Rogue One!

Dec. 20th, 2016 08:40 pm
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I am pleased to report that Rogue One did not suck, imo! Enjoyed quite a bit, would go see again. I went in to the movie with only the vaguest idea of what it was about, and was glad I did, but just a heads up without getting too spoilery, it's definitely more gritty grimdark than your average Star Wars movie. Not my favorite thing, generally, but for this story, it worked.

Cut for major spoilers!!!!!!! )
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Brother and Sis-in-law acquired a stray cat a few weeks ago that had been hanging around with a broken front paw for some time - he finally got friendly enough they were able to nab him and bring him inside. Big white fellow, not neutered, no microchip, friendly once he wasn't living rough although he still won't let me pet him, and is getting along fine with their other two cats and niecelet. Paw turned out to be old healed damage with a new infection, so that's being treated now too. And then another stray showed up during the bitter single digit cold snap we had last week, so mom took this one in, bringing our grand family total to nine cats, three at each house!

This one's a real cuddle bug, super sweet, doesn't mind the dog or other cats or slightly unpredictable 2-year-olds. Looks almost exactly my mom's 16-year-old other cat except a bit more compact body and she doesn't have white whiskers. Mom said her breathing didn't sound good when they brought her in, and she was still a bit wheezy sounding when I was over there tonight - she's got a vet appointment on Monday to get that all checked out.
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Zebras for the niecelet (she has two stuffed zebras that she carries around, and she watches Zou all the time, a zebra cartoon. It must be British or something because she pronounces it "zeh bra" which is adorable). Totoro with umbrella and blue glitter rain for Sis-in-law, and dragon for brother :)
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Snow globe project, represent! Gandalf inspects butterfly, bee, and frog snowglobes - he liked watching the glitter swirl around :)

How to convince glitter to sink and other tips )
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It's not going as smoothly as I expected, lol, but I think I worked out most of the bugs. The hardest part has been getting the sticky label glue off of baby food jars and convincing glitter to sink instead of float (trying to make recycled baby food jar snow globes as holiday favors).
Three trips to the craft store and counting!
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I have accomplished nothing in the last two days other than signing up for a free 1-week Hulu trial and streaming the first two seasons of Steven Universe non-stop. There's really not anything else on Hulu I want to see - kind of disappointing actually; all that content and I'm just...meh. So I'll probably cancel after the trial. SU marathon has been such a lovely balm to my soul though - diversity and silliness, healthy relationships (as well as unhealthy ones portrayed as unhealthy), managing conflict, assumptions and stereotypes turned on their heads and jiggled until they giggle, how to mess up and not be perfect and still be ok, and just so much love and people trying to do better and it's like an instruction manual on how to human. Also booger jokes. <3

I've also been going to the library and reading newspapers. The news is not appreciably less horrifying in newspaper form, but somehow a little easier to cope when it's not in full color?

Also #2, sent a supportive card to my neighbors at the local mosque - and when I went to mail it the post office gave me Nativity scene stamps! Which I think would have been fine, but still, the irony! XD - I asked if they had some different ones and got "pick-up trucks from the olden days" instead. I couldn't find any Hallmark cards to cover the situation of "I stumbled across a terrifying Facebook post so full of ignorance and hatred regarding Muslims that I cried, please accept this feelingsdump, I hope you're doing ok," so I sent a humorous birthday card involving a snake trying to play a guitar with no arms.

Oh yes, and wrestled the cable company because my internet bill went up $16 all of the sudden. And cleaned bunny house and vacuumed and did laundry. Hrm. Ok, so I didn't quite achieve total a total veg out, but still, pretty good for me!
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Went to see "Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them" with mom last week - I found the first half to be a bit slow, but it got more interesting by the second half. We went to see in IMAX, which was painful especially through the previews and advertisements, because they were blasting the volume so loud - next time we'll save the $5 extra bucks and just see it in standard (neither mom nor I are big on eardrum-blasting experiences).

