicit
Content: incest, highly dub-con, manipulation, adultery, Charlie’s crude POV
Summary: Uncle Charlie got Lucy for Secret Santa, and he’s given her a scandalous present. Everyone knows the best part about giving presents is getting to see the recipient enjoying them.
Author’s Notes: This was my January DD fic. I fulfilled an unused Kinky Kristmas wish, number #36. The wish was for Dirty Uncle Charlie with dub-con, and the prompt was “Secret Santa”.

This is a sequel to an earlier Daily Deviant fic of mine, The Right and Proper Way (on AO3 here). You don’t need it for the plot but if you’re enticed by this bit of perversion you’ll like that one too!

on AO3

A Right and Proper Lay )
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[personal profile] jennaria   Feb. 18th, 2017 01:49 pm
Good news: went for a massage today. (Wife has a membership at a massage chain, which means she can invite me along for a massage every few months.)

Bad news: remembered why I do not go for a massage more often.

I have been sternly instructed to Drink More Water (the guy wanted me to cut out all soda, tea, and coffee, which haha, no, caffeine addiction is a thing and I am not cold-turkeying that shit not no-how), and Remember to Stretch, especially on my left side as the problem with my left rotator cuff has flared up again. I feel like I've gone ten rounds with a punching bag, or possibly ten rounds as a punching bag. Wife assures me that the bruised, tender feeling should subside in a day or two.

Wife, on the other hand, got a guy named Russell who was very gentle-handed but effective. I am envious. Note to self: ask for Russell next time.
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[personal profile] lokifan   Feb. 18th, 2017 12:43 am
I've been doing absolutely nothing productive in the last two weeks, out of a combination of bad sleep, lots of work, seeing friends and the Sims 3. (I only install the Sims when I'm giving myself permission to not be very productive; I hadn't written anything for a week or two beforehand anyway.) I miss you guys and don't have many plans this weekend. Let's do a meme.

Relevant fandoms: Buffy, Angel, Orphan Black, Steven Universe, Jessica Jones, Agent Carter, Dark Angel, Korra, Last Airbender, Supergirl, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, No 6, Black Butler, Pretty Little Liars, Being Human, White Collar. I'll give Luke Cage, Glee or Dollhouse a go if you like, too.

Gacked from EVERYONE:

Name an episode (or episodes, as many as you like) from one of the following shows [or perhaps books from series?] and I will tell you the following about it.

What I like about it.

What I don't like about it.

Favorite line.

Best performance.

A scene/idea from it that's particularly interesting to me.

Something I would have changed to make the episode better.
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[personal profile] jennaria   Feb. 16th, 2017 01:32 pm
I've mentioned a couple times that I'm trying to work through my Crunchyroll queue, with mixed success. For the idly curious (or anyone feeling opinionated), here is the entire list.

A fairly long list of Anime I Intend To Watch, put behind a cut because really. )
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[personal profile] genusshrike   Feb. 16th, 2017 07:34 pm
Title: Wonderful You
Fandom: Never Say Never Again – James Bond
Music: Wonderful You, by The Dandy Warhols
Length: 3:32
Download: 688x288, 22.3MB .624 mp4 | 688x288, 41.8MB xvid avi
Content notes: M-rated sexytimes. 1 snake.

Summary: ‘How reckless of me. I’ve made you all wet.’ ‘Yes, but my martini’s still dry.’ Flirting, dancing, and some amazing 80s costuming.

What I made instead of doing Festivids. It's really just an excuse to show off Fatima's amazing outfits /o\

Streaming + lyrics )
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[personal profile] seventhe   Feb. 15th, 2017 11:27 pm

DONT JUDGE ME i drew this with my finger on my phone


It’s February and yes, that means: time for the kiss battle. Friend kisses, loving kisses, angry kisses, familial kisses, porny kisses, mouth to mouth or mouth to cheek or mouth to [insert body part here] -- all are welcome!

Guidelines for the game:
  • All kisses welcome! Gen, shippy, family, friendship!

  • Be kind to other people’s character/relationship choices. :) Everyone is welcome!

  • Seriously, everyone is welcome - Livejournal, Dreamwidth, OpenID, whatever!

  • Each fandom has a comment for ease of sorting! Please post in the format of Title (Characters/Pairing, Rating)

  • Prompt early, prompt often and leave as many as you want!

  • Prompts can be filled multiple times.

  • No prompts required if you desire a kiss blitzkrieg; just post it as a reply to the fandom!

  • Tell your friends!

Comments, Questions, or additional fandoms you'd like to see

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[personal profile] jennaria   Feb. 15th, 2017 06:36 am
Good idea: lying in bed, listening to the rain.

Bad idea: listening to the rain when you're going to have to get dressed and go out in it not even an hour later.

(Okay, maybe not full-scale 'bad idea,' but let's face it, the magic is suddenly gone.)


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