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tetsubinatu: (gold coin)
It's getting too confusing trying to navigate my fics here, so I am finally putting together an organised list. I'll try to keep it updated.

Please note warnings at the fics, as I haven't included details on this list.


List is here
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I've been reading Harry Potter fanfiction where Hermione waves her hand in the air in her eagerness to answer questions, and it reminded me of a parent-teacher interview I had with my middle son's teacher in 6th grade.

"He wants to answer all the questions," said Mr D. "I had to explain to him that I know he knows the answer, but that everyone else in the class needs a chance to show what they can do so that I can teach them too."

Apparently my son considered this reasonable but then he went away and came back with a chart of hand-signals so that Mr D would know if he 'knew the answer', 'knew the answer but had something interesting to add', 'was not signalling about the answer but had something different to say' etc. There were about 10 signals.

I started to laugh. Then Mr D said plaintively, "I suppose I should feel honoured that he thinks I'm smart enough to learn all the signals..." and I just lost it. I laughed until the tears came to my eyes.

I love that boy and Mr D. was the best!
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Hi to everyone new! Thanks for adding me.

My superannuation draw-down paperwork arrived and I need supporting documentation for my expenses, dangit. I guess this means I need a proper quote for my hot water installation rather than the verbal approximation the plumber gave me 9 months ago. I'll add it to my list for after Easter. At least I didn't get the Q230 from Centrelink yet - that is only valid for 21 days, so I'll have to do it last.

It's turned freezing here. Two weeks ago I was sleeping without a sheet, and now I'm under a fuzzy blanket and two quilts. There's been lots of rain, too, so the cat has been very unhappy. She hides under furniture or her people's blankets whenever the rain is heavy. I don't like rain either. As an ADD child (not that anyone had heard of ADD/ADHD back then) the advent of rain was my cue to rack my brain for what I'd left outside to be ruined this time: my shoes? Bike? Jacket? Book? Priceless memento of my grandmother? My cat and I are entirely sympatico on this issue, but I do wonder what in her prior life caused her to be like this. I've never had a cat who reacted to badly to rain before. She doesn't like boxes, either.

I unpacked a couple of boxes this week, which is suboptimal. I've been spending a lot of time asleep - partly due to this lingering illness, but also the kids went nocturnal for the holidays again and it's been nice not to have to harass them every morning. Back to school when Term 2 starts on Tuesday. I'm not looking forward to it. I left a bit of a mess at the end of last term when my youngest needed extra attention just as I came down with a virus. *sigh*

The kids all know that the easiest way to deal with me is to promise anything and then wait 10 minutes because I'll forget about it. I try, but my follow-through is inconsistent due to my energy and memory issues.
I need to try harder with youngest.

So much chocolate, today! So. Much. I think I'll go heat up a curry pie for lunch.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate it! Have a great day to those who don't.
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I unpacked a box yesterday - books. A couple more of my Cherryh Foreigner series hardbacks turned up, which is good. I'd like to get the whole series in hardback eventually as I do reread them from time to time. And I don't have a copy of Explorer at all, as we were incredibly broke at that time and missed a couple of books. I picked up one of them later but not Explorer, which is unfortunate as it is a bit of a linchpin. Maybe next payday I'll pop onto Booko and see what I can find.

I really need to focus on getting this place in better shape for winter though:

* I've asked for the paperwork to withdraw super funds so that I can finish off the bathroom and instal hot water. This is the 4th try at that, and it should have turned up by Friday. I'll give it another couple of days before getting back on the phone. At least this time they took my new address without insisting that I needed to snailmail it to them on their forms (which never turned up).

* The windows need to be better sealed and I might try the bubblewrap hack to insulate them better. If I can find the bubblewrap. It's gotta be here somewhere.

* That roof leak needs attention. *sigh*

* And most of all I need to get rid of more of this stuff. So, boxes...
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Well here we are at Sunday again. I've been sick all week - cancelled all my appointments in favour of curling up in bed with the cat. Needless to say, I didn't get anything useful done. Yesterday and the day before were the nadir though, I think. Today seems better.

