There's a Friday Night DnD - Pathfinder round at my friends' place. Yesterday, I officially got my own char. A paladin half-orc with a flaming sword ;) Since everyone is level 9, I got to start at level 9. As the needed either a cleric or a Paladin in their midst, those were my choices.
She got to kick some serious arse with a rather high body count and that's with me just finding out how to play her right. Like, I forgot I have certain spells, so I didn't even use those yet.
I made it to DC yesterday. Well, Arlington, VA. But DC area ;)
Here for a conference (which doesn't start until 12pm today...) and then off to Philly on Thursday until mid-December.
IAD is still the worst airport ever. Especially the immigration. I had hopes that maybe, just maybe, they realised how inefficient it is. But no. They didn't or if they did, they didn't do anything about it.
You just know you're doing something wrong when there are THREE flights coming in (thankfully, ours was the first!) and you have 3 - THREE - officers for the non-US Visitors. And when they finally brought in new officers, I thought - yay, maybe now we can speed it up? But no, the "new guys" were just relieving the others.
So everybody's baggage was already unloaded from the baggage carousel by the time we made it through. Ah well. Saved me from trying to get my 45 lbs suitcase off the carousel at least :P
There are people freaking out (??) about CBP's plans to already check the US visitors in Germany. Yes, it might make leaving/boarding more annoying, but at least then you can get it all done in one go and have it a lot easier stateside. And if for some reason they refuse you entry, you're at least still in Germany and don't need to be detained/get sent home again, which can be stressful, I imagine.
So tonight, I'm meeting up with beeej for... food, probably. Definitely talk ;). We'll decide when we meet.
Pairing: Mikhail Baryshnikov/OMC, Mikhail Baryshnikov/Rudolf Nureyev (references). Set in 1998.
Summary: Misha turns fifty. Things need to change.
Warnings: References to BDSM, nothing graphic. References to character death.
Notes: Thanks to dalehead for a quick beta!
Disclaimer: Nothing in here is real, obviously, or even tries to imply that it's real!
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So I have this friend. He recently self-published a novel via Amazon and asked me what I think.
Well, I read the free excerpt that is free to download on the Kindle and... the writing style is horrible and the characters seem to be stereotypes. I've only encountered a couple of them, but amongst them is the girl who doesn't want to do girl things and rather be with her brother on a ship (?).
Or the girl who works in the stables and dreams of bigger things.
But I could deal with them, see where he takes it... and then judge. Except - the writing is so bad, I can't. Most fanfiction, even the bad, is better.
His "editors" are mostly friends, which, you know, is fine for fanfic. But if you charge money for your novels, I'd expect a professional editor. Could still be a friend, but someone who knows what they're doing, and is not just correcting your spelling errors.
I would post an example, but it's in German :P
So what do I say to him? I can't just ignore him or say I haven't read it yet, because knowing him, he will keep asking then. I need to come up with a reply eventually :P
I'm all packed, ready to go pack to Germany tomorrow afternoon.
I'm hoping to be back sooner or later! I will miss the new friends I made here. I will miss the beer. I gained some weight, but now that I know how things are over here, I think I can deal better with that next time, because I'll be better prepared.
Last night was spent with two friends and lots of alcohol. And boardgames. And a sleepover. All three of us in a giant bed. None of us are small, but it didn't feel tight at all.
Tonight's good bye will happen in a German restaurant in Philly.
Oh hey, I'm still alive! My time over here is almost coming to an end, though I hope to be back, of course!
I have more pictures from Philly and around the area, but I'm so behind with posting... so have some pictures from my trip to New York (July 19 & 20)...
The statue of Liberty... with the sunset. And a sailboat. I think this is my favourite of the NYC set.
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How has it been so long since my last post?
I went to the July 4 parade in Philadelphia, which was fun. We also stayed for the fireworks. They were short (15 minutes) but so pretty!
And yesterday I went to the "Mütter Museum" and the "Eastern State Penitentiary". The Mütter Museum is a collection of medical oddities. The ESP is self-explanatory ;)
Both are definitely worth a visit!
Some pictures... Bigger versions will open when you click on them.
