Monday, July 24th, 2017 02:40 am
1. I have stayed up too late and am especially glad to have a day off tomorrow where I can sleep in.

2. We finished up season one of Daria tonight. I've really been enjoying it a lot.

3. I have also been enjoying the fairly cool weather we've been having. Looks like it's supposed to get up into the low 80s in the beginning of August, and I'm hoping it doesn't get too much warmer than that, but it probably will.

4. How are these cats so cute?

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 10:37 am


Title: The Devil's Luck
Author: KouriArashi
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Allison/Scott, Derek/Stiles, Melissa McCall/Sheriff Stilinski, Chris/Victoria
Rating: Teen
Length (total): 7:26:25
Music: S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W by My Chemical Romance
Cover: Opalsong (heavily influenced by Kylie L's gorgeous covers for this series)
Summary:Another day, another mysterious series of murders in Beacon Hills ....

Podbooks Link:
Podbook [7:26:26; 211.1MB]

Chapter Links [length; size]:
Chapter 1 [29:12; 22.8MB]
Chapter 2 [25:49; 20.6MB]
Chapter 3 [28:54; 22.6MB]
Chapter 4 [27:01; 21.0MB]
Chapter 5 [33:20; 46.0MB]
Chapter 6 [31:23; 24.2MB]
Chapter 7 [37:45; 52.1MB]
Chapter 8 [31:37; 43.6MB]
Chapter 9 [30:21; 41.9MB]
Chapter 10 [30:27; 42.0MB]
Chapter 11 [26:14; 20.2MB]
Chapter 12 [37:58; 29.2MB]
Chapter 13 [35:30; 49.0MB]
Chapter 14 [40:54; 31.5MB]

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 10:23 am


Title: Fledged
Author: Lys ap Adin
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Katekyou Hitman Reborn
Pairings: Gen
Rating: General
Length: 26:16
Size: 36.5MB
Music: Tsuna Awakes by Toshihiko Sahashi
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: There comes a point when a person has to say, "Enough." And Tsuna just reached his.

Link: mp3

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!
Thanks to Lys ap adin for having blanket permission!!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 09:59 am
Title: Mouthpiece
Author: Rheanna
Reader: DesireeArmfeldt
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Length: 30 mins
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Characters: Rodney McKay, John Sheppard
Additional Tags: Podfic, Podfic Length: 30-45 Minutes, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Ancient plot device
Summary: "Well, that's one way to get you to shut up."

Text at AO3

MP3
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 08:49 am


Title: could not make a wookiee intimidating
Author: QueenWithABeeThrone
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Star Wars
Pairings: Gen
Rating: General
Length: 8:42
Size: 12.3MB
Music: Uh-oh! by Midnight Syndicate
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: "Aw, come on,” says Anakin, glaring at the dice as if they’ve personally offended him. “You roll twenties for Ahsoka and not for me? I own you, you fuckers, the least you could do is do me a favor every once in a while.”

or: Anakin Skywalker's terrible luck strikes again at the worst time.

Link: mp3

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 02:04 am
1. I have to stay till closing tomorrow, which means I don't have to go in until noonish, so I can have a nice lazy morning.

2. Last night Jasper fell asleep with his head on the base of the scratching post, which was super cute.

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 08:27 pm


Nine Patch + Fence Rail Quilt
64" x 76"

1/4" seams

42 x 10" squares (layer cake) - lay dark square on top of light square, cut into 2 1/2" strips = 4 strips
1 1/4 yd background - cut 6 1/2" squares (make 12), 2 1/2" inner borders on either side of '2 1/2" remainder squares' border
1 1/4 yd outer border - 4" border


Make:

Fence Rail block of 3 strips ( make 31)
For each 2 colors = Sew 2 same color dark with 1 light in the middle and 2 light same color with 1 dark in center. Cut each of these sewn together strips into 6 1/2"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H18g6Skyl3s


9 Patch Block (make 20)
Take trimmed remainder of Fence Rail into 2 1/2" strips = 2 strips*
From the 2 extra strips (1 dark/1 light of these strip colors) sew 2 of one color and 1 of the other to form a strip that matches one of the 2 1/2" strips*.
Assemble and sew these strips into 9 Patch Block.


7 blocks across:
9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail, 9 Patch = Fence Rail done horizontally.
Fence Rail, Background, Fence Rail, Background, Fence Rail, 9 Patch, Fence Rail = Fence Rail done vertically.

<2 1/2" Patch Border
Use all the left over squares, sewing them into one long strip to make next border.
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Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 07:17 pm


Easy Fence Rail Diamond Quilt

jelly rolls (2 1/2" x 44" strips of quilting fabric), sew 3 together into one strip, cut into squares
2 1/2" square to snowball same position corner of 3 strip block (solid)

additional option: 1 1/2" square to snowball opposite corner (solid)

(Using scraps of Batik, a jelly roll and 5 strips of a solid, you can make your own (beautiful) fence rail diamond quilt.)

