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Whoop, it's been a while again. But I did have two big papers to do (ok, not actually big, but whatever) for classes, but now I am done and have the plague! Woo. Not quite post-tech levels of stress-relief plague, I think it's more due to the sudden and rapid changes in temperature/humidity/pollen levels we've been having; but Thursday afternoon I realized my throat was feeling that specific not-so-great, and that night was fevery and disgusting, but it was better enough just in time that I couldn't convince myself not to go to work on Friday, so now I'm just left feeling stuffy and with an occasional awful-sounding cough. I hate that I always manage to get just sick enough to feel gross, but never enough that I can justify staying home. If the Thursday night feeling had continued I would have, but you can't stay home because of a stuffy nose and sore throat, so. *sigh* *wracking cough*

Anyway, I wanted to say that a. I have not seen the AoU move yet and probably won't; I don't see the need to pay money to see character development torn to shreds. b. I do want to see Mad Max, though, that looks amazing. c. I have been watching Parks and Rec (finally) on Netflix (it's not all there, is the rest available streaming somewhere?). I'm nearly done with season 4, and I have to say, I deeply, deeply need more depressed Ben Wyatt crying. I don't know if it was because of the Batman costume or what, but it hit that same 'men doing something that normally would involve shaming them for participating in an act stereotyped as female for no good reason' that I like in the best of crossdressing imagery. Normally you don't get men crying without someone being dead or whatever, but Ben had to break up with a girl he loves and so he's depressed and crying! And people are uncomfortable, but they're not shaming him, and basically I want fic with Ben and depression and Leslie doesn't know what to do and is frantically texting Ann to ask for help and whatever, I don't know. Don't make me write it, that won't end well for anyone. Also, separately, wow, you can really tell when Chris Pratt started getting hired for other things and had to get in shape.

I am trying to get ready for my trip to England, which is now only a month away (ack!) - I'm not too confident about the instructors, I have to say. We're supposedly looking at cathedral libraries, for a library science class, yet all our readings are about cathedral architecture and a little bit of info about the cathedrals as cathedrals, but there has been no readings on cathedral libraries (I found several good introductory ones which are, granted, a couple decades old, but still better than nothing), and no introduction to Anglican church or even the Reformation. Which, considering it gets mentioned fairly often in the readings because of all the books being removed. I'm relying on my Catholic school education, which kind of skims over what happens after groups leave the RC Church, and a quick skim of the most relevant Wikipedia articles. I haven't had time to look for better sources yet. But anyway - I also asked the professor about which meals are already paid for so I can price things better, and she doesn't know. Ugh. Just - thoroughly unimpressed, and it's making it very difficult to plan.

Speaking of planning, I am a. looking for people who want to meet up while I'm in London before and after the class part of the trip, and also, um, looking for anyone who has a free couch? The class portion is hella expensive, and I'm trying to save money where I can. I'll get about half the tuition (but not expenses like airfare) paid back by my employer (yaaay unions, boooo monetary limits), but that won't happen 'til nearly September, and of course the university doesn't tell you you're admitted to the program until most scholarship deadlines have passed, and they don't offer travel scholarships for grad students. But still. Kind of a once-in-a-lifetime chance, this, if the class is actually any good. So yeah, if anyone knows anyone in London (anywhere near the Tube, or I guess the bus - or another city by train, as I need an excuse to see Hadrian's Wall and a couple other places, but my flights are in London) with a spare couch, please feel free to send them my way! I'm looking for housing June 18-20 (21st I'm off to Canterbury), and July 3-7 (after coming back from Bristol) with a flight out on the 8th.

God, I hope my Oyster card still works however many years after I last used it. I should check that.

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Trying to update more than once a month, but it probably won't go too well. I do have a good reason to update, though! I am apparently going to spend more money than I can actually afford to go to the UK this summer!

