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Aug. 14th, 2017 09:28 pm
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If we forget our history, we are doomed to repeat it:

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Firstly, my apologies for not posting announcements last week. It was a heck of a week. I did post the actual fic last week, so this announcement will encompass both weeks.

Secondly, I wasn't sure whether to post my fiction chapters this week. I thought of simply linking to this.

But then I looked at my chapters for this week. They consisted of (1) a protest against people who commit violent oppression, (2) a protest against people who commit violent oppression, and (3) an apology from a character who committed violence.

So yes, I've posted my fic this week. But I'll put off other announcements till next week.

Law Links

"Sometimes I feel that he is as mysterious as the gods, and that he is hiding something of vital importance from me. Something that would transform my life."

Few events are more thrilling in a young man's life than a blood feud between two villages. Or so Adrian thought.

Torn between affection toward his traditional-minded father and worship of his peace-loving, heretical priest, Adrian finds himself caught between two incompatible visions of his duty to the gods. Then the Jackal God sends Adrian a message that will disrupt his world and send him fleeing to a new and perilous life.


"'You have committed a vile and savage act, one that any other nation would punish with death. Our punishment, on the other hand, will only be to give you what you want. You have sought to live in a world without boundaries of civilization, and such a world shall henceforth be your dwelling place.'"

A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy.

All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men's worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies.


"It's all about torture. That's what I didn't understand for a long time. The High Seeker has been seeking out and punishing those of us who wish to show greater mercy to the prisoners than the Code allows. Those of us who question whether it's right to torture prisoners."

The Eternal Dungeon is no longer a prison. It's a battlefield.

Split apart from their closest loves and friends, a small group of prison-workers seek to abolish the use of torture against prisoners in the queendom's royal dungeon. Time is running out, for the deadly High Seeker has already flogged and executed prison-workers who oppose his policies.

Do the reformers have enough time and skill to bring about radical change in the dungeon? Will they be able to overcome their mistrust of one another?

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Last day of work before vacation

Aug. 12th, 2017 09:39 pm
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We were short staffed, so it was busy, but not too bad. The worst thing was that the air conditioning was, for the first time in quite awhile, far too strong and it was freezing. I had a bad moment when i bcame convinced that I had gotten my bus ticket for the wrong day, but I checked and I didn't.

But I got through it, and got home. The FWiB called, and we talked. We e-mailed too, yay! I will miss talking to him on vacation but the phone reception up there is so bad that the best we can manage will be occasional e-mails.

Did a little more packing, I am now confident that I have everything that doesn't need to be packed just before leaving. Tomorrow I put those last things in, and set up the cats, and then [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother are going to pick me up and take me to the bus stop. I love them!

I feel I should say something about Charlottesville. I don't want to. I feel sick and scared about it. I blame that thing that was elected president. I don't want to say anything more.

So anyway, this is goodbye for a week, unless I take my laptop to town and hook up to the wifi in the Village Shops, which I have done in the past on occasion. Be good everyone, and if you can't be good, be careful. ;-)

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother.

3. Vacation!

4. The Kid.

5. Got my bus ticket right!

6. Oldest Brother will come in and check on the cats.

Free Friday

Aug. 11th, 2017 10:11 pm
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Started off with therapy this morning, which was good. Then took the bus into Whitestone to the vet's to get Bjorn's special food, so there would be enough to put out for while I'm on vacation.

Came home, still nothing on the door about another plumber visit, so I don't know what's going to happen with that. Spent most of the day puttering around, found the charger for my camera, so I can take that on vacation.

Got e-mail back from Lynn S, we may be able to get together Friday while we're there, which would be nice.

Got an invitation to dinner from [personal profile] mashfanficchick but I was already on my way to my meeting, which I wanted to go to anyway since I won't be going to any next week, so I said no, which I think is the first time I've ever turned down one of her invitations. Ate dinner at Boston market as usual, the FWiB called an we talked before the meeting.

The meeting was good, and then I came home and that's about all.

Oh, I charged my Nook, and will probably bring that with me too.

Oh and the Vorkosigian books by Lois McMaster Bujold won the Hugo award for best series. Yay!

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. Therapy.

4. My Nook.

5. The rain that started while I was waiting for the bus home had stopped by the time I got home.

6. Friends.

I put my dog down last Saturday

Aug. 11th, 2017 12:04 am
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Corky was found to have disk disease when I took him to the Animal Medical Center a couple of weeks ago; clearly this had started some time ago but no vet had diagnosed it—during the time he'd had Cushing's disease, that was his primary problem—and I wasn't aware enough of the symptoms to know what was going on.

