mousme: A text icon, dark green text on pale green, that reads There is no normal life. There's just life. (No Normal Life)
 I'm still here. Sorry for the radio silence. I had an AMAZING trip, and while I was there I was mostly too busy running around Paris and Edinburgh to actually write about what I was doing, and then I got back and was immediately super depressed about not being in Europe anymore and thus didn't update either.

I promise to try to do better in the future. I go back to work tomorrow, and my levels of "I don't wanna!" have reached the stratosphere by now. I'm also in the throes of trying to find a moving company and packing before the end of the month, and things are a tad stressful right now. I'm hoping to get everything pulled together with

Please let me know if I missed anything super crucial in your lives, LJ!

Oh, also, I am not leaving LJ, but in case it implodes after this latest bit of shady business, you can find me on Dreamwidth under the same name.

Also, for people who are on Twitter, you can find me there as @ratherastory. I tweet quite a lot, and it tends to be in the form of yelling about social justice issues, fandom stuff, and sometimes live tweeting shows or movies. Follow me at your peril! ;)

:::ETA::: Okay, cross-posting from DW appears to have weirdly hard-coded a different font into my post, and I can't fix it. Sorry!


Hm.

Jan. 14th, 2017 12:25 am
mousme: A text icon, white text on green, that reads Zathras trained in crisis management (Crisis Management)
Something went horribly wrong with the fonts in my last post, and for the life of me I can't fix them. So, sorry about your eyes, dear friends' list! 
mousme: A picture of Darth Vader, captioned My Fandom Destroys Planets. (My Fandom Destroys Planets)
I have so much to write about that I feel a little overwhelmed. I know, I know, some people would really like to have my problems. I keep wondering if I should write about all of it at once and let future entries worry about themselves, or if I should try spacing things out a little bit. In the end I decided to start typing and let the chips fall where they may. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Migrating my entries to Dreamwidth and then posting from there has reminded me of the difficulties of crossposting from DW, which is why I stopped doing it to begin with. Not difficulties, per se. I guess "inconveniences" is a better term. All of my stuff is on LiveJournal: my tags, my photographs, and of course my icons. I've had a permanent LJ account since 2003, while my DW account is a free one, and I am not *quite* ready to pay for a service I'm not sure I'll be using on a regular basis. On DW I only have six icons or so, which does make it easier to pick one, but limits my selection considerably. I can always go change the icon manually on LJ afterward, of course, but it's an extra step that I hadn't taken into account. Not the end of the world, like I said, but nonetheless somewhat inconvenient. So I fervently hope that this is all a tempest in a teapot and that LJ will carry on as it has for many years, with glitches and outages here and there, but nonetheless steady.

I've tried to work out how to transfer my pictures, and haven't found a way. I suppose I'll have to do it manually at some point. I lost all my original icons during one of my many hard drive adventures (alas), but I can at least download what LJ kept, I suppose. I'll add that to my ever-growing to-do list.

Aside from my non-post yesterday, I've at least been doing okay with my "post once a day" resolution. So far, anyway. I never did come back with my feelings about Rogue One, but let me assure you, there are many. Many, many feelings. All of them sad. SPOILERS AHEAD: Spoilers behind the cut )
So there, those are my thoughts on the movie.

Tomorrow I have Meeting for Worship, and the plan is to hand in my letter of intent, requesting to become an official Member of the Meeting. Right now I'm an Attender only, but I had been planning on requesting membership last year. I didn't for a few reasons, and now seems like as good a time as any to pick up where I left off. I wrote an uncharacteristically (for me) short letter, mostly because I didn't know what to write, and I'll be giving it to the Clerk tomorrow, in order for my request to be brought to Meeting For Business, which is next week. If it has to wait for next month, so be it, but at least then it will be out of my hands. I am a little nervous about this, but I am trying to get my act together on a number of fronts, and this is one of them. 