The grad school has a 3-credit course (that in no way applies to any of the requirements for my program) that basically takes you around to see a bunch of cathedral libraries for two weeks. There is very little talk of what you actually have to do, academically, to get a grade in this class (well, to be fair, there is very little detail about anything to do with this class), so it's hard to say how applicable it really is to anything else I'm doing in this (useless) program, it sounds like it could be pretty relevant to a lot of the types of materials and settings for the rare stuff in our own collection, if a little more ...Western. As in, my library collects based on the other side of the Crusades. But still. Very interesting. (Though I really want more concrete detail and a schedule, dammit.)

So I got into that, and I decided fuck it, let's max out all the time off we have. So I will actually be spending three weeks in the UK: half a week on either side of the program. This'll give me some time to do non-cathedraly touristy stuff, probably in London, and maybe a couple day trips, and all the bonus theatre I can cram in. My undergraduate program's London trip should coincide by a day or two, and I'd really like to try and meet up with the professors running it and say hi (and maybe ask oh god what am i doing with my life). I'd also like to hit some of the museums I didn't get to go to when I was there before, etc etc.

I would also like to meet up with anybody who wants to! Especially, but certainly not limited to, people who wouldn't mind me staying on their couches. I was serious about the 'not really being able to afford this' thing. Any way to cut costs will help.

But yeah, that's the second half of June/first week of July, basically. Apparently it's travel year for me.

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Somewhere, DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy are discussing Leonard's insights on death.

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So, now that [community profile] holly_poly is over I can tell you what I did over winter break.

See, I had plans to do things. A lot of things. Go rock climbing. See movies. All sorts of things that require leaving the house and not spending 24/7 reviewing canon.

Um.

I may have watched all of Psych.

It took a little longer than I thought, but I stopped watching near the end of season 5 (seriously, I think if I'd stuck it out and finished season 5 when it was airing, I would have kept watching the show instead of dropping it, but it looked like they were going to play soap opera with the relationships) so it'd been a while, so I decided to rewatch the whole thing, so I'd have the whole canon fresh in my head when I went to write my pinch hit for hp.

The rewatch took long enough that a. I didn't have time to do anything else if I wanted to get my fic in on time, and b. I didn't have time to write a really long casefic. And then, of course, due date rolled around for hp fics, and the person I was writing for had defaulted without notice, which meant I'd wasted my break for nothing (while I may still have done the rewatch, if I wasn't on a deadline I wouldn't have done nothing but rewatch, is the point).

And then I realized that the person they'd defaulted on had a request for Psych as well, so I could write that instead.

Also, if you have enough false starts to a story you can kind of gather them together, whack them on the head, and call it a five things fic. I love five things. I had about 80 false starts to the damn thing because I didn't have enough brain to figure out a case for casefic. So I ended up doing a lot of episode codas and trying to run a thread through them. I think it worked? [personal profile] settiai seemed to like it, at least. There's a chance she guessed it was me, as she's read enough of my stuff, but then again, as I pointed out to my sister, "It's not titled 5 times blah blah blah was not a werewolf, so it's possible she won't guess."

So there you go. (The fic, if you want to read it, is here.)

Interestingly, I think the thing that I got out of watching the whole damn thing at once is that a. I actually prefer to portray Shawn as one person in multiple relationships at once, rather than one person in a relationship with multiple people, and b. the most logical sedoretu structure leaves Shawn and Gus not paired up. I mean, really, you've got one Evening (Lassie) and three Mornings, but if you make Jules the other Evening (which you can actually make a fairly good argument for, she kicks some serious ass in several episodes), then you've got no Jules/Lassie (which is a good thing), and no Shawn/Gus (which is a weird thing, but is kind of a good way to logic away how hard the show works to make their relationship platonic). It works great on the Shawn end but kind of weird on the Gus end, pairing-wise. But if you made Gus the other Evening, then there's no Shawn/Jules, and I'm not okay with that either. I guess I'll just have to settle for Jules/Shawn/Gus V maybe-eventually-triad, especially as I actually like Lassiter and Marlowe. I dunno -- I kind of also read all the good-looking fic on the AO3, and none of it was what I was looking for (generally very poor Jules characterization), so I don't think I'll get very fannish about it in a participatory way.

