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I’m back! I understand you must have missed me terribly. ;)

Vacation was good without being spectacular. Summer has been sunny, but not very warm, generally around 20-22C. Everyone complains about it, but not me, because i detest heat, so for me the weather has been perfect.

The first week was spent in the summer house, only reading and sewing. We have two houses and my parents live in the other one, but they are very easy to get along with, and I enjoy having a little extra time with them. Mum and I went swimming before breakfast every morning. We also had a garden party, which was great fun.

The last three weeks we have been more back and forth- a few days in the summer house, a few days at home. We also went to see husband’s brother and his wife, who live in a small town basically in the middle of Sweden. My BiL and husband are super different when it comes to interest and looks, but they have quite similar personalities. I like both him and my SiL a lot, and it was great to see them. We also had time to visit my sister on our way home. My nephew grows more charming the older he gets. He doesn’t talk at all yet, but is very active and curious.

We had an 18th century picnic with a couple of friends, in the gardens of Drottningholm Castle, which was fun. The gardens are pretty much still as they were planted in the 18th century. The dogs enjoyed it too, especially Tom who managed to steal a whole salami. Luckily we could stop him before he had eaten the whole thing.

I spent a whole day with C, planing our artistic dress movement wardrobe for next summer.

The Kid’s uncle with family is visiting from US. I’m very fond of my former BiL, and his daughter are pure delight. She is two years old now and is completely fluent in both Swedish and English. She loves dogs, and was very good at petting them. She got a bit over excited at first, but when I explained the dogs didn’t like it when she was shouting and jumping, she calmed down. And was overjoyed when Teddie immediately came and lay down beside her.

I’m still working on the embroidered 18th century gown. The finishing touches involves a lot of hand sewing, which takes time. I’ve also almost finished and 1915 corset. Though now everything is on pause except a 1670’s mantua which have to be finished by September 16, as we are going to a 17th century ball then.

And I have been writing a bit. I’m halfway finished with my fic for the Remix-challenge, and have a finished synopsis for the Darkest Night. I’ve also written a chapter, and then a half on my Versailles fic. It’s funny, isn’t it, how you can write a couple of mediocre chapters and get rave reviews, and then pulls out something which you really would like an opinion on, and total silence settles? I have a terrible feeling the last chapter was a disaster and that no one liked it.

I doubt I will be able to read up on everything which has happened in my absence, but I will at least take a stab at it.
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If you think you have seen little of me this summer, soon you will see even less. My vacation has just started, and will continue for four glorious weeks. As we went to France in May, we haven’t planned to do more than spend time at the summer house and relax. I won’t be online much, if at all, until the end of August. I am going to spend a little time to comment on this nice meme, though:

COME PLAY @ THE [ FIC POSITIVITY FEEDBACK MEME ]
my thread here


Come on over and leave some nice feedback- and to get some. My thread is here.

I also have to finish my letter and sign-up to The Darkest Night before I leave for the archipelago. Hope you all will have a nice August!

Life

Jun. 21st, 2017 06:49 pm
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What I’ve done today:

Looked at the pieces of a cross-stitch bag I made 20 years ago, but couldn’t figure out how to sew together. In my effort to finish my sewing UFO’s I have decided to do them by age. After this hiatus I at once spotted a mistake I had done in sewing the shoulder strap together, and when this was unpicked, it is suddenly clear how it should all go together. Duh!

Watered the plants on the balcony and puzzled over a mystery plant in a pot there should only be a rose. I’m very pleased with having a nice balcony, after only seven years. Nils is less pleased.- he is used as having the balcony without humans.

Helped a friend compile a source list over historical corsetry and makeup facts to bust someone who had posted a long faulty article on a FB-group and then claimed it must be true because they found the information on the Net. Le sigh.

Also, worked.
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Sweden switched to summertime last weekend, which invariable makes me feel jet-lagged and cranky. As I do when we go into winter time too. I would much rather we kept to one time all year round.

And on Sunday my spring allergies exploded- I strongly suspect the birches. I hate feeling congested and stupid. But it’s pretty outside, especially by the lake when I am walking the dogs. The downside with the warmer weather is that Tom catches mice. Suddenly he jumps one-two-three and the poor thing squeals its last. I hate it, but I don’t know how to stop it- he does it even when he’s on the leach. Luckily he is very good at dropping it when I tells him. I keep telling him he is bred for sheepherding, not hunting. Teddie, on the other hand, has no instincts at all- he only wants to goof around. To his delight the swan couple was back today. He loves them and lives in hope they will someday want to play with him. They, on the other hand, are not pleased at all with this doggly adoration.

