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Saturday, 22 August 2015 10:45 am
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
Master Fic List

Doctor Who

Single Chapter Stories

Third Doctor
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Fourth Doctor
Cooking with Gallifreyans  (LJ)

Ninth Doctor
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Tenth Doctor
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Eleventh Doctor
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Twelfth Doctor

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Thirteenth Doctor

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Sarah Jane Adventures
A Light in the Dark  (LJ)
Carbon, Earth and Stardust  (LJ)

Triptych  (LJ)
Going Out With the Tide  (LJ)

Multi-Chapter Stories 
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region

Sapphire and Steel
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The Goblin Emperor
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External Links: Ao3Teaspoon

[sticky entry] Sticky: Dept. of Organization

Saturday, 29 August 2015 04:57 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
Multi- Chapter Stories

Most links to my multi-chapter stories will be to their Dreamwidth posts; links to stories prior to 2012 may go both to LJ and DW. Each multi-chapter Whoniverse story is also available at my Teaspoon and AO3 accounts. 

Doctor Who
Walk Out With Me to the Unknown Region
Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
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Sea Bound Hearts
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Redeeming the Tree
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kaffyr: (Badly Written)
How to Use Google Drive as a 3rd Party Image Hosting Platform

So back when the horrid surprise of Photobucket’s greedapalooza was still fresh, a lot of people were looking for third party hosting alternatives. Someone out there had a really helpful list of potentials, but for various reasons, none of them suited me. I wondered whether I could make use of Google Photos as a third party platform.

As it happened, I couldn’t. Google had very recently ended its image hosting capabilities — unfortunate timing, that — but I did some poking about and found that there’s a work-around that lets you still use Google Drive as a third party platform. At least one person (hi, 
[personal profile] azriona !) was interested, so this is my attempt to tell people how to use this process.

I’m including a link to the YouTube video that taught me how to do this, which you might prefer to following my step-by-step. Here 'tis: https://youtu.be/zhwYRPImH9E. 

Preliminaries ) 
So you have your Google account and you’re ready to start.
  1. Choose an image to upload, possibly from your own newly-created “Fuck Photobucket” file on your hard drive. Upload it to Google Drive. If you’re using Chrome, you’ll do it thusly (and if you’re using Firefox, Safari, or whatever, it will probably be fairly similar.) Click on Google Drive. Once you’re in drive, click on New, which is near the top left. You should get a drop down menu that includes “File Upload.” Hit it, and pretty soon your picture will appear in your drive. I put all my uploaded pics in one Drive folder for ease of access, along with my Permalinks record, so everything’s in the same place.
  2. Now you want to adjust the picture’s “share” settings, so that it’s “Public on the Web.” How to do that? Your trusty right click button. Don’t open the picture; just right click on the thumbnail/description in the Drive list. When you do, you’ll see a bunch of options.
  3. Open the “Share” option. A window should open up. Pay attention only to “Advanced.” Click “Advanced.”
  4. You’ll get a different window. Look for “Who Has Access.” It will probably be set at “Private — Only You Can Access.” You’ll want to change that, so hit “Change.”
  5. You’ll get three options. The one you want is “On — Public on the Web.” Make sure that button is the one you hit, then hit “Save.”
  6. You’ll then have a “Link to Share.” Copy that sucker, and head on over to gdurl.com.
  7. The very first thing you’ll see once you go to that site is a spot that says “Paste a Public Google Drive URL etc.” Put your URL there, and hit “Create Permalink.” Go down a little farther on the page, and there, under “Standard URL” you will have your shiny new permalink. Copy that permalink, along with a description of what the pic/image is, to whatever document you’ll be using to keep the information.
  8. Voila! You now have the code you need to embed your photo wherever you want to embed it! (If we’re talking LJ or Dreamwidth, you’ll have be able to insert it via the "insert/edit image" or "insert photo" icons. I do it in the rich text format.)  And, because you’ve saved the permalink and a description in a file somewhere, you can use the same code again and again!

After the fact stuff )
So there you have my extremely wordy how-to. I hope it might be of help to someone.

