moiread: (SHINIES • a botanist in faeryland.)
I have bought a lot of shinies from [ profile] elisem over the years and, since she's still making lovely things, I don't expect to stop acquiring more anytime soon. Like a dragon, I now have a small hoard. As awesome as that is, the pieces that I love most have changed over time, and there are a lot of items that I just don't wear anymore. I think they deserve better than languishing in my jewellery box, so I'm sending them out into the world to seek new homes and new civilizations, to boldly go new adventures. Any money I make from these sales will help me afford the confluence of Christmas and vet bills. (My formerly-abused rescue dog says thank you for anxiety meds!)

Lots of earrings and pendants here! )
moiread: (SHINIES • doll with a ghost in it #2.)
Elise ([ profile] elisem) is having another sale, this time for her birthday!

(Anybody else in love with "The Oldest Spell I Know" and wishing they could wear those colours? "When Ma'at Was Young", too.)


Aug. 23rd, 2012 03:40 pm
moiread: (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA • badassery.)
Dear Suits: Why are you so AWESOME?

Seriously, probably the most fun show I currently watch. I cackle out loud just about every episode. Sometimes more than once.
moiread: (SHINIES • intermediate rose magic.)
So [ profile] elisem is having a sale again! Huzzah!

Stuff I am eyeing:

"Simple, Not Easy"
"The Dye-Worker's Magic"
"Intricate Music" !!!!
"The Long Way Home"
"The Moment of Twilight"
"Sea-Maiden, Sea-Monster" !!!!
your hatred, like a sleeping beast

(Note: This is NOT my way of saying to steer clear of the above items! It's just me linking to things I like!)

I feel as though "Simple, Not Easy" is an idea that resonates very strongly with me, whereas the rest are all about the look of the thing. Especially "Sea-Maiden, Sea-Monster". I mean, come on! That blue is my blue! And I was obsessed with paua shell as a teenager, you have no idea. So that necklace calls to me and makes me laugh.

But I don't know if I can squeeze a necklace-worth out of my budget for this upcoming month, even at sale price. Luckily I get paid in the wee hours of tonight/tomorrow, so I can do all the math then and see where I'm at. (I am especially trying not to think about the combined price tag of all my Elise necklaces, because oh lordy it's a lot, and if I do then I'll get The Stupid Money Guilt. And there is no reason to have The Stupid Money Guilt about anything so fine as those necklaces, so we shan't.)

I have no particular connection to "your hatred, like a sleeping beast", but I feel that the pendant would look good on a long, long chain, so that it hangs almost at my belly, in one of my Onor tops, for the rare times when I want to go a little goth. That pendant says, "Bitch, I will stab you." ;)

I also love a whole bunch of the labradorite pendants -- like "The Water-Smith", oh! -- but I already bought "Metamorphosis Afternoon" last go-round, and I think one is enough. If I get multiples, I'll just wind up not wearing the extras. I am trying to be very firm about this, and I still think the one I got was the best one for me. But they're all so pretty...

Oh! And on the topic of shinies that are FLIPPING BEAUTIFUL but not right for me:

"Friend to the Phoenix"
"Miss Teresa Talks To The Citrus Fairies"
"Table of Correspondences"
"Modern Enchantments"
"The Inventor Takes a Mate"

I mean, really. Really. I feel like I should be wolf-whistling at them.

If you want to check out the sale, it's right here!


Jun. 24th, 2012 03:58 pm
moiread: (sushi • stock.)
Today for Father's Day (dad was camping last weekend, so we postponed by a week) I bought my dad four pounds of ground kangaroo butt and we turned part of it into burgers. My Australian friends were TOTALLY RIGHT! Kangaroo is DELICIOUS even when dulled by too much beef. (Kangaroo is so lean that I felt we needed to mix it with beef or pork just to keep the burgers moist, but I think next time we will not let my mother dictate the ratio*. I'd originally planned 2:1 in favour of the kangaroo and it seems I was on the right track, so we'll go with that next time instead of the 1:1 we wound up doing for lunch today.)

We got the kangaroo from Bearbrook Farm about an hour outside the city. They sell elk, deer, bison, llama, duck, turkey, goose, peacock, lamb, regular pork, wild boar, ostrich, emu, kangaroo, alligator, salmon, and frogs' legs, most of which they raise on their farm and some of which they acquire from elsewhere and resell. They bring their wares to farmers' markets all across the Ottawa valley. Mostly they keep prepared stuff like sausages or pre-made burgers or kebabs at the booths because those are easier to transport and sell, but I just emailed them to say what I wanted and let them know which market I'd be at on which day, and they gave me the price and had it ready and waiting for me when I got to the booth. (They were also really excited to see me. Apparently being really enthused about their product offerings produces mutual feeling!)

