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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-20 22:13
Subject: Happy Moments
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Hearing Clark Gregg saying the word sneezy.


Also, seriously, what is Clint doing in this photo? It's totally going into my fic: http://www.pennysstuff.com/the-life-of-clint-and-phil/the-life-of-clint-and-phil-1/#/


I'm halfway through season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. BTW. And I'm halfway through my rewatch of SPN Season 8. MAN I love Season 8.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-18 17:32
Subject: My Friday
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I took a personal day on Friday and drove to the Blue Ridge Mountains (which was a thing on my 101 List). It takes about 2 hours to reach the mountains from where I live, and then it's a drive away from home to get up into them. So I ended up driving about 5 hours away and then swung around and drove back up a different route through Appomattix (which was another thing on my 101 List). It was a fun day of just being with myself, listening to audiobooks, enjoying the autumn leaves, and snarfing all the things.

I also think I came up with an idea for my NaNo story. It's based off this Clint/Coulson image that's been in my head for months now, but I didn't know what to do with it. Now I think I have an idea. I don't know where the story is going or how it will end, but I've got a concept that's big enough to last a month. So we'll see what happens :-)

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone :-)

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-16 00:43
Subject: I need fic-writing help!!!
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So... I'm batting around ideas for NaNo this year. The smart thing to do would be for me to either:
1. Do NaNoRebel again and start taking requests for giftfics so I can put the wordcount goal to good use
or
2. Do NaNoRebel again this year with a new project where I would take requests for fics in exchange for donations for the Walk to End HIV (which is what they've renamed the AIDS Walk to here in DC). But I feel weird about making y'all pay. I thought about putting together some sort of Indiegogo-type thing where I could make fandom crafts or fanfic in exchange for donations.

But, in my heart, what I really want to do is:
3. Do NaNoRebel and work on my YA demon hunter novel and write a new fanfic series. I would love to write something sneeze-heavy and really long with a plot/concept or full of tons of short sections/chapters... something like the Before & After series I wrote last year or the Star Wars virus fic I wrote years ago.

The problem is... I HAVE NO IDEAS.

Okay, that's not entirely true. I came up with a cute idea for a fic where Dean gets turned into a dog and had it all worked out in my mind, and then realized there's an episode in Season 9 (which I haven't watched yet) where that happens, kind of. Not anything like what I'd had in mind, but still. Crap. Plus there wasn't any sneezing in my idea anyway, so forget that.

I really want to write a long sneezefic, whether it's a series or not. I'd love it to be either SPN or Marvel, because that's where my muses seem to live right now (I wouldn't say no to a kickass Spander idea right now either though), and I know I'll be jumping around among fandoms come giftfic season anyway. But I don't have any ideas for a long series/concept. And I'm starting to panic. I need an idea. Something big. Something that will get me writing tens of thousands of words without blinking. Something that will be FUN. And I've got nothing. I have ideas for short fics. But nothing big. I want big. I want big story or series of short stories. And I want sneezing potential. Soooooo much of it.

Anyone have a plot bunny or two I can adopt? Please help a gal out???

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-13 21:01
Subject: Noooooooo!
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Did you hear me just shout "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" at the top of my voice? Yeah. That was me watching the last scene of Gilmore Girls Season 7 episode 7.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-11 00:39
Subject: Weekly round-up
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Me this week!

Last weekend I bashed my thumb into the banister and couldn't move it/type well for days. For a day I thought it might be broken, but it was (and is still) just badly bruised. Made typing hard though and I had to be careful about how I used it (I kept forgetting and picking up books a certain way and admonishing myself for it).

Last weekend I went extremely introverted and needed a me weekend. Luckily, it was also Highlander Maxi-Gathering weekend, where people all over the world watch Highlander episodes and then we see who was watching what at the same time. I ended up watching one episode per disc from seasons 1 through 5. I ended up succeeding in my goal and making it through 39 episodes + about an hour of bonus features in 55 hours. So much Highlander goodness. it was wonderful, even though I felt a little ill by the end of the weekend and had to slow down my pace at the end so I could get in a few loads of laundry.

Got strong-armed by a friend into attending a Doubleclicks concert on Monday. Sarah Donner opened for them. Both performances made me laugh & cry, though not necessarily at the same time. I have since bought albums from them both.

