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kal: (coffee)
Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 09:06 pm
In the past week or so I have been contacted by someone 20 years younger than me and someone 20 years older than me on OK Cupid.
kal: view of the sea (sea)
Sunday, July 1st, 2012 10:19 pm
Tonight I went to the Seaport area of Boston and checked out the four tall ships at Fish Pier. There are other ships at other piers. They are here to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The ships are beautiful, handcrafted and with a gazillion sails. Pictures to come later.

Then I went to a bar called Drink, which I would link to but the website tells you nothing. It's one of Barbara Lynch's places, a 1950's cocktails meet 21st century modern kind of bar. (I've eaten at another of her restaurants, Sportello, and it was amazing.) Friends have mentioned it and I've heard about it a few times. The cocktails were very good (no menu, tell the bartender what you want or what you like and he will recommend something) and the food was fun. I ordered the fried pickled green beans with aioli and the cornbread. The beans were delicious, tangy and a little vingary, went well with the aioli. The cornbread had been baked in a corn pone shape that at first reminded me of madeleines, which started me wondering what Proust would have been like had he been Southern instead of French.

While I liked Drink and would go back, there were moments that reminded me of the scene from Love Actually when Alan Rickman's character buys a necklace and Rowan Atkinson goes through great gyrations to giftwrap it. My first drink was stirred, then rested, then other things added, then ice put in the shaker, then a little something swirled around the (cold) glass, then the drink was shaken and finally a bit of lemon peel was swirled around the rim. The whole process took about 10 minutes.

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 11:36 am
(Also posted at lj.)

I recently was in San Francisco, where I saw a number of old friends including some who have no online presence, which I cannot fathom. The first few days I stayed downtown, near Union Square. My friend Nancy likes to walk and we did lots of walking around the city. We went to Telegraph Hill and climbed to Coit Tower, where the views are amazing.

View, San Francisco and beyond

We also walked along the Embarcadero, went to Alamo Square which has some lovely Victorian homes, ate dinner in the Mission District, etc etc. The next day we drove to Half Moon Bay to see a friend I hadn't seen since high school. The drive was really pretty and less citified than I expected. We returned to the city and stopped at Cliff House near Ocean Beach, where the views again were lovely. This is the remains of Sutro Baths, one of the old attractions at the beach.

Remains of Sutro Baths

There was more touring and eating. Nancy left the next day and I met up with [personal profile] verity at the coffee shop where she writes, which is a great spot in the Mission District. She looks great, SF life is agreeing with her.

I stayed the rest of the time in Fremont with another old friend. She took me to Chinatown, where her father grew up and she spent time with family when her family would go back to visit. I got several squished pennies, which are some of my favorite souvenirs because they are cheap and tacky and SO FUN. I put them in my new squished penny passport.

Pam is also big on walking and hiking so I suggested we see some redwoods. She decided we should go to Big Basin. We hiked for several hours in beautiful country and perfect weather. Here is one of the trees we saw:

Hollow tree, from the outside

The rest of my pictures are here.

Then I went to a sales conference where I survived the team building (so much hate for those, pushes all my anxiety buttons) and drank a lot.

Then I came home and [personal profile] imaginarycircus, her husband and some of his friends and I all saw Avengers at the IMAX 3D and it was AWESOME. I loved all of the heroes except I wish there had been a little more girlpower. Oh well, classic comics and all. That's a minor quibble. AWESOMEx1000
kal: (fasten your seatbelts)
Sunday, April 15th, 2012 08:44 am
This week I drank my body weight (more or less) in coffee, said "fuck" about 8,000 times, and by some miracle did not lose my mind. Something happened at work a little over a week ago and I am dreading going in tomorrow. It's not likely to be good. I keep doing that handwaving thing. D:

But look at this puppy! SO CUTE. I am doing one of those exercises where you visualize what your preferred life would look like and in it I have a dog.

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Sunday, March 25th, 2012 04:11 pm
It has been too too long since I posted. Part of that is all the time I spend playing Glitch. Then there's work, which has also meant some travel. Work goes well overall. Last week I got a couple of unexpected kudos, always good to hear.

Then there's going out with friends to see The Hunger Games (so good!) or to celebrate [personal profile] imaginarycircus's writing achievements or the Purim party. Doing some reading (mostly mysteries lately, if you are on GoodReads you can find me here).

