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Before I start I would like to apologise to any Caps fans reading this. I don't know many of the players apart from Ovi and Backstrom so sorry if I took a picture of your fave and had no idea who he was <3

I accidentally slept unil 8am which is the latest I'd slept since starting this trip. Probably because we didn't arrive until so late the night before. We were running a bit late so as soon as everyone was ready it was time for us to leave.

First stop of the day [livejournal.com profile] tiptoe39 took us to the Kettler Iceplex to watch the Caps practice. This was actually really cool and definitely something I'd like to do with the Pens some day. I was actually surprised there weren't more people there but it was a Monday morning.

I think the most interesting thing was watching Ovi. Admittedly I am basing what I know on fic and the occasional interview but he always comes across as a bit of a goofball. He was super serious during practice though. Some of the guys were messing around between drills but I don't think I saw Ovi smile once. I suppose you don't get to be one of the best players in the world by not taking hockey seriously :D

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We started the morning with a trip to Pittsburgh Aviary to look at penguins and other birds before heading off to watch the human Penguins play hockey. It was a really nice little place, the staff were friendly and one lady said she hoped we enjoyed the game (we were all wearing Pens jerseys of course)

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It was still foggy the next morning so we had breakfast, loaded up the car and hit the road ready to get back in the US and Pittsburgh. I've been to Pittsburgh before, but it was a couple of years ago before the hockey bug bit me so this was different. I was excited.

We decided while we were packing that if we had time we were going to go to the Pens Gear store at PPG Arena as soon as we got to Pittsburgh so we could avoid the game crowd the next day. This proved to be an excellent idea.

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We had a nice, relaxed morning because it was only a short drive to Niagara Falls. So even though we were all awake at 6:30am (because IDEK) we didn't actually get dressed and go down for breakfast until about 9am.

While we were relaxing I was able to Facetime with my 4 year old nephew which was kind of fun. His mum (my best friend at uni - he's not my nephew by blood) was explaining how it's different times in different parts of the world and that although it was gone lunchtime for him it was still morning for me. Then she got out a map and showed him where Canada was and where England was. See, an educational conversation :D

It was nice though. He showed me some of his toys and I don't think it really registered that I wasn't there for my usual Friday visit.

I think breakfast in the hotel in Toronto was probably the best hotel breakfast of all the ones we had. There was french toast which is another one of my favourite breakfast foods and OMG it was so good!

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Oops bit of a long one as I forgot to do a post before I went on holiday

Yuri/Otabek (Yuri on Ice)
Back and Forth by kiyala
Yuri convinces Otabek to get snapchat, just to send selfies of himself making faces at Victor and Yuuri. He gets more than he expected.
OMG this is so cute!

Come Over Here and Overwhelm Me by xintong
In the summer Yuri turns 16, he grows 6 inches, drowns Viktor in his own tears, and falls in love.
OMG this is also adorable

This Never Happened Before by snow_falls
"Yuri smiled down at his phone. He wasn’t lying about being annoyed by Viktor and the Katsudon, but he may have exaggerated for Otabek’s benefit. He could imagine Otabek’s smile at the end there, and while he had said it as a joke, it wasn’t a lie. Yuri would be ecstatic if Otabek would visit him..."

Yuri's never really had a friend before, let alone a best friend. When his feelings begin to change at first he's not sure what's happening, does everyone feel so painfully attached to their best friends? Or is he feeling something else for Otabek?

All fics about these two are adorable :D

New Jersey by so_shhy
After an unexpected growth spurt, Yurio has a creative solution for his career going forward. Victor does not approve.
OMG I love this so much I want all of the fics in this universe

Yuuri/Victor (Yuri on Ice)
Lifetime Record by futuresoon
Victor Nikiforov is a lot of things: a celebrity, a genius, the world's greatest men's figure skater, the object of Yuuri Katsuki's idolization. He's also been dead for twenty years. When Yuuri returns home in search of something to inspire him to get back into skating, what he finds is someone eager to help, unconventional, and incredibly, desperately lonely.
This is so wonderful! It made me cry!

