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Master Fic List

Doctor Who

Single Chapter Stories

Third Doctor

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Fourth Doctor
Cooking with Gallifreyans (LJ)

Ninth Doctor
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Tenth Doctor
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Eleventh Doctor
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Twelfth Doctor
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Thirteenth Doctor
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Sarah Jane Adventures
A Light in the Dark (LJ)
Carbon, Earth and Stardust (LJ)

Torchwood
Triptych (LJ)
Going Out With the Tide (LJ)

Multi-Chapter Stories
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region


Sapphire and Steel
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The Goblin Emperor
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Vorkosiverse
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Miscellaneous
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Meta
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External Links: Ao3; Teaspoon






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Dept. of Organization

Multi- Chapter Stories

Most links to my multi-chapter stories will be to their Dreamwidth posts; links to stories prior to 2012 may go both to LJ and DW. Each multi-chapter Whoniverse story is also available at my Teaspoon and AO3 accounts.



Doctor Who
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region
Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth

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Dept. of Needlessly Wordy How-To's

How to Use Google Drive as a 3rd Party Image Hosting Platform

So back when the horrid surprise of Photobucket’s greedapalooza was still fresh, a lot of people were looking for third party hosting alternatives. Someone out there had a really helpful list of potentials, but for various reasons, none of them suited me. I wondered whether I could make use of Google Photos as a third party platform.

As it happened, I couldn’t. Google had very recently ended its image hosting capabilities — unfortunate timing, that — but I did some poking about and found that there’s a work-around that lets you still use Google Drive as a third party platform. At least one person (hi,
[personal profile] azriona !) was interested, so this is my attempt to tell people how to use this process.

I’m including a link to the YouTube video that taught me how to do this, which you might prefer to following my step-by-step. Here 'tis: https://youtu.be/zhwYRPImH9E.


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So you have your Google account and you’re ready to start.


  1. Choose an image to upload, possibly from your own newly-created “Fuck Photobucket” file on your hard drive. Upload it to Google Drive. If you’re using Chrome, you’ll do it thusly (and if you’re using Firefox, Safari, or whatever, it will probably be fairly similar.) Click on Google Drive. Once you’re in drive, click on New, which is near the top left. You should get a drop down menu that includes “File Upload.” Hit it, and pretty soon your picture will appear in your drive. I put all my uploaded pics in one Drive folder for ease of access, along with my Permalinks record, so everything’s in the same place.

  2. Now you want to adjust the picture’s “share” settings, so that it’s “Public on the Web.” How to do that? Your trusty right click button. Don’t open the picture; just right click on the thumbnail/description in the Drive list. When you do, you’ll see a bunch of options.

  3. Open the “Share” option. A window should open up. Pay attention only to “Advanced.” Click “Advanced.”

  4. You’ll get a different window. Look for “Who Has Access.” It will probably be set at “Private — Only You Can Access.” You’ll want to change that, so hit “Change.”

  5. You’ll get three options. The one you want is “On — Public on the Web.” Make sure that button is the one you hit, then hit “Save.”

  6. You’ll then have a “Link to Share.” Copy that sucker, and head on over to gdurl.com.

  7. The very first thing you’ll see once you go to that site is a spot that says “Paste a Public Google Drive URL etc.” Put your URL there, and hit “Create Permalink.” Go down a little farther on the page, and there, under “Standard URL” you will have your shiny new permalink. Copy that permalink, along with a description of what the pic/image is, to whatever document you’ll be using to keep the information.

  8. Voila! You now have the code you need to embed your photo wherever you want to embed it! (If we’re talking LJ or Dreamwidth, you’ll have be able to insert it via the "insert/edit image" or "insert photo" icons. I do it in the rich text format.)  And, because you’ve saved the permalink and a description in a file somewhere, you can use the same code again and again!

  9. EDIT as of 22 April, 2019: It appears as if gdurl.com no longer provides the http://gdurl.com/ section of the code when it creates your permalink. Don't despair. Take the admittedly confusing very short piece of code you get when you hit "create permalink" - it'll be something like RbKx - and simply put in the http://gdurl.com/ in front. I'm not sure why gdurl is only providing the latter half of the URL,, nor can I guess whether this change will disappear and things will go back to what they were, but this is how to deal with it


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So there you have my extremely wordy how-to. I hope it might be of help to someone.

