It's challenge time!
Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.
Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!
Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!
Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.
I now realize that the effect that these charity workers have in my world is to teach me to more easily be heartless. I have learned that if I openly agree to offered propositions such as that I do not want to help disabled children then their script falters and we sooner stop wasting each other's precious time. It is as effective as pretending to try to introduce unwanted Jehovah's Witnesses to Scientology. As we learn from the
Colditz(1972) one should beware one's own method acting.
Fortunately, the callers lately who actually go to door-to-door have been more matter-of-fact and ready to move on, they just need interrupting or they go on for a while. I may in due course donate but I am unlikely to choose them on the doorstep without more research and consideration. An interestingly common facet of those around here is that an early component of the script involves assurance that the money is spent on local people.
When the Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission they'll be deciding the future of equality in America. We need to make sure Supreme Court Justices hear loud and clear that America stands on the side of progress – and that means making sure your Members of Congress stand up with you, too.
Also, friendly reminder that if you are a US Citizen who would like to keep pressure on Congress to do the right thing, 5calls.org is an excellent website that gives you a bunch of current issues to choose from, phone numbers to call, and a script to say.
Title: Like Diamonds in Her Eyes
Rating/Warnings: PG-13 | Spoilers through Episode 6
Word Count: 879
Summary: Wendy grapples with the direction of her career and her relationships.
( like diamonds in her eyes )
One of the things that always impressed me about Farage’s UKIP was the speed in which he’d deal with situations like that which Corbyn’s LAB faces tonight over the online homophobic comments by the man who ousted Nick Clegg in Sheffield Hallam on June 8th.
The former leader of the purples was acutely aware how actions like O’Mara’s amongst party officials, candidates and those holding elected positions could damage the party and he would act very quickly. In doing so he generally closed down the issue.
So what is Corbyn who’s faced a lot of criticism for his relaxed approach to antisemitism going to do about O’Mara?
Alienating the gay vote isn’t smart.
I *think* I have managed to reply to all posts/messages. (If I have missed anyone, please let me know!)
Had a very lovely day yesterday - we went down to Cambridge to see Miss M, so after a lovely breakfast & opening cards/presents we were out of the door a little after 9am.
After having a wander around the town (and buying a couple of things) we went and had a picnic lunch which Darcy had prepared earlier. (As it was a cold and windy day, we had the picnic in Miss M's room.)
We then went to the Botanical Gardens, where it was Apple Day (the_royal_anna will know which this was a particular draw), but it was interesting (and very pretty) apart from that.
Had a nice 'tea' from Dominos and then set off back home. But twas a lovely day, with all my girls. ♥
And then this afternoon one of my oldest childhood friends came to visit with husband and children. The children are 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 and adorable, so it was a very nice afternoon. :)
( It seems I love books )
NEW DOCTOR WHO COMPANIONS!!
On the BBC's website
On the Doctor Who website
Delightful Spike/Angel vid by double_duchess that I happened to come across:
I Hate You
Am also watching Victoria, but way behind (tend to watch episodes a day or two before the disappear off ITVPlayer). However it keeps being as wonderful as before, and honestly I could watch them forever. (Just watched the one where they go to France, so no spoilers beyond that please.)
Also watching The Good Place and have started on iZombie on Netflix (Dr Ravi is my new favourite everything). Not that they aren't all brilliant, and it does so many things I appreciate. <3
And that's all for now, should probably go interact with the world, even if most of my friends live in my computer. Thank you all for just being you. ♥
Cordelia and her friends were sufficiently bored by Saturday night's dance that they left after about an hour (considering it was a bit more than $25 per ticket, that seems like a terrible return on our money). They walked to one of Cordelia's friend's houses. Cordelia says she really wished for a jacket or sweatshirt because her dress is sleeveless.
Scott got really pretty cranky about not getting around to mowing the lawn on Saturday. The front lawn looks okay even when it doesn't get mowed for weeks, but the backyard actually gets sun for a lot of the day, and it gets pretty shaggy. I don't care because we don't do anything out there and because no one can see it but our neighbors who don't much care. Scott, however, was brought up with the idea that lawn care is Important as a sign of competent adulthood.
Seriously, when we were house hunting, we looked for the smallest lawn we could get. (Condos weren't an option because, in our price range, they were all either too small for our bed (or our books) or very, very vertical; most were both. We were more concerned about limiting stairs than about lawns.)
