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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Tail end of the sunset over Spy Pond. Almost home.

Sunset over Peeper's Pond.

Nov. 23rd, 2014 09:23 pm
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Sunset over Peeper's Pond.

One woman Itchy and Scratchy show

Nov. 22nd, 2014 06:59 pm
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CW: medical issues including rash from hell. )

So that is why I haven't been around much.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Two jerks on the #mbta begging for nutcrackers from fellow commuters.


Nov. 22nd, 2014 11:12 am
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I had an angry post typed up over some recent fandom stuff but then I decided it wasn't worth it.

SO! Instead!

Two things:

Topics meme!

If there's anything you'd like to see me ramble on about, could be about fandom, sports, life, non-fannish stuff, whatever! It can be specific or general. It can be something I already talk about a fair amount or something you wish I'd talk about more. It can even be something you've never seen me express an opinion on but you're curious about my thoughts! Just comment here and I will post about it sometime during the month. There's no time limit to leaving comments, so if you see this post a few days or even a few weeks late, you can still ask! And multiple topics are ok!

Prompts meme

Leave me a prompt for any fandom I know, and I'll see if my drabble muse strikes. :) You can leave more than one prompt (in fact I encourage it...) but no promises on the uh, results.

(If you're stuck on a fandom to prompt, for uh, totes legit reasons, despite having the last three months of the manga on my to acquire and read list, I'm trying to write Naruto fic so prompts for that would be appreciated! But any fandom I know, I'm willing to have a go at. :) )

Revised Friday About Town Lives!

Nov. 21st, 2014 09:05 am
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Friday, every Friday, I invite you (yes, you!) to share with me key Dreamwidth posts from the last week. They can be one or more of your own posts, posts of others you'd recommend, interesting discussions, linkspams, tiny delights, whatever stands out to you from the last seven days that you'd like to highlight. Assume that I've been away and pining too true and catch me up on what matters to you.

Newcomers, lurkers and long-time commentators equally welcome. See also [community profile] followfriday.

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Nov. 17th, 2014 05:18 pm
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Earl's back from his surgery! The surgeon said it went well, and that (although they'd checked his other ear to be sure) he'd only needed laser treatment on one ear, so that's less for him to recover him. (They still cleaned wax from the "clear" one, anyway.) We'll need to give him antibiotic drops in his ear starting tomorrow. By the time we picked him up, Earl was already wide awake and active -- enough to resist trying to be put in his carrier to go home. As soon as we got him inside and let him out of the carrier, he slunk out towards the basement, which we figured would happen... but then he came out less than a minute later and begged for attention and food. We pet him and gave him a quarter can (he can have a couple small meals tonight) and now he's going back and forth between us and the basement.

They had to shave around this ears, which made them look bigger, so now he looks a little like he has bat ears. It's a little funny.

I'm really relieved that the surgery went well and that he's already up and active, so -- while it's clearly bothering him, as he wants us rubbing his head but avoids touching his ears to anything, and his ears are red -- it's not a visible hindrance. He shakes his head now and then and lifts up a paw like he wants to scratch it, but I haven't seen him do it yet; he just pauses with a paw in the air, looking confused, then goes to do something else.

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Jennifer Welsh @ Business Insider: Scientists Have Finally Found The First Real Reason We Need To Sleep
Just like how dump trucks take to the city streets during the pre-dawn hours because there's less traffic, our brain's cleaners also work best when there's less going on.

[personal profile] rachelmanija: Not a fun post to write
In 2011 I had a run-in online with someone called Winterfox, aka Requires Hate, aka Benjanun Sriduangkaew. She proceeded to harass me online for the next three years.

[personal profile] rydra_wong: PSA: lightboxes
They don't work like you think, and you may think you've tried one when you haven't.

[livejournal.com profile] djinni: Icon Day #28 – Requests are Open! [Requests close by Sunday, November 23rd.]
Icon Day is an event that I occasionally run, where you can get a user avatar for free, or for a tip!

[personal profile] kaberett: It's a love meme! *
Because November is hard for lots of us, and in particular is something I find hard (my not-quite-month of mourning begins tomorrow, officially); because it's spring in the southern hemisphere and the days just keep getting shorter in the northern; because I talked to my counsellor yesterday about all of the shapes and forms that value takes.

And an old post of mine, still relevant for the season: Three Good Things For Surviving Months of Cold & Dark
I find there are small tweaks I can make to my environment and routine to make [cold and lack of light] easier to bear

* n.b. please note for self-care that any DW post such as the love meme linked above where comments are initially screened will not send you comment notifications when replies to your comment or to a comment you are tracking are unscreened. If you find periodically checking for replies makes you anxious, I strongly recommend arranging with a friend to PM you when there's something new to see.
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So you know how there is talk in US English about "Kitty Crazies"? That thing cats do roughly once a day where they look at you as though they have never seen you before, run around the house, etc?

Well partner's family speaks North African Arabic (also other dialects in other branches of the family). Anyway, there is another name for "kitty crazies". You say that the cat "has tagoug" (Anglicized spelling completely mine because partner is out; note that the correct grammar is not that the cat "is tagoug"). Basically it means that the cat is "possessed" (by a Djinn/demon -- what we call "genies" -- also note that not all Djinn are evil, some are aligned with God/Allah and the evil ones are not; there is a WHOLE area of study around this which not all Muslims and/or Arabs and/or Lots of Peoples I don't have room to specify agree on that I do not even begin to understand so I'm going to stop there). I kind of like this imagery because it ties back to all the ideas of cats and witchcraft and everything. It also kind of explains why cats look so uncomfortable.

