borealgrove: (Meltwater)
The scones were unreal, and I finished baking them around 10pm yesterday, because when it comes to baking, ridiculously late is how I roll.

The reason I made them was in order to celebrate my partner finally getting a job offer after about a year of searching--he started this week and things seem to be going well, so the very least I could do was bake up a treat! It's definitely a weight off of the both of our minds that he's out of that job roadblock, and now we can do adulty things like put money into savings accounts, and plan for the future. Such forbearance. Much adult.

Ahem.

On the subject of jobs, I got to spend the better half of this week getting paid to write and edit, which I always enjoy. The writing was for a manual (so, a little dry), but it was writing nonetheless, and my manager seemed pretty happy with the end result. On the flip side, having spent several days this week writing how-tos has left me feeling pretty drained by the time I get home. My next chapter of FS is almost done (and what isn't has been plotted out), so all I really need is to sit down properly and finish it up. Any day now. Maybe even this evening, once I get this post out of the way.

Besides, for the first time in I-don't-even-know-how-many-weeks, I have no plans for the weekend. None. Not a one. That's not to say I won't end up accepting an invitation to go somewhere board game cafe, but at the moment, no plans. Except stay home and write.

Sconetime

May. 17th, 2017 08:43 pm
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
I'm finally making these damn blueberry scones, and it will be glorious.



But I tell you fucking what, people, no one is more excited about these things than Annabelle White.

I love this video lol bless her
borealgrove: (Layabout)
So, I suppose the main thing of note today is that my LJ account has been restored, after nearly a week of being suspended. The explanation I got was that my account was flagged as spam and so suspended on those grounds. I am glad, yes, that my account was un-suspended, but I can't help but still feel frustrated that the suspension happened without warning (I suppose they couldn't be bothered to check an account flagged as spam before suspending?), and also that it happened despite the fact that I paid for a custom userhead. Yes, a relatively inexpensive purchase, but I still became a paying customer. Do spam bots really pay in order to spam? idk man, just a bad overall customer experience. It has never happened to me before, and on my old accounts, I posted a hell of a lot more frequently. Just really unimpressed with it all.

Well. I'm back. This frustration should dissipate over the next couple of days, especially as I can actually participate in comms again, and read entries, even if only to lurk. I assume all of my comments have been un-deleted (ugh, so frustrating to have been basically wiped off the face of the site), so if there was anything left unsaid, or suddenly cut off--now I can properly say: Sorry about that!


I'm still winding down after a pretty awesome and tiring con weekend in which I saw John Barrowman do pirouettes in a Tardis pattern dress so I'm going to go eat, and... maybe more on that later lol!
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
The absolute worst thing is to wake up with the intention of making blueberry scones, and realizing that you have all the ingredients to make them except for the cream. Especially when you went grocery shopping the day before.

...okay, I really don't have to go that far to procure it, but still.
borealgrove: (Crabby Space Trash Panda)
Still no change on the Livejournal front: the wonderful staff have not yet gotten around to telling me what the heck prompted them to blast my account off the face of the interwebs. I may be slightly bitter lol. It's alright though, at least I have this blog to ramble into--as long as I have a place to ramble, I'm set. In light of the fact that I haven't heard anything from the staff, I went ahead and sent messages to the two fests I was currently signed up for, to notify them of the pickle I'm in. I'm maintaining participation in HP Drizzle, and have decided to officially drop out of ACBB (as a writer--I'm still going to read the crap out of the rest of the submissions!).

I had a few reasons for these decisions. First, ACBB has a much higher word count requirement, and given the upheaval this LJ-business has caused, and my inability to interact with the community, the idea of trying to meet the deadline was a lot more headache-inducing than fun-sounding. The deadline for HP Drizzle is much further off, and the word count requirement is much less which doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to write something short lol, which makes it... well, less stressful. Plus, the fundamental difference: I brought my own story idea to ACBB (so I can write it at a later time, whenever I like), while Drizzle is prompt-based... and I really like the prompt I was able to claim, and already have plenty of notes written out for it. I'm a little sad about letting go of ACBB, but there's (probably) always next year, or I can finish and post the idea I had independent of a fest :)

Okay, enough of all that! Yesterday I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2!