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Well, I've finished my first semester of grad school, and come out of it feeling like maybe the degree that I want to get is actually anthropology.

No, you shut up.

Ugh, see the problem is that into classes are theory classes, and theory classes are bullshit. I don't want fucking theory classes, I want hands-on practical experience classes, but all the practical experience stuff is stuff we make the paraprofessionals do, not stuff that people with an MLS do. Which is bullshit and I hate the trend of mashing the actual work down onto people who get paid less and receive less credit for arbitrary reasons. I want to look at that. I want to explore the difference in attitude toward their jobs in union stagehands who get paid $35+ an hour for 4-hour minimums and get called lazy because they've negotiated for breaks and will stop working once they're no longer being compensated or not compensated fairly and may never have taken a theatre class in their life, versus the $12-14 an hour non-union stagehands who tend to be younger, with a college degree, and willing to work themselves to the bone on a stipend for love of the craft, and may or may not actually ever get anything out of it in the long run. I want to study why people think it's important to wear fancy business clothes to be an academic and sit around reading all day. All of that interest me far more than coding or wondering how people form a fucking query. I don't give two craps about that and I hate all of this.

*coughs* Anyway. I hate grad school, but I'm pretty sure this is not the traditional reason why.

I hate that it gets dark so early now. My rock climbing partner had to quit, back at the end of October, and I have failed miserably in going to the gym since then -- I managed it once it November, which I am willing to blame partially on classes amping up -- but I have to go at least 4 times this month for it to be financially worth keeping the membership. And I need to go, I am not even remotely staying in shape, it's not funny. But it's dark before I leave work, and cold out to boot. Once I get home I don't want to go back out. And I don't have anyone else to be obliged to go meet, so I keep letting it slide. If anyone local wants to try out rock climbing, please let me know, we can go, I have guest passes.

I also need to open up the holly_poly AO3 exchange. I'm going to try and do that this weekend. Someone make sure I do that.

Ugh ugh. Fuck this, less than two weeks until I have like a week and a half off from everything.

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OK, I only watched the movie once, so can someone who knows more The Losers canon than me tell me if there's an actual origin to them being called The Losers, because I can't remember if the movie explains why they start calling themselves that, and so right now my brain is supplementing with the mental image of Jensen picking up the last of the rest of the team on their way to steal some (explosive? tech?) supplies and saying 'Get in loser, we're going shopping!' and then he has to explain Mean Girls to the team and they watch it while drinking and possibly like it a little too much?

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So guess who's got two thumbs and apparently still isn't over the Ponds leaving? Last night's dream may have consisted in part of the Doctor at the Ponds' place, with lots of desperate snogging because he didn't want to leave because once he did (he was regenerating, I think) he was going to forget them, and he's kissing Amy and crying and Rory runs out and kind of wraps them both up in a hug and is also kissing them and something something the ponytail because half the time that's always how I end up visualizing him, whoops? Anyway, something something more crying and snogging and then a whole bunch of people are helping the Doctor including Ten sneaking around like an asshole who doesn't want anyone to know he's there (it's not working) and Clara's mom? IDK. The important part is I am still so not over the Ponds, and spend the entire morning running through my Ponds headcanon of Rory can sing pretty much any song that was popular on the radio before 1996 by heart (he's better at the old stuff, and he absolutely hates the Beatles, even though he can sing I Am the Walrus word for word), but he's surprised to discover that he no longer has perfect pitch.

Shut up, everyone.

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OK, so I am officially going to MJ. Who else is going, and who needs a roommate?

