Deborah Watling

Jul. 22nd, 2017 06:41 pm
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Some more sad news for Doctor Who fans (well, of the Classic variety at least): Deborah Watling has died, aka companion Victoria Waterfield. A lot of people have linked to the clip from Tomb, but it is such a beautiful scene, so I'm going to do it as well:



(Forgive the embed outside the cut this once.)

Victoria was a companion that I always liked the idea of more than what they actually did with her most of the time, but Debbie Watling always seemed pretty lovely, and she had a very good relationship and rapport with both Patrick and Frazer. My old telly adventures have also led to me watching her (at least briefly) appear in The Power Game, along with her father, Jack, who was a regular (a favour which she returned in DW, getting him cast as Professor Travers in two of the Yeti stories).

Drowning In Clutter

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:18 pm
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I have STUFF. It accumulates. Being a frugal, responsible person, I kept a lot of it because "it might be useful" or "somebody else might find it useful" or "I could give it away on Freecycle" or "I could sell it on Ebay". And I did none of the above. None.

The effort and stress of listing something on Ebay has obviously been too great for me to summon up the energy to do. Likewise for Freecycle. This gives me much guilt, because putting things into landfill when they could be recycled is BAD. BAD KA! BAD BAD BAD! I have thus been caught between feeling guilty if I threw it away, and feeling stressed if I didn't. Because Stuff Taking Up Space is getting to really stressful levels for me. I have all these craft materials! I need to put them somewhere! I'm running out of space!

I have finally said "enough!" (or "too much", really). Forget Ebay. Forget Freecycle. Forget them all. One phone call, and I have booked a Hard Rubbish collection. My hope is that people round about will take at least some things off the pile before it gets collected by the Local Council. Shove my guilt, the stress has just gotten TOO MUCH. Stuff it!

So. Hard rubbish. Today I've been going around the house gathering stuff and clearing away stuff. Hopefully my nephew will help me tomorrow to put heavy things outside on the kerb.

Read more... )

It will be good to get rid of it all.

It's Official...

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:18 pm
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I went to the GYN-Oncologist yesterday. My mother-in-law drove me out the hour to the office. The appointment was a standard GYN appointment, at least in terms of PAP things.

The doctor was nice. He started by asking me what I knew about my current situation, and then went on to clarify things for me.

According to the analysis of my biopsy, there's a 68% chance that the tissue they took is cancerous. But, he said that's a conservative percentage, and to assume that it is indeed cancer until they can examine it more closely.

It's not almost-cancer anymore. It's being called cancer. That's scary.

The doctor was quick to tell me that it's one of the easiest cancers to treat, and that they do the procedures like mine ten to fifteen times a week. He then explained exactly what is going to happen. Hysterectomy. My uterus, cervix, Fallopian tubes, and lymph nodes that attach to the uterus are all being removed. They'll dye those with ink so they don't take the ones attached to my bladder or anything. Five hole-shaped incisions in my belly, kind of like hole punches, to insert instruments and things. Then, they'll remove my uterus through my vagina. Part of the pap was to make sure the vaginal opening was large enough to accommodate the uterus.

As for when this surgery will take place, that's still undecided. The person in charge of it will be calling me to schedule and give me information by mid-week next week. If I don't hear from them, the doctor said to call myself. I've got the cards for both that person and the doctor.

I'm going to take the first opportunity presented for the surgery, obviously. The doctor says recovery time will be between 2 and 4 weeks. And the surgery might not happen before school starts. At this point, I'd prefer it be a week or two after the kids come back, so I can prep them for what's coming and start the school year off on my terms.

I will have to talk to my co-advisers in NHS. With this coming up, I can't devote the mental energy to dealing with induction and all the start-of-year stuffs. Too much stress, and I'm already getting tired just from minimal effort from stress. The idea of adding to it? Nope. I'm going to be reducing Anime Club meetings at the beginning of the year as well, unless I can find a new co-sponsor or sponsor helper who's willing to corral that many kids on Fridays. We'll see.

So, yeah. Uterine cancer. Fun stuff. Anyone else reading this ever have cancer treatments? How'd they go for you? So far, no one's saying I need chemo, but I may need additional surgery to remove the ovaries, depending on how far the cancer's spread in my reproductive system. If I were a few years older, there wouldn't be a question about keeping them - they'd just go.

More Adventures in Learning French

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:21 pm
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I'm still working on my French, and while it's definitely improved, I still have a very long ways to go. As a lark, I thought I would try to translate one of my old drabbles into French. "How hard could it be?" I thought. But wow, it was so hard! I wore out Google Translate checking translations and back-translations, and I think the result might possibly make sense, but I'm not sure. Anyway, if any of you speak French and want to check it out, it's here:

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11571129

I have also been seeking out French videos to watch / listen to, and I came across this slightly terrifying one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pJMNZLw-XA

I kind of wish I had a video of my face as I slowly managed the translation and figured out what it's about.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 10:48 pm
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Just when I was in need of a calming distraction... an unexpected Neko Atsume update appears. I've got to admit that I'd mostly stopped playing but given the number of conference call requests that the team mailbox got bombarded with this afternoon now seems like a good time to start checking in on the Neko Atsume yard again.

