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August 15th, 2018

Another Wednesdasy

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Oh, thank all the odds: only one more day of this early morning bullshit. I'm so damn tired that I nearly can't see straight. I keep drifting off at the odd inopportune times, which isn't much fun either; there are more quiet times at work than there are very hard to stay awake through.

Very short post today. I can't seem to stay awake long enough to words. Good night, all.

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August 16th, 2018

Meg Reviews Recipes: Potato Wedges with Sloppy Joe Topping

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Source: Australia Women's Weekly Mince Favourites cookbook, p25; ISBN 186396490-8; (c) ACP Magazines Ltd 2006.

This one is another old favourite which I tend to pull out when I'm bored, when I'm just wanting something easy to cook, and when I'm wanting something sharp and sweet to eat.

The recipe basically tells you to make the wedges from scratch (chop a spud per person into eight wedges, grease with a bit of oil, and bake for about 30 - 40 minutes (or until done). You can cheat and substitute store-bought oven-bake potato wedges (follow the directions on the package), or you can substitute any other kind of carbohydrate substrate you fancy with the mince. I've tried rice on one occasion (with leftovers - worked out quite nice); served it up with garlic bread for my partner; and it would probably work quite nicely with some of the more chunky sorts of pasta, or even just plain old hot bread rolls.

Also, sprinkling a little cajun seasoning mix on the wedges turns out nice, although it did tend to get shouted down by the vinegar of the sloppy joe sauce.

The sauce itself can generally do with about half an hour of simmering time, just to make sure the flavours combine nicely. It's a pretty easy one to have the ingredients handy for - onion, garlic, celery, green capsicum, mince, a cup of tomato sauce (tomato ketchup, for my readers in the Americas), mild American mustard, cider vinegar, and some grated cheese to top it at the end (and that's pretty much optional, too).

If you have to pay attention to standing time, or you have upper arm issues, this recipe does require the fine chopping of the various vegetables (plus crushing of garlic), and it'll require a certain amount of standing and stirring while you're browning the vegetables and the mince. However, once you've added the tomato sauce, mustard and vinegar, and stirred everything together, it can be left to simmer on its own. It is possible to time-shift this recipe, by pre-making the sloppy joe sauce and re-heating it around dinner time, and cooking up the carbohydrate substrate at the point where you're re-heating things.

Difficulty: 1 out of 5
Spoons/Fuss and Bother: 1 - 3 out of 5. Really, this depends a lot on whether, like me, you're the type of person who tends to run through all their spoons in the morning, or if you're the type of person who has a bit of energy during the evening. If you're the first, then it's 3 out of 5, if only because it's one of those recipes where you either have to do some pre-cooking in order to have everything ready, or you have to reserve spoons for the evening. Otherwise, probably 1 out of 5, possibly 2 out of 5 if you're needing to consider standing times or chopping times.
Overall: 4 out of 5. This is a bit of a favourite in our household, because it's nice and easy, and it can be eaten with just about anything.
Considerations: Well, definitely don't feed this to a vegan unless you're replacing the beef mince with some other form of vegetable protein (in which case, hold the cheese on top as well). Check the ingredients on your mustard, tomato sauce and cider vinegar if you have allergies (not that you're not already doing this anyway), and choose substrate according to gluten tolerance specifications. Choose mince carefully to comply with Kosher and Halal standards, and for kosher, skip the cheese at the end.

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August 14th, 2018


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Seriously, how is it only Tuesday? I honestly woke up this morning being glad that I only had one more da left to open.... but no! It just had to still be Tuesday, didn't it? I'm not even sure how it's only Tuesday.

It's been such a long day, and I need to go collapse and make myself sleep, so I can go collapse on my, s

Aad yeah, I'm going on to bed now, I'm hopeful that it might not get late before I pass out. I'm so damn exhausted.

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FIC: Understudy, NC-17, Severus/Narcissa

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Here's the second of my two [community profile] hphet MiniFest entries!

