Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 08:55 pm

Title: Most Tourists Suck, But I Guess You Don't
Author: [ profile] Margo_Kim
Reader: [ profile] Chestnut_filly
Fandom: Spirited Away and Lilo & Stitch
Pairing: Lilo/Chihiro
Rating: G
Summary: "It was a normal enough day at Nani’s cafe, except for the part where one girl nearly ripped the place apart looking for her mouse. That got Lilo’s attention."
Length: 11:53

Mediafire link

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 05:10 pm
What are you currently reading?
I have just one chapter (about twenty pages) left to go in The New Jim Crow, so I will probably finish that either tonight or tomorrow. One thing I learned in the most recent chapter, which I had no idea about is that although prisoners cannot vote while imprisoned, the prison populations are used in creating voting districts and such. Most prisons are built in rural areas with very low, mostly white populations. These areas should hold very little power based on population, but because their numbers are padded by thousands of non-voting (mostly black) prisoners, they gain much more weight. Like the extreme gerrymandering in so many areas, this is nothing but an obvious power grab by republicans who know they don't have the numbers to support themselves in a fair vote. >:(

I'm also just a few chapters away from finishing The Library at Mount Char, too. This book is definitely a wild ride and I'm looking forward to seeing how it ends.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished up Public Library and Other Stories yesterday, spurred on by the fact that it was due back at the library today. Overall I enjoyed the stories, but found the title and cover blurbs a bit misleading. There was no story called Public Library, and the stories were not so much library-themed as language- and book-themed. They were still good stories, but it wasn't quite what I was expecting.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I had pre-ordered the new 7 Seeds and just got an email from Amazon last night that it had been downloaded to my ipad, so I will probably be reading that pretty soon. The last chapter apparently came out this month, but I'm not sure how many more volumes that will be since I don't follow the chapters as they're published, but probably just one or two. Maybe more if she does bonus material like she did for Basara.
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 02:39 pm

Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 6 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Souta's reaction when Mame tells him she broke up with Kawada-san is the last thing she was expecting.

Chapter 18: Something's Gotta Give
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 09:29 am
[community profile] comicsroundtable is a new comics discussion comm! I haven't poked around much yet, but if you're at all interested in talking comics (emphasis on new ones at the moment, though I'm hoping they'll expand), check it out!
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 01:16 am
1. My library book was due tomorrow and I was afraid I might not finish it in time, but I ended up finishing it this afternoon after work, and then we took a walk to the library this evening and dropped it off. (Bonus Happiness: This branch has a fancy book drop off outside where it actually scans the book as you put it in the slot, so there's no more worries that you drop it off and then it doesn't get properly checked in and you're shown as overdue.)

2. We stopped at Hungry Pocket on the way back from the library and got lamb shawarma for dinner. Haven't been there in ages, but it's as delicious as ever.

3. Look at these two sweeties sleeping together!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 12:52 am
1. Work was so exhausting today for some reason, but it's over now, yay. Hopefully tomorrow won't be quite as hectic.

2. Jasper and Molly were actually playing together a little bit tonight! I'm really glad to see them interacting a little more, and would love it that continued.

3. I keep seeing people post about the heat elsewhere in the state and even just elsewhere in LA county, and I'm so glad we aren't getting it. D:

4. Is this a pretty Chloe or what!?

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 07:51 pm

Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 9 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Nostal
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: In this two-parter, the occult club plans a retreat at a cabin in the woods only to be attacked by a serial killer.

Chapter 14: Night of the Slayer
Chapter 15: Night of the Slayer II
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 12:55 am
I saw Wonder Woman yesterday, and I enjoyed it a lot. One of my favorite superhero movies so far, though I can't say how much of that is because of how wonderful it felt to watch a movie about a female superhero. Spoilers )

Usually I would go back and read many reaction posts/reviews of the movie by other people now, but I work full-time now and there are fewer hours in the day and it's very annoying. Still no time machine. (Though to be fair if I had a time machine there would be more important things to do than go back a few hours every day just so I have more free time.)
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 07:28 am

* We had half of a fantastic vacation! We want to move to Portland so badly. It is lovely and progressive and beautiful.
* We went to Multnomah Falls and Powell's bookstore with Denise's cousin and his wife, who are lovely people.
* We had ALL the great food
* We took an Amtrak to Tacoma which was also very cool. We plan to take the train as often as possible
* The weather was so fo fantastic it was unreal. We had two days of sunny perfection, and then it got a little overcast and drizzly and Brenda, Denise's cousin's wife goes, 'Oh! The weather got yucky.' We were both, ' What is this yucky you speak of?' It was still cool and brisk and fabulous.
* It is 95 degrees in Houston right now with 79% humidity and I am dying.
* Sadly, I could not connect with Dine, but I have hope next time!


* D didn't tell me she had been feeling increasingly worse pretty much since we began the trip. She said she thought she could 'power through' the trip. ( facepalm )
* We got to Tacom and the morning we were to go whale watching she woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me she felt sick. An hour and three projectile sick bombs later my friend Shelby drove us to the ER in Puyallup, WA
* D was released after three days because she had a 22000 count of white blood cells when the normal amount is 8000 and her heart rate was elevated. This is always what they find when she goes to the ER.
* It COULD have been worse. She could have cratered on the Clipper ship. Or on the plane. Or in some city where we knew no one. Our friends were just the best the whole time and I can't believe we are lucky enough to have them in our lives.
* We changed our flight and finally got home and I took two extra days off because I needed a vacation from my vacation

So! That part is a do-over whenever we get the money again.