In real life feline news Kheldar is thoroughly disappointed by the amount of water that has fallen from the skies today. He has apparently spent most of the day asleep under a bed and is only willing to venture outside now that the rain has slowed from torrential to the occasional bit of drizzle. It is very, very wet underpaw and frankly that's just not acceptable for an elderly cat.

it's too darn hot

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:28 pm
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it's 81f but feels like 85f

the report was for it to be 86, but feel like 100. glad that didn't happen, but i just don't like the heat.

i read someone's comment on-line once that when it's cold you can add layers, but when it's hot, what can you do? remove your skin?

anyway, see the post i made about heat exhaustion vs heat stroke and try to stay cool out there.

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I still have to review Extra Virginity as well, but I actually liked that one, so it will take longer to compose….

One of the things I did get done yesterday between work, the ball game, and the Epic Sunburn, was finish a slim book of short stories called A City Equal to My Desire by James Sallis. This wasn’t a book that was recommended to me, which means I don’t have to feel bad about truly disliking it. I found it in a keyword search on the library website for books about ukuleles, and it has a short story called Ukulele And The World’s Pain, which admittedly was one of the better stories in the book despite still not being very good.

From what I can tell, he did pick the best story out of the book to develop into a novel, “Drive”, but it is very obviously unfinished in short-story form. Sallis has a couple of ongoing problems in the short story collection, one of which is that he tends to skip the vital information you need in order to know what the fuck is going on. And not in a “the blanks slowly get filled in” way, or in a “your imagination is more terrible” way (though there is a little of that) but just in a way where like…he says something that you understand to be vital to the story but which is missing context, then spends like a page describing the fucking diner someone’s sitting in, and by then any context forthcoming doesn’t get linked back. It’s like being in the middle of a paragraph when you hit the photo plates in an older book – yes the photos are very interesting thank you but I need to finish the thought you were sharing with me before I go back and look at them. I think maybe he thinks this is challenging the reader but it’s not, it’s just annoying and makes what are otherwise interesting premises totally opaque. I shouldn’t need to work this hard for a story about a hit man who decides not to kill a politician. 

If the book had a more cohesive theme in terms of the stories, it might be more readable – he clearly enjoys building worlds and then doesn’t quite know what to do with them once he’s built them, so if this was an entire book of “weird and different worlds” ala Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, I would buy in more fully and I think he would have put a little more elbow in. But it’s not. It’s mostly “here’s a really interesting world and a person living in squalor in it does something while being in it”. Also he appears to be fascinated by describing things that are shaped like pi. And a lot of times it feels like he read a wikipedia article on something and wanted to share some knowledge, so he just kind of built a half-assed story around his wikiwander. 

And all of this I would probably let go if say, it was something I was noticing in a fanfic writer, or someone who was just starting out, or someone I felt was genuinely trying to get a point across. But there’s this inexplicable sense of arrogance to the collection, a sort of smugness to it that in professional writers drives me up the goddamn wall. Stephen King sometimes falls into the same trap, where it feels like the author believes they don’t have to respect their readers because they are The Writer. 

The thing about volumes of short stories is that you keep reading it because sometimes there is a real gem. And there are one or two good stories in the volume, but I don’t know if they’re worth the rest of it. 

So my review I guess is mostly me being annoyed, but it boils down to “If you like short stories in the SFF Noir genre, give it a whirl, but if you’re bored with a story none of them get better, so feel free to skip to the next one.” 

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"Small Hands", chapter 2

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:35 am
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Here's one more chapter before move-preparations swallow me up completely!

Summary: Two late-comers to Cormallen are nervous about meeting the Ring-bearers. In the process of getting to know them, they learn a great deal about hobbits... and their new king. Characters include Aragorn, Pippin, Frodo, Merry, Sam, and Gimli.

Links to Chapter 2:

http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7551

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12572274/2/Small-Hands

Happy Birthday...

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:46 am
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... to [personal profile] grondfic and [personal profile] kerkevik_2014! I hope you both have an excellent day!

SSHG Promptfest Reveal

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:43 pm
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So, the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptest has completed, and the reveals are up.
I made two items for the same prompt, because it was such a fabulous prompt:

Threads. As light as gossamer or spun into a thread; holding things together at the seams; yarn woven into a tapestry or the warmest blanket; twisted into string, a cord, a rope. Threads of memory or of hair. Loose threads. (prompt by [livejournal.com profile] eoforth)

First piece: Interlocking LivesSSHG Jewellery
On Etsy (more pictures, and yes, you can buy it!!!)

Second piece: Woven Threads
On Etsy (more pictures, and you can buy this one too!)

ugghhhh

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:23 pm
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I've been using Photobucket for so long that I have no idea what else is out there. Recs? Anti-recs? Links to posts comparing different services?

