elayna: (Channing licking)
I hope everyone who celebrates had a lovely Easter. We're not so much for the religious connotations, but family and two friends came to my house. The niece and nephew had an Easter egg hunt, and then we ate a good meal, featuring those traditional (Costco) staples of ham and quiche, and people sat around for a long time and visited, while my BIL took a nap on the couch and the niece and nephew opened all their eggs and swapped candy and counted their quarters.

Did you ever have a role model who was just amazing and yet, shaped that you went exactly the opposite way? We spent a lot of time when I was a kid with my dad's parents, and I loved them dearly. And they totally loved having and spoiling their grandchildren. Grandma was still hosting Thanksgiving in her 80s. Mom and my aunt, grandma's daughter, tried to stage an intervention and split up the cooking, Grandma would do the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, things that had to be cooked hot, but my aunt would bring all the cold sides, Mom would bring the desserts.

Grandma made more dishes. I mean, one of my cousins loved spaghetti, she had to make spaghetti with Thanksgiving, right? Couldn't not do spaghetti!

She was in her 80s, she had 7 grandkids in their 20s, it's not like they could be helpful, right? NO! They should sit and be fed. She would reluctantly let my brother help do the dishes, because he was the only boy with their last name, he was special. But the rest of us, oh NO! We should sit and relax and eat more and let our elderly grandmother labor and look after us. Drove me crazy.

My sister and brother, they come to holiday meals at my house, and sure, I do a lot of prep and cleaning, but they have jobs. I feel no need to do it all.

My sister has been having her small children take turns and do the dishes when we eat at Dad's house, and she made a half-hearted stab that they could help. And I was just... "If you really want to, but I'm going to visit with people while they're here, and I'm fine with them visiting, and then I'm going to load the dishwasher and handwash the really breakable stuff and I'm fine with everyone just relaxing and visiting."

So that's what we did. We had a good, relaxing time, and folks ultimately left, and I loaded the dishwasher, and played music and sang loudly while handwashing.

I love you, grandma. I miss you. But I feel no need to be constantly serving people when I could be enjoying them and sharing my stories too. You taught me that, even though you might not have meant to. Thank you.


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Title: Knowing The Risks
By: [profile] elayna88
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: John Cale/James Sawyer, James Sawyer/Alison Sawyer/John Cale
Fandom: White House Down
Archive: AO3
Category: Threesome, amnesia, established relationship
Characters: James Sawyer, John Cale, Alison Sawyer, Carol Finnerty, Emily Cale, Melanie Cale, Cottia, OCs
Summary: John is hurt and develops amnesia, forgetting the events of that day and his relationship with the Sawyers. Fourth in the Risks series.
Notes: Semi-inspired by Channing Tatum's movie The Vow, though I always love a good amnesia trope. My thanks to Katbear for military discussions and to Seaward for betaing.
Feedback: Is always adored.
Disclaimer: The boys belong to Columbia Pictures.

Read on Archive of Our Own.
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Ray Winstone is Growltiger!!!!!

My family is basically patting me on the head. They don’t get this. They have seen neither Cats nor Robin of Sherwood.

I’m all... Ray Winstone is Growltiger!!!!
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Title: Wooing, Jenko Style
By: [profile] elayna88
Rating: Explicit
Pairing: Greg Jenko/Morton Schmidt
Fandom: Jump Street movies
Archive: Archive of Our Own
Category/tags: PWP, First Time
Characters: Greg Jenko, Morton Schmidt
Summary: Jenko woos; Schmidt is oblivious.
Notes: After Communication, Jenko Style, I felt compelled to write the softer side of Jenko. My thanks to Seaward for the betaing!
Feedback: Is always adored.

Read on Archive of Our Own.
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Title: Wish Fulfilled
By: [profile] elayna88
Rating: Explicit
Pairing: Carl Kolchak/Anthony Vincenzo
Fandom: Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Archive: AO3
Category/tags: PWP, first time
Characters: Carl Kolchak, Anthony Vincenzo
Summary: Carl fails to produce a verifiable story for the umpteenth time. Tony takes action. There are no fics for this pairing. That just seemed wrong and nagged at me. My thanks to Merry Amelie for the betaing!
Feedback: Is always adored.

