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Sunday, June 25th, 2017 11:40 am
I have given my password to so many people now that like 80% of it's recommendation are not actually for me at this point. I logged in last night and it was like, "because of your​ interest in The West Wing" and "because of your interest in Sense8" and "because of your interest in Justice League", all shows I am pretty sure I have never actually watched. (I think at one point I intended to watch Sense8 but the people I was going to watch it with weren't sold on it and I never got around to watching ​it on my own.)

I started​ watching Supergirl last night. I haven't finished the pilot yet but so far it looks like exactly the right amount of ridiculous​. I guess I'm burnt out on crime drama (or more accurately, all of the ones I was watching either got cancelled or terrible, and all of the new ones I have tried are super bleak and/or gritty, and what I want is fun, lighthearted murder), and circling back to superheroes and vampires.

(It's weird when I think about it, because when it comes to fic I will accept a whooooole lot of angst, but I find it really off-putting in the canon source? I don't know.)
Sunday, June 25th, 2017 12:44 am
I clicked on "Mounts" and the beast master (who appears to have a mermaid tale) asked, "Shall I bring you your steed, starandrea?"

Is there fic about this game?

...WHAT. There is no "Habitica" fandom on AO3?! Maybe it's under another name?

I can literally see guilds dedicated to writing. It is inconceivable to me that there is no fic.

Also, guilds. Hmm. Sounds like another great place for me to not know what I'm doing.

(This is a productive weekend so far; I'm sure you can tell.)

ETA: I thought, hey, maybe I'll join a writers' guild! And now I've joined four guilds, none of them related to writing in any way.
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Sunday, June 25th, 2017 12:29 am
Apparently subscribers get "mystic hourglasses" that allow them to "travel back in time" to collect special gear that was available in the past? When I clicked on the "Time Travelers" tab, it told me:

"We see you have a Mystic Hourglass, so we will happily travel back in time for you! Please choose the pet, mount, or Mystery Item Set you would like. You can see a list of the past item sets here! If those don't satisfy you, perhaps you'd be interested in one of our fashionably futuristic Steampunk Item Sets?"
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Sunday, June 25th, 2017 12:16 am
[personal profile] noxelementalist mentioned being a free user of Habitica, and I was like, "Are some people not free users?" So I looked in the Habitica wiki and it said I could subscribe for $5 a month, and that would get me the ability to convert gold to gems. What! I reward myself for using Habitica by buying $5 worth of gems each month so I can get cool new backgrounds for my avatar to adventure in. And it turns out if I pay the $5 automatically via subscription I can "buy" backgrounds with gold (virtually earned from completing tasks) instead of gems (bought with actual money). Plus subscribers get other things, apparently, but I figured if I was going to buy backgrounds anyway I should subscribe, right? It comes out at least even.

But I couldn't figure out how to subscribe from the app, despite carefully reading the wiki options, so I went to the website. I've never been to the website, apparently, because after I had to have a password reset sent to me in order to log in, I received approximately dozens of "achievement" notifications (mostly relating to streaks for my daily tasks). So the good news is, I figured out how to subscribe. The other news is that, oh my goodness, Habitica is still a thousand times more complicated than I ever think about. I mean, I thought I had learned some things about what it does and how it can be used, but it seems I haven't even made a dent in figuring it out.

The best part, though, is that it's set up to be played by people who have no idea what they're doing. I mean, sometimes not knowing what I'm doing stresses me out, but with Habitica I just feel like, nah, it's all good. It requires so little understanding or commitment that I have been able to use it for four months now without even being irritated by it, let alone quitting it.

Sweet.
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Saturday, June 24th, 2017 11:24 am
Habitica's limited edition summer gear is here!

I was checking on the fiery gryphon quest (someone's gryphon has gotten loose to terrorize the city), and I saw that [personal profile] wispfox is wearing a sea dragon tail (and helm and fins)! What, I said! From whence did this bounty come? Last I knew we were questing for magical eggs, not cool armor!