Dept. of Saturday

Saturday, 20 April 2019 11:28 am
kaffyr: Twelve in a top hat (Jaunty Twelve)
Sunshine, Good Intentions, and Apples

One of my good intentions was to sit down and read the Mueller report. Yes, all 400-plus pages of it. Other folks have done so, and if I can read zoning reports, I can read this. 

Unfortunately, my back started acting up again (or my leg. Or both, consecutively and concurrently). so I spent much of the afternoon lying in bed with a heating pad. I also did some exercises that are supposed to help strength muscles around my sacroiliac joints, so I feel as if I've done the right things by my back. 

I did manage to make one of the larger amounts of applesauce that I've made in my life. It also has plums in it, since I needed to use some up before they went bad. It needed thickening after it was done, but I was able to thicken it up with Bird's Custard (WHAT??!?) and it wound up tasting very nice. Cinnamon., nutmeg, mace ... all the classic additions. 

Almost the best part of making the applesauce was getting to use the apple peeler-slicer-corer that BB and I picked up at a second hand store years ago. I'd never used it before, but the large amount of large apples I had to peel (these days I need to eschew fruit skins, much to my sorrow) convinced me to find the thing and use it. 

And it worked like a charm, a little - or a lot - to my surprise.

And tomorrow? In the morning, the Mueller report, at noon, an Easter brunch with my friends, and in the evening, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones. In which, I know, I just know, at least one of my favorite characters is going to bite it. Argh. 
kaffyr: (Stewart facepalm)
Well, This Was A Bit Embarrassing ....

When I was having fun with 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  this year (or actually, last year), I decided to give one person, who'd indicated an interest in historical recipes, some that were excerpted from two recipe books I happen to own. Because it was for Fandom Stocking, I decided - without looking at AO3's terms of service, more fool I - that I could put it on Archive of Our Own, because the effort was for a fannish event. 

The nice folks over at AO3 let me know today that it was a violation of their terms of service, and that I had a week to take it down. I'm embarrassed, because they're quite right (Section H clearly states that recipes are a no-no), and sad that I now have a formal warning on my AO3 account. Hopefully, that will eventually be taken out. 

So I've put the recipes here, and will let the person for who I posted them know that they can access them here or on LJ. And perhaps other folks can enjoy the recipes as well. And I've learned something out of the whole thing, so there's that.

Anyhow - enjoy!

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Foodstuffs under here. )
kaffyr: Still from Arakawa Under the Bridge (Arakawa afternoon)
A Fairy Tale

The last couple of days have been interesting in all the wrong ways; I'm navigating some politics having to do with the job offer, and I had my back go out on me Thursday morning in a spectacularly new fashion.

Today was spent at an urgent care center, where I was diagnosed with sacroiliac joint ... difficulties, yes, let's go with that - something, the doctor said, people with RA and autoimmune ailments like scleroderma are apt toward. I'm hobbling around with the help of Bob's old cane, and recovering from a really painful intramuscular injection of something massive and non-steroidal. I'm also on five days worth of oral steroids ... I should feel quite down and depressed. And I was earlier in the day, when I realized I couldn't clean house, or help Bob with his own fibro day. I also felt guilty, because he was waiting on me hand and foot. 

But you know, the sun's shining, the shot is helping; we've ordered Mexican in so neither of us have to cook, and I have been taken care of by the man I love most in the world. And that reminded me that one of 
[personal profile] lydy 's questions was about how I met Bob. So I decided to tell you one of the only fairy tales I've ever known to be real. 

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Once Upon a Time )

Dept. of Music

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 05:07 pm
kaffyr: (Deficiency weekly)
Overwhelmed By Music

I thought I'd answer 
[personal profile] lokifan 's question of me - three of my current favorite pieces of music., and three old favorites - so I started going through past and current faves on YouTube. I had a couple of songs immediately in mind, and I quickly found them. Then I started thinking about others ....

Going down that aural rabbit hole has been wonderful, but I'm overwhelmed with the number of songs and pieces of music that I love for one reason or another, from Tom Waits' "Martha," to Patricia Barber's "White World," to "Song to the Siren" by Tim Buckley, to Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," and Chuck Berry's "Havana Moon," and Miles Davis's "So What," and The Temptations' "My Girl," to Ellington and Strayhorn's "Take the A Train," to Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Dindi," and more.

