ceitfianna: (Charles/Erik-remake the world)
three slightlybowed windows with lighting entering

This is the living room of my new place where I'm currently camping out. My stuff which I was hoping would arrive tomorrow is instead appearing at the end of the week. As often happens with movers, there's a delivery window and at first it seemed like I would be at the front end, am now at the back. Weirdly I think that the internet will arrive before the stuff.

But that's okay as today I felt like I was a porter going on a major mountain trek as I brought supplies up like an aero-bed, my electric kettle, bathroom stuff and a few kitchen things. There's still more in my car but I feel prepared. I've also started to explore the neighborhoods around me and I think I've landed in a really good place.

My cold's still around and that plus my asthma has left me worn out but good. Now to start the long process of changing my address with everyone that I can think of.

Its so strange to be doing something this hopeful with the mess of everything around but I know if I'd delayed too long on moving, I'd get stuck. Now I'm here and can keep moving forward and learn how to be most effective here.
ceitfianna: (Allpocalypse)
My day today went from getting going on a good schedule to annoyed at the hotel and then curled up in a snow day. I'm not too far from Boston and have done some arranging for my job thing tomorrow, not everything was moved but I sent messages.

This hotel is one I won't be coming back because even though its a chain I like and near the highway, the way they acted this morning was awful. So I wasn't the only one trying to leave this morning and I said I was checking out. Then I went to my car, got my stuff inside, cleared it off, everything started and I was able to back out and then got stuck. That all took me half an hour, I know they were busy but I feel like if you have a hotel with snow expected, check in a lot with people. Weirdly, there were two guys in a pick up truck just sitting there. I still don't know if they were watching me or what.

So I went in, cold, wet and annoyed because the side door locked and I'd turned in my key. I get in and try to get the front desk attention, they finally try and help me because I'd pulled my car out enough to block the snow plow. After a lot of yelling and some more interactions where they really didn't seem to trust that I knew my car, we got it back into its parking spot. Another woman who's car was out near mine watched it and was wonderful for sympathizing with me and saying, no, I heard what they were saying, you were right. I really needed that. I know what it sounds like when wheels are spinning, but it did get back into its parking space.

At that point, the snow was still coming down and the news kept saying roads were closing due to accidents. I decided to stay the night so had to go back out to get my bag and then upstairs for tea. Thankfully a local restaurant did deliver, I had a disappointing dinner from them last night and a good pizza today. That will be dinner too. Tomorrow I'll head out early and probably drive straight to the interview hotel then go collapse where I'm staying. And at this job conference, a lot of places want to talk to me, if I miss some, I'll know I've tried and they will too.

In good news, as the cable in the hotel wasn't working, I finally watched Finding Dory, which is a complicated movie. It has some good and not so much messages about disability but overall lovely. I've also finally started reading Goldenhand and I'm liking it a lot better than Clariel. It has the faster movement to it that I liked in the other books. The Old Kingdom is a world that I'm happy to revisit. And In the Heart of the Sea is on TV too, so far its beautifully made.

Life is a lot but from my experience of heading up to Boston last time for apartment searching, I know that New England states do know how to deal with snow. Tomorrow's drive won't be fun, but I think it will be manageable.

There's also all the mess of politics that I'm working on finding how to best create change and not be overwhelmed. Its hard but all of this is making me more certain than ever that I'm in the right profession where librarians and teachers work to protect and educate.
ceitfianna: (riding into the sun)
I really like Boston. I keep walking around and thinking of other cities that I've lived and worked in and loved. Its wonderful to be able to see friends and wander into amazing bookstores and places like the aquarium. Tomorrow I'm going to talk to my job agency and see what ideas they have for getting me closer to moving here. I know its not going to be easy but I can do this and there's an opening at the Boston Public library that I'm going to apply for.

Being here, I'm having this weird mixture of emotion. The main one is I could fit here and the other is my self doubt. I know what I can do and that I'll be able to do more in a place with all these options. Also I know that I'll do better when I have friends who are nearby to talk to and be around.