And lo, when I checked "rewards" I saw new gear available. So I snapped up my own silversea tail and crown of sea creatures (they whisper in your ear to tell you important stories and things, aw). Now I have to go do some tasks so I can get enough gold to acquire the pearl wand to go with my oyster shield.

I love Habitica. It's so delightful.



ETA: "Gold" isn't real money, in case that wasn't clear. It's virtual money earned in the virtual "Habit City" that you can use to virtually buy things for your virtual avatar. Also, Habitica is a low-pressure online role-playing game that encourages you to develop good habits of your own choosing. I am not actually wearing any sea creatures on my head. (That I know of.)
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Saturday, June 24th, 2017 11:15 am
Aaron: I have nothing to do this weekend. How did that happen?
*Andrea: Sounds like a great weekend.
Aaron: Maybe I can finally get some sleep. Although judging from the work emails I've been getting from you at 11:30 at night and 7:30 in the morning, I assume you know the feeling.
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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 11:08 pm
It's so humid that my glasses fogged up when I walked outside.

3/4 of my vague recollections of what to do when overheating turned out to be correct, which tbh is a higher rating than I usually give my survival skills, so. Win.

On the less ughhh side of things, fireflies.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 09:36 pm
In the trees looking up, it's sometimes hard to tell the fireflies from the stars.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:51 pm
So far macOS Sierra and I are getting along pretty well. Safari works on my computer again, which is exciting. My computer acknowledges that my iPod exists, which is also exciting.

...That's pretty much the extent of what I've asked it to do, at this point.

(I guess that's why getting a new computer holds little appeal. I do everything on my iPod anyway, except for two key things: 1) backing up my iPod, and 2) typing on a full size keyboard.)
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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 11:46 pm
*Andrea: At least the weather answers my question of whether or not I should do a 10 mile trail run this weekend: no.
Aaron: The answer to that should always be no.
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 11:28 pm
I don't like to upgrade my computer's operating system, as a general rule. Which is why I'm probably one of a minority of people still running OS X Lion.

OR I WAS.

When it got to the point where it looked like I would need to buy a new computer in order to have a device that could talk to my iPod (and thus get pictures off of it, so I could have space to take more pictures, and today my iPod started giving me the warning every five minutes that I need to free up space or else), I figured, well. If it doesn't work now or doesn't work later, what's the difference?

So I have made the jump straight from Lion to Sierra. Good times.

So far the computer still works.
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Sunday, June 18th, 2017 10:05 pm
Wish the new Power Rangers movie was longer? May I recommend the 20 minutes of deleted scenes (blocked), which address important questions like, "How did Kim get a new phone so quickly?" (she didn't; it's Billy's), "Is Jason's younger sister deaf?" (unlikely though not impossible), and "What did Billy tell his mom about the van?" (it was stolen, per Jason's coaching).

ETA: The person who played the first Yellow Ranger also played the saleswoman at the jewelry store. There must be a non-tragic (reincarnation AU?) first team reunion fic in there somewhere.
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 08:46 pm
Arcane Academy Fight (2/2)


Been a while since I updated. Problem is, I'm not really sure what to say half the time. Keeping an account of my daily battles with my mental health is a bit boring for everyone, really. I was lucky enough to get to go and see Wonder Woman for a second time, and that was just fun. I have the First World Problem of the merchandise for the movie being a bit thin on the ground in my distribution area, but I'm hoping that I might be able to find the Steve Trevor action figure to go with my Diana.

Going to London at the beginning of July. Well, the 6th till the 12th. Going down by train which is always a nice way to do it. Might not be as fast as the plane, but it's definitely a lot less hassle. We've got a decent deal for a hotel as well, and the train tickets were amazingly priced. (Seriously, I will never not be pleased when I think of the discount we got.) With everything that's going on in London at the moment, the Mum is a little worried about going down. I mean, not so much the marches and demonstrations outside Parliament, more the fact that the Tories are trying to make deals with the DUP. We have family in Northern Ireland and... let's just say we all had the exact same look of horror when we first heard about this.

