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16 August 2004 @ 10:07 pm
I am bored.  
Boredy bored bored. When bored, spam people, that's what my mother always said. I'm so bored I just saw a dull pencil and thought: hey, I could sharpen that! Dear god save me.

Today I went to the Seattle Aquarium for the first time. I touched sea slugs and watched cavorting sea otters and seals. The otters were adorable, all sleek and furry, wet-furry, and just getting a kick out of themselves. I'd like to be a sea otter for a day. Maybe a month.

In the gym today I saw a woman wearing pink flip-flops and talking on a cell phone while she worked out--and she wasn't actually working out as such, she was just sort of hanging out on an elliptical machine, lazily shifting her weight on the pedals. I kind of wanted to bitch-slap her. We're not talking about someone who needed to take it easy working out; she was just lame-ass and baffling. Why go to the gym if you're not going to make any effort at all? Meanwhile I was doing squats and feeling rather nauseous. My trainer: "Now remember, we talked about this--it's probably just the toxins leaving your system. It's worth it to work through it!" She's awesome, but. Yes. But. I managed not to yak on the mats and staggered out of there after the session to go have lunch.

Sea otters. Pretty.

I don't really have anything I want to do with myself tonight. For some reason I got myself really caffeinated today and I'm kind of jittery. Well, I know why, because I needed some energy to keep me going. I'm usually decaf these days, but I wanted some extra perk. And it helped, but now I'm like a little edgy wind-up toy, a little dog zzz-zzz-zizzing across a table. I've been sleeping kind of badly; I still have those muscle jerks sometimes and that throws me out of whack. I hope it's cleared up by the time I'm back at work.

Now I'm a dog zizzing around in circles. Does anyone have any recs?

::chews nails::
 
 
 
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Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
I'm just going to hold a mirror up to that comment. *g*
rubywisp: b/a kiss by kamilaarubywisp on August 16th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
I have no recs, sadly, because I haven't been able to read my friends list or almost any fic since Thursday. (I've only just snuck back on to check my email before bed; the storm stopped, but now I'm tired and must sleep.) The weather around here has been uncooperative in a way that makes Willy the Snitch look like assistance personified.

I offer smoochies and rub myself surreptitiously against your feet for luck. I just realized I haven't completed a piece of fanfic since the end of May. This must stop now. Or fic must begin now. Or something.

Or tomorrow. After I sleep.

*blows kisses and disappears*
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
I offer smoochies and rub myself surreptitiously against your feet for luck. I just realized I haven't completed a piece of fanfic since the end of May. This must stop now. Or fic must begin now. Or something.

I agree--you should write! And I frown at the weather gods on your behalf. ::hugs you to sleep::
Mayhem Parva: gay marriageraincitygirl on August 16th, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
Sea otters are *adorable*. They're like Gund bears, only alive.

Hmmm, recs. In which fandom(s) are you looking for recs? I'm blanking at the moment, but if you gave me a fandom, it might jog a memory loose.
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, any fandom, really--Buffy, Angel (S1-4), Harry Potter, Stargate, Sentinel, Phantom Menace, Smallville, N'Sync, etc.
nestra on August 16th, 2004 11:04 pm (UTC)
And I am wiped and unable to manage simple HTML. Sorry.
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:06 pm (UTC)
That's okay--thank you! I should have thought of that. :>)
Mayhem Parvaraincitygirl on August 17th, 2004 12:17 am (UTC)
Smallville:

http://smallville.slashdom.com/archive/33/rainbowsign.html
http://smallville.slashdom.com/archive/35/heartof.html

Buffy/Angel:

I don't usually rec WIP's, but this one's really good, and has an adorable Spike/Xander relationship in the background. http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=thebratqueen&keyword=Protocol&filter=all

TPM:
http://www.masterapprentice.org/archive/l/lost__1.html
http://www.masterapprentice.org/archive/d/day_life_yoda.html

Harry Potter:
http://www.lop.shoesforindustry.net Lust Over Pendle is the first story and there are various associated stories, but they shouldn't be read until afterwards. Just read Chapter 1, which is fairly self-contained, to get an idea of how howlingly funny this story is and how well AJ Hall fleshes out tertiary characters. Negative marks for a rather negative Harry portrayal, but he only appears in two scenes, and the Hermione is wonderful.
Mayhem Parva: denial (muse_attack)raincitygirl on August 17th, 2004 12:24 am (UTC)
These recs aren't from fandoms you requested, but they're still good.

