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Dept. of Once More Into the Fray

My Cat is Sick Again

Alex is once again defecating - or trying to - all over the house. He's miserable. This is the third time since December, and the second time in less than two weeks. I am very worried, as much for BB as for Alex, because he loves that cat like crazy. I love him, too, but the bond they have is something quite special. I am afraid that this signals something quite serious, and that it could require very serious decisions on our part. 

Damn. 
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Dept. of Birthdays

Sending Out Wishes ...

... into the Internet void, for the supremely gifted lyricwrites, who wrote some of the most powerful and beautiful Who fics it's ever been my pleasure to read (as well as a fantastic meta about Amy Pond's wedding that you should all go read, either for the first time or again.)  After being gifted with twins a few years ago (good lord, they should be about four years of age now - go you, amazing Mom!) she found other things to do than hang around on LJ. But I remember her with fondness and with more than a little awe from a writerly point of view. I hope you're doing well, wherever you are, and that someday you'll be back in these parts - and may your family have given you a birthday that was simply superb.  
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Dept. of Pretentiousness

For [personal profile] merrymaia

Because she reminded me that I once upon a time wrote poetry, and because she loves the outdoor world more than I do.

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Dept. of Friday

Gintama Is Weirdly Addictive When It Turns Serious

I'll just leave that out there.  
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Dept. of Discomfort

Is It Friday Yet?

I'm heading to bed, because I think I'm getting a head cold.  I'll try to catch up with everyone tomorrow.

The car's working again, after almost $300 worth of work. (It wasn't the radiator.)

I made a mashed cauliflower casserole for supper. Yes, I know it sounds horrible; it wasn't. It was reasonably good. Unfortunately, cooking the cauliflower in water in order to make it soft enough to mash brought out all the odors that roasting cauliflower doesn't. Urgh. Maybe I should be glad my nose is starting to plug up.

Ah, me.


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Dept. of Minimal Effort

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Because I'm exhausted.

I can tell you two things that I have realized today.

After getting a McDonald's Shamrock shake, I remembered that I don't like Shamrock shakes. It's a good thing I only got a small one, because I felt less guilty pitching it.

Also? Meatball sandwiches are, architecturally speaking, stupid.


But I was a good union rep. today, and that makes up for the fact that I either have a hole in my radiator (my car's radiator), or a loose hose somewhere. 

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Dept. of Changes

Going In Reverse Direction

Apparently it wasn't Winston Churchill who said something like "If one is a conservative when one is 21, one has no heart; if one is not a conservative when one is 31, one has no head." I'm almost disappointed, but only because I can no longer say I disagree with Churchill about this. 

Of course there are other sayings about how people grow more conservative as they grow older, and those sayings are probably attributable to almost everyone. So I disagree with almost everyone, at least when it comes to me. (And who else should I speak of? I am a fascinating subject to dwell upon, n'est ce pas?)

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Dept. of Monday

Starting Out Hopeful

I got up and into working condition really early today. I managed to write the letter we'll be sending to our condo unit owners, announcing a 3 percent assessment fee increase, and I'm actually posting this before I start to work on my business laptop. In my books, that counts as getting out of the starting blocks rather well.

And to keep this post from being completely self-referential, is anyone out there on my f'list watching The Expanse? If so, do you want to geek out about it? I"m finding it to be destination viewing, and some of the best science fiction I've seen on television since Battlestar Galactica.


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Dept. of Sunday

Getting Ready for the Week

Tonight is one of those nights where I don't particularly have anything to say. That makes it a night when saying something, even if it's just a comment that I'm incapable of actually saying anything worth hearing, is a matter of sheer determination. Still, that's what the project requires. I want to be able to look back on March and say I accomplished my goal, even if that was only to be wordy without wisdom. Eventually, if I relearn the art of thinking in bursts longer than 140 characters or 10 seconds at a time, I can start writing things that are more worthwhile.

Exercise for the mind. Perhaps I can make a better go of it than I have of exercising for the body.