Cherry Blossoms by HEClementine8
“What would you like today?” A gentle, smooth voice interrupted his reading. Viktor closed his phone and opened his mouth to order as he looked up.

The words died in his throat and he felt like he was just punched in the gut when all the air in his lungs suddenly deserted him.

There was a goddamn angel in front of him.

So sweet!

Sid/Geno (Hockey RPF)
Let Me Love the Lonely by cathedralhearts
While he’s barely home during the season, and the comings and goings of his gated community neighbours aren’t exactly high on his list of Things To Give A Shit About, he has noticed the new family moving in next door.
So adorable
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Early start because it was a looooong drive to Toronto and we wanted to avoid the rush hour traffic. We had a quick breakfast and then hit the road.

We were very happy when we crossed into Ontario and the road signs were no longer soley in French :D

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It snowed overnight when we were in Vermont which, being an English person who is unused to Weather, concerned me a bit. [livejournal.com profile] morganoconner and [livejournal.com profile] makaze77, however, were amused by the silly English person freaking out over a 'dusting' of snow

Where I come from this is not a dusting )
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This was the day our road trip properly began so we packed up our things, loaded up the car and set off for Vermont.

There was a bit of snow which made for some pretty pics when we crossed the state border and stopped for a rest break

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We had a slightly more relaxed start to the morning and then we headed to Yankee Candle Village so I could stock up on Mountain Lodge (if you missed the whole thing about why read this. The comments do not lie).

Yankee Candle Village is so big that it wasn't possible for me to take a picture to demonstrate how huge this place is. Even googling it just now the photos don't do it justice. Just imagine a mall, only it's all Yankee Candle. And it's not just candles. They had a section that sold fudge (we bought some and then ended up not eating it because we had too much food), an area where you could make your own candle, a Christmas village. All sorts.

It was very awesome and I found what I was looking for. Do you think it's big enough?

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So, I'm back for my hockey road trip and I thought I'd do a quick write up for those who haven't seen the 800 pics I posted on Facebook :-p

I'll break this down into several posts because we saw and did A LOT on our 10 day trip

Massachusetts and Connecticut )

Home!

Jan. 28th, 2017 01:34 am
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Hello everyone I am back from my hockey road trip. SO MUCH FUN!

I'll try and do some posts and share a few pics in the next couple of days but in the meantime I have a question.

I think I want to try and do a scrapbook for my trip. I have tickets and other stuff as well as all my photos and I thought it might be fun. Only thing is I haven't made any sort of scrapbook since I was about 6 years old when I used to do them on family holidays.

Anyone got any tips? It's been suggested I try Hobbycraft for supplies but that's about as far as I got. I am in no way an artistic person so simple stuff appreciated
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Remember back in September when I mentioned I'd booked to go on a hockey road trip. I fly out on Saturday. That has come around FAST!

Everyone has been making fun of me for going crazy buying all kinds of winter clothing (new coat, thermal base layer, thermal socks, insulated boots etc) but currently it's -18c in Montreal and 8c here. I don't think I'm overreating :-p

I've bought an adorable little netbook for my trip so I don't have to carry my massive gaming laptop around and I can still check in and post pictures and stuff.

We've got an insanely packed schedule though so I imagine most of the time when we're not travelling or doing things I'm just going to want to sleep :D
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Bit of a long one because I kept forgetting to post over the Christmas holidays

Yuri/Victor (Yuri on Ice)
Unworthy by heartsdesire456
5 Times Victor Overheard People Saying Yuuri Wasn't Good Enough For Him and 1 Time Someone Told Him Yuuri Was Too Good For Him
This is just adorable

Five Times Viktor and Yuuri Were Jealous of Makkachin (and the one time they weren't) by braveten
"Viktor will do whatever is necessary in order to never see Yuuri cry again. He’d walk miles across broken glass. He’d relinquish all of his gold medals to JJ Leroy. He’d let Phichit hack his Instagram account."

Viktor and Yuuri are jealous of Makkachin on multiple occasions, but the adorable brown poodle might be the only way to get them to realize their love for one another.

