Update

Jan. 4th, 2009 10:10 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> ("Do you think I might attract attention?)
Sorry for my radio silence over the past week or two: I've been at home in KC, and while I haven't been entirely out of contact (ZOMG WTF NEW DOCTOR WHO, HE'S ONLY A YEAR OLDER THAN ME), I haven't been spending nearly as much time on the Net as usual.

So, a short precis of some of my activities while in Kansas City!

What I saw in the theaters )

What I saw on DVD )

Oh, and finally, notable Christmas loot includes Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii (...bye-bye, life, I hardly knew ye) and Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest (fun, if a bit kiddier than expected).

Update

Dec. 21st, 2008 01:42 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> ("Do you think I might attract attention?)
OHSHIT, I JUST MET KOU, WHY IS HE SO AWESOME

Teeny, tiny spoiler for P4's Strength S.Link )

In other news, apparently KC Trip ver. 2.0 is now back on schedule, and I'll be leaving on TODAY's bus instead, and getting in late tonight. I do think it might have worked out okay, though, since I feel better for having an actual day of recuperation post-finals week where I didn't have to do anything before heading home into the craziness that is the holiday season.

...though I am now having to face the facts that I have very little of my Christmas shopping done, which is leaving me rather petrified at having to face the malls over the next few days. D:
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I think I have to lie down)
DONE

THANK JESUSU

Now to head home tomorrow; I'd better get a lot of sleep tonight, as my brother has informed me that even though I probably won't get in till after midnight on Sunday, he's going to roust me out of bed early to go Christmas shopping, augh
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (KIRA KIRA)
Well, I'm finally back in Iowa City. My bus ride to Kansas City was remarkably smooth and fast, so I should have known the corollary was that the ride back would be hellacious, and in fact it was; snow, ice, and fogged bus windshields basically meant that I got into Iowa City over an hour later than scheduled (and I was scheduled to get in at 2 in the morning!), and then I had to catch a taxi home. Six-plus hours on a bus in the middle of the night is pretty awful, especially when you're expecting five-and-change, and at times it felt like the public transportation equivalent of the Bataan Death March ("okay, only two more hours on the bus...oh god my butt is falling asleep and I can see my breath"), especially since I had to make sure to stay awake until I could get off at Iowa City. So basically I didn't get home until a little over an hour ago.

Also [livejournal.com profile] worldserpent linked this post decrying the Twilight-bashing, and the OP in comments defends the act of reading Twilight as a feminist reading practice (or at least comparing it favorably with feminism). I AM NOT JOKING. YOU THINK I AM, BUT I AM NOT.

So yes, I was condescending because with any kind of luck, eventually society as a whole will stop blaming everything and everyone but themselves for the problems they reap. This month its Twilight; last month Judy Bloom. Before that it was feminism making women uppity. It used to be Susan B. Anthony and a while back it was Joan of Arc.

...BELLA SWAN, FEMINIST HEROINE; LIKE SUSAN B. ANTHONY IN A WAY, AMIRITE

(It even has bonus wank where basically [livejournal.com profile] seperis repeatedly misinterprets what everyone is saying because she takes any criticism of Twilight's message as "ZOMG ARE YOU SAYING FEMALES AREN'T ALLOWED TO HAVE KINKS," and a new version of Godwin's involving accusing people of supporting female genital mutilation. It's wankilicious!)
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I think I have to lie down)
I write this from balmy Kansas City (and I write that unironically...it's actually been quite nice most of the time I've been here). I'm here for a week visiting my parents...they drove up to get me last Wednesday night, and we'll be driving me back up Thursday afternoon.

I was expecting this to be a quiet, calm trip home, but various forms of chaos have ensued. When they were in Iowa City visiting me, the coolant system in their car failed while we were downtown and ended up having to go in to the shop (so we left later on Thursday than expected), but that was just standard operating procedure for my parents when visiting Iowa City - it seems like almost every time they come up, they have troubles of some sort or another, frequently automotive.

