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Feb. 15th, 2013 05:42 pm
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So since The Move I've been vaguely annoyed that I'm so much further from an El stop. I like to be forced to walk but it was nice to be able to walk to a stop really quickly if I was suddenly inspired to do something.

But today on my way home I realized that I can now take the bus to work! It would have involved a transfer and been rather ridiculous time-wise from the old place, but now it's just a straight shot! I am so excited about this I cannot even tell you - do you realize what this is??? This is a guaranteed 90 minutes of reading on days when I do this instead of drive! I looooooove public transport and I soooooo missed taking the train to work, and now I can take the bus which is almost as good. This totally balances being further from the train.
impulsereader: (Book Art 1)
Sunday was sunny, so of course I headed out to the cemetery I've been meaning to tromp round. Sunny it may have been, but I eventually became truly concerned about the state of my toes.

There were a lot of trees and female figures along with a handful of angels. I will definitely have to go back when there isn't snow on the ground. The downside will be the leaves on the trees. I found the bare branches quite atmospheric.
Click here for the pictures )
impulsereader: (MF Lemon)
Yea! Till We Have Faces has shipped! Woo hoo!

I have decided that ‘when I grow up’ I want to be C.S. Lewis. He liked to take a daily walk whenever possible and when he went on holiday he went on long cross-country walks with his friends. This is what I want to do all the time. So I should really get to work on that original stuff I keep threatening to write. That would really speed things up toward being Lewis for me.
A bit of tea but mostly lemons under the cut, also a bit of fandom blathering )
impulsereader: (MF Lemon)
Yea! Till We Have Faces has shipped! Woo hoo!

I have decided that ‘when I grow up’ I want to be C.S. Lewis. He liked to take a daily walk whenever possible and when he went on holiday he went on long cross-country walks with his friends. This is what I want to do all the time. So I should really get to work on that original stuff I keep threatening to write. That would really speed things up toward being Lewis for me.
A bit of tea but mostly lemons under the cut, also a bit of fandom blathering )
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Both alternates were very good suggestions. After I stared at them for a little while I went with lemonsareinplay and then realized that hunt_the_lemon was brilliant and set that up as well.  I went with a journal rather than a community so that each lemon can have its own tracking post.

Now I need to decide if I want to do a test run with some real lemons before setting loose some of the more sturdy, wooden variety.  Perhaps I'll devote one journal to live specimens and the other to wooden.

This is all [livejournal.com profile] litlover12's fault, by the way, because when she said - Oh my gosh, you played Hunt the Lemon in real life! (Sort of.) YOU ARE AWESOME!! - My brain apparently decided that I must go to the next level, and I am now planning on scattering Cabin Pressure-advertising lemons all over and hoping a few people will obligingly reposition or hand off said lemon and report back.

Anywho...

Gran smiled happily as she surveyed her enthralled audience.  She cleared her throat again, and everything else stilled in response.  “Now, since he has confirmed his interest in our endeavour, and being a soldier himself, I wondered if our own Doctor Watson might condescend to accept the role of Benedick.  I believe this would emphasize the warm welcome we wish to extend to him in joining the family and taking such good care of our Sherlock.”

Read more... )
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Both alternates were very good suggestions. After I stared at them for a little while I went with lemonsareinplay and then realized that hunt_the_lemon was brilliant and set that up as well.  I went with a journal rather than a community so that each lemon can have its own tracking post.

Now I need to decide if I want to do a test run with some real lemons before setting loose some of the more sturdy, wooden variety.  Perhaps I'll devote one journal to live specimens and the other to wooden.

This is all [livejournal.com profile] litlover12's fault, by the way, because when she said - Oh my gosh, you played Hunt the Lemon in real life! (Sort of.) YOU ARE AWESOME!! - My brain apparently decided that I must go to the next level, and I am now planning on scattering Cabin Pressure-advertising lemons all over and hoping a few people will obligingly reposition or hand off said lemon and report back.

Anywho...

Gran smiled happily as she surveyed her enthralled audience.  She cleared her throat again, and everything else stilled in response.  “Now, since he has confirmed his interest in our endeavour, and being a soldier himself, I wondered if our own Doctor Watson might condescend to accept the role of Benedick.  I believe this would emphasize the warm welcome we wish to extend to him in joining the family and taking such good care of our Sherlock.”

