Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:35 pm
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I'm still tired from yesterday, but a head's up (via a genealogy news feed I follow) in case it's of any use to other people:

Find My Past (one of the big online genealogy sites for the UK) are allowing free access to their main UK collections till 26th June. (No strings attached for this one, not even fake-orders to get it; only registering if you haven't already.)

Some more details & instructions on the site's blog:

*skuttles off to collapse somewhere again*
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Wed Dec 21st: How will you know you're successful? (Gwynne Michele's FB post)

When I feel accomplished and proud. When I see things completed. When I'm getting attention for what I do. When I feel in love with what I'm doing.

December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)

Friday also a write-off

Jun. 23rd, 2017 01:59 pm
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After lazing about all yesterday, hoping I was getting enough rest, I then went and ran errands in the late afternoon (acquired 'Mao's Last Dancer' at very acceptable price so youngest could finish watching it as they had missed that class session; dealt with 'need more credit' on youngest's phone; gave in to temptation at a cheap books stall), stopped in at the shops and bought sausages at the butcher and hot chips at the chippy, and then socialised.

And then this morning I dragged myself out of bed and went with artisanat and eldest to deal with shopping. Halfway through, I realised that this had been more of a commitment than I was cut out for, so instead of going with artisanat to the next thing, I flopped in bed and let everyone else do the responsible adult things (mostly putting the cold items in fridge/freezer). Did go with artisanat to get him to work after that, and drove the car home, but have spent the rest of the day so far in bed. Painkillers, coffee, left-overs, and a helpful other individual are all good things, but even put together have not got my pain below three-ish.
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Once in a while, I like to snatch myself a real challenge when it comes to iconing. Not that usual rounds at my various icon communities aren't challenges in their own right, but sometimes, it needs a bit more. Like sorting various characters from Supernatural into the four houses of Hogwarts. Sounds easy? Yeah, well, maybe on a first glance. But add in the fact that I didn't know squat about these houses before this challenge, and that there are way too many characters in the Supernatural universe to fill only five slots, and you'll see my side ;). I'll add some of the other house members in text form only below the icons, which were made for the current round over at [profile] monthlyinspo. Enjoy!

Read more... )

A Vague Disclaimer is No One's Friend:
~ Take what icons you like for personal use but please credit if used :)
~ No hotlinking!
~ Comments however are appreciated :)
~ Icons with blank space can be personalized upon request.
~ If you wish to personalize because you have PS and more font or fx options than I do, by all means please ask first.
~ All artwork by yours truly except where otherwise indicated.
~ Whatever I write in my notes is my personal opinion. I ask you to accept it for what it is, and PLEASE no bashing!

Obiter Dicta: Maybe Maybe Edition

Jun. 22nd, 2017 10:33 pm
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Slow start today, but got some thing done. Made chicken fajitas and pico de gallo. We haven't had that in a long while and it was good.

I want to put together my slopers for the Cornificia dress and chemise so that I get get help with adjustments at the Barony Sewing Night on Tuesday. I haven't had the energy to do much lately so I need to push myself on this. I also need to take pictures, since the gal who is running the project would like me to document the work.

I tend to forget to take pictures when working on something, but now I need to. Blogging is almost the only way most people will see what I do, since even when I go to events, I'm so quiet.

I also need to start washing some of the silk that I've recovered from picking apart meisen silk kimono. My plan to wash them in the guest bathroom sink will not work--the sink tends to clog. So I will get some buckets to handwash the silk, and then set up a drying rack in the guest bathroom tub (or else on the deck?).

I still need to work out my new kosode pattern, too. I have some spare thrift-store cotton fabric that will work for that. The only way to tell if the panels are wide enough to look right is to just put something together and see how it works. There's a way to fold the sleeve-seams in a bit at the shoulder so the arms do not look too short--an issue when the body is so wide. Again, I'll need to play with it.

I want to do some practice camping at smaller events later this summer and autumn, because I want to try to attend Gulf Wars next March. My cousin Lisa has given me an open invitation to visit (her family lives in Mississippi about 40 minutes from the Gulf Wars site--we were roommates after college and I was a bridesmaid at her wedding, so we're close), so I would have a nearby place to retreat if things get too intense for me. I still need to get a CPAP battery and a few more camping things.

If I start working on things now, it might be doable. The trick would be to talk Bob into it (we'd have to get another cot/pad, though). Otherwise, several local people go to Gulf every year (Calontir as a Kingdom has a huge presence), so it isn't like I wouldn't know anyone if I go alone, and I would have family nearby if there is trouble.