I haven’t done a what I have been watching-post in ages, so here goes. Everything under the cut may contain spoilers.

Grimm )

But OUAT! Well, I think I can safely say I will give up this show after this season. And I stay on now only because I really am very fond of Oded Fehr and I hope he will turn up again. I even saw that trite shit called Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo for his sake. (and was rewarded with a naked Oded Fehr, those minutes sure wasn’t wasted). But when it comes to OUAT I have grown tired of this constant bombardment of new characters who are given no grounding and who are gone before one get to know them. And all the villains! What’s wrong with having one or possibly two Big Bad each season? This is what I think goes on in the heads of those who are behind OUAT (beware of snarking):

OUAT )

Supernatural )

The Blacklist ) I’ve also started to watch Blacklist redemption, which I like, thought it’s much more a straight up action thriller. I like Famke Jensen and I also like that they have opted to give a woman around 50 such a hefty role.

Husband and I are also watching Eureka, which is a re-watch for me, and new to him. It’s a rather charming show, I think. I was a bit surprised to see Tygh Runyan (Fabien Marchal in Versailles pop up in an episode as Fargo’s grandfather. I recognized the voice before I placed the face- he looked quite different without a long wig and facial hair.

A good day

Mar. 24th, 2017 03:06 pm
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My Mum do genealogy, and I gave her a DNA test for her 70th birthday. Now the answer has arrived and yesterday she came over, as she felt she needed help to make sense of all the information. So now I know I belong to haplogroup H, and on my mother’s side I'm 100% European. To no big surprise she is 76% Scandinavian and 18% West/Central European. That should be all the Walloon ancestors who came to Sweden in the 17th century. But then there was 6% Finnish, which was a surprise. Mum’s theory is that comes from the Finnish soldiers Karl XI moved to the part of Sweden my Mum’s family comes from. Now I’m very tempted to purchase another kit and make my father do the test. There ought to be some East European and Jewish ancestry there.

This week I work sex days, so it was nice that my day off yesterday was so lovely. Though I’m not done with my sorting and decluttering, i have dones enough to really see a difference. Throughout March I have been consistent with doing 15 minutes of tidying every day, and you know what- it shows! Yesterday i woke up at 8, did the usual morning things and then did 15 minutes of tidying. Then I looked around to see if I need to do something more as my Mum, only to realise I didn’t need to do anything! I even had time to sew for 30 minutes before she arrived at 10. We had coffee, and checked the DNA analysis and chatted, and then I followed her to the bus station at 12.30 and then shopped. (I live a five minutes walk from the food store), and then had lunch. Took the dog’s on a long walk, sewed for another 30 minutes and then did pilates for another 30. Then I looked at the watch and realised it was only a little after 4 and I didn’t have anything to do until I was to start dinner at 6.

Such an odd sense of freedom! I’m so used to always feel I have a lot of household chores to do, but there was nothing! So I made myself a cup of tea and read until it was time to make dinner. After dinner husband and I spent some time together, and then I went to bed at 11.
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But not today. I’m still very far from well and my energy levels are, well, pretty low. I have no voice, a cough constantly and my chest hurt. It’s still “only” bronchitis, my doctor checked for pneumonia on Wednesday. I’ll need to get back to her tomorrow because I can’t work if I have no voice. I’m SO ready to be rid of this now! My husband is worried for me, which is uncomfortable because he is not the type who worries. I’m more fed up. I missed my belly dance lesson this week and will likely miss the one on Tuesday too. AND I missed the Divine Comedy-concert I had been looking forward to in months! But I had a temperature and such a nast cought that day. The friend I was going with could sell my ticket to someone else so I didn’t lose my money, but I feel bitter over the concert. Another reason to get well- I have tickets for Elvis Costello next Wednesday.

I spend my time reading and watching TV-shows. I’m a bit bored with that now. And napping. Lots of naps punctuated with coughing. I’m bored with that too. I would like to write more, but my body prefer the sofa over the computer chair.