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Hello Dreamwidth! I know, I know, me again. I post so much and -- no wait, the opposite. Sorry. Little bit of 'really busy with work,' little bit of 'not really in any fandoms due to lack of canon poly,' whole lotta 'probably-depression is inducing my brain to make me do no more than the bare minimum,' as I also keep not-doing any of the things I'm supposed to have done in the last few weeks, like either finish fixing the broken bits of my dresser or buy a new one, go buy exercise clothes to replace the ones that got lost in the post, or going back to the library to ask them why they need my gender in order to get a library card (and if they do, why do they only have two options) so I can work it into my report for class.

Oh yes class. That has started. The in-person class is all right; the professor is very nice but doesn't have a library background, which shows a little sometimes. The online class, though, is some kind of trial designed to test me. To what ends, I don't know. But the professor is obviously not putting much effort into this class. At best he needs a TA, at worst a boot up the ass. He hasn't checked to make sure the links in the syllabus work (either as links or that they point to files that are still available); he was intending to use a specific cataloging reference interface and then didn't check that it was working (I refuse to believe that the subscription expired right before class started, and either way prep should include confirming its availability for the length of the semester) and his solution is to just give us the answers; similarly, an online metadata tool he was going to use stopped working (at least we didn't have to inform him of that one, but he only discovered or announced it that week) and he's doing the same thing. Last week was basically intro to intro to cataloging, and I think I answered more questions than he did. He certainly doesn't answer all the questions that come up. I wish I could just take the reading list from that class and be done with it. I hate him a lot and I haven't even met him (he's not even in MD! He's in CA! Or at conferences!). This class pains my soul.

Ugh. Anyway. Um, I don't really have any 'in other news,' since I'm a loser who doesn't do things. Does anybody have any recs for fandoms with canon poly? I would certainly take them. I'm reading comic books, but I don't care enough to comment on anything I'm reading, I'm not that level of invested. I wanted to watch Brooklyn 99 but I just got embarrassed at the 'no one here is capable of being a non-awkward person' and sick of the main character. *makes face* I want poly spec fic utopias, not ...this.

Also, courtesy of someone on my Twitter feed (which I do occasionally read again), I'm kind of thinking of going to MJ? I'm contemplating it anyway, as it would give me an excuse to be up in Cambridge and I could find an excuse to go poke around Harvard while I'm there. I'd kind of like to do that. But I want to know who else is going. If I don't know a lot of people going there's no reason to go at that time and I could (but probably won't) find some excuse to go up there whenever.

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I looked at the calendar the other day and realized that grad school starts in two weeks. Or technically three - orientation is in two weeks. Or maybe four - my online in-person class is on a Monday and classes start on Tuesday and they'd better goddamn tell us if there's a makeup class during orientation; and I don't have a schedule for my online class yet, so I have no idea what to expect there.

I keep feeling like I should be preparing somehow, or at least looking forward, or I dunno, something. But mostly I don't care? And I -- I don't feel like it's going to be a waste of my time, but that's the closest I can get to identifying the kind of apathy my brain is treating this with. I'm sure it will be useful and I'm hoping that once the classes start they'll actually be interesting, but I'm not even picking my own classes, I'm going off the recommended schedule about data information whatever the fuck and I just don't have it in me to care. Whenever someone has asked me what classes I'm taking, or who with, I honestly can't tell them, except for maybe 'I think one has something to do with research methods. How to do the Google.' So far my preparation has consisted of buying a folder with brackets and putting some looseleaf in it, because I'm not sure how many notes I'm going to be taking and I don't feel like paying for a notebook I won't use most of; paying the tuition with my credit card and then paying that off about 6 hours before the credit card payment is due so I don't have to pay interest on it; and working out the schedule change with my boss and HR so I can leave early and make it up elsewhere (you can either have them pay for classes or you can have them not make you make back up the time. but not both. which is dumb. why use option 2 at all unless it's a free class?)

I just really fucking hope something about this is interesting, as opposed to another thing on the road of 'I don't really want to do this, but it's basically going to be free, and it's better than losing all the cartilage in my knees before I turn 30. I think.'

