I love my German con family so much – we always have such a great time volunteering together. (This isn’t to say that things like Ethan Peck shaking my hand and thanking us for our work don’t give me a thrill. *g*) Since there’s almost a year between cons, we try to see each other between that – cake break with two of the bunch on the way back from the Netherlands in September, a visit by three in October (which will be great, as I love playing guide – and it’s good for my wallet, too. *g*).Continue reading “Squad goals”
In honour of Pride month
Life’s been a bit too busy for my taste recently, hence my lack of activity (which includes creating fanworks, unfortunately). I made the mistake of signing up for no less than FIVE cons between Easter and mid-July. And in between I’ve been sick, right now with a bronchitis, so that’s fun. :/
Anyways, in the past weeks I’ve done something I’ve rarely done in my offline life: I’ve come out to people as aro-ace.
So far, I’d only identified as such to my mom and my best friend in so many words (who both took it as well as could be expected from people who have no experience with the queer community), although I’ve been quite clear about not ever wanting a relationship when talking to some people at work.
I definitely didn’t go into details with any of them, didn’t mention that the only sex I’m interested in is in my head.Continue reading “In honour of Pride month”
A couple of weeks ago my employer announced our annual bonus – so to celebrate I decided to go on Etsy for some shopping! 🙂
I ended up ordering two customised pieces of jewelry in the aro-ace flag colours. (They were originally just ace colours – black/grey/white/purple – and I asked for aro colours to be added – green/light-green/white/grey/black.) Both arrived in the meantime, and I really like them a lot:
They’re so pretty, and I can easily wear them every day. (And the ring is slightly adjustable, which I prefer because my fingers seem to change in size depending on the weather. *g*)
I, umm, didn’t leave my house this weekend. Oops? 🙂 I did, however, do lots of inside stuff:
- set up my “new” phone (my Sony’s been crapping out on me, although it’s barely 2 years old, so I bought a refurbished Samsung). They always say how easy it’s supposed to be, but in the end I updated stuff for most of the day.
- signed up for the Guardian Reverse Exchange.
- did some exercises the trainer at my gym showed me on Friday. After such a long break I’m seriously out of shape, it’s very frustrating, so I’ll try to do them at home, too.
- edited and posted the next Shipping (Pod)Cast episode to Patreon: Connor Murphy x Evan Hansen (Dear Evan Hansen) with Nich (public release April 5).
- recorded the episode after that, giving me a well-appreciated buffer before the next deadline.
I also watched the next episode of my current Boys Love addiction – He’s Coming to Me is cute, warm-hearted, and hitting ALL the emotional beats. Although we’re only 4 subbed episodes in, I’ve already added it to my recs list (which I’ve been updating, btw). Met and Thun are totally adorable and have such sweet chemistry, plus I’m actually invested in the plot: Met is a ghost, and Thun is the only person who can see him. So they a) can’t touch, for extra feels, and b) have to figure out how Met died. And above all of this reincarnation looms… Usually I’d worry about a tragic ending, but the whole show has such a positive spirit overall, I think it’ll be hopeful in some way, even if I can’t see how. Well, only four more episodes, apparently…
Oh, and I finally watched episode 30 of Guardian – things are definitely coming to a head!Continue reading “Lazy weekend”
The three most beautiful days
That’s what we call Fasnacht, our carnival in Basel, which is happening right now – actually it’s ending tomorrow morning at 6am, having started Monday 4am. (Yes, we’re a week later than most, already officially in Lent – my theory is that they chose the date to thumb their noses at their Catholic neighbours, post-Reformation. Basel is special like that. *g*)
I missed most of it this year, only going to the children’s parade on Tuesday with my brother and his family (omg, my nephews were so fricking adorable!) and having a wander through town today, taking a look at some of the lanterns and floats. I did, however, have the mandatory foods: onion quiche and flour soup, yum!
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I also booked the trains for the Shadowhunters con in Brussels in June. As an extra awesome perk, because traveling via Paris is fastest, I’ll leave a day early and spend the night with one of my Jalec gals. We’ll then travel to Brussels together. Yay for time in beautiful Paris!