These silly boys and their adorableness

Breathe Easy by tolstoyevski
Yuuri breaks down the night before his Free Skate at the Grand Prix Final, and Viktor is there to comfort him. What Yuuri doesn't realize is that Viktor also understands him.
So many feelings

Practice is Cancelled by arisprite
Victor gets a cold, and the Katsuki family is there for him.
Utterly unrepentant sickfic and I love it

Question and Answer by chellethewriter
Viktor is growing old, and his competitors seem to be growing younger and younger. Thus, with every passing year, Viktor finds fewer familiar faces at his Grand Prix banquets, and he wonders whether his attendance has become pointless. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that one unfamiliar, alcohol-reddened face can make the whole night more than worthwhile.
(A canon-compliant retelling of the banquet in which Viktor falls head-over-heels for a certain drunk, Japanese figure skater, and Yuri Plisetsky is both displeased and incredulous).

Oh, god, this is so beautiful

Glass Heart by ProcrastinatingPalindrome
Five times Victor Nikiforov cried (and one time he cried in Yuuri's arms.)
Gah, this is so sweet!

Stay By My Side by paranoid_fridge
“Finally!” somebody shouts and Yuuri jumps. Russian Yuri stomps toward him, expression dark. “He's on his third round of that.” Yuri jerks a thumb to the rink behind his back. “Make him stop before he hurts himself.”

Aka Yuuri says "let's end this", Viktor turns to melodramatic skating, they get to cry and kiss (in that order) and all is well in the end.

Gosh I love these idiot boys so much

Kent/Tater (Check Please)
Careful the Tale You Tell by tiptoe39
Kent has been telling himself a story, ever since the Q. It's the epic story of Parse and Zimms, and he's in love with it.

But sometimes life gets in the way of the stories we tell ourselves.

OH GOD THIS GAVE ME SO MANY FEELINGS

Kick on the Starter by fabricant
In which Kent Parson plays hockey, learns that grieving isn't a cut and dried process and comes out on Twitter, not necessarily in that order.
This ALSO gave me so many feelings!

New Things by alianne82
Kent has no idea how he even ended up at this stupid Christmas party. It’s not like he’s a big fan of the holidays in the first place, and seriously, this is all just a little much.
Lovely bit of Christmas fluff

When The Moon Hits Your Eye by freefall
When Kent adopts a stray dog the worst thing that he was expecting was fleas or difficulties house-training. He never thought he would have to deal with pack disputes between Russian werewolves.

Kent would like it to be known that he is a cat person and he never signed up for any of this shit.

I haven’t read a lot of Check Please AUs but this one was wonderful!

Sid/Geno (Hockey RPF)
Say My Name by cloudcover
The guy’s face was ruddy with cold and his black hair, when he pulled the knit hat from his head, was damp and curling at the ends. He stood blinking in confusion at the Cyrillic menu above the counter, twisting his hands together to warm them.

The picture he made was so completely pathetic (and familiar, if Zhenya was honest about it), that Zhenya decided to step in. How many times had he himself stared up at the incomprehensible jumble of an English menu, hoping someone would take pity on him?

Gah, this is so adorable!

Phil/Carl (Hockey RPF)
A Charmed Life by cloudtrader
There was something... not quite right, though. He knew the bitter tang of the Leafs magic was slowly fading from his aura, like trails of oily residue being washed away as more Toronto fans put him out of their thoughts and more Pittsburgh fans learned about him, but there was something... something left over. He still had bits of Boston seasoned into him, of course, but the remnants of Toronto felt like a permanent frog in the back of his throat, like saliva burning under his tongue. It was kinda weird, but he figured it was just a Canadian hockey magic thing.

“It's not a Canadian hockey magic thing, Phil!” Sid said exasperatedly.

I love the worldbuilding in this one. Such a fascinating idea.

2016 Meme

Dec. 16th, 2016 02:28 pm
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1. What did you do in 2016 that you'd never done before?

