Chocolate Box Reveals!

Feb. 23rd, 2017 09:55 am
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During nominations, I threw Gentlemen of the Road into the tagset on a whim, fully expecting nothing to come of it, and guess what? I actually got a Gentlemen of the Road story! Yay!
Aftermath of the Debacle at Tergeste by [archiveofourown.org profile] opalmatrix
Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon
Amram/Zelikman
Fugitives, Huddling for Warmth, Arguing, Pre-Slash, Pre-Canon
948 words, teen, no warnings apply
In which they argue about that debacle at Tergeste for the first time.

It's a lovely, grumpy, cranky, devoted bit of H/C, riffing on one of my favorite passages from the book, and it made me smile from ear-to-ear. It still does.

...and after a last-minute change of plans, I wrote:
Mr Green and the Adventure of the Ten Gallon Hat by [archiveofourown.org profile] sanguinity
My Dearly Beloved Detective
Shirley Holmes/Jane Watson; Mr Green
Humor, Post-Canon, Fix-It
1300 words, general audiences, no warnings apply
Jane Watson runs away from the circus to become a detective again.

My Dearly Beloved Detective is a Russian film in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are fictional, and people keep coming to 221B in search of their help. A detective agency was installed on the premises to serve the apparent need, and the two strongest candidates for the positions were a pair of women, Shirley Holmes and Jane Watson. The film is an absurdist musical with a tragi-comic heart, and has frequent shout-outs to the Soviet-made Lenfilm series of a few years earlier. It's available on youtube with English fan-made subtitles.

There's been a lovely little explosion of works for the film over the past year (if we can call eight works an explosion, which I will), and I thought I'd try my hand at adding an absurdist, semi-comic work to the bunch. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] garonne for last minute beta and britpick!

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Feb. 22nd, 2017 09:23 am
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 to [personal profile] emceeaich !  Happy (and dry!) day!  

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Feb. 21st, 2017 03:20 pm
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 to [personal profile] stonebender  and [personal profile] davidlevine !  Stay dry!  (Best wishes for a happy day.)

Household Victories

Feb. 20th, 2017 09:47 pm
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I spent most of this weekend at Gallifrey One, but today was a day to catchup on housework, and it provided some new victories. We were supposed to get the washer and dryer installed today, but they delivery people couldn't do everything for us. The previous owner's washer and dryer had left some depressions in the floor that they didn't want to put the new appliances into, and the dryer vent wasn't properly attached. So much of today was spent going to Home Depot, getting a properly sized piece of plywood for the washer and dryer to set on, installing a new dryer vent and connecting the dryer to it.

Every time we take on a new task, it takes longer than we expect because I freak out and overresearch trying to be certain I understand all the parts. But so far I've been pretty successful. An earlier victory was in understanding what sort of wall anchors we need because our walls are plaster, not drywall. But with that knowledge, I installed a new shower rod and a few towel racks today in short order.

Over and over, I thank my theatre education. Set construction provides some great life skills. Hopefully I'll get some time to resurrect my costume-construction skills too.

55 Years Ago

Feb. 20th, 2017 02:48 pm
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John Glenn orbited Earth.

Yes, I've seen Hidden Figures.  

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Feb. 19th, 2017 09:58 am
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to [personal profile] rheasilvia  and [personal profile] dsgood !  Day full of joy and beauty!
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Mimnermos: The Brainsex Paintings (4198 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kairos (O'Keefe) Series - Madeleine L'Engle
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alex Murry/Kate Murry, Meg Murry/Calvin O'Keefe
Characters: Kate Murry, Alex Murry, Sandy Murry, Meg Murry | Meg O'Keefe, Calvin O'Keefe, Charles Wallace Murry
Additional Tags: post-A Wrinkle in Time, Reunion Sex, Married Couple, Feminist Themes, Loneliness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
Summary:

It had given her such a turn, the night before, when Charles Wallace's unusual guest had talked of the tesseract. Would all the wonders of the universe turn out to be horrors? Nevertheless, she turned from her abandoned hopeless writing back to the electron microscope, deliberately shaking off her brooding reverie to watch the unfolding patterns of the little lives of the sub-microscopic world a while longer.

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Feb. 19th, 2017 02:49 am
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We got a little more than a month but now mum is back at the hospital, and it is really bad this time. They give her a few days at the most. My sister and I are here with here during the night, and who knows what will happen.