Or you could go by my definition, which is that more specific than the "kitty crazies", your cat is just having a short manic episode. (Seriously, not that different from how I feel when fully manic versus hypomanic).

With our dogs, we always called these occasional bouts of RUN EVERYWHERES "racehorse dog" (though srsly they would be really poorly trained racehorses because they did not go in a ring at all). Though once my dog did get hold of the slug trap (which contained beer) and, er, emptied it into his belly before grabbing hold of the container and running round the yard. I think that was a chemically induced racehorse dog. (And don't worry, despite the alcohol/dog poison, he was fine. It was cheap crap beer with low alcohol content, which helped.)

Anyone else have other terminology for such things? Do bunnies have similar bouts of ALL THE ENERGIES? (I'm looking at you for this vital information, [personal profile] shanaqui .) What about other species?

ETA: I wonder if animals have names/thoughts for our shenanigans? Like "omg they are picking out those clothes things again"? Or whatever their idea of our recreational sex is. Or what the hell is the holiday season madness. Or VACUUMING. I mean, basically most of what we do around animals would seem to me to be nonsense to them? IDK. *curious*

Interhigh fics are up! + Nepal

Nov. 15th, 2014 03:15 pm
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Random note: Interhigh (a sports anime exchange) is up - I'm only about a quater through the archive but there's been a lot of awesome works so far (there's 12 different fandoms written for . - http://archiveofourown.org/collections/InterHigh_2014/works)

I am still working my way through but I wanted to say that I really liked the one that was written for me - I think it's really insightful about two of my favourite Free! characters - Nagisa and Haru!

Family Matters (1819 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Free!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Nanase Haruka, Hazuki Nagisa
Additional Tags: Family, Pre-Canon, Post-Canon, Backstory
Summary: Nagisa is suffocated and Haru is given too much distance.

+ Nepal

I kind of feel like I don't know where to start on the Nepal trip. Lots of people when they talk about Nepal are like "It was a life changing experience" and I tend to be just a bit... ¬_¬ orly.

But it's an amazing place to visit. It was actually quite warm (like mid 20 C up, mid 70F up) and just a little humid - I didn't go anywhere near the alps (so no I wasn't anywhere near that avalanch!) - although it was mountanous pretty much everywhere I went.

Read more... )

Things I learned this week

Nov. 14th, 2014 01:52 pm
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One benefit of being being home is that it makes it a lot easier to schedule appliance repair visits. Backstory: Washer stopped draining on Sunday, which left me with some very wet clothes that apparently were not properly rinsed out. Washer is now fixed. The drain pump had gotten clogged with tiny socks. Lesson learned: if anyone in your household wears those no-show mini socks it is best to wash them in a laundry bag like bras. This prevents them from migrating into the washer pump and causing damage.

Improperly rinsed laundry, combined with mega-stress, and allergies equals massive atopical dermatitis (itchy hives) breakout. Aveeno bath soak and eczema lotion work pretty well for the itchiness, and antihistamines are helpful too. When having all the itchy skin, it is best to avoid close-fitting clothing, which is a challenge when the temperature drops significantly, but doable. Being slightly chilled also makes the skin less itchy.

Tetracycline increases sensitivity to smells. Small wet bits of fabric stuck in washer parts stink really badly. Febreeze odor neutralizer helps.

Things I am grateful for:
  • being able to be home so that we could get the washer fixed this week
  • the washer being fixed and source of odd smell now neutralized
  • I can now rewash the clothes that did not get properly rinsed on Sunday
  • Z is letting me know when she needs to go to the bathroom, and going on the zipline for me without me having to use treats to bribe her
  • Being able to crate Z when I need to
  • comfort movies (Today's is How to Train Your Dragon 2.)

Thing I am bemused by: My high school alma mater, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, has alumni gatherings across the country much like many colleges and universities do. Considering it was a mini-university all on its own this isn't too surprising. It is kind of cool though. Not sure I'm going to feel up to going to the event in the DC area tomorrow, but it would be nice to go. Gifties (our nickname for ourselves) are usually a rather interesting bunch and they do not have alumni events in DC all that often.

Poem: "Redox"

Nov. 14th, 2014 07:53 am
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Prometheus steals phones from the gods
and they catch in the hands of children
he'd seen huddled unconnected in the dark

he teaches them how to feed the phones
with sticks into current or logs of battery
and then the police come and take him away
to where the eagle waits
(the gods need humans beneath them
to stay gods)

but the children still have data access after dark
kindles of knowledge illuminating back their faces

in time they teach themselves community
they code apps together
and offer strangers hospitality of wifi
in memory of the gift of phones

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post-tags: instagram, crosspost So @karlthefog missed me and came for a visit yesterday. (And ate Boston's office towers.)

Today's DailyOM Offerings...

NSFW Nov. 12th, 2014 11:39 am
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Kitty pics!

Nov. 11th, 2014 03:47 pm
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Chance the kitty
Pictured: Chance, an adorable black kitty with green eyes, laying on his side on a blue and white quilt like, "Huh, why are you disturbing me?" Part of the quilt is folded over the lower half of his body

This is why I've been having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. (I mean, aside from the 6 am feeding upon which I stumble back to bed and sleep for a bit longer.) Chance comes and snuggles up next to me with Partner on the other side and I am in a sandwich of warmth and cute cat love and how could I move? Plus when I had a dog I could say things like, "Do you want a treat in the kitchen?" and then he would move and food would commence. Chance does not yet know these words, and so he gives me dirty looks when I attempt to move out from the middle of the sleeping loved ones.Kitty! One photo and an embedded video below the cut )
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Scarlet, crimson, vermilion: not sure words do this #fallfoliage justice.


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