( Work bitching. Basically, everything went wrong and I didn't breathe all night. )
But Copy Editor Brandon changed his dinner plans when I expressed a desire for a Chicken Grilled-Stuft Burrito, bless his soul, and now I have hot tea and chocolate-dipped biscotti pilfered from home, because my mother thinks I should lose weight but loves me more and so happily shares anything that brings me joy, and there's no biscotti to be had in this bloody county but she has a Costco membership.
So, in celebration of my hellish day being over, a few less chocolate-covered things that have nonetheless made me happy recently for you (songs are YouSendIt links):NEWS
The St. Petersburg Times is what newspapers in Florida want to be when they grow up. They're like an indie New York Times, with long narrative stories specializing in the people, not the talking heads. Yesterday, they ran a story
about a Vietnam veteran father whose Marine son was wounded in Iraq last year, and how the process of his recovery has been healing them both. Expertly told, with compassion but without sappiness. I'm not sure it's good journalism – single source, no real time element – but it's wonderfully compelling, which is what any journalist worth her salt tries to be.
Apparently, there's a softer side to us all, including hardass Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who has been quietly helping
his friend's widow to find information about his possibly having survived a 1956 plane crash. It's... such a human thing for this man I've always thought of as immutable, cold and intimately familiar with the concept of loss being a principle of war.FIC trinityofone
- The Man Who Rose From Earth
She posted a bit of the conversation that spurred this story at the end of it, saying that wingfic involving John Sheppard would be the "most angst-free wingfic ever." And yeah, this is what happens when something makes you that happy – everything else melts away. There's freedom in happiness, and I loved John's unreserved willingness to embrace it, even knowing the cost to everyone else.corinna_5
- The New Math
In which Atlantis plays yenta. It was… unexpectedly poignant.siegeofangels
- Business As Usual
Aliens make them do it, and it's not the start of something beautiful. The way John deals through Elizabeth, and Rodney doesn't quite manage much beyond avoidance is so painful and just like two straight guys would react. Not my usual fare, as John and Rodney belong together forever is the mantra of my heart, but smart and honest, and that's special too.MUSIC
The Caesars - Jerk It Out
The first time I heard this in the iPod commercial, I might have done something embarrassing like shudder publicly. Goes straight through me like a shot of adrenaline every time. (Bonus track: their kickass cover of (Don't Fear) The Reaper
, though I do miss the cowbell.)
Prodigy - Breathe
The cure for what ails you. Sublimation in crazy, angry rhythms that feel both finely balanced and out of control.
The Vines - Ride With Me
You may know it from the Stargate
previews hyping the second halves of their respective seasons. Very fitting and kicky.
Ben Lee - Gamble Everything for Love
Song of my heart at the moment. Simple and sweet and so optimistic, it makes my jaded soul ache.
Sarah Vaughan & Peter Gunn - Max Sedgley
I don't know who Max is, but when I heard this outside Starbucks, it sounded like Sarah had taken her action hero boyfriend's theme song and wrote him a little piece of her mind about what she thought of his absentee, womanizing ways.
Carbon Leaf - Life Less Ordinary
Another hopeful little ditty by someone convinced of love and its obvious simplicity.
Oh, by the by, if anyone has Sarah Hammer's Lodestar
, I'd be ever so pathetically grateful.