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https://archiveofourown.org/works/15087038/chapters/43901371

“Cary doesn’t want a special name,” Kerry relays. “But that’s cause he’s mad we’re a system and he doesn’t want to be one because he’s being a jerk.” “Kerry,” Amy chides. “I’m proud that we’re a system just like I’m proud that we’re mutants,” Kerry continues. “There’s nothing wrong with it for the Davids so there’s nothing wrong with it for us.” She listens again. “Well other people are stupid. That’s their problem, not ours.” She turns to David again. “I was already trying to decide what our system name should be before—“ She falters, then rallies. “I think we should be the Karies. Kay ay are eye ee ess.” “Tell them I think that’s a great name,” Divad says. “And me!” Dvd insists. “Our system really likes that name,” David relays, and offers the Karies a smile.

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Only a year and two months after I moved in, my mirrors are finally hung! Pics! I'm so pleased with how they look and the guy was so fast! He was done with both in less than an hour! Next weekend, the bench is assembled and that'll go under the mirror in the bedroom - between the windows but away from the radiator - and everything will be complete!!!

The exterminator came also, which is good because last night was like a nightmare in the kitchen. Things had been mostly quiet on the bug front lately, and I guess I got complacent because I was not prepared at all for last night. But I watched him spray the baseboards and put some gel on the lip of the backsplash above the sink where I can't reach, and hopefully that will take care of the problem. There's no food out and the sink is dry after 8 pm, and I wish they would just go away. It's so upsetting.

I also got the laundry done, and I'll fold it tonight while watching the Mets. Yesterday, I caught up on Brooklyn Nine Nine, which was a good choice, because it made me laugh a lot, and then last night's episode made me laugh even more. Everything with Holt was COMEDY GOLD. And Mark Evan Jackson looks amazingly attractive with that beard.

In other news, did you know that jelly shoes are in fashion again? I would like a pair of gold sparkly ones, but I doubt at this point I could wear them comfortably. I lived in them in the early 80s though. And those awful Dr. Scholl's sandals - you know the ones! - before graduating to Candie's.

Anyway, here is today's poem:

All Objects Reveal Something About the Body
by Catie Rosemurgy

Crisp is to the apple what
flexed is to the body.

Poor apple.

Being bitten is to the crisp apple
what walking is to the ripe body, but it's more complicated than that:

the apple of the face has been given
to the running juice of the body

and the body, which is often gracious,
makes it shine.

Lucky apple.

Having a core is to the apple
what having a core is to the body, city, method, circumstance, endeavor.

Having a core is flower-shaped and hurts
in the way that having a shape hurts, which is to say

it hurts ironically, because to have limits
is not just to make a declaration upon a mountainside,

it is also to be the mountainside. Having a flowering core
also hurts in the way that being flower-like always hurts,

which is to say sexually, as if the whole self
has exceeded the skin, which it hasn't, which means

we always seem to be opening but never ever do.
Both these types of suffering color the air

when we pause to have them. The affected atoms
are hard to see amongst the billions

of sofa atoms, newsprint atoms
but, like the illnesses in the crystalline sea, they are there.

Red apple sliced, quartered, salted. Green apple,

alone in the basket.
Anything left on the shelf becomes weak,

suggestible, vulnerable to other shapes, hungry to be refilled
by something other than itself,

a poison apple.
The joining we do with others needs containing.

Apple pie.
Imagine the mess. Imagine a finger touching the sack of the heart.

Imagine being stopped, controlled that powerfully.
Imagine nothing like that being possible. Nothing ever stopping you

at the root of the breath. Huge apple.
The world in reference to you. How you move. Time a backdrop.

Or close the other eye: you in reference to the world.
How it varies and happens simultaneously.

Good morning.
Little apple.