I was ordered to crate him in order to rest him, but this made him so crazy he began to self-mutilate. He was also crying out in the night from the pain.

Saturday I took him to a vet downtown to address the situation, including the stress of being crated. By this point, Corky wasn't able to walk easily, and I had to carry him up and down five flights of stairs. True, he was a 14-pound terrier, but it was still difficult.

Dr. DeLorenzo was patient and asked me a couple of times if I was sure I wanted to do this; I had to admit it was the best thing to do, since there wasn't even a pain reliever I could give him. Baby aspirin didn't help.

She started him with a drip of Valium, then gave him sodium pentobarbital. I know it was the right thing to do, but it's less than a week and the house feels empty. I'm so sad that he's gone, and even though I have photos of him, this is the third death I've had to deal with in less than a year. The effect is cumulative; it's just not fair.

Corky was a #gooddog; unfortunately the disk disease had progressed to the point where the only kind thing was to say goodbye. He will be missed—but not by the cat! #doggieheaven🐾🐾 #petsofinstagram #dogstagram #australianterriersofinstagram #ozzieterrier #happyhuntingground #bestpet #alldogsgotoheaven

I had tried to keep him healthy, and even brushed his teeth every night, so this really came out of left field. I'm so tired of death.

Frustrating day

Aug. 10th, 2017 10:17 pm
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The plumbers never showed up today! I waited until 2:00 and then gave up and went to work. I left a note on the door with my phone number but they never called, and when I got home tonight the note was untouched. So I assume they never came at all.

What was left of work went OK, and after I left at 7 the FWiB called. Had a nice talk. I called The Kid but just got her voicemail. Wanted to talk to her before she left for the cottage which will be either tomorrow or Saturday. Oh well. E-mailed Lynn S to see if he is interested in dropping by for a visit next week.

Finally got off my duff and found my passport, not that it was missing, I knew where it was, I just needed to dig it out. So now we can go to Canada while we're there. And did the advance packing of my suitcase, everything that I wont need before I leave. Except my shoes, I forgot to put them in so I have to do that. Bjorn kept trying to pack himself in the suitcase.

The one thing I did do this morning while I was fruitlessly waiting for the plumbers was read Penric's Fox. As always with Bujold, a very good read. I miss new Vorkosigian books, but I love her Five Gods stories too.

And that's about all there is to say.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Found passport.

3. Understanding boss.

4. The plumbers didn't come whole I wasn't here.

5. Lovely weather.

6. Wonderful reading.

A nice day

Aug. 9th, 2017 11:30 pm
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Work was OK, nothing much going on.

After work, the FWiB called, he had chemo today but is feeling OK. I also got a facebook message from my old friend Karen B from college, she's bought a retirement home (!) only an hour away from the cottage, and we are looking forward to seeing each other once she retires in a few years.

Went out with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother to dinner at Fridays, then we went to Carvel. Very nice time.

And that's about all there is to the day.

Tomorrow I have the plumbers coming again to look at the gas valve.

Last night before bed I downloaded the new Lois McMaster Bujold novella, Pentic's Fox, and started reading it. I'll read a bit more tonight.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends, old and newer.

2. The FWiB.

3. Lovely weather.

4. My cats.

5. Good books.

6. Bed soon.

So two things today

Aug. 8th, 2017 10:42 pm
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First, we got our new Children's person. She's young and seems nice, and lives in College Point, of all places! (Where I lived for years until the marriage broke up and I had to move). We had a small celebration to welcome her, some yummy stuff. I brought orange juice.

The other thing is I had my end of summer celebration today. Oh stop that, I know it's not the end of summer yet! But that's when we do it. So I had a graffiti art program, and gave out goody bags, and all was well though to be honest it was mostly younger kids not teens.

I got a text from [profile] mashfanfichick asking did I want to meet them for coffee at Starbucks after work before my meeting, and I said yes. So when i got out of work, the FWiB called and we talked while i waited for the bus and got to 20th ave. They met me there and we went to Starbucks, and had a good time, and then they took me to my meeting.

The meeting was small but good, and then I came home, and that's about all.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends.

3. My meetings and the people there.

4. My celebration is over and went well.

5. New person seems nice.

6. Vacation almost here.

The weather is awful

Aug. 7th, 2017 10:06 pm
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Grey and rainy. Work was OK, nothing special. I used my lunch to buy my ticket for my trip up to the cottage on Sunday.

Our new children's person starts tomorrow, I'm looking forward to meeting her. Also tomorrow is my summer reading celebration, which will be very small, if I have anyone at all.

