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BloMo23: Thinking of Thanks.... [Nov. 23rd, 2017|11:58 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | thankful]
[music |70s light rock]


So, I did some processing on why I feel so bad about enjoying Thanksgiving now. It comes down to survivor's guilt and a vague feeling of having it too good to last.

With my parents both gone, my sister, S.O. and I were able to go to a nice restaurant, have a Thanksgiving meal, and not have to cook or clean or be embarrassed by my mother asking our waiter if he's gay.

We've definitely earned peaceful holidays after the deeply horrible chaos of our first 40 years. But now I see my friends continuing to struggle through the holidays with their own difficult relatives, and I feel good for me, bad for them, and then me bad again because I have it good.

Plus, I'm one of those people who can't just accept What Is. We had so many bad holidays, it still feels unreal that they could be - are - good. I don't think I'll ever be really into the holidays the way many people are, but I no longer can see an endless stretch of misery in front of me...and that scares me. I'm looking over my shoulder for the Ghost of Holidays Yet to Come.

Just writing this out, I can hear the world's tiniest violin playing the world's saddest song for me. I very much hope, deeply and sincerely, that you all had a wonderful day without any doubts about feeling that wonder.

*****
I'm thankful that all my problems are first-world.

I'm thankful for the friends and family who still tolerate me in all my weirdness.

I'm thankful that, no matter how dark these days seem, there were darker days and we know from those times that the light will always come back to chase the darkness into shadows.

love, lore
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BloMo22: Tummy hurts.... [Nov. 22nd, 2017|11:58 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | listless]
[music |Blindspot]


I had a really long day and I find myself with nothing to say at the end of it. Net neutrality and the appointment of insane evil people as federal judges shook me.

love, lore
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BloMo21: Shock and Awe(ful).... [Nov. 21st, 2017|02:54 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | frustrated]
[music |You're the best thing about me - U2]


From the NYT Morning Briefing:

There’s just something about elephants.
• After President Trump put a sudden halt to a government ruling that would have allowed hunters to bring “trophy” elephants into the U.S., the question has been why.
• White House aides said the reason for the president’s surprise intervention isn’t complicated: He simply likes elephants.

How about humans? Can we get the Orange to like his fellow humans, too???? (Seriously, WTF? Yay, Elephants, but WTF?)

*****
At this point, I'm super-glad that Mr. Rogers isn't alive.

(WTF?!)

*****
Maybe more later. Posting in the day with my random thoughts is nice, but not particularly meaty.

love, lore

This post brought to you by the letters W, T, F and the punctuation mark Exclamation.
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The Holidays Are Coming! [Nov. 21st, 2017|03:00 pm]

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Get ready for the return of...
Kinky Kristmas: Comment Kink Edition!



art by [info]venturous1


Our members are currently making requests for some small, smutty goodies they'd like to receive this season. Both members and watchers will have the opportunity to fulfill their wishes with little gifts in the form of kinky comment fic or art. We hope lots of friends and fandomers will gather 'round our tree for some quick, easy, and dirty fun!

The event post goes live at noon U.S. Eastern time on Sunday, December 3!
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Fic: shimmy on the dance floor [Nov. 21st, 2017|11:04 am]

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[tryslora]
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Title: shimmy on the dance floor
Author: tryslora
Characters/Pairings: Teddy/Hugo/Dominique, Teddy/Victoire
Rating: NC-17
Kinks/Themes Chosen: endytophilia (preference for clothed partners), ochlophilia (arousal from crowded places)
Other Warnings/Content: implied cousincest, consensual infidelity, public sex, anal sex, dirty talk
Word Count: 1,573 words
Summary/Description: Teddy wants to come between one of the couples on the dance floor; his foster cousin and sister-in-law will do nicely for that.
Author's Notes: Those two kinks just screamed dance floor sex to me, and Teddy’s my flexible boy who loves to be out there and getting it on.

shimmy on the dance floor )-
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BloMo20: Happy of the day.... [Nov. 20th, 2017|03:24 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | giddy]
[music |Name - Goo Goo Dolls]


This made me grin like a loon. I'm sure you've all already seen it, but I tend to save the things that I know will make with the good feels until I really need them.


love, lore
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BloMo19: [Nov. 19th, 2017|11:39 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | sleepy]
[music |Madam Secretary]

Oh, it's on, MoviePass! The Tussle )

Clearly, I had too much time on my hands during the brief moments I was awake today. (OK, actually, I didn't sleep all day, but I did sleep in and then had an early evening nap. Caught up on sleep just in time to get deprived for the rest of the week, per usual)

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Tricky Sorts [Nov. 19th, 2017|05:08 pm]

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[alisanne]
[mood | tired]

Title: Tricky Sorts
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt, Augusta Longbottom, Bellatrix Lestrange.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [info]snape100's prompt # 717: Snape's Library - Saucy Tricks for Tricky Sorts.
This is part Twenty-Nine of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Tricky Sorts on LJ/IJ/DW.
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BloMo18: Power...JL(A)...Movie Pass Fail.... [Nov. 18th, 2017|11:59 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | aggravated]
[music |Shannara Chronicals - Anyone else watching this?]