(I am also particularly fond of classical music that's from the Baroque, or before that time; of instrumental music in a minor key; of guitar and harp music, but I don't know either those who create the music or those who play it, not the way many others I know can.)

The exploration of music also led me to think about what I like in music, which connects to 
[personal profile] lydy 's question about what kinds of music I like, and why - and of course, that meant that the more I thought about it, the more complicated my thoughts got, and the longer any potential answer would be. Because I'm congenitally unable to write short. 

So this is me, telling you that I'm thinking about music, and being very happy to - but being hard-pressed to write a cohesive or coherent post about it. Sigh.

Dept. of Argh

Monday, 8 April 2019 08:38 pm
kaffyr: The llama from Polar Bear Cafe (Llama-san)
Pearls of Wisdom

God, adulting is hard. You'd think that, at 63, I'd have gotten it figured out. 


*Goes back to watching YouTube coverage of newborn kittens and retrospectives of Seasons 1-7 of Game of Thrones.*

Then again,
I posted twice today. And got some questions answered about cremation pre-planning. And yes, that is rather grotesque, but necessary. And I'm going to watch some new anime. And I'm going to hug my Bob, because he is absolutely the best thing in my life, closely followed by my son, who I can't hug right now because Seattle. 

Shut up, 
[personal profile] kaffyr . Go watch anime. 

Dept. of Politics

Tuesday, 2 April 2019 07:42 pm
kaffyr: (Joe Hill)
Lori Lightfoot

According to the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, Lori Lightfoot has overwhelmingly won the election to become Mayor of Chicago. She is only the third African American to hold the position, the second woman, and the first openly gay candidate. She's also the most progressive candidate. 

It would have been a win-win situation as far as our household was concerned; Lightfoot's opponent was Toni Preckwinckle, a black woman who is the first woman president of the Cook County Board, as well as being the head of the Cook County Democratic Party. She had her own progressive history as a Chicago alderman, and although that cred had eroded over the years as she rose in the party heirarchy, it wasn't gone. 

But Lightfoot was our choice, and she has won.

She has inherited a city with huge financial problems, one with a horrendous history of systemic racism that is especially glaring in the way its police department operates (as far as this union maid is concerned, the Fraternal Order of Police is one of the few bad unions.) 

But she knows that. And I think she's willing to put in the work, and she's tough enough to take on some of the bad faith operators. 

Here's the editorial from the Sun-Times when that paper (my old, old paper, and the one I still feel more attuned to than my last employer) endorsed her. It's a beautiful piece of editorial writing, and it therefore puts the case beautifully for Lori Lightfoot. 

This is the first time, since Harold Washington's two mayoral wins back in the 1980s that I've felt this hopeful about my city. Come to think of it, it's one of the few times since November of 2016 that I've felt politically hopeful. (Winning back the House in D.C. this year was only half the battle, so my happiness was definitely measured.)

Dept. of Birthdays

Sunday, 31 March 2019 09:32 pm
kaffyr: Animation of a Ghibli film scene, water rolling into shore. (Anoesis)
Many Happy Returns of the Delayed Days

I haven't been paying attention to all the lovely folks who've celebrated birthdays this month, and since this is the final day of March, I thought I'd send out some belated good wishes. 

First, to 
[personal profile] robling_t , she of cat-herding, the creator and writer of a most interesting couple. and a person who exudes generalized sardonic amusement at the state of the world. She celebrated on March 26, and I hope she celebrated well. And since we are in the same general area, I hope someday to have her over for tea. 

[personal profile] sensiblecat  celebrated on March 28. She enjoys fandom., the Doctor, fannish music. cats, and life with family and friends. I enjoy seeing her comments when she posts, and I am very glad to have made her acquaintance via LJ. Here's hoping you were able to take time to take walks in her beloved South West. 

Then, today, 
[personal profile] merryghoul  had a birthday - many I hope it was wonderful for her. She is a fan, and does yeoman's work via who_daily for those of us who are Whovians. She's a fic writer who shares my love of the incomparable River Song, and I hope to continue reading her fics well into the future. 

Finally, tomorrow, 
[personal profile] sarah531  will blow out the birthday candles. She writes beautifully, is thoughtful and funny, and I should spend more time interacting with her in These Here Intarwebz. Regardless, have a wonderful day, with family and friends!
kaffyr: Fan art of Bleach characters (Bleach Set the World on Fire)
So, Perhaps Some Music?