Then right after we got back, I had my baby brother's birthday party, at which I found out the details of my stepbrother's legal battle with his crazy baby-momma (well, baby-momma-to-be - the baby's due next month). And we've had to run around a lot in the last few days, and I've been trying to get the stuff I officially came down to do - get the last stuff in my bedroom boxed/crated/ready to go up to Iowa City with me, as well as maybe working on some of my comps reading/annotation - but it's been difficult because SHIT JUST KEEPS HAPPENING.

Example: today, when we got up, the car had a flat tire, so we had to call the auto club to change it and then my stepdad drove it up to our mechanic and they took him into work. My mom and I stayed home, only to be interrupted by a call from the vet - over the weekend we noticed our dog Mina had a weird lump on her side, which the vet confirmed was indeed a tumour and was malignant, so we're looking at expensive surgery for her (which we'll have to schedule around my mom's retinal surgeries, of which there's one later this month and one early next, and which I have to go to a preop for tomorrow with my mom because she has trouble reading street signs in unfamiliar places, at least until after her surgery). Then, as we were recovering from the whole tumour thing over lunch and trying to decide what to do about it, my mom got a call from Tia Chucha Press, where she submitted a poetry manuscript like a year and a half ago (maybe two), and it finally got accepted! That one was at least a good thing, but seriously, all this happened before 2 p.m.! And I think my parents' life is ALWAYS LIKE THIS, with some kind of dramatic thing happening at all times, whether for good or ill. I'm kind of looking forward to getting back up to my peaceful life up in Iowa.

But sadly, a result of all the crazy stuff, I haven't gotten into touch with any of my KC peeps, and I don't think I'll have time to get together with anyone before we head back up. (Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] plainjanesdubc!)

Hopefully Christmas will work a little better for seeing folks, since I'll be here for probably three weeks. I was originally going to cut it short when we thought my older sister would come up from Phoenix for a month during the holidays, but now it turns out - another of the little surprises this week has presented - that she's getting married the Friday after Thanksgiving (presumably she will get a divorce from her husband first so she can marry her live-in boyfriend of 9 years) and then she and said boyfriend are converting to Mormonism the day after. There's a whole bunch of family drama surrounding this, but the upshot is she won't be coming up and so I can stay the full time because I can sleep in my bed.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (OH NOES)
...God, I really haven't posted in a while. Anyway, I should be in Kansas City right now, but sadly due to acts of God, I am not.

I'd been looking forward to going to [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28's wedding for a while now, ever since they got it scheduled...what, in winter or spring? I had my bus ticket all bought (because again, still no license, argh), and spent Friday getting stuff in order so that I could head out of town.

So I show up at the bus station, all packed and ready to go, and discover that the bus I have to take to Des Moines is 3 hours late. Apparently a rock hit the windshield or something, and so they had to repair it before it could go on along its route. So, this meant that I wouldn't be able to leave until about 9 p.m. This wouldn't otherwise be an issue (it would be a pain making my parents come get me at 3 a.m., but they'd totally have done it), except that I had to transfer in Des Moines to another bus heading to Kansas City - a transfer lasting only 15 minutes.

So basically, there was no way I could take the bus to KC. Slightly panicked, I called my parents to discuss other alternatives - train, driving, etc. - but the only valid one we could come up with was me taking the bus to Des Moines, my stepdad driving the three hours or so up to Des Moines at midnight, then immediately driving three hours back to KC and grabbing like five hours of sleep before driving me down to Springfield, Missouri for Vinnie and Courtney's wedding. (And all this after a full day of work, and he was already running on a sleep deficit.) I felt that would be way too dangerous - he's not the safest of drivers at the best of times, perhaps, and I was pretty sure he'd get in some kind of accident - so my mom and I nixed that alternative. And all the others were out too - Amtrak doesn't run from either Iowa City or Des Moines, only Ottumwa, and wouldn't run on a route that would get me there in time anyway, flight would have been almost as iffy time-wise and flying out would have had to be from Cedar Rapids, which is not that far away but expensive as hell to fly out of (especially on last-minute notice).

