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So Gillian Anderson has been added to the Fan Expo line-up.  Which now brings the list of lovely ladies I desperately want to see there up to:

  • Gillian Anderson
  • Ming-Na
  • Hayley Atwell
  • Amy Acker
  • Jeri Ryan
  • Kate Mulgrew
  • Billie Piper

Actually going to pay for some photo ops and autograph sessions, which I almost never do.

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“Dalahäst Horse”

I recently found one of these lovely little figurines at a local second-hand shop for $1 Canadian, I thought that she was quite lovely and brought her home.

At the store where I volunteer I saw another on the auction block and when I went to bid on him, the war was way too rich for my blood ($190 at the last bid give or take) So my Little Red sits here with me as an only horse.

Here’s a little bit of history and interest bits for these wonderful little babies;

“In the old days the Dala horse was mostly used as a toy for children; in modern times it has become a symbol of Dalarna, as well as Sweden in general. Several different types of Dala horses are made, with distinguishing features common to the locality of the site where they are produced. One particular style has, however, become much more common and widespread than others. It is stoutly carved and painted bright red with details and a harness in white, green, yellow and blue.“

“Today, Nusnäs is the centre of Dala horse production with the most famous being the Nils Olsson and Grannas Olsson workshops. Grannas A. Olssons Hemslöjd AB, founded in 1922, is the oldest company which still makes Dalecarlian horses.

Nils Olssons Hemslöjd is almost as old. The horses made at these workshops share the same familiar pattern which most people associate to Dala horses. Apart from these, old-style horses are also hand-carved and painted in limited editions to replicate the style of the antique horses found in Swedish museums or held in private family collections. These are numbered and signed, so that they cannot be confused with an original early Dala horse.

The wood from which the figures are carved comes from the slow-growing pine forests around Lake Siljan. The wood is ideal for carpentry and carving. The trees to be made into horses are marked out while still standing in the forest. Only the best timber will be selected for carving into horses. The trees are felled and sawed into pieces of a suitable size for the blanks that will eventually be made into Dalecarlian horses.The blanks are sawed and carved by hand.

Because of this, no two horses are exactly alike. The horses are dipped in primer immediately after carving, to reveal any defects in the wood that may need to be fixed. After priming, any cavities in the wood are filled in to ensure extra smoothness. The horses are polished to give them a smooth, attractive finish.

After sanding, the horses are dipped into paint of the appropriate colour. The traditional pattern is painted free-hand by practised “ripple” painters. The art of rippling requires great skill and takes many years to learn. Finally, “all the fine horses” are varnished and sent out from Nusnäs to serve as a symbol of Sweden in the outside world.“

If you wanted some more info on these sweet pieces of history, I suggest checking Here as well as a general internet search.

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What do you usually eat for breakfast?

“First food” as I call it at like 2pm or whenever the fuck I lurch to waking always consists of tea or something with caffeine and then I usually try to eat something lunch-esque with plenty of protein. I don’t like sweet breakfast foods. When I’ve got the chainsaws I like to do scrambled eggs with green onions in sesame oil. Usually it’s leftovers or some assemblage of fruit & crackers & meat stuff or hummus.


If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would you pick?

I wanted to immediately say The Fifth Element, THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!!! except?? I’ve already seen it so many times. T_T So idk this question is hard but probably The Fifth Element.


Share an awesome recipe with me!

Okay I’ll tell you how I do the scrambled eggs I mentioned before:

2 or 3 eggs, cracked into a bowl, depending on hunger
2 green onions per egg, so 4 or 6 green onions, washed and chopped small, including lots of the dark green tops
Sesame oil, a little butter (like, half a teaspoon max), salt & black pepper

Put some salt in them and then beat your eggs with a fork so you can still see a little separation of yolk and white. I swear the salt helps you beat the eggs, that’s probably BS though.

Heat a pan with a tablespoon or so of sesame oil and your little pat of butter at around medium heat. Low enough that the butter doesn’t burn. Then add your scallions/green onions and season them with salt. Let them cook down. This is going to take longer than you think and also they’re yummier if they get kinda browned. Normally I will be making tea and this is the juncture I walk away to deal with the tea so when I get back the green onions will be good.