Also, my Mum fell and broke her arm quite badly and is in hospital. Due to leg weakness she normally needs a walker to get around, but with a broken arm she can't use the walker. She has trouble getting leverage to move at all, in fact. She may be stuck in hospital a while. :( At least one good thing is that my Dad and brother have finally persuaded her to get a lift-chair for when she gets home. She's been spending most of her days in the most ergonomically appalling chair and resisting all attempts to improve it.
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It's been a long week and it really didn't help that I accidentally ate gluten twice, early in the week. But I did get 3.7 boxes done and - with my elder son Bru's help - a broken desk mostly smashed into binnable pieces and binned. Tomorrow is Bin Night and there is only enough room in it for tonight's kitchen garbage disposal.

I also collected my new washing machine and Bru installed it. I am so happy to finally have a working machine again! It broke the week before Christmas and I was too foggy-brained and broke to sort out what to do about it. But Bru lent me the money last week and I hopped on graysonline.com and won a 6.5kg demo model for under $200 (RRP $649)! Supposedly it had scratches, but the marks were only sticker residue in the end. It works like a dream. No more carting everything to the humid, echoing laundromat and shoving insane numbers of coins in the slots for the priviledge of clean underwear.
Mar. 10th, 2017 03:36 pm

Box 1

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As predicted, Friday (yesterday) was not a day on which I was up to much. No boxes were unpacked. Today I grabbed an easy one, but at least I did it!

I took pictures but it's now 2am after a minor drama (my kid's car got locked in a parking garage in the city. He took the train home and since it was after midnight and raining I picked him up from the station) I cannot figure out how to post photos here. I'll try again tomorrow. I have to get up early to get him back on the train to collect his car anyway. *sigh* Poor kid.

Added Later:

Full box


Layer of small things


Empty box
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I moved house about 6 months ago and I still have boxes everywhere. So tomorrow I plan to start a challenge to myself - I'll unpack a box a day and post what I find here. If I do other work on my home, like painting, I'll post that instead.

It's not really a good day to start tomorrow - I have MS group in the morning and my fortnightly psych appointment in the afternoon. Even worse, my homework this fortnight was to write a letter to my ex about what made me angry in our relationship. Yeah, massive headache after that one, I expect. But there's never a good day to diet, give up smoking or unpack boxes... ;) Might as well start then anyway!
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Day 3: In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. 

1. Exercise more, as this is important in maintaining health for those diagnosed with MS.

2. Make time to visit my parents. Realistically, we may not have much time left to spend together as they are in their 80s.

3. Finish decluttering.

4. File for official divorce. It's awkward being tied to a man who's living with someone else.

5. Get a hot water system before winter.


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Day 4: Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post [the challenge page] with the equivalent of "I did it!"

I'm not shy; I fall into chatting with strangers all the time! I actually interviewed a new hire today.


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Day 5: In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post [the challenge page] saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1. A Fine and Public Place by cest_what (Vorkosigan Saga, teen, Ivan/By, 2408 words) This was a gift to me in Yuletide 2011. I adore it!
http://archiveofourown.org/works/294074

2. Higher Education by Resonant (Breakfast Club, NC17, Brian/Bender, long) I really like this older Bender and Brian meeting again after they've grown up a little.
http://trickster.org/res/higher.html

3. Rats' Alley by Fabula Rasa (Harry Potter, explicit, major pairing Snape/Sirius, minor Harry/Hermione, 42026 words) A powerful, angsty classic.
https://archiveofourown.org/works/61231

4. Assumptions by wrtrs_blck (Merlin, R, Merlin/Arthur, medium long) Very funny! Retrospectively Merlin still found it difficult to believe he’d served almost a year in Camelot before he known of Great Aunt Agatha.
http://wrtrs-blck.livejournal.com/898.html
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This is supposed to run January 1-15 but what the heck - I'll have a go now.

