I'm okay (but my car isn't)

Jul. 25th, 2014 06:58 pm
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Last weekend I tried to get my car inspected, but the gas station 'round the corner discovered that the hood wouldn't open. So this week I brought it to my dealership for a diagnosis, they ordered the necessary parts, and today I left it there and took their shuttle down to work. At lunchtime they called to say it was ready, and I took a cab up.

I picked up my car, left the dealership to run an errand and then head back to work, and then two businesses away from my dealership, *bam* suddenly there's a big pickup truck smashed into the driver's side of the front of my car.

That road is two lanes in each direction plus a turning lane, you see, and I was in the outside lane. The person on my left, in the inside lane, waved the pickup across to turn into the Wendy's (at least that's what the pickup driver said, and it does make sense), but the pickup driver didn't see me in the next lane over.

I'm fine—it was a low-speed collision since the pickup driver was starting from a stop and I wasn't going that fast because there was traffic on the road. No airbag deployment, no bruises, though I'm feeling a bit achy (this is doubtless exacerbated by the stress). Hell of an adrenaline comedown, though.

After the police came to fill out an accident report, I managed to get my car back down the street to my dealer's—just barely, as it turns out, because when the people at the dealership started it up again to put it where they needed it, they had a lot of trouble keeping it running. (The pickup driver followed me to make sure I got there okay. They were driving a work vehicle and I hope they don't get in too much trouble solely over this—they made a mistake, no question, but for me it's a very "there but for the grace of something" kind of mistake, and they were very polite to me.) And hey, at least I didn't need a tow since I was so close . . . though you bet I regret the money spent on the hood, now.

So it's in the hands of the insurance companies, now. I strongly suspect it's going to be totaled, because it's a 2003 Prius with 138,000 miles on it, and, well, take a look:

my poor smashed car )

I'm honestly a little bummed at the prospect. We've been putting money away for a new car, because mine's old and Chad's has had persistent electrical problems, so financially we'll be okay, but darn it, I was hoping to get at least 150K out of it just to say I had, you know? It's my first car, it fits me like a glove, and I think it probably could've gone for considerably longer if it weren't for this.

Anyway. If it's fixable, great, and if it's not, then I'll get a shiny Prius C out of it.

In Paris!

Jul. 25th, 2014 11:11 pm
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Excellent balcony, well fed, slightly drunk; world has been set to rights.
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My modem has been acting really wonky lately, so if I disappear over the weekend, it's probably because the internet is not working. I won't be home tomorrow anyway, and I haven't yet decided if I'm sleeping over my sister's or coming home tomorrow night.

I'm so tired of shitty, overpriced tech from TWC. Why can't things just work?

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I posted a story last night:

I set fire to my maps (at AO3)
Captain America; Bucky/Natasha; adult; 3,575 words
In which Natasha's road trip of self-discovery intersects too frequently with the Winter Soldier's for it to be coincidence.

I like how it turned out, though ugh, I really should find people to beta for me again, because this morning I had to edit in a couple of missing words, and I also noticed some overuse of certain words that [personal profile] laurificus would never have let me get away with.

Obviously, I feel confident enough to post without a beta most of the time, but having one makes a story better almost every time. That's one of the few bits of writing advice I've ever actually found useful, tbh. Another bit of writing advice I've found super useful - it's on my mind because I mentioned it to someone yesterday - is to start as close to the end as possible. Which is a tip from Kurt Vonnegut. (I also like, "try to leave out the parts readers skip" from Elmore Leonard, though I also think those parts tend to hinge on what you as a reader skip.)

Meanwhile, I am working on another story that grew out of some not-fic I posted on tumblr a while ago, and I can't find a title I like. The story is close to complete - it just needs the climax and resolution - but I've cycled through three or four titles now and while I like the one I've got now slightly more than the others, I still feel like it's not quite right. (The file, meanwhile, is called "bucky's boyfriend crisis," which sadly doesn't fit well enough either, or I'd use it.)

And I have once again run into a wall in the MCU/DCU crossover. I had such a great breakthrough last week, and then bam. I can't figure out how to move forward from there. Sigh. Writing is hard.

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Also last night, I finished season 1 of The Musketeers. I really enjoyed it, though I don't really have anything to say. I could just look at their FAAAAACES forever. Nnnggghhh.