Turn the heat down to low and add your eggs. The hot green onions will help cook the eggs really fast so don’t dawdle. You can probably take the whole thing off the heat if you were cooking your onions hot. Take your spatula and push through the set eggs that have formed on the bottom and tilt your pan so the uncooked eggs runs to the revealed part of the part. Gently do this a few times, making sure your green onions don’t get too clumped up, and then before the eggs are totally done cooking take the pan off the heat and set it aside. Get your plate and in the time it takes to go do that your eggs will be done cooking. Plate them and put fresh pepper on there, and probably a little more salt. If you want to get fancy, heat your pan up again real quick and toast some sesame seeds in it, then dump those on top. 

What TV show have you seen the most times all the way through?

Weirdly this might be Frasier. I’ve only seen TNG all the way through twice, same with SG-1. I actually tend not to rewatch shows. I usually skip a lot of season 1 and the last two seasons of the x-files so those don’t count. Possibly… Rayearth???

What position do you sleep in?

Sort of on my stomach but all twisted up and scrunched with pillows supporting my boobs and sort of on my side and then UPSIDEDOWN with my head at the foot of the bed and fuck where are all my pillows and ugh nothing is comfortable kill me

What’s your ideal meal?

Delicious seafoods and delicious vegetables and delicious fruits and delicious whatevers. I love lots of things. I like it best when it’s some sort of seasonal thing that won’t be as good for another year. For my birthday this year I’m probably gonna have fresh green figs, this fancy mushroom brie I love, raw oysters, heirloom tomatoes and good olive oil and balsamic, castelvetrano olives, watermelon, iced black tea with honey, maybe chicken liver and onion pate?? i’m making plans. we’ll see what’s looking good that day.

Are you a night owl or a morning bird?

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What’s the best present you ever got?

People, for some fucking inexplicable reason, apparently find me hard to shop for, which is BULLSHIT, so I don’t actually get many presents that I don’t pre-request. BULLSHIT I SAY. anyway one time an old internet friend of mine got a work bonus and had previously been linked to my ancient amazon wishlist where i’d asked for this ridiculous huge coat covered in rainbow and silver embroidered butterflies and just got it for me, out of the blue. I’ve still never met this guy in person but I get more compliments on that coat than any other article of clothing I’ve ever had.

What would your patronus be?

I always want to say something cool for this but it would probably be a cat, yaaaaaaaaawn. Possibly though if I were a legit wizard a dragon because dragons are, in that case, real. Not sure what type as I’m not up on my HP flavored dragons but I’m partial to the kinds with antlers. Possibly also a lion because i’m a stereotypical Leo loser like that

Who is your ultimate OTP?

How the fuck can I even tell these days??? I don’t have one?? I ship a lot of pairings really adamantly but I’m way too willing to let the storyteller sway me one way or another. ::shrug:: Arnold and Helga from Hey! Arnold. Daphne and Niles from Frasier. Sam and Freddie. John and Rodney. Jack and Sam. Mulder and Scully. Lucy and Mr. Tumnus. Merlin and Arthur. Kirk and Spock. Worf and Dax. Beast Boy and Raven. Ron and Hermione. GRUMPY PERSON AND HOPEFUL PERSON. DITZY PERSON WHO IS SECRETLY SMART AND OUTWARDLY INTELLIGENT PERSON WHO IS REALLY SCARED. SOMETIMES WHO IS WHO SWITCHES UP. USUALLY.

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A Little…

…Heart to heart? Waait, what? Oh, haha it’s the Medic with a heart. That somehow has eyes and stuff. It’s a doodle from a long time ago I decided to use as a practice piece.

I’m still in practice mode, I think. It’s pretty hard for me to stay in the middle ground between cel-shading and hyper-realistic shading. I want to give it a refined look at the same time a bit of goofiness. Ugh, I know those two things don’t go well together, but I have to experiment. Not to mention learn to paint lit scenes, and refine my sense of depth.

I really can’t wait until Troyes new album bc I want to listen to one of his songs for the first time and get that bubbily feeling in my stomach and smile uncontrollably and get tears in my eyes like I did the first time I listened to TRXYE