Christmas music part 2

December 16th, 2017

More Christmas music! Songs I don’t hear on the radio but absolutely love.

1. Joy (Tracey Thorn) (youtube)

2. Bless Us All (The Muppet Christmas Carol) (youtube)

3. The Atheist Christmas Carol (Vienna Teng) (youtube)

4. Love is Christmas (Sarah Bareilles) (youtube)

5. Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart (LeAnn Rimes) (youtube)

fic rec Friday

December 15th, 2017

It should be a Star Wars fic, right?

The World Will Follow After, by amoeve

(Posted in September 2017, so totally spoiler-free for The Last Jedi. Are we calling it TLJ? That seems a lot like TFA. Now I really hope the third movie also has a three word title that starts with T.)

After a week of finding Rey talking to the machines and hiding from everyone except Luke, and Finn’s bewildered questions about everything that start as soon as he wakes up, BB-8 informs Poe that since droids aren’t allowed to adopt biologicals, Poe’s going to have to do it for him.

my thoughts exactly

December 14th, 2017

Today’s horoscope includes the line: “Don’t be aggressively nosy or sharply opinionated.”

My thoughts on this:

*But what does that leave me?

*Ha ha, jk, that’s good advice.

*But seriously, that leaves what? Silent disregard?

*I mean, listening is respectful.


Christmas music

December 13th, 2017

Christmas is the only holiday I can think of that has So Much Music. And I made a playlist this weekend, but it’s kind of long-ish, so I’m splitting it up into sections.

Today’s section: five songs I’ve heard on the radio, but would enjoy hearing more.

1. We Need a Little Christmas (Johnny Mathis) (youtube)

2. Celebrate Me Home (Kenny Loggins) (youtube)

3. Merry Christmas, Here’s to Many More (Relient k) (youtube)

4. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) (youtube)

5. Welcome Christmas (MGM Studio Orchestra) (not exactly the same version, but the full song is surprisingly hard to track down)

Christmas socks

December 12th, 2017

Here’s my new tradition I just made up. Christmas socks. Because I always love hearing about the tradition of Christmas pajamas, and the Christmas Eve book gift, and all of that, but I don’t need a new pair of pajamas every year, and I mostly read fanfic on the internet.

But everyone can use an extra pair of socks! Plus, in my brand new made up tradition, you get to buy them for yourself, which is always fun.

All of which is to say, my brand new socks arrived yesterday, and they are already washed and dried and sitting under the tree so I can wear them on Christmas. Even if this tradition lasts only one year, I got a sweet pair of socks out of it!

the plot thickens

December 11th, 2017

THE CHRISTMAS BEAR WREATH IS BACK. The Christmas bear wreath is a door decoration here at the apartment complex (inside door, so it’s in the hallway) — it was mentioned in several posts back in the winter of 2015-2016, when it gained the dubious recognition of staying up until May.

I wondered at the time what had finally made the neighbors take it down. I mean, once you’ve left a Christmas decoration up until May, you’ve really committed to it. What makes you suddenly notice it five months later and think ‘oh yeah, I guess I should do something about that’?

Which led me to wonder if perhaps some frustrated soul had ::cough:: liberated the Christmas bear. When it didn’t show up at all last Christmas (winter of 2016-2017), I wondered even more.

And now it’s BACK! This is a bear that has Seen Things for sure. And of course, the question of the day is: how long will the wreath stay up this time???


December 10th, 2017

First measurable snowfall of the season in this area — enough to require clearing, and enough to make me change my plans for this morning from ‘I’m definitely going somewhere to walk!’ to ‘I guess I better see what it’s like out there first.’

Other things to do today:

*Clear snow off my car (soonish).

*Some kind of adulting stuff. (Vacuuming, ugh.)

*Eating food?

*Yesterday I cried thinking about a movie trailer, so probably crying.


we have bingo! (sort of)

December 9th, 2017

It’s been an interesting week for lights. Some apartments have a bit of an intermittent schedule — some nights the lights are on, some nights the lights are off. Who can tell? It’s a fun holiday surprise.

But! My building has managed to get three in a row (on a diagonal)! Since we’re four across, it doesn’t look quite as impressive as it would on the other building, but I’m willing to call it a win. Here are the current diagrams:

Building 1 (o’s are lights)

x x o x
x o x o
o o x o

Building 2 (no change)

x x o
x x x
o x x

On the other hand, building 2 currently holds the prize for the weirdest outdoor Christmas decoration I’ve seen, which is (not kidding) Santa’s outhouse. The internet tells me it’s animated (there’s even a youtube video), but that part is turned off, maybe? Santa never comes out, it’s just a light-up inflatable outhouse in front of their apartment. Very. Weird.

fic rec Friday

December 8th, 2017

New fave fic! Incredibly fun to read — I love seeing the Rangers figure stuff out and meet Ranger teams from other planets. This is the post-movie fic I never knew I wanted but now can’t wait to read again.

Spaceship Parking Only, by starandrea

After the battle for Angel Grove, the Power Rangers decide to move their command center somewhere safer than the bottom of a gold mine. Zordon disappears and Alpha is more insulting than helpful, which means they have to learn to fly a spaceship on their own. They figure out teleporting, texting with NASA, and dating each other along the way.

NaNoWriMo 2017: Every Dawn a Miracle

December 7th, 2017

Uh, yeah, so, nanowrimo was a thing that happened this year. Somewhat unexpectedly, and almost entirely because I am incapable of letting some things go. So that’s where Hocus Pocus came in, and then if you’re going to have one magical animal, you might as well go big or go home, right? So, crossover with Rise of the Guardians. Done.

[Note: This story was almost called “Sometimes when you promise forever,” except I wanted to skip the sad part and go right to the happy part. It was also almost called “Speak the words we used to sing,” because I have a tendency to title things whatever random phrase pops into my head at the right moment. Instead I went with option 3, which I blatantly stole from my Star Wars fic.]

Title: Every Dawn a Miracle
Author: marcicat

Summary: The whole thing felt ridiculously convoluted for a plan that essentially only had two steps: find Pitch and Max, and get them back to where and/or when they were supposed to be.