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Lake wind advisory for our area means my windchimes in front and back are dancing while there's a God Almighty draft through the tatterered weather stripping on the side door (thank you very much, Inky and Kami). The kids are playing either Okami (PS2) or Pokémon (DS). I have a crockpot full of chicken corn chowder going in the kitchen. Hubby has the car so I don't have to pick him up. Fortunately for him, his thermal underwear was ready for him to wear today as I'm very sure he needed it.

More later if I'm in the mood.
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I've been in a baking for a couple of days now. Yesterday, it was banana bread, just to use up the very overripe bananas that were sitting on the counter. Two loaves, one a bit too heavy on the walnuts. Then I made chocolate chip cookie dough, which I baked up today (I'm of the opinion that cookie dough like this needs to congeal in the fridge in order to keep from melting all over the pan). Night before last I made batter for pumpkin pancakes (delicious!). I have molasses cookies planned, too, as long as we don't run out of sugar.

We finished up chapter 12 in the RP last night. Now we've started chapter 13, and I have three posts waiting to be beta'd, with two to write. Things look like they're going to pick up quickly, which I'm excited about. The Girl drew a very nice picture of one of the characters and his son. Very cute and I think she really caught the adult character's face and attitude.

Last night, I took Lacey out for her very last potty-break before putting her into her crate for the night. She wandered over to the neighbor's yard, just close enough to turn on the motion-sensitive light over their carport. And there, sitting on the top step, looking up as if waiting for someone to open the front door, was their beagle, Bo. Bo has the run of their fenced-in yard, but once in a while he manages to get out. I went down to the gate to see if I could figure out what happened. Seems there's a low spot between their driveway and the gate that he can wriggle out through. There's a cinderblock on the inside of the fence, and I know I heard him working away at it when we went to the back yard. There were a lot of leaves there, and he was rustling those around and making little noises as if he'd caught something to play with. Yeah. He was playing with that cinderblock!

So, I woke the neighbors by ringing the doorbell. I felt bad about it; it was late. But I figured they didn't want Bo out and about on his own. The husband came to the door and took Bo inside, and as I went back in, I saw the lights in their back yard go on and heard the cinderblock being slid back into place.

The kids have Friday and next Monday off, and the Hubby's non-scheduled days are Friday and Saturday. So, he should get a long weekend (unless he gets called in to work) and so should they.

I just can't get "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" out of my head...
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And I suppose there's proof of that from time to time. Example:

~Friday, one of my IR:TNP managers was dumped by her boyfriend of 2.5 years, just as they were about to move into an apartment together.

Then:

~Saturday, another of my IR:TNP managers crashed her van. No one hurt, but van needs repairs in the same spot it needed them before.

And, to cap it all off:

~Power went out here at 1 a.m., Sunday, and wasn't restored until 3:30 p.m. The day has been sweltering, and so have we. Waiting for the fridges and freezers to cool down to assess the damage. So, if you've been wondering where I am, now you know.

Only one more manager... I hope she dodged the bullet this time out.

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Had to take three out of four cats to the vet for shots, cortisone treatments (flea allergies) and in one case, worming. This meant getting up and taking the Hubby to work so I could have the car, which put me in a sleepy mode all day. The cats are not the most cooperative about this (especially Tika!) though listening to them complaining in three-part harmony was funny. We've got antibiotic for poor Cotton, who hates it. Three out of four also have new collars (or at least, they will once we get Ink Jet inside to put his on). Callie goes tomorrow to the mobile vet for her shots; it's far, far cheaper than the regular vet! Another morning of getting up early and staying up.

Boy #2 has a friend over for the night. The friend is fine; he's a polite young man who I like. But they were up until 11:30 playing the PS2 (this was after DVBS ended). That's too late, and I had to tell them it was time to stop.

One of Boy #1's friends called him... at 11:20 p.m.! I told him that it was too late to call, and truthfully, he was lucky to find Boy #1 up and about. I hope I got through to him about not calling after 10 p.m. - I originally thought it was some kind of emergency!

