I wrote her out a letter which I had, for want of better
Knowledge, sent off to Alaska Where I thought it ought to go
She'd grown crafty since I knew her, fond of yarn, so it went to her
Just for fun, addressed as follows, "Spacey of the Overflow"
My answer came directed, as I confess I expected
Though the picture somewhat shocked me - piles of yarn stacked up the wall!
I knew that she must be there, but I found it hard to see there
No matter where I looked, the yarn pile hid her all...
--only_the_trying, based on Clancy of the Overflow :)
I got the data entry job in Olrando, so now I'm Walgreens corporate instead of Walgreens retail. I lived with family in T-ville until I could afford my own place and since the end of November I've had a little apartment in Orlando. It's 45 minutes from work, but it was the best I could afford at the time. When all the colleges let out I'll check out apartment prices again and look for better neighborhoods that are closer to work.
I keep meaning to get back into LJ and DW, but if I do manage it, it won't be until sometime in March at the earliest. It's been overtime season at work (which I love! After having my hours cut drastically at the store, I consider the opportunity for overtime--which is strictly voluntary--a privilege!) and I've been working 60 hour weeks since December. I really should be doing housework on my one off-day (to be fair, I did do dishes and clean out my refigerator), but most of it's stuff that can wait until overtime season is over and the stuff that isn't (cleaning the bathroom, grocery shopping) can be done later. Besides, I have a fair amount of stuff to sort out online. I'm going through my email and deleting a lot of crap that should have been deleting years ago, and I'm considering creating a new email account and just using the old one (well, ones) for junk mail and archiving chats with Fizzy and others.
Hope y'all are well, if there's anyone still following this DW and the LJ it crossposts to. I'd say Happy New Year, but it's freaking February and it's too late for that. :P
P.S. I've been following the political news all along like the glutton for punishment I am. Semi-seriously considering learning Swedish and emigrating.
This is My Last Breath
Power and Paradox
Sins of the Father (sequel to More Man Than You)
A Face Built for Gettin' Punched (sequel to The Night Has Seen Your Mind, Choice Is Not A Word A Bullet Knows 'verse)
Perseverance (Perspective Series - Steve/Bruce/Tony featuring de-serum'd Steve) (6/?)
It's still weird, though.
I should go to the nearest military installation (Patrick AFB near Tampa) and see if, since Chris is National Guard, I can get a divorce through JAG. I'm sick of being still technically married and I really want to go back to my maiden name.
Also I'm going to the St. Pete Pride Parade on the 27th so if anyone who knows me here is gonna be there, let me know. It'd be awesome to meet an online friend in person.
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Things I Am No Longer
Allowed to Do at Hogwarts
Stolen blatantly from this
person's LiveJournal, picked out my favorites, and edited for spelling,
grammar, and in a few cases, content.
Entries in green are ones I thought
up while compiling this list.
No matter how good a fake
Australian accent I can do, I will not imitate Steve Irwin during Care of
Magical Creatures class.
Growing marijuana or hallucinogenic
mushrooms is not "an extra credit project for Herbology."
"I've heard every possible joke about
Oliver Wood's name" is not a challenge.
The Giant Squid is not an appropriate
date to the Yule Ball.
I will not use Umbridge's quill to
write "I told you I was hardcore."
Polishing my wand in the common room
is acceptable. "Polishing my wand" in the common room is not.
If a classmate falls asleep, I will
not take advantage of that fact and draw a Dark Mark on their arm.
Starting a betting pool on the fate
of this year's Defense Against Dark Arts teacher is tasteless and tacky, not a
clever money-making concept.
( snip! )
Now I want to cross-stitch the best ones and make an awesome quilt (that would take a year or so to make). Everyone would want it but after taking that long to make it I don't think I'd be able to sell it.
Also my brother and sister-in-law's baby was born on the 22nd and her name is Isabella. The other day my brother sent this text:
Laying here with my daughter on my chest sleeping and thinking how beautiful she is and how blessed and happy I am.... then she let's[sic] out a huge fart..... definitely my daughter
Yep, definitely my little brother's kid. :P
Thorin Oakenshield's Majestic Diary
A Shot in the Dark
Burned to a Cinder
Added Feb. 12, 2015:
Durin the Last, Sansukh verse
Nori/Dwalin fake courtship
Elfsolutely Fabulous AU
Thanksgiving was Thursday the 27th and my birthday was Tuesday the 25th, and Travis not being at Thanksgiving dinner just made the whole event peaceful and fun and entirely apolitical. I'd thank him for the wonderful birthday present but (a)he didn't not show up for my benefit and (b)he'd probably be offended as all get-out, and contrary to the opinions of some, I'm not a deliberate shit-stirrer.
But since he doesn't read my blog (I doubt he even knows my screen name) I'll say it here: Thanks, Travis, for being elsewhere when I was at the paternal Thanksgiving dinner. I hope you're at the paternal Christmas while I'm with my mom and stepdad on the other side of the state.
And it's SO STRANGE that so many people recognize me, and many of them remember my name.
I'd gotten used to being invisible the last few decades. This is weird.
But not a bad weird.
Just a little mind-blown.
Things I Am No Longer Allowed to Do at Hogwarts
Stolen blatantly from this person's LiveJournal, picked out my favorites, and edited for spelling, grammar, and in a few cases, content.