Saw a preview for the next Transformers, which was mostly clips from previous Transformers and Michael Bay bragging about the awesomeness of his IMAX film gizmo-never-before-seen stuff, and one short bit of dudes with swords on horseback, so I guess yes, they really mean knights and time travel? Ah well, it'll be interesting to see what happens with that - I suspect it'll be more of the usual, tiny glimmers of awesome amidst a bunch of dreck and noise and some equal bits of awfulness. More promising was the "Wonder Woman" preview -at one point Diana says "It is our sacred duty to defend the world, and that is what I am going to do" and I must confess, I got a little teary-eyed/inspired to fight all the injustice in the world WITH MY FLAMING SWORD OF WOMANHOOD ^^

Magical Beasts spoilers within )
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Chapter 5 of tainry's Fall Challenge in my Project Resetverse is up, and omg best one of all! The tale of Unicron and Aid/Cade cosmic snuggles, hee! <3333333333

And then there was a birthday box on my doorstep! With many wondrous things in it, including tissue paper \o/ (Toast ate part of a starch packing peanut, too, but one seemed to be enough, lol).


Nov. 20th, 2016 08:28 pm
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Four of them, dumped at the park Friday, which meant the poor things were out all night in an epic storm followed by a temperature drop from the mid-70's to low 40's and below freezing windchills. All warm and cozy now, munching on pellets and hay and carrots and kale. Hopefully we'll be able to find a rescue, but everyone's so overloaded with bunnies right now I'm a little worried.

Two gray-splotched bunnies - very scared and shy. I couldn't get them to come out of the crate for a photo until I brought out the carrots
More bunny pics )
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Two staff out sick, so today ended up teaching all the field trip classes instead of getting my...anything done, then after work drove a raccoon (probably a dumped pet, although he could be acting tame due to his brain being addled from distemper, which can happen sometimes. He seems alert and healthy, so crossing fingers it's the former) to a wildlife rehabber who's going to quarantine and monitor him and, if he checks out healthy, stick him in with a few other dumped pet raccoons she's overwintering so he can learn to be wild. Arrived at her house in the middle of a pouring thunderstorm deluge-of-the-century, and then when I went back out to my car, it wouldn't start. Hrrm. Either something was wet or the battery. Called roadside assistance with my car insurance and then spent the next hour sitting on the rehabber's couch waiting for them while her six cats checked me out, lol. Roadside assistance finally arrived, car started within a few seconds of the jumper cables being attached, so made it home - hooray! Might have to go back in to work tomorrow if staff are still sick, so crossing fingers it was just the solid wall of water I was driving through that mucked things up, and that car will start tomorrow because ain't no one got time for this, lol

In other news, if you liked "The Martian" I highly recommend this fic: You Know You Have a Permanent Piece of My Medium-Sized American Heart

“Hey Hermes!” The ambient suspicion level in the Rec ratcheted up significantly. Kapoor was disturbingly cheerful. “We’ve sent you some mission updates in the data dump, but Mitch and I wanted to personally let you know—” Mitch visibly rolled his eyes in the background. “—That thanks to some…strong suggestions from the White House, and on Annie and Director Sanders’ recommendation, we’ve started releasing Watney’s Mars logs to the public.”

I laughed a lot, reading this - also, waff in the form of prescribed cuddle therapy for Watney to combat the trauma of all his involuntary alone time on Mars.
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Lookin' around like Mark Watney stranded on Mars: I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this.


Nov. 9th, 2016 09:42 am
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Looks like it's time for another Borealis re-read, for all the hope in it <3 I'm mostly just trying to hold on to gratitude this morning - mom left a message on my voicemail yesterday that she had "lost her memory" and if I could call her. I thought she meant her phone or computer or something. When I called back she said she couldn't remember part of the day or how she got home, she didn't know if she'd voted, she thought she'd fed my animals but wasn't sure, and asked if I was at home. Twice. O_o. Luckily my brother was home and lives five minutes away, and I called 911 from Texas while he drove over. (Did you know 911 in other states can't just transfer you to emergency dispatch in other states? They told me to call police non-emergency dispatch in Indy, which due to work I happily had memorized. Non-emergency then scolded me for not calling 911 if I thought my mom was having a stroke >_>)

Long story short, everything checked out fine at the emergency room, CT scan showed no sign of stroke, and mom sounded pretty much back to normal when I talked to her again. Most of her memory has come back, but she's missing some time - she was breaking up a pile of branches in my driveway to bundle up, and then nothing. Docs think it was probably transient global amnesia, which can be brought on by stress and overwork (like, hey, the election maybe? And breaking and sawing up branches is hard work, too). She's making an appointment with a neurologist, but usually it's a one time thing, no additional risk for stroke or dementia if that's what it was. I'm still sort of vibrating from shock, because she's so active and healthy and sharp, but cautiously starting to relax. That day will come, but not today, it's starting to look like.