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Dept. of Birthdays

One Day Late 

I hope it's not too late to wish a delayed Happy Birthday to  
[personal profile] kerravonsen - a talented* fan whose stories, thoughts and conversation I h ave valued ever since meeting her in Who fandom lo, these many years (!) ago. She is a dedicated believer in unions and fairness, in political justice and in mercy. Equally important, she knows how to laugh and take joy in the lighter things in life. 

She is a person of faith, and over the years we've discovered that although our beliefs differ, sometimes widely, we can put aside those differences and enjoy each other's company. In this polarized world, that is a rare gift. So I hope yesterday's birthday, coming as it does on a solemn day, also had some light and beauty in it.




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Dept. of Remembrance

The Reality of It ...

... is both this: 



...and this:



I am the granddaughter of a First World War flying ace. I honor his memory, even as I look at what he and his fellow soldiers and airmen wrought - all for nothing - in Europe. That long ago war, once called The Great War, was fought because the rulers of Britain, European countries and others elsewhere tripped over a welter of treaties. They worked hard to kill off a generation of children, and to pave the way for an even more horrific engagement. So how do I honor people who did that? I don't. But I do honor the children and other cannon fodder who thought they were dying for a good cause. 

I'm also the daughter of a former Navy Nurse, who never served in wartime, but knew many who had. She and her sister had helped host dinners in their family home, for young airmen who left as combatants, and returned as names on cenotaphs. She watched the Second World War from the safety of her living room, but those boys, those cenotaph lines, they made it real for her. This war was made necessary by people whose horrendous actions approached madness, and who threatened to engulf the world in flame. I honor those who fought in that war.

Other wars came and went, some of them called "police actions" and others without any reasonable name at all. I honor all of those who got caught in them. 

I watched the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa, Canada this morning. It is a tradition that I never want to give up. Because we need to remember. 

And perhaps the way we most need to remember is that ruined field sitting above. That is what war is. That is what we must never honor.
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Dept. of Birthdays

Many Happy Returns of the Day ...

... to cathica, one of whose major talents is writing stories that stick with the reader long after the page is turned. Since she excels at writing horror, that is a dangerous gift, at least for her readers - and yet well worth the shivers. She also writes beautiful stories, full of emotion and observational wisdom, many of them Whoniversal fic, in which field I first discovered her. Her secondary talent lies in the inspiration she provides me, to be a better writer. In fact, I kept at "Hearts and Moons" for more than a decade because I wanted to honor a long-past prompt from her. She is also funny, thoughtful, and a definite pleasure to know. And since she and I share some geography, I swear that I shall some day have tea with her. 
Happy Birthday - may the day be good, and free of bears!

Oh, and she has the most beautiful handwriting I've seen in decades, and possibly my entire life. 


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Dept. of Life Milestones

It's Finally Arrived, My Official Old Age.

Today I went down to the Social Security Administration and applied to begin receiving my Social Security as of January, 2020 (first check to arrive in February.) I'd have liked to have held off until later in the year, or perhaps even until September, which would have put me at 65, and able to close to 100 percent of what I'd get at 66 years, two months (which is my official "You get 100 percent of what you could get" age). But finances dictate me getting somewhere around 89.69 percent, and I'll live with that. 

Seriously, I'll live with that amount permanently. Those of us who put years of money into that very social security fund are allotted a finite, fixed amount of money. If we choose to take it out early (one can take it out any time after one's 62nd birthday), we have to stretch that money longer. 

If I have a pension in Canada, that may shrink what I get in SS here. I have to check. I don't have a pension here, or I'm pretty sure I don't (my recollection is that Conrad Black put paid to whatever pension Pioneer might have offered me, way back in the 1990s.) I'll find that out, and if that's the case, I'll let SS know, and that would quite probably cut into my SS. 

On the other hand, I was told today that this past year's buyout money is "unearned income," so they aren't interested in taking back any SS money because of my 2019 money from the Trib. 

My caseworker's answers about the union money I'm earning was more confusing, so I'll have to recheck with her on it, but I think that even if the union money continues next year. and even if it might cut into SS, it would only cut into anything I make beyond 17,500-18,500 a year. So there's that ....

And all of this is simply to say that I feel much better about having gotten this ball rolling, and particularly happy that it was taken care of so quickly, and with such a helpful and friendly public servant. My Trib buyout check stops somewhere around the middle of next month; knowing that I have some income on the way thereafter removes a lot of stress. I do have some money to tide me over until February, and I have money to pay for COBRA medical benefits until next September, when I qualify for Medicare. (Pause here for the 30-second hate, directed at the American "medical system".) 