So there were two days or so of stomach bug, two days or so of unhappy response to the supposed Mueller report findings, a couple of days of BB being hit by various ailments, and all of a sudden, I"m back to ghosting myself. That's particularly sad, given all the interesting questions folks gave me to answer. 

I'll return to posting answers to those questions, possibly tomorrow. Today I'm going to indulge myself with music, specifically the opening tunes to two of my favorite anime titles in the current cour; Dororo and The Promised Neverland. Not only are both series fantastic to watch, but their opening musical pieces rise to the same level as the stories and art in both. 


This most recent anime remake of an Osamo Tezuka manga (an original anime was made in 1969 - 50 years ago, which threw me for a loop) tells its fantasy story of Warring States Japan, and a mercilessly ambitious daimyo who sells his firstborn to demons in order to gain power and luck, with beautiful art and a remarkably stately pace punctuated by well-developed action. The music for the first opening captures the story's feel as far as I'm concerned. Queen Bee, the English name for the group that performs the theme has a longer version here, and I've liked their other work.

The Promised Neverland

I may personally like Dororo a hair's breadth more than this elegant marriage of (largely unseen) horror and thoughtful coming of age, but it is only by that hair's breadth - and The Promised Neverland is arguably a slightly better title (I can, in my old age, occasionally differentiate between my personal tastes and the potentially objective reality. The Promised Neverland is never less than fully engrossing; the premise is horrifying, the characters are well-drawn and nearly always heart-breaking. The opening music theme is an infectious forward rush underlaid with ominous basso whispers, and, as in the case with the Dororo theme, perfectly captures the feel of the story. 


Dept. of Poetry

Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:55 pm
kaffyr: Umbrella's, figure rise in a field; from Magritte? (umbrellas rise)
Today is World Poetry Day

I haven't written poetry in a long time; I'm not sure why. Years ago, I wrote more. Because it's World Poetry Day, and because next month is National Poetry Month, I went back to look for something to share, something I've done occasionally over the years.

So here, have this, because what I wrote in my last post reminded me of the ones I love.

Underneath )
kaffyr: Diane/Leo Dillon illo of young black girl (House of the Spirits)
This I Believe

When I asked for some questions to answer, 
[personal profile] kerravonsen  asked me to talk about my world view. I immediately thought about a letter I wrote my mother more than 20 years ago, after she worried that our differing beliefs might prevent the two of us meeting in heaven. So I dug up my copy of that letter. With some considerable editing and additions, it forms the core of what I present here. 

It's long and it's opinionated, which is unsurprising. It's also under a cut; you don't need to read it, and you certainly don't have to agree with what you do read. Still, it does give you a bit of an idea of what makes me tick. 

A final thought before my verbosity gets even more verbose; in my increasingly long life, I have had the honor of making friends who don't believe the same things I do. I am glad they are willing to be my friends. Thank you all. 

Lots of beliefs hereunder. )

Dept. of Tuesday

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 11:47 am
kaffyr: Princess Jellyfish goes to work (Reporting for duty)
Undefinable Ailments Are Us

Late Sunday night I started feeling less than physically optimal. On Monday I slept in too long, and then got hit by a massive wave of nausea in the afternoon. I thought it stemmed from my daily codeine, which has been happening more lately, but it soon proved to be something else. I retired to my bed for much of the balance of the day, although I tottered up to have some supper. The upside of yesterday's inactivity was that I found some material that will help me answer one of the questions you folks put to me. That should be coming later today, I hope. In the meantime, I've got a crock put to get going, and I need to see if I can get in to get my nails done/first world ladies who lunch problems.
kaffyr: (Big Barakomon grin)
Food Love

Thank you all so much for your suggestions, after my panicky "my brainz don't werk and I kant post nuthing" post. I'm going to be answering a bunch today, and then as the days go on, I'll be returning to that post to get your questions and answer them. 

The first questions, on both Dreamwidth and LJ, had to do with food. 
[personal profile] lilacsigil  asked, "Favourite foods: to cook, and to eat when someone else is making it!", while [personal profile] flowsoffire  on LJ asked "Favourite food? Favourite recipe to make?" (She also asked a couple of other neat questions, that I'll answer in another post.)