Yes!

It was by far and away even funnier than the first one. It was also full of heartfelt moments, character development, and action. It was just a really, really fun movie to see on the big screen, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended if you need to put a smile on your face. Or even if you don't. Either way. Go see my favourite trash panda blow things up and be a loveable lil shit! :D

P.S. My best friend and I spotted two celebrities yesterday while we were at the movies. I noticed first, and pointed them out. It's kind of doubtful that many people would know of them, or the sequel they were promoting... but we saw the stars of the first and second Bon Cop Bad Cop! Ahh! For those who have never heard of the movie, it's a Canadian, bilingual movie. One cop is (English) Ontarian, and one is a Québecker, and for me and my bilingual friends, it was just really fun to see "ourselves" on screen. Long story short, as they were walking away, we smiled at them, and they totally smiled back at us (we were standing alone along a wall, so it couldn't have been at anyone else). JUST SAYING.
borealgrove: (Out of Bounds)
Livejournal just suspended my borealgrove account with zero warning and zero explanation.

I have sent them a message asking for more information, but I almost don't expect anything to come of it. If they're willing to just axe my account without any explanation, why would they care to give one after the damage has already been done?

Good thing I moved all of my posts here just in case. But that does nothing for all the friends I was making over there that have not yet moved to Dreamwidth.

Pretty pissed about this.

Wow.
borealgrove: (Out of Bounds)
I had the biggest inspiration rush for my ACBB story this afternoon (luckily right around break-time, so I wrote lots of notes), and I worked out a bunch of stuff that I had been hung up on over the weekend. I still can't tell how long it's going to end up, but I am in love with the story I've come up with, and I'll see it through either way this is me psyching myself up so that I do the thing. I've gotten into my pjs, I've been fed, and I am ready to go.

Okay, sorta. One last thing. As I was walking home (through a very light snowfall--thought we were done with that, but apparently not), the following song came on, and it matched the mood I was thinking of for the story perfectly. It's a beautiful song in and of itself by an Ontarian duo who I have had the pleasure of seeing live, and always stays in my head for the rest of the day when I hear it... but to hear it this afternoon was a nice coincidence.



Georgian Bay - Les Mots

You can read the original lyrics by following the link, but I've done a quick translation below the cut if you're not familiar with French. :)

English translation... )

borealgrove: (Just Hold Me)
I did end up finishing my Merlin rewatch this afternoon, and the ending was nearly as devastating to watch as the first time I watched it the whole way through. I made myself a cocoon out of my bathrobe and sat in front of the TV to cry intermittently for a good hour while my partner gently poked fun at me about it (though it should be noted that by the end of Diamond of the Day pt.2 he was fully engaged in the plot and said that was such a good series, why didn't they ever continue it?). Ah, BBC Merlin. You were and continue to be a good egg.

I'll put a few remarks under a cut, just in case.

Read on if you don't mind spoilers... )

This last bit doesn't even need to be under a cut, because it's not a spoiler of any kind :

- Merlin's entire life revolves around Arthur, no joke, actual fact, I literally don't know how else to put this lol

Anyway. FEELS.

After going through that emotional upheaval, I sat down and got some actual writing done--1K in total so far together, a larger chunk going towards FS because I'd like to get that next chapter out of the way first. But I completed a scene for my ACBB fic and I am very pleased with it. I am so excited to keep writing this thing--it'll be a little gem of a thing if I pull it off! Though I have to say, I'm not sure if the story as a whole will end up being long enough to submit to ACBB once complete. Oh well! It'll be however long it needs to be to make sense, and that's all I can do about that.

