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tarotgal
Date: 2014-08-31 18:16
Subject: Cookie Cutters of My Future...
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So... I will be making slashy post-Christmas cookies this year. My mother and I just went to Ikea for more bookcases for me and she bought me a set of animal cookie cutters for Christmas. Inside there's a squirrel and a moose. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to find an angel somewhere around come Christmastime if I don't already have one. There was also a hedgehog. So now I just need an otter and I'll have a whole bunch of pairings. PLUS my friend just got me an ampersand & cookie cutter as a present. So... yeah. Pairing cookies are totally going to be a thing in my house after Christmas. "Today I'll ship... John & Sam. Om nom nom. Then I'll ship Dean and Castiel. Nom nom nom!"

I can't wait.

There's also a fox, a whale, and a bear. I don't know what I'll do with some of those yet. But if I want to make literary cookies for work, I could make some white whales :-)

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-08-28 22:28
Subject: New SPN Meme!
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So... you should totally go check out [info]cowboyguy's new SPN meme. The theme is "Starting Over" and h/c (as well as gen or any pairings) is welcome!
http://cowboyguy.livejournal.com/65825.html

Come join me in playing!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-08-25 23:23
Subject: I need my bears!
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:-(

So I just went to Netflix to watch one of my guilty pleasure feel good movies, which I need right now, and it's NO LONGER ON NETFLIX STREAMING!!! Why did it do that? Is it because I watched it too often? Not enough? *cries*

Now I'm going to have to buy the dang thing so I can watch it whenever I want.

So I added Bear City DVD to my order. And was sitting there thinking about what I could add that's around $20 to get free shipping. I end up adding the third Kyle's Bed & Breakfast: Hot off the Griddle comic collection. Then I just sat there looking at the two items in my cart. Possibly the gayest shopping cart ever put together by a straight female? LOL

I really don't have the money for personal spending right now. The roofing people just came today, which is good. But that's another $500 I don't have. And, yet, I kind of can't live without Bear City at my fingertips whenever I need it. I mean, I have the soundtrack, but it's not the same.

One day I'd like to see Bear City 2, because I love the first so much. But it looks just dreadful, so I'm torn and definitely not wanting to buy it sight unseen.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-08-24 19:50
Subject: Thank you, writers!
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Dean playing hockey on Gilmore Girls? Thank you, writers of the past for this great imagery!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-08-20 18:05
Subject: Things Happening in My World Right Now
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1. I spent all weekend working on LEGO. I took off work on Friday and built from 9am until 2am. Then on Saturday I went to volunteer at the library, got home at noon and built until 8:30, when I left to see Outlander. Then again from 10:30 until midnight. On Sunday I was up at 8am. After checking email and eating breakfast, I built until 9pm then took a break for an hour or so then built until around 1:30. Yeah. The thing I need to have done by the end of the month is coming along quite nicely. I was so worried about it last week and then again on Saturday when I started running out of certain colors. So I'm having to change my design based on colors of bricks I have. But I'm actually starting to really like it.

2. My roof is apparently leaking. I noticed two water spots on the ceiling last week. GREAT. I don't have any money right now, let alone money for a new roof. Bad timing. It's raining right now and I don't see drips. I went home from work early just so that I could be here when the rain started. I have a big bucket ready just in case. But so far so good. *knock wood*

3. My stomach started hurting again. NOT COOL, STOMACH! NOT COOL! I suspect my gallbladder regrew and new gallstones were formed. That's the most logical explanation, right?

4. Is anyone else watching Face Off? MAN I love this show.

5. I marathoned Seasons 8-10 of NCIS while building this weekend. And I'm now a few discs into Season 3 of Gilmore Girls.

6. I'm on my last day of my 29 Gifts project! No life-changing events, but I enjoyed taking the time to consider generosity on a daily basis and give from the heart each time.

7. My mother bought Starz, so I'm going over to her place every week to watch Outlander.

8. My leg has been especially bad this week. I stood up after a meeting with a coworker and couldn't put any weight on it for a couple minutes. Kind of embarrassing. My hip surgery is September 12.

9. I am out of bananas. Crap. I'd planned on going to the store tonight (I was also supposed to go to the movie theater I pledged some money to for a Kickstarter campaign) but I want to babysit my ceiling just in case it starts leaking. So all plans were suddenly changed. Also, I want to curl up with a heating pack and a blanket tonight. Ow. I hate being a woman.