***

Random snippet of original writing

Apr. 19th, 2019 11:53 am
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So the Get Your Words Out writing community <a href="https://getyourwordsout.dreamwidth.org/344949.htmlposted</a> a prompt: <I>Stop whatever you're doing. Reply to this post. Write whatever comes to mind in the comment box—a scene, a summary, a character sketch. It can be terrible, it can be purple, it doesn't need to make sense. For now: Just write. Post the comment. Then continue what you were doing.</I> I liked this prompt so I wrote a snippet of...something. <cut text=It's about cannibals for some reason!> <b>Cannibals!</b> <i>There once was a man in the slums, who opposed the eating of thumbs. But his comrades did not; they spared not a thought, for humans, nor primates, nor Tums.</i> Merryweather could weather anything when it came down to it. He was a survivor, which meant he&rsquo;d seen an awful lot, and done an awful lot, and a lot of what he&rsquo;d seen and done was awful. Such was his lot. But this was the first time he&rsquo;d seen...this. This...fleshy urban feast. Cannibalism on the streets. And not just a bit of auto-cannibalistic gnawing of one&rsquo;s own arm flesh either, because honestly everyone does that once in a while to take the edge off, but full-on, full-flavour, eat-your-neighbour-it's-fine-behaviour-sort-of shenanigans. It was positively, or rather negatively, ridiculous. &ldquo;You plan to just watch?&rdquo; mutter-munched Grambly around the ring finger (sans ring) in his mouth while perusing today's <I>The Daily News and Views</i>. &ldquo;Or you want to be helpful and scrounge us up some pork sauce? This piece here tastes pork-like, or maybe that&rsquo;s just the priming effect.&rdquo; <i>Cannibalism,</i> Merryweather wanted to say, <i>is bad, and wrong too.</I> Bad because it could rot your brain with some kind of disease, or that&rsquo;s what he&rsquo;d heard back in the days when there was an internet to rot your brain proper; wrong because it was just wrong. </cut>

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Apr. 19th, 2019 09:19 am
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Whoops, got distracted by fandom yesterday and missed the daily poem.

Dark Charms
by Dorianne Laux

Eventually the future shows up everywhere:
those burly summers and unslept nights in deep
lines and dark splotches, thinning skin.
Here's the corner store grown to a condo,
the bike reduced to one spinning wheel,
the ghost of a dog that used to be, her trail
no longer trodden, just a dip in the weeds.
The clear water we drank as thirsty children
still runs through our veins. Stars we saw then
we still see now, only fewer, dimmer, less often.
The old tunes play and continue to move us
in spite of our learning, the wraith of romance,
lost innocence, literature, the death of the poets.
We continue to speak, if only in whispers,
to something inside us that longs to be named.
We name it the past and drag it behind us,
bag like a lung filled with shadow and song,
dreams of running, the keys to lost names.

"Dark Charms" by Dorianne Laux, from The Book of Men. © Norton, 2011.

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Apr. 19th, 2019 07:41 am
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There is going to be a lot more Princess icons-- as I've been rereading the series, I've put many pictures in my to-be-edited folder. That is why I haven't really made icons for the past couple of days-- both catching up with TV and re-reading the series. I even added some old favorites to my icon rotation a long with applicable lyrics. I want to write fic, I want to create a fanmix for the series. I WANT TO BE THE PRINCESS FAN THAT THE WORLD NEEDS! (since there is probably only like 3 of us that exists in this world!

Everyone have a Leo icon!

Also gee, I hope my manga colouring skills haven't grown rusty! -_-

But Why?

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:06 am
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For whatever reason, the most random selection of songs ran through my mind out of nowhere today.
  1. "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson

  2. "Walk the Dinosaur" by Was (Not Was)

  3. "Rhythm Nation" by Janet Jackson



In other personal music news, I only just realized that this lyric in Weird Al Yankovic's "One More Minute" was a case of Getting Crap Past the Radar--"'Cause I'm stranded all alone in the gas station of love And I have to use the self-service pumps..."--but, to be fair, I was much younger when I first heard it.

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Apr. 18th, 2019 09:54 pm
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MAN, I forgot that making pysanky takes FOREVER. It's so time consuming! I was at it for hours this evening, and I'm still nowhere near done.

Somebody, please come help me put wax on these damn eggs. xD

Ant-Man & The Wasp

Apr. 18th, 2019 10:10 pm
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New data for the unified theory of superhero films suggests being spoiled for stressful plot points increases enjoyment, but being spoiled for character moments and details decreases enjoyment. Data also suggests that there is a sweet spot between caring too much and caring too little. There is also stress with having the plot need to conform to an overarching storyline -- the Captain America: Civil War references stressed me the fuck out.

Overall: too much Pym, not enough Hope, no where near enough Janet, Ava is a character I want to read fic about but who didn't get the kinds of emotionally resonant scenes in the movie that I wanted her to have, Cassie got more to do and is great, loved the end credits, Luis and team remain my favs, and I am not sure which Scott pairing I like more: Scott/Maggie/Paxton, Scott/Agent Woo, or Scott/Hope. That's a lie, it's clearly some kind of communal living situation where Scott and Hope live in the same house as Maggie and Paxton and sometimes Agent Woo and Scott go out to dinner and Janet doesn't live there, but does have her own room that she stays in when she needs space from Hank. And Cassie has all the giant pet ants in the world.

