Congratulations, Spain! My money was on the Netherlands, but I suppose I should've listened to the psychic octopus. This thing was so fun. :D Sportssssss.
Since the end of the World Cup, my squee quota has been occupied pretty effectively by the Hetalia dub, which is so much better than I was expecting that I'm about ready to dance through the streets throwing pasta. (Though... the fact that America's bit that was released today could be offensive apparently went straight under my radar until I started wondering what all the wank in the comments was about. Maybe this makes me a bad person? I mean, I get why it's in bad taste, having thought about it, but I feel like Hetalia is already so borderline-offensive that I'd be uncomfortable taking serious umbrage with that and letting all the rest slide by. This all being why my fandom life is very, very separate from my professional life, incidentally - my office partner asked about my Hetalia keychain the other day (which normally no one sees, since my keys are usually in my pocket), and I was like, "uhhhh--it's this Japanese show, with personified nations acting out political events with each other, and it's really weird, and gonna change subject now" and it was awkward.)
My mother loaned me this book called Self-Made Man, which is about a woman who spends something like eight months living as a man and observing/interacting. I'd heard about it before, actually - someone recommended it to me in college before I came out - but hadn't eve rread it. Being in the position of very desperately wishing I could accomplish that fully, wholly, honestly, and for the rest of my life, I'm not sure how much it will do for me personally, but it will definitely be interesting. It does bring up questions, though, about how I interact with my male friends and how they see me and all this. I do my best to be one of the guys, to exist on the same level, to compete and talk about the same stuff and laugh and make jokes and all, and the interaction on my side comes pretty easily. I just am always left wondering if they would say or do still different things if I weren't there (even though they are very clear on the fact that I'm not going to get offended or something), if they still change their behavior to accommodate a "woman," to what degree they see me on a different level than themselves. Obviously it's hard to tell; obviously I don't have a baseline for comparison.
As;lkdjfljdsk, gender is stupid.