I hope to eat my way through their entire farm eventually, and am pleased to be able to cross kangaroo off my "Eat One of Everything That Won't Kill Me and Maybe Even A Few Things That Might" list.

Next up: Fried alligator at Fat Tuesday's downtown, just to see if it's too fishy for me. My understanding is that the taste of alligator varies widely depending on how it was raised/farmed, because it will taste largely like whatever its primary diet was. It seems to go between the fish and chicken ends of the spectrum and is very fatty. But a good friend had the alligator at Fat Tuesday's and recommended it, and I trust his judgment, so try it we shall. Am bringing my brother and father in tow, I think!

I also want to buy emu sausages as soon as I get my next paycheque and fry them up for the weekend gamers. I am so poor right now that I had only a dollar-fifty to spare in my bank account after the kangaroo and Interac fee, so I could do naught but stare forlornly at the emu sausages in their cooler as I waited for the debit machine to do its thing. Next time, emu! Next time. I'll get you yet.

Oh and my brother wants llama steaks for his birthday in October, because I took him to Mochica twice and now he feels the same way about llama as I do.

Basically the point of this post is to let you know that food is awesome and that everybody's gifts for the next year are going to be made of meat. You're welcome! :D

* For the record, my mother's issue is not so much about game meat in particular, but rather that she thinks anything that isn't bone-dry overcooked chicken or pork has too much flavour. I have never quite managed to let go of my childhood theory that she's actually an alien whose true food source is paper products, which is why she hoards them. She only pretends to eat human food in a largely unsuccessful attempt to keep up appearances. This theory probably makes me a bad person but it also explains basically everything!


May. 10th, 2012 05:48 pm
moiread: (BOOKS • stock.)
I just had to send in a complaint to Kobo Books about their ebook version of Marissa Meyer's Cinder*, which I bought on a lark after seeing a physical copy in-store, only to discover that the e-book version being sold by Kobo is written entirely in allcaps. Yes, really. It's incredibly hard to read, and the original book wasn't written that way. This means that somewhere along the process chain, not only did somebody think this was a good idea but then someone else actually approved it. BAFFLING. So now I want my money back.

But to balance that out: A great big box of shinies arrived in my mailbox today!

I've actually read [ profile] pameladean's Tam Lin and Octavia Butler's Lilith's Brood trilogy before, but the former was a library copy and the latter was a seriously messed up epub-format e-book from a friend. (I finally figured out that whatever idiot put the e-book together had arranged it so that you read the first chapter of all three books consecutively, then after that the second chapter of all three, and then the third chapter of all three, and so on. It was REALLY confusing. And yet the story was still good enough to make me an Octavia Butler fan despite the way it had been presented and despite it being my first exposure to her, which should tell you something if you're not already familiar with her work.)

I'm so excited to read the others! Even if these omnibus editions are heavy enough that I could easily beat somebody to death with a single one...

(* No relation to Stephenie, as far as I can tell, and thank goodness for that.)
moiread: (bookish • liv t.)
I just finished reading Laura Goode's "Sister Mischief", and I have come to post about it so that I can tell you it is the best YA novel I've read in years.

It's about girls, words, nerds, poetry, hip-hop, being gay, being straight, religion, race, gender politics, family politics, self-expression, and all the combined awesomeness, cringing awkwardness, and pain that is being a teenager. It contains swearing, sex, vandalism, and some light drug use, yes, but those are things that teenagers have in their lives, and it comes with a lot of really awesome messages alongside in a way that assumes young people have the capacity to make good choices when given enough room and information to do so. (It also assumes that they will sometimes fuck up, just hopefully not in ways that cause big problems for themselves in the future. It is a book with Good Parenting.)

Also it takes places in Minnesota, which makes me smile for other reasons.

It was an awesome read and I heart it and now I am going to bed. Goodnight!
moiread: (SHINIES • poetsblood/obstreperousrose.)
The Lioness has made some new shinies and put a bunch of new and old things up for sale! I am so thrilled for her that she has felt up to doing this. Also, I have only just woken up, so bear with me if I sound groggy.


"The Post-Colonial Literature of Elves: When They Chained the Leaves" is so me, and I went !!! at it, but it has sold already, alas.

I'm thinking I will get "Dainty Dinosaurs", though. I don't have any shinies from [ profile] elisem that involve a natural stone look at all, and I love the white and pink there.

Others that are gorgeous but that are not me:

"Dreaming Zygote" is absolutely stunning.
"The Faithful Emperor" and "The Sultan's Poetry Garden" have gorgeous cloisonne beads, holy.
"The Nixie Said Yes"! Look at that blue! Actually now I kind of do want to wear them. Dangit. I don't know how well the cream would go up next to my face, but I have shirts in that blue...
"Miss Teresa Talks To The Citrus Fairies"! Something about these beads makes me want to roll around in them naked. I don't even know. They just do.


