Unverhofft kommt selten
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monanotlisa
You guys, the passport including visa arrived in the mail today, so I re-booked my flight to SFO for Sunday!

I will continue to sort out for my father and my mother as many things as I can manage in the time allotted -- the essentials are already taken care of -- but by Jove, I am so glad I can return to the New World: my new world.

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Who knew? Right. EVERYBODY EXCEPT THE EXECS!
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1. AoS

So let's face it, I'm totally in love with Agents of SHIELD spoilerCollapse )

2. Sleepy Hollow

I still adore Abbie and Ichabod, but I wish the writers focused more on the things that made Season One so great: the Mills Sisters; this show's man-out-of-time; the sense of place we got for Sleepy Hollow.

Then again -- shallowness alert -- everybody in the young generation remains amazingly attractive. A+ casting. (Didn't hurt that other night Lyndie Greenwood favorited my fawning Jenny Mills tweet. Aw, yeah.)

3. The Good Wife

My favorite show, even though the last two episodes weren't favorites. To be this strong and sharp, this funny and dark, this innovative in the sixth season? Kudos to the Kings. Nomen set omen.

If only they give casting spoiler onlyCollapse ).

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Best Laid Plans
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monanotlisa
I'll take Originality in Subject Lines for 100, Alex.

Let's do the Real Life update first, shall we? We shall. Cut to spare the innocent, and the rest as well.Collapse )

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No matter how bad things are...
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...I will always take pleasure in using this icon.

Greetings from Germany; I am alive. "Well" would be stretching it a little, but the visa interview could presumably have gone worse, because at the end the clerk told me I would receive my passport back "by Tuesday at the latest." Which would be excellent, for Wednesday just so happens to be the day scheduled for my flight back.

If this were Twitter, I would obviously hashtag this #phew.

Of course, then rode the ICE train to my home town, and the family situation is what it is. Cut to protect from terminal illness talesCollapse )

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turned my collar to the cold and damp
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3 x Non-Fannish Things

1. I'm flying to Germany tomorrow for family reasons. Aside from the great loss of money through flights and unpaid vacation time, the preparation for the trip caused me considerable grief: because even if your United States employer has paid 10,000 USD for you to get you the temporary foreign worker visa known as H1B? You still have to actually be granted the visa in your home country after another lengthy and expensive application process and an in-person interview. The US official in the consulates can and sometimes does refuse it. But then again, grief is the watchword of this trip home anyway.

2. Been eating all the ice-cream. ALL THE ICE-CREAM. When you're in the Bay Area, head over to Tara's Organic Ice-Cream, Bi-Rite Creamery, and Smitten Ice Cream

3. The weather is still gorgeous here in the East Bay, even in late October. I am not looking forward to gray skies and rain, endless drizzles and wet clothing (but at least houses are well-insulated in Germany).

3x Fannish Things

1. [personal profile] selenak gives us a fantastic MCU Captain America Has No Man Pain rant.

2. Continuing the Marvel news --
a. I'm still ridiculously in love with Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanova. If you want to cheer me up in any way, they're the ticket.
b. Those comics are really addictive. Ongoing series I follow: Black Widow (2014); Hawkeye (2012); Ms Marvel (2014).

3. Other shows I watch:
a. The Good Wife, A+++, BEST SHOW ON NETWORK TV STILL
b. Sleepy Hollow, A-, with the sweetest and, let's face it, most attractive protagonists, and my favorite current sisterly relationship on tv. If only the history were slightly less ridic.
c. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: B-, not enough Simmons and Skye but great May so I remain hopeful.
d. How To Get Away With Murder, B+, overblown plot in a ridiculous alternate universe of graduate school education, but Viola Davis is endlessly compelling in an acting tour de force, and Alfie Enoch is beautiful. The on-screen dudesex sex doesn't hurt a bit either. Plus, anything that evokes Donna Tartt's The Secret History is a must-watch for me.
e. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, A, love love love it; still firing on all cylinders, and it makes me laugh.
f. Arrow, B, let's see where it goes -- hopefully not killing more [spoilers], and hopefully getting [spoilers] together.

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Fringe Exchange 2014
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monanotlisa
 Yes, it's that time again. 

The Fringe Gift Exchange is a multi-media gift exchange, open to writers, podficcers, artists, and vidders; on the fic side, anything goes—all we ask for is a minimum word count of 750, that kinks are tagged, and warnings included. 

Come join us.

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Fringe gift exchange for the holidays, signups end October 1!
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5 Times Mona Posted Things, and 0 Times That Mattered Re: Fandom
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1. Currently waiting for my sister to call me back, because I am abusing her empathic yet razor-sharp self as the ultimate advice-giver. You familiar with that Sartre lecture about the young man during WWII who asked him about whether to join the Free French forces or stay home with his ailing mother? Moral of the story aside, my situation's not nearly as dire, but boy howdy, it sure feels that way. Thanks a lot, brain.

2. Had a good weekend, at any rate: Beat a big strong lady of my acquaintance at arm-wrestling at 1am during Scotch Night, admired an old gent on the dancefloor swing like it was still 1950, and was fed a multi-course dinner in a chaotic but beautiful home in the hills of San Francisco.

3. Work is...yes. On the plus side, I had an infinitely soothing conversation with my new(ish) boss today, who flat-out acknowledged in a discussion of United States and to a good degree European society that no, wait, the problem wasn't that the pie was getting smaller; it is that less and less people have more of that fucking pie.

4. Sports-wise, my successful and completely painless 5k made me reach for the stars, basically: How about another 5k? A 10k? How about emulating Katniss, Merida, Alison Argent, or Kate Bishop, and learning archery? Other suggestions for intense sports not requiring any sideways knee action including torque welcome!

5. I know I've posted these elsewhere, but check out my work wife and my favorite project manager for the Company Picnic 2014. Culture Committee Members (and winners of the overall teams contest, hel-lo) represent!

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Racing, but Slowly
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monanotlisa
Yesterday night, I ran my first 5k.

I say "first" because it was easy -- sure, the weather was muggy, especially for San Francisco; the organizers started way too many people at once so the race required weaving in and out of fleet-foot traffic; I had overdone it with the carbs when I ate a whole big pizza for lunch and had my flu vaccination the day before.

But overall it wasn't a problem for my body. Good news, but does contain some sad medical detailsCollapse )

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Somewhat related
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monanotlisa
In other Fighting-the-Man news, what's up with Apple forcing an update across Macs that blocks us from starting previously working programs?

I'm talking, particularly, about every single unzip-and-display program for comics scans that used to be out there. Apple, stop overriding my choices -- including my monetary ones: I paid for a Marvel subscription, but a bug (that I notified them of but that they refuse to fix) is preventing certain comics from downloading.

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Fightin' Internet Slowdown (my internet is slow enough as it is thanks to SONIC...)
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