Entries in green are ones I thought up while compiling this list.
No matter how good a fake Australian accent I can do, I will not imitate Steve Irwin during Care of Magical Creatures class.
Growing marijuana or hallucinogenic mushrooms is not "an extra credit project for Herbology."
"I've heard every possible joke about Oliver Wood's name" is not a challenge.
The Giant Squid is not an appropriate date to the Yule Ball.
I will not use Umbridge's quill to write "I told you I was hardcore."
Polishing my wand in the common room is acceptable. "Polishing my wand" in the common room is not.
If a classmate falls asleep, I will not take advantage of that fact and draw a Dark Mark on their arm.
Starting a betting pool on the fate of this year's Defense Against Dark Arts teacher is tasteless and tacky, not a clever money-making concept.
Seamus Finnegan is not "after me Lucky Charms."
I will not refer to the Weasley twins as "bookends."
I will not refer to the Patil twins as "bookends."
I will not provide Luna Lovegood with Coast-to-Coast AM transcripts.
I will not bring a Magic Eight Ball to Divination class.
I will not place anything by Silver Ravenwolf on the library shelves.
I am not a sloth Animagus.
I am not a tribble Animagus.
I am allowed to have a toad, rat, cat, or owl. I am not allowed to have a reticulated python, snow leopard, Tasmanian devil, or piranha.
I do not weigh the same as a duck.
I will stop asking the Arithmancy teacher what the square root of -1 is.
Any resemblance between Dementors and Nazgul is coincidental.
I will not change the password to the prefects' bath to "Makes getting clean almost as much fun as getting dirty."
There is no such thing as an Invisibility Thong.
Asking "How do you keep a Gryffindor in suspense?" and walking away is only funny the first time.
I will not offer to pose nude for Colin Creevey.
I will not offer to pose nude for Dean Thomas.
It is a bad idea to tell Professor Snape he takes himself too seriously.
It is a bad idea to tell Professor McGonagall she takes herself too seriously.
I am not to owl copies of the Evil Overlord List to suspected Death Eaters.
I will not teach the first-years to sing "A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On The End."
( much more )
Subject: Fabric Softner
.....Who would have thought?
The US Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow jackets away. The yellow jackets just veer around you. And all this time you've just been putting Bounce in the dryer!
It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them.
It also repels mice. Spread them around foundation areas, or in trailers, cars that are sitting and it keeps mice from entering your vehicle.
It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.
Repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.
Eliminates static electricity from your television (or computer) screen. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.
Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce.
Freshen the air in your home. Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.
Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.
Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.
Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing.
Freshen the air in your car. Place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat.
Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The antistatic agent apparently weakens the bond between the food.
Eliminate odors in wastebaskets.. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.
Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract a ll the loose hairs.
Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling.
Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.
Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper.
Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in their back pocket to keep the bees away.
Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. Keeps them smelling fresh.
And now that you know, print and keep on file or bounce (pass) it around
Also I agree with the pundits that have said that even if he did desert, surely he's been punished enough already. Hopefully he gets all the time he needs to rest and recover from an ordeal most of us can't even really imagine.
You Keep Me Without Chains
Burned to a Cinder
What's It Like?
A Shot in the Dark
The Most Precious of Treasures
Driven Out and Taken In
Lessons in Dwarven Culture
The Crown of Sonnets
If the Sky Comes Falling Down
A Substitute for Pudding
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Waiting for Chapter 24
Fire and Ice series
Waiting for Part 8
Mystrade: A Study in Tea
Waiting for chapter 19 of 20
because I love you)last night
Waiting for chapter 15
The Last Place You'd Look
Waiting for chapter 25 (or 33)
Give Me A Label (I'll Make Confetti)
Waiting for Chapter 81
This Time (You'll Stay Right Beside Me
Waiting for chapter 3
Waiting for chapter 24
Moving in a Still Frame
Waiting for chapter 8
( more )
The Soul Piece
waiting for chapter 38
A Monster by Any Other Name: Part Two
waiting for chapter 22
waiting for chapter
World's Forgotten Boys
waiting for chapter 27
Waiting for chapter 16
We Found Love (In A Hopeless Place)
Waiting for chapter 10 of 14 of part 1
Faithless You, Selfish Me
Waiting for chapter 9
Don't Think We're In Kansas
Waiting for chapter 12
DIY bath bomb favors: http://somethingturquoise.com/2013/07/
DIY picture monogram: http://itsagingersnap.com/2011/12/diy-
Mason jar gift ideas: http://www.classyclutter.net/2014/02/
photo pendant tutorial: http://sarahsaving.blogspot.com/2014/
homemade body butter: http://shewearsmanyhats.com/2013/04/
homemade coffee bean soap: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/
Mason jar candles: http://www.everydayfamily.com/blog/diy-
homemade cleaning slime: http://www.simplylivingsmart.com/2013/
Homemade toothpaste: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/
Honey Cornmeal hand softener: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/honey-
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.
"No Poo" hair cleaning with baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and vinegar: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/no-
10 kinds of healing baths: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/
(BTW, most of this stuff is from care2.com/greenliving, though [eventually, I suppose] not all of it.)
( lots more under the cut, and I'll be adding to it periodically... )
( 5-27-14 )