(Apropos of that, I'm going to try getting out at least once a day to walk around the block. A friend once told me her mother used to chivvy her children out of the house by saying they needed to shake the stink off them. It's a crude comment, but it's stayed with me. Walking around outside and noticing there's a world beyond my desk, my phone and even the broad world of the Internet could help me shake my own existential stink away.)

Monday offers me a new chance to be efficient, and to go to bed Monday night happy with myself and what I've gotten done, or what I've at least attempted in good faith to get done.  I'm, again, determined.

I hope you all had good weekends.


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Dept. of Good Saturday

Only One Problem With Saturday

I forgot to take a picture of FB, BB and Neil at Hausermann's. I normally take a shot like that when we go out, but somehow I forgot to this time. Bad me. 

I did, however, take some pictures of orchids. Here, have two or three.

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I love going there and taking pictures, because even a devotee of the thumb-in-the-lens school of photography, such as myself, can take pretty shots. (What surprises me after all these years, is that I believe I like the tiny orchids, the ones that look as if they were carved out of brown and golden wood, almost more than I like the other blooms. They're so delicate! Of course, I love the ones with heavy aromas, aromas of cinnamon and almost-rose, or almost-gardenia, too, because I can never get enough of those perfumes.

Speaking of which, while there, I also picked up some lovely soaps and perfume (she didn't call it that, but that's what it was, or at least it was perfumed oil), from the lady who always sells her wares at Hausermann's. I love aromatic things, and I never get to wear perfume outside the house anymore, because of peoples' sensitivities or outright allergies. Today, I came home and anointed myself with orchid perfume. And I am happy. 


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Goals, Day 3

Thanks much to [personal profile] lost_spook  for something cheerful!

This lovely vid made me much more cheerful than I'd been before I watched it. 





And today is Friday; I have dined on turkey croquettes and maple-glazed fried parsnips (courtesy of BB) for supper. Our kitty, Alex, is feeling better after a trip to the vet, and I had a very productive Thursday and Friday. So I am pleased. And tomorrow BB, FB, and our friend Neil go to Hausermann's for their annual February orchid show.

I am a happy camper.  
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Dept. of Birthdays

Natal Duo

Happy Birthday to [personal profile] maruad , a fellow Canadian. He's from the province and city where my Nana was born, and he, like me, is a science fiction fan. There's two points of congruence, but they aren't necessary for me to enjoy knowing him. He has a wry sense of humor, a good eye for art (he's also a dab hand at painting himself), and in short, has always been a pleasure to know. I hope today was a good day for you!

A second birthday person is
jessalrynn, and I am very glad I've had the chance to meet her via pixels, if not in real life. She is an excellent writer, and she shares my love of the Ninth Doctor, of the Whoniverse from First to Twelfth, of democracy, of resistance to tyranny, and deserves the best birthday, and the best year possible. I hope 2017 is good for you!

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Dept. of Birthdays

Two Lovely People

Happy birthday, one day late, to the talented wendymr, who was one of the first Dr. Who fic writers I ever read, and whose work ,therefore, convinced me that fic - of which I'd heard very little - could be quality writing. I like to think she helped me become a better writer in Who fandom, because of her gentle, but firm, Britpicking. We may not agree on eggnog or Steven Moffat, but we do agree that the Doctor in general is fanTAStic! We also agree on many things political and labor/labour-related, and I am very glad to have met her on These Here Intarwebz. I hope your birthday was a fine one, and that your 2017 is equally excellent!

Happy birthday, too, to the very delightful 
[personal profile] marence  (again, one day late.) She is not around here these days, but I like to think that she'll get some good vibes from Chicago. It would be delightful to see her again some day, to chat about rock and roll and fandom. I hope her birthday was a good one.   This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/649053.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.

Dept. of Dear Friends

Happy Birthday, lyricalviolet!