So, we started our day much earlier than planned because the power went out this morning, and, even though we could have kept sleeping, we couldn't because we'd been thoroughly woken by the eerie silence.

We could have worked on stuff around the house, but it was a dreary day, which made it hard to see inside without lights despite the daytime hours. So, errands it was, all over town, this and that, maybe a raid or two, and then a friend said he could see JL with us in the evening. Yeah, we were out pretty much all day.

*****
Justice League of America was much, MUCH better than expected. I try not to pay attention to reviews when it comes to Action/SciFi/Fantasy movies because those are my preferred genres and the genres that I feel are the most subjective (alongside horror). You either pick up on the vibe of an action movie, or you don't. Still, the swirling rumors about bad JL(A) reviews and box office made me trepidatious.

(Yes, I am old enough to remember when it was the Justice League of America and I can't seem to drop the acronym, even though gawd knows that America as it is wouldn't deserve to have such cool superheroes. We barely rate Plastic Man right now!)

mild spoilers, you could read even if you haven't seen the movie yet unless you're super sensitive to knowing anything at all about the movie )

*****
You've heard of Movie Pass, right? $10/month, you can see 1 movie a day as long as there's 24 hours between them. Too good to be true deal, right? I think tonight, we proved that. You have to check in via an app before you purchase your ticket with the Movie Pass credit card, and the app utterly failed tonight. We were unhappy in the extreme; we couldn't even get proper contact from customer service via the available chat - no answer.

We'll see what they have to say tomorrow, but I'm pretty much ready to drop it. We want to see a lot of movies this month and next, so I might keep it through December if our Thanksgiving outings go smoothly. But if this happens again, I'll be done. So, for right now, not recommended. Especially right now, don't take them up on a new offer of unlimited movies for $7.50/month if you pay for a year in advance. Talk about bad timing for a system meltdown.

*****
I definitely need some Wonder Woman and Marvel icons. Anyone want to point me at some?

love, lore
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[Nov. 18th, 2017|11:59 pm]

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Watch this space, refresh later.
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Finding Utopia [Nov. 18th, 2017|11:16 am]

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[alisanne]
[mood | hopeful]

Title: Finding Utopia
Author: [info]alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Ginny Weasley/Luna Lovegood
Summary: People often know things before they see it.
Word Count: 365
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [info]hogwarts365's prompt # 218: “In my head, the sky is blue, the grass is green and cats are orange.” ― Jim Davis, In Dog Years I'd be Dead: Garfield at 25, Utopia. And I seem to be on a femmeslash kick. :)
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Finding Utopia on LJ/IJ/DW.
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ART: Unravel Me Gently (Harry/Draco, NC17) [Nov. 18th, 2017|08:57 pm]

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[anokaba]
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Title: Unravel Me Gently
Artist: anokaba
Media: digital
Characters/Pairings: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC17
Kinks/Themes Chosen: corsets
Other Warnings/Content: lol body fluids are awkward to draw
Artist's Notes: Harry helps Draco remove his corset after a Ministry Ball.

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BloMo17: Sister...Korean BBQ...Thanksgiving hand-wringing.... [Nov. 17th, 2017|11:59 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | chipper]
[music |Project Runway Finale]


So, the minute I brag about being in the posting habit, I had to run over to Chicago to get today's post in.

Most of today was pretty snoozy. Everyone was trying to get last-minute things done, including me. But after work, dinner with my sister! I introduced her to Koren BBQ. I think she liked it, but would probably not choose it on her own.

For me, though, it's the perfect kind of meal. There's fire, prepped bits of meat and lots of tiny bowls full of different foods. It's an eternal grazer's heaven! (of course, if it's nothing like a real Korean BBQ meal, please do enlighten me; I love learning about the proper meals of other cultures)

We did some catching up and decided on what to do for Thanksgiving - dinner out, boo-ya! We made the reservation at the table.

She was properly impressed that we'd already picked up the Trader Joe's Thanksgiving-in-one thing, otherwise known as Turkey Day Wellington. I didn't know people were buzzing about it. I thought it looked like a quick and easy heat-up for two, which we need more and more these days as we have so much going on. Right now, though, it's in the freezer.

