Today was a very red day. My old tan, warm, fuzzy-fleecy-cottony-lined raincoat, which I owned for almost ten years and wore literally every. single. day. of the nine months I was in Europe (okay, well, there might have been a day or two in Paris when it was warm enough not to wear it) finally gave up the ghost. The waterproofing on the outside was apparently, like, sprayed on
, and has been flaking off around the neck for about a year now, leaving ugly white speckles. This week two big spots peeled off on the back, making it look like I'd had an unfortunate accident with some bleach.
So now I have a beautiful dark red
, warm, flannel-lined raincoat. I've always wanted a red coat (leftover Paddington Bear fetish from childhood? IDK), and now I have one. I also discovered when I got home that in fact the flannel lining zips out, and thus I actually bought two coats for the price of one! Now I'm prepared for all phases of winter/spring at home, and I also have the perfect coat system for Seattle in April.
(Speaking of Seattle: Much planning. Much excitement. rowdycamels
and I going to do a lot of museums and even more hiking. Plus I will get to see Roslyn, where I will absolutely stand in front of the Roslyn's cafe mural and pretend for a while that I'm in Cicely, Alaska. Also awesome: getting to see rivendellrose
I also got a red dress 'cause it was cheap and pretty. It looks kind of like an updated version of a dress that might've come out of Mad Men
. Different from anything I usually wear, but cool. I look 28 instead of the 16 I usually appear.
Last weekend I started barreling through Fringe
S4 on DVD, which I received as a Christmas present primarily because I wanted to make vids with it. As with some events of S3, this season works much
better at DVD rather than broadcast speed. Also with a fast forward button. I'm gleefully speeding through most things having to do with the new shapeshifters, and definitely through Peter And September In The Room of Bad CGI And Awful Exposition. Knowing that they do eventually get on the stick and salvage at least some of this terrible season helps weather the meandering road they took, too.
This weekend, in addition to marathoning Fringe
and shopping, I rearranged some events YET AGAIN in my novel. Now I think everything's just about back to how I had it originally. *facepalm* I desperately want to finish this draft by the end of April, because it's dragged on since October and I don't actually have much to show for those three months. (Admittedly, some of that is because Yuletide interrupted for a month.) I feel like I've lost the throughline I had in the last version, and that's why I'm having so much trouble placing these four new events. I need to tie more logical emotional development to them, because right now things are meandering...rather a lot like S4 of Fringe
, which is not a good thing! Rick is doing a lot of vacillating, and while he's the kind of character who would totally do that
, it's getting annoying to write and probably will be annoying to read if I don't do something to tone that down.