icepixie: ([Agent Carter] Carter red hat poster)
A few scattered thoughts on the Agent Carter finale )

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My tooth hurts more after getting the second root canal than before. I wish I could say that surprised me. Thirteen days until the endodontist will consider it enough time to have settled and I can get this thing pulled out of my head.
icepixie: ([Agent Carter] Carter red hat poster)
Yaaaay, Agent Carter's back and it's awesome!

Spoilers )
icepixie: ([Agent Carter] Carter red hat poster)
First Aid (1421 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter/Jack Thompson
Characters: Peggy Carter, Jack Thompson
Additional Tags: First Kiss, Romance, Fluff, Hurt/Comfort
Series: Part 3 of Pigtails and Inkwells
Summary:

"Jack Thompson, if you don't kiss me properly in the next five seconds, I believe I shall go quite mad."

For a long moment, Jack wondered if the last several minutes had all been a strange, frustrating dream that was finally taking a turn for satisfaction, but then Peggy muttered, "Do I have to do everything myself?" before she leaned forward, grabbed his collar, and kissed him.

[This time, Peggy befuddles Jack.]

icepixie: ([Skating] Z&G cool angle)
Today I learned how to do a camel spin!

Note how I did not say "I did a camel spin." Because mine is definitely more of an arabesque at best. But it felt really cool! I think I'll get the hang of it faster than I did the scratch spin.

P and I also worked on sit spins. Mine is more of a "perching on a barstool" kind of spin, and may or may not ever get lower, but I seem able to center it better and keep it going longer than a scratch.

Backspin is still a disaster, but this surprises no one.

Benign neglect improved the forward circle eight a lot. Now my right foot is the good one on the outside edge, and it's the left one where I have to touch down very briefly at the top of the circle. IDK. At least it's better.

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In TV news, as you all have heard by now, Agent Carter got renewed. Yay! And...the Muppets are coming back to TV. With "a 'contemporary' and 'more adult' take on the Muppets that will, according to a logline 'explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.'"

Okay, then.
icepixie: ([Agent Carter] Carter red hat poster)
I did threaten more ficlets along the theme of Jack being awful at flirting and Peggy bantering rings around him.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (848 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter/Jack Thompson
Characters: Peggy Carter, Jack Thompson
Additional Tags: Unresolved Sexual Tension, Banter, Humor
Series: Part 2 of Pigtails and Inkwells
Summary:

"'We'? I fail to recall the point at which I was brought into this baby-making enterprise of yours."

icepixie: ([B5] Shadow ships pretty background)
Oh, Agent Carter, sometimes the fact that you are set in 1946 rather than the 30s kind of cramps my style. And by style I mean my knowledge of pop culture, which is far greater for the 30s than it is for the 40s.

I may be writing more fic. A few more fics, actually. They all basically revolve around the theme of "Jack Thompson flirts very badly, often confusing flirting with being an annoying jerk. Peggy Carter finds this simultaneously irritating, amusing, confusing, and intriguing. She also verbally kicks his ass a lot."

...Looking at some of my favorite pairings, I do believe I see a theme.

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In reviewing my medical records, I found that I have an arcuate uterus. This is largely an incidental finding, as the jury is still out on whether the increased difficulty in getting pregnant and increased number of miscarriages for women with this abnormality is statistically significant. (Anyway, it's a moot point for me, obviously.) It doesn't affect anything else. What I found amusing is that it basically causes the uterus to have devil horns.

I feel like this explains so much. Perhaps I should enlist the services of an exorcist as well as a gynecologist.
icepixie: ([Agent Carter] Carter red hat poster)
Necessary (1094 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter/Jack Thompson
Characters: Peggy Carter, Jack Thompson
Additional Tags: Unresolved Sexual Tension, Banter
Summary:
"You really think it's wise to keep insulting your transportation like this?"

"Oh, forgive me. I meant to say how wonderful it is to have a big, strong man such as yourself to carry me out of this tight spot."

The best part about Peggy needing him for once was that it didn't even make her pause before she kept right on mouthing off.
icepixie: ([Agent Carter] Carter red hat poster)
I actually sort of get why Thompson took all the credit in the Agent Carter finale. Doesn't mean I have to live with it. (And I guess I just felt a need to rehabilitate this tool? IDK.)

The Heartfelt Thanks of a Grateful Nation (1122 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peggy Carter, Jack Thompson, Daniel Sousa
Summary:

Peggy doesn't need anyone else's approval. That doesn't mean it can't feel damn good when she gets it.

icepixie: ([SG-1] Didn't teach this in grad school)
It took me way too long to notice this--though to be fair, Thompson was a complete non-entity for me until 1x05, and Sousa wasn't much better--but...

Jack Thompson. Daniel Sousa. Peggy Carter.

All right, 'fess up. Who behind the scenes is a Stargate fan? And when will Agent Teal'c be making an appearance? ("It's, uh...a Croatian name. Yeah.")
icepixie: ([Agent Carter] Carter red hat poster)
So, uh, this happened. *facepalm*

Pigtails and Inkwells (377 words) by icepixie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agent Carter (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peggy Carter/Jack Thompson
Characters: Peggy Carter, Jack Thompson
Additional Tags: Unresolved Sexual Tension, Fluff
Summary:

"You were one of those horrid little boys who pulled girls' pigtails at school, weren't you?"

icepixie: ([Burn Notice] Mike Fi thought bomb)
Three observations on dipping various toes into Agent Carter fic and Tumblr:

1. I had forgotten what it was like to be in a big fandom. Or, really, a medium-sized fandom. I ignore the A03 category for a week and there's, like, eight pages of fic. Do you know how much I would give for eight new fics, period, a year in most of my fandoms?

