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But It Isn't insane On Paper, by fitofpique (at her fic journal). Alan Rickman and Scott Speedman and lord, there's enough pretty to go around, first and foremost. It's utterly charming and witty, and she has an excellent pace established and I just really adored this. PG-13, and she's hinted at there being more one day. \o/

The Office
I am really REALLY picky about Office fanfic (ditto on Friday Night Lights) because the show is satisfying, and there's this trend that has been BUGGING ME about people MarySueing Jim. You read that right. In these fics Jim is really hip, a scenester, except they're trying to make me believe it's Jim. And Jim is... well, he's not the hippest guy ever. He's not necessarily into every cool musical group/trendy TV show that the author is into, etc. He's a bit of a dork, but that's what makes him so charming. (He has a collection of TOURIST GUIDES, people.) And Pam? Let's not forget that Pam wears white KEDS. Which is why I love them. And why I love this:

The Office as told by Dinosaur Comics - Creepy Whisper, created by agate. Ahahahahahaha. Ha. It's funny because it's true.

Calvin and Hobbes
You read that right. This is LOVELY and achy and very, very sentimental. Reminiscence by Kenya Starflight. (ff.net link) Calvin... grows up. I'm not kidding on the sentimental bit, so bring tissues, leave your cynicism at the door, and give it a try.

If we don't pimp ourselves, when do we get pimped? :D If you are familiar with Little Britain or Catherine Tate (or just love a low-class Brissle accent or chav culture) I wrote a Crossover Fic with Vicky Pollard and Lauren Cooper filled with loads of slang. It would help if you knew what a Pikey is. And not because I'm writing a Snatch/BtVS fic where Drusilla ends up being a distant relative of Brad Pitt's Pikey character. *cough* (I'll write it anyway, because come on! It's hilarious to me, if no one else.) Don't tempt me to make a phone post with me reading this in proper accent an' all that. O_O

I've got loads more to read, hopefully I can get a longer recs list on Monday.

  • A cheesy Brioche roll with grilled onions, pesto, fresh tomato slices, spinach leaves and roasted red bell pepper. I may need that again today, mmmm.

  • Topo Chico sparkling mineral water. If you can find the lime flavored, even better. Add a fresh squeezed lime, a shot of rum, and several mint leaves. OR: plain sparkling mineral water, a healthy dose of peach nectar and a shot of rum. No, I meant that. A shot of rum. If you can find Kerr's Mango nectar, add that in place of the peach, some mint sprigs, and there's the mango mojito I had on vacation. HOLY YUM to your mouth.

  • water crackers, cheeses, pears, cherry tomatoes. It's what's for dinner. (At least in my house. Too hot to cook today.)

  • Napping in an Adirondack chair under a large umbrella with a magazine on your chest. I mean, book. *cough*

  • Napping in general.

  • Exercising every day, even if just a stroll for 15 minutes. Ahhhhh, using your body. <3

  • Getting a small child to "do your hair." Little chubby hands for the win.

  • Random hugs for your kids (or pets. Or spouse. Or other.) Hugs in general I highly recommend.

  • Listening to any song created by Danny Elfman when you're in a bad mood - complete change of mood I can practically guarantee.

  • going away for the weekend to meet up with good friends (I am! I'm going to Alabama tomorrow to stay with southernbangel and meet marenfic and her man! WHOO and a HOO.)

  • remembering to put on DEET or other repellent when going out of doors lately. *scratches ankles grumpily*



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Jun. 6th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Ummm, can I hate you right now for the Calvin and Hobbes fic. I'm trying not to sob out loud in my cube.
Jun. 6th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
That was me yesterday. *holds you*

(and when did I get rid of my Hobbes icon?? GRUMP.)
Jun. 6th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
I have 3 C&H icons. All are shareable if you want to snag. Just credit whoever I credited in my comments.
Jun. 6th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
*45 degree angle salute!*
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
You read that at WORK? ::sobs:: HOW??

:::holds you:::
Jun. 6th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that Calvin & Hobbes rec. So wonderful.

And a random hug for you.
Jun. 6th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Whee! I will TAKE that hug and give you one back!! *does*

(It really was sweet, wasn't it? And achy.)
Jun. 6th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
The Office as told by Dinosaur Comics


I've been holding off on Office fic. What I really want to see is David Brent/Michael Scott slash done well, and I have no idea where to find it.

And that C&H fic really is heartbreaking and -backtogethergluing, isn't it?
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
It's funny, right? *g* And yeah - most of the Office fics I've come across are either missing the heart and/or funny of the show, or seem VERY self-indulgent and Mary Sue-ish. I've recced a few noteworthy fics (hit my recs tag for them) if you're interested. David Brent/Michael Scott!! PLEASE let me know if you find it!!

And I've got a few of your fics in my folder to be read, and I'm looking forward to it!! (I loved that C&H fic so much.)
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Jun. 6th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
It really is, isn't it?? (I knew you'd like it!!)

Well, let's hope Lee isn't horrible and mean to me. I think she might lock me in the closet and put my hand in cold water while I sleep. (hee!)

Oh, I have music questions to ask you. I'm heading out to take the kids to the dentist, but I will shoot you a message here at some point today. I hope you're well, my Anne-girl!!)
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Jun. 6th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
And freeze your panties and bras!
Jun. 6th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)

I'm calling my mom! *dials 1-800-whorzrus*
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)

(Why the Oingo Bongo? Not that I'm complaining, mind, heeee!)
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
It's the first thing I think of when you say listen to Danny Elfman. For serious.

