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The Bonds That We Save
DCU/MCU; Peggy Carter, Etta Candy, Diana of Themyscira; g; 1,040 words
In which Peggy Carter meets Etta Candy.

Slightly cleaned up from the version I posted on tumblr last night. Or read it on AO3.

This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. )

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Feedback is always welcome.

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open up your loving arms

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:44 am
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Friday night, I took the train to Huntington - the only train they hadn't cancelled, apparently, so it was packed - and met up with my sister, my niece, and my niece's boyfriend's mom, to go see a "Back to the 80s" show with a band called Jessie's Girl at the Paramount.

It was a lot of fun, though there were some things we'd probably do differently if we were to do it again: 1. miss the terrible opening act - it was a DJ who was just really bad at being a DJ despite playing lots of great 80s music. He was just. So. Bad. And I definitely would have gotten at least a bottle of water, since we were upstairs in the seating area and there were so many stairs none of us wanted to go back down to the bar, so I was SO THIRSTY by the time we got back to my sister's, and I woke up with a dehydration headache even though I hadn't had any alcohol. I mean, I hadn't had anything to drink from when I left work at 5 pm to when we got back to Marg's at midnight. That just ain't right.

Anyway, the band was really entertaining, though some of their song choices were puzzling to me (why "Hot for Teacher" of all the Van Halen songs you could have picked?) and there were a few glaring omisions, imo: no Duran Duran! No Pet Shop Boys! No New Order! No "Relax!" No "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go!" No "What I Like About You!" And since they did do "A Little Respect," which I think is more obscure than any of the others (I mean, not to me - it was one of the songs of my senior year of high school - but Marg and Alyssa didn't know it, and Alyssa knew almost every song despite not even being alive in the 80s), and "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" while dressed up like the dude from Dead or Alive, I don't think the other songs are too much to ask for. Certainly they could have replaced "Sunglasses at Night" and "Somebody's Watching Me" and "Physical" with better songs! but Alyssa says they do a lot of shows so they probably rotate things in and out of the set list.

While the upstairs where we were never filled in, the dance floor was pretty packed with drunk middle aged white ladies, which is pretty entertaining in and of itself.

So we did a lot of dancing, which my knees were not happy about, especially after all the stairs, so yesterday was kind of a painful day.

But because we cover a wide range of enjoyable activities, we went to tea in Port Jeff at brunchtime, and it was lovely, as it always is. The tea shop was all decked out for fall and our reservation was for when it opened, so we had the place to ourselves for most of our time there, which was nice.

In keeping with the 80s theme (not really but it sounds good), I had the Pretty in Pink tea ("a blend of green tea, pomegranate, flowers, nuts, acai and yumberry make up this fruity pale pink tea") iced, and it was both pretty and pink and also delicious. And the scones of the day were apple raisin walnut, and all of the little sandwiches and tea cakes were delicious (except for the grilled goat cheese rounds, which we felt were a mistake, but if you like goat cheese on toasted wheat bread, you'd probably like them).

By then I was exhausted but all the Port Jeff and Ronkonkoma line trains were screwy because of track work (estimated travel time: 2 hours and 39 minutes one way!!!) so Alyssa dropped me at the Islip station on her way home and I took the Babylon branch instead.

I got home and took a two hour nap, and then went to bed after the Yankees lost, so I feel less exhausted now, but I woke up with a cold. My nose won't stop running and my sinuses ache. Bah. I just really want some soup.

But it was a great weekend. A++ would dance and drink tea again.

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I meant to link to this yesterday: 5 things Obi-Wan should have told Luke instead of lies. #obi-wan's casual relationship with the truth

Leaving aside all Doylistic reasons (i.e., that at the time, Lucas had no idea Obi-Wan was lying about anything!), given canon as it currently stands, I feel like I can only blame Obi-Wan for not clearing up 1 (Darth Vader is your father) and 5 (Princess Leia is your sister). More on that below but first, I will quickly dispatch the others:

- 2. Owen was Anakin's stepbrother and they only met once is irrelevant to Luke's situation, because Owen and Beru raised Luke and loved him and were his family in all ways that matter. Otoh, this part: Obi-Wan could have saved himself a lot of time by just telling the kid that he was hidden away to protect him from the Empire, and now it's time to step out I can agree with. That would have been perfect and not in any way set Owen and Beru up against Luke's father's 'ideals,' whatever those were meant to be at the time/according to Obi-Wan.