Title: Understudy
Author: [personal profile] torino10154
Pairings: Severus/Narcissa, Lucius/Narcissa implied
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Lucius has a little problem. Severus is happy to offer his services in the interim.
Word Count: ~735
Content: Infidelity, fingering, rough sex, biting, not quite hate!sex
Notes: Thanks so much to [personal profile] gryffindorj for the once over and [personal profile] badgerlady for the beta! ♥

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Firewhiskeyfic VOTING

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You can now read and vote on this round of [community profile] firewhiskeyfic!

I highly suggest not having a beverage in hand as you try to read unless you want to spray your computer with your morning cuppa. ;)

The voting post is here.


Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 32, 2018

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Happy Alternate Monday, everyone. :P
I hope you're all having a fabulous day.
I returned to my office today (boo) to find it decorated for my Bday with Hogwarts stuff (yay!).

Ali's List of Fics: August 7th - August 13th )
And here's what's coming up:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )

I'm sure I've missed stuff while I was gone, so fill me in. What's happening? <3

August 13th, 2018

Monday again

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Somehow we're back around to Monday again. Between the train this morning and the train this evening, I managed to write some 1100 words, which isn't too shabby for a day that I couldn't handwrite at all. That said, I wanted to get a bit more done, but I'm just too damn exhausted. I could sleep for a year, if I didn't have to get up and go back to work in the morning. Glynda is gone all week, so I'm opening through Thursday.

[personal profile] katsuko and I did go by the Goodwill in Dunwoody. We ended up picking up a few things: 3 new work polos for her. As for me, I made out like a bandit: 1 new dress, 1 new skirt, 1 new pair of pants, and 2 new tops. I was hoping to find a maxi length black skirt I liked, but I struck out there, as well as on finding some leggings I could wear with my tunic length tops. I was not hugely hopeful on the latter front, but I am a little disappointed on the black maxi skirt front. Oh well. Maybe I'll hit the thrift store in Roswell and try again.

And yeah, I can barely keep my eyes open, so I'm going to start moving towards bed. Good night, all.

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Hey, all!
I'm back home after traveling yesterday (and delayed planes - boo), but was wiped when I got home so I went straight to bed.
Apologies for the recent radio silence, but between the RL destination wedding I attended, AND getting to hang with my bbs [personal profile] dementordelta and [personal profile] lilyseyes at LeakyCon, there wasn't much time for writing.
I will do my best to update all my WsIP this week (for those of you who follow them). ♥

BUT get ready for spam anyway because I have many updates to talk about.

1) There will be a LeakyCon post *g*
2) I got my most recent HP Lootcrate just before I left, so there's that to show you all
3) I have this week's (short) fic wrap up to post
4) There was this little thing called MY BIRTHDAY this past week and I OWE a ton of replies to posts and PMs, and emails.
5) And I have this week's SSHP Prophet to start collecting links for (technically that's not something I'll post here, but in my mind it counts).
Oh! And 6) I just got my [ profile] hd_erised assignment, so I need to squee about that!

SO...more to come! MUAH!

team cap

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what makes you happy by icoulddothisallday [Steve/Bucky, Sam, Natasha]
The world has changed, and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes the best that we can do is to start over.

Closed Book by AggressiveWhenStartled [Steve/Bucky, Tony, Natasha]
Bucky woke up with a headache, a mouth that tasted like something had died in it, and hands-down, swear-to-god, the most beautiful man he had ever seen asleep in his lap...

Bucky Barnes Is Five Eleven, and Other Lies He Tells Supervillains by AggressiveWhenStartled [Steve/Bucky, Sam]
Sam Wilson trudged back into the house, dripping with sweat, stumbling out of his running shoes and stripping his shirt off as he went. He made it to the kitchen and pulled a carton of orange juice out of the fridge, got the cap off, and almost wore it instead when Bucky Fucking Barnes smacked him upside the back of the head...

Soak Them In by Brumeier [Steve/Bucky Avengers]
In which Steve and the Avengers find a way to help Bucky love himself again.

So Runs the World Away by Nos4a2no9 [Steve/Bucky] Explicit
Bucky and Steve reconnect in Wakanda, and Bucky learns something new.