Tomorrow I'm also leading First Day School. Since it's sort-of-kind-of the first Sunday of the month (not really, but we're pretending it is), it's Potluck Sunday, which means the children help prepare a dessert for potluck. Of course, anyone who's ever tried to cook or bake with children knows that this means the adult in charge has about ten times the amount of work to do, but the kids love it, and it means I don't have to come up with a curriculum-based activity for them. I'm still pretty shaky when it comes to being able to talk about religious/Quaker themes with the children, although we once had a really great (but accidental) conversation about Quaker themes in How To Train Your Dragon. Cooking or baking with the kids means the added complication of needing to meet a lot of specific dietary requirements: one child is gluten-free, and since it's a kids' activity I make sure that it's also nut-free, which suddenly reduces our possibilities by quite a wide margin. So far I've done apple "biscuits" (cutting apples into discs and decorating them), fruit skewers, and gluten-free Rice Krispie Squares.

I am honestly starting to run out of ideas, but tomorrow we'll be making "peanut butter" cookies using Wow Butter (it's soy-based and tastes pretty much exactly like peanut butter, which flummoxes me to this day), sugar, and an egg. Three ingredients, no gluten, no nuts. Any of the parents who object to egg or sugar can bite me, which is, admittedly, not a very Christian sentiment. ;) 

I have other thoughts, mostly about writing/not-writing, but perhaps I will indeed save those for the next post. Or never, depending on how chicken I'm feeling about writing about writing.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (All Cylons)
I hadn't heard about the latest bullsh*t with LiveJournal, but I'm sticking around for now. I have a back-up under the same name at Dreamwidth, if it comes to that, but I've never liked DW as much, and LJ is where I have my permanent account and ten billion icons. The idea of losing that and more makes me a little sick to my stomach, to be honest.

I should probably go back up my creative writing journal, to be on the safe side. *sigh*

Like every other major change with LJ, though, I suspect this will end up being another tempest in a teapot, because I'm an optimist that way.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Bad Day)
Just as my resolution to post more kicks in, LiveJournal starts to have problems. I wanted to post something with images, but LJ isn't letting me do 90% of the stuff I like to with posts, so I guess I'll hold off until they fix it.

Sorry, everyone.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Easy to follow instructions)
My LJ won't let me change icons in my entries. No problem for comments, but I can only use my default icon for posts. It doesn't seem to matter which browser I use, either. This is so weird.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (What You Cannot Dismiss)
It has been brought to my attention that my posts can be distressing due to their content. While I try to tag my posts and put things behind LJ cuts, I also can't possibly anticipate every trigger that might be found in what I write.

Here is what you can do about this, since I am not planning on altering the content of my posts:

1- Go to my LJ profile and click "unfriend." My hand to God, I will not be offended. Do what you need to do in order to be safe and to keep the internet a safe and happy place for yourself.

2- If you feel that I would somehow be offended in spite of my assurances to the contrary, you can remove me from your "Default View" on LJ. The way to do this is to go to the "Edit Friends Groups" page, and remove my username from the list named "Default View." That way you never have to see my posts, but don't risk any unfriending drama.

3- If it's only specific entries that you don't want to see, then you can go to my profile and click on Modify Friend. Then at the bottom of the page you can specify which tags of mine you don't want to see. I do use a lot of tags, but they're pretty self-explanatory.

4- There's also the option of simply scrolling by my entries. Not as efficient, of course, but it's there.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (End of the World)
It's 2012, year of the apocalypse! Or whatever. I don't know about you, but I'm excited.

I haven't checked the Mayan calendar to figure out the exact date that the world is supposed to end, but that's okay. I figure it ought to be a surprise, don't you?

Otherwise, I'm looking forward to a quiet year. 2011 was a year of lots of stuff happening, most of it good but all of it kind of stressful nonetheless. So I want 2012 to be a year of quiet time, of settling into the new house and getting into some routines. I'm going to try a bunch of new things, but all of them small, local new things.

