littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
Fourth year running (with partners) my law firm!

Lots of fun travel this year:
--MJ2015 in Boston was absolutely wonderful
--Visited my sister in Manhattan feat. some chemical-enhanced Magic Mike XXL viewing
--Saw TSwift in Jersey with her and @eloiserummaging \o/
--Visited Daufuskie Island with my bff, her husband, and some of their friends
--Lots of time with my parents and my sisters in my hometown

Great concerts, too:
--TSwift in Toronto with @eloiserummaging as well as the Jersey one
--One Direction in Toronto with @cantarina and in Buffalo with my sisters
--Tove Lo in Toronto with my friend A.
--Years & Years in Toronto with @cantarina, where I actually got to meet and chat with the band and be front and centre for the show :D

Lost Reggie, who was my first "adult" pet--I moved in 2008 so I could get a cat. He was a really good cat, y'all
Lucy, my dog, keeps getting better and better with time and work <333
Grimmy, the kitten (now probably to be referred to as "the cat") gets fuzzier and calmer every day

Knit less than in many prior years, but still a round half-dozen pairs of socks and some accessories
Managed one of my smoothest Christmas seasons ever, early gift-buying and all
Still on and off with guitar but still motivated to learn

Started a tumblr about Clean Bandit's violinist, because no one else had and that was a tragedy ;)
Wrote 150K of fic, including my longest one ever (54k)
Generally an up-and-down fandom year, but Star Wars (TFA) and Hamilton are new and exciting to watch develop

Intentionally slowed down my reading but still read 112 new books (and a lot of rereads)--found four new all-time favourites, my best year ever. Quality over quantity worked!
83 of them were library books (BLESS OVERDRIVE) and my year-on-year book spending dropped by 87%!
In fact, my year-on-year "shopping" spending dropped 71%, and I managed to save 56% of my take-home income. :D

Biked to work at least three or four days a week all through the warm season, which was awesome and had a remarkable and immediate impact on my gas consumption

Finally starting to get competent at some cooking in a way that lets me put together actual meals \o/ and sometimes even do mildly fancy things
Started writing down (in June) three "nice things" from each day ("took the dog to the park twice, had dinner with M., practiced guitar"), which has been lovely
In many ways felt like this was the year of establishing better habits and just inhabiting them: a half-hour dog walk first thing in the morning and first thing after work, bringing lunches to the office, making coffee, getting up at 5:30 on Sunday mornings to do laundry, etc

This is ridiculously long, considering I thought it was sort of a status-quo year! My status quo is getting better and better as I age <333333
littlemousling: A long joke about kiwis the bird and kiwis the fruit being the same thing. (kiwi)
SUCH a lovely lovely birthday. It's a bit too easy to get down at the mouth while I'm jobhunting, but today was a great reminder that I have wonderful, fun, supportive friends and family, and that makes all the difference in the world.

I met my mother in Niagara Falls (splitting the distance between us, although she had to go through customs), and we had a lovely lunch, a great walk around, and then some decadent desserts. It was just the kind of simple, relaxing day we both needed, and I'm so glad she suggested it.

And we took lots and lots of photos, of which I will only subject y'all to this one, in which my most-recently knit Bohus sweater makes an appearance (I'm rather proud of it, and it kept me nice and warm). Photo! )

I also had a nice long phone chat with my best friend, and I'm sure I'm about to have some sister phone calls as well.

And all of that was MORE than enough happiness for one day, but then on my way back to Toronto I got a notification in my email that a certain awesome ex of mine had sent me a gift story (yay AO3!), based on a conversation we had the other day about how awesome a story about non-sexual Frank puppyplay, where Jamia takes care of him alongside the (other) dogs, would be. SPOILER ALERT: IT IS INDEED AWESOME. Here it is: Dog Days, by the always-fantastic [personal profile] mistresscurvy. <33333 You're the best, bb.
ETA: aww and she posted this, too. BEST.

littlemousling: Black square with "DO IT NOW and DO IT LOUD" written in white (MCR)

Getting there )


Matt & Kim )


We. Met. Ray. And he remembered us from the audience! )

And then we all waited long enough to see Mikey and Frank go by in golf carts, and then went back to our various digs. [personal profile] mistresscurvy and I ended up staying up for another hour or two just repeating the phrase "oh my God, that was so fucking amazing" over and over and over (technically there was more conversation than that, but I swear we must have each said that, like, a KABILLION times. Approximately). Because it WAS.