2. Okay, what's up with calling yourself and things you like "trash" and "garbage" on Tumblr? Is the fact that I cannot comprehend why anyone would do this a sign I've gotten irretrievably old? Or is it just a sign that Tumblr is made of foolishness?

3. WHY DO YOU HAVE SIX-POINT TEXT IN YOUR LAYOUT AND EXPECT ANYONE TO READ IT ARRRRRGGGHHHH I thought we got over this when Geocities died.

As you might have suspected all of this means, I have fallen down the rabbit hole that is Carter/Thompson. *hands* I swear, I didn't mean to, especially when Carter/Angie is right there, but bickering and grudging respect are the rocks my ships are built on, and of all the characters on this show they have the most of both of those qualities. (Also, I really kind of like that Thompson goes from dismissively handing her things to file in the first episode to being so terrified of her that he insists on handcuffing even even when Dottie has already drugged her. Heh.)
icepixie: ([Art] The Singing Butler)
Today I did battle with the Evil Salchow, and emerged victorious.

P played with the positioning of my arms and legs on the entry edge and I finally manged to make it an entry with a hook instead of just an arc that keeps going and going and never actually turns into a jump. (Let me remind you, this is the jump "you just have to feeeeeeel" when it's right to actually move off the edge into the air.) Unfortunately, the entry wasn't into a jump so much as a stumble and a forward landing.

So in the last half hour, I decided I was going to get this to look like a jump. I'm pretty sure I did it 50+ times. It was like I was starring in one of those cheesy motivational commercials that has twenty fast cuts of some athlete or other doing the same thing over and over again until exhaustion perfection.

And I will say this for those cheesy motivational commercials: The strategy is sound. By the fortieth or fiftieth mohawk-into-entry edge-into-stumble, I was able to get the hook--albeit scratchily, and too far onto my toe pick--and step through so that I landed mostly backwards. Depending on exactly where you pop off the toe pick, a Salchow is actually more of a 2/3- or 3/4-revolution jump than a full revolution (a fact which surprised me, given what you see on TV--it looks like they take off backwards, but in reality you take off...kind of halfway between forward and sideways). I probably have half a revolution now.

Also, the exhaustion. The exhaustion was real. I don't usually get that out of breath skating unless I'm doing Moves I know well at a pretty good clip, or those few occasions where I do 5+ waltz jumps one after the other or something. I usually do something, then take a moment to contemplate why it went wrong and how it can go better before trying again. Not this time. I was ready to fall over after all that.

It made me thankful that toe loops exist and are so much easier, especially since mine actually became a jump while I wasn't looking this week. Well, if I remember to bend my knee after the three turn; then I get into the air and I can feel my free leg swinging out and around as I land because I have real momentum, which is a very cool feeling. Toe loop-toe loop combinations are also less scary now that I can land the things more securely (yaaaaay new blade placement!).

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Agent Carter 1.05: Iron Curtain )

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I went to an "Asian bistro" on the university side of campus for lunch yesterday (where I had a bowl of completely flavorless pho, ugh), and on the way saw a hawk of some stripe. It floated out of the sky onto a tree and then sat there for a while, tucking first one foot and then the other into its feathers (perhaps because it was 42 degrees at the time). I don't think it was a red-tailed hawk--although it might've been a lighter morph--but maybe a broad-winged or Cooper's?
icepixie: ([Movies] Myrna Loy as a blonde)
I think I've finally made peace with my toe loop. At least, I'm not as weirded out by having to cross my leg behind myself to pick. Counter-intuitively, it is more stable, though I'm still at the point where I kind of pick and turn on that pick before hopping off rather than doing a full revolution, but eh.

The test session is a week from Friday. I'm definitely doing Pre-Bronze Moves, and 90% sure I'm doing Pre-Bronze Freeskate. I just wish I were a little more confident that I can get the three revolutions for the 1-foot spin on command. They usually take most of a practice session to show up with anything resembling consistency. And did I mention this is at 7 in the morning? I'm not exactly at my best that early.

I've actually been watching some current TV recently--amazing, I know. I struck out on Galavant (it was like watered-down Monty Python; I just couldn't get into it), but I surprised myself by getting into Agent Carter. I've never seen anything else Marvel-related and am vaguely sour on superheros and their canons as a rule, so I watched the first episode almost entirely because I love Art Deco. (Also because it's a series with a female lead, which is, you know, hard to find.)

I was not disappointed on the Art Deco front, and the show was surprisingly good on its own merits. Not amazing, but not bad. I wish these characters were better at secret agenting. At least Carter and Jarvis have something of an excuse--Jarvis in particular is new to this, and I get the impression Carter is as well? Maybe she did something different during the war?--but the other agents are really kinda not that bright. Oh well. The show is not exactly about brains.

I like the focus on a war vet trying to fit back into civilian society, and in particular the unique place Carter has, trying to fit back in to a society that had a brief taste of something like gender equality and is now enthusiastically wrenching itself back to the status quo. This happened in American film, too, incidentally, something that has fascinated me since I ran up against it in a film class in college.

I do wish one of the three female characters had not kicked the bucket in the very first episode (Colleen was so sweet; I could definitely have shipped her and Carter), but I do like Angie, and the women's hotel has promise. I also like sweet Sousa quietly being the most competent of them all even while catching flak from the other agents about his disability.

Anyway, it has an agreeably pulpy feel (superweapons!) without being too dumb (stupid agents aside). I approve.

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