And while I was watching, I had Talenti black cherry gelato and while it was not as amazing as the black raspberry, it was pretty great. A++ Will eat again. Having made cherry ice cream that was only so-so (and which made a freaking MESS in the kitchen), I think I might just buy this one from now on when available. *g*

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The US Government: We're not going to make it federally mandatory for people to get paid a wage they can actually live off of
The US Government: If people want to make a living, they'll just have to work 16+ hours a day
The US Government: And if their kids end up disenfranchised because of a lack of parental involvement, well that's not our problem
The US Government: In fact, what is our problem is creating a system that will funnel these disenfranchised youth into our prison system so they can work for corporations (that promise us money) for damn near free
The US Government: If they don't want to fall victim to this system, then they can seek higher education
The US Government: Except such an education will be inaccessible to most disenfranchised people and skewed in favor of the financially stable
The US Government: And we're not going to make intervention programs like sex education and conflict resolution federally mandatory, because that's the parent's job
The US Government: The parent who is working 16 hours a day
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cryingneedforthat:

huffingtonpost:

Studies show that women apologize more than men, often for perfectly reasonable acts like, you know, taking up space. 

So watch this Pantene commercial here to inspire you to stop saying sorry for no reason. 

a thing l do: reread every email and strip out any “sorry”s that snuck in

l’m always surprised to find at least one and they’re never necessary

Comic review: Storm #1, by Marvel

Jul. 25th, 2014 02:00 pm
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I’ve mentioned before I was eager to pick up the debut issue of Marvel’s new storyline for Storm. That issue has just dropped, and I gotta say, I was quite delighted by it. I’ve already been happy to be reading the lines for Black Widow, Captain Marvel, and Ms. Marvel, but this? This made me happy in ways the others haven’t yet, just because I know Storm.

Storm Preview

Storm Preview

She’s the first superheroine who ever caught my eye and made me interested in comics, way back in my middle school days when I hung out with young nerd boys who were reading X-Men releases. I remember liking Storm in no small part because she was a girl on a team that was predominantly male. But I also thought she was beautiful, and graceful, and oh my goddess, her hair. I remember reading her origin story, and can still recall the panels of a young Ororo, skyborn over her African village, her face radiant with joy as she called down the rains onto the drought-stricken land.

I fell out of reading the X-Men not long after the Dark Phoenix saga, so I haven’t been paying attention to them outside a movie context in ages. But reading Storm #1? It felt like coming home.

The story: very basic and straightforward, with an A-plot pertaining to Storm lending aid to an African village, and having the maturity now to better know how to handle saving them without threatening other locations beyond them. The village is delighted to accept her help, and there’s a shot of her getting her picture taken with a young girl, and both of them have joyous expressions that were just beautiful to behold. Naturally there are complications–because the village in question is located in a country with an anti-mutant regime, and the local soldiers are very direct in telling her she’s not wanted or welcome.

The B-plot, also straightforward. Storm’s now headmistress of the Jean Gray School for Higher Learning–what I used to know as the Charles Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. And there’s a student with plant powers (“ooh, a plantshaper!” says the Elfquest fan in my brain), codename Flourish, only she’s been saddled with the nickname Creep by her classmates. She’s getting bullied. And she lashes out at Storm in ways that make Ororo have to confront her own choices.

Art-wise, gosh, this was lovely. Especially all the panels with Ororo in the air, and the last page in particular is glorious. You should look at this issue on the strength of the art alone.

Here are some other reviews you can sample, including several with lovely preview glimpses of the art. And I very much like Adventures in Poor Taste’s caption of “Umm… sir? Let’s not be a douche to the woman who stopped a hundred foot tall wave, alright?” Because yeah.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Fic: Faster

Jul. 25th, 2014 04:53 pm
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I wrote a thing!

Faster (10847 words) by lightgetsin
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin
Characters: Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn
Additional Tags: kink_bingo, Temperature Play, Sensation Play, Relationship Study, Established Relationship, Tattoos, Discussion of past sexual assault, discussion of past drugging, survivor conversations, everyone copes in their own way, Jamie is a good boyfriend, Tyler is too but he hasn't noticed yet, romantic getaways
Summary:

"Okay," he says, "You know how when you're on a breakaway, and you've got a couple D-men on you? Like, right behind you. You can't see them, but you can feel them right there coming for you?" Jamie nods. "The only thing to do is to be faster than them." Tyler says. "You can't turn and look, you can't slow down. You've just . . . you've just got to skate harder. It's like that."

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