tropiavera: (my blood is radioactive)
One last year end list!

I like how misleading looking October is, if you don't know that I started biking a lot more. No, surprise, I actually swam 77 miles in one month.

My work trip went pretty well, 12+ hours of transit on the return leg due to a blizzard NOTWITHSTANDING. The best ever news: my work nemesis quit! If you're wondering how did I already acquire a work nemesis, other than through the sheer force of my charming personality and the sheer force of his constant need to talk about strippers, I just don't know what to tell you.

So far I have accomplished only one thing on my to-do list for January, even the fun things. Fun things remaining: watch [all the movies], Elementary, finish The Hour (hahaha). The only good thing about work trips is that I end up reading a shit load due to SO MUCH AIRPORT DOWNTIME. I finally finished 1968, which was awesome, but I had been reading it since sometime embarrassing like September.

Let's play a game called: Is this cute, or terrifying?
tropiavera: a garden gnome sightsees ([✉] prefer to dream)
With a little over a year left to go, I am 32% finished with my "101 in 1001" list. Lots of those - not enough! - are "in progress", mentally "almost finished", but still. Let's go, self, goshhhhhh.

One thing I did recently: bought myself tickets to the NYC Ballet performing Balanchine's Swan Lake as a birthday present! It was amaaazing, I got all emotional during the finale because I am a total wad about music I listened to too much as a child, and my darling husband fell asleep several times. Obviously. Every time I've been back to New York since college, more of my friends have moved there, but I never regret leaving, not really. It's good to be able to go back and visit friends and the places that feel like old friends.

I'm going to Florida for business tomorrow, but I would really like to just rest my feet for a while, please.
tropiavera: skins kids running through a field (life can always start up anew)
Happy New Year!


Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookshop, Robin Sloan
The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams


Take This Waltz


Breaking Bad 1x01, 1x02, 1x03, 1x05, 1x06, 1x07
Dexter 7x10, 7x11, 7x12
Homeland 2x10
The Mindy Project 1x08, 1x09
New Girl 2x10, 2x11

Well, I didn't quite get to 50 books this year - I'm in the middle of two, but finished neither. Still, 48! That's more than any year I can remember before I started college, I think. I don't remember if I tried to do the same with movies last year, but I'm going to this year. And tv...yikes. I watch a lot of tv and I don't actually like a good chunk of that. Maybe this year I will only watch tv I care about. I'd like to feel like I waste less time this year.

ze update

Dec. 24th, 2012 11:20 pm
tropiavera: (my blood is radioactive)

2012 )
tropiavera: laurie keller is pleased (imaginary opera gloves)

I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett
please don’t come back from the moon, Dean Bakopoulos
The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
Packing for Mars, Mary Roach
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (reread)


The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Man With the Iron Fists
Romantics Anonymous
Every Little Step


Boardwalk Empire 3x04, 3x05, 3x06, 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11
Dexter 7x07, 7x08, 7x09
Homeland 2x06, 2x07, 2x08, 2x09
The Hour 2x01
The Mindy Project 1x05, 1x06, 1x07
New Girl 2x07, 2x08, 2x09
Parks and Recreation 5x05, 5x06, 5x07, 5x08
tropiavera: a garden gnome sightsees ([✉] prefer to dream)
Oh hi.

+ On a field trip to get a proper winter coat for [personal profile] allchildren, I got my first pair of running tights and they are amaaaazing. They feel a little like maternity pants, but whatever. I started my running training early this year, because I really want to break 2 hours in the 2013 half marathon, which means mostly 8:30-9:00 miles, which is...not currently in my power. So! I recently extended my long runs into 6 miles, which feels like rediscovering a superpower.

+ A few weeks ago we drove out east for our yearly college friend reunion - the weekend before Sandy hit, natch, because we can't drive east without incurring a hurricane. I don't normally go in for all the "oh, we're so old now" nostalgia stuff, but storm-proofing a house the day after a party, watching my friend not only use power tools but do so with everyone else's approving attention, was deeply bizarre. "No, that's a good idea, you should definitely be in charge of a power drill to do stuff to that air conditioner. I am not at all alarmed that you own this equipment." - everyone, apparently.

+ I knit a sweater! I am going to redo the bottom half/stomach section because it turned out baggy-in-a-bad-way, but I am really into the rest of it. Sweaters! I have this urge to try to design a pattern to make a sweater for my sister, so turn in for the results of that obviously amazing plan.

+ SO THAT ELECTION, EH? I got my Dad Nate Silver's book for his birthday a few weeks ago, because we both* have this bizarre reaction to Silver's calming use of statistics, which is to say it makes us weirdly superstitious.

*um, and everyone else, apparently.