ALL THE FUZZY MCR FEELINGS. And now I'm going to go reread [ profile] brooklinegirl's Wave Two BBB and then, like, everything [ profile] desfinado has ever written. ALL THE MCR FIC SHALL BE BELONG TO ME.

(Also. Feel free to rec Ray porn and Ray fic in general to me. NOW IS THE TIME.)


BTW--today is the anniversary of the Art is the Weapon trailer, which also means it's the anniversary of [personal profile] mistresscurvy getting into bandom. As she was the one who dragged me in along with her (for which I am extremely grateful!), this is also a fairly great This Day in History for me, too. Yay bandom; I love all y'all. Let's keep doing this thing we do.
littlemousling: Photo of Spencer Smith, drummer for Panic! at the Disco (Spencer)
That. Was. Fantastic.

Arrival: so many teenagers )

Black Cards: Pete is a ridiculous human being )

Overall review: Pete needs to drop the t-shirt gun and maybe pick up his bass (just to give him more to do!) but it said everything when [personal profile] amazonziti, who had only heard Curtain Call (awful, awful song, not representative of them at all!) was totally blown away by Bebe. Because, dude. BEBE. They were hugely more polished than when I saw them in Toronto opening for Travie, although I don't love their new stuff as much as Dominos/Club Called Heaven/Baby Blackout.

Neon Trees: I could actually see Tyler! AND ELAINE )

Overall review: great set, and you gotta love a band that has, hair-wise, a Spencer, a Patrick Stump, a JTT, and ... a swan. Oh Tyler. What is your hair.


ETA: Ohh, and Merelyn25 hit a bunch of the points I had forgotten in her fabulous recap. SILLY STRING.
ETA2: And another great write-up by [ profile] fictionalaspect here!

And then a whole big group of us ([personal profile] amazonziti, [personal profile] mistresscurvy, [ profile] fictionalaspect, [personal profile] lilac_one, and a couple of other people who were lovely but whose names I didn't retain) went out to a diner and had milkshakes and a little bit of food and a hell of a lot of water, and talked for two hours. Like you do.

Now I'm sore as hell, and on Sunday I have to drive the six+ hours back to my parents' house, but it was worth it. It was so. Completely. Worth it.
littlemousling: Still of Patrick Stump from the Spotlight music video (PStump)
Last night I saw Patrick Stump perform at the Mohawk in Buffalo, and it. Was. FABULOUS.

The Venue, Like the Man Himself, Is TINY. )

First Opener: Rocky Fresh )

Second Opener: Wynter Gordon )

PStump Performs! )

After they finished the encore he came through and HIGH-FIVED THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE. SERIOUSLY.

Post-show: Surprise Meet & Greet! )

Set List )

Seriously, y'all, if he's playing near you, GO. It will be AMAZING.
littlemousling: Flyer of a spinning wheel with the phrase "spinning yarns" above it (spinning)
So once upon a time when I was twelve, I went off to three weeks of camp in Ireland. Which, btw, was awesome--I took an archaeology course with a bunch of other kids and we had field trips pretty much every weekday. Also, first boyfriend, so just a winner of a time all around.

Because a lot of kids came to the camp from not-Ireland, the camp provided bedding. As long as you brought your own clothes and toiletries, you were good to go.

I arrived mid-afternoon Dublin time, and was allowed to go back to my room and nap because I was exhausted from the travel. My roommate hadn't arrived yet, so I just picked a bed, dumped my stuff next to it, turned the lights back off, and slid under the covers.

... only to feel something very cold and very not-right against my bare leg.

Now, okay, I was twelve and in a foreign country alone and had in my short life read a lot of very scary books, so the very first thing I think is "SNAKE," which admittedly proves I hadn't read enough books about Ireland's wildlife.