Here are some recent pictures I wanted to share under the cut )

I'm still watching Castle and Hawaii Five-0. Downton Abbey was great, a little soapy but the Christmas special improved. Once Upon a Time so far has been quite good, though I don't know how long I will be able to put up with unresolved storylines. And tonight I am excited to watch Mad Men!

So that's the update. I try to keep up with DW/LJ but if I've missed any news please let me know!

P.S. Cross-posted to LJ but I don't want the two journals linked. Sorry for the duplication!
kal: (oh boy)
Monday, January 23rd, 2012 08:34 pm
My mother emailed me and my brother today to point out Etta James's song Roll with Me Henry, presumably because of my nephew named Henry. Who is 2. I can't decide whether to write back and tell her what the song is referring to, or to just leave it. I'll probably just leave it.
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Sunday, December 25th, 2011 02:38 pm
Today I am eating all the things, starting with cookies and moving on to pancakes. Currently it's cheese (three kinds: delice de bourgogne, 4 year old Gouda OMG and smoked cheddar), summer sausage and pate de campagne. My roommate's girlfriend, who is Korean, told us that pork liver is common in Korea and then she told me that the pate reminded her of home. Isn't that sweet?

I am also trying to read all the things: so much good Yuletide fic! L'Engle's Austin and O'Keefe families! Six SIX Lord Peter Wimsey stories! A Spirited Regency AU! And so much more!

Then there's watching all the things - last night I started watching the first Sherlock Holmes movie, will finish that today. Later there will also be DOCTOR WHO.

Today is made of so much WIN.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2011 01:29 pm
Unsure yet where the second half of the season is going and how much I like it yet. I share a number of opinions I've read by others. Except...

I really like that the Doctor referred to Amy and Rory as "Ponds", not Williamses. Do we even know if Amy took Rory's last name? Why shouldn't he call them that, he met Amy first and often referred to her as Amy Pond. I was surprised, and a bit taken aback, by the people who seemed pleased that the Doctor was finally calling them by the 'proper' [implied] last name.
kal: (pigeon feelings)
Thursday, July 28th, 2011 09:25 pm
It's not enough that LJ has been mostly down all week. I come home and my router is borked. That's OK, I can still connect to the internet via cable.
kal: (oh boy)
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 08:45 pm
Some things:

I need to see this movie. (Link to trailer. Funnee!)

Sunday my roommate's car was broken into (because he left his GPS visible, bad idea). That evening when I was out in the neighborhood one of the guys across the street (where several generations of an Italian family live) started talking to me, apologizing if we heard any yelling, it seems his parents are divorcing. Then he went on to (over)share that he'd kicked his heroin habit.

Really our neighborhood is quite decent.

Echo Bazaar keeps getting better, the designers keep adding more content and it's continuously more creative. You're limited in the number of actions you can take in a day so I am stopped from spending too much time on it. If you like steampunk and choose your own adventure style games, check it out.

I finally saw HP 7.2! I was really pleased to see other characters besides Hermione the trio getting to show how skilled they were. And how much did I love McGonagall and Neville? OMG so much! It was also fun to see the movie with [personal profile] imaginarycircus and David, fellow fans and friends of many years. And Katie made blueberry cobbler! Yum.

I also finally finished A Dance with Dragons. Overall I liked it...but I thought more would happen? And I've had enough of Ramsey Bolton.

It seems like I had more to say but since I wanted to post on Monday and couldn't log on to LJ until today...oh well.

(cross-posted from my lj) (which I am about done with, how hard is it to keep a site up fercryinoutloud?)
kal: (oh boy)
Monday, December 27th, 2010 10:45 am
A few weeks ago, driving back to Michigan for the holidays felt like a bit of a bummer. Now? I'm so glad I can travel on my schedule. Tomorrow I'll drive to Albany and then Wed to Boston. By then the snow should be under control.