BACK TO WORK, self. BACK TO WORK.
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)
Oh my, what a long, drag of a week. I didn't manage to get much writing done last Sunday, and got even less done during the past week, but so far today I've had a good start. After I finish making my pancakes (and hopefully finishing off my Merlin rewatch), I plan to finish at least a scene for my ACBB fic, and then maybe try to run through the rest of chapter 11 of FS. It's incredible, how many notes I've written for both, but this week was just very blah in terms of motivation. Work was very slow, which made my brain feel like pancake batter slowly dripping off of a counter and onto the floor. In other words, I got home and just lazed around either reading or immersing myself into games.

Fun in its own way, but glad that's over!

I did another escape room yesterday afternoon (another very close attempt, but we couldn't complete the last puzzle in time to escape), and then spent the rest of the afternoon (and a good chunk of the evening) at a board game café playing various Timeline games. I won most rounds, just by-the-by... :p

Not that I'm particularly good with dates; my memory has never cooperated on that front! Instead, I was just really good at guessing and using my intuition. It was driving my friends nuts (they're a lot better with remembering dates than I am and the ones they got right they were generally very sure of). If you haven't played the game before, I recommend it! It's very, very easy to pick up, and can be as quick or as short as you like... besides, it's educational! We were all having quite a lot of fun learning as we played. I may have to pick up one of the editions of the game to keep at home as an icebreaker for our mini dinner parties.

Slightly embarrassing detail: I almost missed the (extended) deadline to check in for ACBB, which has convinced me to start reading my friends-page on a consistent basis. Oops!

Pancakery

May. 1st, 2017 09:48 pm
borealgrove: (Layabout)
I had quite the weekend, trying to get myself into a mood to write. Ha! Didn't quite work out the way I had planned (though things seem to be flowing a little better now). Our second escape room attempt of the month turned out much, much better than the first one, mainly because we had a better group (all six of us were pretty on the ball with figuring out the puzzles, and there was no naysaying-without-offering-alternative-ideas). We were so close to escaping, but didn't quite manage to get the last puzzle finished in time because we got stuck on one for a little too long in the middle. We're all hoping for an escape on attempt #3, in the final room of the establishment. It has a magic theme, so I'm 1000% down.

We went for pastries and tea at a Japanese café and then parted ways mid-afternoon. My brother and his girlfriend went off on their own (I think my brother was already contacting all his friends to try and set up a second escape attempt... it was his first escape room that day and he was hooked lol). One of my friends had a dinner to attend. My partner went off to a dodgeball meet. Me and my other friend killed a couple of hours not-quite-window shopping downtown, and then met my partner after his dodgeball had finished, for supper. I got to wear my new cat boots and use my new bag, which I had just finished sewing my skeleton cat patch on. jkdfnksdmla; So cute ♥

Anyway, Sunday was just me against myself. The most productive thing I managed was to get myself dressed to go buy milk, so that I could make pancakes to eat while I continued my Merlin rewatch (that is my usual pattern on Sunday mornings). Only three episodes left now until the end, which I am both looking forward to, and not. It wrecked me the first time, which was why I have never fully rewatched the series until now (I've mostly just rewatched the first two seasons, and some things here and there). But rewatching it in full, knowing what the ending is, what sort of twists are to come... man. Good thing I like laughing my butt off and also having my soul ripped out. Who doesn't!

The rest of that afternoon was spent trying to get myself to focus on writing, and not achieving said focus. I hammered out a small but solid start for the untitled ACBB fic, but not much else. I've managed to get some focus together today, but I have no idea if I will end up completing a minimum of 15K words by the end of the month for ACBB matching... not the end of the world if I don't manage this time. I'd rather drop out than rush. But I think, no matter when it is that I get it finished up, it'll be good :)

For now, I'm working on FS. It came first, so I intend to meet that chapter commitment before I truly dig into ACBB-fic.