And... Boy #1 has just gone to bed - a little after midnight. He took a shower after the phone call and wanted to wash some clothes! I'm beginning to despair of getting this crew back on a normal schedule come August. I know part of the fault is mine, but they do know better and these late nights really take their toll on Boy #2. And going to bed doesn't actually mean going to sleep... sigh.

Hubby spent a few hours out and about when I sent him for milk, even going to Barnes and Noble! Fortunately, unlike yesterday, when a trip to the library lasted until nearly nine, he was home early enough for us to have dinner before the DVBS bus came to collect Boy #2. First eight-hour day in about three weeks, I think.

So, there you go. As they say, when mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!
 
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The Girl just got the results from the two AP tests she took back in May. She passed both! So she now has some college credit under her belt.

The Hubby is home today, and has finished the last fence post across the back. We're talking about what we want to do with the fencing across the front, and the gates, and the fact that I want to put the dog in a kennel when we go on vacation.

Still waiting to hear back from the vet's office about the cats. Need to bring them in and have them medicated, as well as get their shots for the year. Want to see if I can get a discount or something for bringing them all in at once. In any case, I'll have to take the car tomorrow morning. 

More later as the muse moves.

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Yes, it's raining again! 

We've had scattered showers every day since Saturday, which is good considering how dry we've been lately. The showers never last long - maybe 20 minutes at the most - but they're heavy and sometimes have thunder/lightning accompanying them. I keep telling my friends up north to send the rain down to us; looks like they've been able to send a bit here and there! LOL!

The Hubby is home today, and is playing chauffeur for a change. He went down to the Bro's house to get the Girl (and the Niece, who will be staying until Sunday) and then it was off to take Boy #1 to a friend's house for a few days. This isn't getting the fence finished, but I don't mind. The weather has been so hot that he's been drained at the end of the day. At least with the van, he's in air conditioning. 

I've been working on TWW Ch 62. It's slow-going because I know what I want the characters to say, but they keep pushing things along faster than I want. So I'm doing a lot of rewriting as I go. I also have a bit of Overtures 27 done, and have a new scene in my head for my Tracy sister fic. On top of all this, I went through my bunny hutch file and found a plot bunny that made me write at least one little scene on it! Feast or famine in the land of inspiration these days. Sorta like the rain. Either we're dry or we're really wet.

Now the rain is done for the moment, and  the sun is trying to come out and turn everything to steam. Yuck! Bring on more rain!
 

ETA: And we had more rain! A lovely heavy thunderstorm came through and pushed me off the computer for a bit. Drenching rain, thunder, lightning, a power blip... who could ask for more?!
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Boy #2 had a friend over last night; he brought his Naruto game for the PS2 and they've been playing that and Crash of the Titans ever since he got here. Everyone's had a turn, so there haven't been any complaints. I think I'll suggest they introduce him to Raeman's Rampaging Rabbids. Hubby has the day off, of course, and has run to the store to get things for dinner. The Bro, Niece and SIL will be here later; poor SIL has to work so she won't be here until 3. The Girl will go home with them tonight and spend the weekend. I cleaned the bathroom so it smells heavily of bleach right now. There' s lots more cleaning to do, but that's the easiest and makes the biggest impact. 

I'm not quite here today. Might be because I ran out of antidepressants the other day and forgot to refill yesterday. Hubby took the prescription up and refilled it today. I slept well enough, but I made a pot of coffee around 10 and forgot about it until noon. But it's still good! I planned on making brownies... I just remembered that now! Yikes! I'll do it as soon as I finish this.

I wish everyone on my f-list, and indeed, anyone who who reads this, a happy and fun Independence Day. After all, everyone around the world observes the 4th of July... just not quite the way we Yanks do! ^_^

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Our economic stimulus check arrived yesterday! Hubby has today off, so he's taken it down to the credit union to put some in the checking and some in savings - if we can do that. Most of what we put in savings will go to our trip to visit the Hubby's family in August.

