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Apr. 24th, 2019 10:46 pm
alexseanchai: Ladybug, of Miraculous fame, with a rainbow Pride background (Default)
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I found this week's project
[community profile] dick_or_treat is a multi-fandom fanfic/fanart fest that runs from April 1 to April 30. Participation is open to anyone, no sign-up required.

Requirements to participate are minimal: one complete smut fic or artwork with a title named after a Pokémon move/attack.
thanks [personal profile] sylvaine!

RL Update

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:38 pm
settiai: (Aragorn -- wizards_pupil)
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Okay, I've at least found a stopgap measure that will help with those vet bills that I mentioned in my last post. My apartment complex just announced that they're now offering the ability to split rent into two payments, one at the beginning of the month and one in the middle of the month, which will at least help a little.

It's not quite robbing Peter to pay Paul, so that's something at least. Almost all of my bills are due at the very beginning of each month, so by only having to pay half my rent at that same time, I'll have a bit more in my checking account for emergencies. Plus I'll have more time to try and work on commissions/sell things/etc. if unexpected situations come up. There is an additional fee that I'll have to pay, but it's worth it to know that I won't have to worry about my checking account becoming overdrawn.

The joy of living paycheck to paycheck: you have to pay extra fees, spending even more money, to stay afloat. Still, I'll definitely take it over having a panic attack because I can't think of how to pay bills.

I have found a rabies clinic where I can get the cats' shots without having to pay for a full exam like their regular vet insists on doing, but it's going to involve a decent-length trip via Lyft so it's still going to be more expensive than I'd planned. Not nearly as bad as it could have been, though, so I'll take it. Although getting up at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning isn't going to be all that fun.

Glad Game April 23, 2019

Apr. 24th, 2019 02:15 pm
baronessekat: (pollyanna)
[personal profile] baronessekat
* water goal doubled

* amazing friends who do super nice things that make me feel I don't deserve them but will accept the gestures and hope to do in return

* boneless chicken wings - I didn't have to cook when I had not spoons left AND it eased a craving.

* Lily Rose came to bed and snuggled with me for 30 minutes.
musesfool: Jason Todd shooting stuff (but i used a little too much force)
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I'm in a very cranky mood today. I shouldn't be - my train was cancelled at Jamaica and they told us to wait for the 8:25, but then had an interim train stop at my stop and a lady gave me her seat since she was getting off at Forest Hills, so I didn't even have to stand on the very crowded train and I made it to work at my usual time.

I also got a surprise extra payment from work today because they are changing the PTO policy and paying out all banked PTO in excess of a certain number of hours and I exceed that number by a bit, so I got a nice check, but the net is only half of what the gross is, thanks to taxes and other payroll deductions. Sigh. And they say I will still accrue my usual amount of PTO, but I wonder what the new policy is going to be - I have a feeling they are going to limit carryover time, or perhaps require that it be used by the end of the first quarter of the next year. I guess we'll see. There's other work bs happening too, but ugh. I do not want to attend a half day meeting to input updates in real time. That is not one of my skill sets and the whole thing is going to be terrible. I wonder if they'll buy me lunch though.

speaking of, I got a nice gift card for Administrative Professionals Day today that I was supposed to pretend I didn't know about even though boss3 checked with me to see if people had liked it last year (spoiler: they had). It's also my dad's birthday, and my gmail inbox is full of advertisements for mother's day so I just want to be all LEAVE ME ALONE - MY PARENTS ARE DEAD about things. I know, I know. But it's how I feel.

Anyway, I guess it's reading Wednesday, but since I was off Thurs-Mon, I didn't really do much book-reading; I spent my days off reading fic instead, so I have nothing new to report. Still reading Amnesty, still spoilers )

Meanwhile, my filters grow tighter and my blacklist longer as I try to stay unspoiled until Saturday when I finally see Endgame. I do not want to know!

Also, I am still annoyed that there is no ability to wrap tabs in Firefox. I really hate that they just scroll off screen. It is not optimal when I open a dozen stories to read later and then can't find the tab looking for at any given moment.

Have a poem:

The Price Is Going Up
by Ashe Vernon

My heart likes to start fights with
the inside of my ribs where everyone loses.
For weeks, my lungs have been
purple punching bags. My stomach
is being polished into a wood panel floor.
I'm selling tickets to my own heartbreak.
Blood and broken noses are what put
bodies in the seats.
These are real bar brawls, ladies and gentlemen.
Nothing is staged, here. Sure,
there have been a few–
accidents.
The kind of hits you don't get back up from.
But that's the price of business, isn't it?
And don't you want a show?"

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Rest in Peace Uncle John

Apr. 24th, 2019 09:34 am
puppetmaker: (Default)
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My Uncle John passed away and the world is a little less bright because of it.

He was a good father, husband, and Catholic. He had great faith in God.

My first memories of him are that he was tall and had a nice laugh. He has been described as always having a twinkle in his eye.

