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March 3rd, 2021

Well

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Well, I'm really bad at getting this one damn thing set up. I tried to remind myself to start the damned entry early in the day, but I got buy at work and that didn't happen. I was definitely busy during the afternoon, so it didn't figure.

The laptop froze up to the point of unusability again last night. What a pain in the ass. And I wasn't able to leave a message for the one person at Apple Support I've been talking to. I'm going to try again tomorrow. and then I guess I'll take whoever I can get.

My nerves are not taking any of all of this very well.
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March 2nd, 2021

So tired

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I feel like I need to admit that I'm pretty damn bad at going to bed at a decent time. I meant to get this journal entry typed up early in the evening or even during the day so that I could just get it added to my word count and then go the fuck to bed. But nope, I didn't manage to get the damn entry done until late so it's going to be me stupid late going to bed because of that.

That said, I've got so much damn homework to be working on that it's not funny. I need to catalog at least two photographs for the digital library archive and write two short paragraphs about them for LIS5482, and I need to find a peer-reviewed article to review and archive for LIS5703, both of them due Friday. I'll have another peer-review article due on the 13th as well for LIS5703. That's all leading into a 1,200+ word paper due by March 20. And I'm trying to stay ahead of all of this thanks to the move, and I feel like I'm drowning. Seriously, I feel like I'm fucking drowning. Not that I think anyone cares because it's all "get the degree and do something with your life". Maybe I'll feel better about it when the spring semester is over, but I worry that summer is just going to be even harder since it's so much shorter. It just makes me remember all over again that I'm doing this to shut people up when it's all said and done.

And now I'm crying again. Great. I give up. It's time to go to bed, forget about today, and try to deal with tomorrow.
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(1) Give me a character of mine, a character of yours, and a color, and I'll give you 3-5 sentences.
(2) Give me a character of mine and one of yours, and I'll tell you one time they kiss.
(3) Give me a character of mine and one of yours, and I’ll tell you a time they held hands.
(4) Pick a character or specific pairing/friendship and I will give you 3 headcanons about them.

I'm doing a Zoom conference for the next few days and trying to stay sane.

March 1st, 2021

Well...

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I feel like I'm fighting against both myself and electronics. I've got the laptop that does its own thing as far as... well... everything. I've got my phone that won't hold a charge for shit.

But as far as myself... Yeah, I still can't seem to stay awake during the daytime. It's getting to be a pain as far as work goes, and as for class? I feel null and void. I've got some real anxiety going about the upcoming assignments in LIS5703. A lot of me feels like I should have dropped the class when I had the chance.

Okay, I need to take my nighttime pills (way late as normal), and I need to try to get some sleep in m bed.
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Salt and Pepper Fest is Underway!!

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Head on over to [community profile] hp_goldenage for the first couple of entries for this year's fest. They have links to AO3 if that's your preferred platform.

Hope you find something you enjoy this round! :)

February 28th, 2021

Short

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This is going to be really short because I'm tired and hot and a bit ready to find a place to be horizontal for sleep.

It's starting to get a bit warm in Tallahassee, so I'm definitely going to have to find some space to get the fan out of retirement. The best I've been able to come up with for location is to rearrange the lamp in the situation and put it there. It's definitely not a "late at night' position, but it's the best I've got as far as the living room is concerned.

Every so often today, someone has seen fit to remind me of part of why we're moving. Earlier today, we had the upstairs neighbors with their music blaring so loud I could make out lyrics from the living room. And now I've got people parked outside with the stereos going... and I can't even tell if they're in the apartment complex or the mall parking lot a quarter of a mile away: I have been able to hear some folks' stereos in either place just as well thanks to how loud they're cranked up.

So that's all I've got in me. Good night, all.
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Fic: February Ficlets 28: Hex 1/1 (Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles, PG)

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Title: Hex
Author: [personal profile] starr_falling
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: PG
Word Count: 615
Genre: slash, flashfic
Warnings: none
Summary: Derek loves his mate, but Stiles can be a little intense at times.
Disclaimer: I do not own Teen Wolf or its characters. They belong to Jeff Davis, and MTV.
A/N: Written for the prompt: hex.

Hex ) You can also read this entry on Dreamwidth.