- 3. Yeah, it would have been great if Obi-Wan gave Luke some background on the Jedi Order, but I feel like there was time for that later, in ghostly chats during downtime or while training with Yoda. I don't know if you lead with philosophy and history when rescuing the princess and destroying the planet-killing space station are the top two things on your to-do list. And Luke spent a few weeks with Yoda so we don't really know what else he was taught aside from all the running and the handstands. He seemed to be doing all right in RotJ anyway, some Force-choking aside.

- 4. I don't think Obi-Wan was advising Luke to bury his feelings forever and ever. Luke may have interpreted it that way (certainly Anakin seemed to, despite ten years of Jedi training), so much as he was saying, don't let them overwhelm you while you're fighting the Emperor and Vader, because they will use your feelings and Leia against you if they can. And he's not wrong - Luke does get overwhelmed when Vader picks up on the whole 'sister' thing, but then he masters himself and wins out, at least in terms of 1. not dying and 2. bringing Vader back to the light. I feel like Coach Taylor lays it out best: "Every man at some point in his life is gonna lose a battle. He's gonna fight and he's gonna lose. What makes him a man, is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself."

Now, the two lies that actually did some damage and Obi-Wan should have pulled on his big boy pants and told the truth (speaking from an in-text/Watsonian perspective):

1. "Darth Vader is your father" - I absolutely understand to some degree why Obi-Wan couldn't bring himself to tell Luke this, especially not early on. And I don't need to rehash all the reasons why for Obi-Wan it was not even really a lie! Why he could weasel around with "from a certain point of view" and still look his ghost-self in the ghost-mirror. I mean, I can if you want me to! I'm happy to discuss Obi-Wan at any time! but I feel like it is, like, 93% irrelevant to this particular discussion, because once Luke was leaving for Bespin, it was CRUCIAL that he have all the facts going into that confrontation, and he didn't and it cost him dearly. It didn't even need to be Obi-Wan who told him! he could have kept on with his "I'm not mad I'm just disappointed" bit as Luke left if he really needed to for his own peace of mind.

But Yoda should have done it instead of being cryptic and discouraging, and while I'm not anti-Yoda as so many people are, I do think he made a huge mistake there, and did so willfully instead of genuinely. I think it shows on both their parts that they continued to misunderstand what drove Anakin Skywalker (despite, on Obi-Wan's part, knowing him really well) and also a real unwillingness to question their own worldviews despite having them upended so terribly. I mean, twenty years of meditating in the desert/the swamp over everything that went wrong (and no doubt with a side order of routine self-flagellation for Obi-Wan, at least), and it never occurred to either of them to think, well, Anakin never did anything the way we expected, so why should he be a Sith in the expected way? (and remember, he's not actually that great at being a Sith.)

5. "Leia is your sister." I mean, I guess he'd been alone in the desert for 19 years, so maybe it wouldn't have occurred to him that cute teenagers in adrenaline-fueled and dangerous situations might end up kissing and stuff! Especially when BOTH of them were Skywalkers. I mean, he knew Anakin met Padme when he was 9 and was like, "She's the one for me!" and ten years later, actually made it happen, so I don't know what he was thinking when he neglected to mention that the girl currently inspiring Luke to radical notions of overthrowing the Empire was none other than his sister. It would have at least avoided some awkward situations and the potential for a very different sort of family tragedy, anyway. ("One more date and we would've had a Greek tragedy on our hands." - Soapdish) I guess he was just really confident in Han Solo's charms to win the princess's heart in the end? *g*

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The past few nights, I've been in bed by 10:15, so last night when I stayed up until 11 (which is my usual bedtime), I was like, "it's so late!"

It's getting darker earlier, which always makes it feel later than it is, but last night 11 pm felt like 2 am for some reason.

For some reason my DVR didn't pick up the season premiere of Star Wars Rebels on Monday (at any of the times it aired) but it did have the first half hour set to record last night, so I pressed record for the second episode as well (why does it do that? I do not understand!), even though I watched both live.

spoilers of Mandalore )

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why always so blue?