Day1: In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post [the challenge page] saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1. Memories of a Faun (Narnia, G-rated, Lucy/Tumnus, 1297 words)
Fauns don't fall in love. Except maybe one. I like it because it was one of my early pieces that I really felt worked.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/153026

2. Glory Hole (Merlin, explicit, major pairing Arthur/Merlin, 1649 words)
As I wrote in my notes: I don't even know what happened. One moment I'm thinking about serious issues for S3 and the next I've written Merlin/Arthur with a glory hole. I like it because it wrote itself.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/379155

3. One Soul (Harry Potter, gen, 452 words)
This idea caught hold of me and I needed to write it. It is also a reaction to Fred's death in Deathly Hallows. I wish more people saw it.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/41769

4. Marzipan series (UNFINISHED Merlin, very mild, Merlin/Arthur, 8797 words)
I wish I'd finished this. It was 10 advent ficlets of a plotted 24, but I loved the S1 world these characters lived in, before Morgana went dark. Maybe one day I'll find it again.
http://archiveofourown.org/series/6233


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Day 2: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post [the challenge page] saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

When I was six I lived in Tokyo and attended Nishimachi International School. My best friend was Timothy North, who would play games where I didn't have to be the nurse rather than the racing car driver, just because I was a girl. And one day he let me read a book - the first book in an enticingly long set of red clothbound volumes. It was called The Wizard of Oz.

Timothy and I were the only Australians in our class. We learned to spell 'colour' while most of the other children learned 'color' - but in Timothy's case it was all wasted effort because his mother became engaged to an American and, long before I was finished with those books, he told me that they were moving to America.

Taking pity on me, his mother let me take the last few volumes home to try and get to the end before they had to be packed. I devoted every moment I could to them, incidentally becoming the first speed-reader in my class, and I finished them in time. I owe a great deal of thanks to the former Mrs North! I hope she and Timothy found a happy home in America.

I still think the Oz books are magic!
tetsubinatu: (redblack name)
The premise of this HP fanfic is ridiculous, but I started reading it anyway and really enjoyed it too: the Room of Requirement provides a spaceship...

http://archiveofourown.org/series/530818
Wizards in Space by esama
tetsubinatu: (redblack name)
I have had this as an earworm since I heard it on the radio yesterday: Bread's Diary

https://youtu.be/bftrqg7xRLo


What makes me happy about this song is that it is about real love - not lust or possessiveness. Sometimes I just wonder so much at the warped things people think show love.
tetsubinatu: (redblack name)
I wanted something sweet so I threw an egg, some almond meal and sugar, a spoonful of rice flour and some soy milk into a cup. It looked dull so I added a chopped up strawberry and a dash of rosewater before popping it into the microwave. Then I spotted the icing sugar and decided to make icing while it was cooking. I used a teeny drop of rosewater and a spoonful of 'nudie' coconut yoghurt, and it was really, really good, melting over the mug cake. An experimental cake that worked! :) The strawberry chunks and the rosewater were beautiful complements to each other and the almond meal.
tetsubinatu: (redblack name)
I wish you all could have seen the moon this morning. It was like an illustration from a children's picture book, hanging huge and golden against the pale morning sky. I had to be at the hospital for my MRI at 6.45am and luckily I was able admire it for the whole drive there. What a lovely start to my day.
tetsubinatu: (redblack name)
Today I went to see Ghostbusters. I loved it and I'm not going to nitpick it. It made me smile!
tetsubinatu: (redblack name)
Today we found my box of bathers! \o/ The ones I had kept out are beginning to lose elasticity which was beginning to make aqua excercise classes tricky!
tetsubinatu: (redblack name)
Well with a sick child I had to miss a club outing today, which is too bad since it sounded fun, but I did a lot yesterday so it's probably for the best. I picked the kid up from school at 10am and by 11am I had fallen back into bed with a surprised groan at how much my body welcomed that. I was asleep soon after, and I slept most of the day, just checking on the kid a couple of times.

It still puts a smile on my face to see this stretch of lino. It was so fiddly, and required so much moving of stuff with the help of eldest child yesterday to get it finished! But now it is down and the kitchen/bathroom space is vastly easier to navigate!

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Today my friend J came to visit me - always great to see her! And the knowledge that she was coming spurred me to finally finish laying the kitchen lino and set up a comfy sitting nook. After J left, my youngest and I sat there reading amicably together, cat on my lap, until she had to get ready to go out.
tetsubinatu: (redblack name)
Today I got my tax sorted out. \o/
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