No, I didn't run up there. I was wearing a dress and sandals the day I went :P
( Joe Biden, Darth Vader, the Emperor and unexpected Shakespeare. And Rocky.Collapse )
I found a gaming group here on meetup! One of the regulars lives, basically, right in my backyard. With three cats. And has all of Hannibal S2 recorded. We'll have a first session of Hannibal after the gaming meeting on Sunday.
Well, of course he doesn't *literally* live in my backyard. But there's a trail behind my house and if you walk down that trail for maybe 300 feet and then walk up a path through a (meant-to-be-there) gap in the fence, then apparently that's where his house his *g*
I went on a run with him and some of his friends yesterday at 5:30am. Yes, in the morning. It was early, but I saw a FIREFLY! Haven't seen one in AGES. And deer! This one deer really wasn't afraid of humans. He (she?) just stood there while we walked by relatively close (10-ish metres away from it).
I will not do this regularly, because I'm so not an early-morning runner, but every now and then I'll join them. It's a nice deviation from my usual exercise routine.
Since I forgot my Kindle on my way from PHL to SEA two weeks ago, I had to buy a book. So I picked The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
It's a cute little story. It claims to be a "fairy tale" for both children and grown-ups and that pretty much sums it up.
I enjoyed it!
It's basically the story of a boy and that summer he had, experiencing a magical adventure and meeting a family that is/symbolizes the Crone, the Mother and the Maiden.
8/10, because it was a tad too sweet for my taste.
I've now been here for two weeks already! About 10 weeks to go. *G*
How did people find each other before meetup.com? Or before the internet? Anyway, found a nice gaming group. Met with one of the guys, B., yesterday to walk through a part of the Valley Forge National History Park. M., another guy from the group has all of S2 of Hannibal recorded. So I hope I can watch it at his place while I'm here.
Saw X-Men: Days of Future Past. That was fun. I have questions. But I enjoyed it.
Also am just about to watch the finale of Orphan Black, S2. How much does that show rock?
Speaking of finales: Game of Thrones! Yay! Well, they diverted quite a bit from the books now, and I can't help but wonder what their plan for Brienne is. I'm just relieved that GRRM is behind all this, no matter what, so they can't truly screw the storyline up.
The King of Prussia Mall is huge. And it has Uniqlo! Bought a nice pair of sandals from Clarks that are EVER SO COMFORTABLE.
I also love my rental car. A Toyota Corolla that I can connect my phone to using Bluetooth. So I can take calls without having to, you know, use my phone or even look at it. And listen to my music if I feel like it. The traffic around here is awful, though, as is the state of the roads. Seriously, huge potholes in the middle of a ramp to a highway should not be okay. As should be almost non-existing ramps leading to/from interstates and highways. I've been told that's normal for PA :P
Also, you don't really take speed limits as, well, limits, do you? Seems more like a suggestion. Speedlimit on the interstate here is 55. I usually go at 60-63. People behind me are still impatient / trying to pass me whenever possible. WTF. Sorry, but I'm not going to be stopped by police because I'm going 75, when I should be going 55.
Near Valley Forge. This is going to be my "home" for the next 11.5 weeks ;) at least *G*
The last few weeks were BUSY. Busy in all caps.
I went to London - more about that later. The short version is: Fleabag is a brilliant theatre play, I met with lovely people - namely dalehead, emachi, evildrem and shakesmears - and saw both real and fake Baker Street 221B ;-)
Then, after I got home from London at 1am last Monday (or, rather, Tuesday), I couldn't even recover, because the US colleagues were visiting. Since those are the two people I have to work with, I "had" to attend the social events, both Tuesday evening and Thursday.
Tuesday, we rode Segways through a vineyard. That was fun! Well, once you figured them out. At first, I was a bit unsure about the whole thing. Still wouldn't want to do this anywhere with actual traffic, but this way, it was okay.
All in all, it meant that last week, I didn't get proper sleep until Friday night! Or even just a second to breathe, really. The weekend was, even though it involved shopping, very lazy and relaxing on all accounts, though, so I'm okay now.
As my music is not always that mainstream... no need to guess. But who knows, maybe some well-known stuff does turn up. I sometimes have more than one version of a song, so should one come up twice, I'll skip it the second time round.#
Obviously, I also skipped anything instrumental ;)
Step 1: Put your MP3 or other music player on random.