It would be more fun to go with Bob, though. He used to be stationed in Mississippi (at Keesler AFB in Biloxi), so he likes the area. He just hates camping.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:27 pm
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Hey Project Runway peeps, new season starts August 17!

Enjoying lots of new summer icons from [personal profile] casey28, check them out on her journal :-)

Oh Dear, I Fear This is So True....

Jun. 22nd, 2017 11:13 pm
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life lived in dot points

Jun. 22nd, 2017 03:37 pm
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[personal profile] fred_mouse

  • Tuesday night, after gaming, did online part of first aid course that I had signed up to almost at the last minute. This was being run specifically for members of the local kink community, but I lobbed in as well because I knew the organiser and I kinda need to get my certification, and I hadn't been doing anything about it.
  • Yesterday, did practical part of first aid course, so I should now have an active first aid certificate. The kink related aspects were really interesting, and it was great to see the trainer really get on board with trying to understand what likely scenarios might have been. Appreciated that they were okay with a random extra in the room.
  • Today, flat as pancake. Except:
  • Knock on front door just before 8:30am turned out to be the painter (who thinks they gave me the wrong day, and I just don't think I put them in the calendar at all. At least one of us is right). Ceiling in spare room now all repaired from the damage from the hot water service people; also the other patch in the ceiling has been painted (I paid for that bit myself). As a result, house is cold, *and* smells of paint (spare room outside door is open and internal door is closed, but the paint smell is still getting to me).
  • Oven repair person was running early; eldest and I did a frantic rush around in the 15 minutes between call and arrival to make the kitchen a bit tidier and so that there was bench space for them to work at. Oven door is in better condition than it was, but has been taken away so that the front glass can be glued back on, because apparently the special heat resistant resin is giving up, and it needs to be done at the depot and cured for ~48 h, so I'll get that back on Monday.
  • Youngest had skate camp Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning - I got bits of my report done during those times.
  • Anything else I'm supposed to have done has slipped through my fingers. Feel like I'm behind on everything - trying to be kind to myself today, and allowing for high pain and low coping because it was inevitable after doing physically and emotionally challenging things all yesterday, but, oh, I'd love to have done Everything.
  • Lotsa rain last night. Suspicious drip sounding noise above my head at some point of the night. Hoping it was dreaming (I woke a few times in the middle of really 'present' feeling dreams).
  • ...and there might be other things, but I have to go collect youngest from the train and take them to dance.

Happy Summer Solstice!

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:02 pm
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A happy Summer Solstice to all who celebrate!

A quiet day today. Ran some errands with Bob, paid some bills, answered a few heraldry questions. I'm getting better at blazoning, but there's a lot to learn. The Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium is this weekend--some people in Calontir got together and chartered a minivan to go (the meeting is in Knoxville, TN) but there was just no way I could justify the expense, not with a bunch of medical bills waiting.

That's the tough part--all the bills are still running through the two insurance companies. I still have no idea what I owe! Medicare is understaffed and takes forever to process claims, and then sometimes they'll refuse to pay on something, but insist that I should not have to pay since the primary insurance covered what they consider fair (the two insurances pay doctors at different rates). I of course do not want to suggest to the medical billers that maybe I owe something if the government insists that I do not. It's confusing!

And it's scary to see what the hospital/doctors originally charge vs what the insurance company will agree to pay. I think the doctors push up their charges so the insurance will pay more. I would feel bad about it, but we pay through the nose every month for insurance and have done for years. Now we are older and need it, and they are unhappy about that.

Saw some darling tortie kittens today. Bob said if we didn't already have two cats (that don't get along), he would have adopted the kittens and the mother cat as well. But we do have our two little brats, so that is that.

Network Sale!

Jun. 21st, 2017 09:33 pm
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I am having rl this week; it is rubbish. (Or at least, it was hot and now there is a Thing I have to go to tomorrow; everything will be at least better once the Thing is over and I have recovered, or more or less; it's a multi-part Thing, as so often in life. Stupid Thing.)

And then just now I happened to look and Network are having a 45% sale again!. And guess who still has nearly all her b'day money? Oh, yes, I do. Now I just have to decide what to spend it on, so at least that will be some sort of an antidote.

If you are in R2 or can play R2 discs, you too can snag yourself obscure old British telly! (Mostly ITV, it tends to be other companies that release the BBC stuff.) I have been poking through to see what's on offer from my wishlist (lots! \o/) and can tell you that you can also get Press Gang, Enemy at the Door, Public Eye and Sapphire and Steel at bargainous prices! (Also Manhunt, The Power Game, The Sandbaggers and Mr Palfrey and Undermind and Zodiac). So you should go out and buy them and then write me all the fic, obv.