It's really hard to believe that I just sort of gave up writing for nearly four years. It feels so natural to moonlight as a fic writer :p

Ah well. Back to the chapter, and my tea. Tonight I've had Chocolate Cake and Buddha's Blend.
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)
I felt like yesterday was Friday... which made the workday today feel incredibly long. It was either that, or the fact that I was kept up (more or less willingly) until about 1:30 am last night because my partner and his friend (who was staying over) could not stop giggling and trying to scare me with ghost stories. I scare easily. I also start to act drunk if I'm too sleepy. Weird night.

We did get a very impressive thunderstorm though, and some green lightning flashes behind a wall of clouds, which I had definitely never seen before. This prompted some very lazy research with the help of google, where I concluded, after viewing one webpage, "yep... it's a thing".

I've finally settled on crossposting from DW to LJ; while I much prefer DW in general, there is still a large chunk of fandom left on LJ (or still figuring out the logistics of moving), so I'd probably miss a lot of fun if I stopped all activity on my LJ. Comments are open on both my journals, and I'll be checking friend posts on both sites, so... I think that's about it. See you wherever I see you!

My excellent plan for this weekend was to catch up on all my messages and then focus on starting the ACBB fic and getting a good chunk of FS chapter 11 written out. In short: not agreeing to do A Fun Thing with people. That being said, I've already agreed to an escape room tomorrow (this time I roped my brother and his girlfriend into our group, so we should avoid the massive stranger fail of the previous escape attempt). An escape room will probably lead to other activities like: going out for ice cream and/or supper, going shopping, and/or going to a board game cafe. Which are all things that spell less time spent on writing. I need to kick my butt into high gear. Maybe pull an all-nighter by getting hopped up on tea. Terrible idea. Great idea.

Played some Mass Effect 2 over supper (what kind of casual frickin day is this?), and Garrus still has not sent me information regarding his loyalty mission. I know it'll happen eventually, after I complete a handful of other, random missions but... come on. I want to start flirting with this Turian already. Throw me a bone Bioware! Interesting choice of words.

Finally, this webpage conforms perfectly to my interests: These are Truly Useful Cat Smileys!

I've gathered some cute cat smileys to use on Twitter and blogs! Happy cats, sad cats, pawing cats, content cats, determined cats, sleepy cats... I've collected lots★

Okay, that's enough out of me. Time for tea and crab apple writing mode.

...ah, what the hell. I'm making that into a damn tag.
borealgrove: Death beckons, draws them close. (She Draws Them Close)
I kept meaning to sit down and write a lengthy account of the past week (or so), but so much time has now passed that the best I feel able to muster is writing down the highlights.

I have two jobs within the same company, and have a full, otherwise-normal schedule... but for several days, my manager at one of the workplaces took a well-deserved vacation, so I was asked to fill in. This meant working slightly longer hours, having to put some things at the other workplace on the back burner, and doing a little bit of running back and forth. It was great experience, and only for a few days, but it was exhausting. I would come home, slump onto the floor, groan, and then get up and play Mass Effect. I didn't have time to write at work (breaks? what breaks?) and was too drained to get into it when I got home. The Easter long weekend was a nice reprieve, at least, but even then I couldn't get myself in a relaxed enough place to write properly and instead became fixated on moving to DW and refreshing my Tumblr dashboard. Fun fun.

Getting back to a normal schedule has helped a little, in that I'm writing lots of notes during my breaks (and I've made a cursory effort at a scene tonight), but I'm still waiting for that burst of inspiration and creativity that always seems to hit me at least once a month. Aaaaanytime now, brain...

The big event of this past weekend was that I got a haircut.