Ice As Sharp As My Steel Heart by TigressJade [Steve/Bucky]
Steve Rogers barely escapes the plane he crashed in the ice and spends months hiking through Siberia to get back to the known world. Then he hears word of someone he thought he'd lost forever, renewing his will to fight once more.

I [Heart] You by writeonclara [Steve/Bucky, Natasha]
Steve’s been hit with a rather telling curse.

August 12th, 2018


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Somehow my entire Sunday is gone again already?! How does this shit keep happening?

Okay, granted, today was a lot of a repeat of yesterday: feeling like I'm getting yanked down into unconsciousness. I'm still not sure if this is something to be concerned about or if it's just thanks to my general lack of sleep during the week.

Tomorrow through Thursday, I'll be opening at work. I've already been told that there is a strong possibility that we'll be secret shopped again. All I know is to be looking for a black man in his 50s: no idea what test or anything. I even made a point of telling LaTrease, "No offense, but I'm not opening ever again: too much of this shit keeps happening on days when I open".

Damn, but I feel queasy. I think I'm going to have to dose with some Pepto Bismol before I go to bed. I know part of it is, sadly, the fact I'm hungry, which is a pain.

Anyway, I'm going to see if crashing will help with any or all of this. See everyone tomorrow.

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I think I accidentally reenacted last Saturday, almost to a "t". Every time I sit still for more than a few minutes at the time, I feel like I'm being violently thrown into sleep. And since I'm trying to get writing done, I am definitely sitting still for more than a few minutes at the time. It's not a thing I'm enjoying because it's hitting me in the productivity.

It also makes me feel like I'm wasting my days off, and since I have to open Monday through Thursday next week, I would rather not feel like I'm wasting any more of my time away from GSU. There are, after all, some Mondays where it feels like I came home long enough to change clothes before going back. Which is obviously not cool.

That said, I'm not sure how much more awake I've got left in me. I keep feeling like I'm going just pull a full on pass out like this:

And I don't want to do that again, if I can help it.

So... good night, all.

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This Has Been A Week

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Short summary: meltdown on Monday due to smoke alarms going off; panic attack on Tuesday due to social anxiety getting kicked good and hard; miseries, rampant brainweasels and depression on Wednesday and Thursday due to after-effects of Monday and Tuesday; further near-meltdown on Friday due to loud shouty encounter (not involving me, but clearly audible, and definitely something I Did Not Need at that point) in office of JobActive provider.

All of this after about three weeks of near-continuous rainy weather and cold temperatures in a house which as far as I can tell has NO insulation at all (built in approx 1920s, no serious upkeep or non-emergency maintenance since approx 1970s). Said house also has no under-cover drying facilities (in rainy weather, we dry our laundry on a rack in the main room of the house, and it takes about two to three days for things to dry out). Plus my depression has a seasonal component.

Plus of course the usual stresses of one class per day from Monday through Thursday (the tutorial on Thursdays is at 8am, which means I have to be out of the house by 7.30am in order to get there on time). Plus the additional fun this week of two appointments with various people at the JobActive provider's office on Friday, and dinner with the in-laws today. (This last would not be an imposition most weeks, but this week, it's definitely heading in that direction).

Thing is, none of these things on their own would be a problem. They became a series of problems because they were most definitely NOT on their own.

Basically, my brain has been throwing up "out of spoons" errors left, right and centre, and I am currently at the point where any kind of cooking more strenuous than making soup or putting something into the oven and letting it reheat is Entirely Too Much Work. Meanwhile the brainweasels all object to buying foodsicles from the shops (because " it's overpriced, you know how to cook that, you can't afford it, you should be able to do this" etc etc et bloody cetera) and throwing fits about me considering canned meals or packet mixes or whatever.

And for this weeks' fun anxiety-inducing thing, I also have two weeks worth of reading for university to do - the stuff I should have been doing over the past week, but haven't been able to due to brainweasels and out-of-spoons errors; and the stuff I have to do for next week, so I'm all caught up. Oh, and the weather turned cold (minimum yesterday was 2.7C) in the last couple of days.

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August 11th, 2018

Challenge #756: "Snape and Social Media: Snapchat."

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Challenge 756: Snape and Social Media: Snapchat

(Posting early this week because of con busyness!)