We got sandwiches while we were doing our library run yesterday because I was running out of time to eat. Scott got a sandwich with pesto, and the basil was so strong that I really wanted to get up and move because my mind associates the smell with getting sick after eating it. I hadn't expected to have that reaction, and I'll need to mention it to Scott so that he knows for next time. I don't mind him eating it, but it would be much better if we sat at separate tables for it.
We have no idea if we'll be able to go to the celebration for Scott's sister's birthday on Saturday. Her family needs to be done and gone before we can possibly get there if Scott's working that day. Sunday wasn't an option because of a choir fundraiser that will keep Cordelia most of the afternoon combined with me not being able to eat anything at all after 6 p.m. on school nights.
I think I'm in spitting distance of the end of the first draft of the story I'm currently working on. I hope so, anyway. I know the main thing I need to address when I edit. I just keep cat waxing, though. I can write a couple hundred words, and then I need to stop for a while. Mostly, right now, I'm looking over saved prompts to see which ones I really, really want to write. I think I need to delete any that don't give me immediate plot bunnies. Well, I'll keep the ones from people I know, too, with a generous definition of 'know.'
A conservative woman says, "me too.
Tom Hanks suggests that we all read history.
Why use which font? And I happen to like Comic Sans and hate Helvetica, fwiw.
Jimmy Carter wants to go to North Korea to negotiate.
Is your browser giving someone else money?
Cat In A Tree Rescue. A friend called them this weekend and they were great.
In 1956, a movie fan magazine published an expose about casting couches. It didn't go well.
Three take-aways from the contraceptive mandate/religious liberty debate.
Congress wants to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR, again. Never mind that it would disrupt and probably destroy wildlife environments, and very likely destroy the Gwi'ichin people, who live just over the border in Canada and whose lives depend on the Porcupine Caribou herd's migrations. There's a link to a petition here at the bottom. Must I point out that the Gwi'ichin people have been there at least 10,000 years and possibly longer, since the ice age had a hot spot up in that area where megafauna thrived?
One of the undocumented Dream young women has been seeking an abortion and the Trumpists won't allow it. Till now. A judge has ordered the Trumpists to let the immigrant minor have the required counseling session and an abortion.
Approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline was illegal, so rules Federal Judge James Boasberg.
Medieval herbal manuscript available online.
2. Having sufficient supplies on hand to make food without having to go to a grocery store. (Slow cooker chicken curry with potatoes and carrots; later I will make my favorite baked rice with cinnamon and curry leaves and lemon peel.)
3. Laundry, clean and folded and put away.
4. My cat, curled up on my desk beside the laptop.
5. Autumn sunshine and leaves spiraling lazily down through the air.
How are y'all?
Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal. As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.
I had known bits and pieces of this - one can hardly live in America without knowing it. Alexander's achievement is to put together the evidence in as damning an indictment as one can imagine. The fact that this was written two years into the first Obama administration, and seven years before the inauguration of a white supremacist demagogue, just underscores the seriousness and urgency of its message. Black lives matter.
This happens every Sunday night in Xalapa, to the pounding of Rock, techno and other energetic forms of music. It's a kind of martial arts ballet-acrobatic thing, intensely energetic and theatrical. It's a family affair, with mothers as enthusiastic about verbally abusing and killing the opponent they don't like as their little boys -- who are in heaven, wearing their own masks, of course, whether painted or pulled on. Lots of cerveza is sold and drunk.
By the way, the number of emporiums in Xalapa selling comix, old and new, and that particularly advertise the availability of superhero books, is very high.
|La Lucha Vaquero|
ANYWAY. Thank goodness back in April, before we moved, I'd already bought tickets to the Highlander World Wide convention in LA. It was this past weekend, and it was fantastic! I coerced my dear hafital to come with me, and then figured what the hell—I also planned a road trip with destina for the week previous to the convention. So, the last ten days have been a much-needed balm to my soul, a too-rare opportunity to spend time with two of my favorite people in the world, and a chance to re-awaken fannish loves after nearly two years of putting fandom on hold.
( Road trip! )
( HLWW: The Gathering )
And with that, I must away to the airport. It all went by too quickly. Thank you, friends!
The Name in the Mouth (20796 words) by Rave
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Jewish Bucky Barnes, War, Bucky Barnes in Bucharest, Non-Linear Narrative, Golems, Epistolary, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
He was determining his own protocols. It was an ongoing process, and kind of a mess.
(And if you missed it, I made some Star Trek: Disovery icons for Michael Burnham, Tilly, and Saru; I'll make better ones next weekend.)