Last night we celebrated by hitting IHOP - where I had the worst cup of coffee I've had in a long, long while. Since before Chick-Fil-A changed over to their coffeehouse blends. Turns out that IHOP changed their coffee about three months ago, and since I hadn't ordered any at our last visit, I didn't know. The gal at the register asked if everything was okay, and I mentioned the coffee - she took the cost of the coffee off our charge, which was nice of her. She also said she didn't like it either, and she took hers black.

Now I'm sitting here with a good cup of coffee and hoping to get some actual writing done today once I finish updating my MSN groups.

ETA: Well, so much for getting any writing done. After Hubby finished at the credit union, and stopped at Home Depot, he suggested we get the new tires we needed for the car. They were nearly bald on the outside and the belts were showing. He also suggested we get some of the clothes that the kids needed - they've worn out or grown out of so much! So I agreed and we all piled into the car to head for WalMart.

Four long hours later, we're finally home. We got an oil change (badly needed), and two tires, and shorts for the boys... but four hours? The dog was sooo happy to see us! 

Still need to finish up Tracy Island IR... then maybe some writing. Maybe.
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...you take a shower, wash hair and face and those parts that absolutely need it, but forget your arms, legs, back, feet, etc.

...you make a pot of coffee, and forget that it exists for a while.

...you forget what you're doing while copying files and wonder what needs editing instead.

...you start pouring creamer into your coffee as if it were milk. (I like a little coffee with my creamer, but really!)

Yeah, that's me today. Not at all with it.

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Has anyone else had this happen to them?

I did some Google-fu on IR:TNP because a friend said she had, and couldn't find anything. The first things that came up were my last two lj posts on the subject, along with some links about the RP, and lots of info on the DNA material called IR tnp. I cruised through the various mentions, and came on an lj that had IR:TNP in it... somewhere. It was found by LJ Seek, but as I accessed the journal, I found that this person had nothing to do with our RP. I couldn't even find the RP's name on her journal. Then I recognized that the IR:TNP was followed by some of my other tags... for some reason my tags had gotten mixed up with this person's account. Don't know why or how, but I think it was something odd from LJ Seek, not Google.

But that's not the really bizarre part. One of the last Google matches was a blog on Blogspot, one that was for a guy. Yeah, a guy. He - if it was a he - had a few entries for 2005. And one of them was mine. A blog entry about my writing spree on Masquerade, then doing housework. I knew it was mine when I read it, and I had to wonder: why? Why me? Who does something like that? This guy even had an entry written in Spanish (it looked like Spanish, and certainly wasn't French - though it could just as easily been Portuguese or Italian). All these very disparate blog entries and I'll bet dollars to donuts that not one of them was his. 

Again, who does something like this? I've heard about someone who posted the journal of a popular, well-respected writer who had passed away, plagiarizing her fanfiction and her thoughts, claiming them as his own. When pressed about it, he gave some song and dance about having known the deceased, yadda, yadda. No one believed him. Is this a prevalent thing, this copying of someone's life? Stitching together bits and pieces of others' experiences to create a sham one of your own? It almost feels like dealing with "Lucie" all over again, especially when she was doing all that copy/pasting bits and pieces of fics, and adding some of her own illegible and incoherent sentences to make it "new". Had it been a more personal entry (or he'd continued doing it), I might have had the same sucker-punch-to-the-gut feeling I had when I was plagiarized. As it is, I feel more of a blink-blink-blink-I-can't-believe-it confusion.

The blog only encompassed a few months in 2005, and seems to be abandoned, for which I'm grateful. I don't think I'm going to pursue it any further. If it was an active blog, yeah. I'd scream bloody murder. But at this point it seems to be moot. I doubt I could find the owner at this date, and if I did, I doubt he'd do anything. This one isn't worth fighting about, and I've learned to choose my battles.

Speaking of battles, there's a self-proclaimed flamer on ff.net who has written a foul-mouthed "review" on JulesDPM's latest fic. I've read the story, and it doesn't deserve what this troll is dishing out. She's doing it for kicks, and for the response. So any of you Thunderbirds fans out there, please go by and report the flame as abuse, which is exactly what it is. Just report, don't respond. Thanks much!
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Do you know how much crap collects in the casters of your rolling desk chair?

I sure do.

