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Dept. of Tuesday

More Meanderings

I am now more than 1,400 words into the last chapter of Hearts & Moons. I may - just - complete the story within a decade!  I've figured out what has to happen, and I'm maneuvering into place for the final action. I just want the chapter to be no more than 5,000 words.

 I'm also starting to think about fandom_stocking, wondering if it will take place again this year. It's a huge thing for one person to wrangle, and I wouldn't be surprised if she decides not to take it on again this year, but I can hope. It's the one writing-a-thon event in which I take part, and even though I bitch and moan about how badly I'm doing at writing stocking stuffers or what-have-you, I love it.


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Dept. of Monday

November Start

I haven't been very active online since my last Phil-oriented post. That's a combination of inertia and real life combining to make posting incredibly difficult to assay. I'll try to be more present this month, if not altogether voluble.

Just a few things to say (although I'm going to try to start collecting thoughts as they occur, for later posting.) And I'm going to try to comment on other peoples' posts as well. I can't continue to say that much of my social life is online, if I don't actually participate in that social life.

I honestly can't remember if I mentioned that I went to see "Bladerunner 2049" or not, but I did, and I urge anyone who can, to head out and view it now, before it disappears from theaters. Its ticket sales sputtered at the beginning of its run, so the powers that be may well take it out of the theaters early. I think it's pretty close to a masterpiece from all angles - acting, directing, pacing, plotting, thematic strength, everything. The one thing I can find to nitpick is the sound track, and then only the volume.

I've been slowly watching "Stranger Things 2" and I'm just as engrossed with it as I was with its first season.


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And now I need to get to work, much as that is something I'd gladly avoid if I had the money to do so.

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Dept. of Phil

Kitty Update

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Dept. of More Birthdays

I've Let Myself Get Behind On Natal Greetings

Today, the birthday people are folks that haven't been around lately, or who I haven't had much contact with. It doesn't mean that I don't hope their birthdays were spectacular, however. 

Back on Oct. 23, redscharlach, a very talented fan artist and icon maker with an eye for the essential when it comes to comedic art, celebrated, and I hope it was a great celebration. 

The sweet and elusive 
[personal profile] cosmiccoz  celebrated on Oct. 24, and I hope they had a good birthday. They deserve all the good luck, good fortune, and good health that the world has seen fit to keep in short supply. May that change this year. 

Another Oct. 24 baby, 
[personal profile] lolmac , hasn't posted her grin-inducing MacGyver and Stargate lol pics and gifs for awhile, but I always think of them, and her, fondly. Happy Birthday to you!

Just yesterday, on Oct. 27, theladyoffaerie celebrated, or at least I hope she celebrated. I hope the birthday was full of warmth and friends. 
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Dept. of Bad News

Because Of Course This Would Happen

I got home from last night's meeting this morning at 2:30 a.m., where BB met me with the news that Dr. Wood, Phil's surgeon, had called in my absence. Not only had the tumor gone from "probably cancer" to "definitely cancer," the cancer had metastacized to his lymph nodes. She recommended chemo and radiation. 

We don't have the money. We spent what we could on his ear, after being assured that the tumor was generally localized and taking it out would probably prevent more cancer. I should have paid attention to the "generally" and the "probably," I guess. 

We'll call the oncologist to see if we can get even a rough estimate of expected lifespan. As long as he's not in pain, I don't want to do anything. But once that kicks in, we call the goodbye vet for her second visit to us in a year. 

Learning all of this at 2:30 a.m., and seeing how it affected BB was bad enough. Now I have to write a story from last night's meeting, and my brain is not working. I have a 3 p.m. deadline. I want to get it done before that because I want to crawl into a hole.
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Dept. of Beautiful, Beautiful Son

This Is My Son, In Whom I Am Well Pleased

Do take a look. He's a handsome one, he is.Collapse )

My son turned 33 on Friday. I told him I loved him, and I told him not to get crucified, because that's the kind of disrespectful lapsed Christian-type joke that he appreciates (and hence the title.) We both snickered. We're both probably going to hell. 

He is wonderful. He is talented, creative, gentle, empathetic, kind, handsome. He sings, he writes radio plays. He writes songs for pantos. He is hard working, loving, and fannish. Oh, so very fannish. 

(And yes, he's enraged and frustrated me over the years. What child hasn't done that to his or her mother?)

He is, quite simply, Andy. I love him, and I am so very lucky he is my son. 
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Dept.of I Forgot

To Owls

You, 
[personal profile] owlboy , are amazing. You are a polymath, a wild person, a writer, an artist, and someone who would be mad, bad, and dangerous to know, if you weren't not bad, and a delight to know. I'm glad I met you here on the Intarwebz, and here's to a very, very good year for you. And I hope your birthday was fantastic.   This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/679231.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 Truly Lovely People

Late In The Day Birthday Wishes

I am so very lucky to know all of you out there in journal land, and two of the people I am particularly happy to have met celebrated birthdays today. What with cat purgatory, that almost slipped by me. 