The last time I was in Boston was as part of a marching band trip and its been fascinating to go back to places that I remember. I like how easy Boston is to walk and the T has even been fairly nice to me. My 7 day pass decided to stop working and there's only one store, so I'll deal with that tomorrow but its easy to get around. Today I picked up Seanan McGuire's newest book which I'll probably read in one or two sittings, I tend to do that with her books. Life is good and I think I can see where my road is heading next.

Two of the horoscopes I read gave me two phrases that keep going through my head as I walk around and plan-'not empty but open' and 'your instincts are glittering and sharp, use them'.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
I just picked a show and booked tickets to see the new production of Fiddler on the Roof on January 14th. I'll be staying two nights and I'm really looking forward to this. Picking a show was hard but then I found a great deal on seats and snapped it up.

New York folks, I will be in contact about possible meetings as I'll have Friday all to myself.

Lovely day

Jun. 9th, 2015 05:21 pm
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
One of the main things I was hoping for from this little birthday trip was to find new places to discover and learn, which happened. In the morning, we went to Annmarie Garden, a wonderful sculpture garden with a glorious combination of items. There were monumental sculptures, small ones and fairy homes made by local people scattered around. It was a place that invited wandering even though it wasn't huge. My Instagram and Tumblr sites are full of the pictures I took, because everywhere I looked something caught my eye. Places like that make me happy since they're about enjoying and creating art, they run classes and have an Art Lab along with a pretty gift shop. Also being in the shade was much appreciated since the weather has gotten hotter.

Then we went to lunch at the local cafe which was great, delicious food and a friendly atmosphere. Everyone here is nice and that makes the trip even nicer.

After lunch, we headed to Calvert Marine Museum which was so well done. They had natural history, amazing fossils including a discussion of a fossil whale skull and how it was transported to the museum. There were also living exhibits showing the different types of fish that live in this area and some good discussion of invasive species. The history section was interesting, I love seeing the tools of the oyster trade. Best of all was that outside, they had two river otters who were playing and I was able to get a few picture. Otters make me happy.

Now I'm sitting in the B&B watching the marina as my phone charged after I used up all the battery taking pictures.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
Today I'm 34 and am at the moment sitting in a lovely room at a B&B off the Patuxent River. My health has been a little iffy as my stomach's deciding not to play nice but dessert tonight was a key lime brulee that was amazing.

I feel hopeful and while I'm currently very tired, I'm also happy. Summer decided to show up so that the walk to explore town ended up a lot more tiring than I expected but its meant to rain tonight which should cool everything down. East coast humid heat is one of my least favorite things but there are breezes here that smell of salt water which make me happy.

I discovered that the earrings came from my older brother and apparently there's another pair on the way. Tomorrow I'm going to wander around a sculpture garden and possibly a Marine museum before lunch on the harbor at a restaurant across the way from the B&B. Life is feeling good and I'm hopeful as I look forward into a new year.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
I made it safely after a long train ride halfway across the US and I'm now comfortable in my hotel room. Earlier I had a walk around the convention center neighborhood which as nice after sitting for so long. There was one horrible moment when my first train was running late and I thought that I'd miss my second but didn't. I'm looking forward to the conference which I know will keep me busy and I'm going to try and not bring too many books back with me, I can only carry so many.

Now for an interesting meme from [personal profile] in_the_blue: You know that meme that goes around sometimes where you post your five favorite kinks and then five favorite couples, and it's like a wish into the universe to see if anybody will write it for you? Let's make it a little more interactive.

Comment here if you want to play, and I will give you 3-6 couples that I associate with you, and you make an entry in your journal talking about those couples and fics that you wish the universe would write for you.

She gave me:

Tumnus & Lucy: This is a tricky one for me as I don't think there's anything I crave hugely about these two. There's so much great fic and sometimes weird fic out there about them. I'm always happy to see more of them learning and sharing together about their different worlds and especially history. I would love to see more of Tumnus' backstory and how Lucy reacts to it because he clearly feels complicated about what he did during the Witch's reign. Also I'd wonder more about how Lucy's experiences before Narnia play a part in their friendship.