So I ended up not being able to go to the wedding, which made me feel sad and sucky because a) Vinnie and Courtney are two of my best friends, and b) if I hadn't been so sucktastic and had gotten my license a couple of weeks ago, this wouldn't even have been an issue. (Also, c) I don't get to see all the other awesome WC folks I'd see there.) Still, congrats to the newlyweds!

And fortunately, unlike most weddings I do have another chance - Vin and Court are having a wedding reception in Colorado in a couple of weeks (since she's from Springfield, more of her family came to that one, and the Colorado one is mostly for his family), and when they first invited me I was invited to both, so I'm gonna see if I can't make that one and at least be at ONE of their weddings.

In other "woes of Yosi" news, my Internet has been down since Thursday evening...when I called Friday, they said they were going to try to fix it, but apparently didn't manage it by the end of the workday. No progress is apparently being made over the weekend (at least my Internet light hasn't come back on), so I imagine it'll be Monday before I have Internet again. Blargh.

In other, less sucky news, I'm now fully into the swing of the semester. I'm taking a Milton class, a seminar on early German literature (so, some European context for all the medieval English work I've read), and a calligraphy class. All of them seem quite interesting and fun. Teaching has been going pretty well, too, after the first week. I'm teaching the public speaking half of Rhetoric, and have had to be working pretty strenuously on my public speaking skills (normally my 1337 writing skillz would counterbalance my speech weaknesses, but that's not an option in this class, so in order to have any authority I'm having to work at it as hard as any of my students - harder than some, I think, which is not doing wonders for my self-confidence but is doing wonders for my motivation). The first week was a bit iffy, but the second week's gone better, and I'm pretty happy with it, aside from one student who's slightly loud and argumentative - while I like and appreciate that he's willing to talk, I wish he wouldn't try to pick fights with everyone in the class over minor semantic issues. (And I can't really talk to him about it, since it is sort of what the class is about, and after the first day he hasn't really been interrupting people or anything, but still, he could be a TEENY bit more diplomatic about it.)

Also, Persona 3 is FULL OF AWESOME AND LULZ, although I'm about ready to throw my controller at the screen at the moment. Persona 3 ramblings )

Also, I seem to have acquired an HDTV, eheheheh. But having done so, my reaction now is OMG SO PRETTY, CAN NEVAR GO BACK. Seriously, the PS3 hooked up to an HDTV using HDMI cables is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see. The Wii is really pretty too, though lower-resolution (I think the best it gets is 480p?), and even PS2 games look abso-frickin'-lutely gorgeous, and I can see so much detail that I never could before...all the text in the Persona 3 FMV intro, for instance. And while playing Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou this morning, I noticed that on the door of the Narumi Detective Agency it says, in tiny print, "cutting the Gordian knot," which I never even NOTICED on my old standard-def TV.

More regular posts once Internet is back! I have a book-rec post pretty much written up at home, and there are a few other things I want to post about - I really want to get back into the swing of regular blogging, since I got so out of it during the summer with all the out-of-town-beingness, so expect more once Qwest stops actively sucking ass.

Edit: This weekend is also [livejournal.com profile] aurianrose's wedding, so congrats to her as well!
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Default)
Well, folks, back in ye olde KC now. My friend Vinnie ([livejournal.com profile] rathershady) came up to Iowa City for a few days, during which we hung out and played a shitton of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance for the PS3. Then we drove down to Columbia, met up with his fiancee Courtney ([livejournal.com profile] courters28), and the three of us headed up to KC. Since then, I've:

