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undeny July 24 2014, 17:55

update for the day

doctor appt set for august 4th. going to talk to him about the pain increase. not much we can do about it when I can't really afford another MRI or the cost of going back to the orthopedic place, and I definitely can't afford surgery, but at least it'll be on record and possibly help with my disability claim. eventually. maybe.

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curiouswombat July 24 2014, 16:47

WriterConUK meet-up in Coventry.

This is a plea to my friends, as the treasurer of the UK WriterCon group!

If you are thinking of coming to meet up in Coventry in September, but haven't quite decided, could you possible let me/us know that you are a possible?

This is because we have to start buying goody-bag stuff - and I need a rough idea of how many of each (new and exciting) thing to buy! Also to organise the sweeties....
ffutures July 24 2014, 16:36

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The keyboard, mouse, and speakers have arrived, and are in amazingly good condition.

The keyboard is clear plastic with white keys, not the clear and black I've been using, which is more in keeping with the computer, the plastic of the mouse and speakers seems virtually unscratched, etc. etc.

I forgot to say that it also turns out that there was nothing wrong with the other keyboard - I noticed it wasn't working just after plugging the USB blutooth pod into it, and somehow missed the obvious conclusion, some sort of clash. It worked fine with the bluetooth plugged into another USB port rather than the keyboard's sockets. I really don't need another Mac keyboard so I'll probably flog it once I'm sure everything is OK.

Now just the other 512mb to come and I will hopefully then have a state of the art computer... for 2005-ish. But certainly good enough for DVDs, web browsing, etc.
ginmar July 24 2014, 16:15

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I have created a monster.

Shadow just leaped onto the bed with a bouncy ball in his mouth, doing that raspy meow of his.

I had to pitch a few balls before I even got out of bed, lest he stomp all over me, which he does anyway.

It's like he's making up for lost time. And apparently he's taught himself how to play fetch.
yanagi_wa July 24 2014, 15:52


I've had the same layout for years. I like my layout. But, for some unknown reason, my banner heading has vanished. I didn't do this layout, (Litgal did, if I remember correctly) so I have no way to fix what's broken. *sad face* Well, hell.
pfeifferpack July 24 2014, 15:26

July 24 in religion, history and trivia

Today is Laylat al-Qadr in the Islamic religion. Laylat al Qadr is also known as the Night of Power or the Night of Destiny. It commemorates when Koran (Qur’an) was revealed to the prophet Muhammad (also known as Mohammad).

History highlights

1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI.

1701 – Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit, Michigan.

1823 – Slavery is abolished in Chile.

1847 – After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City. Celebrations of this event include the Pioneer Day Utah state holiday and the Days of '47 Parade.

1866 – Reconstruction: Tennessee becomes the first U.S. state to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War.

1901 – O. Henry is released from prison in Columbus, Ohio after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.

1911 – Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas".

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pfeifferpack July 24 2014, 14:26

Hispanic heritage

Going to go classical today.

José Plácido Domingo Embil, known as Plácido Domingo, is a Spanish tenor and conductor known for his versatile and strong voice, possessing a ringing and dramatic tone throughout its range. As of the end of 2013, he has sung 144 different roles. He has more recently taken on conducting opera and concert performances, and is the general director of the Los Angeles Opera in California.

Plácido Domingo was born on January 21, 1941 in the Retiro district section of Madrid, Spain, and in 1949 moved to Mexico with his family, who ran a zarzuela company. He studied piano at first privately and later at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City.
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petzipellepingo July 24 2014, 07:27

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

ninharris posted to specficmarkets July 24 2014, 05:44

Calls for Submission: Delinquent's Spice &Truancy!

New calls for submissions! Delinquent's Spice & Truancy are two microzines focused on diverse, inclusive and hybrid retellings of folktales/fairytales. Delinquent's Spice (hypertext, collaborative storytelling project:formerly Demeter's Spicebox)'s reading period opens in October. Truancy's reading period is now open. Do check it out.

Submissions calls for two new folk and fairytale microzines:http://delinquentspice.com

midnightsjane July 24 2014, 04:14

Where does the time go?

I last posted a week ago..seems like yesterday. I really don't know where the time goes, it just seems to zoom by my best intentions to post regularly. LOL. Actually, I blame my new smart phone. Since I got it, with its ability to connect me to the internet and email, I haven't had to turn on my computer as often. Posting from the phone is a challenge, 'cause the teeny tiny keyboard makes me very impatient. Of course, there hasn't been a lot to post about, other than "hey, working" or "hey, working at my non paying job at the farm". Keeps me busy.

I am happy to say I've had my first harvest from my little garden this week. I picked snap peas, swiss chard and collard greens, and one ripe tomato, and had a tasty stir fry for dinner. The salad greens went straight from seed to tiny plant to seed because of the heat, so that was a bust. The beans are growing like a Jack in the Beanstock bean, and I hope they'll produce lots of beans. I have to plant more stuff. Was going to plant more lettuce and spinach today, but it was raining too hard to work in the garden. Still, I didn't have to water it!