So, hmmm. 

Foodstuffs below. )
kaffyr: Umbrella's, figure rise in a field; from Magritte? (umbrellas rise)

I can't post - not about big things, nor about little things. F'list, I'm turning to you. 

Ask me questions, and I'll answer them in posts. Ask me fannish questions, ask me about my life, about reporting, about my tastes in food or music, ask me the other answer to life, the universe, and everything (the one that isn't '42'), and I'll answer. 

Or at least I'll do my best. And you'll have helped me get back into the posting habit. 

A grateful kaffyr thanks you!

(And also thinks she should probably apologize if this seems pretty egocentric. So here's another idea. If you'd like, you could ask me for a fic. Name your characters, and some sort of setup - happy, sad, funny - and I'll try to write something. So, yeah, there's that option.)

Dept of Scattershot

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 10:43 pm
kaffyr: (See the Sky)
Short Takes

"Captain Marvel"

A very slight spoiler if you squint. Be warned. )


Slightly snarky fannishness. )


Cat stuff. )

Dept. of Irritation

Wednesday, 6 March 2019 11:35 am
kaffyr: Dream Lord quote (Poke a stick at the Unknown)

The lady who wants to meet Vincent emailed me to say she can't come today, but can do so tomorrow. That's fine, but ... yeah, would have preferred it today. Especially since Vincent last night discovered our bedroom door's cat door, which allowed him to come in at night and frighten the hell out of Opie by trying to jump on the bed. Prior to last night, he hadn't grasped the concept of the cat door. And when I put the cover on it, he figured out how to get it off. He's clever, I'll give him that. 

Ah, well; tomorrow it is, and that gives me the chance to clean up around here. 

Dept. of Resurfacing

Tuesday, 5 March 2019 07:10 pm
kaffyr: A happy smiling superintelligent Corgi (Ein is happy)
Hello Again.

So what have I done lately?

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And here - have two pictures of Vincent:
Underneath )

Dept. of Delight

Thursday, 28 February 2019 08:37 pm
kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
Our First-Born Is Visiting

Or, to be more specific, he's on the plane from Seattle, winging his way to Chicago for a six-day visit. I was about to say "I can't tell you how excited I am," when I realized that I was doing just that. Damn, I wish I could provide a better phraseology. 

Anyhow, yes, Andy's on his way, and I'm going to cherish every moment with him. 

What a spiritual palate cleanser after watching Cohen's testimony yesterday (or, again, more specifically. the GOP's hysterical attempts to divert attention from Cohen's truths) all day yesterday.

Dept. of Democrazy

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 01:03 pm
kaffyr: (Badly Written)
Ah, The GOP.

They can't challenge Cohen's testimony factually. So they call him a liar over and over again, hoping that folks don't connect the dots and realize: 

a) Cohen was in Trump's employ for roughly 10 years.
b) Presumably Trump knew of his character flaws, and kept him on, nonetheless. (If he didn't know of those character flaws and evidence of those flaws, then Trump's obliviousness suggests further problems with the man.)
c) That, therefore, Trump prized that flawed character and saw uses for it. 
d) That those uses are arguably cases of law-breaking on the part of Cohen's previous employer.

And, to use a phrase I've used elsewhere today, the GOP, knowing that, is doing the flop sweat jitterbug.
kaffyr: (Bruce doubts that)
Title: So What. Big Deal.
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe/The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Buckaroo Banzai, Rawhide
Words: 3,509
Summary: "Why do I feel like a kindergartner with a bad attitude when I’m trying to talk to a man whose first name comes straight out of Romper Room?" The teamwork of Tony Stark and Buckaroo Banzai, as witnessed by Natasha Romanov ... and one or two others.
Author's Note: Written belatedly as a fandom_stocking 2018 gift for 
[personal profile] rathany  /Mangotea, who is not only a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but someone who shares my love of one of the most quirky fandoms out there: Buckaroo Banzai. Although they indicated they are rarely fans of fusions, I am throwing myself on their mercy with this crossover between the two fandoms, in hopes that it might tickle their fancy.
NOTE 1: Much of the feel for the Buckaroo Banzai side of this story comes from Earl Mac Rauch's novel "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension!" The novel's style is a loving pastiche of the old "Doc Savage" stories. I hope I've done well by both the movie and Rauch's book.
NOTE 2: Tony's and Natasha's language is pretty salty, at least partly in comparison with B. Banzai.
NOTE 3: Āgerachini is Amharic for "Our Homeland," at least per Google Translate. I apologize to speakers of Amharic if I misused the word
Edited by: my beloved [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh (aka [personal profile] buckaroobob ), who is also a fan of B. Banzai)
Disclaimer: No characters are mine. They are solely the property of Earl Mac Rauch, MGM, Marvel, Marvel Studios, Paramount Studios, ABC, and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin.

