Drive-by Truths, part I
navel-gazing
monanotlisa
With tampons and laaarge pills, it's all in the positioning. (Don't stay at the shallow end!)

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Dark Matter
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monanotlisa
I really need to go to sleep, but for the genre fans whose trauma from the SGA cancellation has been healing --

[personal profile] trascendenza reviews Dark Matter, and we jump right into the discussion of A+mazing female leads (of color), groundbreakiness levels, femslash vibes, and found-family fun.

Yep, I've watched all six episodes of M&M's new space show, and they've avoided the pitfalls so far. Join in!

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For all anxiety sufferers, and the people who love them
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monanotlisa
Y'all, I saw this excellent resource post article on anxiety, I hope?

THINGS THAT SOMETIMES WORK IF YOU HAVE ANXIETY

What makes it wonderful is that it prescribes no One Right Way: The author understands that our brains and lifestyles differ, but in there are interesting suggestions and some suggested courses.

With love,

M.

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Actual, honest-to-God content.
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monanotlisa
I used to consider just put the following into my blog bio: "If it's on Stuff White People Like, I (i) have either done it, (ii) want to do it, or (iii) am currently in the process of doing it."

Of course, now that's outdated. STILL TRUE, THOUGH. As I realized today in the neighborhood cycle store, talking about strapping a bike to the back of my Prius, my trips to wine country, and idly wondering about where to source my next fix of organic goat cheese.

This is brought to you by the last week's events, namely Sandra Bland's death in police custody. My idle musings on a random morning are probably not the musings of the Black men and now women around me; I spent the last two days just listening to my friend H., who was shaken...not in a sudden realization that could have been her (it could) but in a straw-that-broke-the-camel's back way. She said that she forces herself to believe we are just seeing the brutality that has always been there in the United States; that it is not more: just more visible.

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Now I'm waiting for a new friend that I met while hiking in Castle Rock Park in the Santa Cruz mountains over Fourth of July weekend.

Hiking in Castle Rock -- aptly named!Collapse )

I don't know if I mentioned it here, but her sister just stared at me, at her, our rapid-fire conversation tossing around topics, and said, "Oh my God, it's like you are the same person!"

(She's running a little late due to traffic. Saturdays from San Jose to Oakland are rough.)

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Tonight, I'm doing the bucket-list thing of speed-dating: My work wife hounded Groupon-like sites for a while, and eventually found us a deal. We'll be meeting in San Francisco in the evening, do that thing, and eat at a Senegalese place in the Mission that comes recommended.

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FIC: Wrapped Up in You (The Bodyswap Remix) - Elementary, Joan & Sherlock, Gen.
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monanotlisa
No one -- least of all yours truly -- would have expected me to write Elementary fic for Remix Redux 12: The Dirty Dozen. But the original story hit me like a freight train, and I simply had to play with that one.

Wrapped Up in You (The Bodyswap Remix) (4822 words) by monanotlisa
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson
Characters: Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Hudson (Elementary)

His response was a sniff, and could her face really look that haughty? “Oh, don’t be silly, Watson. I assure you I have worn much higher heels in much more arduous circumstances.”
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Of course he had.



Given my recent restraints, I could only do a fraction of the things I wanted to do with Joan and Sherlock, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the positive response. Hat-tip to [personal profile] king_touchy again.

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Tell Me Now
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monanotlisa
Congratulations to the United States Women's National Team! The USWNT have grown even more as a team, since 2011 and throughout the tournament, into worthy champions. Football musingsCollapse )

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Life at work has been...interesting. My work wife and I finally acquired a new boss and more; we then saw our colleague, who felt he could finally take his hat, bid us all adieu. You win some, you lose some? Not just a metaphor! The only constant thing is change, y'all.

Inspired by the recent spikes of interestingness, I decided to take my first day off in 6 months and do the long weekend so common in the USA: Together with d.irge* and her quasi-niece, we went for a 31-mile bicycle ride through Sonoma with wine-tasting and picnic thereafter -- just the three of us with our young grad-student tour guide riding our bikes from Downtown Healdsburg to the Sonoma Overlook. The next morning, I enjoyed a balloon ride over Napa Valley that I recommend to absolutely everybody. Finally I made my way down the Bay to spend the rest of this Fourth of July weekend with [personal profile] ascian, husband, and Li'l D, which included doing a Silicon Valley get-together to watch the football finale. <3 I think the only low point, literally, was Li'l D (featured prominently in my Instagram account) taking a tumble down the front door steps earlier today; thankfully he seemed still scraped up but in good spirits by nighttime.