A big event, because I last cut my hair about a year ago -- several disappointing hair cuts/stylists in a row had just made me really, really reluctant to make the trip to any salon. Instead I was doing my own bleaching/dyeing and just kind of ignoring my multiplying split ends. But this past weekend, while combing my hair, the split ends got a little too cozy with eachother (read: my comb kind of got stuck), and I had to admit that I was in need of a trim. So I went in and chopped off about half of my hair! Intentionally. The stylist I tried this time acted the way I felt: wary, cautious, but ultimately friendly. So for the first time in I-don't-even-know-how-many years, I actually had a good experience. I may even let her dye my hair for the summer! Gasp! Of course, I have to decide on the colour first...

Last week also marked the beginning of my participation in two writing fests:

[community profile] hpdrizzle, in which I got my first choice of prompt (yay!) and After Camlann Big Bang, which is not prompt-based, and is for BBC Merlin. I have never written a Merlin fic before, but I've been a fan of the show since it first aired, and once I wrap up my current rewatch (I'm on the 5th season and slowly watching my heart get crushed--always a fun time), I will be working on my ACBB fic. I already have the plot mostly mapped out, I just want to have canon facts fresh in my mind before I start to write it. As for the [community profile] hpdrizzle fest, I have a lot of time to complete my submission, and already have the basic plot mapped out for that one as well. I am very excited to write both, but I must prioritize, and make sure that I am also consistently updating For Safekeeping as well.

I really do need to stop saying yes to all the fun activities and shows my friends propose to me to go do on the weekends. :p


Holy crap, I'm exhausted and bleeding and cranky.

Bedtime!
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)
Humble Bundle just released a unicorn book bundle!!!


I just threw my entire wallet at the screen and broke it



not really. but. I CONSIDERED IT
borealgrove: Dionysus fulfills his promise to Prosymnus (Rite of Spring)
Ahh, four day weekends, how I love them.

Though we spent Thursday night over at my parents', the rest of my time off has been spent at home, (mostly) in front of my laptop. I wish I could say that it has all been spent writing, but due to the LJ TOS changes, my time was spent doing other things. Like saving PDF copies of all four of my LJs, and moving this (my latest, and now only active) over to Dreamwidth permanently. I did have a DW journal before, but it ended up petering out because it felt so deserted, and all the action (small as it was) was still over on LJ. I hope that begins to change! After all, DW is a very thoughtfully-constructed blogging platform, and really all it was missing was numbers--communities.

On top of moving my LJ over here, and saving all my old ones, I also realized that all of my old fanfiction was in danger of disappearing too. So I created a new Ao3 account and began re-posting all of the important stuff over there... I thought a lot about whether I wanted to create a brand new account, or whether I wanted to just add a new pseud to my main one, and in the end, a new account won out. My old stuff is just very unpolished. Reading back through it makes me cringe and laugh and even feel warm (I can see my own style--sort of--developing) and I am proud of the stories I wrote, but I don't think I want them, and that super-niche fandom, associated with what I write and how I write now.

While taking breaks from the changeover and repost-a-thon, I also managed to finally finish Mass Effect! Yay! And then started Mass Effect 2! At this rate it will only take me another two years to get to Mass Effect Andromeda! Rejoice!

Sigh.

Okay, maybe two years is too a generous an estimate, but I seem unable to let go of side quests, so clearly I will not reach the Andromeda galaxy as soon as I'd like. It's just, if I never re-play these games, I'd like to be able to say that I experienced almost all of the possible story in them. Anyway, the jump from MA1 to MA2 is pretty great--the difference in graphics and controls is immense, and while I keep accidentally using the old controls, I have to admit, the changes are a nice improvement (levelling certainly feels much more minimalist). This game is the one I played about three quarters of the way through, but it was a long time ago, so while I have some memories of it, I still feel like I'm playing a new game--plus, this time, I have the benefit of a lot of story context from the previous game, so the story and lore doesn't feel confusing.

On to the big event of the weekend!

Toe-stubbing!

On Saturday night, while walking back to my chair, I smacked my pinky toe into a table leg reeeeal hard. It's taken until this morning (Monday) for me to be able to walk properly again lol. Luckily, I don't seem to have broken it, and there was no external damage other than very visible bruising, but boy did I ever pick the right weekend to put myself out of commission for a couple days. Ha!