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kaffyr: Daryun and Narsus, old friends from Arslan Senki (Daryun & Narsus)
Alive and Somewhat Cold

There are so many things I want to talk about. But I'm going to curl up on the couch, under my TARDIS blanket, and turn off my mind by watching one of the following: 

a) What we technically call a shit-ton of anime.
b) One episode of the first season of Legion. Just one. One at a time is all I can take of this brilliant but intense series.
c) A couple of episode of The Umbrella Academy. It's brilliant without taking my brain and putting through a shredder, then trying to glue it back together.

kaffyr: (Stewart facepalm)
Happy Birthday Y'all

I was doing so well with posting this months, and even sending out birthday wishes relatively close to, or even on, actual birthdays. And then I fell off the damned bicycle (not a horse. Horses and I don't get along.) So here we are again, with me sending out belated wishes to absolutely delightful people. 

The very first is to one of the first people with whom I bonded in online fandom, [livejournal.com profile] lyricalviolet, who celebrated on Feb. 18. I met her on the Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica boards at Television Without Pity, and I quickly grew to love her intelligence and adventurous nature, her creative skills and sense of humor, and of course, our shared fandom passions. Over the years, I regret to say, I have failed to keep up with her as she met the man she loves, married, had a wonderful child, and in general took the Doctor's advice and had a great life. I doubt she'll see this, and I'll look elsewhere to send her felicitations, but I want all of you to know what an amazing person she is.  

Another birthday person is the redoubtable [livejournal.com profile] wendymr,  the first person to prove to me that fanfic could be well-written, gripping, emotionally trenchant and altogether satisfying. She is an ex-pat living in My Home and Native Land, she's a fan of labor rights and democracy, she knits, and I'm hoping she'll let us know how her trip to Australia went this past year. I promise I won't mention eggnog in her presence ... She celebrated on Feb. 18 as well, and I hope her celebrations were all that she hoped they would be. 

The third Feb. 18 birthday belongs to 
[personal profile] marence , a Cleveland denizen whose love of art, fandom, and rock and roll are praiseworthy, to say the least. I recall with pleasure a visit she made several years ago to Chicago, when we were able to share coffee and stories downtown (and watch a political protest go by.) I doubt that she is around here much these days, but if she does see this - Happy Birthday, and I hope you come to Chicago again, soon! 

Finally, on Feb. 21, 
[personal profile] misscam  celebrated, and I hope this extremely talented Norwegian fan enjoyed her day. If you see this, Happy Birthday!
kaffyr: Diane/Leo Dillon illo of young black girl (House of the Spirits)
Quiche In the Oven

The crust is awful and patchwork, because I can't roll out a crust to save my soul, especially when it's recently thawed pie dough, but the quiche itself is going to be pretty decent, I think. And I managed to clean up the kitchen (more or less; I'm going to get BB to clean the frying pan in which I tried the bacon), and I'll be setting the table soon. This is all good. especially since I spent a lot of the day driving to get groceries, or laying low because of a headache that seems to want to become something more. 

Poor BB is fighting some ailment of his own, and I very much hope to at least cosset him with dinner. And then, I'll settle down with a new drink I learned how to make yesterday; gin in a martini glass that's been coated with four dashes of bitters. Last night I made it with orange bitters, although it's supposed to be made with angostura. Tonight, I'm going to try two mini-drinks, one with the proper recipe and one with the orange bitters, to see which I think is better. 