Charles & Erik: These two are another with a lot of fic out there about them, but the kind that makes me happy is when they're confronting how honestly messed up their lives can be. They're both good at their various solutions and fantastic chemistry, but its the tough stuff in between of their relationship that I want more of. This would fill a hole for me from the movies because they skipped over a lot of years and pushed too quickly, missing out a lot of chances to see Charles and Erik working together. I wanted to know if they tried to communicate after Cuba or not, all the messy parts. How did the others react to them since one reason I love the X-Men is that no matter the iteration, they're a family and that kind of relationship effects everyone.

Charles & Raven: I think my tumblr tag for these two best captures the kind of fic I want; best messed up siblings. I want to read about them going to school, being in New York, how do they fit in with other kids, when did Raven tell Charles to never read her mind? I've actually started a few fics along these lines but haven't finished them yet but I adore their relationship. In First Class, its clear that they have a history, worries, in-jokes and I want to see how they got there.

It turns out my answers were longer than I expected but I like this meme. Maybe after the conference when I'm hanging out next week, I might even get some fic writing done.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
Yesterday I finally saw The Winter Soldier and wow that movie, I need to see it again.

Thoughts with some spoilers are under here. )

I need to see it again and I'm coming to love the soundtracks of Henry Jackman, his music just works. He did the soundtrack for X-Men: First Class and I heard him interviewed on an NPR show about movie soundtracks.

My jet lag is getting better and its wonderful to not have anything huge coming up in the near future other than family visiting for Easter. I keep looking back at the last month and a half where I did three weeks of fact-checking, to DC for the job then out to LA for an interview and it makes sense that not a lot of other things have been happening. But all that traveling has my words coming again. I'm hoping to write some queer fest fics and today I wrote a librarian blog: Busy days: Fact-checking and the school librarian as goalie.

Oh and ages ago, I put up a prompt meme with a 100 prompts. Its still open as writing for other people always works well for me.
ceitfianna: (Inception-look sideways)
Since my last post, there's a lot to catch up on. I spent most of Friday walking around New York City, getting lost around Little Italy, losing wonderful amounts of time at The Strand's cheap book racks and then getting to go to the New Zealand mission to the UN. Also there was lunch with [personal profile] skygiants and more hanging out with [profile] arushindoll. I love being close enough that I can actually go and visit New York City again, because whenever I go, I end up feeling revitalized by how alive and active the city is. My feet weren't happy with me because I ended up truly footsore but I have good sandals so few blisters.

The alum reception for Victoria University was charming, it was very New Zealand; not too formal, great food and wine and an interesting lecture on climate change. It reminded me how lucky I am to have connections to New Zealand and that someday, I will get myself back there. I also have found a good way to get to NY and other points north from Lewes as with my car, I can drive to stations that have direct routes instead of navigating multiple transit systems. I plan on having more trips to New York and DC and Philly in the near future, some hopefully for interviews but mainly to see people.

Then Saturday I traveled back to have a nice dinner with my parents, older brother and nieces as we all prepared for my father's birthday on Sunday. The party went really well. I made a huge batch of my chickpea salad recipe and had lots of great conversations of people going what are you up to and how are you doing? There was only one talk that made me wince about libraries since there's someone who works with Johns Hopkins and they're removing all books from their library. The wince wasn't the person I was having the conversation with just knowing that such a large organization has made that choice to go fully online as medical journals as so expensive, that they're worth more than books. Its a tough turn of events and it worries me that such an institution has gone so completely to the only instead of looking for a place in between.

Monday was restful, I started the day by going to the local library to help with shelving books and talking to the youth director who's a mentor of mine. This Sunday is the first meeting of their LEGO robotics team so I'm going to go help her. Robotics is something I want to know about and it will be great to get experience with it.