This service allows people to share shot personal snippets of their lives with people Would Severus find it useful? It would certainly be amusing to see his face altered by some of its filters... However you see it, this week we discuss Snape and Snapchat.

(Remember: drabble posts now appear on livejournal and insanejournal and dreamwidth.)

I love everybody *hic*

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Hey, you guys!

So I haven't been online in a while, mainly because of vacation week, which includes my being at LeakyCon this weekend with [personal profile] dementordelta and [personal profile] lilyseyes (OMG, managed coding while drunk!) and we just came from dinner where we had several butterbeers (with butterscotch schnapps and Captain Morgan's rum), and so I am tipsy.

Which means I should be just in time for [community profile] firewhiskeyfic tonight! *crosses fingers that coding's correct*

AND I am trying to bring Delta and Lily to the party, too, wish me luck! *g*

Anyway, this was all to say THANK YOU for all the wonderful birthday wishes (which I will reply to soon, I promise). Just know I adore you all. ♥

I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world

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[Today's subject line is from Frank O'Hara's Having a Coke with You, which I encountered via a marvelous introduction by the keeper of the Read A Little Poetry blog.]

I hadn't planned on writing any full poems today -- the reasons I worked a nonstop 12-hour stretch yesterday are not yet dispatched to the land of Done -- but I do have one soon-closing-market's guidelines stored on my bookmarks bar, and when I clicked on it earlier this morning (largely in a Please Let Some Fun Prompt Park in My Head To Amuse Me While I De-skank My Kitchen Floor instead of Brain Hamster-Wheeling Ad Pointlessium Through All the Things I Have to Crank Through Tres Vite), some conversations that took place the past two days tilted into the brainpan and twined-extended-curled themselves into a new story. Eventually.

Today I also produced several batches of tomato pumpkin bao . . . .

Tomato Art Fest 2018

. . . . and ran into various people from various circles in the course of wandering around my neighborhood's annual Tomato Art Fest, and inadvertently accomplished some Christmas shopping, and picked up a yard sign for my preferred vice mayor candidate (#TeamTorah) from the voter registration booth. I have also spilled sparkling wine on the gas bill, transplanted two Christmas pepper seedlings, made anchoïade (so tasty on pak choi!), boiled a potful of peanuts, and tugged at a few weeds around hollyhocks I didn't plant. (Yay for self-seeding!) I received some invitations and queries this week that have eased a bit of the ache/insecurity of not being as important to various people as I used to be (the head totally gets it -- it's not as if I stay on top of personal messages or correspondence myself -- but it has to quell the tendencies of my inner eight-year-old (and eighteen-year-old, for that matter) to grieve wholly foreseeable results and turns. I contain multitudes, and they are sometimes seriously tiresome.

But I also received a sparkly-fun six page letter from Rae today, and the BYM has been good about sending me updates from the road, and my poem "Decorating a Cake While Listening to Tennis" (text and audio) is now up at Rattle (it appeared in print earlier this summer). And, I just soaked for as long as I wanted in my tub, with the water as deep and as hot as I could make it, with a stack of magazines (mostly from my mom-in-law) and a fragrant candle (from my gal Rooo and a box of matches with a Conan Doyle quote (from my assistant). Any one of these things would have been viewed by eight- or eighteen-year-old me as a very special treat -- and I get to enjoy them practically every day. It is wondrous to have these things, and I do not take them -- or, really, anything of comfort or convenience or connection -- for granted.

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August 10th, 2018

At last

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Seriously, guys, I thought I was going to go quietly out of my mind waiting for 5:15 today. Then it wasn't any better, because I still had to walk to the train station in the heat, take the train all the way home, take a Lyft home, and then I could finally relax... which pretty much involved laying on the couch and playing games on my phone for hours on end. Such an exciting life I lead. I sure know how to rock a Friday night.

Okay, maybe not as much as [personal profile] katsuko who is asleep on the other end of the couch again. No shock there. Boo is reclining. Luci is sitting on the arm of the couch, getting her butt scratched like she likes. All in all, this is an exciting household.

