Super Librarian Cordy all tough

Well I thought it was already as heavy as can be

Thanks to Iron and Wine for my title line, I think it expresses how I'm feeling right now.

It's been so long since I've posted I have decided I should do some sort of update.

For those of you who know my girlfriend, savoytruffle, you probably have a sense of what's been going on in my life. Collapse )

So I am also back in school full-time, completing my Masters of Information and am finding this to be a lot of work, exhausting and overwhelming. This is my first time as a full-time student since my second year of undergrad, many many years ago, so this definitely feels like a new thing and a challenge. At the beginning of the semester, not surprisingly, I had a hard time focusing and some of my marks suffered. But now I'm in the midst of killing myself working on all these involved assignments. Only 4 more to go this semester! So this is why I'm not really around on LJ that much. Stupid school... but I will finish in April and will look for a job closer to the girlfriend. Must focus on future goals!

One of the highlights of these last few months has been the time I spend with my best friend's son: my nephew Jake. He's about 15 months, totally adorable and at the stage where he repeats what we say. I inadvertently taught him "wow" last night. Here's a couple of photos of him and I on Halloween. Collapse )
ST Sulu/Kirk near death experience

Fic: The Perils of Co-Habitating with Jim Kirk, Congeniality Ninja

I finally have fic!! It is a major accomplishment for me. Plus I am making major inroads on my big bang fic, which is great!

Title: The Perils of Co-Habitating with Jim Kirk, Congeniality Ninja
Author: cordelianne
Rating: Mature
Genre & Pairing or Threesome: Kirk/Sulu
Warnings: Reluctant debauchery, banter and multiple Midterm Madnesses.
Word Count: 2,510
Summary: Sulu gets stuck with Kirk as his roommate. Sulu is skeptical. Kirk gets him a big yellow chair.
A/N: Written for uselessplayback at teamgoldxchange.
Thanks to savoytruffle for her superb beta which whipped this fic into shape! She truly has beta superpowers.

In which Sulu realizes this is an epically bad idea
Super Librarian *In Training

Did I really just do that?

I officially resigned from my full-time job today. I've been thinking about this for months, but I'm still totally freaked out.

I've worked there for 11 years and to say this was a scary and difficult decision is a huge understatement. I started working there at 22 years old and feel like I've grown up there. I started as a Customer Service Representative got promoted to a Team Leader, then a Supervisor and finally the department Manager. I finished my undergraduate degree while working there. For the past 5 years or so, I've been running the department and leading a team of about 12 people, and doing a pretty damn good job (if I say so myself!). I have so many good friends (including a best friend) there, plus this amazing community of people who inspire me constantly. However, I'm not so inspired by the job anymore and feel I need a change (as scary as that is).

I am going back to school full-time to complete my Masters of Information (I've been doing it part-time), so that I can finish and actually get a job as a librarian. Also, this would make it more possible to be nearer to the long term, currently long distance, girlfriend. I'd like us to finally live in the same place!

So naturally instead of celebrating or drinking a beer to mellow out, I'm working on my final assignment for my summer course. At least it's a comics and graphic novel course so it's pretty fun to write about!
Scoobies Pretty Tint

"I laugh in the face of danger, and then I hide until it goes away."

As I went through my icons I realized they're all of people being kick ass and tough, none of being afraid and hiding out in their apartment... which so describes me! I'm basically like Xander in my icon, cowering.

Let's just say that sleeping in and not going to my downtown yoga studio (I live in the city but more uptown) was the best thing I ever did! I would have likely been stuck downtown (the subway downtown shut down) and trapped near what had begun as a peaceful G20 protest but - because of a few individuals - became violent.

In preparation for the G20, I thought businesses far from the security zone were silly to board up their windows, and now I'm wondering why every business in the downtown core didn't do that! I have been riveted to the genuinely shocking footage of what's been happening in Toronto. I've been mostly watching CTV coverage but suspect that the CBC has the most comprehensive best coverage here. If you haven't seen anything about it, check it out - this is just not the kind of thing that happens here.

I have to say that this is the first time living in Toronto that I've been afraid. I lived through SARS here and was totally unperturbed. I've spent many a night walking or biking alone in Toronto, and never been scared. It's just so surreal to see places I'll often be eating at or shopping having their windows smashed. Police cars being set on fire right in the heart of the downtown. I've found myself thinking "Don't hurt my city!" I'm all for protest and believe in freedom of speech and am proud of the thousands of protesters who made their points peacefully and articulately. But these few people that are smashing up the city have overshadowed the peaceful protesters in the media.

Having the G20 summit be in the downtown of Toronto was ridiculous. I feel that those who decided to hold it here are to blame. Our city is being destroyed because they decided to hold the summit in the downtown of a city where people actually LIVE, work and play in the downtown. My friends, parents and I stayed inside afraid to do our usual Saturday activities because of the few individuals who took advantage of a peaceful protest to cause damage. My facebook was filled with friends sharing that they're okay (thank goodness) because it's been such a freaky day. I will continue to hide out at my apartment for the weekend!
ST Sulu/Kirk near death experience

Never has FML felt more apt

This past week and a few days has been... not fun. A good reflection of my state of mind is the fic I posted, But One Day We'll Float - it's the saddest fic I've probably ever written. I had to do one of those tasks that are the least pleasant things about being a manager and are never easy. So that's been hard.

And with the G20 happening in my city, the atmosphere isn't helping. Cops everywhere, huge fences "protecting" the summit area, trees removed, helicopters circling, the university closed, etc etc. So that has us all on edge. In the past few weeks, I've almost missed yoga because of a bomb threat, there were shots fired near my house (in a normally very boring neighbourhood) and the sirens and helicopters are omnipresent.