And that's how my day went. How about you?
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Nov. 7th, 2019

 

Title: Paying A Debt

Author: [personal profile] kaffyr 

Characters: Donna Noble, Shaun Temple, Thirteenth Doctor, Jo Grant, Sylvia Noble, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Ryan Sinclair, Yazmin Khan, Graham O'Brien

Words: 9,944

Chapters: Final of Three

Summary: Nightmares, headaches, and the fear of being alone. It had been a hard year for Donna Temple-Noble. Shaun Temple was determined to find an answer; if it meant hunting down the Doctor, so be it.

Chapter summary: An end to Shaun’s search, and perhaps the resumption of Donna’s journey.

Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole properties of the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement, and take no coin. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play (and create the occasional original character) in their sandbox.


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DW Fic: Paying A Debt

Title: Paying A Debt
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Donna Noble, Shaun Temple, Thirteenth Doctor, Jo Grant, Sylvia Noble, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Ryan Sinclair, Yazmin Khan, Graham O'Brien
Words: 9,944
Chapters: Second of Three
Summary: Nightmares, headaches, and the fear of being alone. It had been a hard year for Donna Temple-Noble. Shaun Temple was determined to find an answer; if it meant hunting down the Doctor, so be it.
Chapter summary: Shaun gets closer to his goal, but not without glitches.
Author's note: Years ago, I wrote a fixit for Donna Noble, who never deserved the fate the Tenth Doctor inflicted on her. That effort turned out rather dark. When the Thirteenth Doctor appeared, I knew she would be the first iteration of the Doctor able to revisit Donna and, perhaps, help her. This story is, however, as much about Shaun Temple as it is about the Thirteenth Doctor. I hope it pleases.
Edited by: My incomparable Best Beloved, and the delightful 
[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon 
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole properties of the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement, and take no coin. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play (and create the occasional original character) in their sandbox.

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Dept. of Signal Boosting

Another Signal Boost

If you have the ability, consider helping out davesmusictank. Here's a link to his post. 
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Dept. of Birthdays

Long Ago and Far Away ...

... I met the redoubtable erikvolson, connoisseur of beer and operating systems, lover of music and SFF, and all-round Good Person. He's not been seen around here for some time and, even though we live in the same city, we've not connected with him lately in 3D life. I wish that were not the case. He is eminently worth knowing. I hope his birthday today is a good one. Happy Happy Joy Joy, Erik!

 

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Doctor Who fic: Paying A Debt

Title: Paying A Debt
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Donna Noble, Shaun Temple, Thirteenth Doctor, Jo Grant, Sylvia Noble, Martha Jones, Mickey Smith, Ryan Sinclair, Yazmin Khan, Graham O'Brien
Words: 9,944
Chapters: First of Three
Summary: Nightmares, headaches, and the fear of being alone. It had been a hard year for Donna Temple-Noble. Shaun Temple was determined to find an answer; if it meant hunting down the Doctor, so be it.
Author's note: Years ago, I wrote a fixit for Donna Noble, who never deserved the fate the Tenth Doctor inflicted on her. That effort turned out rather dark. When the Thirteenth Doctor appeared, I knew she would be the first iteration of the Doctor able to revisit Donna and, perhaps, help her. This story is, however, as much about Shaun Temple as it is about the Thirteenth Doctor. I hope it pleases.
Edited by: My incomparable Best Beloved, and the delightful 
[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon 
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole properties of the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement, and take no coin. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play (and create the occasional original character) in their sandbox.

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Dept. of Signal Boosting

Signal Boost

Hoping it does some good - here's a link to 
[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon 's post. If you can help in any way, she deserves it.  This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/748234.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 Achievement Unlocked

It's Done

(I'd played with the idea of saying "It is finished," but that way lies somewhat liturgical madness.) 

The entire thing is a little over 9,800 words long. Not long by many peoples' standards, but by my standards, shored up as they are by glacially slow writing, phrase by phrase, word by word, syllable by fucking syllable, this is probably the longest thing I've written in at least a couple of years. It was amazing; the last page and a half poured out in a way I haven't been used to for some time. Rather refreshing, that. 

It's going to be looked over by a couple of my favorite editors, and then I'll break it into three chapters. And put it up. And go, regretfully or not so regretfully, back to actually working for a living. 