But mostly, I'm just tired and hungry and wishing I had some damn peanut butter to snack on. I guess technically I do have some, but it's extra crunchy and I only like creamy. (First world problems, huh?)

Anyway, I guess I'm going to make myself go lay down so that [personal profile] katsuko can stretch out on the entire couch. Good night, all.

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Fic: Ulterior Motives

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Title: Ulterior Motives
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Word Count: (1460) 365 x 4
Warnings: Mild angst.
A/N: Written for [community profile] hogwarts365/[ profile] hogwarts365's prompt # 254: "If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.”, Authority, Consistent AND for prompt # 255: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu, Obeisant, Afternoon.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Ulterior Motives )

Happy birthday, Alisanne!

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Hope you're having a fantastic birthday with all the fab folks at LeakyCon!

I owe you a drabble (or something). ♥

FIC: The Office, PG-13, Scorpius/Rose, Blaise/Rose

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I just posted the first of two entries I wrote for [community profile] hphet! The other will go up next week.

Title: The Office
Author: [personal profile] torino10154
Pairings: Scorpius/Rose, Rose/Blaise (unrequited)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Rose has a new job. And a new boss.
Word Count: ~1285
Content: Brief sexual content, fantasy
Notes: Thanks so much to [personal profile] gryffindorj for the plot bunny and once over and [personal profile] badgerlady for the beta! ♥

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August 9th, 2018


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I'm finally actually tired. Like, I'm legitimately drifting in and out of consciousness as I sit here, and that's probably a sign that I need some damn sleep. And yet, at the same time, i'm a little worried that it'll end up being like last night and the night before: I'll go back the hall, I'll lay down in my bed... and nothing will happen for an hour or more. And that's a pain and a half. I don't need to keep waiting on sleep until the weekend.

That said, I think I'm going to go ahead and give it a try. Otherwise, I'll just sit here and keep rereading our older Mag7 fanfics.

Later, all.

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Meg Reviews Recipes: Continental Rich Beef Casserole recipe base

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Another 40g sachet meal base. Again, got it from Coles (I prefer Coles to Woolworths in the grand battle of Australian supermarkets because firstly, Coles supermarkets seem to have a better range of products most of the time, and secondly, Coles has been the nearest supermarket to where I've been living in the past two rental properties. If I had to recommend supermarkets here, I'd suggest Coles first for range and price, IGA second for range, and Woolies a distant third after those two, because sometimes Woolies has products you can't get elsewhere. Aldi don't have a shop anywhere near me at present, so they're not being rated).

This one has the same problem as all other Continental recipe base sachets, namely that the instructions are apparently written in Flyspeck 3, and I need to pull out my reading glasses to be able to make sense of them. Which is annoying.

It's a pretty basic beef casserole recipe, where they ask you to add 500g of lean beef (I went with a couple of pieces of chuck steak, which isn't lean, but is cheap and good for casseroling), 2 sliced onions, 3 cups of halved mushrooms (I went with a 250g pack of sliced mushrooms instead), 2 sliced carrots, 1 1/4 cups of water, and two tablespoons of tomato paste to the recipe base. It's supposed to take about 1 1/2 hours to cook if you use rump or topside as your beef; I chose to do things in my "slow-cooked in the oven" fashion, where it's cooked on a high heat for an hour, then turned down and simmered for the rest of the afternoon. They do say the recipe can be cooked in a slow cooker (I suspect the answer there is basically "cut the water content down by half", because slow cookers are very good at retaining liquids). The advice is to serve it with mashed potato and broccoli - I'm going to be doing the mashed spud, but skipping the broccoli, because Himself won't eat it, and I therefore see no point in paying about $4 per kilo (current price at Coles) for the wretched stuff only to throw it in the bin. The recipe method is "put all the solid ingredients - beef, onion, mushrooms, carrot - into a casserole dish; combine the recipe base, water and tomato paste and pour over, then bake for 1 1/2 hours at 180C" - it is very hard to mess this one up.