I had one of my acrylic nails peel off today. It's the first time that has ever happened, and my finger looks naked without a nail. I'm calling the nail salon tomorrow (they're open on Sundays) to see if I can get in. 

Also in the "First World Pampering" category, we've made an appointment with a new groomer for Vincent. He doesn't know it yet. but he's going to get a bath, de-matted properly, and be gifted with at least a modified lion cut to prevent more matting. I'm sure he'll be very excited. 

Yesterday, there was a mass shooting in Aurora, IL, not far from Chicago. A man who'd just been fired from his job, and who had a history of violence, domestic and otherwise, who'd had his FOID card revoked, but who still had a gun, left the building and came back and killed five people. He's dead. too. Six sets of parents and kids, six mothers, sisters, wives. all with gaping. bleeding holes in their souls. Because someone had easy access to guns. Another day in America. 

Fuck the NRA and fuck the culture it has nurtured.
kaffyr: Kitty from "Kiki's Delivery Service" (kiki cat)
What We Did on Valentine's Day

1. Took an extremely constipated ginger cat to the vet. 
2. Cleaned the carpet, bed, blankets, etc. to the best of our ability thereafter (because constipation in cats comes with liquid matter that squirts out around the blockage as kitty attempts to expel it and yes that is indeed TMI, but hey, you've read this far and we're past it.)
3. Did three smallish but smelly loads of laundry as part of the cleanup. 
4. Cleaned another section of rug that I discovered our other cat had, sometime in the past two weeks, used at least once, as a secondary litter box. Two applications of baking soda and vacuuming have made it better. Unfortunately, the location included some extremely important audio/visual wiring. I'm amazed none of it went out. The wiring has been very carefully wiped down with Lysol. Fortunately, the area hasn't been used as a loo recently, so I assume it got used prior to our installation of the new litter-loo. Go, us.
5. Ruminated unhappily on our vet's comment that changing dry food to wet probably wouldn't help minimize constipation and its concomitant problems, because cats who eat wet food drink less, which defeats the purpose of switching the food types. Sigh. 
6. Fought headaches all day. 
Made our bed up with fresh linens
8. Had some whisky
9. Loved the fact that BB and I got through this and were able to make jokes occasionally. Go, team kaffyrbb!

kaffyr: Amy, Rory and River-Melody sprites (The Family Pond)
Title: Floral Makeup and Other Follies
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Dr. Who
Characters: the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song
Words: 2,063
Summary: As floral arrangements went, it was rather too large, and altogether too carnivorous. A good thing, then, that their scantily-clad offspring was there with one of her more dangerous cosmetic items, to help Amy and Rory save the Doctor.
Author's Note: This was written for 
[personal profile] juliet316 , during the 2018 [community profile] fandom_stocking  fun. Like me, she likes the Eleventh Doctor and River Song, as well as River's parents and the Doctor's in-laws.
Language note: I indulged in my bad habit of deciding to attach languages to my imaginary human-settled Whoniverse worlds. This time it’s Greek, which I have butchered thusly; Louloudi-Thirio means, roughly, Flower-Beast. I’m sorry.
Edited by: My beloved [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, nothing in the Whoniverse, save the occasional original character is mind. All others belong to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I merely love them, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

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So Many Winter Birthdays

A delayed Happy Birthday wish to 
[personal profile] dewline , a fellow Canadian, someone who lives in my birth city, and also someone whose birthday was January 30. He posts thoughtfully about social and political issues in The True North and elsewhere, and is also a dab hand at providing links to interesting things. I hope your natal celebration was all you wanted it to be.

And hurrah, I can wish two folks some birthday happiness on the right day:

[personal profile] amberfocus , a prolific and gifted fic-writer, shares my love of the Ninth Doctor, Rose, and Jack Harkness, and she writes them well. She's a disciplined creator of words, which is even more impressive when you consider that she's also a major gardener who takes care of her family with devotion. Happy Birthday!

Finally, the great giraffe-opponent 
[personal profile] pitry , whose opposition to those long-necked deer doesn't make her a bad person. She's a fearless member of Academia, a lover of Torchwood (hurrah!), and has been a fellow Dr. Who fan for quite some time. I always enjoy seeing her posts, as infrequent as they currently are. I hope today was a great day for you!


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