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I'm amused to note that not only does the group presentation I'm frantically preparing for this evening essentially boil down to cosplay (of a triad of nursing theorists) but that in my role as Margaret Newman, I get to make the point that while most perceive health on a linear continuum from illness to wellness, the reality as I see it is that it's a great big ball of wibbly-wobbly healthy-wealthy stuff there's a dynamic relationship between illness and non-illness and the way in which a person's consciousness grows in response to that is the measure of health.

If I thought more than a handful would get it, I'd be tempted to throw in the wibbly-wobbly line for real.
firefly124: John Barrowman laughing (jb laughing by niki_zqz)
Spent about two hours or so shoveling my way into my driveway last night/this morning after spending two days at work. There was no point to trying to drive home in the storm Friday night, and it was just as well to have an extra nurse in the house Saturday morning, as one fellow was six hours late due to his vehicle embedding itself in a snowbank. (He's fine. Jury's out on his vehicle.) Being "essential personnel" may give you permission to be on the roads during a state of emergency, but it doesn't guarantee that it'll work out well. Which brings me to this gem of a convo I had early Friday:

Friend: Well, being a nurse, you have that privilege to be on the road once the ban goes into effect.
Me: *blank stare* I'm pretty sure in this instance "privilege" refers to being able to stay home drinking hot chocolate instead of being required to go to work in absurdly dangerous road conditions.
Friend: Oh. Yeah.

*eyeroll*

Home safe and sound now though. I hope the rest of you who've been buried by Charlotte/Nemo/wtf-ever-we're-calling-it are similarly safe, sound, warm, and with power. Our building never lost it, surprisingly enough. (Our town's great about getting power back quickly, but the never losing is a surprise considering how heavy this stuff is.)

So now I'm catching up on not-schoolwork, which brings me to the fangirling.

This may not be precisely news, but I'm flailing and IDEK-ing about an Arrow casting spoiler I ran across on Facebook of all places. *rechecks* It does appear to be less than 24 hours old, so that's still news, right?

Now, obviously, the main reason I ever tuned in to Arrow is that John Barroman is in it. I'm demonstrably ridiculous in my fangirling, considering I will pretty much watch anything he does ever, as evidenced by not only owning but having watched every episode of Animals at Work. That said, I am enjoying Arrow for its own sake, which is a huge improvement over the Desperate Housewives thing a couple of years ago. I might even keep watching if his character leaves/gets killed off/whatever.

I'm almost, though not quite, equally ridiculous about the person the casting spoiler is about. So I must squee, but for anyone who doesn't want to know, I'll cut for the spoilers )

I feel like I'm doing a poor job expressing the squee. That's probably on account of the flailing, complicated by exhaustion and wrists that are demanding to know wtf I was thinking to shovel all that white stuff. Still, yay!
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If you use a Kindle, including computer or phone app, and are a Whovian, there is a free ebook on Amazon.com called Dining with the Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook. A friend just clued me in to it, and I'm just poking around in it on my laptop, and the first recipe at least looks like fun! There's a recipe for each episode from Rose through The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe plus a plethora of variations on fish fingers and custard.
firefly124: 9th doctor - fantastic (fantastic9 by dawn_e_h)
Today has been a rough one fibro-wise, so it was the perfect day to receive stocking stuffers that made me smile, and I've received quite the range of very cool gifts, including various cute graphics and well-wishes as well as the following fics:

AtS tinyficlet by [personal profile] yhlee (Angel: the Series, Fred/Gunn, G)

A Vorkosigan ficlet by [livejournal.com profile] sheffsfic (Vorkosigan, Miles/Ekaterin, G)

Lair by [personal profile] merryghoul (Leverage, Parker/Sophie, G)

Something Different by [personal profile] tarlanx (Torchwood, Jack/Ianto, M)

I Bring Thee Glad Tidings by [personal profile] yamx (Doctor Who, Nine/Jack/(Rose), G)

Blindsided by [personal profile] sahiya (Doctor Who, Eleven/River/Jack, E/NC17)

and

Christmas in July by [livejournal.com profile] tiny_white_hats (Angel: the Series, Fred/Gunn, PG)

I am hugely grateful for all of these and hope some of you will go and enjoy them as well!

