acchikocchi: (stock // winter)
You may recall mention here of Mt. Redoubt, a volcano about 90 miles from Anchorage that has been on the verge of erupting for almost two months. ^^; Overnight it finally did... five times. USGS spokesman says it's probably not over yet; I really, really hope he's wrong ahaha. Fortunately the winds are in our favor and there's no ash expected to fall on Anchorage yet, to the disappointment of [livejournal.com profile] mananeh who was looking forward to "apocalyptic photos of ash falling". XD Some flights have been cancelled, mostly in-state, but there are a bunch of skiiers on their way up for the US Nationals who are now trapped in Seattle. And my brother's home for spring break and kind of needs to get back to school on Friday, so, uh, we hope that'll work out. On the bright site, everyone involved in the Iditarod, which happened a couple weeks ago, is very luck because there's ash falling on part of the route and I have no idea how they could possibly have managed the race. (Though that would make for a great headline: "Dog sled race cancelled because of volcanic eruption...")

Did I mention six inches of fresh snow yesterday morning? No? Good thing I didn't make the "hey, everything is melting and spring breakup is coming!" post I intended because clearly that was nothing but wishful and deluded thinking. Sob. Actually the end of March isn't so bad. It's when you get 18 inches on April 25th (see: last year) that you start really questioning your life choices to date. Like, "GOD WHY DO I LIVE HERE."

...a cheerful post so far. Quick note, I've officially signed up for [livejournal.com profile] jentfic_remix so consider that extra pressure to anyone wobbling on the edge of joining. Tomorrow's the sign-up deadline! Give me more material to potentially remix. Please. :D

Hockey blather )
acchikocchi: (spirited away // glowing)
So, Mt. Redoubt's about to erupt! Um. Wow.

The last major eruption I can remember is Mt. Spurr, when I was six years old. My mother was reading the beginning of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to my brother and me, and we looked out the window and saw that it was completely dark outside, at 8 PM in the middle of August. (In August the sun still doesn't set until 10 PM). At which point my dad came in and told us it had erupted. I remember hosing ash out of the gutters outside a couple days later but I don't remember much about the eruption itself except the dark sky, and that we never did finish reading the book.

Redoubt is 100 miles from Anchorage, Spurr was 75, so whether we get hit with ash really depends on the wind when it erupts (which could be, er, any minute now). This is, of course, the week my parents are at a business conference in Hawaii. I think I'm all set, though. I have plenty of supplies, the car's covered up, there is no way I'm letting kitty out of the house.

*deep breath* Okay! Bring it!
acchikocchi: (stock // chaos theory (credit fluidic_ic)
Warning: this post is all over the place. And I haven't been keeping up with my flist or comments or anything at all -- please forgive me. D:


Things I Have Been Doing:

rl things, thinking about fic )


Things I Have Been Watching:

Doctor Who until it comes out my ears )


Things I Have Been Reading:

Diana Wynne Jones' House of Many Ways, which I quite enjoyed, as I expected to. Howl never fails to entertain. Although I really could do without the current juvenile/YA publishing trend to make moderate-length books HP-sized by manipulation of font, margins, paper quality, etc. I realized something was wrong when I was reading multiple pages a minute, and I'm a fast reader but not that fast. XD;

Several Mary Stewart novels, both new to me and rereads. This Rough Magic still takes the cake, though The Moonspinners is close and I have always been inordinately fond of Wildfire at Midnight. (I never got the huge appeal of Nine Coaches Waiting or The Ivy Tree, though. I liked them both all right but in Ivy Tree I never really warmed up to Adam and Mary was much more interesting before you found out *spoiler*, and in Nine Coaches I was very fond of Phillippe -- I always like Stewart's children/teenagers, I adored Colin in Moonspinners -- but the Gothic romance model just doesn't do it for me, I guess.)

Parhelion's Hurrah for Hollywood quartet, which I have always been inordinately fond of. Do I ever love Angelo Gerello, omg. The whole point for me of reading the quartet's final story, which I never really warmed up to, is always the final scene cameo (Angelo's "alarming version of a smile" ♥), as well as the various other references to and appearances by first-three characters. (Sid! Will! Nigel! Edwards & Schulman, my second favorites!) Has anyone else read these...?

Not entirely coincidentally, a large pile of nonfiction related to golden age Hollywood (if one wants historical background for the above quartet, William J. Mann's Behind the Screen is a good place to start), interwar Britain, Noël Coward, and Lorenz Hart. I read by chronological era, I suppose? XD;

Approximately a metric ton of Torchwood fanfiction.


Things I Will Be Watching Tomorrow:

BSG!!!
acchikocchi: (stock // magnified)


+2 more )


I'm off to visit family for a few days, but I should be in touch. I have new books and electronics and the Planet Earth DVD set to entertain me so it should be a very nice and relaxing trip. In the meantime, seeing as [livejournal.com profile] je_holiday has finished posting, time for the usual guessing game for those so inclined -- tell me which fic I wrote (if you are not privy to insider information, ahem), and I'll, um, do something nice I haven't really figured out yet. (A fic snippet if you want it? I do manage to come through on those sometimes...) Obviously I can't tell you if you're right until reveals are up on the first but I can rub my hands together over any guesses until then...? :D I'm eagerly waiting for the last [livejournal.com profile] je_ficgames prompt to be posted so I can throw open that one, too. (Because I'm really, really curious. You know. In case I haven't mentioned that several times already. XD)

This Christmas and this end of the year period in general have been so much better than last year. I can't tell you how much better I feel. It's not that it's been a year full of change (there's been very little change, actually, though some exciting events of course); it's all my state of mind. Which is heartening. :)

(Why have I been ending every post lately with the feeling I'm forgetting something?! *pulls at hair*)
acchikocchi: (Default)
Posting a fic and somehow leaving out an entire line of dialogue? Awesome *facepalms* At least I caught it eventually? ^^;;

To save this post from being entirely pointless, have a very small picspam from my short trip home this summer:

my mother and I went hiking in Powerline Pass one afternoon )
acchikocchi: (booored)
my arctic homeland )

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