Oh, wow, new people. Hi new people! o/* I know I promised you daily languages, but my future office is still full of construction detritus and I haven't found the box with my language books yet because garage full of boxes. Some of which still
include appliances. [ETA:
Now one less appliance. Started getting the fridge in the house, and hopefully by the end of the day it will be in there.] So at the moment it's either crawl over everything or leave it packed probably till the weekend, which means Monday will be back to languages at the earliest. This makes Jag a cranky Jag, but at least there's Memrise.
(If you haven't discovered Memrise
, it's worth a look if you're interested in learning languages. Mostly it's just one giant set of vocab flash cards, but all in one place for many, many languages, and it's very useful for that part. Not so much for grammar, but
in purple it's stunning
for vocab it's amazing. Also with some other flash card type sets too, like plants and constellations and things.)
Anyway. Other things, state of the me? Still chipper, despite setbacks and spending way, way more money in the past seven days than I ever wanted to. Equal parts house and... no, actually, most of it is the house. I need to update the budget on that subject. Actually I need to update the budget quite a bit. Something to pull things together for and do this weekend, I guess. But money, argh. And then again, tools and equipment don't buy themselves. For example, my shopping list for the next while for the house includes: wood putty, all-weather silicone sealer, 8 foot ladder, rake, couple more smoke detectors for the upstairs (I still haven't gotten over having an upstairs yet), curtain rod since the dinky one we got was a little too dinky and now that I'm looking at my master plan... I didn't actually have a size on that window oops. But at least a collapsing rod starting at 28". Humidifier. That's not including curtain rods for the rest of the downstairs, which I would dearly love. And I think one of my small tasks this weekend is going to be to go around and remove the remains of the blinds/curtain rod assembly from the windows, assuming we have an 8 ft ladder by then. Because I am five foot short and have 9.5 foot ceilings. Because yes, that's the kind of house I went for. What? Whaaaaat?
Pixie is really excited to move in, I'm slowly warming to the idea of not having a giant house all to myself, mostly because there's more than enough room here for me to be an introvert some of the time and rattling around a giant house by myself at night (the boy [the boyfriend-boy, not the son-boy, no plans for children as yet] works nights, for those of you just joining us) doesn't entirely
seem like the best plan. Plus the money would be useful, both for us since we'd be charging her less than she'd rent for other places and for her because, well, we'd be charging her less than she'd rent for other places. And while we can afford the mortgage and all our bills (yes, we made sure of that before we bought the house, oh most definitely because this is not a house I should like to lose), this will help us pay for all the various renovations we want to do a hell
of a lot quicker.
For example: the boy has decided that what we're actually going to do in terms of repainting the walls is pry off the baseboard and the window framing (and the chair rail in the rooms that have it), hang drywall on the plaster, put back baseboard and window framing and then
... Oh, hey, the boy's home, I'm getting used to the sounds of the house.
anyway. And then
paint the drywall. He has a point about some of the layers of paint on this plaster that we could sand down to would probably be lead, and that's just never a fun thing. But oi, with the work before I get to paint my house fun colors already! And then, in my own defense, I have to point out that this is the first time I've actually complained
about having to do physical labor on my house. This whole house buying process I've been mostly I GET TO FUCK AROUND WITH DRYWALL AND PIPES? WOO-HOO! TEACH ME YOUR DIY WAYS! So the grumbling comes sort of with that caveat. Besides, the paint job in this house is
kind of atrocious. And there's more than enough rooms for us to do one room, live in the rest, move stuff around, do another room, live in the rest, move stuff around, and musical rooms we go. He thinks it'll be a month per room, which is fine, at ... hell, only four rooms? Yeah, we can do that easy. Four rooms to hang drywall in, and then a fuckoff huge area to sand down to the gorgeous pine paneling and refinish. Because wtf why is there two-three layers of wallpaper over my fineass paneling.
I've been bitching about this for months. Literally, months. At least a couple of them.
Miscellaneous other tasks on the house include lining the closets with something other than, seriously, is that corkboard? And making sure the shelves are all aligned straight instead of kind of canted, and possibly dropped in some sort of rhyme or reason. Sealing the attic entrance and dropping a new one (that might be professional work) since right now the attic entrance is over a 16" drop or so, because the stairs originally were reversed. The boy wants to extend the balcony so that it's actually a balcony instead of sort of a queen's receiving area. Right now it's not even big enough to stand on in hoop skirts, unless you want the ass end of your hoops to go poking back through the door into the house. OH, and before most of this goes on we need to board up the crawlspace access with probably screws and boards so it can be easily gotten into again if necessary. On account of the cats will surely go in there if not prevented.
Yes, my journal for the next few days will probably consist of HOUSE HOUSE HOUSE HOUSE languages HOUSE fandom HOUSE blog weird stuff that happens around here HOUSE HOUSE.
So, okay, fandom stuff! I really, really need to get back to Yuletide and blogwork. Yesterday wasn't bad but towards the end of the day I made the mistake of looking on that I got coal thing and found a whole slew of hate on me. I mean, I knew it was around there at some point, and then I forgot! Which is probably the best thing to do with anon hate memes. And then it had the predictable effect of me going "oh god I suck why did I do this I really suck I should just quit now" and the rest of the evening was either running house errands or tumblr. Which is okay for one night but now I need to get back to work. I've got Yuletide to write and blogwork to do, at least
three blog posts I'm working on that I'd like to get done if only for the sake of backlog. Women of Grimm and Women of Haven, and then the post I was going to write on horror tropes and then stopped for lack of a thesis. Yes, you can tell I rolled around in academia long enough for a lot of it to stick to me. But now I have a compare and contrast thesis, so that ought to be good, I just need to finish it. Come to that I should probably make a thesis for the Women Of posts, or at least formally write it out. And yes, the thesis of the Women of Haven post going to be something along the lines of LEAVE THE DAMN WOMEN ALONE FOR MORE THAN ONE SEASON JESUS CHRIST
. It's like the series is being written by Henry VIII, only instead of divorced, beheaded, died, it runs something like deported, died, deported, mindwiped then deported, died, off the rails, died. Not a happy pattern, here. And suddenly I want to see a love interest for the Teagues just to watch something fuck with their judgment. What? I never claimed to be a nice person.
All right, I've rambled on enough at you for the moment. The blog, by the way, for those of you who want to see what I'm writing for/on, is here
: Unspooling Fiction, also known as Murderboarding when we're on Twitter and want to shorten it up a bit. It includes Haven and Grimm thinky thoughts posts, information posts, and recaplyses, which is what we've taken to calling these things that are sort of recaps and sort of analyses of, well, everything that comes to mind for us to chew on. It started with Grimm and going over Renard's everything, because Renard (yes, I am a shameless fangirl), and then extended somewhere in Season 2 to full-on entire-episode recaplyses. So the format for Grimm Season 1 is going to be a bit thin, and we still have to do the backlog of Haven Seasons 1&2. But that will come later. Right now I'm just trying to get through moving in and the last couple episodes of Haven. Oh, and if you like what you see on the blog, there's a poll on the top right-hand side for what show we should do next, since Grimm will be on hiatus till March and while we can do the first couple seasons of Haven, we're also used to doing two shows at once. So that'll keep us busy for the next three months, and coming up with new content while both shows are on hiatus, and then coming up with new content that isn't Grimm while Grimm airs, too.