I feel like I should have thoughts about how the movie explores people acting selfishly in ways that negatively impact those around them and how selfish quests endanger the lives of everyone else, but the movie didn't really stick the landing on that, so why should I stick the landing on analyzing it?

Katekyo Hitman Reborn! - night

Apr. 19th, 2019 12:43 am
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Title: night
Fandom: Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
Rating: G
Notes: M.M./Chrome

Link.

Cloudy spring days

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:51 pm
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Last month, I applied for a fellowship. My advisor didn't think I had a great chance of receiving it, but said it was a good application; when I saw him earlier this week, I joked that I hadn't heard back about not winning one yet.

Well, guess what I found out when I opened my email this morning? :D :D :D

That will more than cover me for my (hopefully!!) last year in grad school. Someone else in the department also received one, so our graduate director must be pleased - most years, nobody in our department gets one. And no more proctoring exams for me!

The only wrinkle is that it also covers me during the summer, and my advisor and I had already planned for me to TA for a course he's teaching and were getting me on-board with the projects the students will be doing, etc. Wonder if he'll fund someone else with it or if I'll end up helping out anyway.

Meanwhile, the weather here has been getting nicer and nicer - the first flowers are out, I've been seeing lots of robins, and the tree outside my window is budding. Going to pick up some plants this weekend and get my garden growing. I also bought flower seeds this year, so if they grow well, it will be nice and colorful out there.
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Time for ye olde weekly DW update, as is the way. I've been doing a lot of social stuff in the past two weeks so this will still be more-or-less broken down by subject, it's just that some of the subjects will be [day + activity] because that's how things have been going.

I am still in a pretty good mood lately )

(Western) Easter weekend reflections

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:24 pm
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How kind of the Attorney General to time the release of the Mueller report so that we all have something to read over the long Easter weekend, during the current Brexit lull. (The end times have clearly arrived: I'm voluntarily watching CNN.)

***

Having been to the library this morning, my actual Easter-adjacent reading is Why Angels Fall: A Journey Through Orthodox Europe from Byzantium to Kosovo by Victoria Clark and Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah Lipstadt. (This might seem an odd choice but given the content of the Holy Week services, I always feel a bit of a moral obligation to give some thoughtful attention to antisemitism over Easter.)

***

My father gets to choose where my parents go for dinner this Sunday because it's his Easter, but he's suffering from indecision because where he really wants to go is the Puritan in Manchester, NH, that Greek community institution (my grandmother worked in their ice cream shop as a teenager). And of course their Easter specials won't be till next Sunday, which is why my parents will probably go then. He says he's spiritually Greek. What he means is that he really likes their lamb.

***

As for me, I think I'm going to go to Magdalen College Chapel tomorrow at noon because their Good Friday liturgy is featuring Tallis's Lamentations of Jeremiah.

I was in Durham earlier in the week and made it to half of Evensong on Tuesday evening by racing up the hill at high speed the minute my work appointments were done for the day. I might not have made the effort were it not for the news about Notre Dame: you might think you can always visit another time, but it isn't always true. Naturally there were prayers for Notre Dame, "our fellow World Heritage site."

At the top of the nave was a tall wooden cross hung with burgundy fabric. After the service everyone just filtered out, some people stopping to talk with the priests, but I couldn't resist the instinct to go up and kiss the cross. These Orthodox instincts, I don't know.

By Easter (but which Easter?!) I'll probably have reached my limit with church services, and stay home. We'll see.
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So I woke up on Tuesday morning and I thought, I could take Thursday off and have a FIVE DAY weekend. And so that is what I did, and now i am home gloriously doing nothing today, except maybe laundry later. Tomorrow, someone is coming to hang my mirrors, and Saturday I have the cleaning service, so I will have to be up early, but today I slept in until 9! It was amazing!

Last night, I met L for dinner and then we went back to where she is apartment sitting for DG and chatted for a couple of hours, and I didn't get home until about midnight, but it was great just to hang out and talk. Dinner was good too, and there were two for one drinks, so she had some kind of blood orange cocktail and I had one two that had passion fruit and peach in it, and it was delicious.

Yesterday was full of surprising good things. I had my review, which went exceptionally well and better than I expected, given what happened last year. But boss3 said that not only had I risen to the occasion of having more and more work piled onto my plate, but she noticed that I had taken her advice from last year seriously and also seemed more engaged and interested in the work than I had been previously. So that was great.