And then today we had an earthquake!! Okay, so fortunately this was not serious and, as far as I know, no one hurt. It was a 5.5, I believe. I work in the downtown of Toronto, so we all thought initially that it might be because of an explosion at the G20 or something. Probably a sign of how few earthquakes we get here is that I was the only one who went to a doorway. Our building really shook - likely a result of shoddy construction and being on the second floor. It was definitely unsettling and kinda scary; although there are fault lines nearby (in the Ottawa area which is where the epicenter was) we get earthquakes rarely so we're not used to it.

My girlfriend arrives here for a visit on Monday (thankfully just after the G20 ends - I expect things to get crazier come the weekend), so at least things are looking up! Even though I'm still kinda "ahhh, I hate everything" I'm going to do the TV meme....Collapse )

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S/X Xander lights Spike's cigarette

Star Trek Fic: But One Day We'll Float (Chekov/Sulu, Mature)

And now instead of talking about TV I shall share with you some Chekov/Sulu fic!

Title: But One Day We’ll Float
Author: cordelianne
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing(s): Chekov/Sulu
Rating: Mature
Word count: 1,576
Disclaimer: Sadly not mine, in any way.
Summary: Sulu almost can't remember the time before the war. He almost doesn't recognize Pavel Chekov.
Notes: Thanks to savoytruffle for her invaluable beta and awesome feedback!
Inspired by this picture. The title is from the PJ Harvey song We float.

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Anne & Diana Bosom Friends

"I can't eat. I can never eat when I'm in the depths of despair."

It's been a long day for me so I'm going to make this short:

Day 17 - Favorite mini series

I'm going to pretend this is like the Emmys and that TV Movie & Miniseries are one category, and thus my selection is:

Anne of Green Gables: The Movie

Practically perfect adaptation of my favourite book. It delighted me when it first aired on CBC in 1985 and it still delights me today. I'm part of the generation of kids who grew up picturing Megan Follows as Anne Shirley and Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe. In fact, I'd say all the actors are perfect in their roles and beautifully bring the characters from the page to the screen. I couldn't love it more, and I know I'm not alone in my love for the movie (and the books)!

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Star Trek Scotty "I like this ship!"

"I hope you enjoyed our 'salt in the wounds' slow motion."

I am soooo tired, yet I feel the need to keep posting the TV meme. Today's category may be tricky for me:

Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show

I'm not sure if I have any shows I feel guilty about watching. Like the Vampire Diaries could have been it but it's too good I just can't feel guilty about it! Aha, I have just figured out what my choice is:

Dancing with the Stars

I feel this image nicely illustrates the cracktastic nature of the show: the two finalists descend onto the stage in a giant mirror ball! I normally don't feel guilty about watching DWS because it's fun entertainment but this season was a different story. There's always a certain cringe factor of some "celebrities" who are deluded about their dancing ability but Kate Gosselin took it to a whole new level of cringe.

Seriously, this "dance" she did to Paparazzi was one of the worst things I've ever seen. It was basically walking, and this Jimmy Fallon version of the dance has better dancing than she did. To watch one of the shows that had Gosselin in it, my partner and I tried drinking wine to see if it helped. It didn't.

However things started to look up when Kate Gosselin was eliminated and we were left with the better dancers. DWS became it's usual self again with crazy sequined costumes, occasionally awesome dances and funny quips from Tom Bergeron. Also, I liked all the finalists and felt they deserved to be in the finals so that was nice. Not a show with deep meanings but when everything comes together it's fun with great dancing.

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GG Luke/Lorelai dancing

Attacked by a band of swans. Was it an all-boy band? Kind of a scary, feathery NSYNC kind of fiasco?

This may be one of my toughest choices yet!

Day 15 - Favorite female character

I am drawn to shows with strong female characters and there are so many who I could talk at length about. Just four that immediately pop into my head are: Amber Tamblyn's Joan of Arcadia, Connie Britton's Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights, Tina Fey's Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, I made the hard decision and selected:

Lorelai Gilmore

Brilliantly played by Lauren Graham, Lorelai is quirky, funny, smart, big-hearted, and, yes, flawed. I'm not sure if I'd want her as my mom (good thing she has the amazing Rory for her daughter) but I definitely want her for a friend: we could hang out, watch TV, eat lots of food and have crazy fun conversations. There's an episode where Luke is confused about why she's saved all these old videotapes with TV shows on them and I had this moment where I realized that she and I are kindred spirits (my partner has asked me exactly the same question about my video collection). Other than the fact that Lorelai (with help from Graham) is stunningly gorgeous (and also super skinny), she feels like such a real relateable character. In real life most of us do drink caffeine, talk a lot and watch TV! haha, or I do anyway!

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Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose

I've been having a stressful time at work so am trying not to think about it. Fortunately I've had some distractions. Yesterday was the going away party for a friend and tonight I visited an injured friend.

And now for more TV talk!

Day 14 - Favorite male character

If this was a few years ago my answer, without a doubt, would have been Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Spike (played by James Marsters). He started out as a two-dimension villain and went on this incredible journey and transformation throughout the course of the show - plus he's fun and sexy! But how could I forgot Michael Emerson's brilliantly portrayed Ben, on Lost? Mostly a villain but Ben is always fun to watch and an intriguing character. I think if the wonderful Friday Night Lights hadn't come along it would have been one of those two but now my choice is.....

Coach Erin Taylor

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