I re-watched Deadwood, which will remain one of my favorite shows. I just wish it had been given another season. Season 3 doesn’t even end with a big finale, things are just halted and there are so many loose ends left hanging. So it was a nice surprise finding a pretty much perfect Deadwood-fic in The Chocolate Box. Not written for me, but if felöt like a gift anyway:

Black Darjeeling, Mature Alma/Al In which a partnership is formed and consummated. (May God help anyone who ever happens to get in its way.) The author has not only an eye for the character, the voices are perfect too! I could never mimic the very characteristic way Al speaks. The fic nicely sets off their very different characters and makes it work perfectly!

I got a nice little Mummy-fic as gift, but it’s extremely dark, so only read it if you are in the mood for it. Not at all explicit, but there are warnings for non-con and murder:

Bleeding For You (Falling Forever), Mature Evy/Imhotep She was his. Perhaps she had always been his, for thousands and thousands of years, destined to be his sacrifice.
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But not today. I’m still very far from well and my energy levels are, well, pretty low. I have no voice, a cough constantly and my chest hurt. It’s still “only” bronchitis, my doctor checked for pneumonia on Wednesday. I’ll need to get back to her tomorrow because I can’t work if I have no voice. I’m SO ready to be rid of this now! My husband is worried for me, which is uncomfortable because he is not the type who worries. I’m more fed up. I missed my belly dance lesson this week and will likely miss the one on Tuesday too. AND I missed the Divine Comedy-concert I had been looking forward to in months! But I had a temperature and such a nast cought that day. The friend I was going with could sell my ticket to someone else so I didn’t lose my money, but I feel bitter over the concert. Another reason to get well- I have tickets for Elvis Costello next Wednesday.

I spend my time reading and watching TV-shows. I’m a bit bored with that now. And napping. Lots of naps punctuated with coughing. I’m bored with that too. I would like to write more, but my body prefer the sofa over the computer chair.

I re-watched Deadwood, which will remain one of my favorite shows. I just wish it had been given another season. Season 3 doesn’t even end with a big finale, things are just halted and there are so many loose ends left hanging. So it was a nice surprise finding a pretty much perfect Deadwood-fic in The Chocolate Box. Not written for me, but if felöt like a gift anyway:

Black Darjeeling, Mature Alma/Al In which a partnership is formed and consummated. (May God help anyone who ever happens to get in its way.) The author has not only an eye for the character, the voices are perfect too! I could never mimic the very characteristic way Al speaks. The fic nicely sets off their very different characters and makes it work perfectly!

I got a nice little Mummy-fic as gift, but it’s extremely dark, so only read it if you are in the mood for it. Not at all explicit, but there are warnings for non-con and murder:

Bleeding For You (Falling Forever), Mature Evy/Imhotep She was his. Perhaps she had always been his, for thousands and thousands of years, destined to be his sacrifice.
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I had a really good weekend. My friend C came to visit on Saturday evening and stayed the night. Both she and K are in the middle of rather taxing educations so I don’t see them much during term. C is also working as she isn’t allowed any student's loan, so she is in a permanent state of exhaustion. So it was great catching up.


Much to my surprise two of my nominations for Yuletide has got an extra request and also offers. So it’s not completely unlikely I will get a fic for one of those. I also requested The Versailles, The Mummy Series and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, which all seems to have a fair share of requests and offers.


Hobbes has given up sleeping in the shower to sleep on top of the (closed) toilet seat instead. Which means we have to remove him if we want to use it. And then have upset black cat hollering at you over the rudeness of waking him up.

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Today I napped in the garden.

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Was what my husband said first when he phoned me at work today. Then he told me that Teddie had been hit by a car... He mostly is fine too, the car just touched him and one of his foreleg is a bit swollen. He limps, but he puts weight on the leg when he stands still and we can handle the leg without him flinching.

Still we all feel a bit shaken. Tom has been all over the whole evening and husband hasn't felt to great either. Truth be told I'm rather upset with him because I have always felt he lets the dog go unleashed too optimistically. But it's no help for anybody of I say that because husband don't need any help in the blamin department. Also, they were on a street were you are just allowed to walk and there is a fench separating that from the road. Teddie just found a way to get through it. We walk there every dfay and he has never done anything like it before and he is nine years old.

I'm so grateful he just limps, though. We may go to the bed tomorrow if he seems worse, but apart from the limp and stiffness he eats and drinks as he should and has not problems doing what he needs outside.

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Dec. 14th, 2015 08:45 pm
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