- Hung out a lot with my parents, which is nice;
- Eaten lunch with several of the old Women's Center folks (Vinnie and Courtney, Janie and Chris, Terre);
- Turned 24 (both Vin and Court came to my party, as did my parents, my older brother and my younger stepbrother);
- Eaten at just about every KC restaurant that I've been missing :9;
- Helped Vinnie and Courtney move from their apartments in Kansas City and Columbia respectively to their spacious new apartment in Columbia (of which I am truly envious, and which has cemented my determination to find an awesome two-bedroom to move into next summer);
- Set my mom up with my old laptop (I had to get a new battery and a network card for her so she can get wireless, but she's well set-up);
- And cleaned enough of my old room here at home to, tomorrow morning, set up the air conditioner Vinnie and Courtney have lent to us (which means I no longer have to either sleep in an uncomfortable recliner or stew in lack of air-conditionedness on my bed).

Also, during V&C's move, I discovered (through one of Vinnie's friends) that though Nintendo Wiis are scarce as hen's teeth in Iowa City, they lie thick on the ground in Columbia. So I am now the proud possessor of a Wii (as are Vinnie and Courtney). [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis and [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic, I think y'all (and whoever else in the IC that wants to) need to come over for a Wii-playing party once I make it back up. :D

Anyway, I'd better sign off, since I have to get up semi-early tomorrow to put in the A/C (and also I think my baby brother's birthday party might be tomorrow? And I just realized ZOMG I HAVE NO PRESENT, AUGH).

Also, maybe it's just me, but I would TOTALLY read this book. (Taken from this page, linked by...SOMEONE on the flist.)

Also GOD BUT WHY IS MY PARENTS' COMPUTER SO SLOW ;_;
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (...whatever)
Well, got back from the wedding safe and sound; it was nice to see everyone again, and I'm really happy for [livejournal.com profile] plainjanesdubc (I see that you got an LJ!) and her new husband Chris. The wedding was beautiful, it was fun hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28 after the wedding, and to hang out with pretty much everyone after that at Granfalloon's. It was overall a great visit home, even if it was only for a couple of days.

Since I got back, I've been trying to get back into the swing of things starting today, but it's hard, especially since this is the last week of my summer class. On the plus side, I finished Arrested Development season 1 from Netflix, and watched the final 2 eps EVER (or are they?) of Veronica Mars. DAMMIT CW YOU'D BETTER PICK THIS UP AS A MIDSEASON REPLACEMENT OR I WILL TASER YOUR ASSES A LA VERONICA. >E

Also, my gastroenterologist's office called today; apparently there's some problem with the blood tests I undergo regularly to ensure that one of my medications isn't killing my liver. I need to call them tomorrow, but I'm hoping that it's nothing, especially since I hear that liver failure sucks big-time. Being the hypochondriac that I am, I'm firmly convinced at any given moment that this or that ache or pain means that ZOMG MY LIVER IS DYING. D:

Anyway, since that's pretty much all I've got for content, have a meme from [livejournal.com profile] nangke:

Alphabet character meme )

Edit: Also, I've been following the Great LJ Fandom Deletions 2007 with bated breath ever since it started. Am now debating whether to remove my "incest is best" icon, as apparently they're deleting journals whose only crime is listing "incest" as an interest now. (Which isn't technically illegal as long as it's between two consenting adults, amirite?)

gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (OMGWTF?)
Welp, I'm leavin' on the bus to KC early this evening - basically, I'm gonna have time after class to hit the bank, dash home, pack up my backpack and then hop on the bus to Kansas City. (Which is why I'm posting now instead of this evening.)

I should get in to KC about midnight, at which point I'll collapse for a few hours before getting up to get ready for my friend Janie's wedding tomorrow. (Man, it's scary how used I'm getting to working on very little sleep.) I'll be in town tomorrow, obviously, for the wedding, and I'm sure I'll see most if not all of the W.C. gang there; I'm not heading back till Sunday evening, so I'll be in town for a couple of days, though I'll probably be hanging out with the 'rents most of Sunday (and my big brother may be in town too, I guess? It's all very confusing). So basically I'm going all AUGH SO MANY PEOPLE TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO, NEED MORE THAN TWO DAYS.

