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We're fostering puppies. Six little wigglies to bottlefeed. This is as much motherhood as I can stand.
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For the next six months I was going to work hard and play hard, finish Path, including the retooling, maybe do something serious with these flip-side ideas I keep having, where one plot idea wants to be dealt with in two very different ways. 'Fly Away' and 'New Life' were one such pair. There's one pair I'm calling 'Ghost in the attic' for now, and another that's been on my To-Do list as AeriSeph-Wutai Connection for years. I was going to set aside time for quilting and embroidery, and recover from the stomach ulcer, the saccades, diplopia, eyestrain, migraines, stress rash, cracked lips and thankfully reversible stage tooth decay (from drinking oversweetened strong tea and coffee and passing out on the books without brushing the sugar away).

But seems despite all the symptoms, the last month and a half went better than I thought it would. Today I had paperwork to fill out and was able to do this for the very first time:
Form
So I get two weeks and then I have to go do that. Oh life, forever getting in the way of fandom.
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My first day off in two weeks and I'm going to make the best of it. That's right, I'm going back to bed.:P Divali, or no Divali, rest is more important to me now than the food and festivity downstairs, so I'm celebrating like we did in college. Bundling up in blankets and watching Lagaan.

I don't often make recommendations because my personal requirements for entertainment are pretty low, just take me away from all this for a while, but if you watch one Bollywood movie in your life, it should be Lagaan. It's right there on youtube in its entirety, with subtitles, if you have four hours to spare.;D Years ago the person who recommended it to me said, "It's about cricket." That's like saying 'Life of Pi' is about a boat trip. It's a wonderful, wrenching underdog story, maybe a little black and white about its heroes and villains, as Bollywood tends to be, but with stellar performances, including the supporting cast, an incredible soundtrack and Aamir Khan without a shirt. Hmm. Excuse me, I have a movie to watch.
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My first day off in two weeks and I'm going to make the best of it. That's right, I'm going back to bed.:P Divali, or no Divali, rest is more important to me now than the food and festivity downstairs, so I'm celebrating like we did in college. Bundling up in blankets and watching Lagaan.

I don't often make recommendations because my personal requirements for entertainment are pretty low, just take me away from all this for a while, but if you watch one Bollywood movie in your life, it should be Lagaan. It's right there on youtube in its entirety, with subtitles, if you have four hours to spare.;D Years ago the person who recommended it to me said, "It's about cricket." That's like saying 'Life of Pi' is about a boat trip. It's a wonderful, wrenching underdog story, maybe a little black and white about its heroes and villains, as Bollywood tends to be, but with stellar performances, including the supporting cast, an incredible soundtrack and Aamir Khan without a shirt. Hmm. Excuse me, I have a movie to watch.
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Put this together and liked the results.

1 cup cherry brandy
2 Tbsp cherry preserves
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cloves

Simmered it all down in a saucepan, never boiling, stirring constantly. Stopped when it looked on the way to coating the back of the spoon but wasn't quite there yet. Set it aside till the ham was ready for glazing, by which time the glaze had thickened up well on its own. It made a sweetly spiced caramelized crust on the ham, with the extra as sauce. Yay, I cooked a ham! XD
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Put this together and liked the results.

1 cup cherry brandy
2 Tbsp cherry preserves
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 cloves

Simmered it all down in a saucepan, never boiling, stirring constantly. Stopped when it looked on the way to coating the back of the spoon but wasn't quite there yet. Set it aside till the ham was ready for glazing, by which time the glaze had thickened up well on its own. It made a sweetly spiced caramelized crust on the ham, with the extra as sauce. Yay, I cooked a ham! XD
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I finished my NaNoWriMo an hour or so ago, so now I can go back to writing SOLDIER porn.;p 50093, my first NaNo win ever and a real first for me to turn off the editing voice for a while and just let the plot roll. I hope that's not carpal tunnel syndrome I feel setting in. And I'm tired, but in a good way.

In other news, one should not whack a Terry's chocolate orange against one's own head. It's not the chocolate that will come undone.
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I finished my NaNoWriMo an hour or so ago, so now I can go back to writing SOLDIER porn.;p 50093, my first NaNo win ever and a real first for me to turn off the editing voice for a while and just let the plot roll. I hope that's not carpal tunnel syndrome I feel setting in. And I'm tired but in a good way.