Because of how the day was scheduled, I wasn't going to be able to eat lunch until 3:30, unless I ate at 12 noon, which I normally don't like doing, but I ran out and bought a bagel and scarfed it down, but after my review, it turned out that I did not have to cover reception, and in fact the receptionist had made me up a plate of food from a retirement party that had happened at lunchtime, and left it on my desk! So I ate a little bit of that (it was about 2:30 by that time, so my usual lunch hour), and then one of the other assistants guided me to where they were keeping the leftover cake, so I also got a piece of cake out of it.

That seemed like a good note to go out on for the week, so I'm glad I am off today, since yesterday could probably not be topped, unless they decided to give me a raise. Which sadly they did not, as there is no increase attached to the performance review process.

Now I need to find something to eat because I've just been drinking coffee all morning and it's starting to make me shaky.

*

Today's poem:

How to Write a Story
by Cyn Kitchen

1.

here, we join Ted
a man in a tree.
how he got there
you decide.
scuttling branch to branch,
lowered by chopper, launched
from trebuchet, a beginning.
here he sits, whistling, whittling.
above, birds flit among leaves
below, pasture green & rolling.
Ted is in the tree, you put him there
but make no mistake it was under
his own power.
 
2.
 
throw rocks at Ted.
start small,
bean him with pebbles.
muster strength to heave
stones fist-big,
boulders round & smooth as a heart.
observe. take notes.
consider more rocks.
let exhilaration blow through you
as you throw, observe, repeat.
do not go easy.
watch him in the tree, tattered
bleeding, wide-eyed
as an empty house.
writers never pity. 
this mess is of his own making.
 
3.
 
it is not Ted's tree.
he does not live here; 
he was only visiting.
suddenly, a tornado
sweeping over the prairie.
there is no cover. this is
between Ted & the finger
of God that will flick him from
his branch. or
that hunter in boredom
will blow him off his high horse
double-ott buck,
send him in a high arc over
crest of hill.
perhaps the same chopper
could pluck him away.
a ladder? too easy.
nevertheless, get him down.
 
4.
 
Ted is in handcuffs. the story took off
on its own while you were looking
straight at it. not what you had planned
but there it is, undeniable.
you did all you could
still you ended up here,
struck like a match. keep taking notes,
follow at a safe distance.
up ahead, another tree.
how he gets there you don’t know.
fill your pockets with stones
caress them like old lovers.
the story has not ended.
the story does not end.
it keeps going whether you
are watching it or not. 

*

Saint Seiya - Pruning

Apr. 18th, 2019 09:18 am
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Title: Pruning
Fandom: Saint Seiya
Rating: AA
Notes: Pisces Aphrodite
--

pruning )

Interview with a disabled TV writer

Apr. 17th, 2019 09:24 pm
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Disability Representation on TV: Interview with Katherine Beattie.

Katherine discusses writing for NCIS: New Orleans.


https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2019/04/14/disability-representation-on-tv-interview-with-katherine-beattie/

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 17th, 2019 06:52 pm
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Finished reading: Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage by Ken McGoogan. I've read other books about the history of the search for the Northwest Passage before, but this one is different in a few ways. It was published recently (2017), so it's able to incorporate information from the discoveries of the wrecks of the HMS Erebus and Terror. Secondly, it discusses indigenous people to a wider extent than I usually see - it of course includes information about Inuit testimony re: the Franklin expedition, both the original tragedy and the re-discovery of it, but it also discusses various other people involved in the many other Passage searches, including overland expenditions. And it does this in a lot more detail than I typically see in these books, including names of the indigenous individuals involved, and quotes when available. He also devotes a lot of time to Jane Franklin and the role she had in creating the mythology surrounding John Franklin - I feel like, while this is usually covered to some degree, she isn't often given the amount of pagetime she deserves for her role in all this. Anyway, in all, it was very interesting, very readable. I'd also recommend this author's biography of Jane Franklin, Lady Franklin's Revenge - it's very good too.

Currently reading: Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett. I'm about 3/4 of the way through this one. It's very... odd. It's been a while since I last read any of the later Discworld novels, but the - how can I put it - the "texture" of the writing is so different from what I'm used to, it's throwing off my groove. I don't dislike it, but I think after I'm done with this one I might want to re-read an old favourite from earlier in the series and compare.