Once it's cooked up, there is a lot of gravy. This may be the fault of me using sliced mushrooms rather than whole - I know mushrooms shed their juices like it's going out of style. So, provide lots of mashed spud, or crusty bread, or even rice or pasta, to soak up the excess. Next time I cook this, I might just try a single cup of water, rather than a cup and a quarter. The overall taste is good - it's nothing fancy, but it's a nice reliable beef casserole, and something easy enough to whip up in the morning when you're in need of a decent meal that evening. Himself quite liked it, in as much as I could get a coherent opinion out of him ("yum" doesn't really tell me much).

The cooking can be time-shifted either by doing the "slow cook in the oven" trick, the "straw box" trick (bring casserole to a boil early in the morning, take from oven, place entire casserole into a box tightly filled with insulating material - traditionally one used straw for this; I've had good results from using scrunched up newspaper - and leave, covered in insulating material, for the rest of the day, before bringing it out and reheating if necessary), or just using a slow cooker to cook things up. Or, conceivably, you could do all the prep in the morning, pop the whole thing into the bottom of the fridge for the course of a day, and bring it out to put into the oven as soon as you got home - it'd probably need a bit more cooking time than shown on the packet, maybe about 2 hours, but still do-able.

Skill Level: 0.5 out of 5. If your kid is old enough to be trusted with a sharp knife to chop up meat and vegetables, they could put this together as a very early effort at making dinner for the family.
Spoons/Fuss and Bother: 4 out of 5, mostly for the inconvenience of having to take off my seeing glasses and fetch my reading glasses in order to be able to render the instructions even vaguely legible. Seriously, Continental, a larger font would definitely help here. Australia does have that ageing population thing - larger print might expand your market!
Overall: 4 out of 5
Considerations: The package (once you put on your reading glasses or get out the magnifying glass) warns for wheat and soy, and also points out this is made on equipment which also processes products containing milk, peanut, egg, sesame, fish and crustaceans. If serving to vegans, perform protein substitutions as required. Don't serve this to people allergic to onions, mushrooms or tomatoes. Probably neither Kosher nor Halal - certainly I can't see any indications it might be - so if you're planning on serving something like this to a friend who keeps either of those dietary codes, check with them first.

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August 8th, 2018


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How the hell is it only Wednesday?! I swear this week is fucking dragging by, and I don't like it. I'm ready for this week to be over. I'm ready to have a few days to myself, with just [personal profile] katsuko and the kitties around. The girlies are still behaving themselves, able to tolerate being in the same room for more than two seconds at the time. Luci has pretty much quit chasing Boo, and Boo is hardly hissing at Luci at all lately. (Enough so that I was able to migrate Boo's dishes and litter box out of my bedroom and back into the rest of the house. Yayz!)

It only took them a year.

I managed all of an hour and a half's sleep last night. I need to make myself fall asleep faster, but I really don't want to have to drug myself to do it. Maybe last night's lack of sleep will translate into me falling asleep earlier tonight.

Finally, I have a freaking headache, and the lights hurt it, and sounds hurt it, and smells hurt it... and every time I get a cramp hurts it. Maybe sleep will help with that too, because I have no good way of calling out of work any time soon. Glynda is out all of next week (so I'll probably be opening again, though hopefully not working open to close again too), and I still need to find out if my schedule will change any next week or not.

Anyway, yeah... I'm going to sleep if laying down will help the head or anything else. Good night, all.

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Fic: Roaming Their Way Home

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Title: Roaming Their Way Home
Author/Artist Name: [personal profile] alisanne
Prompt Number and/or Title: Based on the song: Roam - by the B52s.
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry Potter/Severus Snape
Rating: NC-17
Medium or Word Count: 5402
Genre(s): Humor, Romance, Mild Angst
Warnings/Content: Rimming, anal, switching.
Summary: Severus and Harry end up going a long way to find their way home.
Notes: Written for the recent [community profile] slashorific fext (reveals are here).Thanks to the mods for their patience, to [personal profile] torino10154 and [personal profile] lilyseyes for their help with plotting, and to Emynn and [personal profile] sevfan for beta reading. As always, nothing you recognize is mine. Yay, Slash!