I should send you a birthday greeting on FB, which is where you hang out most these days. And I should keep in contact more often, which is something i say every year around this time. I'm bad at it - I'm sure you've noticed. I should be a better friend.  It's been a long time since we talked the art, science, and frustration of fic writing, or fangirled about Who or BSG. In fact, your life has moved on from those days - you have a family that includes one of the cutest little red-heads I've seen in a long time.

But I'll always remember that you were one of the people who impressed me with her wit, and bravery, and creativity, all those years ago on TWoP, in LINDA. And I'll always be grateful to you for urging me on when I began writing fiction again, after decades away from it. I remember our efforts to bring back Jacob's Who recaps on TWoP - and we were kind of successful at that, weren't we?

You deserve a fantastic life, and I know you're having one. I'll drop by FB to say happy birthday one day late - but I grew to know you and cherish you far from FB, so this is where my birthday wish stands. All the best, my dear.

MamaK


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DW Fic: Remedial Risibility

Title: Remedial Risibility
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness, The Ninth Doctor
Words: 3,382
Summary:  Why do I always get these rubbish mental pictures at the worst possible times? Rose Tyler learns the crucial art of defensive silliness.
Author's note: After a month or so spent lamenting my inability to write stories for the one fic event in which I take part, 
[community profile] fandom_stocking , this story happened. Alas, fandom_stocking 2016 is now in the rear-view mirror, but the story is done. If you, like me, would love to have Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness action figures, because you know that the Doctor needs his own personal SWAT team from time to time, you might enjoy this. These are my OT3, and one or two sentences in the story reflect that. One can blithely ignore those and see them as simply friends.
Edited by: my own Best Beloved, dr_whuh. Thank you!
Disclaimer: Much as I wish it were otherwise, nothing in the Whoniverse, save for the occasional original character, is mine. All others belong to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I do, however, love them and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

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MCU Fic: Conversation on the Verandah

Title: Conversation on the Verandah
Author: [personal profile] kaffyr
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Lila Barton
Summary: Peace and self-forgiveness can start on a country verandah, especially if you have the right guide. Aunt Natasha Romanov discovers she has an excellent one.
Author's notes: I wrote this for
[personal profile] such_heights for the 2016 [community profile] fandom_stocking fun; she is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic universe, as I am. Although she didn’t mention it,  I think —   I hope — she would enjoy my interpretation of one of the two relationships mentioned in this story.  I hope she also enjoys the other relationship. Chronologically, this takes place between the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and "Captain America: Civil War.” One further note: the two bits of Russian I include roughly map out to "dangerous beloved," and "Oh, my God." I apologize to Russian speakers for my Google Translate imperfections.
Edited by: the most excellent
dr_whuh. Thank you, beloved.
Disclaimer: No characters are mine. They are the sole property of Marvel, Marvel Studios, Paramount Studios, ABC, and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin.


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Dept. of Birthdays, Redux

Moar Birthdays - Hurrah!

Today, the giraffe-wary pitry celebrates her birthday. May it be free of the long-necked menaces, and full of all the things you'd like a birthday to feature, including cake, (if wanted); friends (as many as are comfortable, especially if they foot the bill); and happiness (ALL the happiness!) Natal salutations and celebrations!

Today is also a birthday for amberfocus, and I wish her the very best; I hope life with family is wonderful throughout 2017; I hope your muse, for both original fiction and fic, remains active, and that you have all the energy you want to create in both fields. Happy Birthday!
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Dept. of Birthdays

Birthdays! Birthdays! Many Birthdays!

Yes, it's been a long time since I posted. It's also been a long time since I've responded to others' posts, which is really sad, because I've rolled past a lot of fascinating posts this past week, posts where people have talked about interesting political or literary issues, neat books they've read, or provided links to interesting stories that I've not investigated, talked about interesting fic events, updated people on their personal lives, and so much more. All those wonderful things and people that I didn't have the spoons to investigate ....