(It was not a snake, don't worry.) )
littlemousling: Cartoon of person with two creatures ("alots"), says "I like this alot more." (things I like)
So I went to the Rochester Jazz Festival tonight (I always seem to be in town for it accidentally, which is awesome) and saw Regina Carter and her band. Now, they are ridiculously impressive musicians doing a very cool thing, but they're also, as I didn't know going in, an instrumental group--no vocals to speak of. So at various points my mind drifted off to other things, namely: how if this band were a TV show, I would watch it.

They're real characters )
littlemousling: Adam Lambert and a plant (plantbert)
I have arrived in Manhattan! \o/

... and the internet in my apartment is down. /o\

So I took a long nap with my cat and now I am out at a Starbucks, listening to a woman give the worst relationship advice ever to some other women who seem to be strangers to her. I'm definitely in New York now.
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
I have packed for many a thing (fun fact: since July, I've flown for 14 weekends away. We won't even talk about the number if you count driving). For short trips, I've got it down to the simplest possible: I always keep a toothbrush, comb, deodorant, and knitting notions bag in my backpack, and then all I really need to add are a few shirts, a bra, my computer&cord, and whatever I'm wearing already, pick up my purse, and go.

But long-term packing--like tonight, packing for my upcoming summer in NYC--requires a totally different strategy. After years of camp and school and vacations and so on and so forth, here's my method, which probably reveals too much about my psyche )

So! If there's stuff you always forget to pack that you think I will, too, I will be MORE THAN HAPPY to hear your advice.
littlemousling: Text that reads, "The bicycle, ... only moving does it have a soul." (bike)
So this morning was what you might call a clusterfuck.

So. I have been in this long-distance relationship since July. And among other things, it has brought me a more-than-passing acquaintance with 4:30 alarms and 6:30 flights--yes, those are a.m.

This morning's was my last such absurdly scheduled flight (I'll actually be in the same city as [personal profile] mistresscurvy all summer, \o/).

Let me start by saying I did make it onto the plane. )
Now we get to the crying in the airport part )

So … yeah, idk. Suck on that, cab driver I deeply resent! I made it despite all of your efforts! Or something. Whatever, there is no lesson, I made it, yay.

(Actually, possibly the lesson is, crying is a very effective form of manipulation in certain circumstances? Wow, that sounds bad. It was a purely unanticipated and undesired method for me. Given my druthers, I would have gone with "asking nicely." My tear ducts just had other plans.)
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)

Okay, so, first of all, jam-packed weekend. After a lovely quiet Saturday of internet-surfing and philosophy with [personal profile] mistresscurvy, we took off for Boston by train (also lovely, go Amtrak) and met up in time for late drinks with [personal profile] amazonziti.

(These drinks were at a sports bar. Somehow I actually ended up getting caught up in the Red Sox game. I HAVE NO EXPLANATION, except that it was actually a pretty exciting inning--the Cubs scored eight runs, changing the score from 3-1 to 3-9.)

The next morning we had a little bit of scheduling confusion but more or less ended up with this:
1) a lovely brunch at S&S with [ profile] brooklinegirl and [ profile] mrsronweasley;
2) Rock Band at [personal profile] mistresscurvy's brother's place (they're great at it and [personal profile] amazonziti is clearly going to be; I ... homg, I am not. It is like my kryptonite. I didn't even like holding the guitar or the microphone. (Inside of my head: "look away! oh god look away! I am not here! You see nothing!") When Gerard Way says that everyone would be a performer if they could? LOL NO.
3) Lining up with [personal profile] fictionalaspect and her friend K. We actually split up into different lines, because ...

Then the concert! )
Foxy Shazam, or, That ... Happened? )
fun. )

I ... feel like there is more to say? But I have run out of recollections. It was amazing! I am so glad I got to go! I am so glad it all went down the way it went down! I am sad that I don't get to see them again this tour! I am happy for those of you who will! I am happy they exist in the world! I have all of the feelings! Etc!
littlemousling: Image of Jon Walker, formerly of Panic at the Disco, with googly eyes. Word "lol" is next to him. (lol)
Muskrat was great! I really can't possibly describe the whole weekend, so I will follow [personal profile] merisunshine36's example and list some highlights:

--the crafts table, which I kind of thought was stupid and then discovered is AMAZING. The icon is a sample of my work. I HAVE EXPRESSED MY FEELINGS ABOUT JON WALKER IN THE FORM OF GOOGLY EYES AND STICKER LETTERS YOU GUYS.