Reading next: Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I meant to read this a few weeks ago, but went on vacation before I could get to it. Let's try again. ;)

Want to Read: The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain by Han Shan, translated by Red Pine. [This book.] I was reaaally tempted by this when I came across it while browsing through a bookstore in Victoria. Instead, I asked my local library to order it. ;) I'm not hugely familiar with Han Shan's poetry, but I have read and liked some of it, so I'm looking forward to reading this whenever the library gets it.

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Apr. 17th, 2019 08:36 pm
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The advantage of reading a series for the second time is that you feel all the love again-- and you fall in love with characters and pairings all over again.

The disadvantage is knowing exactly what is going to happen to said characters and pairings

Oh Leo and Eshild-- like, I think I will always love you just a little bit--

Choice of Games

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:25 pm
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So... something I've fallen in love with the last few years is Choice of Games. They have a variety of text-based games (think Choose Your Own Adventure but on a computer/phone/tablet) that cover all sorts of genres. If you've never tried any of their games before, I highly recommend going to their website and taking a look at the options. There are all sorts of stories available.

That said, here are a few that I've enjoyed so far:

Choice of Alexandria. The year is 245 BCE; you’re a heroic polymath librarian, invited to Alexandria to tutor prince Ptolemy IV. The real Ptolemy IV fell under the sway of his evil advisor Sosibius, and brought the empire to ruin--but perhaps under your tutelage, things will turn out differently. Or disregard your responsibilities to focus on inventions instead! With the help of Archimedes and Euclid, you can discover the steam engine, the germ theory of disease, or even robotic automata, thousands of years ahead of schedule.

Choice of Broadsides. It’s 1813, and you’re a key sailor in the naval war between Columbia and Albion, where aggression is rewarded and cowardice can get you killed. If you seize enough treasure, you could be set for life – but hesitate against the enemy and you could end up facing the firing squad. Board enemy ships and force them to surrender, or use your connections to stay out of the fray. Will you steer your crew to glory, or go down in infamous defeat? What mercy will you show your prisoners? Can you control your composure while fighting a war? Revenge yourself on old rivals and reward your allies for their devotion. And whatever you do [...] don’t give up the ship!

Choice of Robots. Play out thirty years of your life as a brilliant robot maker, from graduate school near the present day to a future in which your robots have changed everything. Depending on your choices, your robots may be independent or obedient, clumsy or graceful, empathic or cold…and you yourself may live to an old age happily married or alone with only robots to comfort you.

The Eagle's Heir. This is essentially a steampunk AU of the Napoleonic Age incarnations from the Numinous World series (ie, that series I ramble about sometimes that features various characters reincarnated into different lives throughout history). Since Napoleon won the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, seventeen years ago, Europe has enjoyed an uneasy peace. While the great empires of Austria, Russia and England have tried to stem the tide of revolution, France has mastered steam power to conquer the air and sea. Now, Napoleon’s health is failing, and France is torn between his legitimate heir, Franz, and his illegitimate son Alexandre. Luckily, Alexandre has you, his loyal bodyguard and childhood companion, skilled in the arts of the duel and the ballroom, and ready for anything from diplomacy to airship combat!

The Road to Canterbury. London, 1375. The Black Prince of England is dying, and peace with France hangs in the balance. You are a young pauper on a secret mission. Join a pilgrimage to Canterbury with the powerful noblewoman Philippa de Roet, co-sister-in-law to the Black Prince, and Philippa's husband, Geoffrey Chaucer himself, the customs agent, spy, and occasional poet. Your mission is to persuade Philippa to change the course of history.

Stronghold: A Hero's Fate. Monsters have plagued your valley for as long as you can remember. But if anyone can destroy them, it’s you: you’ve already killed a powerful undead lich, and your sovereign was so impressed that he gave you a town in return. As the ruler of this new settlement, you’ll fend off invading goblin armies, flesh-eating bats, and feuding warriors in your quest to build a thriving community. Now that you have your own stronghold, will you raise an army to repel the monsters once and for all? Or will you hold power for a lifetime without ever attacking another soul? Harness your strength, cunning, and even magic to defend your citadel and help your people prosper.

Some games are better than others when it comes to representation, but all of them gives you options when it comes to gender and sexuality. The Eagle's Heir and Stronghold are probably the best on that front, though. They have options for you to play as female (cisgender or transgender), male (cisgender or transgender), genderfluid, or nonbinary, and when it comes to sexuality you can be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual/pansexual (depending on your definition of the terms), or asexual. And both of them also have options for polyamorous relationships as well.