In other news, one should not whack a Terry's chocolate orange against one's own head. It's not the chocolate that will come undone.
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I've never put down in words my own experience of 9/11. The 'real me' still maintains only a rather bare semi-professional presence online. 'Ardwynna' was in her public infancy after years of anonymous lurking in fandom and I wasn't sure yet how much of my non-fandom life I wanted to attach. My 9/11 experience certainly wasn't the most harrowing and some of what I think about it is likely to get a certain kind of person very angry. But for my own sake more than anyone else's, and for the possible benefit of 'Bob', as I call my potentially-personal CIA internet tracker, I'm recording my own little sliver of experience here.

I was on a university shuttle bus heading to Calculus 1. )
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I've never put down in words my own experience of 9/11. The 'real me' still maintains only a rather bare semi-professional presence online. 'Ardwynna' was in her public infancy after years of anonymous lurking in fandom and I wasn't sure yet how much of my non-fandom life I wanted to attach. My 9/11 experience certainly wasn't the most harrowing and some of what I think about it is likely to get a certain kind of person very angry. But for my own sake more than anyone else's, and for the possible benefit of 'Bob', as I call my potentially-personal CIA internet tracker, I'm recording my own little sliver of experience here.

I was on a university shuttle bus heading to Calculus 1. )
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An inquiry into what appeared to be a simple ad to rehome some dogs yielded a puppy scam. The breed and names were different and there were some very nice and very stolen pictures of puppies sent along with it. The story did tug my heart, I won't lie, but things were odd - the insistence that 'you and i' pay shipping costs, the poor spelling and grammar, placing an ad from somewhere in Africa to the local papers. Even the email address seemed unprofessional before I asked but the ad appeared to be a local rehoming and people here are notoriously unsavvy about making an email fit for business so it wasn't an immediate dealbreaker.

What really stood out to me was the whole shipping pups from somewhere in Africa. I know the pet import regulations here. This 'next day' delivery thing would simply never happen. I started to wonder exactly what the hell kind of 'Diplomatic Courier Service' could possibly exist that would deliver a dog from an African country the next day and bypass the six months in Government lockup. The first thing to come up was confirmation that this is one shady venture. It's an utterly new one to me.

This makes two efforts into adopting a dog that have gone nowhere. The first wasn't a scam, just not a good fit. I'm tired of this. We've got two adopted dogs so I'm fine with actually buying a third. I'm going straight to a breeder and I'll willingly put down some cash for a pup we can choose in person and raise to fit the family. I'm sure we can remember where we put a certain German Shepherd breeder's number.
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An inquiry into what appeared to be a simple ad to rehome some dogs yielded a puppy scam. The breed and names were different and there were some very nice and very stolen pictures of puppies sent along with it. The story did tug my heart, I won't lie, but things were odd - the insistence that 'you and i' pay shipping costs, the poor spelling and grammar, placing an ad from somewhere in Africa to the local papers. Even the email address seemed unprofessional before I asked but the ad appeared to be a local rehoming and people here are notoriously unsavvy about making an email fit for business so it wasn't an immediate dealbreaker.

What really stood out to me was the whole shipping pups from somewhere in Africa. I know the pet import regulations here. This 'next day' delivery thing would simply never happen. I started to wonder exactly what the hell kind of 'Diplomatic Courier Service' could possibly exist that would deliver a dog from an African country the next day and bypass the six months in Government lockup. The first thing to come up was confirmation that this is one shady venture. It's an utterly new one to me.

This makes two efforts into adopting a dog that have gone nowhere. The first wasn't a scam, just not a good fit. I'm tired of this. We've got two adopted dogs so I'm fine with actually buying a third. I'm going straight to a breeder and I'll willingly put down some cash for a pup we can choose in person and raise to fit the family. I'm sure we can remember where we put a certain German Shepherd breeder's number.
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I had a remarkably coherent dream about Genesis taking up prostitution as a hobby. I could turn it into a one-shot with not much embellishment. I think I might.

There are also parrots in the trees today and the poor things are getting soaked. Climb to a lower branch, sillies.

Baby Owl

Apr. 14th, 2011 07:55 pm
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We get our share of wildlife passing through the yard but this is definitely one of the cutest!