The house is getting closer and closer to completion. The drywallers have been busy, and the builder wants us to pick paint colours, and the outside work is almost all done. The tile guy is putting the tile on the veranda, and the siding is almost all on, and OMG, it all looks so gorgeous. A friend gave Sue a beautiful magazine which is all about using colour, which is a challenge when dealing with a house this big. We want it to keep the flow, but not to look like boring builder beige. Lots to consider.

We have three of our young horses in training, so just about every day one of them is being ridden. We have a schedule so everyone knows what everyone else is doing. Today Dusty got ridden from 9 to 10, Florrie from 10 to 11, and then Sera had a lesson with our dressage teacher at 3p.m. They are all going really well, and we're so proud of them. Florrie has just been started; she's had all of 8 sessions with a rider, and she is being so good. It's a lot of work, because once you start them, you can't just stop. I am looking forward to getting Rochelle going in the fall, but right now we have enough on our plate.
It's so much fun, and so rewarding to see these brilliant young horses getting started on their careers. It's why we work so hard.

I'm going to have a day at home tomorrow. I think I'm going to spend some time going through my closet and toss all those old stained teeshirts, and all the clothes I don't wear anymore but have hung on to. Time to clean house, so to speak.

I might even have time to make a rhubarb crisp. I picked a bunch of rhubarb from the garden today, and I'm thinking rhubarb-apple crisp might be nice.

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coolceruleanblu posted to usanetworknews July 24 2014, 03:24

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Psych | White Collar

- (White) Collar Optional. Chapter: 10 of ?. Character(s): Shawn, Gus, Peter, Neal, El, Mozzie, Diana, Jones with cameos from Henry, Juliet & Lassiter. Rating: PG-13. Author: blazoningpen. Summary: In New York, Peter and Gus search for what happened to Neal and Shawn. In California, Shawn and Neal escape a little too easily, making them wonder if Ridley has other plans. Crossover with White Collar.
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- Round 5 Artist - Author Emails Have Been Set over at whitecollar_bb.
- All Stories Claimed! over at whitecollar_bb.
- Challenge 89 Voting over at whitecollaric.
- Additional Story for Claiming - CLAIMED over at whitecollar_bb.
- Want to Beta? Need a Beta? over at whitecollar_bb.
- (White) Collar Optional. Chapter: 10 of ?. Character(s): Shawn, Gus, Peter, Neal, El, Mozzie, Diana, Jones with cameos from Henry, Juliet & Lassiter. Rating: PG-13. Author: blazoningpen. Summary: In New York, Peter and Gus search for what happened to Neal and Shawn. In California, Shawn and Neal escape a little too easily, making them wonder if Ridley has other plans. Crossover with Psych.
- Not Lost But Found. Character(s): Peter, Neal, Elizabeth. Rating: PG. Author: embroiderama. Summary: Peter’s been kidnapped before, but this time is worse. This time, he believes he’s lost everything until Neal arrives with back-up and first-aid and the truth.
- Neal near a fire holding an extinguisher over at daily_neal.
- Tim looking off to the side over at timdekay_daily.
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shadowkat67 July 24 2014, 01:32

Wed Reading Meme...

[I'm now on my 4th Real Estate Broker, and I'm starting to feel like Goldilocks in that fairy tale - "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". I can't find anything I want to live in. Also when did realtors start sounding like used car salesmen? Or is that just New York? I keep collecting them, would prefer to look without them. They are driving me crazy. Have however come to the conclusion that I can't handle huge buildings - 196 units scares me. ]

1. What You Just Finished Reading?

Same thing as last time "The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck".

2. What are you reading now?

Same as last time: A Dance with Dragons by GRR Martin. Which has a few nice gems here and there. Currently reading a chapter with Bran - which takes place more or less where we left off in the television series. Except tv series spoilers in case you haven't seen S4 yetCollapse )

Anyhow the gem is : "The man who reads 1000 books lives a 1000 different lives, while the man who reads none, only lives one life." Yes, you can tell this sentence was written by a reader and writer, but I think it is true. At least for me. When I read a book, one that resonates for me on some level, I escape into that world and into those characters.

In a separate discussion on an unrelated topic, someone stated that they felt they entered the mind of the writer. I don't think that is necessarily always true - at least not for me. Read more...Collapse )

It's either my mood or where I'm at currently in the novel, but it's more compelling than I remembered it being the last time I attempted to read it. Of course I'm much further along. Sort of past the section that was spoiled in the tv series - ie. How Reek became Reek. Now, I've gotten an explanation as to why Ramsey Bolton/Snow feels the need to create a "Reek" as a faithful companion. book spoilersCollapse )

At any rate? I'm enjoying it at the moment. Which is good. Considering I'm doing a lot of reading on subways and while waiting to see apartments.

3. What I'm reading next?

Magic Breaks by Illona Andrews - assuming of course that I'm still in the mood.

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