Tuesday was my sister's birthday and we went to a pretty nature center and watched the birds. I took a lot of pictures then we had a quiet evening. This morning my mother had cataract surgery which seems to have gone well and I'm trying to get myself a looking for jobs routine.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
I'm currently sitting in Brooklyn after a day of travel to New York City and lots of reading in various cafes around Union Square. I'm up here because my life is rather strange, the University of Victoria invited me as an alumna to a lecture and reception at the UN tomorrow night. That means I get to see [personal profile] skygiants and [profile] arushindoll for a few days before heading back down to Delaware for my father's 75th birthday party. Then on Monday, I get to start volunteering at my local library and there's a job opening for a youth librarian at the library near where my brother lives in New Jersey. I feel like good things are coming my way and that its time to get to work creating the sort of life I want. That means focusing more on looking for jobs and cover letters and putting myself out there to be seen by the people I want to see me. Also just being in New York City always revitalizes me because it gives me a great sense of how diverse and wonderful the world is and how I can connect to it. I spent most of my afternoon sitting in a gorgeous cafe called Argo Tea reading the newest October Daye novel and feeling tired but content.

I love that Uncle Rob has hit upon where I am beautifully.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you were about to run in a long-distance
race, you wouldn't eat a dozen doughnuts. Right? If you were planning to
leave your native land and spend a year living in Ethiopia, you wouldn't
immerse yourself in learning how to speak Chinese in the month before
you departed. Right? In that spirit, I hope you'll be smart about the
preparations you make in the coming weeks. This will be a time to prime
yourself for the adventures in self-expression that will bloom in late
September and the month of October. What is it you want to create at
that time? What would you like to show the world about yourself?

In that same spirit, I recently complete two fics for exchanges that I can't share yet but I'm proud of both of them. They were in fandoms I know but focusing on characters that I don't normally write about and I hope their recipients end up liking them.

Fic Friday last week was wonderful and I wrote a good deal.
Twitter Fics )
ceitfianna: (Tom on the banister)
My parents are going to pay for me to go to the ALA conference at the end of June in Chicago. I'm still beaming happily about this because I've been wanting to go to this conference for ages but time and money. They both think its important to go to conferences when you're new in a profession and I will.

Its June 27th to July 2nd and is something I can talk about during job interviews as well and maybe see about giving a rough version of my presentation somewhere in it. At the moment, my first idea is to take the train out there to save parking costs and there's a train station somewhere in Birmingham, so I can haul books back with me.

I get to go to ALA and see Chicago and maybe actually meet some people who live there!
ceitfianna: (Inception-look sideways)
I have a job interview next week and sent off another job application today for a library near where my aunt lives. I do love how when school's decide they want to talk to you, it happens quick. Yesterday I had an email saying are you still interested in this job, today they called to arrange the interview which happens on Tuesday. It's a school in a suburb of Detroit, so at least the drive won't be long and I've given myself time to hopefully not get lost. Detroit and the surrounding area is so confusing.

Life is strange and wonderful. I'm feeling much healthier, taking a break at [personal profile] dodger_sister's was completely the right choice. Not doing anything in a ACed house was prefect and I had a good long rest. Last night work was incredibly quiet and I hope tonight will be too as getting to work involves navigating Art Fair. I've seen some pretty things there including a lovely glass pendant in green that I might end up buying. The only drawback to Art Fair is that when its all quiet and closed down walking through it makes my late night walk a little stranger.

Now for one more round of the 5 topics meme. If you want me to give you topics just say five in the comments.

These are from [personal profile] aberration:

1. James McAvoy
I don't remember when I first discovered James McAvoy, I think it might have been when he was in Children of Dune, which I enjoyed. Then when I started at Milliways, I needed a face for Will Scarlett and I found him. Since then he's become an actor that I'm always watching to see what he does. I think what I love about him is that he's consistently good, makes interesting choices in his work and seems to have fun. At this point, I've yet to see everything he's done and probably never will but he's one of my strongest celebrity crushes. Whenever he's interviewed about any movie, he's always smiling and it's clear he chooses projects he enjoys. They're not always great and sometimes rather weird, but that's what's great about him. Sometimes I wish that more people knew of him, but not for long. I like that he can do what he finds interesting.