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Well, I saw the GotG movie, and it was pretty great, but I am a little confused...Collapse )

I was highly disappointed, though, by the number of people who had to have the post-credits scene explained to them.

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I think Marvel has finally hit the point where I feel I ought to legitimately start buying comics in order to show my approval for all the awesome lady comics they're putting out. I already have a Marvel Unlimited account, but it has a purpose-built lag in order to get you to still buy new comics. I'm leaning slightly towards continuing the digital subscription trend, but with DRM and e-purchase issues, I still like having paper copies. But I don't need to acquire more stuff. But I'd also prefer whichever option is cheaper, because I don't want to spend that much money.

Does anyone have a digital subscription through Marvel? How does it work? Is there a download/backup option? What're the file formats? How does it price out compared to print subscriptions (either through Marvel or a comic book store)? Any other non-Amazon (that is, ComiXology is not an option) suggestions?

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Well, it's now July, which means my vacation is over - both from work and at work. At work-wise, it's now the new fiscal year which means I can start buying books again, and all the departments have money again, which is why I came back from my from-work vacation to find most of a ream of paper sitting in my 'orders to place' inbox. Mostly from the Byzantine department which, despite having at least twice as much money as the other departments (possibly even combined), and getting a budget extension, ran out of money somewhere around April or May. Though between Wednesday and Thursday I did manage to get through most of it. I'm down to just the Greek orders, and they're easy, in the sense that I don't have to look them up to price them, but hard in the sense that they're often not in OCLC and I have to create half-assed stub records. But.

And we went on actual vacation last week, too -- camping and all that shit. It was pretty great, because since we were in charge of the camping and where we went, if we didn't like it, we could leave! So much better than childhood. I took lots of pictures of nature. Nature is pretty okay.

Fandom-wise, I continue to be completely apathetic about pretty much everything ever. Nothing is piquing my interest at all right now. Everything is blah to a level that probably requires medical intervention, but the apathy is easily quashing that.

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Dear god, someone please link me to the post explaining the Doylist logic of having Alex Summers in the prequel/reboots? Wolverine origin changes I can work out if I have to, but the Summerses are throwing me for more of a loop, mostly because the stupid Wolverine origin movie and just -- *throws hands up in the air*

I know, I know, reboot. But they're trying to both tie the two together and overwrite the first set, and I can fan want myself a timeline if I have to, but I need to know if others agree that the most logical thing is that they've made Alex Scott's father, or if they've kept the adoption angle but made Alex like 20 years older and are using the jail element as the reason he doesn't have custody.

And Stryker doesn't work either because again stupid fucking Wolverine movie augh.

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So, the unfortunate downside to coworker P knowing I'm a Marvel fan is that he wants to know my opinion on the new movies as they come out. Unfortunately, the most recent movies are ones I don't give a crap about -- that is, the reboots. (OK, and Cap2, but really it's the movies that we don't like that have more to talk about. And we seem to have similar taste.) I honestly had no intention of seeing the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies, because I am not an Andrew Garfield fan, and I liked the Tobey Maguire movies a lot. But I grudgingly saw it so I could give him my scathing opinion.

Of course, this meant having to rewatch the original trilogy, because you can't tell a non-fandom fan that the reason you like a specific version better is because of the identity porn and blatant threesome action. Even if that is totally 100% the case with the Maguire movies. (Also, OMG, so many Harry/Peter revenge porn fantasies.) There has to be a caché of threesome porn somewhere, right? On some archive that has not been AO3'd or lost its hosting?

But okay, aside from the blatant OT3-ness, they really do just have better crafted stories. Motivations are better, characterization is better, set-up is better, all of it. And it's a Peter Parker who's actually, you know, Peter Parker -- science whiz who does photography instead of a kid who has a Kinects set and an Instagram account.

