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Dec. 29th, 2011 09:13 pm
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 + I am a little late, but: I received a second fic for Yuletide, and it is for one of my favorite books!

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Ronja Rövardottar | Ronia the Robber’s Daughter – Astrid Lindgren
On the fifteenth winter of Ronia and Birk’s lives, Undis’ prediction is finally coming true.

It’s absolutely beautiful, a slow unfolding of Birk and Ronia falling in love. My childhood self is in raptures.


+ It’s almost 2012; I am ringing in the new year with my cousins Esme and Ethan, who are 12 and 10; we’ll be watching family-friendly movies and I will probably be drinking unless I can convince them to watch Anastasia.
I’d talk a little about the year that’s gone, but I got carried away below, so: next time.


+ My sister Midge, who is also my roommate and BFF, is getting married on Cinco de Mayo. I’m standing up with her in the wedding, and Midge has given me carte-blanche with regards to my clothes—I’ve been pretty unconcerned about the whole thing, but last night I dreamed that it was the day of the wedding and the ceremony was being held in my bedroom instead of at the church. I still didn’t have a dress, and so, as everyone waited by the bay window, I stood in the entryway to my room, in my underwear, trying on everything in my closet. I woke up in a panic, stumbled downstairs, and started looking up dresses. I still have no idea what I’m wearing, but at least now I’m worried about it. Anyone have any ideas? It’s a morning wedding, and it’s in church, so I need to keep my shoulders covered. Let’s be real: I am not above wearing a cardigan.

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Dec. 16th, 2011 03:46 pm
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DONE WITH FINALS!!!

+In fandom-related news, I've started watching a couple of new (to me) shows: White Collar (I love it!) and Avatar: the Last Airbender (Delightful!). 

The things that appeal to me about White Collar are its usage of art history and characterization--I'm only four episodes in, but I think the actors have fabulous chemistry, and I love the portrayal of Peter and Elizabeth's marriage. Peter reminds me (a very little) of my father, mostly in appearance and in his speech patterns; I also like how he talks to his subordinates. Neal is so charming he of course cannot be taken seriously. Which I'm pretty sure is the point. A cursory glance at the fandom seems to indicate that people are super into the idea of the Burkes and Neal having a polyamorous relationship and I'm not at all into that reading--I think a single person can have a very close and complicated relationship with a married couple without sex and/or romantic love being a component. BUT THAT'S A DISSERTATION FOR ANOTHER TIME, and I am looking forward to catching up with the series. 

I think I watched a few episodes of A:tLA back in 2005, but that was right when I was leaving fandom, so I never finished it. After viewing season one, can I just say I love Sokka and Katara? I think they have a very real sibling relationship, and I think Katara is a great character. I'm liking it a lot! It's also a show that I can watch with my younger brother, who I've discovered is a big fan. We have different ideas about what's enjoyable, but this is a decent middle ground. I actually love children's television, I think, because in many ways it presents a coherent adventure narrative focused on both the struggle between good & evil while at the same time creating a poignant and relatable coming-of-age story. Additionally, these narratives rarely display content that I find objectionable or uncomfortable*. It also relies on a lot of folklore staples, as does children's literature--I just finished a class on this topic and it was really enjoyable, in case you did not notice that I am a nerd. 

*I got uncomfortable reading The Babysitter's Club, so I have...a low tolerence. 

I'm technically a free woman until mid-January, so if you have questions, ask 'em now. We can do that meme where we answer back and forth? I love those. I know. I'm sorry. (I'm not sorry.)

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Nov. 8th, 2011 02:06 pm
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A lot of stuff is happening and I have a lot of feelings, so! In no particular order:

+ My sister got engaged! She says I am her maid of honor and I can wear whatever I want. So that's cool. 

+ I am officially applying for the PhD, so between that and finals for the semester (due date for the app and exams are AT THE SAME TIME), I shouldn't be on el-jay at all, but probably will be anyway. Naturally I want to write ALL THE FIC about Young Justice, which brings me to ---->

+YOUNG JUSTICE apparently wants to make me regret that I'm not a robot. Everyone who's anyone has already talked about how <i>Failsafe</i> is devastating, so I won't add my thoughts to the mess. But in case you haven't made up your mind about this show (seriously, it's 20 minutes long and amazing, please watch it), [livejournal.com profile] memlu has a new comix blog AND a review of Friday's episode (see A Speeding Bullet for the deets). 

+ Yes, I know no one reads this, but whatever. 

+ I mentioned this to [livejournal.com profile] torigates already, but just so everyone knows: I had to read the 1930s Superman comix for class, and Clark Kent/Superman is just  not toward. Lois Lane can do better, you guys!

I got nothing else. 
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I was reading a few selections of a book my mom brought home from work –I think it’s called “What we hope for our daughters,” and it’s kind of the history of this bridal shop somewhere in Illinois. The book is made up of a numerous personal narratives about women preparing for their marriages, buying wedding gowns, encountering obstacles, etc. It’s a nice gesture at the very least, even if it is one that doesn’t really speak to me—I’m single and my sister still isn’t engaged, so I haven’t been to a bridal shop since my BFF asked me to help her try stuff on in 2009.
 
Still, there were several sections where women talked about their faith and about what they hoped for in their marriages (and parents also talked about what they hoped for their daughters). As someone who is religious and who believes that marriage is a sacrament, I thought it was nice to see that these women were not treating their vows lightly (even if their understanding differs from my own; by the way, I’m not saying that anyone goes in to a marriage thinking it’s no big deal or that it is a thing to be treated lightly; I just mean the book was focused on THE DRESS and THE IDEA OF MARRIAGE AS A PARTNERSHIP).
 
What I’m a little perplexed and bemused by is the section on “preserving purity.”
Marriage, kissing, virginity, sex: Vern rants about topics she has approximately zero experience with )
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Do people still do introductory posts? (Do I really need to do one?) I dunno, but I guess I’ll take a stab at it.

”Vern” )

That seems like as good a place as any to stop. I’m happy to answer any questions you have, to the best of my ability.

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