Oct. 18th, 2017 11:33 am
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There was a most adorable pug in a bag on the subway this morning. It reminded me of Gizmo from Gremlins. It looked a little skeptical about the whole bag situation but was really well-behaved. And so cute!

Work continues to be ridiculously busy because in addition to my own job, they keep adding things to my to do list from jobs that aren't currently filled, so I'm doing three people's jobs. It's bullshit, and I would rant but I'm not locking the post so. Whatever. I don't get paid nearly enough for this.

Yesterday, I got an email from the realtor, who'd gotten an email from the management agent who was like, "There's no estimated monthly mortgage payment in this loan commitment letter" and I said to myself, says I, "I wondered about the exact same thing!" So the loan officer forwarded the loan estimate letter that I'd gotten back in September with the estimated monthly payment. They also wanted proof of my "bonus" since it wasn't listed in my salary verification letter so I had to send them the pay stub and the letter explaining it as a "one time extra wage payment" since that is what they call it in order to not have to tax it like a bonus, but it was a deposit that shows up on my bank statement and then in my taxable income and therefore needs an explanation. Luckily, after all that was forwarded, the agent said she was sending the application to the board for their review, so hopefully I get called for an interview soon.

In other news, I got a clean bill of health from the dentist, so I'm free from that for another six months. Of course, I totally ruined the minty fresh feel of my mouth by having cheesy garlic bread for dinner, but eh, sometimes a woman needs cheesy garlic bread, bad breath be damned.

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Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3) by Rick Riordan, which I enjoyed a lot, especially the spoilers )

What I'm reading now
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, the Practical Magic prequel focusing on the aunts. I love the aunts! I love seeing them as young women! I love everything to do with them and their relationship with their aunt who fills the role for them that they do for Sally and Gillian in PM.

I do not love their super special most handsomest and most powerfulest baby brother who spoilers )

What I'm reading next
Too many books to pick one out of the pack just yet!

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does anybody else know you like i do?

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:38 pm
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Yesterday, I checked to make sure my application package had been delivered and FedEx said there was a delivery exception!!! the business was closed!!! and I was like, "!!!" but luckily it was reattempted and delivered by noon instead of 10:30 am. Still, though. Can nothing just go smoothly?

In other news, I just wrote and deleted a writing rant, but suffice it to say, "start as close to the end as possible" remains one of the best and most useful bits of writing advice I ever heard.

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this is not my beautiful wife

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:50 am
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Yesterday, I scheduled my grocery delivery for the 8 am - 10 am slot, since I had plans for the afternoon, and so I set my alarm for 7:30 so I could at least have brushed my teeth and put on pants, but I hit snooze instead of getting up, and then the doorbell rang at 7:45. Needless to say, teeth were not brushed and pants were not acquired - I did pull on a pair of boxer shorts before I answered the door, but I was still half-asleep while the guy handed me my groceries.

I guess being early like that almost makes up for two weeks ago, when they didn't show up at all? Even though they said they delivered it to someone in the household? And I spent half an hour on the phone with Amazon assuring them that as the only person who lives in my household, I had not received any groceries. They refunded my money, of course, but it meant I had to actually go do grocery shopping. And then my baby spring greens froze (I think it was the packaging? because the bagged salad doesn't do that) and I had to buy lunch all week anyway, because ugh, salad that has frozen and then defrosted is all limp and slimy and I couldn't bear a week of lunches of it.

In better news, my plans yesterday were meeting up with [personal profile] tenaciousmetoo, her husband, and [personal profile] innie_darling to go see the 30th anniversary screening of The Princess Bride, which was, of course, fantastic. It opened with Ben Mankiewicz interviewing Rob Reiner, and Rob Reiner telling cute stories about the filming of the movie (and then there was a second brief interview segment bookending the movie).

The movie still holds up. It's still sweet and funny and romantic and funny, eminently quotable with iconic performances, sword fights, pirates, evil princes, and true love conquering all. Do I wish Buttercup were a little more active in the fire swamp? I do. But I am heartened by having seen Robin Wright as General Antiope in Wonder Woman, and the progression of yet another princess from my youth (I was 17 when TPB came out, so I can't say childhood) becoming a general. Anyway! It was great to see it on the big screen again, and I definitely recommend it.

