hurricane aid for Puerto Rico

Sep. 26th, 2017 04:00 pm
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I just called my Congressmember to ask him to support Rep. Nydia Velasquez's request to suspend the Jones Act (so foreign ships can bring aid to Puerto Rico) and not require Puerto Rico to match FEMA disaster relief funds (because Puerto Rico doesn't have the money). The staffer said she'd pass this along to him: she generally sympathetic to the request to help Puerto Rico after the hurricane, but I'm not sure she, or Rep. Capuano, is aware of this specific.

I heard about this on my Twitter feed, and Rep. Velasquez's press release and letter to the acting secretary of homeland security are here:

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Sep. 26th, 2017 02:47 pm
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Tonight is going to be dedicated to filling out forms for an appointment Cordelia has tomorrow. Some of the answers required will be long, and I'm thinking to ask Scott if he can get her out of the house for a while so that I can work on it . I lost the morning and early afternoon today to an appointment of my own, so she'll be home in slightly less than ten minutes. Tomorrow is a half day at school, so I won't have child-free time then to finish.

Cordelia seems happy at Skyline and not regretting giving up on Community at all.

I'm inching closer to level 11 in Ingress. I think I might be closer to that than Scott is to level 10. My current guardian portal is at 127 days, and I have two other potential guardian portals that I've been maintaining for a while. Sadly for Scott, I accidentally deleted the only key for the one I'd been recharging for him for the last forty plus days. (I think I'd feel worse about that except that he didn't care enough to try to maintain it himself.)

I spent a little time this morning looking at the Yuletide tag set. Finding things to request is always harder than finding things to offer. I wonder if it would be a terrible breach of etiquette to request something as a gift for someone else?

We went out last night to get Cordelia fitted for a rental dress for choir concerts. That was $25, payable to the choir program at her school. Then we shelled out $30 for shoes to go with the dress. I'd have felt better about that if they had samples in different sizes so that we knew what we were getting that way. Also, girl-identifying folks aren't supposed to wear flats. Guy-identifying folks can. Then we paid $15 for a t-shirt.

For some reason, going out there really smacked me hard physically. I'm not sure why. It was very, very hot outside, but Skyline is air conditioned and was no warmer than our house. I got cranky and ran out of ability to stand (I can still walk when that happens. I just can't stand in one spot without falling over). I had my left arm in a sling because I finally got the discharge instructions from my doctor's appointment back in August. I'm apparently not suppose to use that arm and hand for anything at all. I don't know that I can manage that, though.

The choir also requires that each child's family provide a volunteer on at least three occasions. The thing was that they couldn't tell me exactly what they'd expect me to do on those occasions or exactly what times I'd need to be there or really anything but the title of the event and the date. They probably had about twenty different events needing volunteers. I was near melting down, and Cordelia was horribly embarrassed by me.

I think that some part of this was that this was something for which I'd normally have taken Ativan, but it was too close in time to when I needed to take Halcion in order to sleep. I was also worried that we wouldn't get home in time for me to eat (we did, but I no longer had energy to prepare myself food, and Scott has apparently decided that he will only make me food if I ask specifically and tell him what to make).

FIC: To Turn a Page [Luna Lovegood]

Sep. 26th, 2017 02:22 pm
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Title: To Turn a Page
Author: Anonymous
Prompt: # O18
Pairing(s): None (Pre-Luna/Rolf)
Word Count: 5600
Rating: G
Warning(s): None
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Notes: Hoooolllllyyyy crap did I have fun with this prompt (my research notes are probably almost as long as Luna’s lol) and thanks to B for the last minute beta.<3
Summary: After finding an old journal in a bookshop, Luna sets out on a trip that will change her life (and modern magizoology) forever.

To Turn a Page )

Fic: The Petrichor [Draco/Hermione]

Sep. 26th, 2017 02:20 pm
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Title: The Petrichor
Author/Artist: Anonymous
Prompt: # H15 by [profile] anidot90
Pairing(s): Draco/Hermione
Word Count: ~4300
Rating: G
Warning(s): None
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Notes: All the beta love goes to the amazing MrBenzedrine. I hope you enjoy reading this!
Summary: This is why Draco hates thunderstorms. Or loves them.

The Petrichor )


Sep. 26th, 2017 01:31 pm
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I've got a whole bunch of Firefox add-ons that have got the browser tweaked to just the way I like it. So of course, Firefox is due to make most of them obsolete with the upcoming Firefox 57 update, which is supposed to make the whole Firefox experience better and faster and more secure and more convenient for the users.

Yeah, right. I didn't just fall off the turnip truck. Every time a company says something like that, I brace myself for things to become more inconvenient, not less.

Query to the Group Mind

Sep. 26th, 2017 12:58 pm
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Am I the only person still using the LJ client Semagic to compose posts offline and post to LJ and DW in the same pass?

And if so, has the posting to DW via Semagic abruptly stopped working for them, too, or is it just me?


Sep. 26th, 2017 12:53 pm
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Bent over to pick up a bucket of water, for use in emergency toilet-flushing. (See ongoing household plumbing hassles, 2001-present; if it isn't one damned thing, it's another.)

Lifted using insufficient leg action, too much back.

Back Muscles: BAD IDEA!


I'm not currently immobile and bent into a hoop, so I suppose it could have been a worse idea. But I'm undoubtedly going to be hurting for a while anyhow.

Good news and bad news

Sep. 26th, 2017 11:45 am
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New CaringBridge post: Rob has had two more clean PET scans. Yay!

Unfortunately, we have had a new complication. As a direct effect of the treatment he has been undergoing, Rob has now developed diabetes. Read more at CaringBridge here.

I have a new hat

Sep. 26th, 2017 11:38 am
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I went to the Renaissance Festival and purchased something I've been ogling for about three years. I'm very pleased with my new purchase and have updated my default icon accordingly:

Peg's hat purchased at Renaissance Festival 2017
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Title: A Day In The Life…
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Nosy, Ianto, Jack, Owen, Team Torchwood.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 922
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Like every other member of the Torchwood Team, Nosy is never off duty.
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge 204: 24 Hours.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

A Day In The Life... )


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