Icon love!
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Was he in the group or something? *feels totally out of it* I have Pee Wee's big Adventure on my mp3 player and it makes me so happy to have it pop up while I'm working out. *g*

And heee, I LOVE Spi¨n;altap!!
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Crud, it wouldn't do an umlaut on the N. :(
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
I was so amazed when I found out he was the writer/singer for them; he's got a great voice, and of course I knew him only as the movie-guy. I'm not a big OB fan, but I do love that song, and we pull it out every once in awhile to be happy.
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah - I had NO idea! But since I've got a good decade (maybe change? Gah, i feel old) on you, that was ALWAYS on when i was a teen, so it's on my "don't need to hear every again" list.

also on that list: Jump, by Van Halen, anything by Howard Jones, Walk Like an Egyptian, by the Bangels, and any song by Simple Minds. GAH. Have heard all of those PA-LENTY.
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
What's funny is I feel inundated by all the other songs you mentioned, but I don't remember Dead Man's Party from my childhood. Weird.

I'm 28.
Jun. 6th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
And man, do I feel dumb for not knowing that! (Although I didn't much care for them when I was a teen and they were popular. Even though I LOOOOOVE his soundtrack work. Go figure!)
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
*smooch* Hugs rocks. I hug Buddy all the time. He's my baby.
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
AWWWWW!! *loves Buddy Love* (And I've got your fic open in a tab right now, I'm just waiting for the children to go away so I can be alone with it, heh.)
Jun. 6th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
I guess that would be the Rescue Me fic. *g* (Not that the Due South one is for children either, but ...)
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Jun. 6th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Once the wet goes away it'll be no more skeeters for us, WHOOOOOO.

And dude, are you mocking my brave protection of you as a wee!breath with Lon's waders and baseball bat and Tilex when I CRUSHED that tarantula in our house!? Because I still have nightmares about that. GAH I HATE THEM TOO, BETH. ICK.
Jun. 6th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Jun. 6th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
:* :* :*
Jun. 6th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Exercising every day, even if just a stroll for 15 minutes. Ahhhhh, using your body. <3

There is the matter of self-awareness that must be attended to. I spent an hour yesterday scrubbing the F250 with enthusiasm and a very small brush, and then dreamt last night that I had fallen from a skyscraper and lay broken on the ground. On the other hand, there is no more moss growing on the weather stripping, and my BG and cardiac fitness thank me for it.

Julia, today, I remake a flower bed. Tonight, Vicodin.
Jun. 6th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Ha! See, I'm still enough of a sadist that I looooooooove that broken body feeling - but only if it's accompanied by a day of hard labor of things I enjoy (gardening), otherwise I am grumpy.

I have an 8ft. patch of Bermuda sod to remove and I think I might just pour gasoline on it and set it on fire to avoid digging in this godforsaken clay... Why will no one buy me a backho? ;)
Jun. 6th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Haaayyyy Stonnnneeeeeeeeyyyyyy!

<3 <3 <3
Jun. 6th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
HI HI HI HI!!!!! *shares with you my delicious jalapeno popcorn!*

<3 <3 <3 are you being kept so very busy that you are about to be surprised when you spy the time on the hour glass? And why don't more people have hour glasses? I LOVE WATCHING THE SAND FALL.

Jun. 6th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
I am scared to read the C&H fic because I know I'll be sobbing. But I was all over the Dinosaur Comic and then I had to sit hunched over the keyboard breathing very carefully so as to contain the highly office-inappropriate laughing fit that threatened to take me over!

I've just started reading Office fic in the past couple weeks and I haven't found a Mary-Sued Jim yet, but I'm going by recs mostly.
Jun. 6th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, yeah. The C&H fic is a heartstring tugger, so you've been warned! And I'm so happy you've not been bothered by Mary Sueing in that fandom! I'm a huge fan of following recs.

(My problem has been, I think, that I'm INCREDIBLY picky. If I know something personal about an author, say, a favorite movie or candy bar, and then their fics have Jim Halpert going on and on about that movie or candy bar? It causes eye rolling. I'm so snotty, I know.)
Jun. 6th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Which makes me think ... we don't even know if he really likes M&Ms, or just ate them because it gave him an excuse to hover over Pam at the receptionist area ... am I right?

I'm impressed by people who can write believable Michael/Jan fics. I swear that's gotta be so tough. Way, way harder than Jim/Pam!
Jun. 6th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oooh, if you have any good recs, I'd love to see them! I've not read any Michael/Jan, actually. I'm not kidding about being nervous blindly clicking... My eyes! My brain! My HEART. (hee!)
Jun. 6th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
I've only read a few so far, but there's one author I think is doing really well (especially considering I find Jan's breakdown-behavior on the show pretty hard to believe already) ... I'll look for them when I get home!
Jun. 6th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, lovely! No stress, if it's easy to find/link, i thank you in advance!

And you know, I'm really there with you, too. On one hand, we know that she's been in therapy, yadda yadda. But then... it would be funny if it was MICHAEL that drove her crazy. Basically, I'd like the show to explore that more, too.
Jun. 7th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
Here's 2 fics I enjoyed. I liked some others, but didn't think they were quite as good, so I'm exercising caution ... especially since I'm not yet sure what else is out there!

Fast Forward to Crazy and All the Way Back by rcrown. Michael/Jan. PG.

The Grocery by lz1982. PG-13.
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I've just sat down with my coffee, too! Perfect timing. :)
Jun. 7th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
I just hope you had the brioche roll because that sounds like heaven on earth but with less clouds and harp music.
Jun. 7th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
I saw that Office/Dinosaur comic yesterday - absolutely hysterical :D

That Calvin and Hobbes fic... wow, made me weepy. I never, ever would have considered reading C&H fic, so... thank you :)
Jun. 7th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for finding that wonderful Calvin and Hobbes fic! It works so amazingly well, and damn, it made me cry.
*wanders off to hug stuffed pony*
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Are You Actually

Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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