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HOORAY! My fiddler is on an airplane heading to my house EVEN AS WE SPEAK well she might be on the ground making a connection but YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I'm going all out and changing the sheets and possibly remembering to empty the garbage, because I got my Brownie Hostess badge, baby.

BOO! Sammy has developed a taste for cables. Every cable. He has eaten 3? 4? headphones and one mouse and one 3DS charger. I have a bluetooth mouse now, which is a little weird, but at least will not be displayed proudly covered in saliva on my pillow I ASSUME. Fortunately I had an extra DS charger because I keep accidentally stealing them from Seanan. (Sorry!)

HOORAY! I'm at work and it makes me feel so good. I'm an expert and I'm ON and I'm really good at my job and I have energy and a bounce in my step and I can forget for a while about being my headache. On Sundays I'm euphoric and even feel like I'm faking my disability. Mondays are harder, I'm still enjoying the heck out of work but feeling the strain and counting the hours and am relieved to close up shop.

BOO! ...and Tuesdays any feeling of being a faker are gone, as I spend the whole day at minimum being flat-out exhausted, having headache exacerbation, blah blah blah, alternating sleepy pain and painful sleep. It's all one headache now, it gets better or worse, but never goes away.

YAY! My pain control is a little better this month! I got switched from *drug that is rendered less potent by other drugs I'm on* to *drug that doesn't have an interaction*.

BOO! ...which is probably only a temporary improvement, though. This is a drug that you grow tolerant to, and I flat out can't follow it up in dose and keep working. So I'm using it now until it stops helping and then... it's me and advil, I guess. And waiting for new migraine drugs to hit the market. My neurologist has me in her jar of patients she can't wait to spring the new stuff on once it gets through regulatory approval.

Well that was a depressing little streak of points. Today is Sunday at work and I'm at euphoric still, I can do better!

YAY! Today is a particularly good day for patients coming in at the perfect time for long uninterrupted chats. I found a way to make two broken insulin pens in to one working pen so my patient would be covered until the replacement pens arrive. Someone coming in with a question about a drug selected at random from the shelf - they actually wanted to chat about their feelings as they await the birth of their second child after the first died of cancer, with someone outside the house. Talking a patient with dementia down from a panic attack over the phone. Their medication stopped six months ago but they don't remember that part, and we have this chat from time to time, on days when they remember that I'm their pharmacist. Giving some pneumonia shots. Flu shot season is coming, just one more month to wait!!! Other than that last stabby part, none of this really has anything to do with what I learned in pharmacy school. But I'm so happy my pharmacy ticket puts me in a place where people trust me with all these little confidences and burdens and services. I feel like a shrine maiden, like the work moves through me. If that makes sense.

I mean, and sometimes I'm just disposing of gross expired vitamins and cashing out my till and losing count when I'm counting 500 prednisone tablets and it's work and it's sure good they pay me. It's not all epiphanies and florence nightingale all up in here.

YAY! Employee. Discount. Hallowe'en. Candy.

YAY! Rain!!!

BOO! I forgot a rain jacket!



YAY! Greg. We've been reading the Oz books - we're nearly done book 9 - and he's been asking for me to "do the voices" when I read and he is SO CRACKED UP by my silly voices. The way he begs for extra chapters. The way he reads other books on his own, ravenously. The way he runs in to my room to share random facts with me. The way he mournfully affects instant great tiredness when he doesn't want to clean up a mess / leave Gramma's house / whatever. On Friday my dad said no to making a whole separate dinner for him from the one that was already on offer, and Greg said in a sorry lamenting pout: "Go on your merry way, thennnnn." I just about died laughing. The way he sometimes sneaks out of bed after I've tucked him in, and then I find him passed out by the window where he was looking at the moon, or asleep at the foot of my bed, cuddled up to my feet. <3 <3 <3 <3

YAY! I have stopped the cats from going outside the litter box!

BOO! By putting an extra litter pan in the front hall, because apparently what PLEASES THEM BEST IN THE WORLD is to pee and shit where everyone can watch. Like, they both look around to MAKE SURE I'M WATCHING and proudly do their thing. Uhhhh. Thanks? Dear visitors: I'm very sorry that you must cross the poobicon as you enter my apartment. But it beats finding cat presents in my shoes.

YAY! But at least they're cute. And so, so cuddly. Sammy wiggles up through my blankets to my face like a... blanket sandworm? I'm not sure what the right analogy is here. It's adorable anyway and he doesn't have... lamprey teeth?

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It pretty much kills any real social media time, especially longer-form stuff like DW. I could probably do more if I turned the computer on at night but I really try never to do that when I'm on a project. There's no reason to.