Said toe-stubbing happened right after I had finished reading two wonderful volumes of Smut Peddler, a very female-friendly comic anthology of... well, exactly what it sounds like. :p

Why female-friendly? I would put that down to there usually being some sort of believable plot, to there being a lot of humour, to there being a huge variety of relationships, genders, and body types depicted... in short, it may be a sexy read, but it is also more than likely to give you a case of the warm fuzzies. There was a lot of love in those pages, either from the characters, or from the authors of each comic.

Other things of note... I made brownies last night and changed up my go-to recipe to the extent that my partner tasted the finished product and commanded me to write those changes down right now lol. I adjusted the amount of white sugar the original called for by substituting in some brown sugar and almond flour (he doesn't like overly-sweet things). In order to add a bit of extra sweetness for myself, I spread a little maple butter on top of my square. Delish. But then, when is maple butter not?

Finally, I woke up this morning after viewing a tweet in my dreams that had been posted by Stephen Moffat, saying something along the lines of "the wait is over". I woke up, because even dream me knew that Moffat doesn't have a twitter. At this point, I really can't imagine what they're waiting for, because I feel like they'll lose more loyal fans with each passing day, but I still do believe in The Lost Special, and my tin hat has not left my head since January. I'm still squinting suspiciously at the ContactSH and ContactJW twitters (when I'm not too busy grinning at their latest antics) but what I believe now, what I truly believe, is that Mofftiss want to drop TLS when no one expects it. TJLCers have been too clever. We've ruined their big reveal. So they want to surprise even us. Problem is, there are so few of us left... but that's a whole other (sad) can of worms.

Just for posterity, one of the best metas I have read since S4 ended is about The Johnlockian Game, by Shamelessmash on Tumblr. In particular, their [ meta ] about The Final Problem was exemplary, and I really do think they figured out the key to the whole S4 mess. But their play-by-plays of T6T and TLD are great reads as well.
borealgrove: (Out of Bounds)
Whew, it's been a hell of a week. I finally posted that massive, draining chapter, had a ton of meetings at work, and yesterday celebrated my best friend's birthday all day.

As an aside: I have two best friends, as I ascribe to the Mindy Kaling principle of Best Friend isn't a person, it's a tier. I still remember watching that episode of The Mindy Project and hearing angels descend from the heavens to sing as she delivered that line.

I mention this, because said best friend's birthday was celebrated with my other best friend, and my partner (who I suppose constitutes as a third best friend!). We had homemade curry at my place, went downtown for an escape room, did some shopping, went for dessert at a cafe, went to supper, and then all returned home in order to play a set of high-level missions in Warframe before going to bed. A really great day all-in-all.

The escape room we tried was one of the newest in the city, and was interesting because it is part of a themed series--once you complete all the rooms in the series (the location keeps track of who has and has not completed the rooms--'completed' meaning that you have at least made an attempt to escape), you are able to go back to the location and request access to a dossier of clues. These clues will allow you to do a scavenger-hunt-like expedition downtown at your own leisure, and as long as you solve it, you will be entered to win prizes. But obviously getting to do such a large scale puzzle is the best part! So, in other words... we have figured out what one of our goals for the summer is.

The escape room itself was really interesting and the puzzles were challenging enough that we didn't manage to escape.

Hmm. No, that's not quite right. It wasn't the puzzles that were too challenging. It's that we got stuck with two strangers. And said strangers, unfortunately, were not on our level, to put it simply.

As soon as we were introduced, one of them said "YES! We got an asian! A smart person! We're definitely going to escape!"


I just had to take a moment to breathe deeply there.


My friend and I shared a look. From that comment alone, it was clear we had been stuck with a couple of uneducated douchebags, to put it lightly. But my partner took the 'positive' stereotype with grace and said, "I think all four of us are really smart, actually!" I wanted to bite their heads off about it, but we were about to be stuck in a locked room with these chucklefucks for 45 minutes, so... I held the old tongue.