Last month mum spent almost two weeks at the hospital and I stayed with here there every night. We were so happy that she made it back home on the 26th of January. And she was back on form. Yes she needed external help six times a day and used incontinence pads etc but her energy and self was back! She spoke on the phone with her brother and old friends and we planned dad's birthday and were happy to be together. Three weeks she was back home. And then she got worse again. Felt sick in Tuesday night, had a hard time breathing on Wednesday and the doctor upped the cortisone again. And she was happy on Thursday until an annoying person from the home care team made her very nervous during the night.. and on Friday she was happy and we read Barbara Pym aloud, and things got we rid again in the afternoon when that annoying person came back.. and we sorted it out I thought.. mum slept really well and this morning her saturation was up and she felt fine.. and then the home care services people came and it was the good one and things seemed fine.. until they ran up to the room where I sat and shouted come quickly..

Yes, same kind of seizure as last time. She sat in her wheel chair and looks up towards the lamp in the ceiling, almost impossible to get any contact with her.. I hugged her and said all those things you for, I'm here for you etc we love you.. and she did seem to react and even said 'it will get better' in Swedish.. my darling mum.. my sister came running and called the ambulance and since I had to stay with dad she yet again went with mum in the ambulance

I had to wait for my brother to come send help me with dad but as soon as he was there I left for the hospital..

Mum has been more or less uncontactable since then. She apparently opened her eyes while my bother was here in the afternoon while I went back home to check on dad, but tonight when I came back she has been out of it..

My sister and I sit with her and cry and talk and remember good stuff we've done together and plan how to handle everything

How will our poor father react? He can't come to the hospital and he is so worried already. Things will be very tough for a while

Now she is sleeping and we watch he breaths. No idea when it will happen and can only wish for a small miracle that she wakes up for a short wile and talk to us. So very sad, I can't imagine how it will be without her here

A poll! Books read 2016

Feb. 18th, 2017 01:27 pm
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Poll #18005 Books read: 2016
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


I am taking this poll

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Yes
7 (87.5%)

No
0 (0.0%)

Maybe
1 (12.5%)

Have you read any of these nonfiction books?

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The big fix : hope after heroin by Tracey Helton Mitchell (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah (2016)
0 (0.0%)

El Deafo by Cece Bell (2014)
2 (100.0%)

How to make white people laugh by Negin Farsad (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The joy of leaving your sh*t all over the place : the art of being messy by Jennifer McCartney (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The joys of Engrish, by Steven Cairnes (2005)
0 (0.0%)

On the books : a graphic tale of working woes at NYC's Strand bookstore by Greg Farrell (2014)
0 (0.0%)

A splash of red : the life and art of Horace Pippin by Jennifer Bryant & Melissa Sweet (2013)
0 (0.0%)

This bridge will not be gray by Dave Eggers & Tucker Nichols (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Turning Japanese by MariNaomi, (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Waking the spirit : a musician's journey healing body, mind, and soul by Andrew Schulman (2016)
0 (0.0%)

What is obscenity? :the story of a good for nothing artist and her pussy by Rokudenashiko, (2016)
0 (0.0%)

You can't touch my hair : and other things I still have to explain by Phoebe Robinson (2016)
0 (0.0%)

You're never weird on the Internet (almost) : a memoir by Felicia Day (2015)
0 (0.0%)

How about these novels?

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I'll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson (2014)
0 (0.0%)

Fender lizards by Joe R. Lansdale (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Taking the lead : a secrets of a rock star novel by Cecilia Tan (2016)
1 (50.0%)

A hundred thousand worlds by Bob Proehl (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Surrender, New York : a novel by Caleb Carr (2016)
0 (0.0%)

A thin bright line by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (2016)
1 (50.0%)

Have you read any of these graphic novels?