I didn't write as much as I'd hoped, didn't even manage to stray out of Doctor Who (unless you count the crossover), but I had fun writing what I did. There are two or three that I got started that ran away from me, which I hope to finish and post before school resumes at the end of the month. The ones I did complete are

Crazy for [personal profile] joking (Crossover, Eleven and Sherlock, G)

The Wedding Planner for [personal profile] sahiya (Doctor Who, Vastra/Jenny (in absentia) and Eleven/River, G)

War Games for [personal profile] yamx (Doctor Who, Nine/Rose/Jack, M)

and

Peace and Quiet for [personal profile] fuzzyboo (Doctor Who, Nine, Rose, and Jack, G)

It's been another fun year, for sure. I've said it there already, but huge kudos to the mods for pulling this off. There were something like 360 stockings to manage this year, which I can't even fathom the logistics of.
firefly124: vastra and jenny with a backdrop of text saying "badass sword-wielding victorian crime-solving lesbians" (vastra7 by dawn_queen)
Thank you, Moff, for adding to the list of otherwise-ordinary things your viewers are now traumatized by. You do it well.

Thanks also for what is sure to be another intriguing mystery arc. Now lemme stick the rest under the cut )

Meanwhile, I should be getting ready for the first Date Night in far too many months, so enough of that for now. Just had to babble a bit. Anybody have any other fun theories?
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Nothing new, right? The insanity bit anyway. In this instance, it's that I've signed up to participate in the [livejournal.com profile] who_at_50 Fanwork-a-thon-a-thon. The idea is that there'll be a different theme/Doctor featured each month counting down to the 50th anniversary. Some, I'll be no use for, but January is Eleven, and him I think I can handle. Ish.

Who's with me?

(In other news, I'm nowhere near Newtown and am guiltily relieved not to know anyone involved. I did, however, get hit with almost 8 solid hours of news coverage at work yesterday, because some of my residents were very insistent about keeping it on. I've shorted out. What little I can do for those helping the families has been done, and that's where it needs to stop for me. I figured I ought to say something here though, lest this random chipper post from the wilds of Connecticut seem outrageously callous, which it may well do anyway.)
firefly124: fanfic writing is my therapy (writing therapy by savine_snape)
Fandom Stocking is running again this year, this time on Dreamwidth. The signup post is here.

*rubs hands together in glee*
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Hi all. No, I haven't fallen off the planet. Just insanely busy between work, school, and this insane project I set myself. I have been trying to read the flist at least every couple of days and comment here and there, but I am woefully behind. As a result, I'm actually kind of embarrassed to post, but I want to keep these links somewhere easy to find and plus they may be useful to other fannish types.

If you remember a month or so ago, I was debating participating in the Amateur Drag Night at my local LGBT club, and if so, who to go as. I didn't and still don't have any ideas about an original character/persona, so the classic "pick an iconic singer" route seemed the most sensible. Elton John won the debate, and I've been working on the costume ever since. (This is not yet complete. Worst case, I'll be performing in a waistcoat w/no jacket, which really is kind of worst case, because there's only so flat a pair of G-cups are going to go, and the jacket would help the illusion of flatness. However, I'm not willing to pay big bucks for the right jacket, and men apparently only donate raggedy, tweedy suits to Goodwill around here. Sir Elton does wear quite a variety of things, but "tweedy" is not one of them. Were I trying to be Giles or the Doctor, that would apparently be far easier.)