10. I finished my reread of Xanthe's Two Wolves. It was just as good the second time around, though I went more quickly through some of the dream sequences, as I didn't need their foreshadowing symbolism during a reread when I already knew what was going to happen.

11. I was informed about BookBud.com. I found a BDSM hockey erotic novel for free. I'm kind of thrilled.

12. I'm earreading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. The more I read, the more I realize it is not 11/22/63. In fact, I got that book out of the library yesterday and thrust it upon my mother. I desperately need someone to talk to about that book, preferably someone who was alive back then and can offer more of a cultural and first-hand perspective.

13. I'm broke. Totally. I'm cutting back on everything I can and eliminating as much fun spending as possible. I'm still going to do swaps, but mostly electronic or cheap ones. Luckily, I've got lots of craft materials and items for future swaps purchased already. I'm just worried about the cost of a new roof on top of two surgeries. Yeah. Thank goodness for health insurance!

14. I'm still pissed off at my boss for taking everyone except me to the movies, especially after I worked my ass off for the job all week. But the immediate anger has died down to just a fierce disappointment and sense of injustice.

15. My dinner in the microwave is beeping. I'm going to go eat it then watch more Gilmore Girls. And listen for the sound of my ceiling collapsing.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-08-08 18:25
Subject: SPN Rec
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I am so in love with this story right now:

An Attribute of the Strong
by [info]procrastin8or9
Whatever Dean was eating in Purgatory, it wasn't what you'd call well-balanced meals. And adjusting back to 'real' food is harder than he expected. Dean's thin, borderline underweight (despite Sam's bitching at him to eat something), and his immune system really isn't up to dealing with flu season...
Warning: There's a bit of v-ing, but it was mild enough that I didn't have a problem with it.

Part I: http://procrastin8or9.livejournal.com/1574.html
Part II: http://procrastin8or9.livejournal.com/1795.html

Seriously, I've read it three times today. At work. When I wasn't supposed to be reading it even once :-) It is BEAUTIFUL. So much angst and sweetness and brotherliness and so many wonderful, wonderful sickfic moments that I cannot get enough of. Pettings and jokes and subtle attitude shifts and clever dialogue and caregiving and sneezing and hoodies and THIS IS SO GOOD.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-08-05 23:09
Subject: Time to play... good & bad in tg's life
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Bad: Last week at work SUCKED. Like, worked until 1am one night and until 11:30 another night and made myself sick working so hard kind of sucked.

Good: We launched 4 big things on Friday ON TIME no thanks to other people at my work

Bad: I left work 40 minutes after I wanted to on Friday. 1 hour later, my boss took everyone to see Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D on opening day. Without me. This is the THIRD movie (out of 4) he's scheduled on a day when I was taking leave for a prior engagement. WHAT? I'm so frustrated. I bust my butt covering for my coworkers and then as soon as I leave he treats said coworkers to a movie? See icon.

Good: Brickfair (LEGO Convention) was awesome. Really. I had a really great time, made lots of new friends (which, to me, is amazing because I'm shy introvert girl at cons), and managed to duck out to go home because I was exhausted just before the v--ing started during Drunk Speed Build.

Bad: I skipped several Brickfair events in order to attend a meeting for work, only to find out said meeting was rescheduled and no one communicated the change. It was rescheduled to coincide with another event I wanted to attend. DAMN IT! So I said fuck it and left anyway.

Good: I made it to the con just in time to play and lose spectacularly at the Hogwarts LEGO game. heehee

Also good: Someone recognized my LEGO castle for the one in Highlander! Also, a few people had visited the castle and one had a photo of it on his phone because his professor just got married there. That's pretty awesome.

Awesome: Watching the LEGO movie with a bunch of LEGO fans. Yes, we all sang along. LOL

Probably good: I saw a new doctor yesterday and he recommended surgery on my hip as well. I've got surgery scheduled for September 12. Should be 3-5 days of not using my leg at all and then 4-6 weeks of normal recovery.I'm really excited about the prospect of my leg not being in pain. It's been hurting for the past 20 years or so, so if this surgery fixes things, that's going to completely change my life.