LotR (well, sort of. The Fellowship of the Ring sharing a semi-detached villa in suburban Manchester in the present day, and not being very happy about it. Intensely funny): http://bagenders.rosiesamfrodo.com/episodes.html

X-Men movieverse: http://seperis.illuminatedtext.com/mutantindex.html Neat set of short stories told from John's point of view but dealing with all the young students. Mix of het and slash.

QAF:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/bigboobedcanuck/158731.html From a Safe Distance is another WIP, but a good one. I've linked to the last part posted, which has the previous parts linked at the top of the page.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/bigboobedcanuck/154783.html#cutid1 Standalone QAF fic which provides an excellent conclusion to the dangling threads of episode 304, and makes a previously very unlikeable juvenile character redeemable.
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, and thank you for offering! ::blush::
Sophia: and then (fannish)sophia_helix on August 16th, 2004 10:50 pm (UTC)
Hey, when I visited Seattle last summer we spent a great day there at the Aquarium. I remember it vividly, most 'specially the *otters*, which we watched for hours.

Actually, that whole peripheral building was pretty great. I loved the mini-ecosystem.

Did you watch Billy the octopus? She was pretty great too. I am just a big ol' science museum dork. :)

.m
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC)
I didn't see Billy--there were some octopi, but I didn't see any one in particular that was spotlighted. I thought about getting a season pass just to keep up with the otters, but figure I'd probably never go as often as I intended. :>)
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: Rapture!kita0610 on August 16th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC)
Question:

Ages ago you wrote some S/A and I asked to archive it. I never did, cause I only just got around to updating StA in any major way. Now I can't find it. (Er. Your fic, I know where StA is.)

HELP??
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 10:58 pm (UTC)
Here you go. :>)

1. Sleepy

2. Purr

3. Errand

4. Gift

Thank you, baby!
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: Smokin' Angeluskita0610 on August 16th, 2004 11:01 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Thank YOU.

In term of recs: StA updated a few times, the latest very recently, so maybe there's something on there you haven't yet seen and might enjoy.

OrIcouldturnyouontosomeRPS. *cough*
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
In term of recs: StA updated a few times, the latest very recently, so maybe there's something on there you haven't yet seen and might enjoy.

Ooh, good idea. I'll check it out.

OrIcouldturnyouontosomeRPS. *cough*

Heh. I've tried, really I have, but it doesn't do much for me--outside of N'Sync stuff that is, which I'm not into as a fandom per se, but often enjoy. I just don't really have any interest in the BtVS actors that way. Sorry!
do you want orcs? because this is how you get orcs: Pinup Boyskita0610 on August 16th, 2004 11:18 pm (UTC)
RE: RPS
Aw shucks. Thought I could woo you into writing some. *G*
Kimberly: Xander: swimteam hotnesskimberly_a on August 16th, 2004 11:03 pm (UTC)
Recs? Oh! Anna S. has this amazing new fic ... oh ... wait. Yeah, you've probably read that one. ;)
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
Heh. *smooch*
ex_dovil323 on August 16th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
My father is lucky enough to work at a zoo so I sometimes get shepherded behind the scenes so I can manhandle the animals and hug and coo at them and traumatise the animals putting the captive breeding programme back another 10 years.

So several years ago I got to hold a baby otter and it was very much of the cute. Or was it a seal? Hell, it could have been an overgrown rat for all I know, I'm not terribly observant at the best of times.

If you're bored you could do the lame arse thing I do sometimes - I grab my walkman and walk off in some random direction bopping along merrily until I find a cafe somewhere that I've never been to. It's like playing at being a tourist but on the cheap and I'm less likely to mistakingly order ox testicles or monkey spleen off the menu.
Anna S.eliade on August 16th, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC)
My father is lucky enough to work at a zoo so I sometimes get shepherded behind the scenes so I can manhandle the animals and hug and coo at them and traumatise the animals putting the captive breeding programme back another 10 years.