Hey

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I've been working on this one all month so I'm nearly done with it. On and off I've worked on my crochet projects so the purple-green one is close to ready. Naturally in time for spring, lol. But at least it'll be ready for next winter! But my brain hasn't had much space for anything except browsing tumblr and twitter so not as much progress as I did manage in the past months.

update )

How's everyone else?

computer shenanigans reloaded

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After the update issue with my computer was resolved I had a total of two (2) days until the machine developed hardware issues, usually after it ran for a couple of hours, but given that most vid confs are in my afternoon that's a problem.

The advantage of all-in-one pcs is that they run "out of the box" and allow for an exceptionally clean environment (read not dust bunnies between cables behind the monitor, under the table next to the tower, etc. pp. - for somebody with my level of allergies that's a BIG PLUS - because I lived years with daily cleaning my desk environment - and the resulting frequent cable and connector issues) - so for someone like me an AIO is a gift. With the downside that you can do truly little if the hardware starts failing. I did what was possible...

...and admitted defeat last Thursday.

Turns out, February 2021 is an inconvenient time to need a new AIO with camera, microphone, and a decent screen in size and resolution (I'm used to 4K since 2015, I am so not going back to those grainy, greyish blobs making decent graphics work impossible; I did that once with a laptop and I oh so regretted it until I had a chance to replace that machine with a better one), because after one year of home office for everyone, all that's left on the market with a delivery time within March this year is scrap or luxury.
The latter will -hopefully- be delivered next week (they say Tuesday, but I have no firm confirmation yet), and washing machine, laundry dryer, microwave, fridge, freezer, and tv better all make it to 2022, because the "household appliances emergency fund" for this year is already empty.

So, another three weeks lost to computer shenanigans - because if it gets delivered in time, then next weekend will be spend setting up and getting to know all the possibilities of the new machine (and given its price tag, I expect it to serve coffee and donuts in bed. At least.)! [A mirrored Dreamwidth post | read comment count unavailable comment(s) at DW | post a comment at DW | How to use OpenID ]

Creamy Asparagus and Cheddar Bake

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I got a lovely birthday pressie from the wonderful [personal profile] lunabee34! Four clear quartz crystal points for energy work! I can't wait to get started. Thank you so much! I love them!

I'm posting my recipe for the week today since I have to go to the doctor tomorrow morning. I asked [personal profile] lunabee34 what she'd like and she said a nice vegetable side dish. Since it's almost spring I went looking for a spring vegetable and this is what I found! Hope y'all like it!



Creamy Asparagus and Cheddar Bake )



In other news, apartment inspections are on the 12th, despite the mess of the plumbing going on. They just want to check for general cleanliness and I have Sally, my Helper, so I'm not too worried. Still, it's a thing I'll be grateful for when it's over. WIsh me luck!

February 27th, 2021

Productive?

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I guess you could say that I was productive today. It just wasn't in writing or anything like that. We went to Cuthbert. We finished all the remaining boxes. We got 30-something boxes of varying sizes down from 30-something to 4 totes and 2 boxes that were literally stuffed full of manga; we decided to leave those as is and go through them here after the move.

Mum bought us a Soda Stream, as I think I mentioned. The main part of it wasn't supposed to arrive until Wednesday, but it got here today instead. So, of course, I played around with it and got to have mango fizzy water.

And I guess I need to try to sleep in my bed for a bit. If we go anywhere tomorrow, it might be to Target to get more Soda Stream flavors. Because I'm trying to ease myself off so much soda, not cold turkey it. Even going easy on the soda today has left me with one hell of a headache.
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Fic: February Ficlets 27: music and cats 3: Perseverance 1/1 (The Witcher, Gen, G)

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Title: Perseverance
Author: [personal profile] starr_falling
Fandom: The Witcher
Pairings: none
Rating: G
Word Count: 463
Genre: gen, flashfic
Warnings: none
Summary: “Think your cat’s broken,” Lambert drawled.

“It’s not my cat,” Geralt said
Disclaimer: The Witcher and all related properties belong to Andrzej Sapkowski, CD Projekt RED, and Netflix.
A/N: Written for the prompt: perseverance.

Perseverance ) You can also read this entry on Dreamwidth.

RPG Pimping

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I posted a while back about looking for a Harry Potter game. Since we couldn't find anything, [personal profile] sparkysparky and I decided to start one. It's small and we tried it out for size before publicizing, but if you are looking for a thread based game on Insanejounal, you might want to check it out.

[info]hogwarts_mods. The game is set in the future where wizarding folks in the UK are all dead and Hogwarts starts bringing people back from the past.