Also -- and this was a lovely takeaway that I wasn't expecting to see -- there's no villianizing disabilities, mental or physical. One of the Oscorp board of directors is in a wheelchair. Just because. He's in multiple scenes, has speaking lines and yes he dies, but Norman Osborn kills the entire board of directors, because he's apparently an idiot who didn't keep controlling interest in his company and when they tried to throw him out obviously the thing to do is kill them all because that's what you do when you're the Green Goblin. And Dr. Connors is in all three movies not being evil at all! Just being Peter's one-armed science professor. Theoretically he was going to be evil in movie 4, but that's still three movies as a non-evil background character! And there's no blaming being evil on mental illness either -- induced by green gas, yes, but all choices to be evil/do bad things are made by clear-headed people. And all the NY crowd scenes are just generally more ethnically diverse than I remember seeing in other movies. Just so many better choices than the Osbon and Connors of the Garfield movies. 100%.

It was really great that P agreed with all the things I liked about the first trilogy (except for the OT3 bits, of course), and definitely about all the thing I didn't like about the new poor excuse for a Spidey, but the problem is now he wants to know my opinion of the new X-Men movie. Which again, I had no intention of watching, because I don't like Fassbender, and I don't care about Charles and Erik and their 70's-themed slapfights, and now I'm going to have to watch those damn movies just to have proper context for hating the new one.

I guess if I make it through them I can reward myself with Wolverine/Cyclops hate-porn from the first movie?

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Oh god, the dream I had right before I woke up was the cheesy opening credits to bad 90's TV show Iron Man. The guy playing Iron Man went, over the course of the montage, from looking vaguely like RDJ to looking like Extremely Generic Italian Guy, with about 5 different hairstyles, most of them lacking facial hair, and the last one a sort of pomaded-back, slightly too long look that for some reason made me think 'trendy vampire.' It wasn't helped by the way in that one Tony took off his helmet and then a yellow mouthpiece. There were a lot of different suits, too, more than you'd expect from a Power Rangers/Marvel knockoff, and I don't think Pepper and Happy were there. Instead there was an adorable blond girl, because Iron Man needs a sidekick! In, like, plastic knight armor or something. I don't think Tony wanted a 10-year-old as a sidekick, but she keeps showing up anyway. (Maybe she's Pepper and Happy's kid?)

Also Tony sold cars, not weapons. Like, Plymouths, not even Lamborghinis. He had a car dealership, and that's where the superheroes would meet. Including, possibly, The Flash.

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OK, so my dreams last night were extremely weird.Collapse )

And through all of this, I'm watching the movie, and I've basically decided I'm watching the un-cut version of the movie, and it makes so much more sense to me (no it doesn't), and all these weird-ass scenes were things that were apparently leaked over the internet before the movie came out, like the one where Steve is trapped on the helicarrier type bad guy ship and he's trying to get out, and the camera is looking at him though this tiny crack and it only passes over him really quick, and whoever I was with was complaining that it was poorly shot and you couldn't see anything, and I explained to her that it was filmed in such a tight shot/tight set that they literally stripped Chris Evans naked and poured oil all over him in order to fit him in there before filming.

I wish that shot had been in the actual film, man.

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I keep trying to see if I'm caught up on everything I should be, but of course I don't have a list of the things I'm behind on, so I'm just going to have to wait 'til something bites me on the ass to find out what I've missed. Currently I am trying to figure out why one of my quarterly tax payments hasn't gone through, almost 2 weeks after tax day, even though I have a confirmation statement from the state. Whatever. I have the money if they fucked up, and I have the confirmation number, so it's not my fault.