* Whom I met in BtVS fandom but have known for long years now, and who has in fact met my parents and stayed at our house.

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I don't want to talk about Greece. In fact I think I can't.

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Happy [fill in the blank]
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monanotlisa
1. Happy Pride!

I marched, for the second year, in San Francisco Pride. This time I joined the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU. Not because they're perfect -- see gun rights and the fringes of free speech -- but because their contingent was a threefer: They generally fight against death penalty, same-sex discrimination, and the war on women; this year they joined in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and #ProtectTransRights. PRIDE IN PROTEST was the watchword.



You can gaze at me & some of us @ Pride here</i>.

Obligatory political notes from this Berkeley gradCollapse )

2. Happy Remix!

I received a piece in Remix Redux 12: The Dirty Dozen that made me jump up and down a little in glee, because it looks like someone took choice cuts of secret Steve/Sam fantasies out of my brain and put them in a story:

As Food to Life (6024 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: 5 Times, Canon Character of Color, POV Sam Wilson, Food, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Interracial Relationship, Bisexual Male Character, Gay Male Character, Travel, Grief/Mourning, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Relationship Negotiation, Fluff, Dick Jokes, Up all night to get Bucky
Summary:

Or: Five meals Sam Wilson shares with Steve Rogers 

Can't wait to read this one tomorrow -- reason below in no. 3.

(I also wrote a story that the remixee immediately and very enthusiastically commented upon, so yay!)

3. Happy Access to Medicine (well, for some)!

I seem to have sprained my foot. Running to catch a rideshare from one of the SF City "Hotspots" I stepped into one of the many cracks in the pavement. And whoops, my foot twisted sideways in a manner never intended by nature. I'm reasonably sure nothing is (fully) torn; I didn't hear the whip-snap sound of a tendon tearing, and the foot or ankle did not swell to triple size yet.

Then there's the fact I did manage to make my way to dinner in Cole Valley with friends, to wander down to the wine store and back with a young transplant from Indiana, and to cheerfully bake the gluten-free chocolate muffins for everybody's dessert (with added rum, if you must know :).

But as of 9pm I haven't been able to put any weight on it, nor to stop wincing from the pain. Even now, in a painkiller state of mind, with the leg elevated above heart level AND an icepack on the foot, it's pretty bad. So, thank you, COX-2 inhibitors and add-on doctor services accessible at 10pm via email, which mean that I do have a Monday 8am appointment with probable immediate follow-up for x-rays or somesuch.

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Whoosh, the air said
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monanotlisa
Five things make a post. It is known.

1. Ch-ch-changes at work: My team is no longer orphaned; my work wife & I are loving the adult supervision so far, if some of us perhaps not so much the longer hours.

2. As for Sense8: Not only has Amy made 58 Icons; there is also a new community for discussion, art, and more: [community profile] thecluster.

3. If you have not yet watched The 100 -- no, seriously, what are you even doing with your life as a genre fan? Ahem. Come and check out [community profile] the100, "a fan community for all things the 100 on dreamwidth. All fanworks, recs, meta, episode discussion, characters, and pairings are welcome here."

PLEASE WRITE ME SOME CLEXA, YEAH? Bellamy/Clarke also okay.

4. Haha, I have in no way strong opinions about this. Nope. Not at all. Warning not just for the tumblr link but for pain, pain treatment, and mistreatment.

5. I signed up for Remix Madness. Always wanted to remix my stuff? :) Here is your chance!

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Femmeremix promo snagged from Tielan
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Spy & The 100
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monanotlisa
Saturday, I (finally!) managed to meet up with [personal profile] cofax7 at Jack London Square in Oakland to watch Spy with Melissa McCarthy: well worth seeing, if you leave your delicate sensibilities at home (which is generally recommended for espionage films anyway) and instead bring some tissues so you can wipe the tears of laughter from your eyes.

Cofax has also fallen into the hole that's The 100, as one should; she posts about the show here. Check it out, and do chime in -- we were wondering how to combine the disparate fans on old-school journaling platforms to talk meta and more about this show.

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