The dogs were trying to nab it but it put up a good talon fight and came out beak-clicking in warning but unharmed. I got there in time to shoo the pups off and we parked the little guy in the front yard so his parents could come pick him up. There's no sign of him now, so I hope he's safe.

Baby Owl

Apr. 14th, 2011 07:54 pm
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We get our share of wildlife passing through the yard but this is definitely one of the cutest!

The dogs were trying to nab it but it put up a good talon fight and came out beak-clicking in warning but unharmed. I got there in time to shoo the pups off and we parked the little guy in the front yard so his parents could come pick him up. There's no sign of him now, so I hope he's safe.

ETA: I took a good look around when I went out this morning, and there was an owl up in the neighbor's tree. It did the owly headbob at me as if to say, "Yeah, we got the kid back, JSYK," and flew away. XD

Dear Brain

Apr. 7th, 2011 11:40 am
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Dear Brain,

We have work to do. Actual work. Lots of it. Please hold your horses with the fic and original ideas. I've scheduled some hours into each day for these things and we had enough on our plate already in that respect without you tossing in TWO new multipart fic 'variations on a theme' ideas and a kink meme bunny besides. Yes, they are intriguing ideas. I really would like to work with them.

But we have The Mission to finish, Path to jumpstart again, drabbles and short fic for Help_Japan and a couple of multiparts for Help_Haiti, for crying out loud. That's quite a heap and it doesn't even count the original fic and art I want to write down, although I must say you are getting quite good at fleshing out the details while my attention is elsewhere.

So, can we make a deal? You focus on the work that might actually help us earn a living someday and then, when the time is right, I focus on your multitude of bunnies? Can we? Because right now with attentions divided between the two we're not getting enough of either done. Honestly, brain, you used to be so good at this. So flighty these days. Is it the lack of chocolate? I know, it's been rough, but Lent's almost over. Just hang in there for me, please.

Love,
Ardwynna.

Dear Brain

Apr. 7th, 2011 11:28 am
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Dear Brain,

We have work to do. Actual work. Lots of it. Please hold your horses with the fic and original ideas. I've scheduled some hours into each day for these things and we had enough on our plate already in that respect without you tossing in TWO new multipart fic 'variations on a theme' ideas and a kink meme bunny besides. Yes, they are intriguing ideas. I really would like to work with them.

But we have The Mission to finish, Path to jumpstart again, drabbles and short fic for Help_Japan and a couple of multiparts for Help_Haiti, for crying out loud. That's quite a heap and it doesn't even count the original fic and art I want to write down, although I must say you are getting quite good at fleshing out the details while my attention is elsewhere.

So, can we make a deal? You focus on the work that might actually help us earn a living someday and then, when the time is right, I focus on your multitude of bunnies? Can we? Because right now with attentions divided between the two we're not getting enough of either done. Honestly, brain, you used to be so good at this. So flighty these days. Is it the lack of chocolate? I know, it's been rough, but Lent's almost over. Just hang in there for me, please.

Love,
Ardwynna.
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If I had a zillion dollars
do you know what I would do?
Buy a herd of Shetland ponies
dye them pink and green and blue
Make some purple, white and yellow
Tie some ribbons in their hair
Then I'd paint a pretty shape
on every single derriere.
ardwynna: (Default)
If I had a zillion dollars
do you know what I would do?
Buy a herd of Shetland ponies
dye them pink and green and blue
Make some purple, white and yellow
Tie some ribbons in their hair
Then I'd paint a pretty shape
on every single derriere.

Japan Aid

Mar. 13th, 2011 07:03 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] mirien is offering beautiful handmade silver sakura charms.

[livejournal.com profile] arin_rowan is donating a portion of the proceeds from her Etsy sales. She just made some lovely copper barrettes.

[livejournal.com profile] raisedbymoogles has an Amaterasu mirror keychain up at [livejournal.com profile] help_japan for all you Okami fans.

[livejournal.com profile] karadin is working on a special JAPAN AID print which may be available from Wednesday.

[livejournal.com profile] rsasai is offering fic and one of her awesome crocheted fandom dolls, your character of choice.

[livejournal.com profile] lilymoon1 is offering 2k word fic.

And my own paltry offerings. Short fic and 100-word drabbles, things I know I can deliver in a more or less timely manner.

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