One thing I want to do this year is reconnect with my friends. What with my schedule and all the upheaval last year, I didn't see people as often as I wanted to. So here's to spending more time with friends and keeping in touch. I'm going to be posting here more regularly, and making a conscious effort to read my friends' page every day instead of once every few weeks when I remember that this LJ actually exists. LJ has always been my main source of news and what have you for my friends, and it's past time I started using it again.

So Happy New Year again, everyone! I look forward to spending a lot more time with you again this year. :)
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (WTF)
So I have been neglecting this LJ for a bit (hah!), and today I figured I would go and poke at my flist and see what's what.

There are a few new folk who have joined from the SPN fandom (hi guys! Hope you're not too bored yet!).

There are also a handful of people I have never heard of and whose LJs seem like the most random of random things ever. One is clearly a commercial ploy to get me to buy "haute-couture" children's clothes (hah! For one, their definition of "haute-couture" is not my definition, let me tell you, and if you know anything about my mother you'll know that I am right and they are wrong). The rest? I have NO IDEA.

One appears to be some creative writing LJ based on the Tarot. I think. I confess that I didn't read much past the first entry. Another is from a 16-year-old girl with only one post, and I appear to be the ONLY person she lists as a friend. O_O

Basically, WTF?

Anyway, if you're new here, how about giving me a wave? I'd like to know who you are and why you're here. Seems like common courtesy to me. It's not like there's anything in this LJ apart from my semi-neurotic rambling and the occasional letter from my mother.

Help?

Nov. 30th, 2009 01:25 pm
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Nuke 'Em From Orbit)
Hey, can anyone tell me how to do those fake LJ cuts? The ones that are actually sneakily a link to something else?

:::ETA:::

I think I got it. Thanks anyway!

Yikes!

Sep. 18th, 2009 08:44 pm
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Aieeee!)
Suddenly ALL my rss feeds decided to update at the same time. Holy open floodgates, Batman!

First post

May. 26th, 2009 05:18 pm
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Default)
I feel like I'm betraying LJ just by being here. I guess it's my lawful-good personality and my "loyal" hindrance (to mix & match roleplaying genres) playing up.

Mostly I did this to snag my username just in case. I don't really have any intentions of giving up my cushy permanent account at LJ, which paid for itself in 2006.

Also, a good number of my friends seem to be poised to bolt here, so I figured it might not be a bad idea to create an account in order to keep up with them. :)
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Plot Device)
It occurs to me that I haven't actually posted any real content here for a while. It's been all work-garden-work-work-whatever DVD I'm watching-work-work-work and three-line entries. It seems to me that back in the day I used to write about more important things, or at least that I used to do a fair bit more thinking. Maybe my brain is atrophying, or channeling all its energy into stuff that isn't LJ.

Anyway, I can't exactly apologize for that, but I do regret not being a more interesting blogger/poster/whatever.

I'm not sure I even have the mental energy to post proper content with critical thought. I think my poor reading public will have to put up with the same sort of blather that I've been putting out here for months.
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (You Confuse Me)
Just seeing if this fixed the my-icon-is-showing-up-weird problem that never resolved itself...
mousme: The face of a green woman forest deity against a black background (Green Woman)
Dear flist,

I am on a salad kick. It's part of my new healthy-eating thing. My problem, such as it is, is thus: I am not an experienced salad person. My salads are therefore pretty standard: lettuce, raddichio, cucumber, tomatoes, and peppers. Occasionally avocado. Today I went wild and added red cabbage. Sometimes I remember to put in spinach, but I usually forget.

So I want to broaden my horizons. What delicious salads do you make? I am open to suggestions, although I reserve the right to ignore ingredients I don't like (endives, for instance: blick).

Ideally, the salads would be non-creamy in nature (in terms of the dressing), and not too heavy on the protein (nuts, chicken, whatever), but I am not averse to having that sort of salad listed as well, for the occasional change of pace.

Ideas?
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Cthulhu)
I got home yesterday after fighting off a migraine for most of the day, feeling seriously out of sorts. That was after the Overtime Fairy visited. So Overtime Fairy + Migraine Fairy = Seriously Cranky Phnee.