The weather's been nice lately. Warm, but we're getting a breeze with it. We weren't at first and then it rained for like three days and now we have a breeze. Just got to keep an eye, the breeze makes you think it's not as hot as it is and that's not a good thing.

Um... nothing else new, really. I got Netflix so I've been watching a lot of old Mock the Week on that. Life's pretty boring, tbh. Hope everyone's doing well.
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 12:32 am
I think I have reached the stage of my life when I am like, "oh, it's my day off. I will do some relaxing housekeeping chores." (I mean, there are still dishes in the sink but the living room has been upgraded from "total disaster" to "moderate disaster.")

I haven't watched anything in weeks but I finally finished the first season of Speechless and still really like it. I started some new things but nothing has caught me yet. Or, actually, subplots and secondary characters are interesting me, but main plots and protagonists are not catching me yet. We will see.
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 01:19 am
Rangerstop is doing a Wild Force reunion this year! Yay! And also, awkward.

Will Shayla and Merrick come? What about Toxica and Jindrax? Inquiring minds want to know!

Too bad Time Force came last year instead - imagine the entertainment value of those two teams overlapping ♥
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Sunday, June 18th, 2017 12:45 am
Fun facts gleaned from repeatedly re-watching the final detention scene from Power Rangers 2017:

1) That's not Billy's locker that explodes.
2) Pretty sure Tommy's desk isn't actually in the detention room.
3) Kim's lightning bolt is backwards.
Saturday, June 17th, 2017 03:10 pm
If we're not getting another movie with girl!Tommy, then I vote for fic with agender!Tommy. For max representation, and also in honor of original Tommy's long hair. (I probably shouldn't have shared my reasons; it makes me sound shallow, right? But think how great lesbian!Kim and agender!Tommy would be in the context of the 2017 verse! Oddly, I feel like it would have passed with no comment in the 1993 verse, which was all about unspoken equality and not making a big deal of diversity, but in 2017 we're all about validating people's differences and acknowledging their struggles.)
Saturday, June 17th, 2017 09:14 am
This is my favorite instagram account: wolfgang2242, run by a person involved in and posting about senior dog rescue. Sweet and humorous at the same time, without ignoring the realities of caring for a large number of older animals but definitely focusing on the positives.
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Saturday, June 17th, 2017 01:14 am
Trying out my yogibo for sleeping again. Obviously it's going well so far, since here I am posting instead of unconscious. Mimi is Not Impressed.

ETA: Actually was way more comfy with a second blanket as a pillow and a body pillow as a second blanket! Didn't wake up once. Mimi slept on the futon, but this morning she's climbed on the yogibo with me and dozed off while I type.
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Saturday, June 17th, 2017 01:00 am
So I hadn't weighed myself for a couple of months; it's been really busy and I haven't been going to the gym, so I haven't been around a (particularly accurate) scale. I stepped on a scale today and saw a number I haven't seen since high school. Which surprised me.

(I'm always sure I'll gain weight when I'm not paying attention, I guess because that's so common in weight loss stories, that people lose weight only to gain it back. I was so surprised when the warm weather arrived this year and all the dresses I bought last year still fit - even though of course they would, right, I'm wearing the same jeans.)

Yay for continuing to move and pay attention to food even when stressed! ...Apparently.

ETA: I used to be self-conscious about wearing bags with an across-the-chest shoulder strap, the ones you put over your head and wear on your opposite hip? I mean, I wore them, because a lot of places won't allow backpacks but will allow an over the shoulder bag, but I adjusted them a lot to make sure they were hanging a bit forward of my hip, so the shoulder strap wouldn't pull through the middle of my chest and look awkward. (I mean, women with large chests know what I mean, right? I love the online advice about "fit a bra so the band lies flat against your chest," ha ha. What is that, written by men? Small women? I have no idea, but it's not a thing that's physically possible if your chest is so big that there's no space in the middle for the band to touch, come on.)

Today I looked in the mirror while I was grocery shopping and realized my bag had pulled back over my hip and my chest looked... exactly the way it usually looks. As though I am a typically-proportioned woman wearing a well-fitting bra. (So that's what it's like. What an unexpected experience.)