Read more... )
impulsereader: (Skyline)
I have drunk the kool-aid which is Cabin Pressure. Then I ran across the Lemons and Landmarks project via this post http://cabin-pressure.livejournal.com/183916.html Well, I'm a little late to the party and still waiting to hear back if additional Chicago offerings are needed/wanted but my initial thought was, 'Well, this is what I've been doing recently anyway; walking and taking pics in Chicago; might just as well do it with a lemon as not, right?' So after a little more thought I realized that this is in fact not what I've been doing - I've been taking pics of rather small things, generally. It just seems to be what I do. Well, Landmarks, especially the ones that leapt to mind as the big ones in Chicago, are rather large. Huh, I thought, that's interesting. Then, I thought, 'And - my angles are going to have to be pretty playful since while Landmarks are rather large, Lemons are rather small. Wow! What a great new prompt!'

So today, instead of penetrating further into Sherlock's psyche I went 'round the Loop with a lemon and had a grand time. Results below.
Go 'round )
impulsereader: (Skyline)
I have drunk the kool-aid which is Cabin Pressure. Then I ran across the Lemons and Landmarks project via this post http://cabin-pressure.livejournal.com/183916.html Well, I'm a little late to the party and still waiting to hear back if additional Chicago offerings are needed/wanted but my initial thought was, 'Well, this is what I've been doing recently anyway; walking and taking pics in Chicago; might just as well do it with a lemon as not, right?' So after a little more thought I realized that this is in fact not what I've been doing - I've been taking pics of rather small things, generally. It just seems to be what I do. Well, Landmarks, especially the ones that leapt to mind as the big ones in Chicago, are rather large. Huh, I thought, that's interesting. Then, I thought, 'And - my angles are going to have to be pretty playful since while Landmarks are rather large, Lemons are rather small. Wow! What a great new prompt!'

So today, instead of penetrating further into Sherlock's psyche I went 'round the Loop with a lemon and had a grand time. Results below.
Go 'round )
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Every year on my birthday we do ‘something’ and in 2011 we took a walking tour of Graceland Cemetery, self-guided by the above-named book. It was a lovely day and we took lots of pictures.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
impulsereader: (cemeteries)
Almost all pictures were taken by my Kurt Russell. All quoted text comes from A Walk Through Graceland Cemetery: A Chicago Architecture Foundation Walking Tour by Barbara Lanctot. Any errors or typos are mine alone.

Every year on my birthday we do ‘something’ and in 2011 we took a walking tour of Graceland Cemetery, self-guided by the above-named book. It was a lovely day and we took lots of pictures.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4
impulsereader: (Chicago Theater)
This entry brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] djarum99 because she is wonderful and check out my awesome icon she made for me!

Lots of pics taken over the course of the last month under the cut. )
impulsereader: (Chicago Theater)
This entry brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] djarum99 because she is wonderful and check out my awesome icon she made for me!

Lots of pics taken over the course of the last month under the cut. )
impulsereader: (Default)
I am seriously considering never leaving the house again without my camera; because you just never know when someone is going to put up a sign that, if you tell anyone you saw it, no one is going to believe you.
See the sign and more pics under the cut )
Sherlock Fic is impending.
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I am seriously considering never leaving the house again without my camera; because you just never know when someone is going to put up a sign that, if you tell anyone you saw it, no one is going to believe you.
See the sign and more pics under the cut )
Sherlock Fic is impending.
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Just a couple quick thoughts which I'd like to exorcise.

Dear CTA,
Please raise your one-way fare from $2.25 to $2.50.  This way, you still get my entire $5 bill, but I don't feel ripped off for that $0.50 every single time.  Please see my latest fic for reference.
Cordially yours,
an occasional rider

Readers seem to prefer the fic that mugged me and stole my brain's wallet, which I proceeded to write in the space of a day and a half, to the one which I wrote over the course of a few weeks, crafted very carefully, and for which I spent two entire days agonizing over individual plot points.  Seriously, that last bit about the British Library and the book excerpts I nearly drove myself crazy over.