[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon  is an adventurer in life, taking on journeys, challenges, setbacks and battles that many people would find impossible to undertake or survive. She is also one of those remarkable humans who can find beauty and good in the tiny corners where many of us would forget to look for them. She is creative, funny, a lover of knowledge, a woman who fights for the people she loves, and somehow finds time to create; she has never let her muse too far out of her sight, even if there are times she thinks the creature has escaped. I am so lucky to have met her in RL, and can report that she is one of the sweetest people I've ever met. And she talks more than I do - which is so cool! My dear, I hope your loved ones showed you how much they love you, and gave you a very good birthday. And may the coming year be better than you could dream of!

[personal profile] editrx  is another adventurer who has dealt with challenge, setback, and the fuckwittery of the world with more bravery and determination than I could ever imagine. In the midst of all that, she's generous with her time. She's funny, fannish, extremely good at what she does, and if I were the kind of fairy godmother I wish I could be, I would wave a wand and make sure that this happy birthday wish was accompanied by more than friendship and respect. May the coming year be thrice as good as you want it to be!

But wait, there's more!

The remarkable 
[personal profile] elisi , who celebrates on Oct. 22, is someone for whom I have so much respect that it's impossible to truly describe it. She writes fiction and non-fiction, meta and life observations, while raising a family of remarkable young women, and staying in touch with the world with intelligence and grace. Thank you for being you, and thank you for broadening my world in so very many ways, all through your love of a madman with a box, one that's bigger on the inside. If I am ever on your side of the Atlantic, it would be my honor to take you out for a drink of whatever might be your pleasure. Until then? Continue being awesome, and have a fantastic birthday. 


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Dept. of Cat Purgatory.

The Good News Is...

Phil's home, and with both external ears. I am amazed at the lack of communication that can occur over the phone; I specifically heard the other doctor say the external ear had been removed, and I specifically asked about that - and was told yes, the ear was taken. Apparently "external ear" means different things to cat owners and vets. No matter: that's good. 

What's making this an awful, bad, no good day for everyone is the medication regimen. We're supposed to give him an antibiotic once every twelve hours, and two painkillers: gabapentin, again, once every 12 hours, and hydromorphone, once every 6-8 hours. 

Since we got him home yesterday afternoon, we've gotten one gabapentin dose in him, and one antibiotic dose, and, we think, one hydromorphone dose. He is horrible about opening his mouth, and literally twists himself upside down to avoid doing so. We're supposed to keep up this regimen every day for five days (the hydromorphone) and 10 days (the antibiotic). This may or may not happen. He's gotten so stressed; at one point, losing control of his bowels. Poor little guy. Jesus ....

Also? He has to wear the cone of shame for 10 days, except when we take it off him to let him eat, drink, and - ha - take his medicine. The poor guy is running into walls and everything else, we've had to take the top off the catbox because he can't get in with it on, and he definitely can't get up or down to places he normally wants to go. 

He slept on me for much of last night, after I lifted him to the bed. I didn't get much sleep, nor did BB. I called in sick today, although I'll try to get at least a couple of things done; if the hydromorphone we think we got into him 15 minutes ago takes hold and he sleeps again, I'm going to catch a few wink. 

It's like having a baby again. Except one with claws, some teeth, a lot of stress, and stitches. 

Gah.
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Dept. of More Birthdays

Happy, Happy!

Happy Birthday to 
[personal profile] carbonel , who celebrated on Oct. 11. She is a thoughtful and creative person who is always a pleasure to communicate with, even though I do so rarely. I've received helpful advice from her on many occasions, when she didn't need to take the effort, something I've always appreciated. She's a fan, someone who can create in words and in textiles (the latter fills me with a certain amount of awe), someone who understands the joys of fic reading and writing, and who is someone I'm glad I know. I hope you had an excellent birthday, and will have an excellent year!

And Happy Birthday today to 
[personal profile] brithistorian  - I hope your day has been properly celebrated by loved ones and friends. You are someone whose posts I always enjoy reading, even if I say altogether too little in response to them. I hope the coming year is filled with academic success, family connections, work accomplishments, and fannish enjoyments. Go, you! This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/678320.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 Delayed Birthdays

Natal Celebrations Past and Almost Present

I haven't sent off birthday wishes to a number of people who definitely deserve them, so I'll start Monday off by doing that.

Back on Oct. 4,
rmjwellhad a birthday. He is a proud supporter and photographic archivist of some of the best amateur burlesque in the west (and probably the east as well.) He's a fan, a dad of twins, with all the patience that implies, and he is both funny and wise when he observes the world and comments on it. He doesn't show up in Journal land much these days, so I'll probably wish him belated birthday wishes elsewhere as well, but doing so here gives me the ability to introduce you to a truly delightful man.