50" x 62" = 4 x 5 = 20 blocks
75" x 87" = 6 x 7 = 42 blocks

6 3/4" blocks doesn't do dimensions hmmmm 12" square blocks if no borders or add 12" width for borders
work in progress

fence rail with diamonds
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Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 04:52 pm
Lentil Soup
Recipe by Lidia Bastianich, co-owner, Lidia’s Kansas City, reprinted with permission from Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine

lentil & rice soup
http://www.feastmagazine.com/cook/starters_and_sides/article_b04d731c-b016-11e6-89d1-f3b1cc2e798f.html

Serves | 4 to 6 |

4 oz pancetta, cut into small chunks
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
2 medium carrots, peeled, large dice
2 stalks celery, large dice
1 small onion, large dice
2 cups loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 28-oz can San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand
2 bay leaves
4 quarts cold water
1 lb brown lentils, rinsed
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 cup long-grain rice
freshly grated Grana Padano (to serve) cheese

Preparation

In the bowl of a food processor, combine pancetta and garlic, and process until smooth. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add olive oil. When hot, add pancetta mixture, and stir until fat renders, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the bowl of food processor, combine carrots, celery, onion and parsley. Process until slightly chunky. When pancetta mixture has rendered, add processed vegetables to Dutch oven, and cook, stirring until dried out, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes; fill emptied can with water, and pour into pancetta mixture. Add bay leaves and cold water to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, and simmer rapidly, uncovered, until soup is reduced by a fourth, about 1 hour. Add lentils, cover and cook, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add salt and rice to Dutch oven, and stir. Simmer until rice is al dente. Don’t overcook – rice will continue cooking in soup as you serve it. Remove bay leaves. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of cheese.


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Lentil & Rice Soup
http://www.wgbh.org/blogs/recipes/Rice--Lentils


Ingredients
2 ounces pancetta or bacon, cut in pieces
1 cup onion cut in 1-inch chunks
1 cup carrot cut in 1-inch chunks
1 cup celery cut in 1-inch chunks
6 fresh sage leaves
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
½ cup dry white wine
8 to 10 cups hot water
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 ½ cups lentils, rinsed and picked over
1 ½ cups Italian short-grain rice, such as Arborio, Carnaroli, or Vialone Nano
1 cup chopped scallions
½ cup grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for passing

Directions
Drop the pancetta or bacon pieces into the food-processor bowl, and pulse several times, to chop the meat into small bits. Scrape all the chopped pancetta right into the heavy saucepan. Put the onion, carrot, and celery chunks and the sage leaves into the empty food-processor bowl, and mince together into a fine-textured pestata.

Put the butter and olive oil into the saucepan with the minced pancetta, and set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, as the butter melts and the fat starts to render. When the pancetta is sizzling, scrape in the vegetable pestata, and stir it around the pan until it has dried and begins to stick, 4 minutes or so. Clear a space on the pan bottom, and drop in the tomato paste, toast it in the hot spot for a minute, then stir together with the pestata.

Raise the heat, pour in the white wine, and cook, stirring, until the wine has almost completely evaporated. Pour in 8 cups of hot water and the tablespoon salt, stir well, and heat to the boil. (Add all 10 cups of hot water if you want to serve the rice and lentils as a thick soup rather than a denser riso.)

Cover the pan, and reduce the heat slightly, to keep the water at a moderate boil, and let it bubble for 20 minutes or so, to develop the flavors.

Stir in the lentils, return to a gentle boil, and cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils just start to soften, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the rice, return to a bubbling simmer, and cook, cover ajar, until the rice is al dente, 13 minutes or so. If the dish is thickening more than you like, lower the heat and cover the pan completely. If it seems too thin and wet, remove the cover and cook at a faster boil. When the rice and lentils are fully cooked, turn off the heat. Stir in the scallions and grated cheese.

Serve in warm bowls, passing more cheese at the table.
Serves: 8
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 04:01 pm
104.9°F 41°C
Feels Like: 113.2°

So Far Today
Hi: 105.2°F @ 4:46 pm
Low: 78.6°F @ 6:47 am
Humidity: 32%
Wind: 5 mph
grill coals
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 12:22 pm
beach Porthcawl
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Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 08:04 am
(Crossposted @AO3)



Title: Cold Comfort
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Amyfortuna
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chestnut_filly
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Pairing: Nerdanel/Nienna
Rating: T
Summary: "Nerdanel, early in the Second Age, ponders the wisdom of her choices."
Length: 9:11

Mediafire download link
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Recorded and posted for Tolkien Femslash Week 2017, for the prompt Sappho 56 (trans. Anne Carson):

not one girl I think
who looks on the light of the sun
will ever
have wisdom
like this

Because is this not the most Nerdanel quote there has ever been?
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There are slight sound effects here, but I don't think they should be triggering for listeners with auditory epilepsy, and there is no dramatic reverb/echo for those with auditory processing issues. The biggest difference is in "distance" and a slight volume drop.
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 04:02 pm
It was such horrible news to read about Chester Bennington. While I've never been fannish about them, Linkin Park have always been a band I've enjoyed and loved. Hybrid Theory has been one of my most favourite albums for a very long time, and while their later works didn't hit the spot so hard, I still enjoyed them all, and looked forward to every new release. And now Chester's gone. My thoughts are with his family and friends, and all who loved him.