Fortunately I will be back in KC for much longer later in the summer, so I will have time to properly see everyone...just not this weekend. XD

[livejournal.com profile] rathershady, [livejournal.com profile] courters28, when are you coming up for the wedding tomorrow? Would it be possible for me to catch a ride to the Uptown with you guys?

Anyway, let the zooming commence.

WTF

Apr. 29th, 2007 08:07 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (OH NOES)
Man, I just heard about the Ward Parkway shootings from [livejournal.com profile] peskyelf's LJ (her mom was in the Target at the time). I've checked in with my parents, and they're okay. (They would have been at the mall walking at the time except that a friend of theirs had just told them about a CD he'd done, which they immediately went out to buy on Southwest Boulevard, so by the time they got there it was all over and shut down.) Are all my other KC peeps okay?
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (...whatever)
Well, the incomplete was OK'ed - my professor just wants it by the first day of classes next semester, which I'm perfectly happy to concur with (I want it done by then too!). So break will be less restful than I would have liked, but y'know, whatever.

On the plus side, my grading is DONE and turned in. I survived my first semester teaching, w00t! I will admit I was helped along by this story about Darth Maul teaching freshman comp. XD

However, two of my students attached...odd things to their papers. For some reason, one included a photocopy of his insurance card at the end of his final paper (why? I DON'T KNOW); the other included the entire five-page syllabus for another, completely unrelated, geography class (...) at the end of his. WEIRD.

Anyway, tomorrow I leave for three weeks of family holiday togetherness at home. Here's hoping all goes well. I'm not looking forward to the drama I'm afraid will ensue, and to top things off I found out from my mom the other day that apparently she has to have several biopsies done for a suspicious something that showed up during her pap smear. She's got two more doctor's visits for it after I get home, and of course I'll go with her for support. So much for any hope of a restful break, though. D:

An amusing IRC convo from today that will be of special interest to both pornmongers and bakers! )

And for all y'all, the best Christmas special EVAR (from [livejournal.com profile] eslington). DUN-NUH-NUH-NUH DUN-NUH-NUH-NUH BAT-SANTA!
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (OMG HUGZ)
Well, I'm typing this back in good ol' Iowa City, on my non-slow computer where I also have my own bed in air-conditioning (i.e., no more sleeping on the wicker couch) - so while I'll miss a lot of the folks from back home, I am not at all sorry to be back in my own comfortable little apartment.

My last few days in KC )

Anyways, the drive up to IC was uneventful - once we got in, we stopped at Bennigan's in the Coralville Mall to have my early birthday dinner (it was very nice). Then we headed over to my apartment, which was fortunately exactly as I left it (I wasn't robbed, yay!). Unfortunately, on attempting to pull out my sleeper sofa for the first time, I discovered that Stuff, Etc. had lied to me like the cheating hobags they are, and it wasn't a sleeper sofa at all (it's just a regular one). So my parents had to get a hotel room, and I felt bad. D:

After they headed out I went to movie night at my classmate Stephanie's, and with her and my other classmate Satya watched Transamerica (verdict: very good) and Serendipity (verdict: cute romcom). I also discovered that classes started not on Monday, as I thought, but Tuesday. Which was kinda w00t. :D

I will admit my Latin class has been more rigorous than I thought it would be. Though it doesn't help that there's an exam scheduled for Friday - coincidentally, the same day I'm going with [livejournal.com profile] bshippotemkin, [livejournal.com profile] iowayehudit and Erin (who's also in the same Latin class) to [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis' and [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic's wedding - and so have to take the exam after class tomorrow (meaning I've had to do tomorrow's homework and Friday's this evening, in addition to attempting to cram every bit of Latin I've learned over the last, oh, TWO DAYS indelibly into my head so that I can pass this test, augh).

Anyway, back to future tense verb conjugations. It's a rollercoaster of nonstop fun here, I tell you.