2. Greek Mythology
I've loved Greek Mythology since I was a little girl as I grew up with this beautifully illustrated book of the myths from the twenties that I loved. I've always been fascinated by the basic stories we tell and how they get changed through the centuries. Most of my undergrad work and grad work in Classics was based around literature and how are stories told. My favorite part of Greek Mythology is how even in their era, poets and playwrights went, this is how I'm going to tell this story and this is how someone else does. It means that there are many ways to think and approach and that's created a basis for us to be constantly examining the stories now.

3. Travel
Travel makes me happy. I love going out to see a new place, getting lost and then learning to find my way. One of the best ways to learn and realize what you don't know is putting yourself in a place where you don't fit. I've done that by living abroad and moving to new cities, its not an easy thing to do but its part of what makes me who I am. The kind of travel I'm hoping to do in the near future will be around the US, connecting with Milliways' people and more job searching.

4. New Zealand
New Zealand was the first place where I felt like an adult. During my first year there, I supported myself through temp work, found friends and connections and learned so much. The second and third years were trickier as I dealt with my master's degree that didn't work and broke up with a boyfriend, but its one of my favorite places in the world. Wellington has everything I love in a city, its by the water, its full of many different things and its walkable. I think the thing I love most about New Zealand is how the entire country feels small and people can take the time to care and do more there. When I worked for the ministry of health, I was impressed by how much they did for people and that comes through in all kinds of interactions. People just pay more attention and I hope to go back there someday.

5. Dessert
I have a sweet tooth, I always have and probably always will. Chocolate is my favorite item of dessert as it comes in so many forms and is just delicious. My father makes homemade chocolate sauce that I've had with so many lovely meals. I love to bake and cook so I enjoy trying new desserts from cakes to all sorts of other dishes. My dessert of choice this summer is ice cream and berries or yogurt and berries since it's just been far too hot.
ceitfianna: (Tiwa playful)
Today just seems to keep being weird for me, though I am accomplishing stuff. The movers are settled, so now I can focus on starting to sort and clean my place and arranging to shut off various services. My body is being awful and I don't know why. My ankle's been hurting quite badly and when I went to get lunch, I had a point where I thought I might faint. I ended up not able to eat my sandwich and instead had some yogurt which helped. I've no idea what happened and plan on sleeping a lot when I get home tonight.

I ended up writing a fill over on [profile] marvelousladies, which is awesome, everyone should go play there. The story I wrote is Get Your Claws In, a Peggy, Natasha fic from the prompt: Any: Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. Later I'll post it on Ao3, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Since I'm still feeling a bit worn out and work is quiet, I'm going to do a few more rounds of the 5 topics/question meme.

Comment to this post saying "FIVE!" and I will pick five things I would like you to talk about. They might make sense or be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself, hopefully for the rest of eternity!

(I don't really care if you say "FIVE" or let me know some other way. Just for the record.)

From [personal profile] in_the_blue
1. libraries

2. travel )

3. job hunting

4. your very favorite fictional character )

5. where you see yourself in ten years

Next round is from [personal profile] muji

1. Why librarian.
This one gets its own answer because its kind of tucked into the other one I did before. Libraries are where I keep coming back to throughout my life, they've always been the safe places for me. I know that I can enter any public library around the world and I will find a quiet space to sit, free internet and like minded people. I want to help create those places for kids, for them to know that they can come to me and I'll help them navigate books and life and creativity. Growing up it was librarians who gave me the courage to try reading books I wouldn't have normally tried and who were simply there for me.

2. Living in Michigan. )

3. Other countries. )
ceitfianna: (Up end in sight)
The second half of this week has been weird and good. I haven't been up for too much after my whirlwind interview days at the start but I'm not terribly stressed. Its weird, I know I should be worrying about those two jobs but I know I did my best and that I could do those jobs. Also that these are the kinds of jobs I can do and I will find one. Its wonderful and weird to have that kind of certainty.

I saw The Avengers again yesterday and it made me happy as did the fact that I've found a little sandwich shop near the movie theater that's cheap and knows how to do tea. Tomorrow I plan on sleeping in and then making tamale pie and possibly uploading pictures from my camera.

For now I'm going to list out all the fics I've done so far tonight. I always worry I'll lose them if I don't do them while its still Friday but I'm still open for more.

