Fandom: Miraculous Ladybug
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir/Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir & Gabriel Agreste | Papillon | Hawk Moth, guest starring - Relationship, Marc Anciel/Nathaniel Kurtzberg, Alya Césaire/Nino Lahiffe, Juleka Couffaine/Rose Lavillant, past minor relationships
Characters: Adrien Agreste | Chat Noir, Marinette Dupain-Cheng | Ladybug, guest starring, Marc Anciel, Nathaniel Kurtzberg, Alya Césaire, Nino Lahiffe, Nadja Chamack, Lila Rossi, Nathalie Sancoeur, Penny Rolling, Gabriel Agreste | Papillon | Hawk Moth
Additional Tags: Romance, Modeling, Designer Marinette Dupain-Cheng, Homelessness, Queer Het, Temporary Character Death, Marriage Proposal, sitting these two clowns down to talk about their feelings, Adrinette April 2019
Adrien rubbed the back of his neck and didn't meet her eyes. "Sooo I kind of had a fight with my father. The part where the art room social scene comes in is, I told him I'm done modeling for anything but romance novel covers. And he doesn't believe me."
"...Romance novel covers," Marinette repeated slowly, imagination filling with Adrien in a charcoal suit waltzing with a woman in a crimson silk gown. Adrien in a pirate ship's crow's nest, poet shirt open to show his defined pecs and abs, with the black-and-red-garbed pirate queen. Adrien, blue-jeaned and shirtless and wielding a broadsword, with—
"The thing is—and this," Marc added, "is the part where Loverboy is getting all flustered—the thing is, romance novels, as a general rule, have two protagonists."
"Both of whom," continued Nathaniel while eyeing Marinette, "ought to be on the cover. Otherwise readers will get confused about the genre.
"Subtle," said Marinette. "Adjective. Antonyms include Marc and Nathaniel."
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Film/TV. Leverage. It is Leverage. I am still kind of fascinated by it but, like, I cannot quite deal with Eliot, last episode, having... decided that Parker was incompetent? For reasons of plot convenience? Obviously she wasn't, but. Oh children.
Growth. AHAHAHA SO MUCH. Headlines:
- I've repotted the lemon!
- I've provided some timelapse photography of the plot!
- I've borrowed a cordless drill and made significant progress with building my raised bed edging! (This also counts as a Skill Acquisition, especially as I was doing so without more competent supervision.)
- I've fixed the broken autovent on the roof of the greenhouse! (Ish. It's possible I need to get a new wax cylinder; it's not opening as much as I really feel it ought.)
- ............ I found the carpet.
- It is, you see, The Rule that every allotment plot is absolutely chock-full of fundamentally made-of-plastic carpet.
- I thought I'd got away with it.
- I tried to dig a hole to put the legs of the raised bed into.
- ... I hit carpet.
- I have found at least two layers.
- I... I think they extend underneath all the raised beds.
- The raised beds in which I am growing spinach, and fennel, and allium various.
- The raised beds I weeded thoroughly last year and then manured and then left to get themselves set up with decent soil structure and generally getting going with a no-dig philosophy.
- That I'm now going to have to dig up.
- To get out the carpet.
Notable Pokémon. Another (!) shiny Eevee. Hatched a Really Rather Good Beldum. No event-specific shinies yet, of course, but there we go.
- Requited pining
- Language barriers that are realistically dealt with
- Ambient magic
- Unreliable narrators
- Happy endings, or at least peaceful endings that resolve conflict
- Symbolism, foreshadowing, motifs
- Introspection, backstory, internal monologues
- Working through miscommunications, rather than making assumptions based on them.
- Any of the big four warnings: Rape/dub-con, underage (no ageplay either), character death, graphic violence/gore. Canon-typical violence (i.e. wrestling matches, Suzuki-Gun's general yakuza aesthetic) is fine.
- Cheating (in relationships. In the ring is fine)
- Homophobic violence. Ideally there would be no homophobia at all, but definitely no bashing.
- Student/teacher relationships, even in the context of wrestling mentorships
- Power imbalances or manipulation that are portrayed as romantic/acceptable. Fucked up relationships are fine if they're portrayed as fucked-up, but romanticizing abuse or uneven dynamics is a hard no.
- Angst for the sake of angst. This may seem at odds with some of my requests, but what I mean is characters going through bad things for no discernible reason and with no hope of improvement. Uncertain or ambiguous endings make sense for some of these, but I like these characters and want good things for them, you know? Not just a parade of misery.
- Breaking kayfabe (calling people by their non-ring names [yes, even Chuck and Trent], implying match results are pre-determined).
- Unrequited love that remains unrequited, unless it's not the central point of the story.
- Non-wrestler AUs, unless it's a fantasy setting.
nixwilliams suggested Anne with an E and I am so glad becaused it is just the most beautiful wonderful fantastical romantical show and I’m very pleased there is going to be a third season because I only have two episodes left.
Anne is lovely, Marilla and Mathew are perfect, and I want to be Aunt Jospehine Barry when I grow
Anne Shirley Cuthbert is the the neurodivergent chaotic good bisexual that I didn’t know my heart needed and I will love and protect her for ever.
And then there's "Speechless," a sitcom about a boy (J. J.) in a wheelchair, played by an actually disabled actor. This series makes the able bodied people the joke, but also lets all the characters grow and change and learn and better themselves. And yes, there are situational elements to the comedy, situations they get into that are either the result of, and/or solved by, the unique challenges and traits of J. J. and his family. It's hilarious, it's heartwarming, and it's educational about the ways able bodied people are unintentionally discriminatory about the disabled. I highly recommend it!