Also Monday... gay marriage is now legal in my state. Just like that. I almost missed the announcement as it came four paragraphs down in, like, the 4th email I'd gotten that day from the Equal Rights Campaign. But there it was, same-sex couples could get married as of 1pm that day in VA (and it was 4:30pm when I was reading it). Wow. I'm shocked and so, so, so happy. I spent Tuesday morning during breakfast crying my eyes out over all the wonderful photos of people who'd gotten married all across the state the day before--some just down the road from me and some in other parts of the state. Seeing couples who'd been together 30 or 40 years finally being able to make it legal was beautiful. And on Tuesday afternoon I teared up again when the state of VA sent out an email to all its employees (of which I am one) explaining the procedure for adding a new spouce to one's benefits package. So wonderful to see so many couples finally getting treated like married couples now with the rights and benefits they deserve. So, yeah, that was extremely happy-making.

I started a new crochet project--another scarf. This one's for a charity drive my Harry Potter group is running. I only just learned how to crochet last month, and this is the least interesting scarf ever. But I'm proud of it so far.

Work could be better. Looks like I won't be getting fired, but I don't think I'll ever like the job again. Which is so sad. I used to be so excited to go to work every morning.

Yesterday I read & really liked this: http://elwarre.livejournal.com/1024.html Aww, boys. I don't know what's wrong with me that I like my SPN with a little rape & non-con every so often... as if regular SPN angst isn't enough, I apprarently need more???

I finished Gilmore Girls Season 5 today. Just two more seasons and I'll be done with it (OMG it's going so much faster now that it's on Netflix streaming and I don't have to mail DVDs back and forth).

I'm planning to drive to the Book Thing tomorrow. I have some books to donate and also the Ikea up there has the bookcase shelves in stock and mine here doesn't. Also, my mom has some magazines and books to donate, so I'll be taking her there. Her first trip to the Book Thing. I am curious to see her reaction to it. It's one of those places book-lovers can't help but love, but usually one's image of a warehouse of thousands of free books is somewhat different in one's head compared to what the Book Thing actually looks like.

The drive is a trial run to see how I do on long drives. My hip sometimes hurts when I'm driving, because of how I sit (tense behind the wheel) and I have a day trip planned for later this month, so I want to be sure I can handle that.

Sunday I'm supposed to go to the MD Ren. Faire, but between having no money, a leg that hurts if I walk too much, and an inability to eat any food or drink sold there (and apparently they're cracking down on the no outside food/drink rule now) I suspect I will have a somewhat miserable time. So I think I might skip it.

I'm reading Geography Club right now. It's nothing at all like the movie, which I've now seen 3 times, so that's disappointing. Actually, it's disappointing that it's a good book but I can't like it as much as I should because I keep comparing it to a movie I love.

I'm behind on ALL THE SHOWS. I have hundreds of hours of shows DVRed and my DVR is at 99% full and I'm doing my best to keep up, but there just isn't enough time!!! Plus, yeah, Gilmore Girls keeps calling to me...

I have no clue what I'm doing for NaNo this year.

I'm tired of my fangirl blog schedule. I'd hoped I could hold out until December, but it's been a year and it's time to change things up so that it's fun again. So I'll be doing that soon. This weekend, I hope, if I can get out of this lazy funk I've been in lately. Today I stared at my LONG To Do list while sitting and playing Bubble Mouse for HOURS and watching, like, 6 GG episodes. Granted I was rocking in pain with a heat patch on my abdomen and a heating pad-like-thing on my back, but still. I felt lazy and didn't feel like doing anything but sitting and eating. So that's what I did. Anyway, look for the new blog post stuff soon!

Now I'm going to go read before bed and try to make it through a chapter before falling asleep.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-09-29 22:32
Subject: today was a day
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Today left me so frustrated and exhausted that I can't even be bothered to complain about it. I'm just drained.

Hoping I can do a little more of my usual library work tomorrow. Not getting my twice a week zen time in the stacks finding books has seriously had an impact on my level of personal peacefulness.

I feel like one of these days I'm just going to not get out of bed. And, yay, that's how the depression started last time. So I'm trying really, really hard to not allow myself to do that again. People laugh at my rules... but without them, I would not be functioning because I'd just be my lazy butt on the couch self all the time. And that's no good. Still, the idea of crawling into bed and hiding there with my comfy pillows and blankets for a couple weeks is pretty damn tempting...

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-09-23 21:26
Subject: Things in My World
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Watched Gotham... liked it. Started watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on DVD... loving it. Started watching Under the Dome... not bad, but don't know where this is going.

Work... officially, I am over it. I no longer like my job. I dislike my boss. But after 2 weeks of trying to fight him in order to stand up for my website users, I no longer have the energy and had to give in. I feel terrible about it, but I had to. I hope it doesn't cost us as much as it might.