Was going to go to Uno for dinner with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother for $5 pizza tonight but her mother decided she was to tired to drive safely so we didn't. Bummer, but probably for the best. Talked to the FWiB, picked up my laundry, and ate leftovers from Buffalo Wild Wings last week.

And that was the day basically.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Clean laundry.

3. Blue cheese dressing.

4. Less than a week left til vacation.

5. Umbrellas.

6. Vacant position in staff filled.


Aug. 7th, 2017 07:59 am
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So, most of you know that when I was in third grade my teacher tied me to my desk. With rope. It's one of the defining moments of my life.

But just in the last few years for the first time it occurred to me:

Why did Miss Rosen have rope on hand?

Quiet day

Aug. 6th, 2017 11:44 pm
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Slept late and then puttered on the computer. Texted [personal profile] mashfanficchick and asked if she was up to anything, we decided to have dinner later.

So for the afternoon I didn't do much, went out for a little snack from Dunkin' Donuts to hold me til dinner, took my laundry down, did a very little work aruound the house.

When I went to meet up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick, the FWiB called so I talked to him on the way. I forgot that there is track work on the E and F trains so that they are only running to 71st street, and there's a shuttle bus from there. So I got on the shuttle bus... and got off at the wrong stop, so I had a long walk to her apartment. We ended up going out for sushi, cause nothing says "night out with a friend" like raw fish on rice.

Then we had desert, which was rolled ice cream, which I believe is originally a Thai treat. They have a refrigerated surface, and the liquid ice cream mix for one serving is poured on it with whatever add-in you pick, and it is mashed and mixed around until it freezes and is spread out flat and scraped up into rolls which are packed neatly in a cup and topped with more delicious things. It's very dense and tasty.

Then I came home and that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. [personal profile] mashfanficchick

2. The FWiB.

3. Sushi.

4. Clean laundry coming.

5. Lovely weather.

6. Got some exercise walking.

Movie day

Aug. 5th, 2017 10:04 pm
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Oldest Brother picked Middle Brother up from his group home and then came and got me, and then we went and saw Spiderman: Homecoming. It was cute, that's the best word I can think of for it, quite enjoyable, and cute. Not a great movie, but we enjoyed it.

After the movie we made a brief stop at Petco, where I picked up stuff for the turtle, and some kitty litter, and then went to Five Guys to eat as usual. Then, since it seemed a little too early to be ending things we came back to my place and I played Irish music on youtube for Middle Brother, who loves Irish music.

The FWiB called, and I had him call back after they left, and we talked.

And that was my day pretty much. Paid some bills on-line, that's about all.

Gratitude List:

1. My brothers.

2. Cute movie.

3. The FWiB.

4. Youtube.

5. Five Guys cheeseburgers.

6. New light for my turtle tank.

The plumbers were here this morning

Aug. 4th, 2017 10:31 pm
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And they got what they needed to do, whatever that was, done by a little after 10:30, so I got to work by a little after 11:30, so not too bad.

The rest of the work day was OK. There was a terrible rain storm in the morning before I left, so i brought my umbrella along but by the time I left, it was bright and sunny!

After work I went to Boston Market for dinner as usual. The FWiB called. He has gotten himself back on line with a new e-mail address, so we can e-mail again!

Then went to my meeting, which was good, another step 8 meeting.

The bus home left at the usual time, unlike last week when it was 10 minutes early and I almost missed it.

Betsy e-mailed snidely about the cottage and leaks. The Kid replied to her, I didn't. My stress levels are up again.

Made plans with Oldest Brother to take Middle Brother out tomorrow. We were going to see Valarian but it's not playing anymore so we're going to try for Spiderman instead.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB has e-mail again.

2. My meetings and the people there.

3. The Kid.

4. Didn't get involved in the rain.

5. The plumbers were fast.

6. My boss was understanding.

Mixed day

Aug. 3rd, 2017 11:15 pm
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Had a pretty good day at work. The Manga Drawing Workshop turned out well, though we had to bribe an audience with guest passes to the computers for after the program if they got off the computers in the first place to come in.

After work the FWiB called and we talked and that was good. Then I got home, and there was a handwritten note on my door saying that the plumber needs access to my apartment tomorrow morning to check the gas valve. This was taped over the message which has been there since I think Monday that they need access to the apartment to check the valve on Thursday the 10th. So why they need to come in specially tomorrow I do not know, but I texted the boss and let him know.

So that was annoying. I'll have to get up tomorrow and get ready for work and then wait for them.

Talked to The Kid tonight, a nice long talk about the cottage and family matters.

Gratitude List:

1. Understanding boss.

2. The FWiB.

3. Despite predictions it didn't rain.

4. The Kid.

5. Vacation coming up.

6. Program worked out.


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