Anyway, I thought I'd give the heads up and enable my like-minded souls on my flist. ([personal profile] liadtbunny, I am shocked that you did not already tell me this! I rely on you for these things! ;-D)

Reading, Listening, Watching

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:34 pm
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[personal profile] purplecat
Reading: Still Crime and Punishment which should be no surprise. However I had anticipated being further in than Chapter 5 by this point.

Listening: Stuff you Missed in History Class on William Moulton Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman. So far he's invented a lie detector and is investigating women's emotional responses to bondage - suddenly Wonder Woman's lasso takes on a whole new dimension. He appears to have been both a feminist of sorts* and a polygamist. The former of which is, I gather, very evident in the early Wonder Woman comics (particularly his belief that the world would be a better place if run by women) the latter somewhat less so.

Watching: We have discovered Stanger Things. Very reminiscent of E.T. (it opens with a D&D game, is set in the 1980s and much of it is short from a child height viewpoint (a characteristic of E.T. according to B.))

*neither of his partners got suitable credit for their, in some cases considerable, input into his work.
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Mon Dec 19th: What is one experience you want to have in 2017? (Gwynne Michele's FB post)

Teaching, which I'm already doing?

I think second to that I'd really like to network with some of the out-of-state plural folks this year, but I'm not sure yet on if that's gonna happen. There's a possibility, but I uh haven't even messaged them about it yet because I'm waiting to see if Teacher got us compensation for service at a summer mental health conference or not.

December Blogging Meme Masterpost (LJ)

Happy Summer Solstice!

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:38 am
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  1. We are having a very pretty day so far in the Seattle area.
  2. I'm eating biscuits and gravy.
  3. I left Harry inside concentrating intently on something behind the bookcase in my bedroom. Very intently. I left him to it. There could be a corpse in my hallway when I get home.
  4. I have new curtains for my bedroom and they're really pretty. I ordered two sets, thinking I'd need that for the width of the window but turns out I only needed one set, which means the other will get transferred to the closet and replace the ones there now. Though that does mean it'll be matchy-matchy but we'll see.

Have a good day. Because hallelujah, it's Solstice which means tomorrow the days start getting shorter again, hooray for the return of encroaching darkness.
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Barely-there kind of day. I did some financial things and a little laundry. Migraine had me knocked out for several hours. It's better now that the sun has gone down. Kansas is too damn sunny, even in our dark little cave of a house.

Bob defrosted and cleaned-out the chest freezer. I'm trying to put together a grocery list so he can go to Costco (and maybe HyVee) tomorrow. The larder is just about bare. If I'm up to driving, maybe I'll send him over to Costco and I'll tackle HyVee?

We finished watching The Handmaid's Tale. Very chilling, and has given me nightmares. The book was a hard-enough read, but seeing it unfold on film (and very skillfully directed) makes it worse. In a world where women are only judged on their mothering or housekeeping skills, I would have no place whatsoever. It also made me painfully aware of how dependent I am on my husband and to a lesser extent, my father, even now, even at my age.

Today is World Refugee Day, and every time I see an article about refugees, it reminds me that no matter what problems I may be having, there are people out there who have lost everything through no fault of their own. People who just happened to live in the wrong place at the wrong time. It could happen anywhere, even here. Hell, it did happen here--remember Hurricane Katrina? For a while there in Dubuque, the rental houses down the street from us were filled with families from NOLA. (They didn't stay long--Iowa's winters were too mean, I think.)

The size of this crisis is hard to imagine, and I'm not sure what the best answer is. I majored in Middle-Eastern History, and it's true that part of the world has been unstable for centuries, with populations moving back and forth, although rarely at this scale.

Politically, it is a very difficult issue, and I don't expect my friends to agree on the best solutions to this problem. Wars, disease, and natural disasters seem to be a constant in this world of ours. But there are organizations like Doctors Without Borders who are out there helping people who have lost everything. Perhaps today would be a good day to donate to one of them?
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Title: Baby, You're My Flame
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 709
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Sick fic
Notes: For [community profile] 15kisses, Prompt: Endure. Part 3 of Fever (Part One: Getting Warmer, Part Two: What a Lovely Way to Burn)

Summary: Root is convalescing. She's just not very good at it.

Also at the Archive

Root was tired of being sick )

SG1 Ficlet - Yoyo

Jun. 20th, 2017 03:26 pm
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And the second ficlet I wrote for [personal profile] discodiva76 inspired by her photo of Michael Shanks' new glasses.