For @miz_missy Moist and Clementine, any.

He always knew where he was with her; in bed having a marvelous time. When she told him I'm taken, his last kiss curled her toes.

For @thisisyourfault

William, raw skin & callous

His hands were bleeding from the cold and rope, his gloves had fallen apart but he couldn't stop not until the herd was in.

Will & Marian, different world/same world

There were constants in both Nottinghams, a Sheriff who raged, a Robin who said I'll fix it and a forest that stood watch.

Dem, angriest moment

She couldn't feel Kore, the land wouldn't tell her, no one would tell her. They were hiding Kore from her. All would die.

PK & Porthos, fools gold.

"Sherry." "Wine." "A rich blonde lass." "A fetching blonde wench." "The Spanish Main." "The Med in all her glory." "Pirates."

For @zellyb

Charles-Raven moment of adorable silliness.

Raven couldn't stop laughing as he kept on pouting, "Your belt will never be the same. You'll have to tell him not to twist it so."

Also Demeter: what she loves best.

The garden was blooming and she knew that Kore was tending one of her patches and they'd have dinner tonight. She had all she needed

And William/Thalia cuteness

She laughed at the look on his face, "Its pizza and New York, best of all worlds." "Yeah, you keep tellin' me that, still needs you."

@afullmargin Happiness + any of my characters? End up being William Evans and Michael Westen

Michael's lip was bleeding, he'd feel the bruises tomorrow but he'd done some good today. He and William had stood down trouble.
ceitfianna: (taking wing)
I've now had my third on campus interview for a school and each time they're getting more comfortable. It also helps that progressively, each school is feeling like a better fit for me as well. I spent part of today talking about stories with first graders and I want to do it again. They said they'll be in touch with me soon as in week or so, which is amazing and terrifying as I could see myself doing this job or the one in Ohio, their timeline is longer. Its an amazing feeling to realize that these schools consider me worthwhile for trusting with their students and libraries.

My sense of time is a little messed up as yesterday was lots of travel, today was interview and then lots of travel plus getting lost in the rain on the way to Providence. I had got a GPS to try out in my rental car but it didn't stay on the dashboard so I didn't use it on the way back, instead I got directions from the IT guy and then a person in a restaurant. The directions he gave me were going the other way which meant I had to reverse engineer which was what got me lost. Then I kept missing turns and having to turn around and the rental car section of the Providence airport is a bit of a hike from the rest of the airport. The nice part was that everything is actually really close to each other so I never ended up that lost for all that I felt anxious. So I arrived an hour before my flight and the security line was short but I didn't actually relax until I realized okay, I do have some time. When I got on the flight, my body went that was tiring and slept from Providence to Chicago and then had a long layover in Chicago before finally getting to Detroit. Today started at about 6 am and I'm drinking a glass of wine and processing it and don't have to work until 9 pm tomorrow night, which is lovely.

Now I'm going to dig into all the lovely tags that are waiting for me.

Friday Fic

May. 11th, 2012 09:09 pm
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
I really adore this new writing thing that [personal profile] ladyoflorien has created of prompting and writing on Twitter. I'm going to copy and paste what I've written so far today here though I'm still open for new ones.

For @madlyimpossible Charles/Erik

His future had changed, now it meant the sharp mind of Erik, who challenged and pushed asking, "Why can't we have more?"

For @thisisyourfault

Sameth+Kait, bandages

She sighed over his burns and cuts; the product of his work and proof of what he gave. She understood why but he did bleed.

Moist, wicked

Wicked was such a harsh word, it called up Grand Viziers and torture. He was simply a little amoral and selfish not wicked.

Charles, delving too deep.

He'd meant to help a hurting mind and soul, bring some calm and balance but now he'd lost his way out. He was himself still

For @zellyb Charles/Jess

Her spirit always lifted him up, bubbling and laughing on days when he felt close to the ground. A fellow teacher who accepted him.


Days had blurred together after she said, "I can't." In time, small shifts made him dare to think of offering and saying, "We can."


Models and stone, their building blocks were basically the same but hers filled the sky as his connected and rebuilt the Old Kingdom.