* Just started binging Zoo. Not bad. I have Zenyatta/Jackson FEELINGS
* Got three eps into The Handmaid's Tale and kind of stalled. I know I'll go back to it but it feels too close to reality for me right now. Especially in Texas
* Shadowhunters is back!!! I loves me some Magnus Bane.


* The Pens won The Cup. While I'm not surprised because really, it's the Pens, I so wanted the Preds to win for PK. Still, Phil Kessel has a Cup win now, along with Trevor Daley, an ex-Dallas Star, and one of my favorites, so that is happy-making
* Now the long, dry, empty months until next season. May they pass quickly


*26 years together, 24 married. :-) Felicidades to us!

OK gente!

Must go work, so talk at y'all later!
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 01:27 am
1. I had one of those days where I was sleepy all day for some reason and really didn't feel like doing anything, but I did get some translating done, even if it wasn't as much as I'd hoped, and I read a bit, too.

2. We started watching a new (to us) show called Kim's Convenience. Just one season out so far, but apparently it was renewed for a second season, to air later this year. It's a Canadian sitcom about a Korean Canadian family in Toronto (the dad owns a convience store, thus the title). It's pretty cute and I'm liking it a lot so far.

3. I got some sweet cuddle time with Molly last night.

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 12:41 am

Charm Big Star Quilt- Quilting With Charm Packs!
78" x 60"
4 Charm Packs Print (5" squares) = 10" (one layer cake) = 4 charm packs , 48 charm squares per yard
1 1/2 yds of Solid White Fabric (includes 1" inner border)
1 1/2 yds of Solid Red Fabric
1 1/4 yds for border 5" wide
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Monday, June 19th, 2017 07:22 pm

80" x 86" 9 blocks X 10 blocks (12 sashing rows)

3 pack of 5" squares (charm packs)
1 roll of 2 1/2" strips (cut 5" long)
2 3/4 yd background and for inner border fabric
1 1/2 yd outer border

5" charm square colored fabric
5" small square background
5" x 2 1/2" strip dark
5" x 2 1/2" strip light
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Monday, June 19th, 2017 03:39 pm


Cut up 10" fabric color squares
- 4 1/2" strip = cut up into 4 1/2" square and 2 rectangles (4 1/2" x 2 1/2")
- 2(2 1/2") strips = cut each up into 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle and 2 squares (2 1/2")

background (white) fabric per block:
2 strips (4 1/2" x 2 1/2")
2 strips (4 1/2" X 6 1/2")
4 squares (2 1/2" x 2 1/2")



Strip A + square background -------- (strip background + 4 1/2" square background)
square A + Strip B --------------------- or use strip of 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"

square background + square color B----- 4 1/2"-------- strip background + square E
4 1/2" strip background ------------------ Square-------- square D + square background

(strip background + 4 1/2" square background)-------- Strip D + square E
or use strip of 6 1/2" x 4 1/2"---------------------------- square background + Strip E
Monday, June 19th, 2017 01:01 am
1. Today was soooooo hectic. But now it's over and I have tomorrow off!

2. I hired four new cashiers over the past few days, so I'm really hoping at least some of them work out and we can stop being so short-handed.

3. I bought noodles and stuff to make hiyashi chuka for lunch tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it.

4. Grapes have been on sale a lot lately and Carla keeps buying them and they taste good to her, but are too sour for me, but she finally got a batch that I like, so now I have grapes, too. :D

5. I know I just posted a Jasper pic yesterday and I like to alternate kitties, but this one of him sprawled out on the bed was just too cute! He's getting so big!

Sunday, June 18th, 2017 06:02 pm
Tarte Flambé
Found in the Spring issue of "Sift" magazine.

Tarte Flambé
In the Alsace region of France, this pizza-like bread was born as a means of testing the heat of the wood-fired oven. If the pie baked quickly and well, the oven was ready for the hearth breads waiting to be baked.

PREP 35 mins. BAKE 13 mins. to 15 mins. TOTAL 10 hrs 50 mins.
YIELD Two 11" pies


2 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Unbleached Pastry Flour
1 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups water

1/2 cup créme fraîche
1 large egg yolk
salt and pepper, to taste
pinch of ground nutmeg
8 ounces bacon, cut into 1" pieces or lardons
1 large red or white onion, thinly sliced (2 cups)
chopped chives for garnish

To make the dough:
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dough ingredients.

Mix and knead to make a smooth dough.

Cover the mixing bowl and let the dough rise for 1 hour.

After an hour, deflate the dough, divide it in half, and shape each half into a ball.

Return to a greased bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.

Prepare the oven:
Place a rack in the upper third of your oven with a pizza stone on it.

Preheat the oven at 500°F for 1 hour.

To make the topping: Whisk together the créme fraîche and egg yolk.

Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg.

In a large skillet, cook the bacon halfway, until it releases some of its fat.

Scoop out the bacon and drain on absorbent paper.

Add the onions and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, until they soften and become translucent.

Remove from the heat, return the bacon to the pan, and set aside.

To shape and assemble the pies:

On a lightly floured surface, stretch the dough to a thickness of 3/8", leaving a 1/2"-thick rim around the outside edge.

Sprinkle a pizza peel with semolina and slide it under the dough, or put the dough on a piece of parchment.

Spread half of the cream mixture over the dough, then sprinkle with half of the bacon and onion mixture.

Repeat the stretching and assembly process with the second round of dough.

Slide the assembled pizza onto the hot stone and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until the onions are browned and the edge of the dough is caramelized.

Remove from the oven, sprinkle with chopped chives, and serve warm.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator, well wrapped, for several days.


Serving Size 1 slice, 83g Servings Per Batch Two 11" pies

Amount Per Serving:
Calories 192
Calories from Fat 63
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 234mg
Total Carbohydrate 21g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g