Maybe things will even out a little. I'd made a commitment to myself to write here regularly, and I haven't quite been able to do it for the past few weeks.

On the bright side, Baltimore is a nice town so far. I'm sure there are parts that aren't nice, but that's true of every city, isn't it?

Trick or Treat Letter 2017

Sep. 13th, 2017 03:11 pm
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[This letter is still in progress and will be finished ASAP.]

[general stuff goes here]

Arang and the Magistrate [art, fic; trick, treat]

Choi Juwal
Kim Eunoh

Read more... )

The Bureau d'Echange de Maux - Lord Dunsany [fic; trick]

Shop Owner (Bureau d'Echange de Maux)

Read more... )

The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison [art, fic; trick, treat]

Cstheio Caireizhasan

The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien [fic; treat]


Read more... )

The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien [fic; trick, treat]

Army of the Dead
The Balrog of Moria
Finduilas of Dol Amroth
The Nameless Things in Moria
Shieldmaiden(s) of Rohan
Witch-king of Angmar

Read more... )

The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien [art, fic; trick, treat]


The Sword of Welleran - Lord Dunsany [art, fic; trick, treat]


Read more... )

Die Zauberflöte | The Magic Flute - Mozart/Schikaneder [art, fic; trick, treat]

Königin der Nacht | Queen of the Night
Three Ladies

Read more... )

GenEx works revealed

Sep. 10th, 2017 04:18 pm
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GenEx is an exchange for fic and art about gen relationships. Works are here:

I enjoyed my gift! It's about the complicated Vorkosigan family dynamics.

Fathers and Sons (1193 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan & Piotr Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan & Piotr Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan & Miles Vorkosigan
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan, Piotr Pierre Vorkosigan, Konstantin Bothari
Additional Tags: Parenthood, Grandparents & Grandchildren, non-graphic reference to attempt to harm a minor, way less intense than the actual series though

Two men, a boy, and a pony. Aral Vorkosigan watches and muses.

I haven't had time to browse the rest of the collection yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
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[I'm posting this so I can link to it in my letter for the 2017 Trick or Treat Exchange. This is the 1920 edition of a short story that was first published in 1916, and it is therefore in the public domain.]

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I've got prospects

Sep. 6th, 2017 12:00 pm
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This is kind of cool. I decided that it's high time I read some of John Le Carré's books. I've been meaing too for several years, since the film of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" came out a few years back. I started with "Call for the Dead" and then "A Murder of Quality" and now I'm reading through "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold"

About a quarter of the way into the book is this bit: "He was as ready to drink tea at Fortnum’s as beer at the Prospect of Whitby"

This made me smile because The Prospect of Whitby is a real pub in London, and I was there a few times when I was living in London. It's right along the Thames in Wapping (maybe a mile and half east of the Tower of London for those who want a better landmark). There's a long pewter-covered bar inside and really tasty food and beer inside. Since you're right on the river there are great views.

Just a little unexpected moment that brightened my day.


Sep. 6th, 2017 09:16 am
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Well, not really dreambits other than I had someone invade my dreams last night that I haven't spoken to in *years*, just out of the blue. There's no reason I can think of for this to have happened. Usually I can find some trigger to drams in what's going on during the day or in my life. But this? Nope.

Color me confused.

Two new Tolkien fics

Sep. 5th, 2017 09:46 pm
zdenka: Painting of a woman writing. (writing)
[personal profile] zdenka
Here are a couple of fics I wrote: a Silmarillion femslash fic for Rare Pairs, featuring a folktale about Haleth and various poems, and something I started as an extra fic for my recipient in Trick or Treat last year and finally managed to finish editing in time for this year's nominations . . . Thanks again to [personal profile] greenlily for beta-reading the second one.

With the Stars in the Darkness, and Love in the Light (2856 words) by Zdenka
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Goldberry/Haleth (Tolkien), Goldberry/Nellas (Tolkien), Haleth/Original Female Character
Characters: Goldberry (Tolkien), Haleth (Tolkien), Nellas (Tolkien), Original Female Character(s), Niënor Níniel
Additional Tags: Folklore, Poetry, frame story

At Nienor's request, the women of Brethil share stories and songs about Haleth, the river's daughter, and those they loved.

The Road From Dunharrow (1873 words) by Zdenka
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Éowyn (Tolkien), Théoden Ednew
Additional Tags: Ghosts, Referenced canonical character death, child Éowyn

When Éowyn was a child, she once sought out the Dead of the Dwimorberg.


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