Demeter and Albus

He was fairly certain he couldn't blush anymore but she kept talking and giving him things. Maybe they should have just tried stuff.

For @wanderlustlover

Charles & Jean- part & apart

They knew each other as only other psychics could, mind to mind. Yet their lives were their own, he worried over her heart.

Sameth-the most important choice

Life, always and ever Life was what Sameth was meant for. He saved himself from Death and would build and create for home.

For @afullmargin William and Michael

He'd made a promise, now he rode and breathed dust for a kid who seemed too damn close to him. Being a cowboy, being a friend.

For @chanter1944 Will and Sariel dancing

Neither of them really knew the music but they twirled and laughed for a time forgetting all the friends who had gone far away.

In other life news, I've booked and planned my trip to another job interview for next week. I'm still feeling a little jet lagged from my other one and my weird sort of break, but life is busy in a lovely way.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
I'm feeling a little better prepared for my next round of job searching and have some ideas. Also I signed up for a shift tomorrow morning but it's good for me as I need to sleep more and have a book to return. This way I can be on campus, get up early and then wander around museums and do fun stuff like that.

Currently I have various RP ideas for EPs and threads and OOMs but I'm moving slowly on them as I don't have to rush, which is lovely.

And now for another round of questions from [personal profile] crazyfurries. If you'd like questions, comment and let me know.

1. What is your favorite book series?
This is an incredibly hard question so I'm going to cheat and give you the three I reread the most and make them into categories. All of these series, I have a hard time rereading just one as the worlds pull me in so deeply.
Favorite mystery series is the Ngaio Marsh Inspector Alleyn mysteries
Favorite science fictionish-Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold
Favorite fantasy-Diana Wynne Jones tied between the Magid and Chrestomanci books

2. What got you into drinking tea?
I've never really liked coffee even though the rest of my family adores it, but my mother also drinks tea. So it's been something that I like but it didn't become my drink until I lived in New Zealand. There I could get a pot of tea with my lunch at a cafe for 3.50 and it would be tasty and I was hooked.

3. What teas do you currently have and why do you have or like them.
I have two cupboards worth of tea in my kitchen, so I'm going to simplify this to my current favorite teas.
Yorkshire Gold-an English black tea blend that is my daily tea, it wakes me up and is complex and delicious
Celestial Seasonings Honey Vanilla Camomile-this is my going to bed tea and one I drink when I'm feeling tired and sick.
Earl Grey-this is the tea I order the most when I'm out. I didn't used to like it but I like how its light and sort of fruity.

4. Favorite Milliways moment to date and why.
Oh this is another really hard one. I'm going to cheat and say the Allpocalypse here but the entire Orannis plot with Sameth was probably the one I'm most proud of. We've been working through canon for a long time and it all came together in a fantastic way. That particular plot to me was a lot of why I love Milliways. If it hadn't been for Yrael, I wouldn't have read canon and apped Sameth and gotten to know Saph, Aspen and Amy even better. Then through playing Sameth, I was able to tease out forgotten strands of canon and finally, we capped it all during the Allpocalypse.

5. You have a big happy labrador charging at you, what do you do?
Brace myself and say the dog's name and down. Growing up one of my very best friends had dogs that liked to jump, so I got good at being firm at them.

6. If you could spend a week anywhere for vacation, where would YOU go and why. (yes I know it's a reflection but honest curiousity!!)
I think at this exact moment, my choice would be a week in New York City hanging out with Milliways' muns there and refreshing myself with art and walking. It's been too long since I've been to New York City and that city and the people living there make me feel alive.

7. Any animated movies that you adore?
Oh yes, I grew up in the '90s with Disney and have a huge amount of love for Aladdin, Mulan, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast. In terms of newer movies, Howl's Moving Castle as seeing it in New Zealand helped me to rediscover Diana Wynne Jones' works and Up spring to mind. Cars as well though I haven't rewatched it a lot. When it came out I was in New Zealand and it was such an American movie that it made me homesick, so it means a lot to me.
ceitfianna: (Hiding Cat)
This week has been strange for me as there are two things that I haven't wanted to talk a lot for fear of having them shift on me. In theory this can be helpful but in the end, it's meant that I've made it to today and feel worn out and slightly sick from what's inside and too much inside.