Oh--you reminded me of my other thought as I watched the otters, which was: "Hmm, I wonder if it's too late to switch to a career in animal science." I am probably not cut out for it though, and of course it's a much more demanding job than simple cuddling.

f you're bored you could do the lame arse thing I do sometimes - I grab my walkman and walk off in some random direction bopping along merrily until I find a cafe somewhere that I've never been to.

Hmm--you'd think that Seattle being the coffee capital of repute that it would be fairly easy to find cafes that stay open late, or twenty-four hours, but surprisingly, there aren't many of them that I'm aware of.

It's like playing at being a tourist but on the cheap and I'm less likely to mistakingly order ox testicles or monkey spleen off the menu.

Does that happen to you, too? Whenever I order pancakes I always get spleen instead. I just don't get that.
ex_dovil323 on August 16th, 2004 11:42 pm (UTC)
Whenever I order pancakes I always get spleen instead. I just don't get that.

Oh god, same. And no matter how much maple syrup you pour on the bastards you still end up with spleen breath that would dissolve rock.

Definitely try the tourist approach - you would be amazed how many hidden treasures you end up finding in your home town when you take the blinkers off. Though try not to wander down darkened alleys littered with disposable needles while unfolding maps and taking photos. It rarely ends well.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on August 17th, 2004 07:30 am (UTC)
I've got no recs for you.

I could pimp my own (nearly done) WIP, but ... that would be crass.

Look! Baby animals!

:: juggles goslings ::
Malkin Greymalkingrey on August 17th, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
Sea otters . . . maybe it's time for my sea otter story.

Some years back, Himself and I were having dinner at a restaurant on the pier in Monterey. Good food, nice view of the water, nice view of sea otters cavorting as sea otters are wont to do. Nice elderly tourist couple at the next table over, also enjoying their meal and the seaward view.

The waiter came up to their table with the bill, and the nice elderly tourist lady inquired of him, "Excuse me, are those sea otters out there?"

"Yes, ma'am," said the entirely personable waiter, who was young and cleancut and buff and may even have had an earring.

"They're certainly lively . . . what is it they're doing out there, do you know?"

"I believe they're fornicating, ma'am."
oblique_refoblique_ref on August 17th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
Why aren't there hordes of 24 hour places in Seattle? We're a goodly sized city, liberal, with a pretty decent night life. You'd think there would be more than the IHOP on 12th (I think) open past ten. Well, there's the Broadway Grill, it's open 'til like 1 or 2, but that's not really a place you can go hang out. It's so trendy it hurts.
Aquarium, huh? Careful: otters is viscious animals. Seriously. They look all cute and cuddly, but they have sharp sharp teeth and claws.
tooperplex on August 17th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC)
Recs? Well, there's Anna S' stuff, in which I buried myself into and thus totally lost track of time for a while -- but I guess you've heard about her already.

After I was done reading all your stories, I went through a nasty period of withdrawal, especially since this coincided with a lack of new entries in your LJ. (Feeling guilty yet? No? Damn. This was my lame attempt at having you write new stories. Would bribery work better? I've got very good Belgium chocolate... Or perhaps you'd like my first born? ::hopes to get some time off from the kids in the trade::)

Anyway, I came across fanfic from the Alias fandom. Two writers/stories come to mind, if ever you're interested:
LegalBlonde, especially with Deviations in Heartbreak
http://www.fanfiction.net/profile.php?userid=334512
and Rez
http://www.geocities.com/rez_lo2003/CynaraFinal.htm

Much better than staring into space. Though it has its own indisputable merits.
drcdrc1 on August 17th, 2004 05:41 pm (UTC)
Some stuff I read recently and loved:

The Wages of Vice (a story based on some Georgette Heyer novels which I never read but that didn't prevent me from enjoying this fic immensely :-))

Boy by automatedalice_ (William/Xander)

parts 3 and 4 of dessert_first's On Location in Egypt
drcdrc1 on August 17th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
And chapters 1 and 2 of Male Bonding by jackson_rayne (S/X, sequel to Divided and Two's Company)