tell me a story [lizzieb]

[AO3] huh

Huh, I woke up his morning to an email that a Guest had left kudos on 10 of my fics.

An eclectic collection (not that I have a deeply coherent catalog to begin with, but still). I mean, I suppose it's possible that it's multiple anons, but that seems unlikely.Edit:

Looking at my AO3 account to remind myself of which pairings some of these stories were (forgetting it would be easier to just check my website), I looked at my Stats. Collapse )
moar bike lanes pls

(never)ending construction

Biking home after work on Friday, the sidewalk on the east side of the bridge was open, and the construction had moved over to the west side.

Only 2 years behind schedule.

It still needs some cosmetic stuff (the walls seem to just be cement or whatever, no decorative brick; and the sidewalks are nice cement immediately adjacent to the road but just asphalt adjacent to the wall) but it's functional -- and the new lampposts are really nice.

So do we think the final product will be ONLY 2 years behind schedule (thus being completed Fall 2016) or more? I don't remember how far behind schedule the East Side construction began. (The schedule was that everything would begin June 2012 and then East Side construction would be Aug 2012 - May 2013, West Side: ​June 2013 - March 2014, Center: ​March - April 2014, Completion: Fall 2014.)

Edit: One of my co-workers is investigating and apparently the new end date is Spring 2016 (citation).
moar bike lanes pls

driving practice #21: 3-point turns & parallel parking

This morning, we drove to FCS-Ian's neighborhood and spent about a half an hour trying to practice 3-point turns & parallel parking. I can follow really explicit instructions, but I have basically no internal understanding of why the car is doing what it's doing when I'm going in reverse, so after about a half an hour (at which point I was half-expecting FCS-Ian to say we'd maxed out his anxiety quotient for the day) we went to a parking lot so I could just practice reversing -- in retrospect, it would have been more Effective to do the parking lot first, but live and learn.

Doing 90-degree turns while reversing, I quickly internalized (well, after I got through the part where I was just memorizing -- which was less helpful) that I turn the wheel the opposite direction of where I want the front of the car to be pointing. Which, in retrospect, probably people had attempted to explain that to me before? And it's probably more nuanced when you're making less than 90-degree turns. But hey, I have learned a thing.


I'm going to see Avengers 2: Age of Ultron tonight, and while I have approximately zero excitement about it, I also don't want to get especially spoiled, so I'm largely off social media -- so instead I went through certain people's Tumblrs and queued a whole bunch of badass ladies from Agents of SHIELD (and some Peggy Carter and MCU).

I am clearly unmotivated to do any actual work.
tell me a story [lizzieb]

[Shakespeare] all but the Henry 6s

In my writeup of RSC's Love's Labour's Lost, I mentioned that I had never read or seen that play before, which is a rarity at this point with me and Shakespeare.

I hadn't updated my masterlist in a couple years (and haven't managed to consistently write up much of anything in I don't know how many years), but I updated my draft doc so I could check and figured I might as well post it.

There are still Shakespeare plays I can barely remember what happens in them, but it's interesting watching multiple productions of the same play.

I first read Comedy of Errors in Shakespeare elective in 11th grade, and it was Shakespeare's ~first play, and having been in Twelfth Night that very same year I felt like it really showed and ugh Shakespeare you got so much better at this mistaken identity twin stuff in Twelfth Night. When I saw it at Shakespeare on the Common a decade later, I wanted to crawl out of my skin the whole time. But I am committed to ASP so when they put it on another 5 years later I went -- and it was HILARIOUS! We went closing weekend, but I would have watched that production over and over again.

National Theatre Live remains my favorite King Lear, and even though I really only have strong memories of like 2 scenes in it, that's sufficient to totally influence how I think of any other production of it that I see.

When last I posted, I commented that Twelfth Night and Macbeth used to be my favorite plays, but now it was probably Coriolanus and Titus Andronicus. I'm not sure what I would say now. Having seen a two King Lears last year, I think that's the one I'm most interested in at present. I've definitely been aware in seeing many productions of a play that I sometimes get kind of "over" a play I had previously loved -- like I can only return to that story so many times before it starts failing to hold up for me.

Bold the ones you've seen stage productions of, italicize the ones you've seen movies of, and underline the ones you've read or listened to.

lignota's addition: *asterisk the ones you've performed in or directed. (angevin2's academically-inclined addition: I'm also marking the ones I've taught or done reasonably serious scholarly work on with a +plus sign. Also I am counting readthroughs as performances, because I am totally into readthroughs.)
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moar bike lanes pls

driving practice #18: an hour on the highway

We didn't drive last Sunday, due to a scheduling conflict -- which given that we lost an hour to Daylight Savings &c. was okay with me, as it meant I was significantly less underslept for a long day -- but we did this morning.

We took 93 North for about a half an hour, stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts, and then took 93 South back -- with some extra practicing on and off exit ramps on the way back.

FCS-Ian thinks I'm doing fine. I continue to feel a little bit nervous -- I think largely I just still haven't internalized all of how it works ... being aware of and responding appropriately to all the stuff around you (traffic [incl. reading what the other driver is thinking and intuiting what they think you're thinking as you all do this non-verbal dance of not crashing and ideally keeping a smooth flow of traffic ... !], exits [I keep feeling like exit ramps pop up suddenly way after I've seen the initial sign and have been looking for warning about when I should start slowing down in anticipation of said exit], etc.).

One of the biggest adjustments, actually, is that I've gotten trained to not manually turn off my turn signal since it does it on its own -- except that when you're just shifting lanes rather than doing ~90-degree turns, it doesn't.
moar bike lanes pls

driving practice #17: 11:30pm in a boring suburb

Mom let me drive us home from Singspiration. So like a 5-minute drive, with almost no traffic (though there was one person behind me while I was still driving 20 -- I did get up to 30 ... and also opted to get off that road at the next streetlight). The towering snowdrifts do make driving kinda dodgy, ngl -- and I probably wasn't do the greatest job of staying in a consistent portion of the lane (in part because I had almost no cues). But I successfully pulled into a parking lot space on the first try (within the lines even, albeit at a weird angle) and seem to be getting better at judging space, because I suspected I could have pulled up further and when I got out of the car I saw that was true.