Mine rolls around on a hardwood floor, wearing down the finish on said floor and picking up more hair and thread and just general crud than you'd believe was possible. It wasn't rolling properly; some of the wheels were barely moving at all. So I had Hubby turn it over and put it on the back of the couch so I could clean out the wheels. Took a couple of hours as I had to do each wheel separately. They turn on their own, you see; each is on their own little axle, and not paired up so the two wheels work together. That made ten of them. Using an X-acto blade, scissors, three different pairs of tweezers, and a pair of needle-nosed pliers, I finally got down to the metal on some of them, and close enough to see the metal on others. A fresh X-acto blade at the beginning of the process might have made things a bit easier.

After all that, my back hurt quite a bit, and all I wanted to do was sit down and be waited on. So we went out to dinner to celebrate birthdays: the Girl's 17th yesterday, and mine today. Went to Applebee's and had an appetizer, entrĂ©e and dessert! It was nice to be waited on instead of standing in line at a buffet. 

Then a stop at Bath and Body Works for a few birthday goodies (in addition to the reprint book of Marvel Comics Invaders title that Hubby had already given me at the celebration with Bro, SIL and Niece a couple of weeks ago), and home. Boy #1 insisted on coming into the store and looking for a fragrance just for him. For some unknown reason, he chooses the most floral, fruity or pungent scents possible. For pity's sakes, he's 14! Wearing something frou-frou will get him teased even more than he probably is! We finally did settle on a cucumber scent; it's not too heavy or floral. Kind of clean and fresh. Much better for a teenaged boy.

Hubby is going to try and make coquilles St. Jacques tomorrow. He likes trying new recipes, but only when he has time to fiddle with them. I'm looking forward to the attempt; I love scallops.

Good news!

Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:35 pm
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Way back in January, when the whole family went to have our collective eyes examined, the doctor was a bit concerned about some of my results. There seemed to be some indication that pressure in my eyes was damaging my optic nerve. Pairing that with some other factors - my BP and sugar issues - made him utter the dreaded word: glaucoma. As a result, he wanted me back in three months for a recheck. Today was the day.

I'm glad to say he was pleasantly surprised. The pressure in my eyes seems to have resolved itself! I understand that there would have been many more tests to come up with a conclusive diagnosis, but now I don't have to go through that. 

The puppy's tired out from playing indoor fetch with me. She's been bringing the racquetball for me to kick and toss inside the house. This is a ball that she can almost play with herself. She bites on it with the side of her mouth and sometimes it pops out and goes bouncing off walls for her to chase. She'd rather I help her play, though. At one point, I tried to kick the ball, and managed to hit the printer stand instead. I know I've done something there - I can actually feel it - but I can't see any swelling or bruising. I'll look again later.

Did some interesting things at FanHistory today. Started a list of fandom members for Thunderbirds, partially to see who has had pages created for them by the site's FF.net bot, and partially because, well, I don't know of anyone else who will. I also got to play around and create a custom Thunderbirds userbox for myself. Anyone who wants to use it is quite welcome to do so. I guess I'll have to start writing some of the background of the show, too.

Today's prompt on
[profile] all_unwrittenseems to be made for Thunderbirds. I'll roll it over in my head a bit and see what I can come up with. Then maybe I can work on The White Winds. Lord knows I need to!

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Week before last, the Girl told us she was going to the prom. It seems she'd been resisting her friends' importuning for about two months, but had to agree when a boy in their group asked her to go as "just friends". So, thus began the quest for a prom dress. 

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Felt it was time for a change with my lj layout so here's the new look. Hope y'all like it!

Power went out today around 7ish and stayed out until roughly 8, I guess. Don't know why, but Hubby thinks that it had to do with a bad accident not far away that took out a chunk of telephone pole. I'm not sure about that - I was told by the automated reporting system that "a crew will be out to restore your power soon". And this was without the severe weather that's on the way! Had cheeseburgers on the grill; I'm thankful we bought a new one for ourselves this year! Have to ask Hubby to move it back under the carport and cover it up.

It's begun to rain now, and thunder is rumbling off in the distance. I hope power stays on!

an edit!