I also like "American Housewife." I can't articulate why, aside from it being unique and the fact that the premise itself is kind of funny (lower middle class family living in a wealthy town, and how they interact with their neighbors, coworkers, and other peers there). Oh, and I like the character Anna-Cat Otto, a very intelligent little girl with OCD. Which... come to that, one more thing: the other members of the Otto family are all weirdos in their own ways. Oh, and the show manages to be genuinely funny without resorting to casual domestic abuse and other bad stuff; that is, the Otto family love each other, and even when they argue they eventually come to an understanding. Then, when it really comes down to it, they stick together against all enemies.
Yeah, so "Speechless" and "American Housewife" are the only two sitcoms I watch anymore. The only sitcoms worth watching for at least 15 years, in my opinion.
I want to make a vid. I want to make a vid I know damn well nobody else will make, so I guess I gotta learn vidding.
However, the vid I want to make is complicated and involves several sources from different eras, which I know is a pain. So first, I gotta make an easy-for-beginners vid to get used to the software.
Criteria for beginner vidding:
* Ideally, single video source (a movie or single episode)
* Video source you don't mind watching a zillion times because you don't know what you're doing so you're going to see a LOT of it
* Song you don't mind hearing a zillion times, for the same reason
* Not your dream vid project - this is not going to be perfect
Various other vidding tips apply: something visually interesting, song that has enough "story" or tempo changes to give you some structure, avoid songs or vid material that's been used lots of times unless you want to be The New Version of one of those.
I figured out what I want to do.
( I think I'm ready to try this )
A teeny-tiny hunk of spiral ham left over from...possibly New Year's, though I can't remember if that's when we last ate it or not. I'd cut it in half after I bought it, then froze the other half. It was a small ham to begin with, so this stretched it to the max.
No one's a huge jumping-up-and-down HAM! YAY! enthusiast here, anyhow.
My only near-regret was after OP almost managed to invite a third person for Easter dinner (a friend of mine from the neighborhood whom he'd just met who has church activities all day tomorrow so declined), in which case there wouldn't have been enough to go around so I would've had to hit the store for more ham and/or some other traditional thing, entirely. Close call.
He bought a head of cabbage so someone will cook that up into something, I guess, and I don't know if grocery stores are open tomorrow but we're out of potatoes, but have enough rice (and enough varieties thereof) to feed the neighborhood (don't tell the neighborhood, as there's not enough ham and cabbage to go around) so it'll work out - in fact, I made baked beans to go with my liver and onions tonight, and really liked them, so maybe I'll just reheat those for the starch.
ETA: This meal was unusual considering the food started off so plain, yet came out so pow!.
So I brined the ham in a mixture I thought up on the spot: starting with a real maple syrup base I added ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, brown sugar, fresh-ground black pepper and a few splashes of lightly pulped orange juice, stirred the uh, bedevil out of it and used a pastry brush to coat each side of every slice in the spiral, then dumped the leftover brine over to cold-marinate for a few hours, with the brine rising halfway up the ham in the tin foil contraption I made to hold it all in while it heated up.
This came out better than candied ham, as it had a sort of candied/brandied taste sans alcohol. Loved it - my rating: 8 out of 10 (it could've been more tender and I would've preferred the same flavor in something more akin to a glaze*).
I cooked the cabbage using the first recipe that came up on a Google search for "sweet and sour cabbage" leaving off bacon and adding some bacon grease to impart the same flavor. That was yummy, though I miss the sweet and sour cabbage of my childhood, which was plainer, more sweet and more sour, if that makes sense (and it does, I can assure you).
And I caved before doing any of this and bought potatoes. The organic market was the only store open so ran there for some (I wish that was all I ran there for...my God how I hate what that place does to me).
OP made homemade ricotta while I cooked dinner so I baked the potatoes, then we ate them with his ricotta - pretty damn good, though I still missed the more acidic hit and smoothness of sour cream.
*In retrospect I could've done a few things differently: had I turned the ham halfway through cooking to get the top half back in the brine the whole thing might've been more tender, and if I'd used more maple syrup or added honey it might've made for a stickier glaze. The flavor, though...*floats off on a cloud*
( Four photographs. )
I'm really pleased with how it's coming along? This is the very first plot you see when you enter the site, which fact I am occasionally a little daunted by, but I am making progress and I sincerely hope sorting the raised beds out will facilitate a bunch more.
Doubtless I will complain endlessly about sharks, including sharks I'd previously solved but not bothered making a note of.
Other things this evening included: takeaway dinner from Roti King with A, in the vicinity of Granary Square, followed by ice cream, because the shop I got this laptop from in the first place was on Tottenham Court Road, so by the time we'd got there sitting by the canal eating dinner while the sun went down seemed like an excellent idea.
... but for right now probably I should just do some Duolingo quickly and then head to bed...
1. Did you enjoy your senior year of high school?
only in the sense that i knew it was the last year of school & i couldn't wait to get out.
2. Did you have a senior trip (high school) and were you able to go on it.
we did not have one.
3. Was graduating (from either high school or college/university) a big thing with your family or just another day?
not really a big deal.
4. What were you looking forward to the most after graduating from either high school or college/university?
never going to school again.
5. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your graduating self?
i really don't know.