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I saw Amelia last night, and it reminded me of why I rarely like biopics, too many bits and pieces of someone’s life but no real dramatic resolution of a specific plot. Ewan did look fabulous in the 1930s suits.

I had really liked some of the scenes in Bohemian Rhapsody, especially the ‘being creative together’ scenes. But too much missing, suddenly John Deacon was there! Suddenly three of them were married! Too many gaps.

A friend and I saw the musical Falsettos on the stage last weekend. I love musicals though I didn’t know much about this one. It was okay, interesting, and then in the second half, the gay lover collapses, and I’m realizing, damn it, this is set in 1981, it’s about to have an AIDS death. And so it did. The AIDS crisis was incredibly important and neglected by our government, but if I never see another show on AIDS or cancer, that would be okay.

Reminds me, I finally watched the live tv production of Rent. I had seen it once on stage, with bad acoustics, so didn’t understand half the plot. So it was good to see it again, and I do like some of the songs, but again, AIDS death and a lot of bleakness, it will never be a favorite of mine. I was kinda amused that there’s a one-woman protest and this is a big deal. The show is set in the 1990s. These days, protests shut down cities for days, one woman doing performance art seems quaint.

And on a slightly different note, Orville! It got good again, I’ve been happier with the last several episodes. Why is it, when a show is annoying, there is that driving, ‘agh, must express my annoyance,’ but when it’s good, it’s just, ‘oh, that was nice’?

Anyway, must get another cup of tea, and it is raining, and I’m finally seeing Captain Marvel this morning.
elayna: (McKay omg squee)
Two friends and I saw the Fathom Entertainment airing of Doctor Who: Logopolis this week. It was so good to see it again and big screen. Yes, some things seemed completely ridiculous and several plot points didn’t make sense, but just... Tom Baker is still my Doctor. And omg, Anthony Ainley was such a delicious scene chewer. Nom nom nom.

I was very impressed how the four episodes were cut into one show. I’ve seen that done before and usually it’s blatantly obvious where each episode ended, but this was very smooth.

There were a few moments during the episode where I thought...huh. I could slash the Doctor and the Master. I’m not normally an enemies pairing person, but the Doctor and Master started as friends and occasionally end up working together. I could see it.

It was followed by a mini-doc with Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton visiting an observatory and learning about quasars and pulsars. They’re looking good and seemed fond of their time on the show. All very fun.
elayna: (Sheppard Bzuh?)
My computer is still having problems, but fewer, and it has reconnected to the internet, and the computer guy who was helping me was jerking me around, so I reached that point of, 'what the heck, you're mostly working, I'm going to ignore the periodic shutdowns and blue screens with weird messages and live with it.'

So daylight savings this morning, and I'm taking my sister and the kids to the third dragon movie, and my phone says it's 8:09, but my computer says it's 9:09, which would make me late to pick people up, and I'm having a heart attack because I always get confused at which way things should be. But the clock on the wall says 7:09, and the TV says 8:09, so I'm going to accept that for some reason the computer adjusted itself... forward two hours. Seriously, WTF is up with you, computer? Two hours! What in your little computer brain thought that was right?

So I had breakfast, and we all enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, which was totally adorable, and I'm going to start saving money and watching the Costco sales. And making sure my backup is running every day. But first I'm going to look for a Night Fury and Light Fury action figures, because I need that frivolousness in my life.
elayna: (Sheppard winged)
There are 14 fics on AO3 for Kolchak: The Night Stalker, and none of them are Carl Kolchak/Anthony Vincenzo slash. That’s just wrong.
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Title: Communication, Jenko-Style
By: [profile] elayna88
Rating: Explicit
Pairing: Greg Jenko/Morton Schmidt
Fandom: Jump Street movies
Archive: Archive of Our Own
Category/tags: PWP, Established Relationship, jealousy, spanking
Characters: Greg Jenko, Morton Schmidt
Summary: In Fluffison's fic "You Again," an amnesiac Schmidt finds rude/angry love notes from Jenko that sorta conflated in my brain, and this came out. I think the tags say all that needs to be said for a summary. My thanks to Seaward for the betaing!
Feedback: Is always adored.