Pull out all the big guns of self care today, my loves, and love and hug and baby animals and silly glorious and/or smutty fanfic and whatever else gives you joy. I'm in a good place here at my conference - the keynote speaker was all about the importance of teaching critical thinking skills and interpreting science in a way people understand, so they can make the best possible decisions. On the faces around me I see a lot of core deep determination - our jobs and our pupose are doubly important now. The ocean is deep, the stars are close enough to forever for everyday purposes, and I'm sitting here looking out across our deep beautiful ocean, with hermit crabs!! Check this little doober out, just chillin and watching the waves like I was. It's a beautiful world.
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Whirlwind of big events and programs this week, and tomorrow I head off to Texas for a weeklong conference - whoosh! *flops* I...think I'm mostly ready? Today I set up groundhog and two baby opossums at work, need to write down care instructions for staff in the morning. I set up everything for mom so she can take care of the two raccoons, two opossums in the basement, three cats, bunny rabbit, and fish still at home, and she came over Thursday so I could show her everything. Packed my three non-stained, no holes in the knees outfits, looked up the weather (rainjacket possibly will come in handy, 70's and 80's, which, since it's been in the upper 60's all week in Indiana, isn't too big of a switch, actually. I did pack shorts, sandals, a hat, and sunscreen).

I haven't flown on a commercial flight for at least ten years (hard to get away with the wildlife!), any tips? I'm not planning on carrying on any liquids or my Swiss Army knife, or anything like that ^_~
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Unseasonably warm weather where I am - the trick-or-treaters have been steady! Probably 35 or 40 so far.

In other news we got five baby axolotls today at work - only about an inch long and the most adorable things ever!

There are three different color varieties here - brown wild type, white with dark eyes, and white with white eyes (not red like traditional albino - I need to look up what's up with that).

Muaha ha!

Oct. 26th, 2016 09:59 pm
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Dryer conked out last week, so finally got a repair person out today - to his credit didn't even blink at the two opossums in the living room and two more opossums and a groundhog in the basement, lol. It needed a new thing that the belt runs over, and the inside had gotten clogged with lint, in a place that needed the whole back dismantled to access. Nearly $200 later and back in business - ah well, it's been a tough little dryer to handle all the stinky critter towels.

Spent tonight scaring people at haunted house one of our local parks does every year - I laid on the path with a big witch's hat and patted the ground and felt around with my hand wrapped in a "bloody" bandage while I crawled towards them, and then used my other hand to trigger an air compressor to make sudden psssht sounds at them. Always satisfying when you can get a good scream and panicked jumping :D
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Flu shot turned out to be good timing - one staff down with what she calls "sickness of the decade"; hopefully whatever bug it is it's included in this year's vaccine, seems to be going around. Which also meant I got to wrangle a group of 60 first graders all by myself this morning - usually we split them into classes of 30ish and rotate them through program topics in smaller groups. The kids were really well-behaved, and the parents jumped right in and helped with the hands on stuff, so it all worked out, but it made for a hectic day trying to get everything set up for two programs instead of one - ready to flop!

Mailed in my absentee ballot today - w00t! Ok, everyone can go home now, show's over, you may cease and desist with the political ads *waves hand airily* Currently watching "Addams Family Values" to avoid the constant barrage - I wonder how many other folks have bailed from mainstream TV. I was hoping to do at least a little NaNo-ing this year, but it looks like the work conference is a go (hence the absentee ballot),'s a cool conference, and I'm excited about it, but it also makes for a non-stop marathon of busy times until mid-November. "Slow season" seems to get more and more mythical every year, alas!