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A-Force. Vol. 1, Hypertime by G. Willow Wilson, Kelly Thompson, & Jorge Molina (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Alex + Ada. Volume 2 by Sarah Vaughn & Jonathan Luna (2014)
0 (0.0%)

Alex + Ada. Volume 3 by Sarah Vaughn & Jonathan Luna (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood & Johnnie Christmas (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Bitch Planet. Volume 1 : Extraordinary machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro (2015)
3 (75.0%)

Black magick. Volume 1, Awakening by Greg Rucka & Nicola Scott (2016)
0 (0.0%)

C.O.W.L. Volume 1, Principles of power by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, & Rod Reis (2014)
0 (0.0%)

Clean room. Volume 1, Immaculate conception by Gail Simone & Jon Davis-Hunt (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Copperhead. Volume 1 by Jay Faerber & Scott Godlewski (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Demon volume 1 by Jason Shiga (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Dragon's breath : and other true stories by Mari Naomi (2014)
0 (0.0%)

Echo : the complete edition by Terry Moore (2011)
0 (0.0%)

Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki & Steve Rolston (2008)
0 (0.0%)

Genius. Volume 1, Siege by Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, & Afua Richardson (2015)
0 (0.0%)

How to talk to girls at parties by Neil Gaiman, Gabriel Bá, & Fábio Moon (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana (2012)
0 (0.0%)

Injection. volume 1 by Warren Ellis & Declan Shalvey (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Junction true by Ray Fawkes & & Vince Locke (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Kaptara. Volume one, Fear not, tiny alien by Chip Zdarsky & Kagan McLeod (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Lazarus. Volume one, Family by Greg Rucka & Michael Lark (2013)
0 (0.0%)

Lazarus. Volume two, Lift by Greg Rucka & Michael Lark (2014)
0 (0.0%)

Lazarus. Volume three, Conclave by Greg Rucka & Michael Lark (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Level up by Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham (2011)
1 (25.0%)

Lumberjanes : Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, & Brooke Allen (2015)
1 (25.0%)

Monstress. Volume one, Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda (2016)
3 (75.0%)

Ms. Marvel. Vol. 4, Last days by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Ms. Marvel. Vol. 5, Super famous by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa, & Nico Leon (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The private eye by Brian K. Vaughan & Marcos Martin (2015)
0 (0.0%)

The red tree by Shaun Tan (2001)
2 (50.0%)

Revival. Volume 6, Thy loyal sons & daughters by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Rumble. Volume 1, The color of darkness by John Arcudi & James Herren (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Saga. Volume five by Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan (2015)
3 (75.0%)

Saga. Volume six by Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan (2016)
3 (75.0%)

SCORCH by Ashley Witter (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Steven Universe : too cool for school by Jeremy Sorese & Asia Kendrick-Horton(2016)
0 (0.0%)

Stone cold by Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, and Orion Zangara (2015)
0 (0.0%)

T!m G!nger by Julian Hanshaw (2015)
0 (0.0%)

The trouble with women by Jacky Fleming (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The twilight children by Gilbert Hernandez, Darwyn Cooke & Dave Stewart (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Two brothers by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá (2015)
0 (0.0%)

The unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Vol. 1, Squirrel power by Ryan North & Erica Henderson (2015)
2 (50.0%)

The unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Vol. 2, Squirrel you know it's true by Ryan North & Erica Henderson (2015)
1 (25.0%)

Veda : assembly required by Samuel Teer & Hyeondo Park (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Why would you do that? by Andrea Tsurumi (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The wicked the divine. Vol. 2, Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen & Jamie Mckelvie (2015)
1 (25.0%)

These crime & suspense novels?

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Arab jazz by Karim Miské (2016)
0 (0.0%)

A bed of scorpions by Judith Flanders (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Blood, salt, water : a novel by Denise Mina (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Bryant & May and the burning man : a peculiar crimes unit mystery by Christopher Fowler (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Damaged : a Rosato & DiNunzio novel by Lisa Scottoline (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Dead joker : a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel by Anne Holt (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Escape clause by John Sandford (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Even dogs in the wild by Ian Rankin (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Extreme prey by John Sandford (2016)
0 (0.0%)

A front page affair by Radha Vatsal (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Hostile witness by Leigh Adams (2016)
0 (0.0%)

In the clearing by Robert Dugoni (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Incensed by Ed Lin (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Inherit the bones by Emily Littlejohn (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Killing trail : a Timber Creek K-9 mystery by Margaret Mizushima (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Land of shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall (2014)
0 (0.0%)

The lion's mouth : a Hanne Wilhelmsen novel by Anne Holt (2016)
0 (0.0%)

A murder of magpies by Judith Flanders (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Night school : a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The pursuit : a Fox and O'Hare novel by Janet Evanovich (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The Santa Klaus murder by Mavis Doriel Hay (2015)
0 (0.0%)