Kitty... my family's cat, Sugar, is not doing well. I stopped by my parents' house on the way home from the library to say goodbye to her (not that she could hear; she's deaf) just in case her heart gives out or we have to put her to sleep tomorrow. My mother is distraught. I'm crying but holding out hope that she'll bounce back again.

Hip... is doing all right. I am feeling well, but it still hurts sometimes and gets tired. Luckily, my volunteer coordinators at my libraries have been finding me things to do while sitting down. I really, really needed the solace of the library tonight to zen out and escape for a little while. I pushed myself a little harder than I probably should have, but I needed to learn my limits and I'm fine now. So no harm done.

I've got another 140-something pages to read in The Silkworm before the book discussion meetup on Friday.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-09-20 19:17
Subject: Hair!
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I just started Gilmore Girls Season 5. How is Jared's hair so short??? It's kind of blowing my mind.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-09-12 16:45
Subject: Home
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Hip surgery went well. No complications. Sleepy now.

I can even put some weight on it right now (the pain meds haven't worn off completely yet and it's still a a little numb). It definitely hurts, but not too much. But I'm feeling good about this and all went well. Time for drinks and snacks and naps!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-09-10 22:05
Subject: Past, Present, Future
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Here's another edition of "tg is lazy, but here's what's happening in her world"

Past:

  • My new part-timer started work last week. It's going to take her a while to get to understand the complexity of the website, but I have faith in her and she's been good so far

  • My parents finished my floor in the basement and brought over my bookcases and books. I bought and assembled a few extra bookcases. Three of my best friends came over on Saturday for a "Bookening" and helped me catalog and sort through at least 50-something of my 70 boxes of books. I am grateful for their help. We didn't finish, and I'm not sure when I'll ever get to finish at this rate, because this week has been crazy

  • I wrote a fic for [info]cowboyguy's comment fic meme: Hoodie Times(SPN, G) in less than 2 hours, but I think it turned out really nicely.



Present:
  • Work is crazy. We're launching something soon and it's not ready and I ended up handed the rest to the consultant to finish up

  • I have to clean and fix up my house to have my parents over all weekend, which is a lot of stress I don't need.

  • I'm on Gilmore Girls Season 4.

  • I'm starting to freak out



Future:
  • On Friday I have surgery. Again. This time, on my hip. It's been hurting for about 20 years now. The good news is that the surgery should fix it. The bad news is that I won't be able to walk for several days and then I'll be on crutches for a few months to a year based on how rehab goes. And I thought I was prepared for the pain and the recovery until I stumbled upon a blog today that was talking about all the things you need--special ice packs and some contraption that helps you put your socks on and a shower chair and special crutches special ordered online--and I don't have ANY of those things. My surgeon didn't mention I'd need any of those things. I'd just figured I'd have surgery, sit on my ass for a few days, and skip pain meds and just put up with the pain because they did a number on my digestive system last time.

  • I have no idea how much energy I'll have or time I'll have or ability to walk I'll have. I don't like not knowing things! So I'm trying to plan as best I can for all possible outcomes... but I don't have a special shower brush or a grabber or any of the other things the blog says are not optional but absolutely necessary. ACK! PANIC!!



Note: I just spent a few hours in my library and got all my non-BookCrossing TBRs on the shelves. So I'm feeling a little bit better about that now. There are 2 more boxes to catalog and sort through and 3 BookCrossing book boxes to put on bookcases. And there are another 30 or so books to take off my TBR list because I've decided not to read them after all or I found multiple copies. So that's not too bad. I've got a couple swaps to do tonight and some chores to get done still.

I'm feeling incredibly overwhelmed and worried, but less so.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-09-01 16:43
Subject: In which I take a look at Nik (Strokes)
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Tags:strokes

I took a Myers-Brigs-type test as though I were one of my characters for a swap I did on swap-bot and thought maybe you'd enjoy reading the result. I did it for Nik of my Strokes universe...

For this swap, I decided to choose a character I’ve been writing for many years… but I avoid writing stories with him at the forefront because I have problems understanding him. So I usually just have him on the periphery of a story. I feel like it’s hard for me to relate to him because he and I are so different. But this swap is definitely helping me understand him better. I am an ISTJ (or an ISFJ… I am still unable to tell for sure; I think I’m an ISTJ who desperately wishes she were an ISFJ so the test always comes out ISFJ for me) and always thought Nik and I were complete opposites (turns out we ARE complete opposites in type!). But as I filled it out for Nik, I realized one big way we are similar: we both dearly love the people in our lives and would do anything for them. I feel like that’s great common ground to start with.