She bragged on her new puppy and hit us with some heavy thoughts that I'm sure we'll discuss more on Thanksgiving. Because it's just the 3 of us, the day can seem long. I hope we'll be able to catch a movie after dinner, but the theaters seem to go back and forth on whether they're open on Thanksgiving Day. Christmas Day, every year; Thanksgiving, it's like the theater chains get together to decide our fate based on how badly the family needs to shut up and sit in the dark awhile. I'll never, ever forgive them for trapping me with my father on one of his last years. Painful, excruciating day.

I also know we won't be going to Walmart for some shopping distraction. We already boycott Walmart, but I can't believe they're doubling-down on the "open on Thanksgiving" in the face of the "Let Thanksgiving be a whole day off for families to be together" movement. Walmart is the Trump of department stores - you ask for something, it does the opposite. I can actually think of a lot of reasons why Walmart is the Trump of department stores, but the people who don't get that already wouldn't listen to an explanation anyway.

This is the holiday cards post with an explanation of why this is the year I will get through the whole list. You can find a screened replies post on the same date at IJ and even LJ. I will be at carding for a while, but I will finish this year!

love, lore
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BloMo17: [Nov. 17th, 2017|11:59 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | chipper]
[music |Project Runway Finale]


So, the minute I brag about being in the posting habit, I had to run over to Chicago to get today's post in.

Most of today was pretty snoozy. Everyone was trying to get last-minute things done, including me. But after work, dinner with my sister! I introduced her to Koren BBQ. I think she liked it, but would probably not choose it on her own.

For me, though, it's the perfect kind of meal. There's fire, prepped bits of meat and lots of tiny bowls full of different foods. It's an eternal grazer's heaven! (of course, if it's nothing like a real Korean BBQ meal, please do enlighten me; I love learning about the proper meals of other cultures)

We did some catching up and decided on what to do for Thanksgiving - dinner out, boo-ya! We made the reservation at the table.

She was properly impressed that we'd already picked up the Trader Joe's Thanksgiving-in-one thing, otherwise known as Turkey Day Wellington. I didn't know people were buzzing about it. I thought it looked like a quick and easy heat-up for two, which we need more and more these days as we have so much going on. Right now, though, it's in the freezer.

She bragged on her new puppy and hit us with some heavy thoughts that I'm sure we'll discuss more on Thanksgiving. Because it's just the 3 of us, the day can seem long. I hope we'll be able to catch a movie after dinner, but the theaters seem to go back and forth on whether they're open on Thanksgiving Day. Christmas Day, every year; Thanksgiving, it's like the theater chains get together to decide our fate based on how badly the family needs to shut up and sit in the dark awhile. I'll never, ever forgiven them for trapping me with my father one of his last years. Painful, excruciating day.

I also know we won't be going to Walmart for some shopping distraction. We already boycott Walmart, but I can't believe they're doubling-down on the "open on Thanksgiving" in the face of the "Let Thanksgiving be a whole day off for families to be together" movement. Walmart is the Trump of department stores - you ask for something, it does the opposite. I can actually think of a lot of reasons why Walmart is the Trump of department stores, but the people who don't get that already wouldn't listen to an explanation anyway.

This is the holiday cards post with an explanation of why this is the year I will get through the whole list. You can find a screened replies post on the same date at IJ and even LJ. I will be at carding for a while, but I will finish this year!

love, lore
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OMG Pup Please! Fest announced [Nov. 17th, 2017|12:59 pm]

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You guys!

Do you like doggos? (possibly ceremonial puck dropping doggos)?

Do you like @ngoziu's comic "Check, Please!" (http://omgcheckplease.tumblr.com/ Note: this is a quick read...and fun!)

A completely no-pressure Art & Fic fest has been announced:

"OMG Pup Please!" - https://omgpupplease.tumblr.com/post/167590888083/omg-pup-please

(Seriously, this is a great web comic with great characters and you can catch up from the start in, like...an hour)

main cast of Check Please comic

This entry was originally posted at https://bethbethbeth.dreamwidth.org/689020.html. (Read comment count unavailable comments at Dreamwidth) If you'd like to comment on Dreamwidth, but don't have an account, you can use OpenID (How to use OpenID), or if you'd like a Dreamwidth invite, just ask!
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BloMo16: Not the intended topic, but ok.... [Nov. 16th, 2017|10:48 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | uncomfortable]
[music |Love Hurts]


A friend and I discussed some of the ongoing sexual harassment news in chat tonight. I won't share my thoughts here because there's really no winning arguments to be made. People who try to defend the accused look almost as bad as the accused. People who have conspiracy theories about some of these accusations look like crackpots AND deniers (and that would be me, I have some serious conspiracy theory thoughts, but I've been a person disbelieved for telling my story, and it doesn't feel good, so I'll keep my theories to chat).