So say the fallen by Stuart Neville (2016)
0 (0.0%)

A song for the brokenhearted by William Shaw (2016)
0 (0.0%)

South of nowhere : a mystery by Minerva Koenig (2016)
0 (0.0%)

A tangled thread by Anthea Fraser (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Thursday's children : a Frieda Klein mystery by Nicci French (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Tightrope by Simon Mawer (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Treason in the secret city by Diane Fanning (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The unexpected inheritance of Inspector Chopra : a Baby Ganesh Agency investigation by Vaseem Khan (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Web of deceit by Katherine Howell (2015)
0 (0.0%)

The woman in blue : a Ruth Galloway mystery by Elly Griffiths (2016)
0 (0.0%)

These books of science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.?

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The Abaddon by Koren Shadmi (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Admiral by Sean Danker (2016)
0 (0.0%)

All good children by Dayna Ingram (2016)
0 (0.0%)

All the birds in the sky by Charlie Anders (2016)
1 (25.0%)

An ancient peace by Tanya Huff (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Armada : a novel by Ernest Cline (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Boundary crossed by Melissa F. Olson (2015)
1 (25.0%)

The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R. S. Belcher (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Certain dark things : a novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Chapel of ease by Alex Bledsoe (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Chenoo : a novel by Joseph Bruchac (2016)
0 (0.0%)

City of the lost by Kelley Armstrong (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Company Town by Madeline Ashby (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The core of the sun by Johanna Sinisalo (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Crimson death by Laurell K. Hamilton (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Driven by Kelley Armstrong (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Edge of dark by Brenda Cooper (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Every anxious wave by Mo Daviau (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Every heart a doorway by Seanan McGuire (2016)
1 (25.0%)

The everything box by Richard Kadrey (2016)
0 (0.0%)

The family plot by Cherie Priest (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Firewalk by Chris Roberson (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Ghost talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal (2016)
0 (0.0%)

A green and ancient light by Frederic S. Durbin (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Hammers on bone by Cassandra Khaw (2016)
1 (25.0%)

Kitty and the silver bullet by Carrie Vaughn (2008)
0 (0.0%)

Kitty takes a holiday by Carrie Vaughn (2007)
0 (0.0%)

Lightless by C. A. Higgins (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Lizard radio by Pat Schmatz (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Lost boi by Sassafras Lowrey (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Lovecraft country : a novel by Matt Ruff (2016)
1 (25.0%)

Making Wolf by Tade Thompson (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Medusa's web : a novel by Tim Powers (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Night shift by Charlaine Harris (2016)
1 (25.0%)

Once broken faith by Seanan McGuire (2016)
1 (25.0%)

The only ones by Carola Dibbell (2015)
1 (25.0%)

Remember by Eileen Cook (2015)
0 (0.0%)

(r)evolution by PJ. Manney (2015)
0 (0.0%)

A shadow all of light by Fred Chappell (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo (2012)
0 (0.0%)

Shadowboxer by Tricia Sullivan (2014)
1 (25.0%)

The sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson (2015)
0 (0.0%)

The star-touched queen by Roshani Chokshi (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Teaching the dog to read by Jonathan Carroll (2015)
0 (0.0%)

The trials by Linda Nagata (2015)
0 (0.0%)

An unattractive vampire by Jim McDoniel (2016)
0 (0.0%)

Updraft by Fran Wilde (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik (2015)
1 (25.0%)

Walking the labyrinth by Lisa Goldstein (1996)
2 (50.0%)

Waters of versailles : A Tor.Com Original by Kelly Robson (2015)
0 (0.0%)

Windswept by Adam Rakunas (2015)
0 (0.0%)

health insurance dammit

Feb. 16th, 2017 08:53 pm
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I'm not going to put a 'politics' label on this, because this exact thing has been happening to me for 30 years, and I don't expect it to stop in my lifetime. This thing is: I have health insurance. I see a health care provider. I hand over my insurance card and my payment. A month later I get a bill from the health care provider. I call the health care provider. I talk to a phone-answerer; she doesn't know anything about anything, except that her screen says I still owe $X. I confirm that they have my insurance information, that they billed my insurance, that the services they billed were the services I received, which are covered by my insurance. I call the insurance company. They assure me that the health care provider's bill has been paid in full, and that I do not owe them any more money. I call the health care provider back. The phone-answerer says they'll look into it. Thirty days later I get another bill for the same charge, in pink, with threats to send it to a collections agency. Most often, another round of phone calls will settle it, though the health care provider never admits that they got anything wrong; they promise again to look into it, and this time I don't get another bill.