I took a bubble bath (YAY!), with the intention of doing some tidying afterward, since the cleaning lady is coming today. Yeah. That didn't happen. I felt marginally better but still overall crummy after my bath, so instead I went to bed and set my alarm early.

Now, normally this is where my well-paved road usually goes to hell. I am not good at getting up early, especially when I'm tired. Today, however, appears to have been an exception to the rule. I got up when my alarm rang (okay, I hit "snooze" for 15 minutes, but that was part of the plan), and have been tidying for the past little while. I also made breakfast and had coffee, which NEVER happens when I'm on day shift, because I'm usually not up on time to have breakfast at home (I keep breakfast in my locker at work for just such contingencies).

Now I just have to tidy the front entrance, change the litter in the cat pans, and make my bed. Oh, and get dressed. :P I have exactly fifty-five minutes for this, which means it's all going to get done. w00t!

Tonight is Hump Night at Hurley's. Must remember to bring MacGyver for [livejournal.com profile] sorceror.


I think one of the non-work things I will do today will be to come up with a comprehensive list of names for my co-workers, to which I can refer if I want. Maybe a list of other frequently-used non-LJ names as well. That way I won't have to try to remember who I've already named and so forth.

Okay. The cat pans aren't going to clean themselves. Off I go!
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Grin (Anna))
In the interests of keeping up with my oh-so-exciting daily life, my Maternal Unit has started an LJ. Everyone say hi to [livejournal.com profile] mousmes_mim. The Maternal Unit is not exactly LJ-savvy. Don't expect her to friend anyone, or even to comment, since she has already stated unequivocally that she doesn't want to do any of that. She's just in it for me.

Still, it's the top of a slippery slope. I figure it's only a matter of time before she's buying extra icon slots. ;)
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Despondent (Ratatouille))
I am very, very bored. I am on the stand-alone computer at work, which means I can check my friends pages and suchlike.

I have therefore been fussing with LJ, and have re-vamped my other two LJs to the current S2 style, in particular [livejournal.com profile] secret_history, which is no longer entirely BLACKDOOMEGADS, but a pale hue which is doubtless more restful to the eye.

Sadly, it's Sunday, which means everyone is off doing happy weekend things, and not providing me with entertainment. Bored cat is therefore bored.

My co-worker, Big!Bear, brought a few movies, including No Country For Old Men which was both depressing and narratively unsatisfying. Did I mention that I hate detectives and police officers who seem incapable of doing their jobs? Yeah. In spades.

He also brought There Will Be Blood and 3:10 to Yuma. I've seen the latter and know it's highly enjoyable, but I'm curious about the former. We shall see...
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Survive History)
It was last week that my little LJ turned seven years old. Seven! I never managed to keep a diary for more than three days running, until I discovered LJ. Apparently getting feedback is what was preventing me from being consistent. ;)

So happy belated anniversary to me!

Icon meme!

Jan. 17th, 2009 07:04 pm
mousme: A view of a woman's legs from behind, wearing knee-high rainbow socks. The rest of the picture is black and white. (Goat)
MAH ICONS.

default oldest newest
saddest happiest angriest
cutest sexiest funniest
fave ship fave fandom fave animated
best quote best textless best stolen idea
use the most favorite

HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: 174
OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICONS SPACES: 195
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: Yup, although I'm still trying to figure out which ones to use for my available space.
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: That I'm a colossal geek?
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Babylon 5
AND THE SECOND MOST: Firefly
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: No ship icons. Horrendous, isn't it?
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: A lot were made by [livejournal.com profile] curtana. She is lovely and talented and a pearl among women. Also, we share a bunch of fandoms.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: I used to but lost my image editing software between computers.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: I like 'em, but I mostly just crop existing images. I'm not especially talented.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: Annoying when they're too fast, but otherwise lots of fun.

DO THE MEME.
Coding can be found here

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