Roaming Their Way Home )

team cap

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Full of Grace by Odsbodkins [Steve/Bucky, Steve/Natasha, Avengers] Mature
In an alternate universe, Steve Rogers falls from the train and becomes the Winter Soldier. Bucky Barnes crashes the Hydra plane into the Arctic, and is awoken seventy years later to be made Captain America.

Closer to flying by Odsbodkins [Steve/Sam, Steve/Bucky] Mature
Sam Wilson had thought he had excellent gaydar. The sort of neighborhood he grew up in, then the military, a near-flawless gaydar was a survival essential. He was going to have to revise it to “has excellent gaydar in person. Because he had never had the slightest inkling that Captain America might be gay.

we carry our lives around in our memories by biblionerd07 [Steve/Bucky, Avengers]
James doesn't remember why he has a metal arm. The doctors say he had an accident and has brain damage. Sometimes he wishes he could remember. But every morning he gets to eat breakfast with his friend Steve, so it's not so bad. James thinks he and Steve might be dating, kind of. It's alright if he doesn't remember everything. Steve doesn't mind.

Thaw by Fyre [Steve/Bucky, Team Cap] Explicit
Project codename: Thaw
Target: Captain America. Previously known as Steven Grant Rogers.
Method: Coercion
Notes: Target may be diverted due to resemblance to childhood friend. Utilise appearance to destabilise Captain America by any means. Weaken and/or remove if threat. Maintain and enhance affiliation if malleable. Potential ally.
Timeframe: No upper limit

Riding Shotgun by Fyre [Sam, Steve, Bucky]
How Sam Wilson ended up in the front seat of a VW Bug with Captain America.

MAKE ME CHOOSE: @captainevans by sbstianstan [Steve]

Important pointers

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"Important" anyway. LOL

[community profile] firewhiskeyfic is this Saturday!! Come drink, write, or just hang around and chat. Summer is sooooo quiet around here, it'll be good to connect with some fannish folks again.

[community profile] bbtp_challenge is now on DW as well as IJ!!! Come join the DW comm if you'd like to participate there. We'll be monitoring both for ML purposes so you can feel free to post to either or both. The tag request post will be going up next week so start thinking about what fandoms you want to create for.

August 7th, 2018


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Man, Tuesdays are always kind of weird at work. At least, for the most part, the testers were pretty nice today. As always, we had a couple of them (GACE) that didn't exactly respond well to Glynda's attitude, but I can't do anything about that. I can only do so much GACE whispering, after all.

I did a Hydroxycut this morning and another one at lunch. But I also had soda. I think I might have hit on why I had such a hard time getting to sleep yesterday and why I'm not tired tonight. It's late, but I'm really not tired. I'm hungry, but I'm not tired. Which sucks, because it's after midnight (ha ha!!) and I have to be up for work in a few hours. But yeah, hungry, with no peanut butter in sight and not too long before having to go lay down so that [personal profile] katsuko can at least get some sleep.

I need to find a way to balance this shit out. It looks like it was indeed the probiotics that caused the skin rash, which is both a bummer and a relief. Bummer, because it was supposed to help my digestion issues and nausea. Relief, because at least I don't have to quit taking the Hydroxycut. I'm not sure how well it was helping the weight loss, but it was certainly doing a lot towards keeping me awake at work. I might just have to cut out the afternoon dose or do the caffeine free one in the afternoons.

On a final note, I have a super affectionate Luci right next to me on the arm of the couch and a sweetly sleepy Boo napping on [personal profile] katsuko's leg on the other side of me. I like this.

And yeah, I guess I'm going to try to make myself sleep and ignore the growling stomach. I could stand to lose some weight anyway. Later, all.

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Drabble: Anniversary Celebration

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Title: Anniversary Celebration
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing(s)/Characters(s): James Sirius Potter/Scorpius Malfoy.
Word Count: 100 x 2
Warnings: None, just happy, fluffy sweetness here.
Summary: James shares some memories with Scorpius.
A/N: Written for [community profile] hp_nextgen100/[ profile] hp_nextgen100/[info]hp_nextgen100's prompt # 149: The Leaky Cauldron.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Anniversary Celebration )

Choose your own pollventure!