In a complete subject change. I've seen Dunkirk, the new Spiderman and Planet of the Apes films lately. I enjoyed them all in very different ways. I saw Dunkirk in the imax yesterday, and my ears were ringing coming out. It's a film with a heck of an emotional impact, and have to admit to being impressed with Harry and his acting.

Last Sunday I went to the christening of my youngest niece and nephew. James was at work so it was just me and Corey taking on the roles of Godparents. It was a nice enough day, a bit chaotic at the party afterwards, but that was always going to be the case with so many kids going.

Corey's had a bit of a nightmare with his house. The owners have had it up for sale for nearly a year now, but the letting agents have said all along that it was being sold with the understanding it came with tenants living there, and they'd be able to stay until the end of their third year. Sadly it didn't end up like that, and a fortnight ago they were told they had to be out by the end of next month.

Thankfully they've managed to find another house. It's a bit cheaper, but another ten minutes walk away from Corey's main uni building, so he's got a half hour walk unless he buys a cheap metro ticket. And of course there's another set of admin fees and deposits to pay. He should get his damage deposit back from the house they're in now, but I suspect the agents are going to pull a fast one and say damage has happened.

Yesterday I was at a travel agents asking about holidays as we're planning on going abroad next year. The lady we talked to was so good, I told her I'd never been abroad, James had only been to France and neither of us had flown, so we had no idea where to go. So she showed us a few options, gave a few ideas, and now we need to narrow things down a little before going back. I still can't believe we're doing it, like I told her yesterday, it feels like the world is opening up to me, and that's so cool.

I've just posted the story I started for picfor1000 and then abandoned for another idea. As it's a picfor1000 it's Gerard and Mikey centric, a bit of fluff, and has lots of talk about Muppets. It's Time to Play the Music.

ETA: I knew I'd forgotten something. We've bought tickets for Chase Park a music festival that's set up so people with disabilities can attend easily. There's no one well known playing, but it's local, the tickets are cheap, and I think it's going to be a great day.
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 01:33 am
1. I'm just a few pages away from being done translating Tera Girl! Even though this is only a three volume series, it was such low priority it feels like it's taken forever to finish it, so I'm excited to finally get it done. (There is an unrelated one-shot at included in the last volume, and I do also plan to translate that, so I won't technically be done with the series until that's done, but I'll be done with the main story and the unrelated one-shot can wait for a bit.)

2. We got these delicious edamame Pretz in recently at work and I just tried them today and they're so good!

3. Carla got a bunch of really cute Chloe pics yesterday.

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 02:39 am
Oxford - checka 7
Oxford's Bridge of Sighs
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 02:10 am
Bunny Harvestman
http://petslady.com/article/creepy-cute-bunny-harvestman-could-give-arachnid-arachnophobia

Creepy Cute Bunny Harvestman
Posted by Creature Features on July 20, 2017

This bizarre looking “Bunny Harvestman” from the South American rainforest looks like a mad scientist grafted a rabbit's head onto an octet of spindly spider legs.

Metagryne bicolumnata, to give it its official scientific name, was beautifully photographed on July 11th of 2017 by Flickr member Andreas Kay (Ecuador Megadiverso).

Though members of the Arachnid class, harvestmen (also known as “daddy longlegs”) are not spiders though they do have eight legs. We're sure that factoid makes you feel better, assuming you haven't already run off screaming.
Bunny Harvestman 1
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 01:52 am
Mackinac Island Fudge

fudge
http://12tomatoes.com/mackinac-island-fudge/?utm_source=glp-12t&utm_medium=social-fb&utm_content=Link&utm_term=&utm_campaign=mackinac-island-fudge

40 minutes to prepare, Servings 16-20 depending on size of slices/pieces


INGREDIENTS

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup milk
½ cup granulated white sugar
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups confectioners’ sugar

PREPARATION

Mix butter, milk, salt, brown and white sugars in a heavy pan on medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir continuously for 6 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool briefly, then add vanilla, cocoa powder, and confectioner's sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until fudge is smooth and thick.

Pour onto a buttered baking pan. When cool enough to touch, use a spatula to help roll mixture into log form, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in freezer for 20 minutes.

Slice to serve. Enjoy!