So it's Saturday now, and sometimes the best way to get back on the motorbike, the horse, or the broom is to wish people happy belated birthdays, which I will now do, because birthdays are worth celebrating - hey, everyone who has a birthday is still here, enriching the world!

On Jan. 31, 
[personal profile] flowsoffire  celebrated a birthday. I wish both she and I were around more to interact here, because she is really a pure delight. I'm in awe of her language abilities, I think her writing's cool, and I like getting a little window into her corner of the world - but most of all, I like her. I hope your day was a good one!

On Feb. 2 nucleosides celebrated a birthday, and I hope it was exactly the type of birthday she wanted. She's strong, and patient, and she's determined to create the best life ever for the two little ones she loves. She also likes the Ninth Doctor, which I think is evidence of her eminent good taste. May this coming year be good to you!

On Feb. 4, beccadg celebrated her birthday. I'm sorry your birthday was on Superbowl Sunday - that sucks. I like knowing someone who also likes The Heroic Legend of Arslan (I'm still chuffed at the icons you gave me!) May your life over the next 365 days be happier and more fulfilling than expected, and filled with friends and love. 

On Feb. 8, 
[personal profile] harvey_rrit  became another year older - I hope the celebration was exactly what he wanted. He and I inhabit vastly different sections of the political rainbow, but perhaps the point of a rainbow is to be a rainbow. He is also far funnier than I am, and that's worth a lot. Plus, the tin dog is pretty awesome. I hope you have an excellent 2017. 

Also on Feb. 8, the lovely 
[personal profile] scripsi  celebrated a birthday. She deserves an excellent natal celebration, so I hope her friends and family gave her exactly that! I am glad we share so many of the same interests (the Doctor, of course, but also music and fan fiction, and I am so glad to have met you on the Internet! This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/647478.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here, but prefer to read over on DW. You can comment there using open ID if you don't have a DW account.

Dept. of I Am An Immigrant

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The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Emma Lazarus


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DW/S&S Fic: Shadows on the Piazza

Title: Shadows on the Piazza
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Doctor Who, Sapphire and Steel
Characters: Liz Shaw, Silver
Summary: Sunshine breeds shadows, and friendship breeds concern; Elizabeth Shaw considers, and worries about, a most unusual friend.
Words: 1,034
Author's note: This is for the lovely 
[personal profile] lost_spook , written for the 2016 [community profile] fandom_stocking  fun. I almost consider it cheating, when I get to write for her, because I don't think I'll ever thank her enough for introducing me to Sapphire &amp; Steel or to one of the more unusual friendships of which I've become incredibly fond. I hope she likes this. (Also, I hope she doesn't mind the inadvertent reference early on in the story. Ahem.)
Edited by: None but myself. I obsessively read and reread; if there are mistakes, they are mine alone, and I will correct them once alerted to them.
Disclaimer: None of the characters in this story are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC, Peter J. Hammond, ATV, and their various creators. I intend no infringement and take no coin.

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DW Fic: Osculatory Escapology

Title: Osculatory Escapology
Author:
[personal profile] kaffyr
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Jo Grant, the Third Doctor, the Master (Delgado)
Words: 840
Summary: Aquiline nose, well trimmed beard, touch of grey … really, it was a shame about him being an evil alien megalomaniac,  Jo thought.
Author's note: This was written for
[personal profile] liadtbunny for the 2016 [community profile] fandom_stocking fun. Like her, I like the Third Doctor, and the original Master.
Edited by: my beloved
dr_whuh
Disclaimer: Much as I wish it were otherwise, nothing in the Whoniverse, save the occasional original character, is mine. All others belong to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I do, however, love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