I've been perusing Yuletide fics at AO3. I love finding stories from series I read as a kid - here's one from the Betsy-Tacy books. Last year there was a great Lord Peter Wimsey story set in his college days, though it appears to be gone now. :( I haven't had time to read them all but I see there is more Lord Peter this year, also Little Women, several Jane Austen books and Royal Tennenbaums! OMG and Tigana! So much yay.
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Saturday, December 11th, 2010 10:44 am
At Beer and Knitting the other night we made a field trip for dessert and I bought these Turkish cookies. They scared [personal profile] imaginarycircus but I've had good cookies from unexpected places before. Plus, chocolate. (If I had been thinking, I would have brought the Tim Tams I purchased earlier that day but I wasn't thinking. And clearly I needed more chocolate.)

cookies! )

I've found a good walking route from my place to the coffee shop. The other day road crews were doing some work on a side street, I found the sign amusing.

road closed

Speaking of my new place, I'm settling in well and managed to fit most of my stuff in the apartment. It feels like my house but shrunk by 30%. For example, )

Bonus pictures - clicky )

I remember looking at these pictures as a kid. Mom tucked the pages in a book that showed how to make cakes in neat shapes - a train, a lion, a bird with a leg in a cast. My brother and I would get to pick one for our birthday cake. They never looked exactly right because Mom didn't want to make 3 different colors of frosting and hated making the 7 minute frosting the recipe called for (to be fair, she didn't have a hand mixer, just a really heavy stand mixer so it was a real pain). We did enjoy poring through the (small) book and deciding on and then changing our minds about which cake to have.

Other photos of my place and general stuff are here on Flickr.

(Cross-posted at my lj.)
kal: (pigeon feelings)
Friday, October 8th, 2010 07:17 pm
My friend [personal profile] imaginarycircus has started a community

"for sane and civil discussions about feminism and intersectionality. We're hoping it will be a small, but interesting community of vibrant people with interesting things to say and good articles, books, and experiences to share."

It's called [community profile] laughing_medusa. I thought some of you might be interested - I know many of you have a lot to contribute.
kal: (otf)
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 10:22 pm
I need to stop watching vids and go. to. bed. Booo.
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Friday, May 28th, 2010 07:25 pm
OK so I over-geekeoked and over-vodka toniced and today my body laid down the edict that I haven't been taking good enough care of it. I stayed in bed most of the day and am going to take it easy tonight, which unfortunately means I miss some WisCon events that I had hoped to attend but so it goes. The last few months have been kinda stressful.

If you are friends with me on Facebook I will be putting up Geekeoke pictures (friends only). I don't know everyone who was there very well, if you see a picture of someone who doesn't want one up in public please let me know and I will take it down.

There was so much great energy and positivity last night, what fun! And [personal profile] were_duck was the cutest.
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Friday, May 28th, 2010 12:34 am
Tonight I am the song ho at geekeoke and it was good.
kal: (oh boy)
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 06:50 pm
I am eating random shit from the fridge for dinner, partly to finish off things and partly because I had greasy and delicious cheeseburger and fries for lunch. Now I am eating leftover broccoli in cheeze sauce and strawberries with a nice pinot grigio.

So I watched the final episode of Lost, having stuck with it more or less for six seasons what was one more episode. And I thought... )

There isn't much else I make an effort to watch these days except Doctor Who. I'm watching the BBCAmerica airings, not the BBC airings, so I think I'm 5 or 6 episodes behind what's been shown in the UK. The new doctor is definitely growing on me. I'm not sure yet what I think of Amy Pond. After the second episode (The Beast Below) I began to have a nasty feeling that she would turn out to be one big Mary Sue - she's so young and so pretty and look, even smarter than the Doctor sometimes! And she has that special crack in the wall and something is wrong with her timeline! Maybe it's that I'll never get over Donna. Otoh, it's really good to see River Song again.

WisCon snuck up on me - can it be only a few days away? After the HP conferences I was involved in I'm taking an extended break from any kind of con work but I do plan to attend. So far I have a rough schedule that will certainly change because I don't stick to schedules. Some friends are involved in cool presentations or activities and I am more likely to be at those. If there is a really cool panel or activity please feel free to recommend! At this time I have marked down: schedule under cut )

(Note: This will be cross-posted to LJ but I am not linking this journal with my LJ.)
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 08:07 am
I have some green pictures I could share at [community profile] shutterspeed but I can't figure out how to get only the image link from Flickr. If I had a paid DW account could I host them here? I feel internet-dumb today.
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Thursday, May 7th, 2009 11:24 am
Updating from my new netbook! It's cute and wee and I have named it Lollipop.

Like others, not sure yet how I'll use DW but it's nice to see some old homies around. :)
kal: (little brown pictures)
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 09:53 pm
I had forgotten about this muffin site - it was in the bookmarks list of the laptop that died two summers ago. What other fine sites have I been missing?? I'm crushed by my own fickleness. Or not.