On Oct. 6, the lovely
heatherbellescelebrated, and I hope it was a marvelous celebration. She is an historical curator - one of the first I'd ever met - and a Whovian, who I first met on TWoP, of blessed memory. She was one of the people who first made me feel welcome in the aether. She is cheerful, funny, kind, and very much a delight to know, even if it's at a pixellated remove. My dear, I hope you had a fanTAStic birthday, and that the year to come is equally good for you!

Another Oct. 6 celebrant is
[personal profile] supergee , who is another wise person I met on These Here Intarwebz, and how lucky I am to have the chance to meet such people. He is a calm and steadfast proponent of both the mind and the heart, and can speak on behalf of both in pithily accurate commentary. We don't always agree (I think good music's been made right up until yesterday, and will probably be made today and tomorrow as well, for instance), but this world would be a much less interesting place without him in it. Many happy returns of the day, a few days late.

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Dept. of Well, Damn

Because Of Course Nothing Goes As Expected

So, almost as soon as I'd posted my last more or less positive comments about Phil, we got a call from the surgeon. She got the biopsy results from the growth a bit faster than I'd expected.

It's a tumor. 

Of course, the surgeon (who really is quite a nice person, don't get me wrong) emphasized that the tumor might not be anything but benign. 

However, she said, she advised that we undertake the operation to remove Phil's left ear canal, to prevent any possibility of non-benign tumer growth. 

And of course we're going to, although we told her we wanted to talk about it over the weekend. 

We'll do it. A lot of my retirement money is going to go into taking care of Phil. And I'm a selfish enough old broad that I'm begrudging those dollars. 

But it's Phil; it's our little kitty, and it's only a month or so since we lost one of our other beloved kitties. 

Poor Phil; he's not in for a good time. 

But I'm hoping that this will help him live beyond his current 8 or 9 years. Had he already been 14? Perhaps the decision would have been different. 

But he's not 14, he's only 8 or 9. So we'll fork out the retirement funds, and pay for something that will, I hope, make him ultimately feel better. 

Fuck. 

On a scale of 1 to Las Vegas, this is, of course, not a big thing. 

But, fuck. What a fucking way to end the week. 

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Dept. of Friday

Very Quick Precis of The Week 

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Dept. of Music

She's The One

I was reminded this afternoon of what an amazing writer and performer Bruce Springsteen is. 

This may be my favorite song off "Born to Run" for reasons that include the Bo-Diddley beat, the forward rush, the glorious chiming in the first bars, the cheeky change-ups in the four-chord repetition at the end (how much fun can you have? Ask the man who plugged triplets into the chord pattern), and the grand and mountainous romanticism of the words. I love the version on "Born to Run," but I just ran into this version on YouTube and it is fantastic. Despite the poor video quality, you can see what an incredible live performance the band puts on. (For another thing, she said shallowly, both Bruce and Little Stephen were, at this point, incredibly attractive. To me, at least.)

So, yeah. Here, have this. 


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Dept. of Free! I'm Free!

You Are Reading a Post from the Ex-Condo Association President

w00t!!!1!

There are some things that have to be done - getting my name off the bank account, and getting six years of records over to the new president - but that will all be done sometime in the next week or so. 

I am so very pleased!
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Dept. of Friday

 A Birthday Wish

Happy birthday yesterday to 
[personal profile] strannik01  who is, like me, a Chicago community journalist. He works much harder than me, combing the city's neighborhoods for stories, and does an excellent job doing so. He knows the neighborhoods he patrols, and he understands community journalism, which makes it a joy to talk to him about the business. Since he knows my situation, we can also talk about that, and you have no idea how much that helps on bad days. 

He's also a fan - how lucky am I to know someone who shares my twin obsession? 

He has a sense of humor - in two languages, no less! And he is a gentle, generous, and loving soul. I hope his birthday went well, and that the rest of this year is twice as good as he hopes, and only a quarter as bad as he fears. 




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Dept. of Wednesday

 Mittwoch!

I've made it through hump day! And I'm going to bed, after I brush my teeth!

Thank you for your attention to this matter!

(Sorry about the multiplicity of exclamation marks? Probably not.)
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Dept. of Unfortunate Announcements

Well, This is Not What I Had Planned at All

I have now concluded to my unhappy satisfaction, that I am, for the foreseeable future, Off Cinnamon.

Given the huge place cinnamon has played in our menus, this involves a sea change in the way I approach non-savory recipes. It also requires that I give away at least one of the huge containers of cinnamon that I have.

The apple harvest cake will be divided, with one half for BB, and the other to be given to FB and Miss Em. Same for the cookies. Both have been pronounced excellent by BB, but both have provoked cinnamon reflux, for lack of a better term, in Your Humble And Culinarily Careless Servant.