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Title: The Giving and Receiving of Warmth
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor
Words: 1,408
Characters: Maia Drazhar, Cala Athmaza
Summary: "They are capricious, friendly, aloof, sly, trusting, all of these things in one body," Cala said. "but most of them, it seems to us, enjoy interacting with anyone willing to treat them with kindness." The Emperor of the Elflands finds a new source of warmth.
Edited by: None but myself. I obsessively read and reread; if there are mistakes, they are mine alone, and I will correct them once alerted to them.
Author's note:This was written for 
[personal profile] nenya_kanadka , in the 2016 [community profile] fandom_stocking  fun. She is a fan of "The Goblin Emperor," possibly one of my favorite comfort books of all time. I hope she likes this story of Maia and Cala.
Disclaimer: I do not own the universe of "The Goblin Emperor." All its characters (with the exception of an original character here or there) are the sole property of Sarah Monette, in her guise as Katherine Addison. I intend no infringement and take no coin, but thank her for allowing me to play in her sandbox.

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Title: Overheard from the Shadows
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor
Words: 2,981
Characters: Csethiro Ceredin, Eshevis Tethimar, original characters
Summary: Hiding in the shadows, listening to conversations not meant for her ... Csethiro Ceredin should leave this darkened corridor, but she doesn't. A tale in which an untoward action gives birth to mercy.
Edited by: None but myself. I obsessively read and reread; if there are mistakes, they are mine alone, and I will correct them once alerted to them.
Author's note: This was written for 
[personal profile] hamsterwoman  for the 2015 [community profile] fandom_stocking  effort, and  I heartily apologize to her for the late IOU delivery.  I am truly embarrassed about my track record!  This was my first foray into fanfic for “The Goblin Emperor” — which may be my all-time favorite comfort read, and in which universe I truly wish the author would continue to write.  
Disclaimer: I do not own the universe of "The Goblin Emperor." All its characters (with the exception of an original character here or there) are the sole property of Sarah Monette, in her guise as Katherine Addison. I intend no infringement and take no coin, but thank her for allowing me to play in her sandbox.

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Dept. of Getting Woke

This I Believe


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Apologies for the large image, but you don't hide Lady Liberty's light under a bushel.

I live-streamed the Women's March on Washington. My First Born attended the march in Chicago. And, although I know it's just the beginning - continued resistance is hard work - I think knowing how much support, how many allies, there are around the world, is a tremendous boost.
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Dept. of Pictorial Positivity

Pictures. Pictures Are Good.

Warning - this will be an image heavy post, so it will be going under a cut (and let's hope the cut works!)

When I got back from Canada last fall, I promised pictures. I didn't deliver. And when last fall's political events started drowning me in the deepest of depressions, I promised I'd try to rise above it, at least occasionally. I haven't truly delivered on that, either.

So, before the start of another undoubtedly stressful week, I'll be giving you some pictures that make me smile. I hope you can enjoy them!

These are some pictures taken on the day of my stepdad, Rob Stirling's, birthday. His many kids, two stepkids, grandkids, at least one grandchild, and various spousal units, took him to Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, in hopes of sailing on The Bluenose, one of Canada's cultural icons. As you'll recall, we weren't able to sail, because the boat's electronics chose to misbehave, but the Bluenose's Captain was still able to present Rob with greetings from the Prime Minister, the Nova Scotian Premier, and various other People of Importance. You'll be able to figure out who Rob is; you'll see a boat load of his family; you'll also be able to ID the aging couple (including the woman with the horrible posture) as BB and I, and one would-be artistic picture of the Bluenose's mast. 


Here is an admittedly fuzzy picture of my brother Mac and Rob, wearing Chicago Cubs sweatshirts; those were my Christmas gifts to them, along with the copy of the Chicago Tribune that the two of them are holding. I was more than pleasantly surprised to hear how happy Mac was at getting his presents; I'd thought he might roll his eyes and just be polite about them, but he was genuinely excited, and said he was going to save the paper because of its historic value. I asked him to send me a picture, and he did. Cool! It's fuzzy, but it's still cool!

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And finally, here's a picture of one of my succulents with a completely unexpected flower. The last time it flowered was two or three years ago, when I got it from my daughter of the heart. I never expected it to bloom again. So that's kind of a great omen for 2017, right? 

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