I also need to:
-up the amount of my regular paycheck that goes to retirement savings (has to wait 'til I can get to the forms at work) [OK actually has to wait because of the new union shit]
-figure out how to change my associated bank account with the new IRA (going to try at work computer in case it's a UI problem)
-check in on the annuity plan (need to find my login information)
-buy into the CSA
-deposit paycheck from theatre job

-ask about online classes at UMD
-actually ask someone at work about what I need to do re: scheduling & reimbursement for UMD stuff [ditto union]

Non-money related, I have to figure out what to read next on Marvel Unlimited - I got a subscription for my birthday, and I went through a couple short runs in a day (well, as much as is on there, they've got like a 6-month delay between publication and it showing up on there, because they still want you to buy the comics). I need to make a list of titles to read. And convince myself I don't need an iPad to read these on, instead of my phone. (This was a well-timed birthday present - I'd been thinking of using comixology, and they just got bought by Amazon, which I don't patronize if I can help it.)

Speaking of reading, can anyone point me to any Sam/Steve recs where they start boning between the opening scene and Steve showing up on Sam's doorstep with Natasha? Because that's what I really want -- awkward assumptions because of poor communications when Captain America suddenly shows up on Sam's doorsteps with a hot redhead. Even if Natasha doesn't have time for their stupidity and fixes the misassumptions almost immediately, that's what I want - stuff set in there, before Steve gets all weepy over Bucky.

I also want fic where basically Bucky is Steve's Hulk. Like, up until the serum, he was just Steve's imaginary idealized friend (like the theory where Ferris Bueller is actually Cameron's imaginary friend, and the whole movie is his fantasy). What the serum does is make those imaginary protector avatars real, splitting people in - well not a Jekyll and Hyde sort of way, because neither Steve nor Bruce or Bucky or Hulk are anything but shades of grey, but they were mental compartmentalizations, and the serum manifests them. So when Steve goes to save the 104, most of them don't know who the fuck he's even looking for, because up until Steve took the serum, Bucky wasn't there. And then he suddenly appears, and only a few people even see him before he gets taken to be experimented on. So only a handful of people know that Bucky just appeared out of the ether, and even less in the modern day. Probably Tony would be the one to say it, because Coulson is a little busy right now. I have no idea what happens after/because of this revelation, but there you go.

Also my headcanon that Steve regularly goes to the DAR library, because he appreciates the irony, and no one bothers him there. It makes him feel a little less out of place, too, with all the texts focused on events that took place more than 100 years before he was born, faded rheostat type and lists of names and places and battles that he'd learned about in school.

I also want fic about Steve at the Smithsonians.

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Guess who has officially paid off all their student loans?

(just in time to start paying for grad school in the fall)

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Urgh. OK, in addition to reminding me to use movers next I move, also remind me not to move when taxes are due. I am down to negative money like, 5 times over.

I think my taxes are done: calculations have been made, money has been deposited into various IRAs (and not always from the correct bank account, which is most of why I am so out of money, whoops pulling $1000 from the wrong account), quarterlies have been paid (and one I was able to pay out of a different account, which also helps). Emergency funds are being transferred to cover the wrong account mistake, and regular savings transfer has been cancelled for the month to help cover, and most of these transfers won't actually go through 'til Monday or Tuesday, and I should get paid on one of those two days, so hopefully by Wednesday the dust will all be settled and I can go back to worrying about not being unpacked.

Unpacking is still slow going - I'm leaving at 7:40 and getting home after 11 pretty much every day, so it wasn't until Sunday/Monday that the carpets got put down in the living room, and half the book cases aren't unpacked, and I have a couple more boxes of clothes to sort out, and I haven't done laundry since we moved, and I haven't even had a chance to see what the hours are on the laundry room. I'm sure laundry at 3 am isn't allowed.

Next up after that is school stuff - I tried to sign up for a school directory ID to do some prep stuff and apparently they haven't imported our information, but it should be there by next week. I'm torn between looking for scholarships, since I have to pay for the first semester up front, and not, because I know the library is going to remimburse me. But I'm sure they're not going to reimburse me for all of it, so maybe I should look anyway...

I can worry about that at work next week. I'm not going to have nearly enough work to do (I pretty much never do), but this I can maybe pretend is work-related. More work-related than taking FileMaker tutorials to see if I can make a program for better offline tag wrangling.

Eventually it will be May, and I will have free time again.

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