He was a hard worker. He started on the farm where he grew up and never stopped until he finally retired. He worked hard for everything in his life. Never shirked or complained but just did what needed to be done. He served in the Air Force. He earned an engineering degree. There were set backs like a company going out of business but he picked himself up and figured out what to do next.

He loved his family. He and his wife Marge raised three children to be fine upstanding people. They have four grandchildren who loved their grandfather very much. I haven’t seen my cousins in years but I keep up with them through my mother.

The last time I saw him was at my wedding. For some reason Harlan decided to try to make my Aunt Marge laugh. I could see my Uncle John biting the inside of his cheek trying not to laugh at Harlan’s antics and almost succeeding. She was not amused but the rest of us were very much so.

He would have turned 90 in a little over two months.

I will miss him.

I am grateful for having Uncle John in my life.

. . .

Apr. 23rd, 2019 10:35 pm
settiai: (Ravenclaw -- wicked_visions)
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Well, fuck. Both Garrus and Percy are due to have their licenses renewed, which means I have to get their rabies shots updated. As in, it's required by law, so it has to happen. Which isn't cheap but isn't... too expensive either.

Except the vet refuses to give them the rabies shots without giving them a full check-up first, due to them both having health issues. Which is significantly more expensive than I was planning for, budget-wise.

If, uh, anyone wants to pass along the link to my GoFundMe, I would greatly appreciate it?

all which it inherit, shall dissolve

Apr. 23rd, 2019 01:47 pm
musesfool: (shakespeare got to get paid son)
[personal profile] musesfool
Being on vacation for 3 days means work is hectic* so let's be cliched and do some Shakespeare today:

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

-William Shakespeare
From The Tempest, Act 4 Scene 1

*cut for more detailed work ranting )

***

So during my time off, I was reading this long, plotty (and complete!) Bat-fic, which will be recced at some point, and I know this is more about my personal bias than the story, but cutting for spoilers even though I'm not linking to it right now ) It's just interesting to be reminded that we all bring our own lenses to stories and it's not the stories' fault, necessarily, when the author is doing something different from what we thought because of those lenses.

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earthspirits: (Penny Dreadful - together)
[personal profile] earthspirits
Title: Of Wings Shining in Darkness  (final) Chapter 14 - Part 5 in my "Demimonde of Shadows" series.
Author: earthspirits
Fandoms: Penny Dreadful and Granada Sherlock Holmes.
Characters: Ethan Chandler, Vanessa Ives, John Clare, Victor Frankenstein, Sir Malcolm Murray, Kaetenay, Dracula, Dr. John H. Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Chapters: 14/14 (complete)
Spoilers: Contains S3 spoilers.
Rating / Warnings: Mature - For 18+ only. This chapter contains graphic depictions of death, violence, and gore. There's also strong language and attempted assault + major character death. Some of this may be triggering.
Summary: The emotional conclusion to "Of Wings Shining in Darkness.

Posted at A03: archiveofourown.org/works/7413997/chapters/42009149

Glad Game april 22, 2019

Apr. 23rd, 2019 12:52 pm
baronessekat: (pollyanna)
[personal profile] baronessekat
* water goal met

* SCALE VICTORY: -1.25 lbs. (-15.25 YTD, -24.25 since November)

* made messy art

* got some new clothes through new styling company. I like them a great deal.

Unnamed Nonprofit

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:24 pm
settiai: (Original Cindy -- warrior_soldier)
[personal profile] settiai
Save me from coworkers. Please?

JF is still complaining about every little thing, and it's only picked up now that things have slowed down. And now one of my other coworkers has started hanging up on customers when he... doesn't feel like talking to them? Or something? I'm very confused about his reasoning, but - needless to say - several of the higher ups really aren't in a good mood right now.

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Apr. 22nd, 2019 06:44 pm
alexseanchai: Ladybug, of Miraculous fame, with a rainbow Pride background (Default)
[personal profile] alexseanchai
Today is the April Feathering the Nest prompt call over on [personal profile] dialecticdreamer’s blog! Drop by, offer a prompt, and get a short story focused on nonsexual intimacy. Fluff and joy for EVERYONE!

the hidden genius of my hands

Apr. 22nd, 2019 02:25 pm
musesfool: dick grayson with his hands on donna troy's shoulders (life's not a paragraph)
[personal profile] musesfool
Last night, the handle on my toilet stopped working, so this morning I called the super, and he just left after replacing the diaphragm (it's a tankless toilet - not my choice, it's what was here when I bought the place) so it all works again. Whew.

I know, it's an exciting life I lead. *hands*

Have today's poem:

Each From Different Heights

That time I thought I was in love
and calmly said so
was not much different from the time
I was truly in love
and slept poorly and spoke out loud
to the wall
and discovered the hidden genius
of my hands
And the times I felt less in love,
less than someone,
were, to be honest, not so different
either.
Each was ridiculous in its own way
and each was tender, yes,
sometimes even the false is tender.
I am astonished
by the various kisses we're capable of.
Each from different heights
diminished, which is simply the law.
And the big bruise
from the long fall looked perfectly white
in a few years.
That astounded me most of all.

--Stephen Dunn

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