+ This meme, if you want: i want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. something that should be obvious but you have no idea about, or something obscure you just have to know. ask away. all topics, within reason, are open for discussion.


Nov. 3rd, 2012 03:01 pm
tropiavera: Margaret Olson (Default)

The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (reread)
Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee
Half Empty, David Rakoff


The Muppets


Boardwalk Empire 3x01, 3x02, 3x03
Dexter 7x01, 7x02, 7x03, 7x04, 7x05
Gravity Falls 1x11, 1x12
Homeland 2x01, 2x02, 2x03, 2x04, 2x05
The Mindy Project 1x02, 1x03, 1x04
Nashville 1x01
New Girl 2x03, 2x04, 2x05, 2x06
The Thick of It 1x01, 1x02, 1x03, 2x00, 2x01, 2x02, 2x03, 3x00, 3x01, 3x02, 3x03, 3x04, 3x05, 3x06, 3x07, 3x08, 4x00
The Way We Live Now 1x01, 1x02, 1x03, 1x04
tropiavera: a garden gnome sightsees ([✉] prefer to dream)

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
Beijing Welcomes You, Tom Scocca
Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett
The Year of the Griffin, Diana Wynne Jones
The Crimson Petal and the White, Michael Faber
Emma, Jane Austen (reread)
A Tale of Time City, Diana Wynne Jones


Beasts of the Southern Wild
Celeste and Jesse Forever
Today’s Special
Spirited Away
Sleepwalk With Me
Suddenly, Last Summer


Gravity Falls 1x10
The Mindy Project 1x01
New Girl 2x01, 2x02
Parks and Recreation 5x01, 5x02
Up All Night 2x01, 2x02
The West Wing 1x11, 1x12, 1x13


Sep. 3rd, 2012 09:42 pm
tropiavera: a garden gnome sightsees ([✉] prefer to dream)

Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon
The Book of Mormon Girl, Joanna Brooks


Training Rules
It (1927)
Valentino: The Last Emperor
My Neighbor Totoro
Attack the Block


Episodes 2x06, 2x07, 2x08, 2x09
Gravity Falls 1x07, 1x08, 1x09
The Newsroom 1x07, 1x08, 1x09, 1x10
North and South 3, 4
Pretty Little Liars 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12
Twin Peaks 1x01, 1x02, 1x03, 1x04, 1x05
The West Wing 1x10
tropiavera: Margaret Olson (Default)
+ Music: Getting into Of Monsters and Men three months after everyone else.

+ Movies: I watched My Neighbor Totoro for the first time last week. What an amazing warm sweater of a movie.

+TEEVEE: Gravity Falls and Twin Peaks!!! The summer is the best time for the supernatural. I mean, I guess maybe Twin Peaks isn't supernatural yet, or is it??? etc.

+ Miscellaneous: actually going to the early swim hours at the gym. Getting up at 6:15! Voluntarily! Who is this person! Swimming a mile, coincidentally, is also why I am super into:

+ Quaker instant oatmeal (cinnamon and spice) version. mmmm.
tropiavera: laurie keller is pleased (imaginary opera gloves)

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz
Railsea, China Miéville
China Mountain Zhang, Maureen McHugh
The Wee Free Men, Terry Pratchett
The Dark Lord of Derkholm, Diana Wynne Jones


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Harvard Beats Yale, 29-29
Ed Wood
The Dark Knight Rises
Cave of Forgotten Dreams


Episodes 2x01, 2x02, 2x03, 2x04, 2x05
Gravity Falls 1x01, 1x02, 1x03, 1x04, 1x05, 1x06
Girls 1x09, 1x10
The Newsroom 1x01, 1x02, 1x03, 1x04, 1x05
North and South 1, 2
Pretty Little Liars 3x01, 3x02, 3x03, 3x04, 3x05, 3x06, 3x07, 3x08
True Blood 5x06
Veep 1x08
The West Wing 1x07, 1x08, 1x09
tropiavera: (my blood is radioactive)
So last night around 2 in the morning, I went in to the hospital because I was having severe abdominal pain and was worried it might be my appendix. It turned out to be a badly pulled oblique, which is less dramatic, but still painful, it turns out!

I'm not afraid of hospitals. I've been to a lot of them in my life, because I have a terrible immune system and tend to have weird medical issues, and I can always answer the nurses' questions with medical jargon, but I still always try to weigh the costs of going in vs can I just deal with it. I'm glad I went in.