Characters from all generations are welcome.

I've seen the dark side too

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My YouTube feed just showed me the Josh Groban/Helene Fischer cover of "I'll Stand by You," a song that's inextricably tied to Snupin fandom for me (though, given how into hurt/comfort I was before I ever knew of fandom, yes, it pretty much belongs on any soundtrack . . .). I like Josh, but it isn't doing it for me -- like the Génération Goldman cover of "Là-Bas," it has a produced gloss that doesn't serve the song. This is more my speed:



Earlier today, I managed to talk myself out of splurging on a raised bed kit. (25% off is still 75% too much for my current bandwidth. I still have straw from three or four years ago to spread . . .) Today's docket includes writing a number of thank-you and get-well and GOTV cards, working on a catalogue about medieval Italian manuscripts, and drafting my last public Tupelo poem (my sponsors will be getting two more via email). I've been using holidays to keep the well primed, so tomorrow's poem could involve tooth fairies and small change, though right now I'm thinking more about scouse and soufflés. This entry was originally posted at https://bronze-ribbons.dreamwidth.org/420926.html. I see comments at DW, IJ, and LJ (when notifications are working, anyway), but not on feeds.

February 26th, 2021

Shifting

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It's been a bit of a day. I'm not even sure what happened, but somehow the music on my phone got all screwy, so I've spent entirely too much time getting it fixed back up just so.

For lunch today, I managed to start doing something like Vegiterranean. I had a Caprese salad with some extra tomatoes, a few pieces of cheese, and some fruit. It felt unreasonably decadent, but I was also full for hours afterward, despite only having eaten less than 400 calories at the time. And that is good because I blew dinner. It was very late when we got done with grocery shopping, so we just grabbed bowls for our meals. I mean, I tried to be good and get mostly veggies, but I still blew my carbs, fats, and calories for the day. Not by much, as far as carbs go, but the fat and calories weren't good.

I still haven't been able to fix that serpentine belt. I did get a quote from Take 5 Oil Change, where I usually get my oil change done. Their service center can get it done for somewhere between $200 to $400, depending on if it is just the serpentine belt... or if that is even the problem. Charlie suggested I get some belt conditioner at Auto Zone; that way, I might be able to extend the use of the belt until I can get it replaced. Unfortunately, it might be something I have to do after the move, given that price. RepairPal.com has sort of lied to me, saying that the cost should be less than $200 in my area. But then again, apparently, this place on South Monroe, C.A.R.S., skews the price for everyone else. I might have to check with them on Monday.

I can't seem to get to sleep, and we have to be on the road no later than 8:00 tomorrow morning. I'm going to see if laying down in my bed helps in any way with this.
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Fic: February Ficlets 26: First Time 1/1 (The Hobbit, Bilbo/Thorin, PG)

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Title: First Time
Author: [personal profile] starr_falling
Fandom: The Hobbit
Pairings: Bilbo/Thorin
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1,034
Genre: slash, everybody lives/nobody dies au, flashfic
Warnings: none
Summary: Thorin Oakenshield is working in Bree the first time he meets the Baggins of Bag End.
Disclaimer: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and all related properties belong to J.R.R. Tolkien, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and WingNut Films.
A/N: Written for the prompt: Thorin Oakenshield is working in Bree the first time he meets the Baggins of Bag End.

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February 25th, 2021

Fic: February Ficlets 25: Zen 1/1 (Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles, PG)

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Title: Zen
Author: [personal profile] starr_falling
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: PG
Word Count: 376
Genre: slash, flashfic
Warnings: none
Summary: Derek growled. Took a deep breath. Remained calm.
Disclaimer: I do not own Teen Wolf or its characters. They belong to Jeff Davis, and MTV.
A/N: Written for the prompt: zen.

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Fic: What You Need

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Title: What You Need
Fandom: The Lost Boys
Pairing: Michael/David, mention of Star/Michael
Summary: Michael thought that he wanted Star, but he realizes that there is a deeper need growing inside him.
Rating: G
Rating: Written for dragonflower1 at Chocolate Box – Round 6 on DW/AO3
Disclaimer: No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.

What You Need )

That age old question...

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Which is harder to come up with: a title or a summary?

I'm working on two fics and I have a title for one and a summary for the other. *tears hair*

I'm trying

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Okay, y'all, I'm trying here. I'm really freaking trying, and we'll have to see how long I'm able to keep it up. I got all my blood tests back yesterday while I was at the doctor, and... well... It's a lot.

