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Okay, 2017 posting challenge, here we come! (Are you joining me? Check out my original posts at LJ and DW. I'm offering drabbles/double drabbles for infrequent posters like me who manage 17 posts in 2017.)

Flist, I'm slightly overwhelmed. It's not as bad as the first year or two of teaching, when every day presented an existential crisis: can I really do this? I can. But between the commute and some very time-consuming committee work this year, it feels like I'm always juggling one more ball than I can really manage. I'm late with everything, and I hate being late.

Also, I feel like I should be out there in front of Congress or the White House or something every single day. I keep telling myself that we all need to pace ourselves, live to fight another day, but the sense of immanent freaking catastrophe never really goes away.

Okay. Sorry. I'm going to set aside my complaints and political fears for something light: celebrity photos. I don't usually pay much attention to celebrities and don't usually find strangers very attractive...but I think I have a tiny crush on Viola Davis.

Click for the most beautiful smile you've ever seen [link goes to my tumblr]

Don't you feel a bit better now? (I'm a little weak in the knees.)

Flist, do you have a favorite photo of a favorite celebrity? Post, please! Distract us from everything else on the internet right now.

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secretsolitaire
Feb. 6th, 2017 03:13 am (UTC)
I feel like I should be out there in front of Congress or the White House or something every single day. I keep telling myself that we all need to pace ourselves, live to fight another day, but the sense of immanent freaking catastrophe never really goes away.

Same. In an ideal world I would give myself about an hour a day to catch up on political news, make calls, sign petitions, whatever, and then try to do fun or otherwise important stuff the rest of my day. I hate how politics is taking over every waking hour. But that's easier said than done. :/

I like this pic of Jake Gyllenhaal laughing.



Edited at 2017-02-06 03:14 am (UTC)
magnetic_pole
Feb. 15th, 2017 02:34 am (UTC)
Aw! I love this one, too! Really, anyone laughing is beautiful, don't you think? There's something about a face lit up that just warms my heart.

I'm sorry this is such a ridiculously belated reply to your comment, but I'm finally done with a big project, and I really appreciate this image last week, when I doubted I'd every pull through.

And on the political front: I'm in a holding pattern right now. Reading the news (too often), making calls and sending postcards, going to marches on the weekends. I suppose it's early days still. M.
perverse_idyll
Feb. 6th, 2017 03:26 am (UTC)
Yes, life is just … generally overwhelming right now, and the sense of not being able to wake up from a nightmare is unrelenting. I don't do much but work and worry. I tell myself the world has survived worse, and keep hoping that the administration's excesses will eventually get them in deep trouble.

Viola Davis is freakin' gorgeous. What a radiant smile.

As for celebrity photos, hmm. I've gone down the rabbit hole recently into an absolutely ridiculous British comedy show from 10 years back called The Mighty Boosh, and one reason I enjoy it so much (besides the goofy childish absurdity that bears no resemblance to the real world) is the obvious fondness the two creators/performers have for each other.

And drat it all, I guess lj-cuts don't work in comments? So, spamming you with two British guys grinning a lot, plus bonus hugs and handholding. They're just so sweet with each other.

Boosh6 Boosh1
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magnetic_pole
Feb. 15th, 2017 02:41 am (UTC)
P, this is ridiculously late, but I really appreciated these big smiles and clowning around and hand-holding last week. Westernredcedar had introduced me to these two via some Mighty Boosh fic and recommendations, but I'm not sure I really knew the two actors were so close.

You're very right about the sense of an unending nightmare. I know the world has survived worse, and heaven knows that there were some aspects of Obama's administration that made me very ashamed to be an American, but this...this just seems like a shit show of a completely different caliber. I think part of my news-reading is unhealthy, train-wreak-watching, and I need to identify what's helpful, keeping-up-with-current-events, and what's not. *sigh* I hope you're holding up, P. *hugs* M.
therealsnape
Feb. 7th, 2017 07:42 am (UTC)
It all feels overwhelming even for us here in Europe - what it must be to be right in the middle of it ...

But you're so right about pacing yourself. There's no point in working yourself into a burnout or depression.

Cherish good things.

Oh, one of my favourite celebs is right there in my icon.
magnetic_pole
Feb. 15th, 2017 02:46 am (UTC)
TRS, sorry I'm so late with this reply. Bad few weeks here. But I think, given what you recently wrote, that I'm now in a similar happy position--finishing with a big push and getting back to the usual rhythm.

There was a report the other night that the EU was dealing with new threat, the erratic, unpredictable US, and I just winced. This must be horrific to watch. That said, I've loved the sarcastic "Netherlands etc. Second" videos. M.
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