Let's Positive Linking!
- Chris Claremont's secret sex scandal. Whoa, I hope they kept Chris Claremont away from Halle Berry on the set of X3. XD
- FOR THE WIN. I <3th Darth, indeed.
- SO TRUE...this is how I title all my papers. XD
- The plasticine world of photo retouching. (From [livejournal.com profile] rathershady.) Airbrushing is the least of it.
- Cate Blanchett to play Bob Dylan in film. ...oh-KAY?
- School criminology class at fake crime scene discovers real body. What are the chances? XD

Edit: Damn you, George Lucas. DAMN YOU TO HELL.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (WOES I AM SO HELPLESS AND EMO)
Dammit, it is so hot...the A/C in my bedroom broke a couple of nights ago, and so now if I want to get any sleep at all I have to sleep in my mom's recliner in the air-conditioned living room because if I try to sleep in my room I will BE ROASTED LIKE CHESTNUTS OVER AN OPEN FIRE. Then when my parents get up in the morning I generally catch a few hours of z's in their air-conditioned room, so I'm doing okay. But still, sleeping in the recliner is making my neck sore. >_<

From IMDb:
Sitcom About Gay Rock Star Won't Air
A planned ABC sitcom produced by Elton John and his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, about a gay rock star will apparently never see the light of a TV tube. According to Fox News, the show, titled Him & Us, which was to have starred Anthony Head as Max Flash and Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall as his manager Samantha, was not picked up despite initial favorable reaction to the pilot. In an interview with The Stage magazine, Cattrall remarked, "It would have been a great series. Perhaps the subject matter might have been too much for some people."

...they were going to do a series with Anthony Stewart Head (a.k.a. Giles on Buffy) as a campy gay rock star being managed by Samantha from Sex and the City? And now it's cancelled? WOES

Anyway, what interesting stuff has happened this week...well, my parents have been having car trouble again (we took in their car Monday morning and just got it back this afternoon, and their bank account is $900 lighter), so I still haven't been out to get my learner's permit. I hope to do that and maybe go to the bank tomorrow, but God only knows whether that'll happen.

Also, yesterday I hung out most of the day with [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28; they had never had Jack Stack (oh deprived children! never mind that they're both older than me) so we went and they discovered the awesomeness that is the Fiorella family barbecue sauce. Then we played Vinnie's board game Ticket to Ride, which was pretty fun (and which I won, w00t).

And this evening my stepdad dragged me and my mom to Mike Burstyn at Kehilath Israel. (Here he is on the IMDb.) I knew about him because he's the son of Pesach Burstein and Lillian Lux, two of the big Yiddish stage stars (his father was the subject of the documentary Der Komediant) and he's been on the Yiddish stage himself (and later Broadway) since he was a child. And you can kind of tell he comes from the Yiddish stage, because his patter was quite close to what I've heard of those of the entertainers at the classic Catskills resorts (you may have seen them in movies like Dirty Dancing and Sweet Lorraine). A sample joke:

My father once told me the joke about the tribe of Jewish cannibals they found in Africa. Have you heard it? See, one cannibal says to the other, "I hate my meshugginah [crazy] mother-in-law." "Then just eat the noodles," his friend tells him.

Still, he seemed nice, and the jokes were funny (if groaningly horrible). And his singing was quite good as well, though it seemed like everything he sung was either in Yiddish, from like 1958, or from musicals he'd starred in that I'd never seen, like Barnum (in which Glenn Close was discovered as his costar); the only one I recognized was "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof (since apparently he finally got to play Tevye in a recent Mormon production in Salt Lake City XD). Still it was fun and I'm not sorry I went.

The synagogue where it was being held was pretty interesting in and of itself...I'd only ever been to Reform temples before, and KI is Conservative, so I was slightly taken aback at being presented with a kippah (a.k.a. yarmulke, for you Yiddish speakers) that I had to put on before I could enter the sanctuary. It didn't help that it wouldn't stay on my less-than-obedient hair. XD

I discovered on my way out that apparently there was a place you could get hairpins to hold it on that I just hadn't noticed. D'oh.