Cut for long medical babble and test results )

So her overall suggestions? Of course, exercise more, lose weight, try to stay where I don't have to add more medications. Her suggestions? Trying to get in a 30 minute walk 3 days a week (of course). Eat low-carb, low-sugar. She recommends Mediterranean, with an emphasis on whole foods and whole grains. I almost wonder if a Vegan Keto might not get me start, though: get some weight off and then transition to Vegiterranean.

This is going to be fun. /s
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Trying to get back into reading more fic

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And along that line, finished a lovely Sheith fic by stardropdream, an absolute blessing in the Sheith fandom.

With the Last Star in the Sky | #sheith #sheithnsfw | rated E | 26k
https://archiveofourown.org/works/25767433

Shiro knows he'll never meet his soulmate, the famous Keith Kogane. After getting laid off, Shiro returns to his hometown to help his parents with their hotel. 

And then Keith shows up.
 
 



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February 24th, 2021

Fic: February Ficlets 24: Neighbor 1/1 (Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles, G)

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Title: Neighbor
Author: [personal profile] starr_falling
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: G
Word Count: 818
Genre: pre-slash, flashfic
Warnings: none
Summary: Derek would prefer to never have to interact with his new neighbor.
Disclaimer: I do not own Teen Wolf or its characters. They belong to Jeff Davis, and MTV.
A/N: Written for the prompt: neighbor.

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Drabble: Twin Peaks, PG-13, Ron/Hermione

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Title: Twin Peaks
Pairing: Ron/Hermione
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Disclaimer: Not mine.
A/N: Unbeta'd.

Twin Peaks )

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My daughter is running at the Bronx Zoo and they are supporting lemurs in the natural habitat.

I know these are hard times, but if you can spare something, please donate.

Getting close

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Y'all, counting today, it's 43 days until our move. We have 99% of the books and movies packed up, which feels like a huge accomplishment. As far as the living room, we still have the entertainment systems packed up, the VHS packed up (and a lot sent to Goodwill), and taking down decorations. There's also still the coffee table and dining room tables to go.

We're not bringing the couch with us, last I checked, so that's got to go out to the garbage at some point. I'm not sure that my new computer desk will survive a move, so I'm not sure if that will come with or not. I'm already giving some thought to replacing it, as it was a cheap thing designed to fit in the limited space in my current bedroom, and I'm thinking either this 71" desk or this 59" desk. They're both L-shaped, much like the couch we're looking at. So obviously we're trying to get things arranged so that we have plenty of room, which isn't easy when we're not 100% sure on our space just yet. Either way, I feel 99% certain that the couch isn't moving with us and 65% certain that the desk isn't.

After that, we still have two small hall closets to pack away, one of which is mostly the girls' stuff. I'm going to pack the living room ottoman with their belongings and the ottoman I'm ordering with my oversized stuff. I think I'll take the cat ottoman and let the movers (if we're able to afford them) take the oversized one. That way, all I have to worry about is taking their ottoman, their rolling chest, and them to the new house before the movers (again, if we can afford them) start bringing over furniture. I don't know which room it would be easiest to put the girlies in. There is a decent size upstairs bathroom, after all. But I don't know how well they would do alone in a small room together; it's never happened before.

Once again, I'm looking at low carb recipes, thanks to what one of my doctors said as far as what my food limitations should be: low carb, low sugar, low fat. I have no idea how I'm supposed to pull that one off and not break the bank. I mean, all that basically leaves is protein, right? That's going to be damn interesting for a vegetarian. Any suggestions are most welcome.
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February 23rd, 2021

Fic: February Ficlets 23: Earth 1/1 (The Hobbit, Bilbo/Thorin, NC-17)

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Title: Earth
Author: [personal profile] starr_falling
Fandom: The Hobbit
Pairings: Bilbo/Thorin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 662
Genre: slash, everybody lives/nobody dies au, flashfic
Warnings: sex
Summary: Bilbo and Thorin enjoy an early morning in the garden, planting seeds for the future.
Disclaimer: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and all related properties belong to J.R.R. Tolkien, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and WingNut Films.
A/N: Written for the prompt: earth

Earth ) You can also read this entry on Dreamwidth.

birds and flowers bringing

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So, between allergies and scratches and figurative kicks in the teeth and waking up hung over (which seemed profoundly unfair because it was one flute of prosecco during a retirement-party Zoom and one flute of vermouth after dinner, but apparently that's one digestif too many for my metabolism these days) and nearly putting antibiotic ointment instead of toothpaste on my brush -- well. Hello, dregs of February.