Then we had dinner at the Grey Dog - the food was good but the music was loud - and talked for a couple of hours. All in all, a great way to spend a grey October afternoon.

And then the Giants actually won last night! A game where they were supposed to be annihilated! So that was fun. *g* But now I am very sleepy and wish I was home in bed instead of at my desk at work. Sigh.

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I answered the first ten questions of this meme here, and now I'm doing the second set of 10:

Ship Questions for your Current Fandom

11. Who is your current OTP?
I guess if my "current" fandom is technically Star Wars, then Han/Leia is my current OTP. *hands* And also Rey/Finn and Obi-Wan/Satine and Kanan/Hera.

12. Who is your current OT3?
Rey/Finn/Poe. Anakin/Padme/Obi-Wan (which is more...how could these relationships be better/more healthy than fervent shipping; but they do work better as a trio. IJS).

13. Any NoTPs?
Didn't I already answer this last time? Reylo for Star Wars, definitely.

14. Go on, who are your BroTPs?
Han and Luke, I guess? Though I'm okay with Luke being there as part of the OT3 with Han and Leia. *hands*

15. Is there an obscure ship which you love?
Obi-Wan/Satine. Obi-Wan/Ventress. Also, Anakin/Ahsoka. I would also love some Ahsoka/Steela if people would write it.

16. Are there any popular ships in your fandom which you dislike?
Hux/Ren. Ugh. DO NOT WANT.

17. Who was your first OTP and are they still your favourite?
HAN/LEIA. OTP OF OTPS.

18. What ship have you written the most about?
I haven't really written much ship fic in Star Wars.

19. Is there a ship which you wished you could get behind, but you just don’t feel them?
Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan. I guess I can see why people ship them but I find them a huge yawn and have mostly been unable to sustain interest in reading fic about them where the romantic relationship is the focus. See also Finn/Poe, which doesn't interest me unless Rey is also present. I also just don't get any of the Obi-Wan/clones fic. I mean, knock yourselves out, but I don't get it.

20. Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?
Obi-Wan/Anakin. Which - I don't read most of the fic for it, because I don't see it a regular romance? But I have a hard time with them being separated (before Anakin turns evil, I mean) even if they are technically involved with other people.

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plug it in, change the world

Oct. 13th, 2017 02:50 pm
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Well, the coop board application package is all spiffed up and waiting to be picked up by FedEx. keep your fingers crossed!

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: Kicks
Huh. I'd have definitely named this episode after the flan, but that's just me. spoilers )

The Good Place: Existential Crisis
spoilers )

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Another board meeting successfully concluded! Now maybe I can start answering comments again, and maybe do some more writing!

In the meantime, have a househunting update:

Tuesday, I received an updated loan commitment letter - almost final!, they assured me - and asked me to send them two pieces of documentation, one of which I'd sent previously (twice, backup for a deposit which was the payout of the inherited IRA from my dad back in May) and one which was a letter explaining why I was okay paying more than the apartment was appraised for (i.e., the comparables used were six months out of date, and I love the area and the building!), and they were like, okay, you should have a final letter soon!

So I didn't get it yesterday and today was frantic work-wise, but after everything was over, I emailed them and was like, "When do I get the final letter? I need to send this application in!" and they were like, "...that was the version for your application? Have your lawyer look it over and then send it in."

I wish they were more explicit about these things! Because this letter is not executed, nor does it actually specify what my monthly payments will likely be, both of which were done with the letter the last time around. So I was like, "Okay then!" and sent it on to my attorney, who just emailed back like, "Good to go, V!"

Since S. the realtor's assistant has already approved the rest of the package ("You're so organized! You're like my long lost twin!"), I made the required copies (on three-hole-punched paper) and I went and got all the necessary checks; it's costing me $1225 in various application fees this time around(!!!), and luckily I don't have to pay $10 a check for each certified check because I have "priority" status at Big Evol MegaCorp (i.e., my bank and also former employer), because that would have been $50 on top of that. And that's not even getting into the $450 the appraisal cost, or what the closing costs will be (and then the moving costs and cleaning costs and ripping up the carpet and refinishing the floors costs and painting an accent wall costs etc.). Oy.