I was also not expecting folks to just be wandering around and chatting to each other during the event itself; I guess Conservative synagogues are laxer about that kind of thing, but it just seemed rude. Also, when I used the bathroom I counted no less than three old men who were talking on their cellphones as they used the urinal. Seriously, folks, if you can't detach the cell phone from your ear long enough to take a piss, you have a serious problem. >_<

Let's see, what else...Oh yeah! I also watched Ladies in Lavender with my parents earlier in the week. Our thoughts )

Let's Positive Linking!
- Hapsburgs retake Dracula Castle. It sounds like an alternate history plotline, but it's true. Those wacky Hapsburgs.
- Army refusing to put wiccan symbol on soldier's tombstone. Seriously, what the fuck. Just slap the frickin' pentacle on the tombstone instead of stonewalling, army!
- Running backwards apparently the new hot exercise. Freaky.
- And for any of y'all in the Chicago area who are interested in cake (and who haven't seen this already, which limits it to probably none of you), [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon has opened her Janaderia for business (metaphorically speaking, there is no actual building, just the opportunity to commission tasty tasty cakes).

...dammit, and I didn't even get around to my rants about the victim competition that takes place in postcolonial/feminist/race/gender theory, or about the Southern myth that everyone was either white gentry or black slave (and smear campaigns against folks like the author of God's Little Acre that actually wrote about poor white people and the downside of their circumstances) or the failure of feminist literary scholars to do anything with women authors like Pearl Buck (who I'm fairly certain was the first female to win a Nobel Prize for Literature, and certainly the first American woman to do so; but it took Oprah to even bring her books back into print). I guess those will have to wait for another day!
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Love and peace)
Hope y'all had a happy Thanksgiving, with lots of turkey (or tofurkey, if that's more your speed) and pie of some sort.

The bus ride down to KC was a little less traumatic than my last one (of course, I'm like 7 years older than I was then so that's probably not surprising). It did run long, though, so while I was supposed to get in at 11:15 I actually got in at 11:45, which made things kinda rough on my poor parents.

Being back at home feels kinda weird - I'm no longer used to it, so everything seems different and smaller and more cluttered and it all smells kinda like cat pee (the unfortunate result of having so many cats), but overall I'm still pretty happy to be home. On Sunday my parents took me to a lot of the places I'd been missing during my time in Iowa (finally, a store with a decent manga selection again!); I spent Monday and Tuesday with my mom, hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28 in the evenings, which was really nice (though Courtney, I think I picked up whatever you were sick with); Wednesday I went over to visit my stepmom and stepbrother and baby brother (I know I say this every time I see him, but Lance really is the cutest kid EVAR); yesterday my parents and I went down to Topeka for Thanksgiving with my aunt and cousins, which was fun (though slightly marred by the first signs of my illness); and today I'm full-blown sick, working on my Chaucer draft in a Sudafed PE-induced haze. But there's leftover French Silk pie, so it's all good.

However, since our car is having some coolant trouble, and it's been certified for in-city and even to Topeka but the mechanic couldn't guarantee no problems en route to Iowa and back, my stepdad's gonna drive me up in my truck. Which kinda sucks, because I think my mom would like to come back up to Iowa City, but she's probably not up to the drive anyway (she's just finished recovering from the nasty fall she took on her LAST visit to IC) and this means we can take up some bigger stuff, like bookcases and an endtable and boxes of books and clothes and stuff, which is DEFINITELY good.

Also, I'm looking at going to see Pride and Prejudice with the 'rents this evening, so hopefully impressions of that will follow soon.

Edit: Also, because it's now seasonally appropriate, have some horrific Grinch/Max pr0nfic courtesy of aff.net. Dr. Seuss was never so disturbing! :D

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