But I slogged through this, that, and more, so some deliverables got delivered, some reportables got reported, the house is cleaner, and I pulled together a lemon-rosemary-olive-panko-parmesan-macaroni thing for dinner. It was mild enough today to walk to the Little Free Library in sandals. There have also been three rabbit holes: One was the lore surrounding St. Matthias, in the course of pulling together twelve lines for tomorrow's Tupelo poem; I was also intrigued by the why and wherefore of coppices, but that didn't make it into the draft. (Today's contribution was 14 lines of dog-gerel, so to speak . . .)

The second was triggered by Sam's Tumblr post on Sargent's depiction of Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson. What an intricate household that was. I did not know that Fanny and her daughter Isobel were both cougars (with the same writer-illustrator).

I have not watched this video of "Let Beauty Awake" in full yet, but even a few seconds . . .

The last is a current memory-melody worm: there's a Swedish cradle song in a 1957 textbook called Singing in Harmony that one of my elementary schools discarded when I was a kid. (The Commonwealth of Kentucky Public Instruction stamp inside the front cover has a line where one was supposed to indicate "White" or "Colored" . . .) The setting is similar to some Beethoven art-songs I'm fond of; the next-to-last measure particularly gets me, and I've played it several times today:

birds and flowers singing

Last night I looked up the composer and lyricist. There doesn't seem to be much online about W. Th. Söderberg (though the song got around enough to merit sheet music for mandolin and guitar -- published in Seattle . . .), but the author of the English words, one "Auber Forestier," turns out to have been the formidable Aubertine Woodward Moore, whose many roles included serving as music director of the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin. (For some other day: she apparently gave Whitman season tickets she couldn't use and may have been on a first-name basis with Alcotts and Emersons and fiddlin' Bulls . . .) This entry was originally posted at https://zirconium.dreamwidth.org/172559.html.

The day after

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I'm still a little pissy and a little punchy today for some reason. I think a lot of it is because I'm stupid hungry. We ate dinner relatively early yesterday, finishing up around 6:00 or 6:30. I mean, we ate good from Bella Bella: bubble bread, fettuccine alfredo with artichoke soup for me, and spinach and roasted garlic ravioli with artichoke soup for [personal profile] katsuko, as well as a birthday cupcake each. Unfortunately, by the time we got in the shower an hour later, I was vaguely snackish, but I didn't end up getting anything except for hot tea. That's probably why I'm hungry and cranky now. That, and I'm hot, headachy, and ready to go back to bed.

I've taken a page from Bernadette Peters' book and started an inventory checklist of what's in boxes for this move. I've also got a running tally of furniture and other things not in boxes and how much they cost. If I'm doing math correctly, we have about $7600 worth of furniture and other shit that wouldn't be in boxes, which surprises me. I might be overestimating the value of our furniture, but who knows. I'd rather overestimate the worth than underestimate it.

Still, it's a something, I guess.

Time for me head home and see what kind of trouble I can get into there.
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February 22nd, 2021

Happy birthday to me

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Well, the birthday thing is over and done with for another year.

So I'm another year older. So what? Who cares?

Sorry, I"m just went through a few of my previous birthday posts and saw how little ver goes as planned. This might be the first time that it was more or less completely non-existant. Even 2020 was more than today.

So I guess, again, yay, I’m another year older. I'll try to make it to the next one. It just feels so disappointing after how much effort and all that I put into making sure that [personal profile] katsuko had a good one. (I think we’re back around to the point of I get so tired of doing so much for others and feeling like I've gotten the short end of the stick.)

Yeah, that's the 2021 mood.
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Fic: February Ficlets 22: music and cats 2: Trust 1/1 (The Witcher, Gen, G)

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Title: Trust
Author: [personal profile] starr_falling
Fandom: The Witcher
Pairings: none
Rating: G
Word Count: 546
Genre: gen, flashfic
Warnings: none
Summary: It was unnatural, a cat that liked a Witcher.
Disclaimer: The Witcher and all related properties belong to Andrzej Sapkowski, CD Projekt RED, and Netflix.
A/N: Written for the prompt: trust.

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