Read on Archive of Our Own.
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It was supposed to rain all day and by the time I realized it was becoming nice, I was committed to cleaning, including places that I often skip, like the laundry room. Scary, scary cobwebs. But it felt good, and I let my brain roll around on my WHD fic and got it all figured out, which felt even better. It’ll modify some as I actually write it, it usually does, but at least I know the general story now. Yay!
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I've been grocery shopping. I got a whole chicken for the first time in my life. I'm going to try making Mom's chicken soup recipe, which I got her to write down in 2013. I was realizing then that I needed to get this type of information, that she was getting frail.

It made me think about a radio interview I partially heard this week, two DJs and some sort of chef. I was flicking channels while driving and only listened to a few minutes. The chef was lamenting today's fast food culture and the loss of the 'good old days' when people cooked together. Everything was fast and convenient instead of people bonding over food.

This starry image of the 'good old days' is one of my Dad's pet peeves, and he's passed it along to me, and I couldn't help but think... what nonsense is this?

I'm old enough that my (paternal) grandmother and Mom grew up expecting to be and indeed spent their lives as suburban housewives, homemakers, women who (mostly) didn't have a paid job but spent their time taking care of their families. They were both amazing cooks, two of the best I have known. Mom's fried chicken and both their chicken-fried steak and gravy... wonderful.

(Maternal grandmother was a farmer's wife, so took care of house and farm.)

But cooking was work! It was their job! And they did it well because it was their responsibility and they took it seriously. And sure, Mom made us help and do the dishes afterwards, and there was a certain amount of our being whiny and her occasionally yelling at us in irritation. And sometimes Dad cooked a steak on the weekend, and much fuss was made of Dad making the meal, even though Mom did all the sides and dessert, set the table, and cleaned up.

But this 'good old days,' everyone cooked together nonsense... Like it was some communal bonding, like the scene in Big Chill where a bunch of adults are cooking around an island and bopping to Motown tunes... it feels like it completely overlooks women's responsibilities and contributions. And complaining about food being 'fast and convenient' insultingly ignores that now women have time to do more than cook and clean.

Yeah, I think there were some advantages to those days, that I'd take Mom's fried chicken over KFC any freaking day of the week. But if you're going to talk about how home cooking makes for a healthy lifestyle, then be realistic about it. Give credit to the women who spent hours at that task, don't pretend that everyone just pitched in and helped without one person taking the burden of responsibility, even when that included delegation to the kids, acknowledge that there are reasons why convenience is appealing, that actual lifestyle changes would be needed for most people to return to home cooking. I'm certainly not working all day in an office and then coming home to cook like my mother did - I love my microwave.

Give women their due!

/rant
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Got back from Escapade on Monday. I was glad to have taken my new car on a long drive to see how the electric hybrid motor does, but between the long detour to get there, and the last hour of rain on the drive back...next year I’m returning to flying!

Escapade was very fun. Good panels, some I even talked in. The vid show was interesting, though I’d imbibed a little too much at the Happy Hour before. The art auction is always hysterical. I bought several new T-shirts in the dealers’ room, to freshen up my fannish wardrobe. And the weather was nice enough for a long walk Saturday during a special Pokémon Go event.

And of course, always so good to see people, the main reason I go. Though there’s always one or two people that afterwards I think, argh, I barely had a chance to say more than hi! Three days goes too fast.

I meant to write on my Sentinel-Eagle sequel but there was this amnesia thought and suddenly I’m 5,000 or so words into a fifth White House Down fic, part of my series, not a stand-alone. It’s strange, because I haven’t managed to figure out the story, I keep seeing the next scene and writing that, and then that helps me see the next scene. That’s not a common process for me, usually I get these scattered scenes all over, and then I have to go back through, okay, these two are here, and then the next scene they’re here, what’s the connector scene? It’s feeling like I won’t need to struggle for any connector scenes. I guess that’s good, but there’s also this disconcerting feeling of where is this story going and how long will it last?