Went to Nine Worlds. It was fun.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Uh...I don't think I made any and I probably won't next year either

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nope

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

Scotland

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

Hope that things are going to get better. I'm not holding my breath

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

God, I am crap at remembering dates but the date of the Brexit Referendum and the US Presidential Election

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Achieved all my work targets, wrote a 23k fic

9. What was your biggest failure?

Fallen WAY behind on all my TV shows

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Broke my toe, had a sinus infection, trapped a nerve in my back, had an inflamed muscle in my chest. It has not been a good year health-wise.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Tickets to hockey games for next month? My Geno jersey? My Pens shirts? Something hockey related :-p

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Kris for getting me writing again and cheerleading so I stuck with it, Kelsey for taking hockey notes and keeping me updated with what's going on because the games are all when I am sleeping

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The alt-right and anyone who voted for Brexit or Trump

14. Where did most of your money go?

My car

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Hockey, especially when the Pens won the Stanley Cup

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

Anything from the In The Heights soundtrack. I listened to it a lot

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Sadder
b) thinner or fatter? Thinner. Lost a lot of weight the past few months
c) richer or poorer? About the same

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

Excercising

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Crying

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

In Scotland with my family

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

I don't really do phone calls but I texted Kris, Sarah and Kelsey a lot. Mostly to talk about hockey :-p

22. Did you fall in love in 2016?

No

23. How many one-night stands?

None

24. What was your favourite TV programme?

Yuri on Ice

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

I don't have the energy for hate

26. What was the best book you read?

Oh, god. Captive Prince maybe? Or The Raven Cycle.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Dessa

28. What did you want and get?

A new car

29. What did you want and not get?

Someone capable in charge of the US

30. What was your favourite film of this year?

Deadpool or possibly Arrival

31. What did you do on your birthday?

Went out for a meal with a couple of friends. The day after we went to the aquarium to look at penguins

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Less sexist and racist assholes

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?

Pens shirts/jerseys and jeans

34. What kept you sane?

Friends, family and fandom

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Carl Hagelin

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

Brexit. The Presidential Election.

37. Who did you miss?

Nobody really. I've been pretty good at staying in touch with people this year I think

38. Who was the best new person you met?

The people in my Gay Hockey Hell Twitter DM group. We laugh a lot

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016:

It's okay to be sad about things

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

No idea

Rogue One

Dec. 16th, 2016 02:16 pm
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Went to see Rogue One last night and I have thoughts

Rogue One - ALL OF THE SPOILERS )
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Victor/Yuri (Yuri on Ice)
And I Feel Life (For The Very First Time) by smudgesofink
“What do you have in mind for the next season?” A reporter asks him during the press conference and Victor shoots them a smile, trying to buy himself some time. I don’t know, he wants to say. To be honest, after winning gold once more, Victor feels lost more than anything. What does one do after finally fulfilling a longtime promise?

In which Victor helps Yuuri with his skating, but Yuuri helps Victor find himself again.

Oh, god, this is beautiful

Like Your French Girls by ebenroot
"Victor," Yuri begins, lowering the eighteenth sketch of the figure skater Victor drew this week, "you have a fucking problem."

--

in which Victor is an artist, Yuuri is his figure skating muse, and Yuri is so done hearing about their stupid love story through Instagram

Usually I don’t drive straight into AU fics when I get into a new fandom but I’m so glad I did with this because OMG it is amazing!

Sid/Geno (Hockey RPF)
King of my Own Land by cloudcover
The ring represents so much—so much sacrifice and pain and exhaustion and elation. He’s proud, of course he is. Winning another Cup is all he’s ever wanted, all he hoped it would be. And yet.

He closes his hand over the bright glitter of the ring, and lets the empty spaces inside himself ache. He doesn’t even know what for. Or, more honestly, he won’t allow himself to know what for. He leaves the ring twinking by itself on the counter and climbs the stairs to take his sore head and heart to bed.

This is so sweet omg I melted

The Salt King by ladyblahblah
Sidney jerks awake, bleary and disoriented, with his mouth open on words already forgotten and a tightness in his chest that he knows is loss and longing.

Sidney dreams, memories of a past life intruding on the one he's living now. But there's no such thing as selkies, and no such thing as a love that lasts across two lifetimes. Until, of course, there is.

Really interesting idea and amazingly well written
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Yuri/Victor (Yuri on Ice)
Praise Please
Viktor is a good coach. Strict, talented.