Every major clue was solved by us. They found things, but did not actually figure them out. In fact, they did worse than not figure things out: they would insist our ideas were wrong even when they were right, and just generally hamstrung us at every opportunity. I truly believe that they thought they were being reasonable, which is sad. There was one puzzle that I figured out, and it wasn't THAT difficult to understand, it just involved coordination from several people at once. The person (who had made the asian-exclamation, for lack of a better term), just would not stop hemming and saying "ummm... I don't think that's right", without offering any counter-theory for how to complete the puzzle. And eventually, after wasting a fuckload of my time by my having to explain and re-explain the simple mechanics of the solution, said "I don't really get it, I think it might be wrong...". ARGH. So I just told the person, "that's okay, maybe you can help with something else, and someone else can come help me."

We eventually asked for our free hint, because time was running out, and lo and behold, when they came in and explained the part I was TRYING to work on, their explanation was exactly what I had figured out. Asian-exclamation came over with this awkward smile and was like, "too bad you weren't doing it right".

What?! Did you?! Listen?! To the same explanation?! That I did?!

The other person, Sir-Stands-Around, stayed out of the way, mostly, wasn't actively doubting every possible solution we proposed, but when I asked him to try a combination on one of the remaining locks, buddy took over a minute to put in the four numbers. Four. Numbers. He also didn't do it correctly. So I ran over to do it myself. Like. I was trying to be patient with these people, but we would have escaped if it was just us, that's how much they actively hampered us.

Oh, right, and at the end the puzzle that Asian-Exclamation went to help with instead of mine, was the one my partner was working on (a logic puzzle, another that I started the ball rolling for, and which I would have loved to have helped with if my own puzzle could have been finished quicker!). Asian-Exclamation, like in my case, just kept talking and insisting in this slow, uncertain way, that he wasn't putting things in the right order. Which caused him to be unable to concentrate. This puzzle involved smelling some herbs and spices, and she kept insisting that two of the bottles smelled identical. Which apparently wasn't the case, but she was very certain of this. SIGH. The only silver lining is that due to her insistence on this fact (and probably even more, secretly due to the fact that the staff noticed we were pretty frustrated with being stuck with said hamstringing chucklefucks), we were given 50% off for our next visit.

Next time, we will absolutely attempt to scrounge up two more reliable puzzle-solvers to come with us.


Anyway, the rest of the day was great! I mean, even through the disappointing escape room experience, the room itself was still really interesting, with some great puzzles in it. The company was just sub-par.

Oh, and because this is slightly funny: I got my friend some David's Tea goodies for her birthday (a pinkish-red iced-tea press and 150 grams of Chocolate Cake tea in a burgundy tin), but due to the fact that buying the iced-tea press conferred a loose-tea discount on the user until the end of July (and plus, then she would also get the reward points for the purchase), I very un-subtly demanded that she hand over her Frequent Steeper card "for no reason in particular". Even funnier, it took her a minute to get it. She just gave me this strange, reluctant look until it clicked.


Oh, right. I also started using Instagram. And it's addictive. Fuck.
borealgrove: (Layabout)


I've decided to take a short break from editing to post this song because I find it extremely rude, to be quite frank, that Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson would make me cry my own tears when I wasn't expecting to.