Bad: I definitely won't be running a 5K this October as I'd planned.

Good: I've fallen into Xanthe's "Two Wolves" again. It's pretty much the only thing that made me smile at times last week.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-29 01:07
Subject: SHERLOCK FIC: A Second Opinion
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Tags:sherlock

Title: A Second Opinion
Author: tarotgal
Rating: PG-13
Warning: Set after Series 2 and before Series 3. There is angst.
Summary: John isn’t coping too well with the loss of his friends—plural.
Notes: Written for [info]tinadp’s birthday. Happy birthday, my dear! This is my gift to you today. I intended to write some Sherlock fic for your birthday but it went a whole lot darker than I’d intended. Oops! I hope you don’t mind, once you finish reading. I didn't even have the time to write this today, let alone scrap it and start over again. So I hope you like it :-) *HUGS*

A Second Opinion )

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-23 18:23
Subject: Really sweet thing that happened in the world today
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Trigger warning: death of a pet

You know that Random Act of Kindness where you buy the next person's coffee/fast food at a drive through (I've done it once at the comic book store)? Well, my coworker told me that today his parents back home are putting down the family dog (he is old and has been in pain for a while). As one last treat, they took him on a car ride and went to a fast food drive through to get him a few small cheeseburgers: his favorite. The person ahead of them in line apparently paid for their order (not knowing of course what it was for). So on a very tough day for his family, this kindness was done for them.

So many times little gestures mean more than you think they will or ever know they will.

On a related note, I've been thinking about starting 29 Gifts today (for 29 days, you give one gift to someone every day). I've been thinking about it all week and, actually, that story came to me today after I gave a gift today. So maybe that's a sign that starting today was the right thing to do? I need to do it some time before next next September and maybe this is as good a time as any? I am starting to feel like one of those people I secretly laugh at: the people who say they're going to do NaNoWriMo and then back out at the last minute because it intimidates them. And I only laugh because I was the same way and then I just threw myself in and, only then, realized I'd worked it up in my head to be a much bigger and harder thing than it turned out to be. The best thing to do is just start and it's okay to not know what you're doing. The point is just to do. I've been putting off doing this project for years now, scared I would miss a day or not be able to come up with something or not do it right. It seems like a very emotional/personal journey and I wasn't sure I was going into it with the right understanding of it. I even started reading 29 Gifts a week ago and I joined the online 29Gifts community and asked for advice because I was nervous about not being able to follow the rules and not really understanding if I was even thinking about it right. The advice I got back was almost EXACTLY what I tell people who are hesitant about starting NaNo: just start and everything will work out. So I suddenly realized that, yeah, maybe I should. Maybe it's a bad time to start and I won't make it, but then I'll just try again some time. There's plenty of time to start again between now and September 2015. Who knows? Maybe it will be easier than I've worked it up in my head to be and in a month I will be laughing at myself just like I did when I was scared to try NaNoWriMo. So... yeah. I'm going to try it. I probably won't feel comfy updating my [info]just_the_things journal with my progress about it until I'm a few days in and feel like it's going to work out for me. Today's gift was easy, but I've no idea what to do for tomorrow yet! But... that's the point, right? Don't stress about it, just do. I need to trust in myself and my giving nature that I'll find the right thing to give every day.

Here goes nothing!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-21 01:22
Subject: SPN Fic: Four Hundred Degrees
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Tags:spn

Title: Four Hundred Degrees
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing: None (Gen)
Rating: PG-13 (for swearing)
Disclaimer: Certainly not my guys! No money made!
Meme Prompt: No, Sam, I do not want to breathe in steam, because it's already 300 degrees in the shade and that won't help this stupid cold. Now shut up and leave me alone until Dad gets home.


Four Hundred Degrees )

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-19 22:40
Subject: Awwwww
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Should I really find it so adorable when Dean on Gilmore Girls eats a salad? And then wears a hoodie? 'Cause he's totally adorable, right?

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-15 00:39
Subject: Top Ten Lists?
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I've totally shot myself in the foot over at http://thefangirlproject.com. I'm running out of ideas for Top Ten Lists, and I'm only finishing up July's lists right now. How will I last the rest of the year? Help! I have a short list of lists I could write, but most of the things on there bore me and make me wonder why I put them on the list to begin with.