And it's my own fault, for misreading the recipe in the first place. (Or not washing off the apples and starting fresh, instead of trying to make do.)

Damn.


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Dept. of Wobbly Cookery

Saturday In The Kitchen

The kitchen is a sugary-cinnamony mess*. Particularly the cinnamon, since, while making my mother's Apple Harvest Cake - which calls for 1T of cinnamon on a bunch of cut-up apples - I misread the recipe and put 3 tablespoons in. 

The cake turned out OK, largely because I separated the apples from the cinnamon sugar mix, and BB assures me the result is really good. But now I have a lot of cinnamon-sugar mix (I added what seemed like a metric shit-ton of sugar to the mix in an effort to balance it out correctly) that I need to make cookies with. I believe it will involve rolled oats, orange extract and chocolate chips. Hush, it will be wonderful. 

Meanwhile, there was so much cinnamon in the air, and in some that I unwisely put in my coffee, along with sugar and milk, that I'm burping up uncooked cinnamon. It has an unpleasantly chemical aftertaste. That doesn't appear to have affected the cake; presumably the cooking process allowed it to become less chemical. But burping the stuff is not pleasant. My stomach agrees, so I had some cold, slightly salted rice, because I'm apparently incapable of leaving my stomach well enough alone. 

(I realize that in reading this, you may recoil from my cooking skills , adjudging them - possibly correctly - as non-existent. You may decide that you will, if presented with an invitation to dine Chez 
[personal profile] kaffyr , politely decline. And you may vow never again to read anything I post about cooking. I am taking that risk, because in this TMI age, you deserve to note my weird-ass culinary stumbles, as well as my equally weird-ass culinary triumphs.)

Once I've stopped burping cinnamon, I'll venture back into the kitchen to attempt the oatmeal cookie-things. Wish me luck.

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Dept. of Poor Kitty

Phil's Very Bad, No Good Day

Poor Phil. Our little black kitty, who we've been treating for the past couple of weeks for ear infections - and taking to the very nice vet twice in those past couple of weeks - has been, finally, diagnosed with an ear polyp. It's bleeding when it gets jostled, which is why one ear has been smelling nasty; old blood. Eurgh. It doesn't seem to hurt him too much, and it's not awfully itchy, as ear mites would be ...

... but he needs surgery. And the surgeon our vet recommended is 30 miles outside the city limits (in Buffalo Grove, oddly, where I spent 19 unpleasant months covering the community. In fact, when our vet handed BB the booklet, I thought "I'll bet this is somewhere way the fuck out, please let me be wrong," and of course I wasn't. Fucking Buffalo Grove.)  Since Phil goes unhappily nuts for the 10 minutes it takes us to drive to the regular vet, this promises to be extraordinarily stressful for him, and for us. Especially since he'll have to go out for a consult, and then back out for the actual surgery.

It's going to cost, too, but to not do it would be wrong. There is also the possibility, we're told, that the polyp may have grown through the eardrum; and that may mean they can't remove the entire thing, and that it may grow back. Aaack.

Poor guy, he's really so forgiving of us. He's already climbing back into my lap, and wanting to be petted. I love him, and I hate stressing him out.

In happier human news, I feel much better. And it's the weekend. So there's that.


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Dept. of This I Believe

You Know ...

Sitting in front of a screen, fighting codeine-generated nausea and an increasingly bleak mood, listening to Steely Dan warble about crossing one's old man back in Oregon, pleading with an unseen authority figure, "don't take me alive" ...

... is not necessarily a shining example of emotional hygiene. 

Perhaps it's time to go to bed. 

Yes, I know it's only 7:50 p.m. 

WHAT??!?!
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Dept. of Pain

Okay, This Is New. And Awful

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Title: Hearts & Moons Recall the Truth
Author: kaffyr
Chapter: 28
Previous Chapter: Chap. 27, here, on LJ, or Teaspoon
Characters: the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness
Rating: PG-13
Author's Note: In which even villains think they're patriots, and we edge closer to a conclusion.
Edited by: the remarkable editrx, who helped me excise unnecessary verbiage and streamline the narrative - thanks! And by my beloved dr_whuh, without whom none of this would be possible.
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, but do thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox.
ETA: Once again, LJ and Dreamwidth are balking at crossposting properly. I suggest you read this over on Dreamwidth, or Teaspoon. Sigh.

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Dept. of Woo-Hoo!

I Am Typing This Headline ...

... on my own, my very own, my beloved and darling, laptop PC. 
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Dept. of Ear Worms

It Won't Let Go

I find myself still drenched in Steely Dan, with many of the band's songs in my head when I wake up. This one especially; it's the one that makes me want to dance, and the one whose words least remind me of Becker's and Fagen's intermittently irritating schoolboy cynicism.






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