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You should check out [personal profile] pollventures. I found it on a random search (for Ocean’s 8-tagged posts in Dreamwidth, of all things, during a pirate-themed adventures), and it’s a great community.

It’s Choose Your Own Adventure done via daily polls, and it’s a wild ride. Each poll chooses our course of actions and the next day’s events and poll.

We’re currently playing through Romeo and Juliet, but it has some...twists. I may be drawing on my background as an Italian-American former Catholic schoolgirl to vote in this set of polls? (Spoiler: I am DEFINITELY drawing on my background as an Italian-American former Catholic schoolgirl to vote in this set of polls.)

Definitely check it out. If you like it, you should participate! It’s presently a small group, but they welcomed me stumbling in and randomly starting to vote.

I believe we are currently deciding which boy Juliet should talk to first. I’m voting for the emo boy*, not the sports-obsessed boy. But if you would like to help decide: Swipe left?

*I was a former Catholic schoolgirl theater kid, not a cheerleader, and we went for the emo boys, let’s face it. (There is not anything wrong with being a cheerleader. I just wasn’t one.)

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July has disappeared into a black hole of overtime.

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I’m very suspicious of “getting another person on the team depends on how much overtime you work.” Suuuuuuuure it does. I shouldn’t have to work this much just to tread water.

But! I am off work this week and hanging out with the kidlet, so I will be typing up everything in the Seventh Moon trilogy from the blank book that I have filled up (so I can move onto the next blank book without guilt), all the while watching terrible Hallmark movies and wondering why my favorite science fiction Canadian actors are in these romance films instead of in the science fiction stories that my id demands that they act in.

Whyyyyy can Victor Webster and Jill Wagner not fall in love on a spaceship with space battles, pirates, and mutant powers (or werewolves, or all of the above!) instead of in a twee little farm with a harvest market and a wedding planner or more boring shit like that? I am not built for Hallmark Channel romance films.

I am built for romance amidst terrible science fiction, fantasy, or horror genre cliches. I will eat that shit up with a spoon and come back for seconds, thirds, dessert, and then elevensies, tea time, and second breakfast. Come on, can’t we just film every urban fantasy and paranormal romance out there with a reasonable plot (and not an asshole alpha male) with at least halfway decent special effects for me?

Though I swear that someone at Hallmark has a tractor that they got on a good deal, because the SAME TRACTOR has been in several films as a prop. Daav is on one of the Hallmark films and Killjoys is way better. WAY.

I watched Dudes and Dragons on Amazon Prime streaming even though it’s full of TERRIBLE CLICHES and women in ridiculously lesser amounts of clothing than the men just because it was basically fucking D&D with romance, even though the women didn’t get to be in the adventuring party. Also because James Marsters was playing the villain and chewing the scenery and honestly, James fucking Marsters, look, Spike back in the day was one of my favorite villains. Drusilla was better, though. (You can prefer Spike if you want. I did love them both, but Dru, oh, Dru.)

(Someone really needs to cast him in anything ever again with Juliet Landau. I would even watch him in a terrible Hallmark Channel romance if it was with Juliet Landau.)

ANYWAY. This is my life today. Getting things typed up, handling paperwork, and spending time with the kidlet.

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August 6th, 2018


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Yeah, it was a Monday. It was one hell of a Monday, because Glynda was in a right damn mood... and Richard was in a right damn mood... and it ended up being right at 5:15 when LaTrease told Anastasia and me to pack up and leave (before we get even more overtime built up)... and I didn't make it to the gym again today... and just everything else.

I did, however, manage to get my first actual appointment with my new dentist, even if it's not until September. I can deal with that. I think it's just going to be a cleaning and fitting me for my temporary dentures. That way, when I go back for my big oral surgery (12 damn extractions!), I'll have teeth to chew with immediately afterwards. That will be a good thing. I'm hoping we can spread some of this out over a few months, so that I have time to reacquire money in between, but we'll take it one day at a time.

Anyway, it's past time for me to go to bed. I'm going to give that a try, see if I can't make myself sleep, no matter that I'm still not particularly feeling tired.

So long, my freaky darlings!

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