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Dept. of The Fic's in Charge

It's Like the Chicken Heart, Except With Words

I apparently have no self control. It's now over 8,000 words, 

(What chicken heart, you ask? This one. Which, in the spirit of pending Hallowe'en, I offer you in its original entirety. It's the one that Cosby included in a very funny sketch. I won't, however, put anything by him in any posting of mine.)



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Dept. of Douches

So. Trump's in Town

Here are three news outlets and their coverage. The Trib's is the most comprehensive, but the Sun Times' Lynn Sweet is one of the smartest political reporters you can find anywhere, and Block Club Chicago is keeping national news local

And the subject line reads as it does because I tried to think of something to call the man currently camping out at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. that wouldn't insult someone or something else, like weasels or slime molds. And since most physicians agree that such things are definitely not needed, and indirectly hurt women by increasing their sense of body shame, I went with that. It's shorter than "contaminated night soil that can't be used for fertilizer."

Dear God, that man. 
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Dept, of Personal Meandering

So. Saturday.

As of today (or more precisely late yesterday afternoon), the following achievements had been unlocked at Casa KathBob: 
  • New passport for BB received and old, sneaky, hiding-for-too-longy old passport torn up;
  • Garbage disposal unit tightened and back in non-leaky working condition;
  • New microwave installed, and celebratory cups of reheated coffee drunk;
  • Soft cast off wrist/forearm, and decision not to get expensive second set of X-rays done approved by doctor, with subsequent graduation to removable splint.
  • Back spasms slowly, slowly fading - not nearly fast enough of course, but fading.

What this all means in this first world household is that I'm trying to decide how much typing I can now do, since the wrist and forearm are still occasionally delivering painful twinges when held or turned in certain directions. I want to be able to restart my fic writing. I mean, I can see the end to my Shaun/Donna/bunches of others fic. It's there, right ... there! 

It also means that I can rev up the union work. Cast and back spasms really slow one down, if one is not, say, as determinedly dedicated to a cause as one might or should be. Some people battle through horrendous pain and reach heights the rest of us cannot reach. Others *cough*me*cough* become whinging wusses at the slightest pang of hurt. So yes, ridding myself of all my various types of pain asap is much longed for.

So wish me luck, y'all. 
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Dept. of Birthdays

Catching Up With Good People

Many happy returns of the past day (Oct. 24) to the long-vanished 
[personal profile] lolmac , who was a bright and cheery presence online, whether through her responses to my posts, or through her witty and creative lolmac meme generations (Richard Dean Anderson FTW, whether that was in MacGuyver or Stargate). I hope she had a great birthday. and that we'll someday see her again around here.

Another Oct. 24 birthday; 
[personal profile] cosmiccoz , who has long since departed these stomping grounds for other platforms. I miss them, and think of them with affection. I hope they had a good birthday, and that their life has provided joy and creativity since last we connected. 

And finally, reaching back all the way to Oct. 18, I offer not just birthday wishes, but a wish for the entire coming year, to 
[personal profile] owlboy , who celebrated back on Oct. 18. If you're looking for incisive meta, wonderfully sideways humor, for someone who doesn't suffer fools gladly, but who could outdo Francis of Assisi when it comes to the care and gentle love for all creatures big and small, whose artistic and writing abilities are happily remarkable - someone who is, in short, an epic person to know - look no further than this remarkable individual. I'm definitely glad to know them, and I hope that Oct. 18 was good for you. May the coming year also be wonderful

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Dept. of Birthdays

To A Mistress of Meta

Many happy returns of the almost completed day to 
[personal profile] elisi . I think I've said on many occasions how much I respect her fannish writing abilities, whether those are her fics - which are emotionally mature and rich with imagery - and her meticulous, observant, and sometimes breathtakingly daring metas.

All of that bears repeating, though. I believe that when we in fandom talk about how our world can seamlessly blend geeky passion with intellectual rigor, 
[personal profile] elisi 's the kind of writer to which we refer.  There may be times I disagree with her, and those few and far between, but I have never ever regretted reading anything she's written. Nor have I regretted engaging with her, and being inspired by her to be a better writer, a better observer, a more careful thinker. 

Outside of fandom, it's clear that she is simply a lovely person, and I feel very lucky to have made her acquaintance. So here's hoping you had a particularly good birthday with your family and friends, and may the rest of the year be equally fantastic.
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Dept. of First World Problems, Redux

Ave Microwave

Or rather, we will, as of Friday, ave microwave. We went out yesterday to a humongous appliance dealership, where we found a reasonable replacement for our current microwave, which, it has become clear,  is most probably unrepairable. We found it quickly, and paid, with the various add-on fees to the so-called sale price, too much (although I suspect it's not an above-market price), within 10 minutes. 