Tonight, I'm trying my first test-run of makeup, which I had almost but not completely forgotten about. I'm not quite committed enough to use theatrical appliances and the like a la [livejournal.com profile] droxy, so I've been researching subtler makeup techniques, and here are some tutorials I've found helpful. Some are coming from a drag or crossplay perspective, others from transmen giving tips on passing.

http://kittykazoo13.deviantart.com/art/My-first-FtM-makeup-tutorial-208360508
Also known as "how to become David Tennant." :-D I like the explanation given on the shading and the color coding for highlighting and lowlighting. I'm not, however, quite understanding what she means about the eyebrows. I see the difference, but seeing them being done would've been more helpful, which leads to the next one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgTjHZXOPmM
This eyebrow tutorial is helpful not only in the use of stippling sponge (thank you so much, I was never going to be able to hand-draw anything random-looking enough) but also mistake erasure. I already have really heavy eyebrows (thanks, Dad) but still not as thick as Sir Elton, so playing with that is going to be fun.

http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/tutorials/crossplayfm
Another helpful tip w/stippling sponge to "rough up" the skin w/o stubbling.

http://www.wikihow.com/Pass-As-a-Guy-and-Still-Be-Scene-or-Emo-%28for-FTM-Teens%29
While this is specifically about achieving a masculine emo/scene look, I found it useful for thinking through what elements read as masculine versus androgynous.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhvLQ40jP1U
This one goes all-out on the sketched-in facial hair, which looks better than I'd expect but still isn't something I'm likely to try. What I found more helpful was the visual on the shading prior to that.

So, first attempt is pretty much a shitty first draft, but here are the pix anyway. No wig or other stuff, though, just the makeup. Pix )

As far as the choreography ... I'm going to settle at the moment for simply not bellydancing despite all impulses to the contrary and worry less about how much my hips are moving in a masculine versus feminine manner. Sir Elton does do some hip-swaying stuff (almost identical to every hip bump I've had to correct in a male bellydance student, actually) that I've kind of got the hang of. I think. We shall see. And he does use a cane as a prop in the video to the song I chose ("I'm Still Standing"), which gave me a clue how to handle the one bit where there are no lyrics. That *is* bellydance, though nobody would mistake this cane-work for anything traditional, but I think it fits the persona even though he's never done that kind of thing that I've seen.

One week to go. Hopefully, there will be video. (Most likely crappy phone video, but video nonetheless.) Meanwhile, I should probably attempt some homework.
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Happy Wednesday evening to everyone else.

Has it really been 4 weeks since I've posted? *hangs head*

And now I'm in to say "Hi, I survived Sandy" and to post a meme: In honor of All Hallow's Eve (otherwise known as Halloween), I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door'. Comment "Trick or Treat" to this post and... well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of your fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!
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First, the serious question: does anybody have any tips on convincing Open Office to comply with APA format? My two problems are getting a different header for the first page (so the entire paper doesn't say Running head: RUNNING HEAD but rather Running head: RUNNING HEAD on the title page and just RUNNING HEAD the rest of the way through) and convincing it that no, the header does not need to be an inch from the top of the page, just the body text.

Because I really, really don't want to buy MS Word. Really don't. I'll buy a paid version of OO if that's what it takes.

ETA: I found a solution! Someone on the OpenOffice.org site (which I couldn't reach earlier today but I can now) uploaded an APA formatted template! So far, it seems to meet the criteria I need.)

For the ridiculous, as I've just observed over on FB, I'm in the bizarre position of trying to choose between John and Barrowman. Cut for lengthy ridiculousness )

So, yeah. John, or Barrowman? So far, John's still standing.

Happy Wednesday!
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So, to preface this, I should note that I made it a point to find some kind of rainbow-themed earrings that meet the dress code where I work. Stunningly difficult, as most seem to be dangly-type earrings. I even have a set of those, but I don't need a dress code to tell me how monumentally stupid it would be to give some of my residents dangly earrings to grab at. I found a pair that work, and they match with two of my scrub sets: one of which has some random "brush strokes" of various colors over white, the other of which has multicolor hearts on it. So I try to arrange my pile o'scrubs such that I wear one of those sets one week and the other the next.