But Viktor is kind. He gives praise like a waterfall, overflowing and loud and it makes Yuuri drown.

This is so sweet and perfectly in character

Clark/Lex (Smallville)
Play Forgiveness
The call comes in when Clark is drunk on sleep and his face is buried deep in the pillow. "The President requires your assistance."
I don’t know why but I felt an urge to read Smallville fic this week and I found this wonderful one that I hadn’t read back when I was active in the fandom

Male Hawke/Fenris
In for the Kill
Hawke and Varric run a small yet accomplished criminal empire, specialising in theft, espionage, and assassinations. When a big new job comes in, Hawke goes to seek some outside help from Fenris, an infamous (and expensive) assassin who just happens to be in Kirkwall. (AU with canon setting but different career choices)
This is so much fun. A bit like a Leverage AU and I loved it

Thankful

Nov. 27th, 2016 05:28 pm
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Hello, yes, still alive. Checking in every day is hard when my life mostly consists of working and sleeping :-p

This week hasn't been to bad though. Actually I've been so busy I haven't had time to go running at all which is annoying. Hoping to get back into it tomorrow.

Was supposed to go to the cinema on Monday but the weather was awful. Really windy and absolutely chucking it down. My umbrella broke as soon as I opened it so just walking from the car to my house resulted in me getting soaked. So I cancelled, got into my PJs and played Dragon Age instead.

Tuesday we went to see Fantastic Beasts. It was okay. I'm not the biggest Eddie Redmayne fan, nor the biggest Harry Potter fan but I enjoyed it. I was kind of more interested in the supporting characters than the main ones though, but that's pretty normal for me :D

Wednesday I went grocery shopping. That is in no way interesting.

Thursday I went to see Arrival, which was the film I was supposed to have gone to see on Monday. LOVED IT! I'm always excited to see sci-fi movies with a female lead, but it was a really interesting and clever idea too. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Friday I was on pumpkin pie duty. For the past few years it's been a tradition for a bunch of us to get together the Saturday closest to Thanksgiving and have a feast. Mostly because we were jealous of all the nice food the Americans get to have and we wanted in on that :D Ever since I've finally been able to get cans of pumpkin locally it's been my job to provide the pie. I am honoured to fulfill this most sacred of roles.

So yesterday was our Thanksgiving and we had so much fun. There was an abundance of pie :D

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I'm in the middle of replaying Dragon Age 2 and it got me in the mood to read some fic :D

M!Hawke/Fenris (Dragon Age)
Ace in the Hole by etamiss
Hawke spends most of his time getting rich and getting drunk (not necessarily in that order) while playing cards in taverns. While away from Kirkwall, he ends up playing against an overly confident Danarius who bets his slave, Fenris, as the main prize. (AU with canon setting)
I loved this one, especially the way Hawke was written

Fenris/Anders (Dragon Age)
From These Emerald Waters Doth Life Begin Anew by andrastesknickerweasle
As the Chantry burns, Fenris makes a mistake that will lead he and Anders into the Inquisition’s path, and a promise that will change their lives forever.
This was absolutely amazing! Can’t believe I never read it before

MEMENTO MORI by spicyshimmy
On one of his earlier escape attempts from the Circle, Anders makes it as far as Tevinter, but it's not the liberation he'd hoped for. Many years later, as part of Danarius's retinue, he meets up with the gang in Kirkwall during Act 3--but as a very different man. Hawke often enjoyed exploration after a skirmish, to cool his blood by picking through a vanquished foe’s meaningless effects. There were times when Fenris permitted it as a personal indulgence, and times when, for whatever reason, he did not.
Really interesting canon-divergence story

Paper and Cotton by calligraphypenn
Over the centuries, there developed in the Circle of Magi a tradition of showing affection, regard and intent through the giving of small, practical trinkets. It became a way to dodge any suspicion from the Circle authorities--who could object to the gift of some paper, or a single coin?

In which Fenris is a practical elf, and accidentally tells Anders through tokens that he likes him VERY MUCH. But (at first) Fenris has no idea, and Anders is daily more baffled and suspicious.

OMG this is just adorable!

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