--the anal panel, about which I mostly just want to set up an easy That's What He Said joke but I will refrain. It was excellent.

--the dance party! omg you guys, my calves hurt SO MUCH right now and it is SO WORTH IT. Being able to dance to Guilty Pleasure and If I Had You and (Planetary) Go with a room full of fangirls? EXCELLENT. Also the drinks were very good and the company was better, and I got to go home with the sexiest woman in the room.

--the bandom history panel was eye-opening. ALL OF THE DRAMAS and awesomeness! Is there a collection of wanks stored somewhere so that I can go gawk years after the fact?

--the panel on fandom outside of LJ really helped me solidify the content that I like from each of the outlets that I use (twitter, tumblr, here, delicious, etc). Very interesting.

--I got a shit-ton of knitting done.

--[personal profile] amazonziti gave me YET ANOTHER great fic idea that I kind of can't help wanting to write. This is basically her new goal in my life, I suspect. DAMMIT Z. ::writes::

--I was dubconned into watching Alias by [personal profile] mistresscurvy. It turns out to be fabulous, damn her.

--we somehow lucked into an INCREDIBLE hotel room, a big suite with a California King. This made the fact that she also got a bunch of other people* watching Alias easier, as we could sit four across and watch one laptop. Some cuddling was required to make it work, but I'm always happy to take that one for the team.
*like the lovely [personal profile] merisunshine36 and the fabulous [personal profile] desfinado!

Also I got to have a really lovely dinner and hang-out with my kid sister, and a really great phone call with my bff, some really fabulous time with my [personal profile] mistresscurvy, and a fun lunch with one of her brothers.


Mar. 27th, 2011 09:39 pm
littlemousling: Cookie reading "Meets minimum standards of decent human" (minimum standards)
So, interesting.

I was just at the Cincinnati airport (which is actually in Kentucky, I guess in the way that the Newark, NJ airport is considered an NYC airport). I spent a good amount of time in the little airport Borders (and didn't end up getting anything because I do have SOME self control ... well, and I'd already bought a book earlier that day).

Anyway. The little airport Borders had the classic section divisions, and then had one I don't recall having seen before (but I don't go to Borders much*), labeled "African-American."

*I guess no one does, given their bankruptcy?

The thing that surprised me about that section was that it contained, basically, three things: romance novels, chick lit, and Toni Morrison.

What's weird to me is that they had a whole bunch of fantastic African-American fiction throughout the fiction section, none of which was also stocked in that section (and lest you think everything only goes in one place, they've shelved Water for Elephants in approximately EVERY section). They had, for instance, Octavia Butler, who deserves double billing, and Malcolm Gladwell's latest, and probably a whole bunch more I didn't see.

Presumably they have chosen the selection of that section for a reason? But it kind of made me look at it and go, If I didn't already know, this would give me the impression that Toni Morrison is the only black writer who's doing literature--and non-fiction by as well as about African-Americans is either non-existent or unpopular.

Anyway. Hopefully the average Borders shopper doesn't come away with that impression? But I'm not sure the selection there is helping.
littlemousling: Adam Lambert and a plant (plantbert)
Concerts I attended Before Adam (length of time: ~12 years from Dar#1 until After Adam begins):
1. Dar Williams in Rochester NY
2. Lilith Fair in Rochester NY
3. Aretha Franklin at the Rochester NY Jazz Festival
4. They Might Be Giants with my then-boyfriend, in Rochester NY
5. Dar Williams at Bryn Mawr College

... I think that's it.