Apr. 2nd, 2008 12:20 pm
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A few days ago I mentioned this in my blog:

Behind where I stood, letting Lacey have almost full range of the front yard, were the most spring flowers we'd had in front of the house since we'd moved in. The "snowdrops" - I have no real idea of what to call them - were numerous, and for the first time I could recall, there were double, triple, sometimes even quadruple blossoms hanging from the edge of their stems. 

Well, I finally found out what they are; I stumbled across them at Wikipedia! They're called "summer snowflakes". You can see a picture of them
here.

Nice to finally know what they're called!
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I'm sure is due to a lack of sleep and a surplus of stress. Haven't slept well for the past two nights because of the neuropathy; last night was a triple whammy, actually: sugar levels, hormonal changes, and a weather front coming through. I was on my regular dose of anti-depressant (I usually only take half), as well as naproxen, and when it was really looking bad, aspirin, too. Hubby even massaged my feet with Aspercreme. If I hadn't gotten to sleep at all, I would have gone and done something rash: taken another small dose of anti-seizure meds. That's how bad it was. 

Now the actual front line has moved through, I think, and things are better. I am still stressed, and tired, and the hormones are still there, too, but my feet don't hurt as much. Yet, I can't stop cleaning. I'll eat something for lunch and run the dishwasher. I was going to clean my other oven rack, but it's not as important as the stuff my sister can actually SEE. It's not that she's a wench or anything; she just offers to "help" which of course makes me feel inadequate as a housekeeper. 

Back later with an update and after lunch and some more work.
 

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Ever since I've been online, I've been a customer of MSN's dial up service. That is, until Monday of this week. That's when I canceled the service in favor of BellSouth's DSL Lite service. The DSL was successfully installed last Wednesday, by a very patient DSL technician who first fixed the problem in the line that was keeping us offline, then jumped through a whole lot of hoops with AT&T to discover that somewhere, somehow, a number was one off at the office.

We're enjoying the new speed, and are finding that using IE7 is easier than expected. Of course, we can use the old email addresses (and add the new BellSouth ones if we want to), and I can even access five of my old MSN/Hotmail addresses without a whole lot of trouble. I plan on linking the rest of the MSN/Hotmail addresses as well a little later. Hubby is the one that has to relearn his way around; the kids have taken to it like ducks to water. And now that I've managed to import all our MSN favorites to IE (a frustrating experience), it's almost as if we've never left MSN.

Almost.

Our yearly letters will go out tomorrow, I hope.

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Yeah, I've lost my voice. Can't speak above a whisper. The neighbor thinks it's because I'm tired (which it might be; I've been doing a lot of nighttime puppy sitting). But it's tough to make myself heard in this usually verbal family.

This is for Ellie in particular. Hubby went to the library with Boy #1 and brought back two DVDs of Doctor Who... the second series with David Tennant. We watched the Cybermen episode, and Hubby thinks that Tennant is far more "Doctorish" than Eccleston was, meaning that he's better at carrying on the tradition of the previous Doctors. It was fun, in any case (as long as the kids stopped running out of the room at the scary parts). 

I'm going to bed early. It's been a long day and I'm not feeling up to snuff. Later, y'all.

Yay!!

Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:33 pm
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My fanthropology post made [community profile] metafandom!

It's nice to be taken seriously once in a while.
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Yes, the Girl is now sweet sixteen! Kinda hard to believe it, but it's true! We haven't done anything really special as of yet, but we did take her to a Chinese buffet after her youngest brother's team was eliminated in "Battle of the Books" (first year that his school has done it and they actually did quite well!).

She wants a good digital camera; they're still pretty pricey so we're thinking about it. Hubby has suggested a particular art book that he read about, one that deals with perspective. It's a possibility. He had the day off but didn't get a whole lot done. Brought the AC units into the house (yes, it's that warm), but didn't get any put in windows. He did manage to mow the front lawn before the sun set completely; we're supposed to get thunderstorms and showers for the next three days and the lawn needed it.

Not much more to say. TWW Chapter 53 is moving along; I expect to post it this weekend. More as the muse moves!

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