Galentine's Day has been making me smile so much and I've been trying to find lovely images. I haven't had the energy to make things but I love finding the right image for all the wonderful ladies in my life. Every day I'm doing a few as I get notices in my inbox, which makes me feel blessed.

Now to get what's been weighing on me out into the world. The first news is hopeful, one of the jobs I applied for let me know that I got past the first round. They also sent me a cryptic email that I'd really like to have my parents look over so I can figure out what in the world to do next. So that's hopeful, but again I haven't wanted to say much about it for fear it might disappear.

While what's been a constant worry for me since last Saturday is that my parents are currently in Haiti with a group organized by an Anglican minister friend of theirs. They return tomorrow though I'm not sure of the exact time of their various flights. I know they're in good hands and well prepared but I miss them and want to know they're well and safe. A weight will be gone from me when I get to talk to them on the phone again.

I think some of this worry might actually have manifested in a story for [profile] 100wordstories about Sameth and Sabriel over here as the prompt was Affection and suddenly I had a story.

Everything in Milliways is wonderful and I have so many ideas that I hope to do more with after I've rested and righted myself slightly. One thing I love about Milliways is how when there's a plot that just works, the Bar becomes so active. I've been lucky enough to have been a part of a couple of these plots in my five years and this kind of excitement is what I hoped for to happen before the move.
ceitfianna: (Default)
I always find it interesting to do this year in review meme so I'm going to post it as my sister in law and nieces play hearts. Life is feeling pretty good at this point. My banking stuff is finally sorted after another phone call where someone reversed the overdraft charges and sped up my credit for stolen money. It's progress which I'm grateful for.

Also I've created mirror journals for all of my RP ones though the only differences is that Tiwa and Jane's journals don't have their underscores. I started some of the imports but then realized that honestly those can wait as with some of them that will be a project. Today was wonderful, our family went for a walk out by Cape Henlopen and I split off at one point and had a nice quiet second half of the walk and took some gorgeous pictures along with having an idea for a fic. The afternoon has been lazy and since the weather in Delaware is amazingly good, my father set up the chiminea we have outside so the girls could have s'mores.

We spent some nice time being chilly, drinking wine and eating sugar, I also took some good pictures. I love having my family close and discovering my brother and I have very similar music tastes as he gave me a playlist full of Ryan Adams. Currently there's lamb cooking in the oven and lots of delicious wine. I hope everyone's New Year is wonderful. I feel blessed to have spent this year with all of you and hopefully next year I can meet more of you.

Looking back on 2011 )
ceitfianna: (Yuletide Tumnus)
I just finished wrapping all my presents for my family and wanted to give everyone a heads up on what's going to be happening with me. Tomorrow and Tuesday, I'll be driving from Michigan to Delaware with an overnight probably somewhere around the Pennsylvania/Ohio border. Hopefully there will be some kind of internet access wherever I end up staying but there's a good chance there might not be.

I'm going to be around tonight trying to make sure I don't have too much waiting to be done, but if we have threads, they might end up paused until Tuesday night. My holiday cards are printed and addressed, I'm currently writing various notes in them and hope to have them sent out in this coming week. My yuletide is over the half way point and I think tonight if I put my head down and just write, I should have a draft for my beta before I get on the road. Gift fics will be happening throughout the rest of the month, Yuletide comes first but I've got some fun ideas for other ones.

In terms of stuff on the East Coast, I'll be in Delaware until about the first week of January and will have my car so some visits might definitely be in the works. My parents live down in Southern Delaware in the area across from Cape May. I know I've mentioned visits to some of you, so we should be in touch for more planning. My parents' place has numerous sofabeds and is near the water or I can drive and visit as I love having a chance to meet more Milliways' folks.

It's nice to realize my list of what I have to do before I leave is feeling possible.
-make scones for munching on
-check ipod is fully charged
-finish sealing cards
-draft of yuletide
-print directions


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