Until Friday, I'm reheating my coffee on the stove top. It's resulted in some overcooked and almost unpalatable coffee, but I can survive that for the next 3.5 days. 
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Dept. of Democracy

Election in the True North

Watching via CBC live-streaming. I hope a large number of Canadians choose to vote, no matter what party they vote for - although I have to admit I hope that the Conservatives don't win. I am glad to see that Canada still believes in paper ballots. I really enjoy the CBC's coverage, compared to American political coverage. 

I wish I could say more, but it's the end of the day, and my hands just can't do more.
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Dept. of Birthdays

Birthday Wishes from the (Temporarily) Halt and (Not Really all That) Lame

There are so many people whose birthdays I've missed recently that I am in hearty disapproval of myself. I intend to catch up on many of them, because so many of you are such lovely people - so damned interesting, kind, creative, and memorable. I am privileged to know all of you. 

Today, I want to wish the happiest of birthdays to two delightful members of my f'list: 
[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon , and [personal profile] editrx , both of whom I met through our shared love of  the Whoniverse. Please forgive my late wishes today. (At least today, I can plead technical cast-related difficulties, rather than my usual tardiness.) 

[personal profile] a_phoenixdragon  radiates not only all those aforementioned qualities, her dedication to family, sense of humor, love of democracy and natural affection towards friends across the globe just blazes through what she writes, whether that's posting about her life, responding with thoughtful comments and hugs to others' posts, or writing memorably strong and poetic fic. Her writerly vision.can be dark, but it can also be filled with the brightest glimpses of hope, and rich with a sophisticated understanding of the human heart.  I've had the pleasure of meeting her in person, and of having lively phone and Google hangout conversations. I consider myself lucky to have met her, and I hope today provided some joy, some well-deserved love from the family that you care for so well. And cake. You need to have cake! All my love, my dear!

I have had the privilege of benefiting from one of the skills that 
[personal profile] editrx  has in spades, one amply noted by her online name. She is careful and helpful, with suggestions and questions that certainly made the writing she was able to review for much better than it had been before she reviewed it. She also approaches life with as much humor and determination as possible. She hasn't been around much lately, and I know things have been difficult for her, to put it mildly. I hope that her birthday marks a time free of stress and pain, and full of as much joy as possible.  This entry was originally posted at https://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/745635.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 Domestic Physics

My Desk Is A Black Hole

Or more precisely, it's a black hole that can drive in reverse.

Remember how we found Bob's passport in one of the desk's drawers, one that we'd searched multiple times? Well here's what happened today.

As you may recall, I had to order new checks because the checks I'd previously ordered had gone missing. I assumed that I'd mistakenly thrown the new checks out. After ordering a second set of checks, I joked with Bob that the original "new" checks would reappear soon after the second set of new checks arrived in the mail. Of course that wouldn't happen, because I'd thrown them out.

This morning, I found the supposedly trashed checks in a pile of paper on top of the desk. A pile both Bob and I had searched before.

Now the nice thing is that those checks are still usable, unlike the cancelled passport. But sweet lord, this desk! It taketh, and it ... uhm ... returneth. 

Paging Richard Feynman ....
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Dept. of First World Problems

Because We Needed One More Aggravation

Got home from grocery shopping (mostly completed by two-handed BB), to discover that our microwave no longer heats anything. Yay. And the appliance repair person we called said his business no longer handles microwaves. He suggested that very few appliance repair places do anymore. We've put a call into another place, and may call Whirlpool on Monday. 

In the meantime, I'm not  looking forward to reheating my coffee on the stove top, multiple times a day. *grump* 
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Dept. of Bodily Dysfunctions

So This Happened 

Wondering why you've not heard from me in the last couple of days?

Wonder no more.

(Brief explanation because typing one-handed with your secondary hand is a pain; wrist, meet sidewalk, courtesy of crack ambushing sneaker. Doctor doesn't think it's broken, but wants a second set of X-rays next Thursday, to make sure one hasn't developed. Happened Wednesday night, yesterday was doc's office and loads of pain. Today's been a bit better.)

So there you have it. Do I know how to have fun, or what?

Under here because big.Collapse )




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