In other news, I watched two more episodes of Guardian (eps 28/29), which means more liveblogs! 🙂Continue reading “The three most beautiful days”
Back at work after over a month of sick leave. Surprisingly I managed to get caught up with most of it in a few hours – it was nice that several people said they were glad I was back. It’d be a bad sign if I wasn’t missed, after all. 🙂
In Basel it’s carnival, so it was relatively quiet, and I even managed to work on my Jalec round robin chapter, which is due this Thursday.
And now for some Guardian – episode 27 from yesterday, and a rewatch of episode 1. 😉Continue reading “First day”
My free time’s coming to an end
Starting Monday I’m back at work. It shouldn’t be a problem, but I am glad I was still on sick leave this week – not so much because of the hysterectomy, which has given me few problems, but because of the stupid infection in my arm pit.
They cut it open on Tuesday, to drain it, and I’ve had to go back to hospital to get it cleaned twice since. I’ll likely still have to undergo another operation to have it cut out, but I’m hoping I can postpone that so there’s a bit of a larger gap between round of full anesthesia. Overall, it’d have sucked having to go to work, as it was definitely noticeable.
Anyways, in other news, today I also succeeded in making my first Chinese tea eggs, courtesy of a recipe by asya.
While doing this, I watched Borgia (Fear & Faith, not the Showtime version), which is not normally my cup of tea – I’m not usually into politics and intrigues and unpleasant people, all of which the show has aplenty. Yet somehow, I find myself binging it. Here‘s an interesting article by a historian comparing the two Borgia shows.
Also, much to my chagrin, I found out that I’d somehow overlooked the last episode of my favourite BL show, Love by Chance. MORE AE/PETE, YAY!!! Unfortunately, also a rape subplot, including gaslighting that made my skin crawl. So naturally, I drabbled:
- Change of Perspective (Ae/Pete, 200 words, demisexual Ae)
- Fix-it (Type & Techno, 300 words, canon divergence of the horrific Kla/No plot)
Quiet day, more BL – and a drabble
This morning, I walked into the city centre to run a couple of errands – I’ll try and get outside for at least a while every day, even if I have to take it easy.
Back home (after a break to recuperate), I was finally able to hang the curtains I bought to keep the cold drafts away from my back – the drawback of living in in a 100+ years old house. Did it in two chunks, but overall I mastered the ladder (my ceilings are 3m high), and I really think it’s making a difference. \0/
Other than that, I took it easy. I still don’t feel up to the amount of feels Guardian never fails to evoke, so I sought out some more Asian BL… and struck gold a couple of times:Continue reading “Quiet day, more BL – and a drabble”
Guess who’s back home?
Got released from hospital this morning. My mom came, and we took a taxi home before going to the pharmacy and grocery shopping. By which I mean, I made my 79-year-old mother carry my shit. 🙂Continue reading “Guess who’s back home?”
Tomorrow’s the surgery. It’s at 1pm, which sucks because it means that my last chance to eat a little something is before 6am. Fun!
The pre-op jitters have started to set in – it’s not that I think something will go wrong, the small surgery I had last year helped alleviate concerns about full anesthesia, and a hysterectomy is one of the most common procedures. But still, it’ll be all out of my control, and I hated waking up still groggy, barely able to keep my eyes open. (Yes, I’m a control freak, what gave me away? *g*)
I’m trying to keep my mind off things by packing, filling an external hard drive with tv shows (all of Guardian, for one – it’ll be perfect to watch something with subs because I can’t do anything else) and watching New Amsterdam with the radiant Freema Agyeman. Still, it’ll probably be a looong night – and I’ll probably spam Masto a little tomorrow morning, while I wait around at the hospital. (I have to be there at 10am.)
I apologize in advance, but I asked my mom not to come until afterwards. I’m more of a “pass the time by reading” kinda girl – it’d be probably not be fun to have to make small talk for a couple of hours.