So help me, switching over to Dreamwidth was tedious enough. I am NOT looking forward to this.
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via [personal profile] twistedchick

it's free, they even give you supplies necessary to take care of the kitten.

all you have to to is feed them, care for them & clean up after then for a few weeks.

not sure how to take care of a kitten? humane society silicon valley has a 2-hour orientation & will give you the phone number of someone that will answer your questions.

this article has all the info, including links the the HSSV page & calendar with the next scheduled orientation.

if you're not near this place, check with your local shelter, they might have a foster program of some sort.

Mid-July Update

Jul. 19th, 2017 09:29 pm
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So much has happened in the last few days, I can't limit a post to just one topic. So, in no particular order:

1. My sister got married! We went down last Friday to meet family and do the rehearsal dinner. It was amazing to see my extended family again! Rooming with my brother and his girlfriend...not so much. I got maybe 3 hours of sleep between Friday and Saturday, due to an incident. I was up at 4:40 Saturday morning, so I could go pick up my sister and her maid of honor and get them to the salon for their 6am appointment. We stopped at Starbucks to pick up drinks, and once I'd gotten them and their things settled, I went back out to pick up donuts for the bridal party (and me!). I also had to run out and pick up a full clothes steamer - the travel-sized one they had wasn't robust enough to steam her wedding dress. She offered to pay me back for it, but we've wanted a steamer for a while, and her wedding provided an excuse.

We got her to the venue and into her dress, and the ceremony was gorgeous. My sister was gorgeous. She was beaming and her eyes smiled as much as her mouth. Her fiance was nervous, but just as excited as she was. I got very misty eyed, but couldn't quite cry, because they both were so happy and so very obviously in love. I didn't end up crying till my dad's speech at the reception. The reception was very fun. It started a little late, thanks to a snafu with my sister's dress - the people who'd tailored it didn't give very detailed instructions as to how to properly bustle the train - but no one noticed or cared, aside from my sister. We ate, hung out, danced - and got my parents to dance a few times! - and had a general good time. We blew bubbles at her and her husband as they left the reception, and as everyone started drifting away, my brother and I helped her maid of honor clean up.

She is currently off on her honeymoon in Europe. My sister has never been abroad, so she's going to be so excited! I was completely psyched about her wedding, and being able to help her get ready and get her off on her new phase of life made me so happy.

2. I got the wedding equivalent of "con crud". Not sure entirely what it was, but probably a combination of many, many factors. When we got back to the hotel, I passed out. My wife and I didn't end up going to dinner with the family because I couldn't keep my eyes open. I woke up enough to eat a sandwich, then passed back out. I ended up throwing up before breakfast, and being completely wiped all day - to the point that my wife called the theatre where the play we'd planned to see that day, and exchanged our tickets for next weekend, then drove me home. I was still wiped out on Monday, and was getting better yesterday. I feel pretty good today, to the point that I've done things. I've walked around without getting fatigued, which was a plus. Especially given that I have my appointment tomorrow.

3. OMG NEW DOCTOR!!!!! Now that I'm not completely exhausted, as I was when I found out on Sunday, I can properly squee over the new announcement. Jodie Whittaker! Now, I have no idea who she is, since I've not seen Broadchurch, but I have yet to be truly disappointed by a Doctor. I haven't known much about any of the Doctors before seeing them in the part, honestly, so I'm just living on the squee of knowing. I have thoughts and feels, but I don't have the coherence to put them down just yet.

4. Doctor's visit tomorrow. So, I have my appointment with an oncologist-gynecologist tomorrow in the early afternoon. The office is an hour away, assuming decent traffic. I'm nervous, but I'm looking forward to the visit. It's taking action on this almost-cancer thing, and I'd rather be taking action than waiting. My mother-in-law is driving up to go with me, since my wife has to work, and my mom's too far away for a day trip. Mom's planning to come up for a few days after the surgery, whenever that will be. I'll hopefully have more information on that tomorrow.

So, yay. Life updates. Some happy, some not. I think the positive outweighs the negative right now. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll still feel that way after tomorrow.
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I am like….90% sure I’m going camping this Friday. 

It depends a bit on the weather, but I’m mostly packed, I’ve cooked food that’s currently waiting in the freezer, and I have acquired the third Diane Mott Davidson book to read. 

The plan is to leave work early, catch the train to the campground, camp overnight, and in the morning hike out to a different train station further down the line, about a seven-mile trek, to do a longer endurance test than last weekend’s. Then I’ll catch the train home around noon on Saturday.

If something goes wrong, I can catch an evening train home on Friday until eight o’clock, or starting in the morning at 5:30, with little to no exertion. It’s pretty low-risk and I’m well stocked. I don’t have a sleeping pad, but my backpack has a partial one built-in, and I have one arriving tomorrow (though it might be too bulky, we’ll see). And honestly in this heat, I might just sleep on top of my sleeping bag in any case. 

Worst case scenario, the campground has heated, lockable shower cubicles with nice big floors. I’ve slept on worse. 

Caaaaaaamping! *jazz hands*

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