The reason for this is partly because of the series of experiences that nudged me in the direction of public health nursing with a focus on LGBT elders. Long-term care is super heteronormative, even in places that pride themselves on being very progressive and welcoming, and whoever the 2-3 residents likely to identify as some flavor of LGBT are on my floor of 30, I want to send at least that subtle message that they're not alone and there is someone safe to talk to if they need to. (Actually, I find that most of the nurses at Communications Clusterfuckery Are Us are probably very safe to open up to, almost in inverse proportion to how I felt about the nursing staff at the Soul-Sucking Vortex of Doom. It's still a very heteronormative environment.)

For the most part, this goes unremarked, except for the odd, "How colorful!" comment. And then this conversation happened:

Resident: Oh, what lovely earrings. Are you a rainbow girl?
Me: Um, that's not how I would typically put it, but I suppose so.
Resident: Really? Oh, that's lovely! What assembly?
Me: We are definitely having two completely different conversations here.

This led, actually, to a very lovely conversation about her experiences with the Rainbow Girls, a group by the Masons for girls, similar so far as I can tell to Girl Scouts. When the conversation (which took all of about 10 minutes) ended, she smiled and said that even if I wasn't a real Rainbow Girl, it was very nice to be able to relive some of those memories with someone and that she felt much better about her evening having had that conversation.

What I find particularly neat about this is that, while this wasn't precisely what I had in mind, the result was still pretty much the one I was going for. "Here is someone you can talk to." Made my day as well.
firefly124: Gwen and Ianto don't have ship wars by skkyborn (Gwen and Ianto don't have ship wars by s)
I hate getting this invested in a fic (I do not want to look at the chapter number, bad enough that it's 3 digits long) only to find that it's going to have large undercurrents of character-bashing. Especially given that it was recced in a comm that specifies no character bashing. And yes, it is still bashing if the characters in question are turned into evil caricatures of themselves only until they are no longer a threat to the ship you are setting up and then become more recognizable as the characters the reader is familiar with.

It is possible to ship Snape/Hermione without bashing either Ron or Lily. It is possible to ship Miles/Gregor without bashing Ekaterin or Laisa. It is possible to ship Jack/Doctor without bashing either Ianto or Rose, and it is possible to ship Jack/Ianto without bashing either Gwen or Lisa. It's even possible to ship Jack/Gwen without bashing Ianto or Rhys. I know this because I've seen plenty of authors do it and do it well.

Harumph.
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Over the last two days, I've received weird, link-only emails from 3 different SSHG fen, at least two of whom I know to be very security-minded. I've only just let the third know about it, because I only just got that last email, but the first two were able to determine that their accounts had been accessed by someone in another country.

I'm not sure if someone is working through one of the archives or possibly the Exchange (I saw the Exchange admin email on one of the address lists, but that only means it was in the person's contact list), but three SSHG fangirls in 24 hrs feels like a pattern of some kind.

In any case, this is probably as good a time as any to make sure there's no weird stuff in your sent folder, strengthen your passwords, and whatever other reasonable measures you can think of to make sure your email account is secure. And if you get any such weirdness from me, please let me know so I can reset my passwords as well.
firefly124: river song smiling (river smiling by michaela0823)
If you haven't been reading Everyday Life with the Ponds by DQBunny, you should anyway. The chapter-tag for last night's ep, well, even the title is a spoiler ) It started out as slices of, well, Pond Life, and then along came "Pond Life," and we got minisode tags, and now this. :-D
firefly124: apollo belvedere filtered yellow (apollo3 by little-shinies)
I'm being a calendar geek. I spent an absurd amount of time tonight putting the HTAZP calendar into a document set up with tables for each Greek month but with a Sunday-Saturday week, because I need at least that familiar framework to hang it all on. This is why the Hellenic Month Established per Athens site, while incredibly helpful, has never entirely worked for me, though I refer to it fairly often and have had it open in a tab all night while working on this project. My brain can't cope with 10-day "weeks," though, even if they're likely more traditional. That and HTAZP uses a slightly different naming system for the months based on the concept that Hellenic city-states would arrange and name their calendar based on their biggest holidays.