Cat enclosure progress

Apr. 17th, 2019 02:48 pm
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My latest project is to build a cat enclosure on the back side of the house with entry from the window in the cat room. There's not a whole lot of room back there, being next to the driveway, so I decided a 3' x 6' very tall catio would work best. I'm using the plan for the 3 x 6 Haven from CatioSpaces.com.

The first step was to get some patio pavers and lay out a foundation for the enclosure to sit on:

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I dug down so the pavers would be nearly even with the ground, and leveled them all so the cat enclosure would sit on level ground.

Next step was the base of the enclosure, which was supposed to be one row of treated 4x4s around the front and sides of the enclosure. I had to cut notches into the end of the 4x4s where they attached to the house, so they'd fit over the 2x3 that runs along the bottom of the skirting.

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The next step was to install 2x4 verticals and ledger to the wall to attach the catio walls and roof to. First complication! I'd misread how the height of the enclosure was measured, and assumed it would be tall enough to fit over the window, but when I put the 2x4 on top of the base and held it up to the wall, the top was an inch or so beneath the top of the window. So then I had to stop and figure out what to do. I didn't want to alter the size of the enclosure walls, because they were designed to use uncut 8-foot 2x4s, and specific widths of wire mesh, and it would have taken a lot of figuring and no doubt mistakes to recalculate everything. I also didn't want to try to figure out how to make the roof ledger fit across the window, because that would involve either removing the top frame of the window or using narrower ledger boards, and I didn't care for either of those options. I don't want to end up altering the house itself, in case I decide to take down or move the cat enclosure later, so I didn't want to remove any of the window pieces. And a narrower ledger board would be less sturdy for holding the roof up.

Finally decided that the best option would be to just build up the base, with another row of 4x4s and one row of 2x4s. That would raise the base by about 5 inches, giving the ledger room to clear the window. Went to the Home Depot on Monday to buy two more 4x4s and two treated 2x4s and went out today to work on adding them to the base.

Next complication: went to use my big miter saw to cut the 4x4s, and it didn't work. Pulled the trigger and nothing happened. At first, I thought my miter saw was dead, which would have been a big pain, because I didn't really want to have to replace it. It's a professional-quality tool, big enough for a 15" blade, although it's only got a 12" blade in it now, and it's great for cutting big chunks of lumber. It belonged to my brother, and he gave it to me when he moved back East. I've no idea how much it would cost to replace, but I suspect it would be quite expensive. But I figured first I ought to make sure if the problem was with the saw or maybe the huge extension cord I use to plug it in was broken (need a 100-foot cord, because the only outdoor electrical outlets I have are on the opposite corner of the house from where I have the miter saw set up). So I plugged another tool into the cord, and it didn't work, either. Ha! So it's not my miter saw. Then I plugged in a different cord... and the tools still didn't work.

So it's not the tools, and not the cord — that leaves the outlet itself. It's a GFI outlet with test/reset buttons, so I reset it and it started working again! Yay! I was able to carry on and cut the pieces to build up the base.

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Now, the base is done. I balanced one of the vertical 2x4s on top of the base to verify that it reaches just slightly above the window.

Next step is to install the verticals and ledger! Then I can start working on the enclosure walls & roof. Hope to have this finished before the weather gets too hot to work outside. I'm sure my kitties will enjoy being able to hang out in the fresh air.

Art (Poetry Illustration - Guardian)

Apr. 17th, 2019 04:50 pm
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Been working on this piece for almost a week now, and it's finally done! \o/

Title: Who we would be (you used to know)
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Guardian
Characters: Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan
Content Notes: Created for [community profile] drawesome Challenge #24: Poetry Illustration. This was directly inspired by [personal profile] china_shop's excellent Guardian fan-poetry things you used to know. This piece was painted with a combination of watercolours and acrylics.

Sketching out these characters' facial feature right was a real challenge, especially the eyes and mouth, and then overlaying it with the watercolour after felt like walking a tightrope act. :b To get the galaxy effect, I found a whole bunch of useful tutorials on YouTube on how to go about painting one with watercolours. I tried my hand at it and am satisfied with the overall effect. :)

Preview:


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Apr. 17th, 2019 02:31 pm
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I need other people who watch Roswell, New Mexico, to come commiserate in the comments with me. Like, seriously, I need to share my feelings.

I also have thoughts about character archetypes and Clams and certain characters who put up a front of sarcasm and damage and carelessness and other characters who see right through them.

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