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(This video is so beautiful ;_;)

IDEAL

Apr. 3rd, 2017 07:49 pm
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)


It's always inevitable, that when I decide to take a gander at Saga's twitter, I have a little fit. First of all, I hadn't seen the new look or the new album art yet, and so... that was a shock. A delectable one. I am loving where they are taking their visuals--the casual/little-makeup direction they were headed in towards the end of their PSC contract was really sad. I love that, now they're starting to get the funds to be able to afford elaborate costumes again, they're going in that direction. ♥

You know, I never did post about MEMENTO, and what was on the cover of my regular version: Saga and his blood-red lips, pressed up against the side of Shou's leg. Yep. A truly excellent surprise. And what's more, the songs are solid. This is some good shit, my friends. A9 are overall a pretty experimental band, even if they lean more towards being alternative, so I never know quite what to expect, but both MEMENTO and ibara were heavy and addicting and I feel sorry for any poor sap that only got the limited edish and missed out on ibara. I still have no idea who was the main composer for either, but I've got a new Cure magazine on the way with an interview about the new album, so I intend to read and find out dhfbaskj

Now, on to the twitter madness.



Shou forgot his glasses (presumably at Tower Records in Ikebukuro), and Saga, of course, picked them up, put them on, and took a picture of himself being 300% done.

(...okay, so he said ドヤ顔 which is supposed to be sort of a self-satisfied look, but he just looks super done to me rofl)



Great, cool, yes! Another shot of the new look! Cool beans! Nice header Saga!



...what.

Did he just? Did Shou? Just? Crop out everyone? But him and Saga? Did literally everyone else do a nice crop of the band as a whole? And Shou was just like? NAH, JUST ME AND SAGA IS GOOD?


I know you have both CLEARLY stated that IDEAL is a collaboration between the two of you but

oh my god?

Can you please stop with this capital-C Content? My happiness levels are climbing to unrealistic heights.


no don't stop
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
Look, BBC Merlin is, above all, a love story and there isn't one but rather two whole love triangles in it. And The Sword in the Stone parts 1 and 2 give you both.

- Gwen x Arthur x Merlin
- Gwen x Arthur x Lancelot

Oh, you slash shippers! Always seeing things that aren't there!

But the second part of this episode arc both reminds you that there is, in fact, a love triangle forming between Arthur, Merlin, and Gwen, and also reinforces the idea that, in the end, Merlin and Arthur are the "true" pairing. How? Mirrors!

Spoilers and meta-ing ahead... )

Still fucky

Apr. 2nd, 2017 11:04 pm
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)


fjnaklsmd;a

Yeah, that's pretty much how I remember S1


On to le chapter editing after spending several solid hours this afternoon trying to help get #Bring221Back trending on Twitter (we had way, way, WAY more than enough tweeting going on to get it trending worldwide, so something fucky was up... which basically describes the entirety of this latest season ffffff).
borealgrove: (Out of Bounds)
My weekend has been packed (how does this keep happening?) and until yesterday evening I had no time at all for writing. Friday night I didn't get home until almost 2am because of a show. The Balconies. Ohhhhh mannnnn I love Jacquie Neville. She has this absolutely incredible stage presence, her voice is amazing, and both times I've gone to see them, she's jumped into the crowd to dance with us (centimeters away from me, both times ahsbfjafkndksnmal).

She also does a lot of headbanging, makes "crazy eyes" at the crowd, she's just... so awesome.



And extremely hot.



My god.



In honor of the Juno weekend, their setlist was mostly covers (they played three of their own songs when we called them back for an encore), and said covers were kickass. My favourites were Turn off the Light, Man! I Feel Like A Woman, You Oughta Know, Strange Disease... and probably others, but I've honestly forgotten all the others they played. But they nailed the whole performance. Can't wait to see them again!

Anyway, I spent yesterday (after I had managed to drag myself out of bed), making pancakes for the friend that had crashed at our place after the show, shopping, meeting up with other friends, and then coming home to eat supper at almost 9pm. I woke up this morning to write down a few notes and ended up just plain forgetting about breakfast in a frenzy of writing (I caught a possible plot hole and have been working on that). It's been hours of trying to wrestle my next chapter into shape (still a little ways off, but with some luck and elbow grease I'll get to the end of it today) and now I clearly need to feed myself. Off to watch Merlin and take a little food break before I get back to my sudden streak of inspiration.

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