So tomorrow I'll slip the numbered divider tabs into the pile of papers, put them in the binders, and send the whole thing off via FedEx and hope they call me for an interview soon. Keep your fingers crossed!

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everybody here has seams and scars

Oct. 11th, 2017 10:44 am
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Last night, on the spur of the moment, L and I met up for dinner at the bar around the corner, and it turned out it was Bingo Night. I didn't even know bar bingo was a thing, but apparently it is, and so we played, and in addition to getting two free shots when the 'booze ball' came out (a different ball for each round), I won two bingos! Well, the first one I was playing L's card, so technically she won, and she got an adorable pink unicorn bubble gun as a prize. I won the last round, scoring a blackout! And $25 off the tab! It was stupidly fun, though two beers and two shots on a weeknight is not the brightest idea I've ever had.

And now it's time for What I'm Reading Wednesday:

What I've just finished
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, which is a short story anthology that retells the story of the original Star Wars (A New Hope, if you must) from the POV of background/secondary characters. Some stories work much better than others, and it spends much too much time with the denizens of the cantina in Mos Eisley (though one of my favorite stories is the one about the lost clarinet or whatever it is called, and the variety of shenangians around it). I also really enjoyed the memo from the admiral that Vader chokes in the conference room, and the report from the stormtrooper with the dewback obsession, both of which are hilarious. There are a few clinkers - the mousedroid one was unreadable for me, and while I liked getting Beru's POV, her story didn't seem to fit at all, and I thought the writing for Biggs's story was way too overwrought.

Otoh, the Yoda section! Oh my heart. spoilers )

What I'm reading now
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase #3). I admit, the way to my heart is definitely to have a Percy cameo at the start of every book. I do like that kid a lot. But this jumps right into the action and so far I'm enjoying it a lot.

What I'm reading next
I've got both The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater on the iPad, so probably those, but anything could happen!

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I didn't mention this, but I left work early on Friday because there was a power outage and a smoke condition, so they sent us home at about 4 pm. This happened the week prior as well (the day I was out sick) and is due to the work going on in the street in front of the building, which has basically been going on since the crane collapse in February 2016. Between this and the years of construction near my apartment on the Second Avenue Subway, I feel like I am always in a construction zone. I gotta tell you, I don't love it.

Anyway, since the building was evacuated and then closed yesterday for the holiday, the HVAC took forever to get online, so I sat in a 90 minute meeting this morning in a small conference room with 10 other people, a projector that shed heat like a small star, and no AC. The windows had to be closed because of the construction - we're on a low floor so all street noises sound like they are happening in the room with you. As a way to start the day, I can't say I recommend it.

I guess because of the evacuation, the cleaning staff didn't take out the garbage on Friday, so it's still sitting here in the bin under my desk. Sigh.

Ugh. Tuesday.

In better news, [community profile] yuletide assignments are out! And mine is a good one! It's not even the fandom that I forgot to go into my signup on Sunday and delete because I was having doubts, which I was sure it would be (it typically is). My person only listed one prompt and their letter is only about a fandom we didn't match on, but luckily, the prompt they gave for the one we did match on is right up my alley, so this should be fun! Remind me of this in December when I'm tearing my hair out. *g*

In even better news, The Last Jedi trailer dropped last night! (My tumblr tag is, obviously, star wars: the last jedi, so you can see all the beautiful gif sets people made in the immediate aftermath, or so you can blacklist it so you don't have to see any of it. Whatever works for you, you know?)

I did a Rogue One/New Hope rewatch yesterday, and I have to say I still love Bodhi, Baze and Chirrut best. Sigh. Also, the way it recontextualizes that first scene between Leia and Vader is so great.

Anyway. I suppose this is spoilery? Idek, but here's a cut, just in case: The Last Jedi trailer spoilers: quibbles and concerns )

I did like some stuff though! I'm not a total negative Nelly.

The good things:

stuff I liked! )

In conclusion: I have concerns but I AM EXCITE. GIVE IT TO ME. PLEASE DON'T SUCK!

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