Concerts I have attended or have concrete plans to attend After Adam (length of time: just under a year):
1. Adam Lambert in Toronto, ON
2. Adam Lambert in Montreal, QC
3. Adam Lambert in New Orleans, LA
4. Janelle Monae in Buffalo, NY
5. My Chemical Romance in New York, NY
6. My Chemical Romance in Toronto, ON
7. Travie McCoy (and Black Cards opening) in Toronto, ON
8. My Chemical Romance in New York, NY
9. My Chemical Romance in New York, NY
10. My Chemical Romance in Sayreville, NJ
Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae in Philadelphia, PA :( Location changed, couldn't go
11. Panic! at the Disco in Boston, MA
ETA (through September 2011):
12. Jay Brannon in New York, NY
13. Patrick Stump in Buffalo, NY
14. Panic! at the Disco in New York, NY
15. My Chemical Romance in Saratoga, NY

Basically. Bandom and glamdom are, uh. More interactive than many other fandoms.
littlemousling: Fake missing-image symbol with "this icon loves other icons so it has moved to Canada" superimposed (immigration)
So I'm in this cab coming home (drunk) from knit night, and the cabbie and I are talking about differences between American and Canadian culture, infrastructure, and laws, with an emphasis on New York and Toronto.

I, like I do*, make it clear in the course of this conversation that the person I'm always traveling to NYC to see is my girlfriend, yes like that.
*All the time. I make no bones about it, I totally DO rub my sexuality in people's faces, and I will continue to do so as long as straight is the automatic assumption.

I don't, of course, know how the cabbie will react. I know he's a very recent immigrant (September 2008) from Pakistan; I know that we've been talking about the feeling of community and about public transit, not about social politics.

Then he says, hesitantly: "The laws here in Canada are very good for--for people like us."

That's why I come out to everyone. Because I don't always know that other people are like us, and they don't always know I'm like us, and we need that us.
littlemousling: Photo of Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith with a heart drawn between them (Spencer/Brendon)
You guys. I really, really, really love the fuck out of Vices & Virtues. Like. I expected to enjoy it? But I feel like a heroin addict. I NEVER WANT IT OFF REPEAT YOU GUYS.

Semi-related whining )

Seriously, though. SUCH a good album. And one of the few I enjoy more in order than shuffled; the songs fade into each other so well that I keep thinking "I know I just heard the track switch, why is that song starting again--OH!" It's faboo. BRENDON AND SPENCER YOU LITTLE MUSICAL GENIUSES, YOU. ::squishes them::


Mar. 14th, 2011 06:41 pm
littlemousling: Image of a pansy (flower) (pansy)
I was in NYC this weekend, like I do, and the weather touched 14C. And now I'm back in Toronto where my weather widget is completely lying by saying it hit 5C today (I'd bet on 2C tops), so I think I shall write about how nice it was to get a taste of spring.

[personal profile] mistresscurvy and I did a lot of walking, because I'll look for excuses to walk at the best of times but it's a million-billion times better when I get to do it arm-in-arm with my girl.

We walked up to Central Park on Saturday afternoon and wandered the trails idly, me talking incessantly about dogs and horses and sometimes dolphins (I am a woman of many mammalian interests). We took a turn around the Jackie O. reservoir, which I think would be gorgeous to ride a horse around, but they're officially banned from that particular roundabout.

We eventually popped out of the park to look for a cafe with an open patio, but neither of us actually really wanted food or drink, so we ended up just sort of walking until we were 40-odd blocks from the apartment and then coming back up. We talked, the way we always do, about absolutely everything, and we loosened our scarves in the sunlight.

On Sunday we walked from a movie in much the same place, forty or so blocks from home base, back. It was early evening and DST meant it was still light, only dimming towards dark as we stepped over the lobby threshold. I don't spend enough time in Manhattan to know what normal Sunday crowds look like, but it felt as though the masses on the street represented the whole body of city-dwellers, stepping outside to take a deep breath and admire the green shoots in their planters.

There are really no seasons and no weather phenomena that I can't find a way to enjoy, but it's nice when it's easy.


Feb. 21st, 2011 10:05 pm
littlemousling: Image of a pansy (flower) (pansy)
Sometimes--lots of the time, the last few years--I am so happy and fulfilled and overflowing with love that I can't stop smiling.

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