Ideas for non-sneeze-related fandom lists you'd like to see me write? Or got a question for me that might be answered via a Top Ten list? Let me know!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-13 16:36
Subject: Torchwood Fic: I Can Take Care of Myself
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Tags:tw

Title: I Can Take Care of Myself
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: PG-13 for swearing & darkness, not sexual content
Pairing: Jack/Ianto, Ianto/other
Disclaimer: NOT my characters! No money made
Meme Prompt: A character travels back in time and happens to run into himself. Only his past self is sick. What's his reaction? "THAT'S what I look like when I sneeze?" or maybe he looks after sick!him/takes care of him or maybe he assumes past-self's identity for a day and does his job for him (or goes on a date for him or something). The possibilities are endless!
Notes: I am a little rusty writing TW fics, so please don’t be too hard on me. Also, this didn’t go at ALL how I’d planned. After [info]ladykorana suggested Torchwood and I thought I’d give it a go, I wasn’t sure when to set it. I finally decided that, it being time travel, to do both time periods. And then… this just happened before I could pull it back.

I Can Take Care of Myself )

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-12 20:16
Subject: SPN Fic: Winchester Brother Override Privilege
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Tags:spn

Title: Winchester Brother Override Privilege
Fandom: Supernatural
Rating: G
Pairing: None/Gen, though the boys get a little snuggly
Disclaimer: Not my characters. No money made.
Summary: Dean has a cold and gets super clingy. Sam deals.
Notes: I have 3 stories I really, really wanted to write, but this one popped into my head around 1am this morning and wouldn’t let me alone all day!

Winchester Brother Override Privilege )

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-08 22:38
Subject: Awesome night is awesome!
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I volunteered at the library and actually went at a normal person pace tonight. YAY! Even with the bending down parts. Bad part is my left leg started acting up. Boo. I kept passing a Cornelia Funke book I've read on one of the endcaps and as I was signing out, I noticed it on a list by the binders. Turns out some of the picklist had been ignored. So I got to do picklist with the new style labels for the first time. That was SUPER FUN! (Okay, I know most people wouldn't call it fun, but I'm being serious here; I was kind of thrilled). Plus there was a terrible, horrible thunderstorm that suddenly started outside and this meant I didn't have to go out in it yet. By the time I was done, it had died down. So great timing.

I walked outside and the sky was yellow! It was still raining out and I thought to myself. "I bet there's a rainbow somewhere..." And looked to the side and THERE IT WAS! SQUEE! I pulled out my camera and took a handful of photos. Then it started raining harder. I ran to my car, got my umbrella, and took another dozen photos. I'm thinking I might be titling my newest book "Hunting Rainbows" and I might be able to use one of the photos as cover art *G* I've been hoping to get a good photo of a rainbow for months now. SO EXCITED!

I stopped by Mom & Dad's to pick up a poster... which I think I left in my car... oops! I might be going out for it in a minute...

Then I went to the grocery store and sang and danced in the frozen foods section to MJ's "Man in the Mirror"

I got home, finally, and heated up Amy's fake meatloaf. I put on the very first episode of Gilmore Girls. I had no idea Jared was in it so early on! IS HE LIKE 10? OMG HE IS SO ADORABLE!!!


In other news, I just started a gratitude journal yesterday at the prompting of friends. It has been 2 days and 3 pages of things I'm happy about so far (several of which are highlighted above) and it's been a good experience. I consider myself a realist, but it's nice to focus more and acknowledge the things that make me happy in a more permanent, lasting way than I have before. I think that's good for me.


Also... rainbows and baby-J both in one day... OH! And not to mention John Barrowman's going deaf for a day video & interview were posted today, which was awesome to watch. And we got a new employee who started today and happens to be hard of hearing. So that was suspiciously coincidental timing.