The biggest headache-inducer is actually when the day starts (sundown). This is hardly unique, but it's also not the way I've always thought about days and what falls where. So, for example, does it make more sense to map the next Deipnon (sundown Sept 15 through sundown Sept 16) onto Saturday or Sunday? I defaulted to placing the days based on which part we see daylight for. Considering most festivals are daytime deals, not a big issue. But Deipnon and Noumenia are very much nighttime observances, given that they are all about the dark/new moon. So despite the fact I have the next Deipnon planted on a Sunday, I'd really be observing it the night before, and then doing Noumenia that night.

Ah well. If that gives me too much of a headache, I can redo it next year, I guess.

Meanwhile, the next step is going to be to map the Chinese calendar onto it to incorporate Kwan Yin's festivals. Thankfully both are lunisolar and so the months, at least, should map fine. I hope. Famous last words, probably. Not to mention differing ideas of when intercalary months come into play. Project for another day, though. I'm wiped.
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after having watched about 30 seconds of this week's ep, thatSPOILERS! )
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I'm not particularly fashion-conscious and am a horrendous pack-rat, so I have my doubts about this quiz.



You Are a Wool Scarf



You are a smart and sensible person. You plan for the future and always try to be prepared.

You have a great sense of style, but you never sacrifice comfort or function. Your scarf needs to look good and keep you warm!



You know how to take care of yourself. You find comfort easily, and you are good at comforting others.

You are streamlined and efficient. You are very productive. You know how to cut the junk out of your life.


firefly124: fanfic writing is my therapy (writing therapy by savine_snape)
It took me long enough to get my [livejournal.com profile] hpcon_envy fics done, but done and posted they are. Probably just about in time for the next round for Dragon Con. *rolls eyes @ self* Also, these were meant to be drabbles. Only one came close, and one got completely away from me and threatened to keep going. Oops?

Title: First Steps
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] bambu345
Fandom(s): Vorkosigan
Rating: G
Word Count: 121
Prompt: Perhaps the moment before Cordelia sees Aral after having escaped her own planet? She's left everything for him, but hasn't seen him yet after having made such an enormous, bridge-burning choice.
A/N: Once I revisited this bit of canon, I realized I had to go a tad earlier, as we actually do get Cordelia's interior monologue as she goes from meeting Count Piotr to finding Aral. Hope this suits.

Title: Anything but Routine
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] morethansirius
Fandom(s): In order of appearance: Torchwood, Harry Potter, Doctor Who
Rating: G
Word Count: 1452
Prompt: I would love to see what happens when Doctor Ten, Captain Jack and Unspeakable Snape all arrive to investigate the same crime scene/alien phenomenon/magical occurrence.
A/N: Set just before “Reset” for Torchwood, between the “Voyage of the Damned” & “Partners in Crime” for Doctor Who, and way after Deathly Hallows for the Potterverse.

Title: Everything Hasn't Changed Yet
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] orlando_switch
Fandom(s): Harry Potter, Torchwood
Rating: G
Word Count: 200
Prompt: The post Voldemort era leaves Lucius disillusioned and (according to Jason Isaac) emasculated - and therefore in dire need to regain his self-confidence/masculinity/virility and a new perspective at the world. Unfortunately, everyone in his own world is too busy building up their life to offer him a helping hand. I'd like to see an encounter between him and captain Jack, a man who has seen it all, done it all but never lost his touch to celebrate life.
A/N: Sometime in 1999, well after Deathly Hallows and before Jack assumes control of Torchwood 3.
firefly124: Jack, Rose, & the 9th Doctor (OT3 with 9 by dameruth)
I didn't write anything, haven't even managed to write my [livejournal.com profile] hpcon_envy prompts yet, but I've very much enjoyed reading the fills.

Wrap-up post with links to each fic here.

Will post a real post sometime soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the fic!

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