The problem with AO3 telling my how many 'hits' and how many 'kudos' have been left is that it leaves me with the distinct impression that the delta between the two didn't actually enjoy the story.

Right, not thinking about any of that anymore - exorcised.

impulsereader: (Default)

Just a couple quick thoughts which I'd like to exorcise.

Dear CTA,
Please raise your one-way fare from $2.25 to $2.50.  This way, you still get my entire $5 bill, but I don't feel ripped off for that $0.50 every single time.  Please see my latest fic for reference.
Cordially yours,
an occasional rider

Readers seem to prefer the fic that mugged me and stole my brain's wallet, which I proceeded to write in the space of a day and a half, to the one which I wrote over the course of a few weeks, crafted very carefully, and for which I spent two entire days agonizing over individual plot points.  Seriously, that last bit about the British Library and the book excerpts I nearly drove myself crazy over.

The problem with AO3 telling my how many 'hits' and how many 'kudos' have been left is that it leaves me with the distinct impression that the delta between the two didn't actually enjoy the story.

Right, not thinking about any of that anymore - exorcised.

impulsereader: (BatB)
Beauty and the Beast is stalking me. I think it feels neglected, and I can’t really blame it. This means that last Friday night we saw a production of it in which the eldest niece played Gaston’s sidekick rather than the chandelier and other various bits - double cast switched on alternate performances. Considering the age of the children involved the production was just about as accomplished and spotty in quality as you can imagine. DressedUp!Beast was the spitting image of how Hugh Hefner would have been costumed if he’d had a bit part in Saturday Night Fever – with doc martinish boots to complete the look. Select pics at the end of the entry.

Also, I suspect my KR *waves hello - don’t be scared of this entry, it’s nothing as silly as fanfic* has been lurking around the beginnings of this journal and that is possibly why I read and he computered to the backdrop of a pretty terrible – possibly Disney – Word just auto capitalized Disney – I hate that a little bit – B&tB take off with Neil Patrick Harris and Peter Krauss in bit parts on Sunday.

Well, B&tB, I was already ahead of you. I’d started Beauty sometime last week and was finishing as that fairly horrible movie played, so there!

This is a very practical book, and I think it is so very practical because Beauty herself is a very practical character. Aside from declaring she’d rather be called Beauty than Honour (her father fails spectacularly at explaining the concept of honour which prompts this decision) at a very young age, she is practically the personification of practicality. Side note – McKinley uses British spellings, but she’s American and (I believe) was living in America when she wrote this. She didn’t move to England until much later when she wrote Rose Daughter. This, as well as the Sherlock fic I've been writing - I changed my spellcheck dictionary - is why I found myself using it in this entry.
Read more )
impulsereader: (BatB)
Beauty and the Beast is stalking me. I think it feels neglected, and I can’t really blame it. This means that last Friday night we saw a production of it in which the eldest niece played Gaston’s sidekick rather than the chandelier and other various bits - double cast switched on alternate performances. Considering the age of the children involved the production was just about as accomplished and spotty in quality as you can imagine. DressedUp!Beast was the spitting image of how Hugh Hefner would have been costumed if he’d had a bit part in Saturday Night Fever – with doc martinish boots to complete the look. Select pics at the end of the entry.

Also, I suspect my KR *waves hello - don’t be scared of this entry, it’s nothing as silly as fanfic* has been lurking around the beginnings of this journal and that is possibly why I read and he computered to the backdrop of a pretty terrible – possibly Disney – Word just auto capitalized Disney – I hate that a little bit – B&tB take off with Neil Patrick Harris and Peter Krauss in bit parts on Sunday.

Well, B&tB, I was already ahead of you. I’d started Beauty sometime last week and was finishing as that fairly horrible movie played, so there!

This is a very practical book, and I think it is so very practical because Beauty herself is a very practical character. Aside from declaring she’d rather be called Beauty than Honour (her father fails spectacularly at explaining the concept of honour which prompts this decision) at a very young age, she is practically the personification of practicality. Side note – McKinley uses British spellings, but she’s American and (I believe) was living in America when she wrote this. She didn’t move to England until much later when she wrote Rose Daughter. This, as well as the Sherlock fic I've been writing - I changed my spellcheck dictionary - is why I found myself using it in this entry.
Read more )

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