Jun. 6th, 2011 09:49 pm
moiread: (SHINIES • doll with a ghost in it #2.)
It seems like whenever things are really crappy in my life, something random and nice happens, even if it's just getting my shinies in the mail! :)

This is my latest purchase from Elise ([ profile] elisem), called "Carnival Dragons" (from the Dragon Candy set). Isn't it lovely? It's less in-your-face than some of the other necklaces I have of hers, which is really nice as far as variety goes, and it's casual enough that I can wear it basically anytime. (Not so much with, say, Vulture Goddess. That one needs Certain Outfits.) I love it because it's all my favourite colours in one place, so it suits me perfectly, and it even sneaks in bits of the colours I wish I could wear in such a way that they totally work. And it's just so full of joy! :3

Photos! )
moiread: (sea creatures • jenny l.)
Right, so. I remember how many of you replied when I offered out that vibrator last time, and I definitely know how many of you I've played Vibrator Fairy to, so I thought y'all might want to know...

EdenFantasys is having yet another vibrator giveaway! Zini has put out four new super adorable high-quality luxury vibrators and if you win, you can have your pick of them. Entering is easy: you just tweet about it, blog about it, like it on Facebook, comment to tell them why you think these vibrators look awesome, etc, and each one counts as another chance to win.

moiread: (giggle • kristin k.)
Josh Ritter will be at Bluesfest! Opposite A Perfect Circle on July 10th, which is a little sad for me, because I would have liked to go to both, but whatever, Josh wins. Josh absolutely wins.


The VIP tickets are already sold out (Wah! I would have actually bought that for this!), but the regular single-day tickets start selling later today. :D :D
moiread: (bookish • liv t.)
Hey, look! I was at the bookstore today and I found a thing!

It had a familiar name inside.

It was the last copy they had; they got it in a week ago and the rest sold. (Apparently Ottawa has a lot of fans of horror-ific puns. [Da dum ching!]) There would be more coming, but between that and the fact that the store was playing Josh Ritter over the speakers, I decided that clearly this copy was meant for me to find it and bring it home. So I did.

Sorry about the horrible cameraphone quality, but it was the best I could do at the time.
moiread: (SHINIES • doll with a ghost in it #2.)
Elise ([ profile] elisem) has just posted the first set of stuff she's made since her stroke, and though she and I are not close, I have to say that I am incredibly thankful that she came through it okay, and that she did not lose the ability to do this thing that she loves.

This batch was particularly wonderful, but the pieces that really caught my eye were:

"Dragon Candy: Carnival Dragons"
"Lightning Song"
"There" <--- not for me, but it really does look like sumi-e, doesn't it?

I was going to have a talk with my credit card about the first two but "Lightning Song" has already sold. (No surprise there! Just LOOK at it!) I'm a little sad about that, but Elise says there will be more coming with those stones in 'em, which means I can get something else and also wait until later when my budget isn't so tight. Besides, whoever bought it must have loved it even more than me, because they jumped on it right away while I was still over here dithering back and forth and agonizing about credit card debt. So they totally win. ;)
moiread: (rawk yo • kristen s.)
This is how I spent my morning! (Apart from the throwing up.) I wound up buying both of Dessa's rap/slam albums off Bandcamp because she is so fucking good, and I'm going to see if I can find more by Katie Makkai.

Videos under the cut. )
moiread: (bookish • liv t.)
Jo Walton ([ profile] papersky)'s new book, "Among Others", is out! And having already read it, I can assure you it is oh so very, very good. There are fairies and evil relatives and a boarding school. There is magic both big and small. The protagonist is a disabled girl who loves science fiction and fantasy. It is forthright and painful and hopeful and fabulous, and I cannot even begin to tell you all the ways in which it spoke to me, but if you know me and you read it, you will see why right away.

If you want, you can read a considerable chunk of the beginning of the book at! When you get to the bottom of the excerpt on that page, click "Next" and just keep going until the words run out. And then if you don't want the words to have run out (which I suspect you won't), you can go buy a copy either in hardcover or for Kindle, and hopefully soon in paperback. (I say that because I know some of you have trouble with heavy hardcover books and e-books, and I recognize that, and I am hoping that paperback versions will be out in time for birthdays and things later this year, so that I can buy copies for you. You know who you are.)
moiread: (WORK • post-it notes.)
A bunch of you have recently picked up Android phones around the same time as I got mine, and I know everyone wants app recommendations, so here are the apps that I think absolutely every Android phone user should have:

Geekery under the cut. )

So there you go. Those are the apps I'd consider absolutely essential for everybody. If you guys want my recommendations for other apps, like what I use for e-mail or Twitter or IMs, or news readers and media players, or what neat silly little things I've grabbed for shits and giggles, etc, I can do those too! It's just that those are mostly a matter of individual preference, so I'd want to know if there was any interest before spamming you with 'em.


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