Although I will say this - just trying to talk about all this makes a person feel bad, I think, because of all the pitfalls that come with talking about it. But we need to keep talking about it because we can't go back. We've gone back on so many things since the orange snow-cone took over, we can't start this now and then put it back in the closet.

Have any of you had a conversation about the current sexual harrassment accusations and been totally comfortable in what you had to say? If so, please, repeat it here! You are all smart, wise people and I would learn at your feet.

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BloMo15: The halfway point...holiday cards...No, really, play along this year.... [Nov. 15th, 2017|11:58 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | optimistic]
[music |Samantha Bee - and now you know why I want to write 100 holiday cards - Brain needs love!]


It's mid-month and it only took about 9 days to get into the mode where I come home and "write a blog post" is at the top of my list of things to do for the evening. Huzzah!

This is the yearly "holiday cards" post. Now, I know I don't always come through with cards. Some years, I make it to the end of the list and other years, I don't even send to family.

This year, however, I am determined and motivated to get to the end of my card list because we plan on living in the new house by the end of the year. And, although we're going to retain ownership of our old place for a few more years - we're foolishly going to try our hand at renting it out - I'm going to put Change of Address announcements in the holiday cards. So, they all need to go out to everyone.

That said, if you've given me your address in the last 5 - 10 years, you're on my holiday card list. If you've moved, omg, please update your address, especially if you don't live in the continental United States, because your stamp is more expensive. I love sending cards overseas, but I love it a bit less when they come back (which, thankfully, rarely happens).

Comments on this post, wherever you see it, are screened. I'll make sure your comment remains screened if I have to reply to you. Also, my email address is well known to my older friends, but if you don't have that, you can use the journal message system or just leave a comment asking for my personal email and I'll pass it to you to use. Basically, I'm not hard to get a hold of in a way that makes you comfortable. We can figure it out.

As always, if you're not sure if I have your address or changed it with me, go ahead and leave it again. It's not a problem. I just wish I knew how organized people keep their contact lists these days. It's embarrassing, but right now, you're all in a Word label file. I know, it's like I'm a grandma without the cute kids to dote on and have fetch my glasses. Feel free to tell me how you organize your contact/address lists!

I welcome new replies, and very much hope to hear from old friends. I think I will link to this post from LJ. I know I shouldn't be giving our Russian Overlords more content, but if they can figure out how to make money off my holiday card post, more power to them.

Finally, you don't have to send me a card just because you ask for one from me. First, because I'm totally not reliable but second, because this is my pleasure or I wouldn't do it. ♥

love, lore
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Old News [Nov. 15th, 2017|08:27 am]

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[alisanne]
[mood |working]

Title: Old News
Author: [info]alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): James Sirius Potter/Teddy Lupin.
Challenge: Written for [info]hp_nextgen100's prompt # 130: Something New.
Rating: PG
Length: 100 x 4
Warnings: Mild angst.
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

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BloMo14: I did not stop laughing for two hours.... [Nov. 14th, 2017|11:53 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | enthralled]
[music |The Flash]


This is why I am not writing a longer post tonight:

Reason 1
Alton Brown Live

Reason 2
Alton Brown Food God
Actually, he'd be first runner up if the actual Food God could not fulfill his duties, but that's all I'll give away.

Reason 3
Alton Makes His Own Popcorn
So Triggered for Popcorn after this!

If you get the chance to see this show, go. GO. If you think it's going to be one long Good Eats episode, you're very wrong. I was surprised how accessible it all was. Just Go.

love, lore
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BloMo13: These are a couple of my favourite things...in pictures.... [Nov. 13th, 2017|11:58 pm]

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[Current Location |neverwhere]
[mood | picturey]
[music |The Voice - did you hear "I am changing"? OMG]



This could seriously end my relationship, were it ever come to pass.

Lady Bug Luck by Jena DellaGrottaglia

LBL by Jenna - This is one of my favourite artists. I think I talk about her here every couple of years. Her latest work features my favourite critter, too!

I bought her 2018 calendar directly from her, and she sent many lovely extras. If you'd like some new and different art to stare at for 2018, contact Jenna here. You're in for a treat if you do!

I've really struggled with posting pictures this year, which is why they are linked and in the post. If you see the pictures in the post, not through the link, please let me know?

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