Title:  Yoyo
Pairing:  Can be read as Gen or Daniel/Jack
Rating:  G

“Please, Daniel, I’m begging, telling me you’re just yanking my chain,” Jack begged.

“What reason would I have to lying to you about this?” Daniel asked.

“You’ve never…as in never, ever…used a yoyo?  You never walked the dog or went around the world?”  Jack did all he could to keep the shock out of his voice but wasn’t able to.

“No.  I’ve never used a yoyo,” Daniel answer.  His forehead creased in puzzlement.  “And what does walking a dog or going around the world have to do with it?”

Jack’s shock grew and he stared at Daniel, his mouth hanging open.  “They’re tricks,” he finally said.  He shook his head slightly and mumbled to himself, “I can’t believe…just what kind of childhood did you have?” he asked before snapping his mouth closed.  “Sorry…I didn’t mean it.”

Daniel shrugged off both the faux pas and apology.  “It’s just a yoyo, Jack.”

“It is not just a yoyo,” Jack said aghast.  He reached into his pocket and pulled out a bright red one.  “It’s an important skill and one I’m going to teach you.”

“Important skill,” Daniel asked skeptically.  “And since when does a two star general, the head of Homeworld Security, go around carrying a yoyo in his pocket?”

“You have seen how boring some of those meetings I have to go to are, haven’t you?”

Daniel shrugged slightly conceding the point.  “Still…important skill?”

“Yes, important skill.  And I’m going to teach you.”  Jack handed the yoyo over to Daniel.  He watched as he turned it over and over in his hand like it was some kind of artifact he was trying to discover the use of.  “For crying out loud,” Jack said as he took the yoyo back.  “You look like you don’t even know what to do with it.  Let me show you.”  As he explained basic yoyoing, he also demonstrated.  “You put the loop over your finger, let the yoyo drop and when it gets to the end of the string, snap your wrist so it comes back up the string.”  He demonstrated a few more times before handing the yoyo to Daniel once again.  “You try.”

“Ok,” Daniel agreed somewhat skeptically.  “I put the loop on my finger,” he began repeating Jack’s instructions and trying to mimic what the other man had done.  “Let it drop to the end of the string, then snap….”  As he snapped his wrist, instead of the yoyo climbing back up the string, it wildly swung up making contact with Daniel’s glasses with cracking sound.  “…my wrist,” Daniel finished through gritted teeth as he looked through a cracked lens.

Jack reached for the yoyo and took it back before it could cause any other chaos.  “Um…maybe it’s not really a life skill.”  He pointed at Daniel’s glasses as he backed slowly away.  “You know, that pair never did look good on you,” he said then beat a hasty retreat out of Daniel’s office.

SG1 Ficlet - Old?

Jun. 20th, 2017 03:22 pm
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[personal profile] seshat0120
The first of two ficlets I wrote for [personal profile] discodiva76 inspired by her photo of Michael Shanks' new glasses.

Title: Old
Pairing: Jack/Daniel
Rating: G

“What’s with the long face?” Jack asked as Daniel shut the door behind him.

“I need new glasses,” Daniel explained.

“And…so…,” Jack prompted.  “It’s not like that’s never happened before.”

Daniel dropped down to the couch and let out a frustrated sigh.  “He said I need those progressive lenses.”  Seeing the puzzled look on Jack’s face he further explained, “No-line bifocals.”

“I say again, and…so….” Jack said as he sat next to Daniel.

“So?  So?  So it means I’m getting old.”  Daniel sat up straight gesturing with his hands.  “Bi focals, Jack.  Not just regular glasses.  Bifocals because I’m getting old.  I’m not ready for…”  He was cut off when Jack grabbed him and pulled him into passionate kiss.

“Don’t feel old to me,” Jack said with a smirk when he let him go.  He took in the bewildered look on Daniel’s face and reached to straighten his glasses.  “Not old at all.”

“Um…what were we talking about?” Daniel asked before pulling Jack in for another kiss.

Texas Capitol Building

Jun. 20th, 2017 08:09 pm
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While I was in Texas an old friend and his wife took me out for the day including a trip around Texas' Capitol

Piccies Under the Cut )

Sort of Review...Maybe Not

Jun. 20th, 2017 02:09 pm
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I finally got around to watching Moana Friday night and enjoyed. There was sort of one little hitch. I'd had high hopes for the music for it. Lin-Manuel Miranda did the music for it and, well, we know what a hot property he is. I gotta say, though, other than How Far I'll Go I found the rest of the music to be either forgettable or really irritating (Shiny). I gotta say...he's no Tim Rice or Alan Menken.