Other things this week: raccoon babies moved to outdoor pen, need to commence with the cleaning of their old crate and carrier, groundhog is holding steady as far as I can tell, acquired a new opossum - young adult, hit by a car, didn't look good the first several days but she's now doing much better - will pretty definitely survive, now just waiting to see if she'll be releasable. Niecelet's newest thing is "juggling", which consists of holding two balls, waving them up and down, and then throwing them. Much fun :D
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The kitties are enjoying the spider drawings left over from my program last week - obviously just for them :)

Spiders, so relaxing )
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Got my flu shot at the grocery after work yesterday, no co-pay (thanks, Obamacare!). Going to a conference for work in early November, so figured it would be a good idea to reduce the chances of picking up at least one type of crud. I scheduled it for when I had two days off in a row, because I usually get a mild immune reaction, knew I'd be feeling pretty blah for a day or so, but this time it hit within a few hours, achy and tired (I was baby sitting niecelet and she kept insisting that I was supposed to lie down on the living room floor and brought me a pillow, lol - I must have looked pretty wiped out! Although the 125 kids I had in programs earlier that day might have also had something to do with it...). I was actually shivering with chills when I went to bed, but by morning was fine, not even a sore arm! Which was good, because I had to go in to work anyway to let our bees out of the observation hive (I'd blocked them in while the building was being repainted, so they wouldn't sting the painters) and ended up getting stuck at work for four hours with various sorts of craziness. Hopefully tomorrow's day off will be an actual day off! :D

Other things accomplished today: two youngest opossums moved to larger housing, deep cleaned big baby raccoon crate, chased two baby raccoons around house when they escaped as I was trying to put them back in, took out groundhog for some fresh air, returned spiders and spider props to work from program Thursday, caught four Pokemon, ate a salad.
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I'm doing an Intro to Geology program for 60 third graders tomorrow. Interesting thing is, I never actually took geology - just absorbed a fair bit over the years, but as far as actual organized study...not so much! Our naturalist who usually taught all of the (rarely requested - we mostly focus on plants and wildlife) geology classes took a new job, so I've spent the weekend brushing up. Doesn't exactly help that a lot of the rock samples and props for the program are not labeled - is it a shale or a slate? Granite or gneiss? *stares a big pile of rocks* *pokes doubtfully* We've got a lot of cool fossils, though, so if all else fails I'll pull out the coprolites, lol. Have been re-reading mmouse's awesome and delightful Beachcomber/Perceptor geology pun fics I Bless the Rains and Igneous is Bliss in preparation - wish me luck! :D


Sep. 7th, 2016 08:42 pm
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Happy Birthday to me! :D I'm hoping 45 is easier to remember - I had a heck of a time remembering that I was 44 all year, and 43 was even worse.

Busy day today, with three programs at work and then a sick groundhog got dropped off, but boss and co-workers still managed to squeeze in cake - they're so awesome ^_^ Mom made me a cake on Labor Day, when I had the day off. She was watching niecelet, so we hung out and played and then went to Goodwill, where I got five pairs of pants for work (three of which, by some miracle, are the right length and don't need to have the cuffs rolled up, score!) Niecelet got a duck pillow and some small buckets and a cute little watering can, and I got a hairy Halloween spider for me, but it may end up being a present for niecelet in a few weeks for her 2nd birthday, because she kept trying to run off with it, lol.

Spent most of the rest of this evening getting sick groundhog set up - she walks in circles and loses her balance and falls over, pretty skinny, a bit of the runs, not sure what's up with her. She's eating great, which is a good sign. Has some ticks, so I just spent a bunch of $ to get the fancy topical stuff to treat those, since she's not cooperative enough/I'm not brave enough to pick them off by hand - groundhogs can be tough customers! She's all zonked out now in her crate, looking very cute.

Two raccoon babies are getting bigger and doing better - they may or may not have ringworm (lesions and losing hair on feet and ears, vet didn't mention ringworm as a possibility and gave antibiotics to treat, but another rehabber raised the possibility on our Facebook group. Not sure if ringworm's that...symmetrical though?) I've been trying to get another rehabber to take them, but...crickets. No one wants the chance of ringworm, the cowards! XD

Oh yes, and my other birthday present from mom - a new garage door opener, since my original one gave out and wasn't worthwhile to repair since it was 13 years old. A very substantial present - garage door openers aren't cheap! But garage is now all neat and organized, nice new bright lighting, and nice to have an opener that works without pressing the button six times - have been nursing the old one along for nearly a year.


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