Step 2: Post the first line (or two) from the first 25 songs that play.
Step 3: Let everyone guess what artist and song the lines come from. (Don't search anything but your memory.)
Step 4: Bold when someone gets them right.
1. Ich habe sieben Nägel, die schlag ich für Dich ein
2. Guess I remember the soul; I recognise through these eyes
3. The enemy arrives; escape into the night
4. Wenn ich 5 Minuten vor dem Auftritt hinter der Bühne steh'
5. In polished leather armor; Compelling dark snake charmer
6. I'm dreaming of a White Christmas; just like the ones I used to know
7. What if I wanted to break, laugh it all off in your face
8. There was nothing else; it all became her
9. You're so hot, teasing me So you're blue but I can't take a chance on a kid like you
10. I shouldn't have called so late last night; unsecure, out of my mind
11. Laying in the soft green grass, beneath the southern skies
12. A strange kind of love, a strange kind of feeling
13. Walks into the room, feels like a big balloon
14. He is like fire, burning through time; as old as forever, but fast in his prime
15. Du und ich, zusammen sind wir im Schoß der Meere gebor'n
16. I always dreamed about the day. I'd be rich and famous, and you would stay
17. Here's to us one more toast and then we'll pay the bill; deep inside both of us can feel the autumn chill
18. Sing child, sing child; better join us sing child
19. Don't go wasting your emotions, lay all your love on me
20. You bring me right back down to the earth from the promised land; we're getting close to the centre of the earth with an honest plan.
21. Belle qui tiens ma vie; Cap tive dans tes yeux viens
22. Ich komm herum, hab viel gesehn - Istanbul, New York, Athen
23. Lie awake in bed at night; and think about your life
24. Wir war'n zwei Detektive; die Hüte tief im Gesicht
25. Something was wrong when the stars went out; didn't know what it was all about
Venice Preserv'd got cancelled. Not the whole thing, but the performance evildrem, her friend and I had tickets for.
So now she asked if we want to go to see Fleabag at the Soho Theatre instead and now that's our "date".
And I bought a mask and all! At least it's a generic metal mask, so I can wear it to dance performances and Goth events. And I already had the costume I would've worn, so no extra work went into that; thank God.
Just checking in. I'm still here. On my new laptop, even *G*. It's an Acer Aspire V5-573; and it's a beauty. And quite some good value for the price.
While I was gone, I went to a "Die Kammer" Konzert (Max' current band). I will post some pictures once I have them up on Flickr. Maybe tomorrow.
I also got sucked into Hearthstone, which is to blame for some of my absence. But mostly, I'm just rather busy atm and May 1st - a bank holiday over here - was spent trying to upgrade said new laptop to Windows 8.1.
Which kept failing because of driver issues. I eventually caved and called tech support and they were able to help me out.
All's good now!
Remember the silk yarn I posted about a while back? I turned this into a shawl for a friend's 30th birthday.
And this is the result:
As modelled by said birthday girl.
Pattern: Ashton Shawlette
Yarn: Traumseide; 100% silk
Now, I haven't seen Dallas Buyers' Club yet, because it was in the cinema while I was sick and unable to sit for too long.
But I know he's a great actor, have known that since I saw him in Requiem for a Dream. Which I might never watch again despite it being an awesome film, because damn, it's depressing.
Also, I forgot to take today off, so I didn't see the award show. Ah well.
Okay, so I lasted 50 something days. But atm, this is "stress" as in I'm stressing myself that I need to find a picture to take at the end of the day and it's also useless, because then I just end up photographing some random thing in my house.
I'm still trying to take (and post) more pictures during the year, but then with an attempt of getting better at photography / trying to produce "quality" pictures (as good as they get with a Bridge camera) rather than just random mobile phone shots. Unless it's something hilarious I spot, then the mobile shots have to do ;-)
There's so much going on in my life, atm, that I simply forget to do anything that's not related to "Huge Thing (TM)". Yes, I will write about That Exciting Thing eventually when it becomes more of a certainty that it's actually going to happen ;-) Eternal pessimist, me.