Step 1 (paragraph describing the character):
If you look the word “promiscuous” up in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Nik. And that picture will be of an attractive, lanky Norwegian God of a man with light blond hair and eyes that change color based on what contacts he’s wearing today. Speaking of clothes, he always wears the flashiest/tightest versions of the latest fashions. Nik isn’t his real name; it’s a name he chose for himself to honor his best friend, Dominik, after the two went through a traumatic, life-changing experience together and left their oppressive, traditional families in the dust. The two friends run a gay nightclub together in southern Maryland in an ongoing series I’ve written since 2001. Nik handles the personnel and Sweetie (Dom’s name; Nik chose it for him) handles all the “boring” stuff like the finances and taxes. Nik is definitely a people person and a flirt. He always has something going on (and it usually isn’t work, though he does like the attention he gets from being the guy in charge). He would do anything for his friends, including offering them permanent, rent-free rooms in his home. In fact, he and Sweetie bought a big home with the intention of taking in the needy in their community. He has a big wardrobe, a big social life, a big sex drive, a big house, a big club, a big hatred of tradition, and a big heart.


Step 2 (take the test):
Nik got: ENFP
Extravert(89%) iNtuitive(12%) Feeling(75%) Perceiving(33%)
You have strong preference of Extraversion over Introversion (89%)
You have slight preference of Intuition over Sensing (12%)
You have distinct preference of Feeling over Thinking (75%)
You have moderate preference of Perceiving over Judging (33%)


Step 3 (read about the result):
ENFP: Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.

Wikipedia says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ENFP
ENFPs are outgoing, creative, and often silly individuals with keen devotion to their ideals and a strong drive to help others. Less developed are their organization, patience for routine tasks, and projection of a serious, committed image. Keirsey referred to ENFPs as Champions, one of the four types belonging to the temperament he called the Idealists. ENFPs account for about 2–8% of the population, including Bill Clinton, Dr. Seuss, and Shannon Oliver-O'Neil.


Step 4 (is this accurate?):
Wow, Bill Clinton? Hmmm. Okay, I can see that. But Nik definitely has the better wardrobe. LOL Actually, this really does seem to fit Nik.
* Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative? Check! The nightclub was definitely his idea and he loves making it a place everyone can have fun. He gets excited at the drop of a hat (especially if that hat is expensive).
* Make connections between events and information quickly? Hmm, I don’t know for sure one way or another.
* Confidently proceed based on patterns? Check! He relies on his personal experiences and “confidence” is his middle name.
* Want a lot of affirmation from others? Check!!! He has strong, core values but needs validation from everyone in his house, even if he has his mind made up. He must hear from everyone that he looks better in the purple top than in the gold one.
* Readily gives appreciation and support? Check! He has his flaws (like driving; he is not allowed behind the wheel ever again), but he gives his support readily; it’s usually up to Sweetie to pull him back to safety sometimes.
* Spontaneous? Hmm, I guess he is.
* Flexible? CHECK! LOL
* Often relies on his ability to improvise and his verbal fluency? He definitely adapts quickly to situations, so, yes, I guess that’s a kind of improvising. And, he lisps, but he can be quite talkative when it’s something he’s passionate about—and he surrounds himself with people and things he’s passionate about. So… Check!
* Outgoing? CHECK!!!!
* Creative? Check!
* Often silly? Check (seriously, his wardrobe alone…)!
* Keen devotion to his ideals and strong drive to help others? Check and check!
* Less developed organization, patience for routine tasks, and projection of a serious image? SO MANY CHECKS!

I had never thought explicitly about Nik’s decision-making process or if he is detail-oriented or big picture-oriented before. I just haven’t written him into enough situations to know if he sits and contemplates humanity or not. But I feel like I know him a lot better now that I’ve taken the time to realize he can be spontaneous and flexible. I will definitely take the knowledge about his type to heart when I’m writing him in the future to make him a little more silly and getting him to improvise. I will also think about the parts I was unsure about above. So much of the rest of the description fits Nik so perfectly that I like the idea of him making connections between events and info quickly and problem-solving in that way. It’s great to be able to apply that to this under-developed part of his character. I hope to make him more playful and more understanding as time goes on. Good luck keeping up with him, other characters!

I hope you enjoyed learning a little about this character of mine. Now I feel bad for avoiding writing him so often over the past 13 years! Sorry, Nik! I realize now you need the attention! I will try not to neglect you so much in the future!

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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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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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