Anyway, this weekend there is rain on and off and I’m mostly planning on being home. I’m reading a story for a friend and then will look at the to do list and write some. It’s good to be relaxed and doing what comes next.
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I discovered that my baby does 75-80 mph very well! And that any detour to avoid the grapevine is really long and tedious. Also, that LA traffic is horrible, though I already knew that last one. 11 flipping hours, I’m so exhausted, but here! Escapade yay!
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My body and technology are still messed up, I'm beginning to fear that I need to see a plumber about the water pressure in my house, and I'm behind on almost everything again. But I posted four fics in three days, which seems pretty cool. And it's my weekend; I'm heading off to Escapade tomorrow. I shall probably regret driving before I arrive, but right now the thought of taking my new baby out for a long trip seems cool. I finally got my personalized Star Wars plates redone, so she looks like truly my car. And it'll be good to see folks and be fannish for three days.
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Title: Helping Out
By: [profile] elayna88
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: John Cale/Amber Sawyer
Fandom: White House Down
Archive: Archive of Our Own
Category: Underage, aphrodisiac, dubious consent
Characters: James Sawyer, John Cale, Alison Sawyer, Amber Sawyer, Carol Finnerty
Summary: John's always there to help the Sawyer family, even when it seems like a really bad idea.
Feedback: Is always adored.
Notes: My thanks for Seaward for the betaing!
Disclaimer: The boys belong to whoever made the movie.

Read on Archive of Our Own.
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Title: On The Sidelines
By: [profile] elayna88
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: James Sawyer/Alison Sawyer/John Cale
Fandom: White House Down
Archive: AO3
Category: Threesome, outsider POV
Characters: James Sawyer, John Cale, Alison Sawyer, Carol Finnerty
Summary: Carol learns more about her boss' relationships than she really wanted to know, and steps up to protect him.
Feedback: Is always adored.
Disclaimer: The boys belong to whoever made the movie.

Read on Archive of Our Own.
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Title: Risky Business
By: [profile] elayna88
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: James Sawyer/Alison Sawyer/John Cale
Fandom: White House Down
Archive: AO3
Category: PWP, threesome
Characters: James Sawyer, John Cale, Alison Sawyer
Summary: Alison's interested in what James has enjoyed. John's not so sure about this idea but he could be persuaded if the conditions were right.
Feedback: Is always adored.
Disclaimer: The boys belong to whoever made the movie.

Read on Archive of Our Own.
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Title: Taking Risks
By: [profile] elayna88
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: James Sawyer/John Cale, James Sawyer/Alison Sawyer
Fandom: White House Down
Archive: AO3
Category: First time, established relationship, hurt/comfort
Characters: James Sawyer, John Cale, Alison Sawyer, Emily Cale, Melanie Cale, Carol Finnerty, Muriel Walker, OCs
Summary: James Sawyer finds his interest dwelling on the man who saved his life. John Cale learns that there are still consequences from the events of That Day.
Feedback: Is always adored.
Disclaimer: The boys belong to Columbia Pictures.

Read on Archive of Our Own.
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I’ve had a cold this week and stayed home the last three days, taking long naps, watching comfort movies, and reading fanfic on my phone. Except for that whole feeling yucky part, woulda been a nice break. But think I’m feeling well enough to make it back to work tomorrow. It feels good to be in a ‘yay, work!’ mode.

I’m friended with mostly baby boomers on FB. Some sort of meme slamming smart phones and feeling superior because our generation didn’t grow up with them is fairly common. I find it a bit strange because most of these people have kids and even grandkids - you are slamming your own younger generation, do you get that? But this week I’m thinking, man, I love reading AO3 on my phone. Technology is good.

The cats have been happy. They have liked sleeping with/on me.

Anyway, not going to think about three days of getting nothing done, ‘cuz nothing can be done about that. Going to do some stretching. My body is sore from lack of movement.
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