I'm so angry right now. I hate the phone and I hate arguing with people and my blood pressure reacts very very badly to threats, and there's nothing I can do except stew about it until tomorrow, because I picked up the mail when I came back in from walking the dog, which was just after 5:00.

I wonder how many people who are more phone-averse or less good with paperwork or just too damn busy or not as entitled to fairness as I think I am just cough up the double payment.

I wonder whether these things would happen to me so often if I had changed my name when I got married. They don't seem to happen to my non-Hispanic husband.

Racist- and Antisemite-in-Chief

Feb. 16th, 2017 08:02 pm
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I'm not going to mince words here: when Trump told a black woman reporter to go make a meeting between him and the CBC, he was saying "Girl, go get my coffee; you're my secretary and I own you." And that's in the capacity where "girl" stands in as demeaning of both blackness and sex. And "Are they friends of yours?" is "Don't all you people know each other?" with the emphasis on "YOU PEOPLE" as in "not MY people"--"you extraneous OTHERS!"

He's not stupid and he knows how racist he sounded because he knows he doesn't have the black vote anyway. And to play a racist in a power position is to be racist--there is no divide between role and self here. This is what racism looks like. And this is how a white racist models how to enact racism against a black woman for all his constituency. He's saying "keep those black people in their place" though black isn't the term he'd use. He's set to make us miss the days of aversive racism.

And in the form of bigotry that is antisemitism, the "sit down" which is "shut up because you Jews talk too much" and calling Turx "a liar" because "those Jews are sneaky"--Turx had a yarmulke on and so was visibly Jewish before he spoke.

Besides trying to entertain his alt-right neo-nazi base, and encourage them to keep on with the terror, he's realized he is not going to get anyone but the most right-winged of the Jewish community and doesn't care if he alienates the rest of us and is also encouraging violence against us by refusing to address the uptick in violence against Jewish community centers and synagogues while verbally abusing a Jewish reporter. You're insulting me, he says to the man he called a liar before he even spoke--the "YOU are, but what am I?" pre-emptive comeback that plays so well to his constituency.

Transcript of Trump Press conference

So yes, Trump is a practicing racist and antisemite. And he's called open season on Blacks and Jews now, as he has already on Muslims and Latina/os. Together we stand or not at all.

I just needed to get that out there. His "YOU are but what am I?" comeback strategy is so tiresome.

On with the all important investigations of his Russian ties and his taxes.

Let this not be the distraction he intended, so he can be put in the Time Out Room sooner than later.

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Feb. 16th, 2017 11:39 am
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to [personal profile] al_zorra !  Fun time!

Buggie!

Feb. 15th, 2017 08:05 pm
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I was supposed to go into HQ today, but I came down with a bug last night, so fed the cats in the morning, called my supervisor, and slept until early afternoon. Then I teleworked for a few hours with my organic space heater Tuxie scrunched next to me on the couch, and Moo not far away. I've been getting sick a lot the last several weeks with weakness, aches, and runny nose, but this one comes with a low fever and chills, just to be extra-special. Being able to telework and kitties make it better, though. I cancelled my breast MRI appt for tomorrow and rescheduled it for next week--good plan since my fever has been inching up a little all day. I plan to sleep a little later tomorrow and then telework, depending on what the fever decides to do.

Everyday the news is filled with new horrors. The road to impeaching Buttercup is opening up, but what will come behind him isn't any better--it's whether you want your horrors chaotically broadcasted, or slower, quieter horrors.

There have been ICE raids in Highlandtown, Baltimore--the agents wear jackets saying police, which is so misleading--and there was a big protest on Sunday, but I wasn't up to going,and probably won't be up for the ones coming up. But as my friend P says, this is a marathon, not a sprint, so there will, unfortunately, be plenty more opportunities to help, and every week is a good week to call one's legislators (unless you live in DC and don't get any representation, so you are pretty screwed). My state is kind of awesome. Go Attorney General Frosh! Go Maryland!

Sorry I haven't been posting much--I want to post more pics, but most of what I have to say lately isn't uplifting. Except for my fluffy cats! Go cats!
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