Now: I'm going to go lie on the couch for a while.
tropiavera: (my blood is radioactive)
the bestworst show of our time returned!! )
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Embassytown, China Miéville


Snow White & The Huntsman
Moonrise Kingdom


Girls 1x07, 1x08
Mad Men 5x12, 5x13
Veep 1x06, 1x07

yes and

Jul. 6th, 2012 11:58 am
tropiavera: a woman x-rays her chest to display a heart ([❣] the heart is not coal)
People talk about how your wedding day is the best day of your life, and if it weren't for the built up exhaustion and stress, worrying about the order of the day, and trying to somehow talk to all of your favorite people plus a lot of adults you've never actually met before at the same time, it would totally be true. The one that is actually, completely true is how everything distills into small moments. The oddest combinations of people in my childhood home. Waiting to walk down the aisle with my parents and my mom immediately bursting into tears when the processional music started, and me immediately, reactively, following suit. Waiting outside with our officient, watching the sun set, before being announced. Choking up during my dad's toast. Mostly holding it together during [personal profile] allchildren's toast. Introducing all the people I have wanted to introduce for years in many unsubtle ways ("HI NOW YOU'VE MET BE BEST FRIENDS OKAY BYE"). Running after the photographer to get an All Nerd picture. Hugging everyone so many times because I was so unbelievably, uncontainably happy and grateful.

That feeling doesn't quite go away, and I was possibly overly grateful and enthusiastic with many people for several days. "Oh, this soda! Thank you so much, this means so much to me!" "Please let go of my hand." But I am, still, so grateful for everything, that so many people traveled so far, for all of the beautiful, hilarious cards and speeches, for so much love and wonderful big and silly and quiet moments that if I had year I couldn't process all of it.

Dear the universe, with sincerest thanks for everything, love MC Cullen and Fancyman.
tropiavera: a garden gnome sightsees ([✉] prefer to dream)
Back at my parents' place until the wedding. Where's my comedy-of-errors film about all the weird displacement stresses that take place right before you get married? Scratch that, it can be an added dimension of [personal profile] allchildren and my bestselling romcom, "Bros Getting Married", starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.

There's a weird sort of deja vu to everything. The next three weeks of my life are more tightly planned than my life has been since I graduated high school, on top of being back in all the same places. Tonight K and I had a parking lot picnic before going to a movie. We didn't actually sit on the roof, as used to be customary, but my car is a lot filthier than it used to be, too. I do this thing when I'm bored in the car, sometimes, where I pretend I'm giving a tour of the area (what, like you didn't think I was a nerd?) and soon I will be GIVING THOSE TOURS to MANY PEOPLE. "Look, there's my incredibly quaint town*" I will say, and they will say, "wait, aren't we supposed to be somewhere else already?" and I will say yes, yes we are.

What I actually want to impart is the feelings of things, so that you can understand what I mean when I say I miss the beach I mean biking down every day of the summer going into 8th grade, and having celebratory cookouts after the school year ended in high school, and summer movies, and skinny dipping, and when I point out my middle school, I don't just want to be sharing that, I wish that you could have been there with me, too.

* Ice cream van not pictured.
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The Bronx is Burning, Jonathan Mahler
The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood


Empire Records
Dazed and Confused
St. Elmo’s Fire
Walking and Talking


Better Off Ted 1x01
The Borgias 2x05
Girls 1x04, 1x05, 1x06
Legend of Korra 1x04
Mad Men 5x08, 5x09, 5x10, 5x11
Misfits 3x01
Parks and Recreation 4x21, 4x22
Red Riding Trilogy 1974
ThunderCats 1x01
Veep 1x02, 1x03, 1x04, 1x05
tropiavera: a woman x-rays her chest to display a heart ([❣] the heart is not coal)
I might, maybe, have a job offer. I'm trying not to jinx it by thinking about it too much, but that is also difficult due to the amount of upheaval it would likely cause. As jobs are wont to do, I suppose. Hobbies I have undertaken in the meanwhile:

* watching cartoons of varying quality
* finding a gym having a free-membership-in-May promotion (hell of a promotion) & joined
* boggling at said gym's tiniest ever pool (THREE LANES!)
* attempting to finish planning a wedding
* helping lots of people move & doing some reactionary cleaning/donating
* emptying out my Netflix queue

So that's me.
tropiavera: Margaret Olson ([✈] donna - human - yes)

Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1: The Pox Party, M.T. Anderson
Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell
Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson


Kiki’s Delivery Service
Reservoir Dogs (rewatch)


The Borgias 2x01, 2x02, 2x03, 2x04
Community 3x11
Game of Thrones 2x01, 2x02, 2x03, 2x04
Girls 1x01, 1x02, 1x03
Legend of Korra 1x01, 1x02, 1x03
Mad Men 5x03, 5x04, 5x05, 5x06, 5x07
New Girl 1x19, 1x20, 2x21, 2x22
Parks and Recreation 4x19
Shameless 2x12
Up All Night 1x21, 1x22, 1x23, 1x24
Veep 1x01, 1x02
The West Wing 1x02, 1x03, 1x04, 1x05, 1x06


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