The only bad thing is that it's 10:30 and I'm only just starting to sit down to do my work for the night... Ugh. That's the problem with putting in an extra hour at the library and then having to run errands around town after that. Bah. But totally worth it. It was a good night.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-06 01:12
Subject: SPN FIC: Ten Minutes
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Tags:spn

Title: Ten Minutes
Rating: PG-13 (for swearing)
Fandom: SPN
Pairing: None (Gen)
Disclaimer: they're only mine in my heart. They don't belong to me and I don't make money from this, believe me!
Meme Prompt: Sam and Dean both have colds. Or allergies. Or whatever, as long as they are sneezy. They are in the Impala on the way to a hunt, and one brother voices their concern to the other brother that he doesn't think he can be quiet enough during the hunt, and will put them in danger. An argument about 'control issues' ensues, and this escalates into the boys having a competition over who can go the longest without having to sneeze. Who holds out the longest and what happens next is up to you :)


Ten Minutes )

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-04 21:56
Subject: Don't hurt my car... happy 4th?
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I've seriously just turned into that creepy housebound neighbor who is worried/pissed when people set off fireworks too close to her car outside her house. Hrmmm. *pulls back blackout curtains, peeks out between blinds*

I seriously think they're too close to my car. And I'm SO not the person who'd say/do anything about it.

In other news, I spent today reading, napping, pinning on Pinterest, and watching Roots for the first time (I only have discs 1-4; 5-8 are on hold at the library). Happy Independence Day :-)

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-07-01 22:28
Subject: How to fangirl responsibly
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Loved this bit from a Vlogbrothers video I just came across:

"If you buy something from us and it makes you less financially secure, I am not happy. Don't do that. No."
~Hank Green


That being said, I totally support [info]cowboyguy's recent TARDIS pillow purchase *G* A pillow is always a good investment. I'm just saying. *snuggles up with all the pillows and blankets*


Speaking of which, this was my nest for 5 days after my surgery, sitting & sleeping here: http://365project.org/katekintail/365/2014-06-13
(oh, poor upside-down pillow pet panda; I should have taken a better photo, but I was still a bit out of it that day)

Also, for those of you who asked (and those who didn't), this is what happened to my closet while I was in my parents' basement recovering: http://365project.org/katekintail/365/2014-06-12

And this is what my closet is now... clothes hanging off the loft railing outside my bedroom: http://365project.org/katekintail/365/2014-06-17



Also, Hank wearing a Save Ginny Weasley HatP shirt to the TFIOS movie was kind of epic; I love those guys. DFTBA.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-06-22 21:28
Subject: Weekend To Do List
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For the first time in my entire life (or at least in recent memory) I have completed my entire weekend To Do List in a single weekend. Okay, I didn't get much laundry done... but I didn't even put that on the list. Of the 24 items I put on the list for the weekend, I just checked the last one off the list a few minutes ago.

Had a GREAT weekend. I rested. I watched Mario Marathon almost nonstop. I napped. I crafted a bunch of things. I slept lying down for a little while. I played a bunch of BubbleMouse I won a game of Cards Against Humanity. I crafted. I FEEL GOOD. I haven't even seen the outside through a window since Friday afternoon (I can only assume the outside is still there).

I don't feel much like writing, but I've got some time to kill tonight, so I might give it a try and see what happens. I'm down to, like, 10 prompts I want to write. LOL

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-06-20 21:03
Subject: Stairs! I can has them!
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I just walked down stairs and it didn't hurt! First time since the surgery I've been able to do it pain-free. Whee!

I've still got pain still, but not nearly as much. And I'm soooo happy about this trip down the stairs!

Last night, I was walking and I think I might have bounced a little in my step or I took too deep a breath or both at the same time and I felt such a horrible pain below my largest incision. I don't know what it was. It lasted about a minute so intensely. And then it backed off a little and hurt for another few minutes at a lower level. But... yeah... I took my phone out and almost called 9-11. It hurt more than it did after surgery. But then it passed.It still hurts in that area a little bit, but not much. I have no clue what it was still. Muscle spasm? Muscle hitting something it shouldn't? Something exploding in me? I've got no clue. *sigh* But this is why I'm going to take it easy this weekend even though I made it down the stairs successfully. I hope to soon be able to lie down to sleep! (I can lie down, I just can't get up afterward, which is terrifying, so it's best to not put myself in that situation).


On another note, ugh, my car failed state inspection and needed new brakes. I was hoping that maybe, with all my health expenses, this year fate would be kind to me. Alas, that was too much to ask for. But my car is happier now. So no worries.


Also, I'm thinking of a new series on my blog where I have photos of my stuffed Eeyore from his various adventures. I don't know if it's fandomy enough... but I took a photo of him today and got inspired to share more.

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